The desktop is the the background, the colors, the font, and the screen saver.
|Display Properties. The display properties are the background picture, the background color and the window color, the font size and the icon size, and the screen saver.|
|Desktop. Change the background to your favorite picture or color, and position and size the background picture on the desktop.|
|Desktop Items. Windows XP puts Internet Explorer on the desktop whether you want it there or not. Remove Internet Explorer from the desktop.|
|Appearance. The desktop, the task bar, the start menu, and the windows are blue, but you can change them to olive green or silver. The font size is the size of the text.|
|Effects. Windows have different effects like transitions, font smoothing, large icons, shadows, dragging, and hot keys. On older machines, you could turn off effects so they didn't slow your computer down. On newer machines, you can ...|
|Screen Saver. Screen savers used to protect old CRT monitors from image burns when you left them on for too long, but that doesn't happen to modern LCD flat screens. Now screen savers protect your privacy, like if you go to the restroom ...|
|Settings. The settings are the screen resolution and the color quality, but don't change those. You can set up another monitor, but I don't have another monitor.|
|Themes. Save display properties like the background picture, the background color, the window color, the font size, and the icon size as themes.|
|Cancel. The apply button changes the display properties. The ok button applies changes and closes the display properties. The cancel button cancels changes to the display properties.|
The power options properties save electricity and the laptop battery.
|Power Options Properties. When you're using your computer, you're using electricity or draining the battery. But if you're not using your computer, like if you go to lunch, Windows XP saves electricity and battery life by turning off ...|
|Power Schemes. If it's a desktop computer, you don't have to worry about the power, but you might not want to waste electricity. If it's a laptop computer, you want to save the battery as much as possible. If you're doing something like ...|
|Alarms. Windows warns you when the battery is low. You can change when it warns you and how it warns you, but you probably don't need to do that.|
|Power Meter. The power meter is your battery life. The power meter should be in the bottom right corner of the desktop, but you can always check it in the power options properties, too.|
|Advanced. Always show the battery icon. Folding the laptop should stand by. Stand by should lock the computer so other people can't use it while you're not there. The power button should turn off the computer.|
The recycle bin has your deleted files in case you ever need them back.
|Recycle Bin. When you deleted a file in an old operating system like DOS, it permanently deleted it, so you could never get it back. When you delete a file in Windows XP, it goes into the recycle bin, so if you ever need it again ...|
This completes the desktop.