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How to display the volume control icon in the taskbar in Windows XP?

In the normal case, your volume control icon is in the taskbar, but sometimes it could be removed by your mistake operation. If you’re listening to music on your computer, and you want a quick way to turn the volume up or down, you can create a shortcut icon for your volume control and put it in the taskbar.

To add the volume control icon to your taskbar, follow these steps:


Click Start, and then click Control Panel.

The Start menu with Control Panel selected


Click Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices.

The Control Panel with Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices selected


Under Pick a task, click Change the speaker settings.

The Pick a Task page with Change the speaker settings selected


In the Sounds and Audio Devices Properties box, click the Volume tab, and select the Place volume icon in the taskbar check box. Then, click OK.

The Sounds and Audio Devices Properties page with the OK button selected

Now when you want to adjust the volume, you can just click the speaker icon in the taskbar and move the slider.

The Volume Control slider

Note: You might need to click on the left-facing arrow button (<) on the taskbar to display the audio icon.


How to use the On-Screen Keyboard in Windows XP?

You can start the On-Screen Keyboard using the Start menu. If you use the On-Screen Keyboard regularly, add a shortcut to your desktop to make it easier to open.

Start the On-Screen Keyboard using the Start menu

To launch the On-Screen Keyboard, please follow the next steps listed below:


Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Accessibility, and then On-Screen Keyboard.

Start menu, All Programs menu, and submenus expanded to access the On-Screen Keyboard


The On-Screen Keyboard and On-Screen Keyboard dialog box appear. Click OK.

The On-Screen Keyboard dialog box with OK button selected

You can now use the On-Screen Keyboard by clicking the buttons with your mouse. To hold down the SHIFT, CTRL, or ALT keys, just click them once, and the keys will stay pressed until you click the next key.

Typing in Notepad using the On-Screen Keyboard

Create a desktop shortcut for the On-Screen Keyboard

To make a shortcut on your desktop to launch the On-Screen Keyboard


Right-click your desktop, point to New, and click Shortcut.

The desktop right-click menu with Shortcut selected


In the location field, type osk. Then click Next.

The Create Shortcut dialog box


Type On-Screen Keyboard. Then, click Finish.

The Select a Title for the Program dialog box

That's it! The shortcut to the On-Screen Keyboard utility is on your desktop.

How to change the typing mode

On-Screen Keyboard has three different modes:

Clicking mode. This is the default mode in which you use a mouse or other pointing device to click keys.

Hovering mode. You use a mouse or joystick to point to a key for a predefined period of time, and the selected character is typed automatically.

Scanning mode. On-Screen Keyboard continually scans the keyboard and highlights areas where you can type keyboard characters by pressing a keyboard shortcut or by using a switch-input device.

To change typing mode


Click the Settings menu, and then click Typing Mode.

The On-Screen Keyboard Settings menu with Typing Mode selected


In the Typing Mode dialog box, click your preferred method of selecting keys. Then, click OK.

The Typing Mode dialog box

The On-Screen Keyboard simplifies text entry for users who prefer using a pointing device. For more information about Windows XP accessibility features, read Set up accessibility features.


How to make a screen saver by using a specify photos in Windows XP?

If you want to use your photos to make a screen saver, to set up your screen saver to display a slide show of all the pictures is an option in Microsoft Windows XP.

To set up a My Pictures slide show, flowing the steps listed below:


Right-click on the desktop, and then click Properties.

Desktop shortcut menu with Properties selected


In the Display Properties dialog box, click the Screen Saver tab. Then, click the Screen saver list, and click My Pictures Slideshow.

Screen Saver tab in Display Properties dialog box with My Pictures Slideshow selected


Click OK.

Screen Saver tab in Display Properties dialog box with OK button selected

Now, when your screen saver starts, you’ll see a slide show of all the pictures in your My Pictures folder. If you want to see your pictures right away, follow these instructions to add a shortcut to your desktop that immediately starts the slide show.