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35 Things You Didn't Know About Windows Vista: 21 - 25

written by: sammy•edited by: Lamar Stonecypher•updated: 5/12/2009

Here are five more lesser-known features, tools, and settings that every Vista user should know about.

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    1. Text recognition enables text input by stylus, mouse or keyboard

    Vista's hand­writing recognition tools work perfectly with a touch screen or a graphics tablet PC. We mentioned the Speech Recognition tool that can be used to give commands to your PC in part 4 of this series. Text recognition can be also be used to control your PC. It allows you to enter text input using a pen or stylus instead of a mouse and keyboard. Unfortunately, this feature is not available in the Home Basic version.

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    2. User Account Control makes handling user accounts easier

    There is one more very useful added feature in Vista called User Account Control. This tool makes sure that nobody except you is permitted to make changes to system settings, installed applications or get access to internet via your system. There are a lot of web junkies (hackers) or some mischievous household member that are trigger happy to throw a spanner in your system. So User Account Control is a vital protective barrier against these wicked intentions.

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    3. Vista makes gaming better

    Those who like to play the latest 3D games can access perform­ance tweaking options in Vista. Vista brings all your games together in one place and helps parents to manage what their children should play by hiding specific games by age rating.

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    4. Vista offers a calendar that can be shared online

    One thing XP lacks is an adequate calendar. Vista fills this space by introducing a simple calendar that can even be shared online with family and friends. It's a handy way for clubs and societies to keep track of activities when events are organized by more than one members, and enables the users to choose from four views, from a single day to the full month.

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    5. Vista includes more improved movie burning software

    Vista includes a very simple and easy to use DVD-writing application. If you are an avid movie lover and want to burn a load of movies onto your drives then you just have to drag and drop movies to the application window of this software and follow the step-by-step guide to add an introductory DVD menu. This application might not be as advanced as some paid DVD creation tools, but is very easy to use for those who don't want to go into the details. You can also add sound tracks to you image files while viewing slideshows.

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