Using an HTML Screen with Active Desktop

If use Windows 98 with Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 and with Active Desktop, you can create or use any web page as your desktop. After you have finished a custom web page in FrontPage Express, or another HTML editor, you can use it on your desktop and eliminate your desktop icons.

To use a Web page as your desktop, you’ll need to activate the Active Desktop. To do this, right-click the desktop and choose Active Desktop, View As Web Page. Right-click the desktop again and choose Properties. When the Display Properties dialog box opens, click the Background tab and select your new page. If it isn’t in the current list, click Browse and locate the file. Double-click its icon to set your new background.

To eliminate the standard desktop icons, click the Effects tab. Now, select the check box labeled “Hide icons when the desktop is viewed as a Web page” and then click OK to close the Display Properties dialog box and apply your selections.

At this point, the only thing you will see on your desktop is what you added to your Web page.


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