Toshiba 14.1 TFT XGA LCD MODULE - TECRA S1 (V00002008006) PC Notebook

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Taskbar

Each time you open a program, a button associated with that program appears on the taskbar. With some programs, a button appears on the taskbar for each document or window you open. You can use these buttons to quickly switch between the programs or windows.

To make a program or window the currently active one, click the associated taskbar button.

You can personalize the taskbar to include not only shortcut icons but also your favorite Internet URL addresses.

DEFINITION: URL stands for Uniform Resource Locator, which is the address that defines the route to a file on the Web or any other Internet facility. Generically, it is known as the Web site address.

System tray

The System tray displays icons of tasks or programs that run continuously in the background. To learn more about each task, position the cursor over the icon for a few moments and a short description of the task appears.

Typical tasks in the System tray are Current time, Power usage mode, Mouse properties, and speaker volume.

To activate a specific task, double-click the appropriate

System tray icon. You may also right-click the icon to see other options.

Exploring audio features

You can play.wav sound files or audio CDs using the built-in speakers, headphones, or external speakers. You can use your computer to record sounds using the built-in microphone or external microphone.

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Using external speakers or headphones

Your computer is equipped with a full stereo sound system with internal speakers. Instead of using the internal speakers, you can connect headphones or a pair of external stereo speakers.

TECHNICAL NOTE: Use amplified speakers that require an external power source. Other types of speakers will be inadequate to produce sound from the computer.

To play back sound files through headphones or external speakers:

1

Locate the headphone jack on the computer.

2

Using any necessary adapters, plug the cable from the headphones or external speakers into the headphone jack.

The headphone jack requires a 16-ohm stereo mini jack.

To adjust the volume:

For external speakers, use the volume controls on each speaker.

For headphones, use the computer’s volume control dial.

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Recording sounds

You may record sounds and save them as.wav files using the built-in microphone or an external microphone. The easiest way to record is through the computer’s built-in microphone.

DEFINITION: A .wav (pronounced “wave”) file is the format for storing sound in files in Windows.

TECHNICAL NOTE: If you record MP3 files, you will only be able to play them on a device capable of playing MP3 files.

To record sounds using the microphone:

1

If you want to use an external microphone, connect it to the external microphone jack.

2

Click

Start

, point to

Programs

,

Accessories

, and then click

Entertainment

.

3

Click

Sound Recorder

.

The Sound Recorder screen displays.

Positioning bar

Record

Stop

Play

Skip forward

Skip backward

Sound Recorder screen

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4

Click the

Record

button.

5

Speak normally into the microphone.

The maximum recording time is 60 seconds.

6

When you have finished recording, click the

Stop

button.

7

To hear what you just recorded, click the

Play

button.

8

To save the file, select

Save

from the

File

menu.

Adjusting recording quality

The better the quality of the recording, the more disk space the sound file requires. Experiment to find a balance that fits your needs.

1

Open Sound Recorder, if necessary.

2

Click

Start

, point to

Programs

,

Accessories

,

Entertainment

, and then click

Sound Recorder

.

3

In the Sound Recorder window, click

Edit

, then click

Audio Properties

.

4

In the Audio Properties dialog box, adjust the Recording

Volume, Preferred device, and Preferred quality according to your needs.

5

Click

OK

.

Your new settings take effect the next time you record.

Playing an audio CD-ROM

Insert an audio CD and close the disc tray. The CD begins to play.

If the computer is turned on, Windows Media

Player opens and the CD begins to play. You can use the Windows Media

Player program to control the CD.

To access the Windows Media

Player, you can open it through the Start menu or activate it from the taskbar.

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