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Active Desktop

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Active Desktop is a part of Windows 98 and above. It allows you to place a web page on your Desktop, therefore making it more visible on your computer.

Most Active Desktops that you put on your computer will be small parts of web sites; usually just links to "the week's featured articles". (An example of this can be found in Computer Training 2000's Active Desktop. It provides you will links to the "Featured Articles" on our site. To get the Computer Training 2000 Active Desktop, click here.)

This How-To Article shows you how to activate Active Desktop, and how to use it.

Active Desktop

Enabling Active Desktop

1. Right-click a blank spot on your Desktop.

2. From the menu that appears, point to "Active Desktop" and click "View As Web Page".

Tip: To disable Active Desktop, just click "View As Web Page" again, from the "Active Desktop" submenu.

Customizing the Active Desktop

1. Right-click a blank spot on the Desktop and select "Properties" from the menu that appears.

2. Click the "Web" tab.

3. To edit the properties of an existing Active Desktop Channel, click the channel you would like to edit, and click the "Properties" button.

4. To remove an Active Desktop Channel that you no longer want, click it, and click the "Delete" button.

Adding an Active Desktop Channel

1. Adding a channel is very easy. Web sites that have Active Channels will usually have "Add Active Channel" buttons all around their sites. Take a look at the button that Computer Training 2000 uses for our Active Channel. It is visible on every page of the site. To add the Active Channel, just click this "Add Active Channel" button, and Windows will take care of the rest of it.

2. There is also a gallery of Active Desktop Channels that are available. Try this page. This link will bring you to a Microsoft Internet Explorer Active Channel Gallery.

3. You can also manually add an Active Channel, therefore allowing you to add any web page on the Internet to your Desktop. To do this, right-click the Desktop and select "Properties" from the menu that appears. Click the Web tab. Click the "Add" button. Follow the Wizard's directions to easily add a channel.

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