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Windows 2000 Skills Updater - Course Documentation


The toolbar is a series of shortcuts for the most commonly used tasks.


Solid choice This item is available and may be selected
Ghosted Choice This option is not currently available >
Shortcut Keys Provides the alternate key combination that can be used to trigger the item >
Arrow Denotes that there is a sub-menu below the current menu
Ellipse (...) Denotes that selecting that option will display an option box
Bullet Shows which option, in a menu, is selected
Checkmark Denotes whether an item is selected

Shortcut Keys
You can use the key combination following a menu item to execute that command.
You may also press the Alt key and the underlined letter to select that menu item.

Minimize / Maximize / Move Windows
Click the minimize button to hide your window to the task bar.
Click the maximize button to extend the window to fill the current screen.
Click the restore button to shrink the window to its original state.
Click the close button to close the window.

To move a window:
Click and hold the left mouse button anywhere on the title bar and move the window using the mouse. Release the button when you have the window in its place.

To change the size of a window:
Move the mouse over a border or corner until it becomes a double arrow. Click and hold the left mouse button. Drag the frame to the desired size. Release the left mouse button.

Selecting items from a list
To select a single item:
Single click on the item
To select multiple continuous items:
Single click on the first item of the set
Press and hold the shift key
Single click on the last item of the set
Release the shift key
To select multiple items that are non-continuous:
Single click the first item of the set
Press and hold the control key (Ctrl)
Single click any other items you wish to select
Release the control key (Ctrl)

Start Menu
To search for files or programs on your drive you can use the search function found on the start menu.
To view a list of the 15 documents recently opened select the documents function on the start menu.

Customizing the start menu

To add items to the start menu:
Right click the start button
Click Open All Users

All shortcuts added to the start menu folder will appear on the top portion of your start menu.

All shortcuts added to the programs folder will appear under programs in the middle section of your start menu.

Shutting Down

Log off: Will close any open applications and log off the current user. The log in window will appear after a successful log off.

Shut down: Closes all applications and Windows 2000. This option will also power off most new machines.

Restart: Closes all applications and Windows 2000 and restarts your machine.

Stand by: Causes your machine to enter a power saving mode. You can restore your machine to its previous state by pressing the power button.