Task Pane. The left side of every window provides easy access to a variety of features.
Single Window vs. Multiple Windows. When opening folders within a window, the XP version opens the folder within the same window. Use the back button to view the previous folder contents. When you need to copy or move items between windows, double-click on My Computer to open a second window.
Window Buttons.Every time a window is opened, whether it’s a folder or a program, a button appears on the Task Bar. This makes it easy to switch between open programs and windows by clicking once on the button on the Task Bar. When several documents are opened in the same program, XP groups them into a single menu that sprouts from the program button.
Left Click. Use the left mouse button to do all the same things you did with a Mac mouse—click on buttons, highlight text, and move things around on the screen.
Right Click. The right mouse button displays an additional menu of options, depending on what you’re right-clicking. For example, to create a new folder, right-click in the My Documents window, select NewFolder. To delete a document, right-click on it, select Delete. To create a desktop shortcut, select the item from the All Programs list and right click on it. Select Send to Desktop (create shortcut).
Printers and Other Hardware.
Find out what printer(s) your computer is set to by clicking on this feature. Right click on a printer to set it as the default (shows a check mark).
Appearance and Themes.
Internet Explorer. Set your browser homepage under the Tools Menu, Internet Options. Click the Programs tab to make sure FirstClass is the automatic email program used when in Explorer.
Pop-up Tooltip. Rest the mouse on any icon or button and a pop-up tooltip helps you identify what you’re pointing to.
Right-Click on any item to view it’s properties or get more information about it.
Keyboard Shortcuts. The Command (Apple) key is replaced by the Control (Ctrl) key. Use this key to do a quick save (Ctrl + S), copy (Ctrl + C), paste (Ctrl + V), etc. Shortcuts are listed on menu items where they apply.
Remember – there is usually more than one way to do everything in Windows XP!