If you're used to having the Windows Taskbar at the bottom of your computer screen, but would be happier docking it as a column on the right or left side of your monitor, read Move the Taskbar to Different Locations In Windows to learn how to unlock it and move it where it works best for you. (This technique works equally well in Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7.)
If you made a New Year's resolution to de-clutter your house or office, you might also consider tidying-up your Windows desktop. Since clutter caused by too many or disorganize icons can make it hard to find the shortcuts you need, take a look at this page where you can find out how to arrange and run the Desktop Cleanup Wizard.
Microsoft Windows XP automatically chooses how to display folders based on the types of files they contain. For example, Windows XP displays your My Pictures folder in either Filmstrip or Thumbnails view so that you can see the pictures without opening the files. However, Windows XP displays your My Documents folder in Tiles view so that you can see the names of the Word and Excel documents.
To help avoid accidentally deleting a file, putting something into your Windows Recycle Bin doesn’t actually remove it from your computer. So if you discover you need something you deleted, you can still restore it from the Recycle Bin.
Or if your computer's hard drive is filling up and you need to make room there, you can permanently remove files by emptying the Recycle Bin.
Each time you start a program or open a document on your computer, a button is added to your computer's Windows taskbar. If you've got a lot of programs running or documents open, the taskbar can run out of room. When that happens, Windows will group similar buttons together on the taskbar, and it isn't always easy to re-find what you're looking for.
Here's how to change that Windows XP setting on your computer: