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Windows 2000 Accessories

This lab explores some of the various system customizing options in Windows 2000. The Power Options are useful if the system is on a laptop. These features can be used to turn off the monitor and hard disks to conserve energy and battery life. Accessibility Options can be used to help people with audio and visual impairments, making sounds at various keyboard events and showing visual alerts. Regional Options can change language and various country-specific settings on the computer. You can change the default sounds for different events.


  • PC-compatible desktop/tower computer system with Windows 2000 installed

  • Sound card and speakers


In this next section, you will look at various configuration options. These options are in the Windows 2000 Control Panel, and enable you to modify the behavior of the computer. You will be able to modify, for instance, your Power Options and energy saving features.

  1. Power Options

    1. Boot to the Windows 2000 desktop.

    2. Choose Start, Settings, Control Panel.

    3. Double-click on Power Options. You will see a window similar to Figure 3.8.

    4. Figure 3.8Figure 3.8 Power Options.

    5. Record your Turn Off Monitor and Turn Off Hard Disks settings in Table 3.14.

    6. table 3.14Table 3.14

    7. Change the Turn Off Monitor setting to After 1 Min and click Apply.

    8. Do not move the mouse or press any keys for one minute and record your observations in Table 3.15.

    9. table 3.15Table 3.15

    10. Move the mouse and change the Turn Off Monitor setting back to its original state.

    11. Click OK for the Power Options properties.

  2. Accessibility Options

    1. From the Windows 2000 Control Panel double-click on Accessibility Options.

    2. Click the Display tab. You will see a window similar to Figure 3.9.

    3. Figure 3.9Figure 3.9 Accessibility contrast options.

    4. Select Use High Contrast. Click Apply.

    5. Record your observations in Table 3.16.

    6. table 3.16Table 3.16

    7. Uncheck High Contrast and click Apply to restore the display to its original state. You might need to resize the taskbar by dragging the edge down to its original position.

    8. In Accessibility Options click the Mouse tab.

    9. Select Use MouseKeys. Click Apply.

    10. Look at the keyboard and verify that the Num Lock light is on. If it is not, press the Num Lock key.

    11. There are arrow keys on the numeric keypad on the right-hand side of the keyboard. Up is 8, down is 2, left is 4, and right is 6. Press up and record your observations in Table 3.17.

    12. table 3.17Table 3.17

    13. Uncheck Use Mouse Keys and click Apply to restore the option back to its original state.

    14. Click OK to close Accessibility Options window.

  3. Regional Options

    1. From the Windows 2000 Control Panel double-click on Regional Options. You will see a window similar to Figure 3.10.

    2. Figure 3.10Figure 3.10 Regional Options.

    3. On the General tab record your locale in Table 3.18.

    4. table 3.18Table 3.18

    5. On the Numbers tab record the Digit Grouping in Table 3.18.

    6. On the Currency tab record the currency symbol in Table 3.18.

    7. On the Time tab record the Time Format in Table 3.18.

    8. On the Date tab record the Date Separator in Table 3.18.

    9. Under the Input Locales record the uppermost Input Language in Table 3.18.

    10. Click OK to close the Regional Options window.

  4. Sounds and Multimedia

    1. From the Windows 2000 Control Panel, double-click on Sounds and Multimedia. You will see a window similar to Figure 3.11.

    2. Click the Asterisk event.

    3. Record the Name in Table 3.19. This is the name of the sound file that Windows plays when the corresponding event has occurred.

    4. If you have a sound card and speakers, click the play button and you will hear the sound.

    5. Click the Audio tab. Record the preferred device for sound playback in Table 3.20.

    6. Figure 3.11Figure 3.11 Sound and Multimedia properties.

      table 3.19Table 3.19

      table 3.20Table 3.20

    7. Click the Advanced tab under sound playback.

    8. Record the speaker setup in Table 3.21.

    9. table 3.21Table 3.21

    10. Click OK to close the Advanced window.

    11. Click the Hardware tab.

    12. Record the number of devices listed in Table 3.22.

    13. table 3.22Table 3.22

    14. Browse for the CD-ROM in the device listing and double-click on it.

    15. Record the name of the window that appears in Table 3.23.

    16. table 3.23Table 3.23

    17. Click OK to close the window that you just opened.

    18. Click OK to close the Sound and Multimedia Properties.

    19. Close the Control Panel.

    20. Shut down the computer.

What Did I Just Learn?

Several different options in Windows can optimize performance as well as tune it to the specific needs of your corporate environment and your end users. These options include energy features, accessibility options, regional options, and multimedia features. In this section, you learned about

  • Power Options

  • Accessibility Options

  • Regional Options

  • Sounds and Multimedia

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