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Document Conventions

The following style conventions and terminology are used throughout this guide.



bold font

Characters that you type exactly as shown, including commands and switches. User interface elements are also bold.

Italic font

Variables for which you supply a specific value. For example, Filename.ext could refer to any valid file name for the case in question.

Monospace font

Code samples.


The folder in which Windows 2000 is installed.

Reader Alert



Alerts you to supplementary information that is not essential to the completion of the task at hand.


Alerts you to supplementary information.


Alerts you to supplementary information that is essential to the completion of a task.


Alerts you to possible data loss, breaches of security, or other more serious problems.


Alerts you that failure to take or avoid a specific action might result in physical harm to you or to the hardware.

Critical Decision Point

Alerts you to a decision that is difficult to reverse.

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