Easy Microsoft Windows Vista [NOOK Book]

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See it done. Do it yourself. It’s that Easy! Easy Microsoft Windows Vista teaches you the fundamentals of working with the newest Windows operating system–Windows Vista. Fully illustrated steps will show you how to burn CDs, manage your photos and other files, send and receive email messages, and browse the Internet. In addition, learn to use the built-in security features to ensure safe access to email, the Internet, and your programs, as well as protect against viruses, junk email, and privacy invasion. No need...

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Overview

See it done. Do it yourself. It’s that Easy! Easy Microsoft Windows Vista teaches you the fundamentals of working with the newest Windows operating system–Windows Vista. Fully illustrated steps will show you how to burn CDs, manage your photos and other files, send and receive email messages, and browse the Internet. In addition, learn to use the built-in security features to ensure safe access to email, the Internet, and your programs, as well as protect against viruses, junk email, and privacy invasion. No need to feel intimidated; we’ll hold your hand every step of the way.

Learn how to…

• Keep data secure and avoid privacy invasion with Windows Defender and other built-in security features. Parental controls also put you in charge of what your kids are doing while online.

• Quickly find any type of file from music, pictures, programs, to documents with Instant Search.

• Take advantage of Windows Mail with built-in spam and security features.

• Use new Windows Photo Gallery to view, organize, edit, and print your photographs.

• Set up live Internet feeds with current information such as stock quotes, weather, sports scores, and more.

• Add details about your files using the Tags feature which makes files easier to find and group together.

CALLOUTS

Easy steps guide you through each task.

Items you select or click are shown in bold.

Each step is fully illustrated.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132713740
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • File size: 20 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Shelley O’Hara is the author of more than 120 books, including the best-selling Easy Windows XP and other top-selling titles. She has published books on everything from the philosopher Nietzsche to how to buy and sell a house to a kids’ book for the iPod. Her main focus is teaching beginning users how to use technology, including Windows. She has a BA in English from the University of South Carolina and an MA in English from the University of Maryland.

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IntroductionINTRODUCTION TO EASY MICROSOFT WINDOWS VISTA

Becoming familiar with a new operating system, such as Windows Vista, can seem like a daunting task. There's so much to learn! And in this new version of Windows, there are so many different features; the interface looks different, commands aren't where you expect them to be, the entire way things work has seemingly been overhauled, all with the goal of making things easier. And they will be easier ... after you learn how Windows Vista is set up and how it works.

When you sit down to use a computer, you don't want to spend your time staring at it, hoping to figure out how to send a simple email. You want to be able to start right away; you want to take advantage of all the cool things you see advertised. Sending pictures of your children or grandchildren, listening to music and burning your own CD collection of your favorite tunes, watching movies, and so on, are all easily accomplished if you have the right foundational understanding of how to use Windows.

That's why Easy Windows Vista comes in so handy: it provides concise, visual, step-by-step instructions for showing you how to do the things you want to do with your computer. And while it's perfect for beginners, it's also ideal for anyone upgrading to this new version of Windows.

In this book, you'll start with a quick overview of what is new in Vista and then move straight into the basics of getting around and getting things done. You'll learn how to start programs, the main reason you have a computer. (A program is what you use to "do" things on your computer—send email, browse the Internet, write letters, edit photographs, and so on.) Plus, you'll discover so much more—how to play games, how to purchase music online and then burn it to a disk, and how to get pictures from your digital camera to your computer and then print or email them.

In addition, you'll find out how to maintain your computer to avoid problems, protect your computer from viruses and other security concerns, improve your computer's performance, personalize your computer so that it works the way you want, and expand its capabilities (like adding a printer or setting up a network).

All the skills you need to use your computer and Windows Vista are covered and in an easy-to-follow, visual format that gets you up and running with Windows Vista in no time.

As for using this book, you can read it cover to cover or use it as a reference when you encounter a problem or a feature you don't know how to use. Either way, Easy Microsoft Windows Vista lets you see it done and then do it yourself. Here's to happy computing!

© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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Table of Contents

Part 1

What’s New in Windows Vista . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 2

Part 2

Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 12

Part 3

Working with Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 28

Part 4

Working with Folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 40

Part 5

Working with Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 58

Part 6

Working with Printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 76

Part 7

Working with Scanners or Digital Cameras . . . . Pg. 96

Part 8

Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 108

Part 9

Sending Email . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 126

Part 10

Browsing the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 154

Part 11

System Security and User Accounts . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 174

Part 12

Personalizing Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 192

Part 13

Setting Up Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 210

Part 14

Performance and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 226

Part 15

Using Windows Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 258

Part 16

Home Networking Basics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 288

Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 312

Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pg. 320

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Preface

IntroductionINTRODUCTION TO EASY MICROSOFT WINDOWS VISTA

Becoming familiar with a new operating system, such as Windows Vista, can seem like a daunting task. There's so much to learn! And in this new version of Windows, there are so many different features; the interface looks different, commands aren't where you expect them to be, the entire way things work has seemingly been overhauled, all with the goal of making things easier. And they will be easier ... after you learn how Windows Vista is set up and how it works.

When you sit down to use a computer, you don't want to spend your time staring at it, hoping to figure out how to send a simple email. You want to be able to start right away; you want to take advantage of all the cool things you see advertised. Sending pictures of your children or grandchildren, listening to music and burning your own CD collection of your favorite tunes, watching movies, and so on, are all easily accomplished if you have the right foundational understanding of how to use Windows.

That's why Easy Windows Vista comes in so handy: it provides concise, visual, step-by-step instructions for showing you how to do the things you want to do with your computer. And while it's perfect for beginners, it's also ideal for anyone upgrading to this new version of Windows.

In this book, you'll start with a quick overview of what is new in Vista and then move straight into the basics of getting around and getting things done. You'll learn how to start programs, the main reason you have a computer. (A program is what you use to "do" things on your computer—sendemail, browse the Internet, write letters, edit photographs, and so on.) Plus, you'll discover so much more—how to play games, how to purchase music online and then burn it to a disk, and how to get pictures from your digital camera to your computer and then print or email them.

In addition, you'll find out how to maintain your computer to avoid problems, protect your computer from viruses and other security concerns, improve your computer's performance, personalize your computer so that it works the way you want, and expand its capabilities (like adding a printer or setting up a network).

All the skills you need to use your computer and Windows Vista are covered and in an easy-to-follow, visual format that gets you up and running with Windows Vista in no time.

As for using this book, you can read it cover to cover or use it as a reference when you encounter a problem or a feature you don't know how to use. Either way, Easy Microsoft Windows Vista lets you see it done and then do it yourself. Here's to happy computing!


© Copyright Pearson Education. All rights reserved.

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