Dummies 101: Windows 98


Windows 98 is a great operating system, but it can be daunting. Whether you need to learn Windows 98 for work, school, or home, Dummies 101: Windows 98 guides you through all of its features by using concrete examples. You'll quickly find out how to open, save, and copy files and how to get the most from all the extra programs that come with Windows 98 -- including the newest version of Internet Explorer.


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Windows 98 is a great operating system, but it can be daunting. Whether you need to learn Windows 98 for work, school, or home, Dummies 101: Windows 98 guides you through all of its features by using concrete examples. You'll quickly find out how to open, save, and copy files and how to get the most from all the extra programs that come with Windows 98 -- including the newest version of Internet Explorer.

Inside, get the information you need now:

  • Master the most important features of Windows 98
  • Use informative summaries and fun tests to help you assess and reinforce your knowledge
  • Practice using Windows 98 with the files on the CD
  • Learn how to launch programs and work with files by using My Computer and Explorer
  • Use the extra programs that come with Windows 98 -- Paint, WordPad, Media Player, and Internet Explorer -- to create cool flyers, write letters, play sound and video clips, and browse the World Wide Web
  • Upgrade successfully to Windows 98 from Windows 3.11 without losing any work or any sleep
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Library Journal
Noticeably lacking in graphical illustrations, Rathbone's book reads like a textbook, perhaps for classroom instruction but not for quick self-instruction. "Dummies" books are always popular, but this one appears rushed, and any of IDG's MaranGraphics titles would be better suited to libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764502088
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/16/1998
  • Series: Dummies 101 Series
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.55 (w) x 10.01 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents


Learning How to Use Windows 98
Why You're Reading This Book
How to Use This Book
How about the Technical Stuff?
How This Book Is Organized
The parts
Part I: Bare Bones Basics
Part II: Rearranging Your Desktop
Part III: Getting into Windows
Part IV: The Free Programs
Part V: Fixing Problems
The icons
The tests Well, you wanted a tutorial, didn't you?
About the CD
Where to Go from Here

Part I: Bare Bones Basics

Unit 1: Starting and Exiting Windows 98
Lesson 1-1: Turning On Your Computer
Lesson 1-2: Loading and Exiting Windows
Loading Windows
Exiting Windows
Lesson 1-3: Turning Off Your Computer
Unit 1 Quiz
Unit 1 Exercise
Unit 2: Using a Mouse and Keyboard
Lesson 2-1: Using the Mouse
Making a click
Making a double-click
Dragging and dropping
Lesson 2-2: Using the Keyboard
Using a function key
Using the Alt and Ctrl keys
Using the Esc Escape key
Using the keyboard's arrow keys
Unit 2 Quiz
Unit 2 Exercise
Unit 3: Understanding Windows and Menus
Lesson 3-1: Maximizing and Minimizing Windows
Opening and closing a window
Making a window fill the screen maximizing
Changing a full-screen program back into a window
Turning a window into an icon minimizing
Turning an icon back into a window
Lesson 3-2: Carefully Adjusting a Window's Size
Dragging a window's edges
Dragging and dropping a window's corners
Lesson 3-3: Finding and Changing a Window's Location On-Screen
Finding a program that's hiding somewhere on-screen
Moving a window around on the desktop
Tiling and cascading windows on the desktop
Lesson 3-4: Using a Window's Menus and Controls
Choosing something from a drop-down menu
Choosing something by clicking on a button
Sliding and dragging a box
Lesson 3-5: Filling Out Forms Dialog Boxes
Filling in words and numbers
Choosing an item with a checkbox
Choosing an item from a list box
Unit 3 Quiz
Unit 3 Exercise
Part I Review
Part I Test
Part I Lab Assignment

Part II: Rearranging Your Desktop

Unit 4: Working with the Desktop, Start Menu, and Taskbar
Lesson 4-1: Using the Taskbar
Finding the taskbar
Loading a program with the taskbar's Start button
Using the taskbar to switch between loaded programs
Customizing the taskbar's location
Turning the volume up or down
Lesson 4-2: Using the Start Menu
Finding lost programs and files with the Start menu
Lesson 4-3: Using the Desktop
Making shortcuts to programs and files on the desktop
Adding folders to the desktop
Customizing the Start menu
Lesson 4-4: Retrieving Deleted Files from the Recycle Bin
Unit 4 Quiz
Unit 4 Exercise
Unit 5: Working with Files and Folders in My Computer and Explorer
Lesson 5-1: Understanding File Management
Understanding files
Understanding folders and directories
Understanding disks
Understanding drives
Lesson 5-2: Working with Drives
Finding out what's stored on a drive
Deleting a drive
Lesson 5-3: Working with Folders
Looking inside a folder
Creating a folder
Copying or moving a folder
Deleting a folder
Changing a folder's name
Lesson 5-4: Working with Files
Opening a file
Copying or moving a file
Deleting a file
Changing a file's name
Lesson 5-5: Working with Floppies and CDs
Formatting a floppy disk
Making a copy of a floppy
Formatting a hard disk
Lesson 5-6: Working with Explorer
Looking in folders and files with Explorer
Unit 5 Quiz
Unit 5 Exercise
Part II Review
Part II Test
Part II Lab Assignment

Part III: Getting into Windows

Unit 6: Starting a Program
Lesson 6-1: Opening a Program from the Start Menu
Lesson 6-2: Opening a Program from the Desktop
Loading a program from a desktop icon
Creating a desktop shortcut and loading a program
Loading a program from the desktop menu
Lesson 6-3: Opening a Program in My Computer
Lesson 6-4: Opening a Program in Explorer
Lesson 6-5: Typing a Name in a Run Box
Unit 6 Quiz
Unit 6 Exercise
Unit 7: Opening or Creating a File
Lesson 7-1: Loading a File into a Program
Lesson 7-2: Loading a File from within My Computer or Explorer
Lesson 7-3: Creating a File from the Desktop Menu
Unit 7 Quiz
Unit 7 Exercise
Unit 8: Saving a File
Lesson 8-1: Knowing Where to Save Your Work
Lesson 8-2: Saving Your Work
Lesson 8-3: Saving in Different Formats The Save As Command
Unit 8 Quiz
Unit 8 Exercise
Unit 9: Printing a File
Lesson 9-1: Hooking Up a New Printer
Lesson 9-2: Sending Information to the Printer
Lesson 9-3: Adjusting the Printer's Settings
Lesson 9-4: Printing a File in My Computer or Explorer
Unit 9 Quiz
Unit 9 Exercise
Unit 10: Sharing Information That "Cut and Paste" Stuff
Lesson 10-1: Selecting Information
Lesson 10-2: Copying Information
Lesson 10-3: Cutting Information
Lesson 10-4: Pasting Information
Unit 10 Quiz
Unit 10 Exercise
Part III Review
Part III Test
Part III Lab Assignment

Part IV: The Free Programs

Unit 11: Paint Making a Party Flyer
Lesson 11-1: Using the Paint Tools
Lesson 11-2: Choosing a Size and Color
Lesson 11-3: Making a Border
Lesson 11-4: Adding Color
Lesson 11-5: Adding Text
Lesson 11-6: Copying Art to a File
Lesson 11-7: Drawing Circles and Ovals
Lesson 11-8: Erasing Artwork
Lesson 11-9: Drawing Lines
Lesson 11-10: Copying Graphics
Unit 11 Quiz
Unit 11 Exercise
Unit 12: WordPad Writing a Letter
Lesson 12-1: Creating Letterhead
Lesson 12-2: Writing a Letter
Lesson 12-3: Searching For and Replacing Words
Unit 12 Quiz
Unit 12 Exercise
Unit 13: Notepad Jotting Down a Quick Phone Message
Lesson 13-1: Jotting Down a Quick Phone Message
Lesson 13-2: Making the Words Wrap
Unit 13 Quiz
Unit 13 Exercise
Unit 14: Exploring Internet Explorer
Lesson 14-1: Connecting to the Internet
Lesson 14-2: Moving from Place to Place on the World Wide Web
Lesson 14-3: How Do I Move to a Specific Web Page?
Lesson 14-4: Searching for Specific Subjects on the Web
Lesson 14-5: Returning to Favorite Places on the Web
Unit 14 Quiz
Unit 14 Exercise
Unit 15: Turning the Computer into a Multimedia Console
Lesson 15-1: Playing Movie and Music Files
Lesson 15-2: Playing Sounds
Lesson 15-3: Recording Sounds
Lesson 15-4: Playing Music CDs
Lesson 15-5: Playing Sounds and Movies Quickly
Lesson 15-6: Watching Television
Unit 15 Quiz
Unit 15 Exercise
Part IV Review
Part IV Test
Part IV Lab Assignment

Part V: Fixing Problems

Unit 16: Organizing Your Desktop
Lesson 16-1: Creating Desktop Shortcuts
Lesson 16-2: Starting Programs Automatically
Unit 16 Quiz
Unit 16 Exercise
Unit 17: Changing Settings
Lesson 17-1: Changing Wallpaper and Color Schemes
Changing the Windows wallpaper
Changing the Windows color scheme
Lesson 17-2: Changing the Screen Saver
Lesson 17-3: Changing the Screen's Size
Lesson 17-4: Changing Sound Assignments
Lesson 17-5: Setting the Clock
Lesson 17-6: Adjusting the Mouse and Keyboard
Fine-tuning the mouse
Fine-tuning the keyboard
Unit 17 Quiz
Unit 17 Exercise
Unit 18: Using the Windows 98 Help Program
Lesson 18-1: Using the Windows Help Program
Lesson 18-2: Using the Help Program's Index
Lesson 18-3: Finding Help for Specific Problems
Lesson 18-4: Finding Help in a Dialog Box
Lesson 18-5: Finding Help When an Error Message Fills the Screen
Unit 18 Quiz
Unit 18 Exercise
Part V Review
Part V Test
Part V Lab Assignment

Appendix A: Answers

Appendix B: Installing Programs and Drivers

Appendix C: About the CD


License Agreement

Installation Instructions

Registration Information

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