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I can't believe I'm saying this, but....

I *heart* xp. Hasn't crashed yet, even when scanning/editing 300+mb graphics files. It blanks the screen until it's done with the current operation a lot, but still responds eventually, which indicates that it's prioritizing events much better than 98 or 2k did. A few of the interface quirks are bugging me, but there's probably ways to fix them I just haven't found yet.

Whee.

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perspicuity
Dec. 7th, 2002 02:59 pm (UTC)
do you have the M$ powertoys kit? esp tweak-ui ?!?!?! it rocks
bzarcher
Dec. 7th, 2002 03:00 pm (UTC)
*grins* Isn't that kewl? I fell in love with it myself. Windows went from ragged edge S&M to a romance.

What's the quirks? I might have answers.
jnanacandra
Dec. 7th, 2002 05:23 pm (UTC)
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lessee - one, I can't seem to enlarge the quick launch bar to show all of the shortcuts at once. I can't rearrange the various toolbars in explorer like I could under 98. I'd like to get a shortcut to "My Computer" on the desktop.
bzarcher
Dec. 7th, 2002 05:31 pm (UTC)
Well, the QL bar can be extended, just try dragging the edge. (There should be a double row of small dots you can drag out.) Toolbars I am not sure about, but I think the 'Customize' option under View might let you re-arrange, but you have to unlock the toolbars first. (Also in the View menu). Finally, I think you can just Drag and Drop my computer from the Start Menu.

I think?
jnanacandra
Dec. 7th, 2002 06:15 pm (UTC)
Re:
ok, didn't know about unlocking the toolbars. but I can't drag the quicklaunch bar - I could under 98, but here all I have are a couple of small arrows that reveal the rest of it, and they aren't draggable (or right-clickable).
bzarcher
Dec. 7th, 2002 07:29 pm (UTC)
ACk. I mixed up the shortcut bar with quicklaunch...rightclick the bottom edge of the quicklaunch bar. Turn off 'hide inactive icons'.
meerkat299
Dec. 7th, 2002 10:47 pm (UTC)
quicklaunch bar = group of shortcut that is by default just to the left of the START button
system tray = group of icons that allow you to interact with some of the active programs. The clock is displayed here.

By default, WinXP hides inactive icons in the system tray, and locks the taskbar which locks the size and layout of the quicklaunch area.

To disable the latter, right click on any empty area of the taskbar and unselect "Lock the Taskbar" from the menu.
To disable the hidden icons in the system tray, select "Properties" the same menu and uncheck the "Hide inctive icons" checkbox toward the bottom of the dialog box.

Also, as perspicuity said, Powertoys is useful for more detailed tweaking.


meerkat299
Dec. 7th, 2002 10:49 pm (UTC)
oops
clarification:
quicklaunch bar = group of shortcuts that is by default just to the RIGHT of the start button
jnanacandra
Dec. 8th, 2002 09:45 am (UTC)
Re:
"hide inactive icons" already is off.

perhaps my computer is just a mutant :)
jnanacandra
Dec. 8th, 2002 09:47 am (UTC)
however, unlocking the taskbar did work.

odd - I was only emailed about half the replies to this post. bad lj! bad!
bzarcher
Dec. 8th, 2002 09:52 am (UTC)
Hrm. Same for me. DBload problems at LJ-land, probably.

Even so, glad I could help!
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