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Windows XP Professional: The Missing Manual by L.J. Zacker, Craig Zacker, David Pogue

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StartMy Music, My Pictures

Clearly, Microsoft imagined that most of its Windows XP customers would be multimedia mavens, decked out with digital cameras and MP3 music players. To hammer home the point, it has stocked your My Documents folder with My Pictures and My Music folders to store digital photos and music files, respectively.

If you do indeed have a digital camera or MP3 player (and it’s Windows XP–compatible), you’ll probably find that whatever software came with it automatically dumps your photos into, and sucks your music files out of, these folders. You’ll find much more on this topic in Chapter 8.

Tip

If you don’t feel the need to stare at these folder names in your Start menu day after day, it’s easy enough to get rid of them. Right-click the Start menu; from the shortcut menu, choose Properties. In that dialog box, click the Start Menu tab, click Customize, and then click the Advanced tab. Now scroll down in the Start menu items list until you see My Music or My Pictures. Click “Don’t display this item,” and then click OK.

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