Objective 1 was to start Windows XP. I've managed that, after some difficulty, which I attribute to using a Citrix product. We deal with Citrix in the Air Force, and I've never had good luck with their programs. Nevertheless, I now have XP running slowly on my computer that is already busy running Vista slowly. I also have a Java update available... interesting...
First, we boot up, then we learn the joys of moving the mouse.
Next, on to Objective 2. In this three-step process, we learn to start and close a program. First, we dig around a little until we find WordPad, one of my all time favorites. Next, we open a can of Paint, one of my kid's all time favorites. Lastly, we pop up the calculator.
Next, we learn to play with programs we just opened. The first step is to switch between the programs by clicking on the taskbar. After that, we line all three up by choosing Tile Windows Vertically,
followed by cascading the windows. Then we learn to change between programs using Alt+Tab.
After we're done playing, we have to learn to close the windows, which we do by choosing Exit from the file menu, clicking the “X” in the upper right hand corner, and right-clicking on the item on the taskbar and choosing Close.
Objective 3's three parts include identifying a window's parts; minimizing, maximizing, redisplaying, and restoring a window; and resizing and moving a window. We begin by opening WordPad again. Thanks to the handy chart on page 35, I can now identify all off the parts of my window.
So, we move on to minimizing and its much less desirable companions. Minimizing is nice. Redisplaying is easy. Maximizing just seems like too much WordPad,
so we restore down. After that, we learn that commands which cannot be executed are shown in grey and cannot be clicked, right before we're shown the amazing and always useful Show the Desktop command and its brother, Show Open Windows.
For Objective 3's third task, resizing and moving, we first learn to click and drag on the title bar, thus moving the window about the screen. Next, we learn that, by placing the mouse pointer over any corner or edge of the window, we can drag it to the size we want it to be. I chose this one:
Now, boldly we move past the half-way mark on to Objective 4. We will learn to use commands in a Windows XP program, while skipping the printing altogether. To learn the...