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Windows Vista Security: Praxisorientierte Sicherheit für Profis by Marcus Nasarek

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Chapter 3: Fine-Tuning Windows Vista’s Appearance and Performance
4. To change the sound for an event, select the event in the Program list and then
use the Sounds list to choose an available sound. You can also click Browse to
select other sounds available on the system. The sound files must be in Microsoft
.wav format.
5. To save a changed sound scheme, click Save As, type a name for the scheme in
the field provided, and then click OK.
6. Click OK to close the Sounds dialog box.
Choosing Your Mouse Pointers
In Windows, the innocuous mouse pointer has many faces, and each face tells some-
thing about the current way you are using the mouse pointer. The three types of
mouse pointers you see the most are the Normal Select pointer, the Text Select
pointer, and the Link Select pointer. You can configure the appearance of these and
other types of mouse pointers and manage them collectively using pointer schemes.
A pointer scheme is simply a set of mouse pointers that you want to use together.
Windows Vista has more than 20 standard pointer schemes. The schemes you’ll use
the most are:
Figure 3-16. Configuring your computer’s system sounds
Personalizing Windows Vista
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This doesn’t turn mouse pointers off. Instead, it uses nondescript pointers.
Windows Aero
The standard pointers used with the Windows Aero experience. Also comes in
large and extra-large options.
Windows Black
Inverts the pointer colors so that black backgrounds are used instead of white
backgrounds. Also comes in large and extra-large options.
Windows Standard
The standard pointers used with the Windows Standard user experience. Also
comes in large and extra-large options.
If you’re tired of the standard black-on-white or white-on-black point-
ers, you might want to try the 3D-Bronze scheme. It’s one of my favor-
ites, as it adds a dash of color to the pointer—and makes it easier to
see the pointer against a white background, such as when you are typ-
ing in Microsoft Word.
Selecting a mouse pointer scheme
You can configure your system to use an existing pointer scheme by completing the
following steps:
1. Right-click an open area of the desktop and then select Personalize.
2. Click the Mouse Pointers link to display the Mouse Properties dialog box with
the Pointers tab selected, as shown in Figure 3-17.
3. Use the Scheme listbox to choose the pointer scheme to use.
4. Click OK to save your settings.
Customizing your mouse pointer scheme
You can configure your system to use a customized pointer scheme by completing
the following steps:
1. Right-click an open area of the desktop and then select Personalize.
2. Click the Mouse Pointers link to display the Mouse Properties dialog box with
the Pointers tab selected, as shown in Figure 3-17.
3. In the Customize list, pointers are organized according to their type. To change a
pointer, select the pointer and then click Browse. This opens the Browse dialog
box with the Cursors folder selected. Choose the cursor pointer to use and then
click Open.
4. To save a changed pointer scheme, click Save As, type a name for the scheme in
the field provided, and then click OK.
5. Click OK to close the Mouse Properties dialog box.

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