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Beginners Guides: Little Known Features of WindowsXP
Beginners Guides: Little Known Features of WindowsXP - PCSTATS
We will explore the features and abilities of WinXP, with an eye towards providing a better understanding of the capabilities of the operating system, and the options available to the user.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Jul 30 2007   M. Dowler  
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Accessibility Options

Also in local policies are the 'user rights assignment' and 'security' sections, both of which contain a huge amount of user based options for securing various parts of the operating system.

An option you may wish to consider here is to remove permission for any account to 'access this computer from the network' (in user rights assignment section), assuming that you do not wish to access the computer remotely, or host a WWW or FTP site.

The 'public key policies' section is most often used for enabling EFS, the Encrypting File System, for encrypting personal documents and information. PCSTATS covers this topic extensively in the Encryption and Online Privacy Guide.

'Software restriction policies' and 'IP security policies on local computer' govern setting rules for restricting software that can be used on the computer, and securing network traffic through the use of encryption respectively. Both are best left to centrally managed business environments.

Accessibility options

Windows XP comes equipped with a large variety of what Microsoft calls 'accessibility options,' tools to make Windows easier to use for people with visual difficulties or other problems and disabilities.

These can be accessed most easily from the accessibility wizard, found at 'start/programs/accessories/accessibility/accessibility wizard.'

Through this program you can manually change the default Windows text size, scroll bar size, icon size, choose a high contrast colour scheme and mouse cursor, activate captions for supporting programs and visual indicators to replace sound effects for the hard of hearing as well as activate a range of other options by indicating to the wizard where your difficulties using the system lie. Besides above options, the various accessibility features you can enable are:

StickyKeys: Allows any key combination that includes CTRL, ALT or SHIFT to be entered one key at a time instead of simultaneously.

BounceKeys: Windows will ignore held down or rapidly repeated keystrokes on the same key.

ToggleKeys: Windows will play a sound when any of the 'lock' keys are pressed, such as Caps Lock or Num Lock. Very useful this.

MouseKeys: The numeric keypad can be used to control the mouse pointer.

Magnifier: Opens a window at the top of the screen that displays a magnified view of the area around the cursor.

Narrator: Narrates the contents of system Windows, including the status of things like checkboxes and options, for the visually impaired. Rather difficult to use, and reminiscent of Hal 9000 in voice.

On-Screen keyboard: Provides a keyboard option for users who cannot operate a physical keyboard.

A utility manager is provided to manage settings for these three programs, controlling if they start automatically when Windows is loaded, for example.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Little Known Features of WindowsXP
 Pg 2.  The Windows XP Event Viewer
 Pg 3.  Local Users and Groups
 Pg 4.  Hard Disk Management
 Pg 5.  Mounting Drives as Folders
 Pg 6.  To Mount a Partition as a Directory
 Pg 7.  Operating System Restore
 Pg 8.  System Restore Continued
 Pg 9.  Windows Services
 Pg 10.  How to Disable a Service
 Pg 11.  — Accessibility Options
 Pg 12.  Built in Backup Utility
 Pg 13.  Files and Setting Transfer Wizard / Local Computer Policy Settings
 Pg 14.  Windows Task Manager / Enabling Firewall

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