Essential Windows 98 Book: The Get-It-Done Tutorial


This easy-to-follow book covers customizing the workspace with links and dynamic controls and accessing networks, intranets, and the Internet. Based on the final version of Windows 98, this guide saves time and makes everyday tasks easier than ever.
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This easy-to-follow book covers customizing the workspace with links and dynamic controls and accessing networks, intranets, and the Internet. Based on the final version of Windows 98, this guide saves time and makes everyday tasks easier than ever.
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Library Journal
Like IDG's offerings, below, Prima's books provide similar information in a number of formats. Fast & Easy is the most visually intense book, and it should work well for those who have even a small amount of experience with previous Windows systems. It is logically organized but allows the user to reference sections of interest. In a Weekend functions as a chronological tutorial. Well illustrated and with a good, basic text, it walks readers through "Getting To Know Windows 98," "Installing Applications," "Adding Hardware," and four more chapters that build on one another. Despite the title, Essential Windows 98, offering deeper instruction but in a similar format to In a Weekend, seems the best title to skip.
Provides explanations of Windows 98 features which are grounded in examples. Organized around tasks rather than software features, the material covers managing files and folders, accessories and tools, and connectivity issues. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761509677
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Essential Book Series
  • Pages: 509
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Getting Started with Windows 98
1: What's New in Windows 98?
New Hardware Support
Connecting Devices to Your Computer
Sharing Drivers Between Windows 98 and Windows NT
Starting Your Computer
Watching TV on Your Computer
Using Multiple Monitors on One Computer
Managing Hard Disk Space
Windows 98 and the Web
Choosing Your Desktop Style
Receiving Internet Information from Channels
Using New Mouse Functions
New Operating System Support Tools
Updating Windows 98
More Ways to Back Up and Restore
Monitoring Critical System Files
Making Windows Run More Efficiently
2: Understanding the Desktop and Starting Programs
Understanding the Desktop
About Those Icons
System Tray
Quick Launch Toolbar
Start Menu
Using the Mouse
Starting and Closing Programs
Using the Recycle Bin
Getting Help
Using Help
Using the Contents Tab to Search for Help
Using the Index Tab to Search for Help
Using the Search Tab
Getting Help from the Internet
Troubleshooting Wizards
3: Common Features in Windows Programs
Working with Windows Components
Identifying the Title Bar
Using the Close Box
Using the Maximize Button
Using the Restore Button
Using the Minimize Button
Using the Control Menu
Moving a Window
Resizing a Window
Using Scroll Bars
Using the Menu Bar
Making Choices with Dialog Boxes
Using Toolbars
File Operations
Saving a File
Closing a File
Opening a File
Printing a File
Editing Operations
Discovering the Windows Clipboard
Cutting Information
Copying Information
Pasting Information
Switching Between Programs
Linking and the Clipboard
Reversing an Action with Undo
4: Using Windows Explorer to Manage Files, Drives, and Folders
Understanding the Windows Explorer Environment
Changing What You See
Hiding and Displaying Toolbars
Hiding and Displaying the Status Bar
Changing the Contents of the Explorer Bar
Changing the Information that Appears in the All Folders View
Customizing a Folder
Working with Drives
Switching Drives
Creating Folders to Organize a Drive
Working with Files
Finding Files
Copying or Moving Files
Renaming Files
Deleting Files
Managing Floppy Disks
Formatting Floppy Disks
Copying Floppy Disks
Part II: Setting Up and Customizing Windows
5: Changing What's on the Desktop
Working with Icons on the Desktop
Arranging Icons
Changing the Appearance of Desktop Icons
Adding and Deleting Shortcuts
Shortcuts and DOS Programs
Understanding Display Properties
Using a Screen Saver
Controlling the Background of Your Desktop
Setting Resolution and Colors
Choosing Color Schemes
Customizing the Desktop
Viewing the Desktop as a Web Page
Choosing an Active Desktop
Viewing Folders as Web Pages
Windows 98 and Toolbars
Address Toolbar
Links Toolbar
Desktop Toolbar
Creating Your Own Toolbar
6: Installing and Configuring Printers
The Basics of Printing
Installing a New Printer
Setting the Default Printer
Using a Printer Other Than the Default Printer
Printing to a File
Deleting a Printer
7: Customizing the Start Menu and Taskbar
Organizing the Programs Menu
Rearranging Entries
Making Folders to Organize the Programs Menu
Making Changes to the Start Menu
Managing the Taskbar
Moving the Taskbar
Resizing the Taskbar
Hiding the Taskbar
8: Exploring the Control Panel
Adding and Removing Software
Adding a Program
Removing a Program
Using Windows to Uninstall a Program
Using the Program's Uninstaller
Using Windows Explorer to Remove a Program
Adding Windows Components
Installing Fonts
Viewing and Printing a Font Sample
Finding Fonts That Resemble Each Other
Adding Fonts
Deleting Fonts
Computer Fonts Versus Printer Fonts
Adding New Hardware
Setting the Date and Time
Changing Regional Settings
Adding Sounds When You Click
Using Passwords
Exploring System Properties
Control Panel Icons You Might Find Interesting
32bit ODBC
Accessibility Options and Tools
Caere Scan Manager
Game Controllers
Part III: Windows Accessories and Tools
9: Using WordPad and Notepad
Using WordPad
Starting WordPad
Creating a WordPad Document
Editing a WordPad Document
Adding a Date or Time
Selecting Text in a WordPad Document
Moving a Block of Text
Formatting a WordPad Document
Changing Font Attributes
Changing Paragraph Attributes
Adding Bullets
Changing Page Attributes
Saving a WordPad Document
Adding Graphics to a WordPad Document
Printing a WordPad Document
Creating a New WordPad Document
Opening an Existing WordPad Document
Quitting the WordPad Program
Using Notepad
Starting Notepad
Creating a File in Notepad
Saving a File in Notepad
Opening a File in Notepad
Printing a File from Notepad
10: Getting Creative with Paint
Discovering Parts of a Paint Window
Identifying the Tool Box
Editing the Color Box
Designing a Custom Color
Resizing the Drawing Screen
Drawing with the Paint Tools
Drawing Shapes
Using the Fill With Color Tool
Drawing Lines
Drawing Freehand
Using the Text Tool
Using the Airbrush
Saving and Printing a Drawing
Saving a Drawing
Printing a Drawing
Discovering Other Drawing Options
Flipping and Rotating an Object
Stretching and Skewing an Object
11: A World of Multimedia
Playing a Music CD
Labeling a Music CD
Setting Other Play Options
Ejecting a CD
Using the Volume Control
Using the Media Player
Using the Sound Recorder
Integrating Multimedia with Other Documents
Selecting Part of a Multimedia Clip
Placing a Multimedia Clip into a Document
Introducing the DVD Player
12: Learning to Control the Mouse-Using Games!
Playing Solitaire
Starting the Game
Moving the Cards
Selecting a Different Deck
Changing Solitaire Options
Scoring Points
Starting Hearts Across a Network
Scoring Your Points
13: Using System Tools
Backing Up Your Data
Creating a Backup Job
Restoring from the Backup
Improving the Efficiency of Your Hard Disk
Checking Drives, Files, and Folders for Errors
Optimizing Performance
Eliminating Unnecessary Files
Scheduling System Maintenance
Increasing Disk Space
Converting to FAT32
Creating Free Space on Your Hard Disk
Updating Your Computer's Drivers with Windows Update
Obtaining System Information for Troubleshooting
Updating Wizard Uninstall
Windows Report Tool
System File Checker
The Registry and the Registry Checker
Automatic Skip Driver Agent
Dr. Watson
System Configuration Utility
Version Conflict Manager
Part IV: Your Window to the World
14: Networking and Windows 98
A General Discussion of Networking
Network Hardware Considerations
Network Software Considerations
Setting Up a Windows 98 Network
Adding Network Adapters
Adding a Client
Adding a Protocol
Checking Bindings
Identifying Your Computer
Networking Printers
Permitting Sharing
Sharing a Local Printer
Setting Up a Network Printer
Sharing Drives, Folders, or Files
Mapping Network Drives
15: Connectivity Tools
Using the Online Services Folder
Establishing a Dial-Up Connection
Connecting with HyperTerminal
Using the Phone Dialer
Programming Speed Dial Numbers
Configuring a Phone Number
Placing a Call
Configuring a Direct Cable Connection
16: Mailing and Faxing from Windows 98
Starting Outlook Express
Using Outlook Express for E-mail
Creating an E-mail Message
Formatting an E-mail Message
Creating a Signature
Attaching Files to an E-mail Message
Setting Up E-mail Accounts
Retrieving Incoming E-mail
Replying to a Message
Forwarding an E-mail Message
Managing Your E-mail
The Inbox Assistant
Backing Up E-mail
Using Outlook Express with Newsgroups
Setting Up Newsgroups
Accessing a Newsgroup
Retrieving Newsgroup Postings
Replying to a Newsgroup Posting
Setting Outlook Express Options
Managing the Address Book
Adding Contacts to the Address Book
Sending Mail from the Address Book
Sorting the Address Book
Printing from the Address Book
Finding an E-mail Address
Faxing in Windows 98
17: Online with Internet Explorer
Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer
Looking at Internet Explorer's Toolbars
Using Hyperlinks
Using Search Engines
Playing Favorites
Adding a Favorite
Accessing a Favorite
Organizing Favorites
Setting Parental Controls
Working with Channels
Subscribing to Channels
Manually Updating a Channel
Using NetMeeting
Starting NetMeeting
Choosing a User Location Server
Using the Whiteboard
Chatting in NetMeeting
Sharing and Collaborating
Using NetShow Player
Chatting with Microsoft Chat
Starting Microsoft Chat
Setting Up a Character
Chatting with Others
Creating Web Pages with FrontPage Express
Creating a Web Page
Formatting a FrontPage Express Document
Adding Hyperlinks
Personal Web Server
18: On the Road with Windows
Using the Briefcase to Manage Updates Between Computers
Installing the Briefcase
Synchronizing Computer Files Using a Floppy Disk
Synchronizing Computer Files Between Connected Computers
Managing Your Computer's Power
Appendix A: Upgrading to Windows 98
System Requirements
Installing the Windows 98 Upgrade
Uninstalling Windows 98
Online Registration Wizard
Appendix B: Windows 98 and TV
Hardware Requirements for a Broadcast-Enabled Computer
Minimum Hardware Configuration
Recommended Hardware Configuration
Installing Web TV for Windows
Using Web TV
Downloading TV Program Listings
Setting Up a Reminder
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