"Can I hide the controls I don't want my student to access?" (or, "That stinking Start button...")

Dear Pam--  

One of the kids I work with has figured out that he can click on the "Start" button at the bottom of the screen and exit out to other programs. Another spends much of her time clicking on, and playing with, the system clock in the bottom right. Is there any way to hide the controls at the bottom of the screen so I can get them to focus on the lesson? 

sad3.jpg   Annoyed in Annapolis 


Dear Annie--

Of course, if you WANTED the little blighters to hit the Start button or reset the clock, they wouldn't touch it... Kids. Can't live with them, can't kill them. heavy sigh

Unfortunately this isn't a VizZle question. It all depends on your operating system (e.g. Windows 7, or XP, or Mac or whatever) and I am not familiar with that many of them. I do know that the task bar (the strip at the bottom where the Start button, clock etc. live--see the illustration below) CAN be hidden though.




In most Windows operating systems, you just have to hover the cursor over the top edge of the task bar until you see a little double arrow. You can then collapse it to nothing. In Windows 7 (you know, the "new, improved easier" one), it is more complicated. You can right click on the task bar, and a menu pops up. Click on "Properties", and a whole raft of choices present themselves. You can "auto-hide the task bar" (but if the kids hover on the bottom looking for it, it will still appear--to be effective, you may want to "move" the task bar to the top of the screen as well as auto-hide it).

That sums up my total knowledge about the task bar--I hope it helps. If it doesn't, contact Support-Goddess Stacey at support@monarchtt.com --she can help you figure it out.

Happy VizZling!

Dear Pam Small.jpg  Pam

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