72. Set a new home page in explorer
already know how to do this, but if you don't you'll thank us, especially if you
happen to get hijacked by one of the many sites out there that will happily
change Internet Explorer's home page if you click on the wrong thing.
easiest way to change IE's default page is to go to the web page you wish to use
as your home page and then go to tools\internet options and under the 'home
page' section, click the 'use current' button to set it. You can also simply
type the address of any page you wish to use into the address bar here.
73. Remove the annoying dog
from the search screen
rid of this unwanted canine companion, open the search screen, click the dog and
select 'turn off the animated character.'
74. Change the look of your
XP offers several alternative appearance options for the standard mouse pointer.
Whether you are using an older screen and are having difficulty tracking the
pointer, or if you are simply bored of the default pointer appearance, you
should find something you like here:
'control panel\mouse' and select the 'pointer' tab.
drop down box, select a theme that appeals to you, then press 'ok.'
75. Email attachments are the most common vector for
this an essential tip. Yes, there are viruses that can infect your computer if
you so much as open the email containing them. However, the vast majority of
viruses, and certainly the most damaging ones, are transferred through email
open an attachment from someone you do not know, regardless of what antivirus
software you may be running. If someone you do know sends you an email with an
attachment, look at the attached message first, use your virus scanner, then use
your common sense; there are many breeds of computer viruses that can mail
themselves out to every entry in an infected computer's address book, including
themselves in an attachment.
many useful keyboard shortcuts available for use in Windows XP. You may want to
consider learning some of these, as using the keyboard is still noticeably
faster than using the mouse. Save some time and reduce wear and tear on
a full list of shortcuts here is sort of impractical, but you can find the
official listing, straight from the source, here.