Ten best XP tips
1. To prevent Security Center alerts from popping up (without disabling Security
Centers monitoring of your firewall, automatic updates, and antivirus status), in
Security Center click Change The Way Security Center Alerts Me.
2. While the Welcome screen is displayed, you can open the Log On To Windows dialog
box by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete two times. This allows you to log on using an
account that isnt shown on the Welcome screen (Administrator, for example)
3. Pressing the Windows logo key+L is a terrific shortcut for switching users or locking
your computer. If your keyboard doesnt have a Windows logo key or you prefer using
a mouse, you can create a program shortcut that provides single-click access to the
4. Anything stored in %UserProfile%\Favorites appears on your Favorites menu or
Favorites bar. Most people use this folder exclusively for Internet shortcuts, but you
can put shortcuts to files and folders there as well.
5. As a quicker way to display or hide a toolbar, right-click any toolbar. This action
displays the View, Toolbars submenu.
6. Its difficult to work with the tiny thumbnail images in the Scanner And Camera
Wizard. Youll generally find it most efficient to copy all images to your hard disk,
where you can cull the shots you dont want to keep and then work with the rest.
7. Run the Windows XP Network Setup Wizard on every system thats connected to your
network. Doing so is the only reliable way to ensure that your network has the proper
baseline configuration. Afterwards, you can manually adjust settings and enable or
disable features as required.
8. The My Network Places folder can hold shortcuts to folders and files you use often. To
create such a place, type the complete path (in the form
\\computername\sharename\folder) on the wizards third page. Or drag the folder or
file from a Windows Explorer window to the My Network Places window.
9. You can back up settings (including your password) for each e-mail account in
Outlook Express. Choose Tools, Accounts, select the account name, and then click
Export. To re-establish the account, import the saved .iaf file.
10. The Windows XP Backup Utility does not support backing up directly to CD-R or
CD-RW devices. However, if you plan your backups carefully you can accomplish the
same goal in a two-step process. Back up to a file first, and then copy that backup file
to a CD-R or CD-RW.