Windows configuration

The Control Panel

Control Panel ItemUsed For
Accessibility OptionsWe can set keyboard, mouse, sound and display for handicapped.
Add New HardwareTo install new hardware like CD-ROM, display adapters, etc.
Add or Remove ProgramsTo add or remove the different modules of Ms-Windows or other application software.
Date and TimeTo set date and time and also the time zone.
DisplayIt sets colors and fonts for Windows screens/title bars/etc., picture for Desktop background, Screen saver, screen resolution, display driver and energy saving mode.
FontsAdds and deletes typefaces for screen display and printer output.
KeyboardSets cursor blink rate, rate at which keys repeat when it is held down and determine the language for the keyboard.
Phone and ModemAdd, remove and set modem properties if connected.
MouseSet mouse’s pointer speed, double click speed, swap left and right buttons functions and the shape of mouse pointer.
Network ConnectionsSet network configuration (hardware and software), network identification, etc., if connected to a network.
Power OptionsApplicable for battery powered computer, to show battery charge level
Printers and FaxesDisplays installed printers, modify their properties and install new.
Regional SettingsSets how Window displays time, date, numbers and currency.
Sounds & Audio DevicesTurns on or off sound on window events, set up sound-schemes(a collection of sounds), change Audio, MIDI, CD music and other multimedia device drivers setting and properties, if installed.
SystemDisplay information about your system’s internal devices, optimize system performance and other system troubleshooting options.


Windows XP, uses wizards, for step by step process of creating or configuring something. For example, the Add printer Wizard to set up a new printer to PC.

Printer Management

When you print something from an application, a Windows printer driver (Printer Control Program) for the current printer formats the material to be printed to a form understood by the printer and sends it to the printer and then the printer prints it. Each installed printer has a printer driver in the Window XP printer folder.


Windows also provides spooling. It means that your PC stores document data on disk until the printer can accept it. When you print a document from an application, the information to be printed is stored temporarily in the queue (storage for print jobs) until it can be printed. If you print a long document to a slow printer, spooling lets you continue working with your application while the printer works. (“Spool” stands for simultaneous Printer Operation On-Line).

To change the printer settings do as follows

  • Click the Start Button, click Control Panel
  • Then click Printers and Faxes.
  • Change the settings depending on the printer you are using.

Font Management

It is a facility on Windows XP to manage various fonts on the computer so as to print text in different styles. Font refers to the set of all characters and numbers in a given size and normal. For example New Times Roman 10-point is a font and the typeface is New Times Roman. Once a font is installed, any program can use it.

Installing and using Fonts

Windows provides a simple way to install and use fonts.

To view fonts installed on your system do as follows

  • Open the folder C:\Windows\Fonts in a Folder window, or windows Explorer Window. The window as in figure appears.
  • To install a new font click the File Menu and choose Install New Font…..The Add fonts dialog box appears.

In the Drives and Folder boxes, select the drive and folder where the files are located for the new font or fonts.

  • In the list of Fonts box, select the fonts you want to install.
  • Windows copies the fonts files into its font folder (C:\Windows\fonts).
  • Click OK, and Windows installs the fonts you want.

To delete font , select the font to delete and click the File Menu and choose Delete.

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