TAILIEUCHUNG - Laptops All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies- P21
Laptops All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies- P21: Okay, I’ll admit it: I’ve got a strange biography. I’ve been a writer all my life. My first semi-pro job was sports editor of my high school newspaper. (Go Commodores!) After college I was a political reporter for daily newspapers in Ohio and New York (I covered four national nominating conventions and two Presidential campaigns) and a correspondent for The Associated Press. And then, in 1983, I gave in to my inner geek and became the first Executive Editor of PC Magazine, back in the days when most people asked, “What is a PC?”. | 174 Exploring the Taskbar Any active programs appear indented as if they were pushed in. To switch from one program to another changing it to active merely click its button. Conversely when a program is active clicking its taskbar button makes it inactive and minimizes its window. Minimizing a program or folder doesn t close it or delete its contents or insult its sense of pride in any way it merely removes it from the desktop and drops it down to the taskbar. Windows Vista Aero preview One of the interesting bells and whistles of Windows Vista available only in Premium versions of the operating system and only if your laptop has sufficient graphics horsepower and available memory to display the specialty Windows Aero features is the taskbar preview also known as a thumbnail. If your laptop meets the necessary ifs when your onscreen pointer hovers above a taskbar button a miniature picture appears of what lies beneath. If it s a word processor you get a tiny view of any open document. If you have a graphics editor running you can check in on the image. And the neatest of all If one of your windows has a video or animation running you can sneak peeks at it in the thumbnail view. See Figure 1-6. Figure 1-6 A thumbnail of an Internet page on a Windows Vista taskbar. Windows Vista Aero 3D desktop tiles Windows Vista Home Premium Business and Ultimate editions users get a special treat again only if your system is robust enough to display Aero graphics. It s called Windows Flip and Windows Flip 3D and they re as cool as a snow cone in an ice storm . . . in a technogeeky kind of way. Windows Flip lets you flip through images of all your open windows and folders. And Windows Flip 3D well it does the same thing only in something that is about as close to 3D as you can currently hope for on a 2D display. Exploring the Taskbar 175 Windows Flip is a Windows Vista update of a similar but much less flashy way to move among open programs and folders Press Alt and tap the Tab .
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