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Show Me Microsoft Windows XP

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Microsoft Windows XP Home and Professional editions provide an elegant new user interface and powerful new tools with which to burn a CD, view and manage digital photos and music, and invite PC experts to see and manipulate what's on your screen over the Internet. This book covers all the important tasks that readers need to know, from using WordPad, Paint, and Outlook Express to configuring a firewall and backing up data. Service Pack 1 coverage is included. Show Me Microsoft Windows XP offers readers a fast, ...
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Overview

Microsoft Windows XP Home and Professional editions provide an elegant new user interface and powerful new tools with which to burn a CD, view and manage digital photos and music, and invite PC experts to see and manipulate what's on your screen over the Internet. This book covers all the important tasks that readers need to know, from using WordPad, Paint, and Outlook Express to configuring a firewall and backing up data. Service Pack 1 coverage is included. Show Me Microsoft Windows XP offers readers a fast, visual way to solve problems and get work done with Windows XP, covering the tasks in a way that makes it easy for new and upgrading users to get going quickly. Other features include a "Troubleshooting Guide" to help solve common problems, and a "Project Guide" with a listing of real-world projects by feature.
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If you’re like most Windows XP users, you often find yourself wondering, How do I do that? And it isn’t always obvious how to find out. If only someone could dispense with the technical blather, and just show you. Someone has: the authors of Show Me! Microsoft Windows XP.

With this book, it’s child’s play to answer hundreds of the questions you’re most likely to ask. This is the flagship title in a new series of books that combine a wonderfully clean design, lucid, step-by-step instructions, and plenty of screen shots to guide you every step of the way.

But that’s not all. Once you buy the book, go straight to its companion site. There, you can download exclusive software that’ll walk you through every procedure in the book in digital video. It even talks you through the process. Who else offers that?

These books come from Perspection, Inc., a training firm with more than a decade’s worth of experience creating courseware that’s easy to learn from. (They’ve also been responsible for more than 60 tech books. More than 4.5 million people have learned from their books alone.) You can be pretty confident you’ll understand what they’re teaching you.

If you’ve just upgraded to Windows XP (or you’ve just bought a PC that has it preinstalled), start with the review of XP’s new features, and the exploration of the Windows desktop -- including the heavily revamped Start menu.

The book’s chapter on running and managing programs covers everything from built-in Windows applets (how to set paragraph tabs and indents in WordPad) to running programs that are finicky about Windows XP (tricking a program to think it’s running under Windows 98).

You’ll find practical coverage of managing files and folders (how to rename a folder, add one to your Favorites list, or create a shortcut to a folder on the Desktop -- or even the Start menu or Taskbar. Oh, and the ever-popular: “I hate those big folder icons. How do I change them to a list -- and then get all my folders to look that way?”

Pretty much anything you want to do with Windows XP’s Internet features is covered here. Browsing the Web (and changing your home page.) Maintaining favorites. Viewing sites you’ve already visited, using the History list. (Most folks don’t even know it’s there, but it’s there, quietly tracking everywhere you’ve gone in the past 20 days.) Creating email “stationery.”

You’ll even learn how to automatically organize your email (so all your friend’s allegedly “funny” messages go into her folder automatically, where you can read them whenever you’ve got time.)

Next, there’s a full chapter on holding Web discussions, phone calls, and videoconferences with Windows Messenger. (This stuff’s simpler than you think -- and way cheaper than the phone company.)

You’ll find chapters on both Windows Media Player and the newest Windows Movie Maker, as well as practical coverage of Windows security: passwords, firewalls, XP Professional encryption, even the Internet Explorer Content Advisor.

Printing and faxing, cleaning up junk to make more room on your disk, changing game controller settings, backing up your files -- it’s all here. Easy. Quick. Done. 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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Windows XP continues to generate manuals. Hacks offers power users 100 step-by-step ways to improve their productivity and user experience by tweaking Windows XP systems, from user interface modifications, to registry hacks, to the addition of useful freeware and shareware applications. XP's increased stability and built-in error recovery tools make it a good candidate for hacks (i.e., code to solve a problem or glitch); multiple people contributed hacks of their own, and their collective wisdom results in a good addition for larger public libraries seeking to expand beyond how-to introductions. The other three guides are appropriate for all libraries. For beginning to intermediate readers, TechTV updates the first edition with information on the changes in XP Service Pack 1 and 1a; tips, notes, and cautions add extra info, and each chapter ends with a longer point from one of TechTV's experts. Appendixes cover upgrading to XP, accessories, and accessibility options. Especially useful is an extensive maintenance and troubleshooting section. Show Me offers more screen shots, tips, "See Also" references, and information on topics as basic as using the mouse. Step-by-step instructions and no assumption of previous knowledge equal a great choice for absolute beginners; buy in conjunction with more advanced titles. Top 100 shows step by step and in full color how to accomplish timesaving and useful tasks, from adding desktop images to sending a FAX. Each task is assigned a level of difficulty; notes, cautions, and asides add further information, and clear explanations tell why each tip or trick is useful. Oddly, some tasks, such as "Searching with Google," are not unique to Windows XP. For near-beginners. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789730183
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 8/19/2003
  • Pages: 478
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Getting Started with Windows XP 1
2 Working with Windows Programs 23
3 Managing Files and Folders 51
4 Customizing Windows Using the Control Panel 81
5 Exploring the Internet 111
6 Exchanging Messages and News 141
7 Holding Web Discussions and Video Conferences 175
8 Working with Pictures 199
9 Working with Windows Media Player 223
10 Creating Movies Using Movie Maker 249
11 Setting Up Accounts and Maintaining Security 277
12 Managing Files Using a Network 303
13 Printing and Faxing 331
14 Maintaining Your Computer 361
15 Managing Hardware 385
16 Backing Up Your Computer 407
17 Administering Your Computer 427
A Appendix 443
Troubleshooting 451
Index 455
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