Technology ICT Core: Windows XP. Windows XP. The Operating System is a suite of software that manages the operation of the computer system. It’s main functions are: To provide a user interface
My Computer - click Start Button - choose My Computer.
The window shows icons representing the Disk Drives and File Storage available on the computer.
The contents of the My Computer window will vary between computers.
My Computer can be used to browse through the drives and folders to find files and folders or to create new folders etc.
Control Panel - used to configure system settings.
Click the Start Button and choose Control Panel
Settings divided into categories
Select a category
Double-click the required icon
The window opens
Help system - Start button - choose Help and Support
F1 key on the keyboard also opens the help system
Type a keyword or phrase in the Search area and click the Green Arrow to search the help system
Below the search area, there are topics organised by category and clicking any of these will open sub-topics
This help system is comprehensive and very user friendly
Click the Start button and choose Search to open the Search applet.
This is wizard driven and a category chosen on the left leads to further options to refine the search.
Click Start and choose Printers and Faxes to open the window.
The printers available to the system are shown as icons.
The Default printer - the printer automatically chosen when a print command is issued - is shown using a Tick mark
This can be changed by right-clicking a printer and choosing Set as Default Printer
Double-clicking a printer opens the Print Queue window
From here, individual print jobs can be cancelled or the entire queue can be cancelled
Right-clicking a printer and choosing Printing Preferences allows options such as Paper Size, Paper Source and Paper Type to be set