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Have you ever wondered what all those check-boxes and buttons in Windows do? Well, here's your chance to find out.


This question was answered on October 14, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

If you’re like me, you’re very curious about all the features and options Windows has to offer There are dozens of switches, check-boxes, and slider bars that can be used to tweak your system’s performance; however, oftentimes there names are cryptic, making it hard to determine what they do.

So, again I’d like to endow upon you yet another feature built into Windows that I continue to use on a regular basis

Follow the steps below:

1 Let’s say you’re in Internet Options, which is a popular place to change Internet settings, connections, and security You can get to your Internet Options by opening Internet Explorer > click Tools > click Internet Options > and finally click the Advanced tab.

2 At this point you should see a long list of check-boxes with a description I don’t even know what some of that stuff does off-hand, but that’s the whole point Find an option you’re curious about and right-click on it By doing so you should get a drop-down box that says “What’s This?” By left-click that box, you’ll get a short explanation of what that option does

See the "What's This?" box? Click it and a description should appear.

That’s all there is to it! This function works with the majority of Microsoft products including MS Office and Outlook Express So, if you find an option, and you’re not sure what it does, try out this top quality tip Sometimes it takes a cool feature to learn a lot of other cool features Enjoy!

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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on October 14, 2004