This is the control panel.
|Control Panel. The control panel is your region and languages, accessibility options, system properties like your computer's name, user accounts, hardware like keyboards, mice, and printers, the volume, network and internet connections, ...|
Select your region and languages.
|Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options. What time zone are you in and what is the date and what is the time? What region are you in and how do you format numbers, currency, dates, and times? What languages do you want to use ...|
|Regional and Language Options. What region are you in and how do you format numbers, currency, dates, and times? What languages do you want to use and how do you want to enter text in different languages?|
Make it easier to use your computer.
|Accessibility Options. If you need help typing, hearing or reading, seeing, or pointing, there are accessibility options for the keyboard, sounds and text, the display, and the mouse.|
|Accessibility Options. Make it easier to type on the keyboard. Visualize sounds and speech with effects and captions. Make the display easier to read, and make it easier to see the cursor. Use the number pad on the keyboard instead of ...|
Name and describe your computer.
|Performance and Maintenance. There is some maintenance that you can do to get the best performance out of your computer, like defragmenting your hard drive, but you don't have to do anything like that on a new computer, so ...|
|System Properties. What's your computer's name? What operating system are you using, which edition, which version, and which service pack? What hardware do you have, like what computer, what processor, and how much memory?|
Change your account or create a new account.
|User Accounts. Your account has your name and your picture, and your account is protected by your password. Each account has its own desktop, its own start menu, its own task bar, and its own folders like your documents and your pictures.|
|Change an Account. You can change your account name and your account picture whenever you want. You should create a password for your account so other people can't use your computer while you're not there, and you should ...|
|Create a New Account. I'm the only person who uses my computer so I only have one account on my computer, but you can have multiple accounts, for example, if more than one person uses your computer, then each person can ...|
Plug in hardware like keyboards, mice, and printers.
|Printers and Other Hardware. Type on the keyboard, point with a mouse or a touchpad, play with video game controllers, print hard copies on printers and send faxes, get pictures from scanners and cameras, and connect to the internet ...|
|Keyboard Properties. When you hold down a key on the keyboard, how slow or fast do you want it to repeat? How much do you want the cursor to blink?|
|Mouse Properties. The mouse properties are the mouse properties and the touchpad properties. How slow or fast do you want the pointer to move? Should typing hide the pointer? What do you want the buttons to do? How much should the ...|
|Game Controllers. If you're playing video games on your computer, you might just use the keyboard and the mouse, or you might play with joysticks, d-pads, analog sticks, steering wheels, flight simulator controllers, or any other ...|
|Printers and Faxes. If you have a printer, then you can print hard-copies of documents and pictures on your computer. You don't need a fax machine anymore because you can send and recieve faxes through your computer. I don't have ...|
|Scanners and Cameras. If you have a scanner, then you can scan documents and pictures into your computer. If you have a digital camera, then you can import pictures into your computer. I don't have a scanner or a camera.|
|Phone and Modem Options. The very first modems were dial-up modems that connected to the internet by calling service providers like CompuServe and America Online through your phone line. Dial-up is slow and no one else can ...|
Turn the volume up and down.
|Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices. Play sounds through your computer's built-in speakers or plug in your own speakers. Record yourself with your computer's built-in microphone or plug in your own microphone. Listen to your computer's ...|
|Sounds and Audio Devices. Turn the volume up and down, or mute it. You can change all the sounds that Windows makes, but I do not want to do that. You can change the playback device and the recording device, but I don't have ...|
|Speech Properties. Windows XP can read the text on your screen and say it out loud. It's not perfect, it won't always pronounce everything correctly, but it's good enough that you will almost always understand it.|
Connect to the network and the internet.
|Network and Internet Connections. Microsoft does not support Windows XP anymore so you should not connect to the internet because your computer is especially vulnerable to hackers and viruses. I am not going to connect to the ...|
Protect your computer with the security center.
|Security Center. A firewall tries to block hackers and viruses from ever reaching your computer. Automatic updates help protect your computer from hackers and viruses. Virus protection scans your computer for viruses and ...|
Remove progams from your computer.
|Add or Remove Programs. You will probably never use the control panel to add a program, but you have to use the control panel to remove a program. The only reason you should ever really remove a program, though, is if your hard drive ...|
This completes the control panel.