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Windows XP: How to link to the Control Panel from My Computer

The Control Panel is one of the most useful places in Windows XP to go when you need to change a setting or reconfigure a feature or function. It consists of a group of individual applets, and each applet deals with a specific part of your system.

Typically on most Windows XP systems, the Control Panel can be accessed directly from the Start menu, either as a submenu or as a link. However, you can also add the Control Panel to your My Computer folder, so that when you open My Computer, a link to the Control Panel will appear toward the bottom of the window. It will be displayed in the "Other" category (below "Hard Disk Drives" and "Devices with Removable Storage").

To enable the Control Panel to be displayed in My Computer, follow the steps below:

A. Open My Computer (or any other folder).

B. Click Tools on the menu bar.

C. Choose Folder Options.

D. In the Folder Options window, click on the View tab.

E. Scroll down the list of advanced settings until you see an option labeled "Show Control Panel in My Computer."

F. Put a check in the box next to that option.

G. Click Apply to save the change, or click OK to save and exit.

Now open My Computer -- you should see the Control Panel icon under your storage devices. If you ever want to remove the Control Panel icon from My Computer, follow the steps above but remove the check mark from the display option and then click Apply or OK.

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there is a generic Fax program in windows XP. If your using the vista home basic or home edition, it does not have these function unless you install an actual fax program. If not you can install it by
for XP -go to the start -control panel -go to the windows add remove programs -add remove windows components and choose the Fax services
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The Rocker Switch is not active by default. You will first need to assign and action to it for it to function. To assign and action to the rocker switch do the following:
  • Go into the Control panel (Click Start -> Control Panel in Windows XP)
  • If you have not already then you will need to change your control panel view to "Classic View".
  • In the Control Panel list, double click on MOUSE.
  • While in the Mouse Properties click on the 'Advanced Features Tab"
  • Click on 'Settings"
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I've had the acer one for 2 weeks. While using it today, the single and double click functions of the touchpad stopped working. The touchpad still moves the arrow around the screen and the left and right buttons next to the touchpad function normally. Did I inadvertantly do something to change the touchpad function? There's nothing in the small manual that came with the computer to cover this situation. Thanks for the help. Carl


Hello cskpuels,

It sounds like the touchpad is working ok but probably needs some setting(s) adjusted. The touchpad settings can be accessed through the windows control panel. But before going to the control panel it's useful to review the touchpad basics for single and double clicking. They are as follows:
•Tap once on the main touchpad for single click.
•Tap twice for double click.
•The lighter the touch, the better the response.
•Tapping harder will not increase the touchpad's responsiveness.

•Opening the Control Panel
The Windows Control Panel can be opened by:
Selecting *Start > Control Panel (on Windows Vista)
- OR -
Start > Run > Type 'Control' and select OK (on Windows XP)
*The Enter key may be used on the keyboard in place of touchpad clicking*

In the Control Panel, do the following:
•Select Mouse [Enter] (Brings up the touchpad properties sheet)
•Look at the Buttons tab in the touchpad properties sheet.
•Adjust the settings and test the touchpad until you get the response you desire.

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Have a great day,
martyshaw152

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How do I disable the power, sleep, and/or wake buttons in Windows? Answer: Disable the computer's ACPI feature If you wish to disable all three of these buttons, you can disable the computer's ACPI feature in BIOS / CMOS. Additional information about how to enter the BIOS / CMOS setup can be found on document CH000192. Once in BIOS / CMOS setup, you can disable ACPI in the power category. The location of this option is almost always different between all BIOS manufacturers and versions of BIOS.
Change the power option within Windows Microsoft Windows XP users By default, Microsoft Windows XP will prompt you what to do when the power button is pressed on the keyboard. If you wish to change this setting, follow the below steps.
  1. Click Start / Settings / Open the Control panel
  2. Within the Control Panel click Power Options
  3. In the Power Options Properties window, click the Advanced tab.
  4. Under Power buttons, click the down arrow under "When I press the power button on my computer" and/or "When I press the sleep button on my computer" and select the action you wish to perform when pressing the key.
Microsoft Windows 2000 users Unfortunately, Windows 2000 does not have all the features Windows XP does. However, you can change the power button or other buttons to perform a different function. For example, changing the power button to suspend instead of power. To do this, follow the below steps.
  1. Click Start / Settings / Open the Control panel
  2. Within the Control Panel, click Power Options
  3. In the Power Options Properties window, click the Advanced tab.
  4. Under Power buttons, click the down arrow under "When I press the power button on my computer" and/or "When I press the sleep button on my computer" and select the action you wish to perform when pressing the key.
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