Dummies 101: The Internet for Windows 98


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If you've been itching to explore the Internet, now is the time to start! Dummies 101: The Internet For Windows 98 brings you easy, step-by-step instructions to connect you to the Net quickly right from your desktop. Research any topic, get tons of free programs, shop online, and more!

Inside, get the information you need now:

  • Click any of 200 hand-picked Web sites on this book's CD-ROM to cruise to the very best sites on the Internet
  • Find virtually any person or fact you need on the Web
  • Choose from thousands of fabulous free programs, picture files, and audio and video clips
  • Send and receive e-mail -- and use our software robot to test your e-mail address
  • Join online discussion groups, participate in live chat groups, and subscribe to electronic channels
  • Create and publish your own Web page
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764502071
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/16/1998
  • Series: Dummies 101 Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents


Assumptions about You, the Reader
How the Book Works
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Swinging on the World Wide Web
Part II: Reading E-Mail and Newsgroups
Icons Used in This Book
About the Dummies 101 CD
Send Us E-Mail

Part I: Swinging on the World Wide Web

Unit 1: Getting Started with Internet Explorer
Lesson 1-1: Preparing to Go Online with Internet Explorer
Understanding what equipment you need
Getting an Internet account
Making sure you have Internet Explorer
Using an Internet dialer
Understanding a few basic terms
Lesson 1-2: Jumping onto the Web
Opening Internet Explorer and connecting to the Net
Moving up and down a Web page
Finding links on a Web page
Identifying a link's electronic address
Lesson 1-3: Cruising the Web by Using Links
Moving back and forth on the Web
Using the File menu and History bar
Unit 1 Quiz
Unit 1 Exercise
Unit 2: Searching for Information on the Web
Lesson 2-1: Cruising the Web by Using Favorites
Installing Hy's and Margy's Favorites
Leafing through your favorites
Using favorites to sample the best of the Web
Lesson 2-2: Creating and Organizing Favorites
Creating favorites
Creating a favorite with a keystroke
Creating a favorite using the page icon
Creating a favorite using the Add Favorite dialog box
Organizing favorites
Adding and revising favorites on the Links bar
Lesson 2-3: Entering URLs
Lesson 2-4: Searching a Web Page for Information
Lesson 2-5: Searching the Entire Web for Information
Using a category-based Web searcher
Using an open-ended Web searcher
Using multiple Web searchers
Unit 2 Quiz
Unit 2 Exercise
Unit 3: Saving Information and Downloading Files
Lesson 3-1: Printing and Saving Web Information
Printing the contents of a Web page
Saving the contents of a Web page to disk
Saving Web data as a text file
Saving your data as an HTML file
Checking your saved text and HTML files
Lesson 3-2: Downloading Files from the Web
Searching for and downloading a file
Poking around Web sites for files
Unit 3 Quiz
Unit 3 Exercise
Unit 4: Customizing the Browser
Lesson 4-1: Enhancing Internet Explorer's Performance
Cruising without pictures
Using multiple browsers
Lesson 4-2: Adjusting Internet Explorer's Settings
Hiding the browser window's toolbars
Rearranging the browser window's toolbars
Changing Internet Explorer settings
Unit 4 Quiz
Unit 4 Exercise
Part I Review
Unit 1 Summary
Unit 2 Summary
Unit 3 Summary
Unit 4 Summary
Part I Test
Part I Lab Assignment
Step 1: Run Internet Explorer and connect to the Net.
Step 2: Peruse Web guides to uncover cool Web pages.
Step 3: Discover more Web guides.
Step 4: Compile a list of the most promising-looking Web pages.
Step 5: Investigate each Web page on your list by moving to it.
Step 6: When you've worked your way through your list, organize your new favorites.
Part I Lab Assignment
Step 7: Visit some of the most interesting sites you've discovered...and enjoy yourself!
Step 8: After you've finished, disconnect from the Internet.

Part II: Reading E-Mail and Usenet Newsgroups

Unit 5: Getting Started with E-Mail
Lesson 5-1: Telling Outlook Express How to Get Your Mail
Can Outlook Express get your mail?
Finding out where your mail is
Setting up Outlook Express to handle your e-mail
Lesson 5-2: Sending a Message
Composing, spell-checking, and sending a message
Exiting Outlook Express
Lesson 5-3: Reading E-Mail Messages
Picking up and reading your e-mail
Lesson 5-4: Replying to, Forwarding, Printing, and Deleting Messages
Replying to a message
Forwarding a message
Printing a message
Deleting a message
Lesson 5-5: E-Mail E-tiquette
Unit 5 Quiz
Unit 5 Exercise
Unit 6: More Mail Maneuvers
Lesson 6-1: Using Your Address Book
Adding people to your Address Book
Addressing messages using the Address Book
Lesson 6-2: Filing Messages in Folders
Creating folders
Transferring messages to other folders
Filtering messages
Lesson 6-3: Sending Files Along with Your Messages
Understanding how a file is attached
Attaching and sending a file
Lesson 6-4: Receiving an Attached File
Unit 6 Quiz
Unit 6 Exercise
Unit 7: Joining Usenet Newsgroups
Lesson 7-1: Setting Up Outlook Express to Read Newsgroups
Lesson 7-2: Listing and Subscribing to Newsgroups
Listing newsgroups
Exploring your newsgroup list
Subscribing to and unsubscribing from newsgroups
Lesson 7-3: Reading Newsgroup Articles
Lesson 7-4: Searching for Newsgroups of Interest
Lesson 7-5: Replying to Newsgroup Articles
Posting a test article
Reading the article you posted
Forwarding, printing, and saving articles
Unit 7 Quiz
Unit 7 Exercise
Unit 8: Tuning in to Channels
Lesson 8-1: Viewing Channels
Exploring the Channel bar
Finding additional channels
Lesson 8-2: Adding and Managing Channels
Subscribing to a channel
Adding a channel to your desktop
Setting a channel to be your screen saver
Managing channels
Managing desktop channels
Managing screen saver channels
Unit 8 Quiz
Unit 8 Exercise
Part II Review
Unit 5 Summary
Unit 6 Summary
Unit 7 Summary
Unit 8 Summary
Part II Test
Part II Lab Assignment
Step 1: Run Outlook Express, connect to the Net, and open the Newsgroups window.
Step 2: Find and subscribe to a newsgroup that you'll enjoy.
Step 3: Find some interesting articles in the newsgroup.
Step 4: Create an e-mail folder for storing the articles.
Step 5: Move the articles into the folder.
Step 6: (optional) Send an e-mail message to the author of an article you especially liked, thanking him or her.
Appendix A: Answers
Part I Test Answers
Part II Test Answers
Appendix B: Using the Dummies 101 CD
Programs on the CD
Document and Exercise Files on the CD
System Requirements
Installing the Programs
CD Program Descriptions
Acrobat Reader
Installing Acrobat Reader
Reading documents with Acrobat Reader
Getting more information about Acrobat Reader
Eudora Light
Free Agent
FrontPage Express
Internet Explorer
Netscape Communicator
Outlook Express
Paint Shop Pro
ThunderBYTE Anti-Virus
Removing Programs
If You've Got Problems (Of the CD Kind)
A Final Reminder about Shareware


IDG Books Worldwide, Inc., End-User License Agreement

Dummies 101 CD Installation Instructions

Book Registration Information

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