Windows 2000: tuning the new OS

With Active Desktop enabled, you can make the Windows desktop look and act more like the Web - right down to making single-click launch icons. More important, you can also introduce Web content from AltaVista search forms to JavaScript news tickers right on the desktop, and have that content update itself on a regular basis. Although Active Desktop has been around since Windows 95, changing its settings is much easier with Windows 2000.

To turn on Active Desktop the Windows 2000 way, select Control Panel-Folder Options (also to be found under the Tools menu of any Explorer window). In the Active Desktop area, select the General tab, then click the Enable Web content on my desktop radio button. Two other ways to turn on Active Desktop are holdovers from Windows 98. You can right-click a blank area of the desktop and select Active Desktop-Show Web Content. You can also right-click a blank space on the desktop, select Properties, and under the Web tab, select Show Web content on my Active Desktop.

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