Personalize your PC
My 11-year-old daughter has completely tailored her computer to fit her personality. She has wallpaper that changes weekly depending on her mood, her cursor is a banana, and her screen saver features SpongeBob. Though adding these details to my computer has never been a priority, it got me thinking. We all tend to personalize our environments. We decorate our houses, office spaces and even cars to reflect who we are. Yet, we spend countless hours on our computers and often don’t make them personal. Following are some easy steps to give your PC a bit of your own personality:Setting your own screen saverIf your computer screen turns black when you step away for too long, you’re missing an opportunity to have some fun. Microsoft offers a variety of screen savers you can download safely. Go to http://www.microsoft.com and search for “screen savers.” Alternatively, you can use your own photos for your screen saver. If you have Windows XP, follow these steps:Store the photos you want to display in your My Pictures folder.– Go to your desktop and right-click. Select the Display tab, then Screen Saver.– Use the drop down menu to scroll through the list and select My Pictures/Slideshow/Apply/OK. This option will automatically use any photos you have stored in the My Pictures folder to produce your new, personalized screen saver.– For more options, click Settings before you hit Apply/OK.Changing your wallpaperWallpaper is the graphical background of your desktop, whether it’s a picture or just a pattern or color. It’s easy to change your wallpaper.– Right-click on the desktop, then click Properties.– Click on the Desktop Tab, and choose from one of the backgrounds supplied by Microsoft– Or, set your own picture as your wallpaper by first saving the picture in My Pictures. Then when in the Desktop Tab, click Browse, and select the picture file you’ve saved. Click Apply. Personalizing the soundYou also have the ability to customize the sounds your computer makes when orchestrating any move. Follow these steps in XP:– Click Start, then Control Panel.– Click Sounds/Speech/Audio Devices– Under Pick a Task, click Change the Sound Scheme– On the Sounds tab, under Program Events, click the event to which you want to apply a sound. Scroll through the list and select the sound you want to link to the event.– To hear the sound, click the play button to the right of the Sounds list. Click OK. Repeat the bullet above until you have linked sounds to as many program events as you wish.– To save your settings into a personalized sound scheme, click Save As. These are just a few ways to customize your computer. If you have a version of Windows other than XP, follow these directions but be prepared for some deviation. Or use the Search window of http://www.microsoft.com. Type in what you want to do and the version of Windows you have. Go ahead – express yourself.For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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