PC Annoyances

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In every PC user's life, there's a point when desperate measures must be taken. Some push their PC off a pier or chuck it into a landfill. Others turn their former computing ally into a planter box. But don't give up on your PC yet—help is at hand. This easy to read, accessible book from PC World expert Steve Bass covers the waterfront of PC gripes and gremlins, with fixes for everything from Windows glitches to browsers that won't browse. Each fix is served up in bite-sized portions for quick reading—and even ...

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Overview

In every PC user's life, there's a point when desperate measures must be taken. Some push their PC off a pier or chuck it into a landfill. Others turn their former computing ally into a planter box. But don't give up on your PC yet—help is at hand. This easy to read, accessible book from PC World expert Steve Bass covers the waterfront of PC gripes and gremlins, with fixes for everything from Windows glitches to browsers that won't browse. Each fix is served up in bite-sized portions for quick reading—and even quicker fixing. A revised version of its best-selling predecessor, the 2nd edition offers 50 additional pages and over 120 new fixed annoyances. This reader-friendly book tackles problems related to a wide-ranging number of topics:

  • Windows—King of Annoyances! learn how to kick Windows in the rear, overcome glitches, take charge of the interface, live with the dreaded Service Pack 2
  • Hardware—wake up your DSL, tame your notebook, silence your PC's fan, work wonders with your scanner, and save paper
  • Email—from Outlook to Eudora! Defeat spam, avoid mailing list hassles, send big files, manage folders
  • Microsoft Office—learn workarounds for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint that help you back up the unbackable and automate data entry
  • Internet—shake up IE, stop Flash, outsmart defaults, control Favorites, add the Google toolbar to Netscape
Plus, you get access to more than one hundred utilities that will help you squash bugs, enhance your email, untangle a system snarl, and much more. If your PC has ever annoyed you (do we see several billion raised hands?), PC Annoyances is for you. With the flip of a page or two, you can fix that faux pas and have your PC purring again.

This second edition covers the gamut of common PC frustrations, gripes, nuisances, bellyaches, and worse, with fixes for everything from Windows glitches to browsers that won't browse.

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What drives you bonkers about your PC? The clutter? The ads? Dumb features? Lost files? Things that ought to be easy but aren’t? Don’t just hate your PC: Fix it, with PC Annoyances. This book’s got solutions for hundreds of the things that madden Windows users: problems with IE and Windows Explorer, email and instant messaging, DVDs and MP3s, Microsoft Office, AOL, even Google.

Sometimes it’s a Windows setting that needs tweaking. Sometimes it’s a piece of third-party freeware (those are all linked from the book’s companion web site). Occasionally, it’s a tiny registry hack that’ll only take you a minute or two (and won’t munge your computer -- promise). Regardless, Steve Bass explains the solution simply -- and wittily.

Want a semi-sneaky way to get off any email joke list? How about a way to send file attachments that are larger than your ISP will permit? Want your Windows XP menus to snap to attention instead of moseying sluggishly into view? Oh, and how about getting all that junk out of your system tray? (Who, exactly, asked for those RealOne Message Center ads?)

How about a quick, no-cost way to clear all the dead links out of your Internet Explorer Favorites menu? Or maybe you’d like to get rid of the ads in AOL Instant Messenger? Can’t stand the red squiggles Microsoft Word puts under your (allegedly) misspelled words? Speaking of Office, maybe you’d like it to automatically store your files somewhere other than My Documents?

How about an easy way to back up all the personal information you’ve stored in Outlook? A way to save streaming media files that don’t want to be saved? You say you’d like to hear your MP3s on your car stereo, without the hassle of cassette adapters? It’s all doable, if you know how.

Bass knows how. He’s been frustrated with PCs for more than 20 years now. He founded the Pasadena IBM Users Group way back in ’82 and still leads it -- that is, when he’s not writing PC World’s Home Office column, or talking computers on NPR. Few folks have been asked so many PC questions or come up with so many useful answers. This book is packed with them. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596008826
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: Annoyances Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Bass is a longtime popular staff writer at PC World magazine and founded the Pasadena IBM Users Group.

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Table of Contents

Copyright;
Praise for PC Annoyances;
Dedication;
Introduction;
WHY WRITE PC ANNOYANCES?;
WHY THE BOOK'S ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW;
IS PC ANNOYANCES RIGHT FOR YOU?;
HAVE AN ANNOYANCE?;
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK;
CONVENTIONS USED IN THIS BOOK;
THE NONEXISTENT CD (OR "SWING BY THE WEB SITE!");
HAVE A COUPLE OF LAUGHS;
USING THE SNIPURL LINKS;
ABOUT THE AUTHOR;
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS;
ABOUT THE TECHNICAL TEAM;
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS;
Chapter 1: Email Annoyances;
1.1 GENERAL EMAIL ANNOYANCES;
1.2 OUTLOOK AND OUTLOOK EXPRESS 5 AND 6;
1.3 pop-ups AOL AOL ANNOYANCES;
1.4 EUDORA ANNOYANCES;
1.5 HOTMAIL ANNOYANCES;
1.6 GMAIL ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 2: Windows Annoyances;
2.1 GENERAL WINDOWS ANNOYANCES;
2.2 SERVICE PACK 2 ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 3: Internet Annoyances;
3.1 BROWSING ANNOYANCES;
3.2 GOOGLE ANNOYANCES;
3.3 INSTANT MESSAGING ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 4: Microsoft Office Annoyances;
4.1 WORD ANNOYANCES;
4.2 EXCEL ANNOYANCES;
4.3 POWERPOINT ANNOYANCES;
4.4 OUTLOOK AND OUTLOOK EXPRESS ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 5: Windows Explorer Annoyances;
5.1 SEARCH ANIMATIONS BEGONE;
5.2 A SHORTCUT TO MORE RECENT DOCUMENTS;
5.3 QUICK ACCESS TO MY COMPUTER;
5.4 ONE FOLDER, MANY PLACES;
5.5 WHEN ONE EXPLORER SHORTCUT IS NOT ENOUGH;
5.6 DISCONNECT YOUR SAVED WEB PAGES;
5.7 A BETTER WAY TO NAVIGATE;
5.8 WHEN YOU CAN'T DELETE A FILE;
5.9 MAKE EXPLORER CRASH-PROOF;
5.10 LOOK WHAT I FOUND! BUT DON'T TOUCH...;
5.11 COPYING FILE PATHS;
5.12 BROADEN WINDOWS' SEARCH HORIZONS;
5.13 SEARCH FASTER BY EXCLUDING ZIPPED FILES;
5.14 MANAGE ZIPPED FILES;
5.15 BEYOND WINZIP SELF-EXTRACTOR;
5.16 RENAME MULTIPLE FILES;
5.17 GIMME BACK MY FILE ASSOCIATIONS;
5.18 RIGHT-CLICK FOR QUICK PRINTS;
5.19 QUICK NOTES IN WINDOWS;
5.20 ENCRYPT FILES FOR SECURITY;
5.21 SHARE BIG FILES THE EASY WAY;
5.22 A THUMBNAIL VIEW FOR FILE ATTACHMENTS;
5.23 ALL THUMBS.DB;
Chapter 6: Browser Annoyances;
6.1 MUSIC AND VIDEO ANNOYANCES;
6.2 iTUNES ANNOYANCES;
6.3 WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER ANNOYANCES;
6.4 QUICKTIME ANNOYANCES;
6.5 CD AND DVD ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 7: Hardware Annoyances;
7.1 THE WONDERS OF A MODEM RESET;
7.2 BRING THE ZING BACK TO DSL;
7.3 UNINTERRUPTIBLE POWER TO THE PC;
7.4 MANAGE MULTIPLE BULKY AC ADAPTERS;
7.5 LIGHTEN YOUR POWER LOAD;
7.6 CLEAR AND SHARP fonts LCD LCD FONTS;
7.7 TUNE UP YOUR MONITOR;
7.8 HUSH...HUSH, SWEET MONITOR;
7.9 STRAIGHTEN UP AND DISPLAY RIGHT;
7.10 SIMPLE WAYS TO REDUCE PC NOISE;
7.11 LOST SCREW, BIG PROBLEMS;
7.12 EXTRA POWER FOR DIGITAL CAMERAS;
7.13 WINDOWS SETTING BLOCKS DVD UPGRADE;
7.14 CHECK FOR LOOSE CABLES;
7.15 5 CABLES IN 1;
7.16 SAFELY REMOVE A USB FLASH DRIVE;
7.17 LOCK DOWN YOUR USB FLASH DRIVE;
7.18 USB-TO-PS/2 MOUSE ADAPTER;
7.19 GIVE YOUR LASER PRINTER A MEMORY BOOST;
7.20 SAVE BIG WITH LOW-RESOLUTION PRINTS;
7.21 PAPER-SAVING PRINT UTILITY;
7.22 KEEP THE PAPER FLOWING;
7.23 MOVE YOUR SOUND CONNECTORS TO THE FRONT;
7.24 DOCK YOUR NOTEBOOK;
7.25 USE YOUR NOTEBOOK AT HOME;
7.26 CONNECT YOUR FLASH MEMORY DRIVE WITH A USB CABLE;
7.27 NO-FUSS NETWORK BACKUPS;
7.28 BIG HARD DRIVE CORRUPTION;
7.29 UNWIRE YOUR PRINTER;
7.30 GO WIRELESS WITH A WALL SOCKET;
7.31 STIFLE AMBITIOUS WIFI POP-UPS;
7.32 EMERGENCY POWER FOR PALMS;
7.33 POCKET PC FILE AND BATTERY WOES;
7.34 BOOST YOUR CELL'S BATTERY;
7.35 RED SKIES AND BLUE ROSES;
7.36 FRAMED DIGITAL PHOTOS;
7.37 CURLING PICTURES;
7.38 REMOVE SHADOWS FROM THE OTHER SIDE;
7.39 GRINDING, NOT SCANNING;
7.40 SKEWED SCANS;
7.41 MAKE SCANNERS READ BETTER;
7.42 TRANSFER PHONE NUMBERS TO YOUR DIGITAL PHONE;
Colophon;

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