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Phone Dialer Is Not Available in the Communications Menu

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This article describes how to run Phone Dialer, which is a program that is included in Windows XP. However, you cannot access this program through the Communications menu, which you locate by clicking Start, All Programs, and then Accessories.

To Run Phone Dialer on Windows XP

To run Phone Dialer, click Start, click Run, type dialer.exe, and then press ENTER.

To Add Phone Dialer to the Communications Menu

  1. Click Start, click My Computer, and then double-click the partition in which Windows XP is installed.
  2. Navigate to the following folder:
    Documents and Settings\All Users\Start\Programs\Accessories\Communications
  3. In the Communications folder, click File, click New, and then click Shortcut to start the Create Shortcut wizard.
  4. In the Type the location of the item box, type c:\program files\windows nt\dialer.exe.
  5. Click Next.
  6. In the Type a name for this shortcut box, type Phone Dialer.
  7. Click Finish.

Article ID: 285920 - Last Review: 12/06/2015 00:00:34 - Revision: 1.2

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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