Quiz II Answers

Windows Desktop

1. What is an icon?
An image that represents something such as a task or file.
2. Name three places you may find shortcuts to common tasks.
Desktop (icons), quicklaunch toolbar (buttons), start menu (listings).
3. What is the Control Panel used for?
Access controls to adjust the properties of your computer.
4. What can you safely do in the Control Panel?
It is safe to look at (but not change) the controls.
5. What must you be careful about doing in the Control Panel?
Making changes to the controls, because some changes will disrupt the computer.

Mouse Controls

6. Name two examples of a pointing device?
Mouse, trackball.
7. What does the button configuration mouse property do? When might you want to change it?
It controls which button you click to select. You may want to change it to switch from right-handed to left-handed use.
8. What does the double-click speed mouse property do? When might you want to change it?
It controls how quickly you must double-click. You may want to change it if the computer is having difficulty registering your double-clicks.
9. What does the pointer speed mouse property do? When might you want to change it?
It controls how fast the moves long distances across the desktop. When either the mouse is jumpy when you move it, or you have diffculty moving the mouse from edge-to-edge.

Video Display Controls

10. What is a pixel?
A dot of light. (It stands for picture element.)
11. What does it mean when the display area is set to: 800 by 600?
The display is set to show 800 pixels across (horizontal) and 600 pixels down (vertical).
12. Why might you want to increase the display area, say from 800x600 to 1024x768?
To fit more onto the display.
13. Why might you want to decrease the display area, say from 1024x768 to 800x600?
Things on the display are too small to read comfortably.
14. What are two fun ways you can personalize your video display?
Set a background (or wallpaper). Add a screen saver.