Learn Windows 98 in a Weekend

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Learn Windows 98 In a Weekend focuses on the practical usability rather than the theory and technology of this new operating system. It enables the reader to increase and improve their computer skills by learning to harness the power of Windows 98 quickly and easily. Designed for beginners, this book concentrates on the nuts-and-bolts experience that new users require in order to increase productivity.
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Overview

Learn Windows 98 In a Weekend focuses on the practical usability rather than the theory and technology of this new operating system. It enables the reader to increase and improve their computer skills by learning to harness the power of Windows 98 quickly and easily. Designed for beginners, this book concentrates on the nuts-and-bolts experience that new users require in order to increase productivity.
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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.
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This tutorial guide to using Windows 98 is divided into seven sessions, each of which can be completed in two or three hours. Covers set up, managing files, customizing settings, installing applications, and using the new Internet Explorer feature. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761512967
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/26/1998
  • Series: Computer Books Series
  • Pages: 225
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Friday Evening
Getting to Know Windows 98
Welcome to Windows 98
What Is an Operating System and Why Do You Need One?
Why Choose Windows 98?
Starting Windows 98
The Two Faces of Windows 98
Keeping the Classic Style
Adopting the Web Style
Interacting with Active Desktop
Which View Is for You?
Exploring the Windows Desktop
Testing the Taskbar
Using the Start Menu
Using Icons on the Desktop
Introducing the Channel Bar
Take a Break
Opening Windows
Using Dialog Boxes
Exploring My Computer
Exploring a Drive, Folder, or File
Working with Different Views
Managing Files and Folders with Windows Explorer
Creating New Folders
Renaming Files and Folders
Moving and Copying Files and Folders
Creating Shortcuts
Deleting Files and Folders
Closing Windows
What's Next?
Saturday Morning
Installing and Using Applications
Installing and Removing Windows Components
Installing Software
Removing Software
Launching Applications
Finding Your Way in Any Windows Program
Issuing Commands
Selecting Text and Graphics
Deleting Text and Graphics
Using Undo and Redo
Moving and Copying
Saving Your Work
Closing a File
Opening a Saved File
Printing in Windows-Based Programs
Creating New Documents
Take a Break
Exploring the Windows Accessories
Text and Word Processing
Graphics and Imaging
Games
Communications Programs
System Utilities
Entertainment Utilities
Setting Up DOS Programs in Windows 98
Installing a DOS-Based Program
Troubleshooting MS-DOS Programs
Some Basic Troubleshooting Tips
Setting Up Shortcuts for DOS Programs
Customizing the Start Menu
What's Next?
Saturday Afternoon
Customizing Windows 98
Customizing the Taskbar
Changing the Taskbar Position
AutoHiding the Taskbar
Changing the Taskbar Size
Managing the System Tray
Working with Toolbars
Changing the Look of Your Windows Desktop
Changing the Display Resolution
Hanging New Wallpaper
Changing the Screen Saver
Experimenting with Colors and Fonts
Making Mouse Adjustments
Making Noise with Sounds
Exploring the Windows Themes
Managing Your Multimedia Devices
Audio
Video
MIDI
CD Music
Devices
Fonts, Fonts, and More Fonts
Date and Time Adjustments
Power Management
Personalizing User Settings
Managing Passwords
What's Next?
Saturday Evening
Adding and Configuring Hardware
Understanding the Hardware Installation Process
Taking Inventory of Your System
Figuring Out What You Need
Making a Boot Disk
Installing New Hardware
General Installation Hints
Installing Printers
Installing Modems
Installing Scanners
Installing Monitors
Installing PC Cards
Installing Networks
Configuring New Hardware in Windows 98
Scenario #1: Everything Works Fine
Scenario #2: Windows Prompts for a Setup Disk
Scenario #3: You Need a Setup Program
Scenario #4: Windows Must Be Told to Detect the Device
Scenario #5: Windows Fails to Detect the Device
Installing Extra Software
More Fine-Tuning and Configuration
Take a Break
General Troubleshooting
Blank Screen
BIOS Info Followed by Error Message
Windows Starts but New Device Doesn't Work
Troubleshooting Video Problems
Image Doesn't Fill Entire Monitor or Is Off-Center
Windows Fails to Detect New Card
Display Flickers Noticeably
Troubleshooting Modem Problems
Windows Doesn't See the Modem
The Modem Doesn't Work
Windows Sees Modem as Other Device
No Dial Tone
Modem Makes Endless Connection Noises
Modem Won't Stay Connected
Troubleshooting Sound Problems
No Sound, Diagnostic Program Reports Failure
No Sound, Diagnostic Program Thinks It's Fine
Sound Doesn't Work in Specific Programs
Windows Doesn't See Sound Card
Windows Sees Card but There's No Sound
Windows Sees Card as Other Device
Troubleshooting Printer Problems
Windows Doesn't Detect Printer
Printer Won't Print
Printer Prints with Type Scrunched on Half the Page
Printer Prints Garbage Characters
Printout Has Black Streaks or Faint Area
New Device Works but System Crashes Frequently
What's Next?
Sunday Morning
Getting Connected to the Internet and Browsing the Web
Getting Windows Ready for an Internet Connection
Choosing an Internet Service Provider
Installing the Network Software
Establishing a Connection with a Modem
Establishing a Connection over a Local Network
Take a Break
Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer
Introducing Internet Explorer
Entering Web Addresses
Going Back to Where You've Been
Keeping a List of Favorite Sites
Searching for Information and Web Sites
Customizing Internet Explorer
What's Next?
Sunday Afternoon
Reaching Out with E-mail and News
Setting Up Outlook Express
Installing Outlook Express
Starting Outlook Express
Setting Up Your E-mail Accounts
Setting Up Access to a News Server
Configuring Outlook Express Options
Take a Break
Sending and Receiving E-mail with Outlook Express
Reading Your E-mail Messages
Checking Your Mail
Composing and Sending E-mail
Managing E-mail with Folders
Using the Address Book
Reading the News
Connecting to a News Server
Finding News Topics
Browsing a Newsgroup
Reading Messages
Following Threads
Subscribing to Newsgroups
Posting Articles You've Written
What's Next?
Sunday Evening
Bringing the Web to Your Desktop
What Is Active Desktop?
Making Windows Act Like a Web Page
Choosing the Web Style (or Not)
Customizing Folders
Adding Web Content to Your Desktop
Turning Desktop Web Content On and Off
Take a Break
Subscribing to Web Content
Subscribing to a Regular Web Site
Subscribing to a Channel
Getting Subscription Updates Manually
Getting Subscription Updates Automatically
Offline Viewing
What's Next?
Appendix
Installing Windows 98
Upgrading to Windows 98 from Windows 95
Upgrading to Windows 98 from Windows 3.1
Installing the Windows 98 Upgrade
Glossary
Index
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