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Keyboard Shortcuts:

Using keyboard shortcuts is a much more efficient way to navigate your computer plus it’s easier on your wrists.
See must have keyboard shortcuts table.

Windows Classic Look

To change your XP computer back to the Windows classic look, there are two settings that must be changed.

Classic Desktop

  1. Right click on the Start Button
  2. Select Properties.
  3. Select the Start Menu tab
  4. Choose Classic Start Menu.


To change the Toolbar and the title bars to look like they did in previous versions. Some older programs are incompatible with XP style themes, so leaving this in XP mode will not always look correct for older programs.

  1. Right-click on the desktop
  2. Select Properties
  3. Select the Appearance tab
  4. In the dropdown Windows and Buttons field:
  5. Select Windows Classic or Select Windows XP
  6. Click Apply
  7. Click OK

Taskbar Buttons

By default, all open windows using the same application are grouped under a single icon which saves Task Bar space.

If you want to group, or ungroup, similar taskbar buttons...

  1. Right click on Taskbar
  2. Select Properties
  3. Check or Uncheck Group similar taskbar buttons


The Quick Launch bar is the area of the Taskbar directly beside the Start button. It contains shortcuts to programs and files you use frequently such as Internet Explorer. Adding items to the Quick Launch area lets you access them easily with a single click. You can also move your Quick Launch to your desktop to free up space on your Taskbar. This also enables you to have larger icons.

To enable it...

  1. Right click on an open area of the toolbar
  2. Select Toolbars
  3. Select Quick Launch

To Move your Quick Launch to the desktop

  1. The Taskbar MUST BE unlocked. To check,
    Right click on a blank area of the Taskbar.
    Uncheck "Lock the Taskbar."
  2. Click and hold on the dots on the Taskbar (between the start menu and the Quick Launch area) and drag to your desktop.
  3. Move it where it works for you.

System Tray Icons

Icons in the Notification area (on the right side of the taskbar) are, by default, hidden when they are inactive. This behavior is determined by a setting, which can be cleared or selected for each item.

  1. Right click on the Taskbar
  2. Select Properties
  3. Check Hide inactive icons
  4. Click on Customize button. This will bring up a dialog box that will allow you to select one of three options for your applications:
        Hide when inactive
        Always hide
        Always show
  5. Highlight current or past applications and make any changes you like. A small arrow will now appear in the System Tray that will allow you to show or hide these icons.

See Microsoft Knowledge Base article.

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