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If you like your answers quick and your information up-to-date, look no further. This concise, superbly organized reference walks you through setting up a PC, the new interface and features of Windows Vista[Trademark], using basic applications, organizing your stuff, getting on the Internet, networking (wired and wireless), burning CDs, upgrading your hardware, revving up your PC for high-speed game playing, and much more!
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This spiral-bound, lay-flat, pocket-size guide brings together everything you need to know about PCs, right this minute! Adding email addresses to your Outlook Express book automatically, setting up a printer, switching your mouse to lefty, figuring out how much space is left on your disk drive, diagnosing mystery PC ailments -- even what to tell the tech support person when all else fails.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470115268
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/16/2007
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,033,395
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

PC Overview     1
What You See: Basic Hardware     2
What You See: Console - the Front     4
What You See: Console - the Back     6
What You See: Console - the I/O Panel     7
I/O Symbol Table     9
The Basics: What Is a PC?     11
Hardware     12
Software     12
You     13
The Basics: Types and Models of PCs     13
The Basics: Inside the Console     14
The Basics: Adding Hardware     17
Internal expansion     17
External expansion     17
The Basics: Windows     18
The Basics: The Internet     19
The Basics: Your Stuff     20
Knowing about files     21
Working with files in Windows     21
Organizing files in Windows     22
Connectinq Stuff     23
About Computer Cables     24
Audio     24
Digital Camera     25
Digital Media Player     26
IEEE     26
Joystick     27
Keyboard     27
Microphone     27
Modem     28
Monitor     28
Mouse     28
Network     29
Optical Audio     29
Power     29
Printer     30
S-Video     30
Scanner     31
Serial     31
Speakers     31
USB Port     31
Wireless Gizmos     32
Installing Hardware and Software     33
The Add Hardware Icon     34
Adding New Hardware     35
Adding an external dialup modem     36
Adding a non-USB joystick     36
Inserting an Expansion Card     36
Installing Memory     40
Removing Memory     43
Removing USB Storage Devices     44
Software Installation     44
Installing software from a CD or DVD     45
Installing software you downloaded from the Internet     45
Uninstalling Software     46
The On-Off Thing     49
Changing the Power Button's Function     50
Changing the Start Menu's Power Button Function     51
Forcing the Computer Off     51
Hibernation     52
Logging On and Off     52
Logging in      53
Logging off     53
Locking the Computer     54
Quitting Windows     54
Restarting Windows     55
Sleep (Stand By) Mode     55
Putting your PC to sleep     56
Automatically going into sleep mode     56
Waking the computer     57
Switching Users     57
Turning the Computer System Off     58
Turning the Computer System On     59
The Uninterruptible Power Supply     59
Popular Places in Windows     61
Account Folder     62
All Programs Menu     64
Starting a program     65
Popular menus on the All Programs menu     65
The Startup submenu     66
Creating a desktop shortcut to a program     66
Putting a program on the Quick Launch bar     67
Pinning a program to the Start menu     67
Organizing the All Programs menu     68
Computer     68
Control Panel     69
Desktop     71
Network     72
Notification Area     73
Controlling the notification area     74
Controlling the visibility of the notification area icons      74
Recycle Bin     75
Start Menu     76
Changing the Start menu's look     78
Configuring the Start button's menu     78
Taskbar     79
Locking and unlocking the taskbar     80
Moving the taskbar     81
Resizing the taskbar     81
Setting taskbar options     82
Other toolbars     83
Quick Launch bar     83
Moving a toolbar     84
Removing a toolbar     84
Disk Storage     85
About Disk Storage     86
Long-term and short-term storage     86
Disks and media     86
Saving and loading     87
AutoPlay     87
Bits and Bytes     88
CD-ROM and DVD Drives     89
Types of shiny discs     90
Playing a music CD or movie DVD     91
Drive Icons     91
Drive Letters     92
Disk drives A-B-C     92
Drive D and beyond     93
Drive Z     93
Changing drive letters     93
Ejecting a Removable Disk     94
Ejecting a floppy disk     94
Ejecting a CD or DVD     95
Ejecting other media     95
The Floppy Drive     95
Formatting floppies     96
Copying a file to Drive A     97
Floppy do's and don'ts     97
Hard Disks and Drives     98
Inserting a Removable Disk     99
Inserting a floppy disk     99
Inserting a CD or DVD     100
Inserting media into a card reader     100
Putting a Drive's Shortcut Icon on the Desktop     100
Types of Storage     101
Working with Removable USB Drives     102
The Stuff You Create     103
About a File     104
Describing a file     104
Common file icons     105
Viewing file details in Windows Explorer     106
A file's Properties dialog box     107
Creating Files     109
Finding Lost Files     109
Searching from the Start menu     109
Summoning the Search window     110
Finding a file when you know its name     111
Finding a file when you just created it recently     112
Finding a file when you know what type of file it is     112
Finding a file when you know that it contains a specific word     112
Managing Files     112
Copying files     112
Duplicating files     113
Moving files     113
Making file shortcuts     114
Deleting files     114
Permanently deleting files     115
Undeleting files     115
Recovering the previous version of a file     115
Naming and Renaming Files     117
The filename extension     117
Renaming a file     118
Filename wildcards     118
Opening Files     119
Pathnames     119
Saving Files     121
Saving for the first time     121
Saving after the first time     121
Closing a document     121
Selecting Icons     122
Selecting a single icon     122
Selecting all icons in a window     122
Selecting more than one icon     122
Lassoing a group of icons     123
Selecting all but a few icons     123
Grabbing a range of icons     123
Selecting two ranges of icons     123
Deselecting an icon from a group     123
Organizing Your Stuff      125
About Folders     126
About Windows Explorer     126
Around the Windows Explorer window     126
The Address bar     128
Managing your favorite folders     129
The tree structure     130
The toolbar     130
Compressed (Zip) Folders     131
Making an empty compressed folder     132
Adding files to a compressed folder     132
Making a compressed folder from one or more files     132
Extracting files     133
Directories     133
Folder Options     134
Choosing a folder template     134
Adding a picture to a folder's icon     135
Changing a folder icon     136
Folders for Your Stuff     136
Managing Folders     137
Making a new folder     138
Renaming, copying, moving folders     138
The Root Folder     138
Subfolders     139
Printing     141
Adding a Printer     142
Finding a home for the printer     142
Connecting the printer     142
Printer software setup     143
On and selected?      143
Setting up a USB printer     143
Forcing Windows to recognize the printer     144
Adding a network printer     145
Adding more than one printer to a single PC     146
The Default (Favorite) Printer     146
Envelopes     147
Configuring your document as an envelope     147
Printing on an envelope     148
Ink and Toner     150
Ink cartridges     150
Toner     150
Ink and toner tips     151
Paper     151
Buying paper     151
Adding paper to the printer     152
Paper tips     152
The Printer's Control Panel     154
Print Preview     154
Printing     155
The Print command     155
Choosing a printer     156
Printing multiple copies     156
Printing a single page or range of pages     156
Printing the Screen     157
Printing a Test Page     157
Stopping the Printer     158
Turning the Printer On and Off     159
Types of Printers     159
Inkjet printers     160
Laser printers      160
Uninstalling a Printer     160
Networking     161
About Networking     162
Accessing a Shared Folder     162
Accessing a Wireless Network     163
Adding a Shared Folder to Your Disk System     164
Mapping a folder to a disk drive     164
Unmapping a folder     165
Checking the Network Connection     165
Checking the Network window     166
Checking the Network and Sharing Center window     166
Using the little networking guys     166
Connecting to a Network     166
The NIC     166
The network cable     167
Configuring the network     167
The Network and Sharing Center     167
The Network Connections Window     169
The Network Window     169
The PC's IP Address     170
The PC's MAC Address     171
The PC's Network Name     172
The Public Folder     173
Sharing the Public folder on the network     173
Unsharing the Public folder     174
Repairing a Network Connection     174
Sharing a Folder     175
Making a folder on your PC available to the network     175
Unsharing a folder     176
Sharing a Printer     176
Using a Network Printer     177
Which Folders Are You Sharing?     177
Workgroups     177
Creating Your Own CDs and DVDs     179
Checking to See Whether You Have a Recordable Drive     180
Creating a Musical CD     180
Destroying a Disc     182
Disc Formats     182
Disc Types     183
The CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R     184
The CD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM     184
Erasing an RW Disc     185
Writing to a Disc in Windows     185
Initializing a recordable or rewritable disc     185
Working with a Live File System disc     187
Working with a Mastered disc     187
The Keyboard     189
Accessing Menus with the Keyboard     190
The Any Key     190
Controlling a Window with the Keyboard     191
Dead Keys     192
The Help Key     192
Keyboard Basics     192
Keyboard layout     192
Shift keys     193
Lock keys     194
Keyboard Shortcuts      195
Keyboard Types     197
Keys for Editing Text     198
Names for Funky Keys     199
Setting the Repeat Delay and Repeat Rate     199
Special Keys     200
The Mouse     201
Basic Mouse Activities     202
Changing the Double-Click Rate     203
Connecting a Mouse     203
Extra Mouse Buttons     204
Increasing the Mouse Pointer Visibility     204
Left-Handed Mouse     205
The Mouse Pad     206
Mouse Pointers     206
Making the pointer go faster or slower     206
Choosing a new pointer     207
Using an animated pointer     207
Loading a set of pointers     207
Saving your own set of pointers     208
Mouse Types     208
Air mouse     208
Mechanical, or ball, mouse     208
Optical mouse     208
Trackball mouse     208
Wireless mouse     209
Glossay: Tech Talk     211
Index     221
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