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A new edition of this title is available, ISBN-10: 0789737868 ISBN-13: 9780789737861

• Master the Windows Vista user experience, including Windows Aero

• Manage files and information using Windows Vista programs and Sidebar gadgets

• Create your own movies, slides shows, and DVDs

• Rip, manage, and play digital music and videos

• Protect your computer from Internet or network intruders

• Explore the Internet, send e-mail and instant message, and publish calendars on the Web

• Customize, fine-tune, and administer Windows Vista

• Set up multiple users and parental controls

• Perform Instant Searches to quickly find files and programs

• Prepare for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist exam

On the Web

This book uses real-world examples to give you a context in which to use the tasks. This book also includes workshops to help you put together individual tasks into projects. The Windows Vista example files that you need for project tasks are available at

Perspection has written and produced books on a variety of computer software–including Microsoft Office 2003 and XP, Microsoft Windows XP, Apple Mac OS X Panther, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Macromedia Flash 8, Macromedia Director MX, and Macromedia Fireworks–and Web publishing. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve Johnson founded Perspection, Inc. Perspection is committed to providing information and training to help people use software more effectively. Perspection has written more than 80 computer books, and sold more than 5 million copies.

Includes MCAS Exam Objectives!

This courseware meets the objectives for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS). Upon completion of this courseware, you may be prepared to take the exam for MCAS qualification. To learn more about becoming a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist, visit

Chapter 1 Getting Started with Windows Vista

Chapter 2 Working with Windows Programs

Chapter 3 Managing Files and Folders

Chapter 4 Customizing Windows Using the Control Panel

Chapter 5 Exploring the Internet

Chapter 6 Exchanging Messages and Information

Chapter 7 Holding Web Discussions and Video Conferences

Chapter 8 Working with Pictures

Chapter 9 Working with Windows Media Player

Chapter 10 Creating Movies Using Windows Movie Maker

Chapter 11 Setting Up Up Accounts and Maintaining Security

Chapter 12 Managing Files Using a Network

Chapter 13 Going Mobile

Chapter 14 Printing and Faxing

Chapter 15 Maintaining Your Computer

Chapter 16 Managing Hardware

Chapter 17 Backing Up Your Computer

Chapter 18 Administering Your Computer

A Appendix

New Features

Microsoft Certified Applications Sepcialist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789736451
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 2/6/2007
  • Series: On Demand Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 556
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Johnson has written more than 35 books on a variety of computer software, including Microsoft Office 2007 and 2003, Microsoft Windows XP, Apple Mac OS X Panther, Macromedia Flash MX 2004 and 8, Macromedia Director MX 2004, Macromedia Fireworks, and Adobe Photoshop CS and CS2. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. When time permits, he likes to travel to such places as New Hampshire in October, and Hawaii. Steve and his family live in Pleasanton, California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.

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IntroductionIntroductionHow You'll Learn

  • How This Book Works
  • What's New
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Step-by-Step Instructions
  • Real World Examples
  • Workshop
  • Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist
  • Get More on the Web

Welcome to Microsoft Windows Vista On Demand, a visual quick reference book that shows you how to work efficiently with Windows Vista. This book provides complete coverage of basic to advanced Vista skills.

How This Book Works

You don't have to read this book in any particular order. We've designed the book so that you can jump in, get the information you need, and jump out. However, the book does follow a logical progression from simple tasks to more complex ones. Each task is presented on no more than two facing pages, which lets you focus on a single task without having to turn the page. To find the information that you need, just look up the task in the table of contents or index, and turn to the page listed. Read the task introduction, follow the step-by-step instructions in the left column along with screen illustrations in the right column, and you're done.

What's New

If you're searching for what's new in Windows Vista, just look for the icon: New!. The new icon appears in the table of contents and through out this book so you can quickly and easily identify a new or improved feature in Windows Vista. A complete description of each new feature appears in the New Features guide in the back of this book.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Most menu commands have a keyboard equivalent, such as Ctrl+P, as a quicker alternative to using the mouse. A complete list of keyboard shortcuts is available on the Web at

Step-by-Step Instructions

This book provides concise step-by-step instructions that show you "how" to accomplish a task. Each set of instructions include illustrations that directly correspond to the easy-to-read steps. Also included in the text are timesavers, tables, and sidebars to help you work more efficiently or to teach you more in-depth information. A "Did You Know?" provides tips and techniques to help you work smarter, while a "See Also" leads you to other parts of the book containing related information about the task.

Real World Examples

This book uses real world examples files to give you a context in which to use the task. By using the example files, you won't waste time looking for or creating sample files. You get a start file and a result file, so you can compare your work. Not every topic needs an example file, such as changing options, so we provide a complete list of the example files used through out the book. The example files that you need for project tasks along with a complete file list are available on the Web at


This book shows you how to put together the individual step-by-step tasks into indepth projects with the Workshop. You start each project with a sample file, work through the steps, and then compare your results with project results file at the end. The Workshop projects and associated files are available on the Web at

Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist

This book prepares you for the Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist (MCAS) exam for Microsoft Windows Vista. Each MCAS certification exam has a set of objectives, which are organized into broader skill sets. To prepare for the certification exam, you should review and perform each task identified with a MCAS objective to confirm that you can meet the requirements for the exam. Throughout this book, content that pertains to an objective is identified with the following MCAS logo and objective number next to it.

Get More on the Web

In addition to the information in this book, you can also get more information on the Web to help you get up to speed faster with Windows Vista. Some of the information includes:

Transition Helpers

  • Only New Features. Download and print the new feature tasks as a quick and easy guide.
Productivity Tools
  • Keyboard Shortcuts. Download a list of keyboard shortcuts to learn faster ways to get the job done.
More Content
  • Photographs. Download photographs and other graphics to use in your Office documents.
  • More Content. Download new content developed after publication. For example, you can download a complete chapter on Office SharePoint Server 2007.

You can access these additional resources on the Web at

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Table of Contents

Introduction     xvii
Getting Started with Windows Vista     1
Introducing Windows Vista     2
Starting Windows Vista     4
Using Windows Aero     6
Exploring the Windows Desktop     8
Using the Mouse     10
Using the Mouse for Quick Results     11
Using the Start Menu     12
Using Windows Sidebar     14
Managing Windows     16
Using Menus, Toolbars, and Panes     18
Choosing Dialog Box Options     19
Using Windows Help and Support     20
Switching Users     22
Shutting Down Your Computer     24
Up Working with Windows Programs     25
Starting and Exiting a Program     26
Changing the Way a Program Starts     28
Using Windows Accessories     29
Creating a Document     30
Editing Text     32
Formatting Text     34
Setting Paragraph Tabs     35
Setting Paragraph Indents     36
Previewing and Printing a Document     37
Saving and Closing a Document     38
Sharing Information Among Programs     39
Inserting and EditingInformation     40
Linking and Updating Information     42
Inserting Special Characters     44
Calculating Numbers     45
Running Commands     46
Playing Games     48
Playing Internet Games     50
Running Older Programs     51
Quitting a Program Not Responding     52
Managing Files and Folders     53
Using the Explorer Window     54
Changing the Explorer Window View     55
Opening and Viewing the Computer     56
Viewing and Opening Documents     58
Opening Recently Used Documents     60
Working with Personal Folders     61
Navigating Between Folders     62
Viewing the Folders List     63
Changing the Explorer Layout     64
Customizing the Navigation Pane     65
Organizing Files by Headings     66
Searching for Files and Folders     68
Saving a Search     70
Changing Search Options     71
Performing an Instant Search     72
Performing an Advanced Search     74
Performing Natural Language Searches     75
Adding Properties and Tags to Files      76
Modifing the Index to Improve Searches     78
Creating and Renaming Files and Folders     80
Copying and Moving Files and Folders     82
Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders     84
Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder     86
Hiding Files and Folders     87
Changing Folder Options     88
Changing File and Folder List Views     90
Customizing Personal Folders     91
Sharing Folders or Files with Others     92
Compressing Files and Folders     94
Managing Files Using a CD or DVD     96
Customizing Windows Using the Control Panel     99
Viewing the Control Panel     100
Changing the Desktop Background     101
Customizing the Desktop     102
Customizing the Windows Sidebar     103
Using a Screen Saver     104
Changing the Display     105
Using Multiple Monitors     106
Changing the Text Size on the Screen     107
Changing the Desktop Appearance     108
Setting the Date and Time     110
Changing Language Options     112
Changing Regional Options     114
Working with Fonts      115
Displaying and Arranging Toolbars     116
Customizing the Taskbar     118
Customizing the Start Menu     120
Setting Default Programs     122
Changing the Way a CD or DVD Starts     124
Using Ease of Access Tools     125
Using the Ease of Access Center     126
Listening to the Computer     128
Recognizing Your Speech     130
Exploring the Internet     133
Understanding Web Sites and Browsers     134
Connecting to the Internet     135
Creating an Internet Connection     136
Setting Up Windows Firewall     137
Starting Internet Explorer     138
Viewing the Internet Explorer Window     139
Browsing the Web     140
Browsing with Tabs     142
Navigating Basics     144
Zooming the View In and Out     145
Changing Your Home Page     146
Modifying the Links Bar     147
Adding a Web Page to the Favorites List     148
Viewing and Maintaining a History List     150
Reading and Subscribing to Feeds     152
Searching the Web     154
Previewing and Printing a Web Page      156
Saving Pictures or Text from a Web Page     158
Downloading Files from the Web     160
Downloading Files from an FTP Site     161
Saving a Web Page     162
Sending a Page or Link by E-mail     163
Using Another Web Browser     164
Exchanging Messages and information     165
Starting Windows Mail     166
Setting Up an Account     168
Viewing the Windows Mail Window     170
Importing and Exporting Information     171
Adding a Contact to Windows Contacts     172
Composing and Sending E-mail     174
Creating E-mail Stationery     176
Reading and Replying to E-mail     178
Sending and Retrieving a File     180
Managing E-mail     182
Deleting E-mail     184
Setting Junk E-mail Options     186
Marking an E-mail Blocked or Safe     188
Diverting Incoming E-mail to Folders     189
Selecting a News Server     190
Subscribing to a Newsgroup     191
Reading the News     192
Filtering the News     193
Posting a News Message     194
Viewing the Windows Calendar      196
Scheduling an Appointment     197
Creating Tasks     198
Creating and Sharing Calendars     199
Publishing Calendars Over the Internet     200
Starting a Windows Meeting     201
Holding a Windows Meeting     202
Sharing Information in a Windows Meeting     204
Holding Web Discussion and Video Conferences     207
Preparing for Windows Live Messenger     208
Starting Windows Live Messenger     210
Configuring Windows Live Messenger     211
Viewing Windows Live Messenger     212
Changing My Status     213
Personalizing Windows Live Messenger     214
Adding Online Contacts     216
Managing Contacts and Groups     217
Sending and Receiving Instant Messages     218
Adding Symbols and Voice to an Instant Message     220
Blocking a Contact     222
Sending a File During an Instant Message     223
Sharing Files Using Shared Folders     224
Making a Video Call with the Internet     226
Making a Phone Call with the Internet     227
Sending a Message to a Mobile Device     228
Getting Remote Assistance      230
Customizing Windows Live Messenger     232
Working with Pictures     233
Drawing a Picture     234
Editing a Picture     236
Viewing Pictures     238
Managing Pictures in the Photo Gallery     240
Fixing Pictures in the Photo Gallery     242
E-mailing a Picture     243
Formatting and Printing Photos     244
Ordering Photo Prints from the Web     245
Installing a Scanner or Digital Camera     246
Testing a Scanner or Digital Camera     247
Scanning a Picture     248
Downloading Digital Camera Pictures     250
Using Pictures as a Screen Saver     252
Using a Picture as a Desktop Background     253
Setting Photo Gallery Options     254
Working with Windows Media Player     255
Starting and Updating Windows Media Player     256
Viewing the Media Player Window     257
Playing Music from CDs     258
Playing a DVD or VCD Movie     259
Controlling the Volume     260
Browsing the Media Guide and Online Stores     262
Listening to Radio Stations     263
Playing Media Files      264
Playing Media Using a Playlist     266
Ripping CD Music     268
Copying Media Files to a CD or Portable Device     270
Adding Functionality to Media Player     272
Enhancing the Media Player Display     273
Changing the Media Player Look     274
Viewing and Playing Music Files     275
Creating a Sound File     276
Associating a Sound with an Event     277
Starting and Navigating Windows Media Center     278
Changing Windows Media Center Settings     279
Finding and Viewing Windows Media Center Files     280
Creating Movies Using Windows Movie Maker     281
Planning a Movie Maker Project     282
Starting Movie Maker     283
Viewing the Movie Maker Window     284
Opening an Existing Project     285
Capturing Video and Audio     286
Importing Video and Audio     288
Adding Slides to a Movie     290
Organizing Clips and Collections     292
Working with Clips     294
Creating a Movie Maker Project File     296
Trimming Clips     298
Adding Transitions Between Clips     299
Adding Video Effects      300
Adding Titles and Credits     301
Adding a Soundtrack     302
Adding a Narration     303
Using AutoMovie     304
Saving a Project     305
Publishing a Movie     306
Creating a DVD Video     308
Setting Up Accounts and Maintaining Security     309
Securing a Computer     310
Adding and Deleting User Accounts     312
Creating a Guest Account     314
Changing a User's Group or Account Type     315
Changing the Start Up Screen     316
Changing an Account Picture     317
Changing and Setting a Password     318
Resetting a Password     320
Locking the Computer     321
Managing Security in One Place     322
Defending Against Malicious Software     324
Setting Parental Controls     326
Sending Secure Information Using Windows CardSpace     327
Encrypting Files for Safety     328
Encrypting Files Using BitLocker     329
Avoiding Viruses and Other Harmful Attacks     330
Understanding Security on the Internet     332
Creating Security Zones     334
Setting Ratings Using the Content Advisor     336
Cleaning Up Internet Files and Information     337
Protecting Internet Privacy     338
Protecting an Internet Identity     339
Protecting Against Phishing     340
Blocking Pop-Up Ads     342
Using the Information Bar     343
Managing Add-Ons     344
Protecting Against E-mail Attacks     345
Sending Secure E-mail     346
Managing Files Using a Network     347
Understanding Network Services     348
Viewing a Network     350
Viewing the Network and Sharing Center     352
Viewing Network Computer Properties     354
Viewing Network Connection Properities     355
Joining a Workgroup Network     356
Joining A Domain Network     358
Connecting to a Network Using a Modem     360
Connecting to a Network over the Internet     362
Connecting to a Wireless Network     364
Setting Up a Wireless Network     366
Setting Up a Wireless Computer Connection     367
Adding a Wireless Device to a Network     368
Managing a Wireless Connection     370
Mapping and Disconnecting a Network Drive      372
Creating a Shortcut to a Network     373
Setting Network Sharing Options     374
Controlling a Remote Computer     376
Sharing an Internet Connection     378
Changing a Dial-Up Connection     380
Going Mobile     381
Viewing the Windows Mobility Center     382
Controlling Power Options     384
Keeping Files in Sync     386
Working with Offline Files     388
Connecting to a Network Projector     390
Viewing Windows SideShow     391
Changing Pen and Input Device Options     392
Working with Tablet PCTools     394
Changing Tablet PC Options     396
Printing and Faxing     397
Understanding Printers     398
Viewing Printers     399
Installing a Printer     400
Specifying a Default Printer     402
Renaming or Deleting a Printer     403
Sharing a Printer     404
Printing Documents     405
Managing Printers and Print Jobs     406
Changing Printer Properties     408
Changing Printer Preferences     410
Understanding Faxes     411
Setting Up a Fax     412
Creating a Fax Cover Page     414
Sending a Fax     416
Managing Outgoing Faxes     418
Receiving a Fax     420
Reviewing a Fax     421
Changing Fax Properties     422
Changing Fax Options     424
Maintaining Your Computer     425
Understanding Disk File Systems     426
Formatting a Disk     428
Displaying Disk and Folder Information     430
Transferring Files Using a Disk     431
Setting Disk Quotas for Users     432
Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors     433
Optimizing a Disk     434
Cleaning Up a Disk     435
Scheduling Tasks     436
Adding or Removing Windows Components     437
Installing and Uninstalling a Program     438
Updating Windows     440
Improving Computer Performance     442
Boosting Speed with Removable Media     443
Restoring Computer Settings     444
Using Previous Versions     446
Starting Windows When Problems Occur     447
Setting Startup and Recovery Options     448
Managing Hardware      449
Understanding Plug and Play Hardware     450
Installing Hardware Devices     452
Viewing System Hardware     453
Viewing Hardware Settings     454
Changing Windows Update Driver Settings     455
Changing Mouse Settings     456
Changing Keyboard Settings     458
Changing Phone Dialing Options     459
Changing Modem Options     460
Managing Color     461
Adding a Secondary Monitor     462
Changing Game Controller Settings     464
Removing Hardware Devices     465
Backing Up Your Computer     467
Developing a Backup Strategy     468
Understanding Backup Permissions     470
Exploring the Backup and Restore Center     471
Performing a Backup Using a Wizard     472
Changing Backup Settings     474
Scheduling a Backup     476
Restoring Files Using a Wizard     478
Restoring Files Using Advanced Settings     480
Copying Files From the Backup     482
Restoring Your Computer     483
Deleting a Backup Set     484
Administering Your Computer     485
Exploring Windows Administrative Tools     486
Monitoring Activity with Event Viewer     487
Managing an Event Log     488
Changing Log Settings     490
Checking Memory for Problems     491
Viewing and Creating Performance Charts     492
Monitoring Local Security Settings     494
Viewing Computer Management Tools     496
Managing Disks     497
Managing Local Users and Groups     498
Viewing and Saving System Information     499
Setting System Configuration Options     500
Appendix     501
Preparing to Install Windows Vista     502
Installing Windows Vista     504
Updating to a Windows Vista Service Pack     506
Transferring Files and Settings from Another Computer     508
Getting Windows Vista Extras     510
Learning About Windows Live     511
New Features     513
Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist     519
Index     529
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