XP's CD-Creator softwarePosted: Updated:
Q. I heard that I can burn a CD with Windows XP, without the need to buy additional software. Is that true?
A. It sure is. If you're using Windows XP, you're not alone if you didn't know that it included an integrated CD-burning application that will probably meet your basic CD-burning needs.
When you insert a blank CD in your CD-R or -RW drive, XP will ask if you want to open a writeable CD folder. Click OK. This folder is where you will store files that you want to place on a CD. You can copy files to this folder by dragging and dropping them using Windows Explorer, or by any other means you choose. Then, when you're ready to write (burn) these files to your CD, click "Write these files to CD," located on the left side of the CD folder window.
This isn't the most sophisticated program in the world, but in a pinch it may get you through in an emergency -- if there is such a thing as a CD-burning emergency.
Q. I would like to delete some of the fonts installed in my computer, but I know there are some that should not be deleted because Windows needs them. Can you tell me which ones are necessary and which ones I can safely delete?
A. If you try to delete a font that Windows requires, it won't allow you to remove it, so you do have that built-in safeguard. Other than that, deleting some of the more "oddball" fonts shouldn't be a problem because it's doubtful that any of those are required system fonts.
If you decide at some point that you need additional fonts, you can locate lots of free fonts at the cleverly named FreeFonts.com Web site. An easy way to store fonts that you might not use on a regular basis, or perhaps just need for one special project, is to create a folder and save them in it for future use. You can create a new folder on your Desktop, for example, by right-clicking anywhere on the Desktop and selecting New > Folder.
When you want to use one of the saved fonts, open your folder and double-click the font you would like to use. Leave the font window open, then open your word-processing program. The font that you selected will appear in the drop-down list of available fonts -- as long as you keep the font window open. When you're finished using it, save and close your document first, then close the font folder.
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