Control Panel

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Control Panel

  1. 1. Control PanelComputer Maintenance
  2. 2. Objectives  Understand the Control Panel  Use the various applets in the Control Panel2
  3. 3. Control Panel Overview  Control Panel  Centralized location for management utilities  Changes in XP:  New applets  New view  Applet  Small application designed for a limited range of function or capability3
  4. 4. Control Panel in Category View4
  5. 5. Control Panel CategoriesCategories Related AppletsAccessibility Options Accessibility OptionsAdd or Remove Programs Add or Remove ProgramsAppearance and Themes Display, Folder Options, Taskbar, and Start MenuDate, Time, Language, and Date and Time, Regional, and LanguageRegional Options OptionsNetwork and Internet Connections Internet Options, Network ConnectionsPerformance and Maintenance Administrative Tools, Power Options, Scheduled Tasks, SystemPrinters and Other Hardware Game Controllers, Keyboard, Mouse, Phone and Modem Options, Printers and Faxes, Scanners and CamerasSounds, Speech, and Audio Devices Speech, Sounds, and Audio DevicesSecurity Center Automatic Updates, Windows Firewall,5 Internet OptionsUser Accounts User Accounts
  6. 6. Accessibility Options  Special interface features for the visual-, audio- , or movement-impaired user  Keyboard tab (StickyKeys, Filterkeys)  Sound tab (SoundSentry, ShowSounds)  Display tab (Contrast, Cursor Options)  Mouse tab (MouseKeys)  General tab6
  7. 7. Add or Remove Programs  Three tools in one:  Change or Remove Programs  Add New Programs  Add/Remove Windows Components Wizard7
  8. 8. Appearance and Themes Display, Folder Options, and Taskbar and Start Menu8
  9. 9. Display  Used to make interface changes  Can also be accessed from desktop:  Right click, select Properties from popup menu  Themes tab  Overall visual styling  Desktop tab  Set wallpaper9
  10. 10. Display (continued)  Screen Saver tab  Appearance tab  Window and button scheme, color scheme, and font size  Settings tab  Screen resolution and color quality10
  11. 11. Folder Options  Used to set the functional and visual parameters of the folders on the system  Associate file extensions with applications11
  12. 12. Taskbar and Start Menu  Controls taskbar appearance  Controls Notification Area settings  Display clock  Start menu or Classic Start Menu12
  13. 13. Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options Date and Time, Regional, and Language Options13
  14. 14. Date and Time  Used to set the calendar date, clock time, and time zone  Clock is set directly in the system’s BIOS  Time Zone tab  World map  Pull-down list of time zones14
  15. 15. Regional and Language Options  Regional Options tab  Define location- specific uses or requirements for:  Numbers  Currency  Time and dates  Languages tab  Configure default input language15
  16. 16. Network and Internet Connections Internet Options, Network Connections16
  17. 17. Internet Options  Define settings for Internet Explorer  Settings for general Internet access17
  18. 18. Network Connections  Manage all network connections  Includes:  LAN  WAN18
  19. 19. Performance and Maintenance Administrative Tools, Power Options, Scheduled Tasks, System19
  20. 20. Administrative Tools  Component Services  Data Sources (ODBC)  Event Viewer  Local Security Policy  Performance  Services  Computer Management.20
  21. 21. Power Options21
  22. 22. Scheduled Tasks  Automate starting and running various tasks  Add Scheduled Task Wizard  Step-by-step scheduling22
  23. 23. System  Most important Control Panel applet  Driver signing  Identifies drivers that have passed the Microsoft Windows Hardware Quality Labs evaluation and tests  Device Manager  Lists all installed and known devices23  Indicates device
  24. 24. Printers and Other Hardware Game Controllers, Keyboard, Mouse, Phone and Modem Options, Printers and Faxes, Scanners and Cameras24
  25. 25. Game Controllers  Install and configure  Joysticks  Other gaming controls  Device-specific properties and troubleshooting aid25
  26. 26. Keyboard and Mouse  Keyboard applet  Modify keyboard functions  Mouse applet  Modify mouse settings  Switch left and right buttons  Pointers Settings26
  27. 27. Phone and Modem Options  Define dialing locations  Install and configure modems27
  28. 28. Printers and Faxes  Install, share, and configure many types of output devices  Not just for physical print devices:  Film printers  Faxes  Manage print queue28
  29. 29. Scanners and Cameras  Install drivers  Configure digital cameras and optical scanners29
  30. 30. Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices Speech, Sounds, and Audio Devices30
  31. 31. Speech  Text-to-speech capability reads document text  Microsoft’s Speech API (SAPI)  Distinct from the Narrator Accessibility Accessory31
  32. 32. Sounds and Audio Devices  Customize the sound scheme  Set master volume  Configure speakers  Set audio device preferences32
  33. 33. Security Center Automatic Updates, Windows Firewall, Internet Options33
  34. 34. Automatic Updates  Keep Windows working properly.  Configure Automatic Updates to download and install critical updates automatically.34
  35. 35. Windows Firewall  Helps protect your computer by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network.  Always have ON35
  36. 36. User Accounts  Create and manage  Local user accounts  Passwords  Access the Local Users and Groups tool  Specify whether Ctrl+Alt+Delete is required to log on36

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