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Overview

Time to take control of the Windows 95 program's sophisticated multitasking capabilities and boost productivity levels in your own small business or home office. Small Business Windows 95 For Dummies gives you the tips and tools you need to master Windows 95 and adapt it to your own particular needs, whether you're setting up a network, doing business on the World Wide Web, or just managing, organizing, and printing document files.

Small Business Windows 95 For Dummies is the ultimate reference book to make your business run smoother and more efficiently with Windows 95. Customize the look, feel, and functionality of Windows 95 and your desktop, use the gizmos and gadgets that are built in to Windows (like Calculator, Phone Dialer, CD Player, and Briefcase), and handle common repair and maintenance tasks with a minimum of strain or pain. Plus, the bonus CD-ROM features graphics and Web browser software, useful utilities for everyday small business needs, and a Web page collection of hyperlinks to other small business Web sites.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764503528
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD ROM
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.43 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
About This Book
How to Use This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Getting Started
Part II: Profiting from the Internet
Part III: Teamwork
Part IV: Business Accessories and Tools
Part V: The Part of Tens
Part VI: Appendixes
Windows 98 Preview
Special Icons Used Here
Conventions Used in This Book

Part I: Getting Started

Chapter 1: With Windows, You're the Boss
Starting and Stopping Programs
Starting the program directly
Opening a document
Opening a document with the Documents menu
Opening a document with Windows Explorer
Using shortcut icons
Stopping Programs
Using the Close box
Using File-->Exit
Using the Windows 95 emergency stop procedure
Multi-Tasking Programs
Starting multiple programs
Switching between programs
Choosing Commands
Using the mouse
Using the keyboard
Using the toolbar buttons
Using shortcut menus
Working with Dialog Boxes
The question button
List boxes
Check boxes
Option buttons
Text boxes
One-line text boxes
Text boxes that have buttons
Scrolling text boxes
Tabs
Combo boxes
Command buttons
Working with Windows
Application windows versus document windows
Resizing windows
Moving windows
Chapter 2: Your Business Is Information
Organizing Your Business's Information
Viewing Disks and Folders
Understanding the Windows Explorer window
Viewing a disk's contents
Viewing a folder's contents
Saving and Opening Business Documents
Saving a document for the first time
Saving a document a subsequent time
Opening a document the new and usually right way
Opening a document the old way
Closing Documents
A Quick Word about Shortcut Icons
Copying and Moving Business Documents
Copying business documents
Moving business documents
Other Cool Stuff You Can Do with Your Documents
Formatting Floppy Disks
The Lost Files
Using Find for a simple search
Searching for documents that include specific text
Searching for documents by date
Using Advanced Search Options
A Final Few Words About Information Strategy
You gotta get organized
Play it safe, will you?
Spring cleaning is essential
Chapter 3: Getting Help
A Brief Description of Using Help
Starting Help
Using the Contents tab
Using the Index tab
Using the Find tab
How to Use Online Help Options
Finding the Windows support Web site
Getting answers to frequently asked questions
Browsing a Windows support newsgroup
Where to Turn When Help Is No Help
Chapter 4: Printing
How to Print a Business Document
Printing from within a program
Printing outside a program
How to Add and Configure Printers
Adding a local printer
Adding a network printer
Working with your printers
Getting to first base
Fiddling with a local printer
Fiddling with a network printer
Your Business Image Is Important (About Fonts)
What are fonts?
How fonts affect printing
How to specify a font in a document
How to use the Fonts Control Panel tool
Design crimes

Part II: Profiting from the Internet

Chapter 5: Business on the World Wide Web
Making an Internet Connection
Installing and adding a modem
When bad things happen to good modems
Using the Connection wizard
Making a Dial-Up Networking connection
How your connection differs from a big business's
Working on the Web
What is the World Wide Web?
A real-life White House tour
Downloading and printing pages
Understanding how URLs work
Protocol names
Server names
Path names
Document names
Using Search Services
Channels and Subscriptions
Channels
Subscriptions
Chapter 6: A Web Publishing Primer
What Is a Web Page Made Of?
The basic elements of an HTML document
Text, the foundation
Coming up with the text
Adding text to an HTML document
Graphics
Hyperlinks
HTML fancy stuff
Some Web-design no-nos
Don't go overboard
Don't forget legibility
Don't forget the limitations of various browsing software
Don't forget to maintain your Web site organization
Starting FrontPage Express
Adding text to a Web page
Adding pictures
Adding hyperlinks
FrontPage Express' fun stuff
Publishing Your HTML Documents
Finding a place to publish
Using the Web Publishing Wizard
Achieving visibility after you're on the Web
Getting listed with a directory-style search engine
Publicizing your URL
Getting people to come back
Chapter 7: Electronic Business Correspondence
Starting Outlook Express
Writing e-mail messages
Reading messages
Forwarding and replying to messages
Attachments
Using the Address Book
Subscribing to Mailing Lists
Reading and Posting to Newsgroups

Part III: Teamwork

Chapter 8: Sharing Information
Sharing Information between Windows Programs
The dragging and dropping method
Moving information via the Clipboard
Cutting, copying, and pasting by using menu commands
Cutting, copying, and pasting with toolbar buttons
Cutting, copying, and pasting with keyboard shortcuts
Saving Information in Other Formats for Exporting
Figuring out the right format for saving a file
Sharing data with Mac users
Using Microsoft Fax to Send Information
Chapter 9: Small Networks for Small Businesses
Exploring Networking: A One-Minute Lesson
First things first
I just want to know why
Network flavors
So where does that leave You?
Getting the Gear You Need
Making the Hardware Connection
Telling Windows about the New Network
Verify that the whole plug-n-play thing worked
Setting Windows straight
Protocol is easy
Testing, 1, 2, 3, testing, 1, 2, 3
Upgrading to a Client-Server Network
Exploring Remote Access and Virtual Private Networks
Chapter 10: Working with a Small Network
Getting Started
Seeing Who Is Who and What Is What
You Gotta Give to Receive
Sharing a printer
Sharing a disk or folder
Mapping Network Drives
You Say You Can't Map
Checking the network
Double-checking names
The slashes versus backslashes thing
Unmapping a Network Drive
Some Network Management Stuff
Information confidentiality
Backing up
Playing Big Brother
Some Final Words About Viruses

Part IV: Business Accessories and Tools

Chapter 11: Tools of the Trade
Using Calculator
Using Phone Dialer
Using Briefcase
Making a Direct Cable Connection
Using NetMeeting
Using NetShow Player
Playing CDs
Recording sound files
Adjusting volume
Installing Windows Accessories
Reviewing the Other Windows Accessories
Chapter 12: Customizing Windows
Adjusting Display Properties
Customizing the Windows Desktop
Applying a color scheme
Adding wallpaper patterns
Using Screen Savers
Working with Windows Accessibility Options
Customizing the Windows Taskbar
Customizing the Start Menu
Adding programs
Deleting programs
Clearing the Documents Menu
Adding and Removing Programs
Adding Hardware
Using Other Control Panel Tools
Chapter 13: Do-It-Yourself Repair and Maintenance
The First Tactics
Exiting stalled programs
Restarting Windows
Checking your connections
Troubleshooting error messages and recurrent glitches
The Windows Repair and Maintenance Tools
Scanning your disk for errors
Defragmenting your disk
Compressing drives
Repairing your Inbox
If All Else Fails

Part V: The Part of Tens

A Preview of Windows 98
Chapter 14: Ten Quick-and-Dirty Lessons on Using Popular Business Software Programs
Word Processing Applications
Spreadsheet Applications
Small Business Accounting Applications
Tax Preparation Applications
Database Applications
Presentation Applications
Project Management Applications
Integrated Applications
The Confession
Chapter 15: Ten Random Thoughts from a Fellow Small Business Guy
Standardization Makes Sense and Saves Cents
The Leading Edge Is Often the Bleeding Edge
People Need Training
PCs Are Cheap Compared to People
Ergonomics Is a Word You'll Want to Learn
Performance Improvement Doesn't Have to Cost an Arm and a Leg
The Trials and Travails of Telecommuting
People Don't Back Up Unless You Make It Easy
Secrets: Yours, Mine, and Theirs
And Let Me Just Mention Windows NT
Chapter 16: Ten Things Every Business Should Know about Web Publishing
Mechanics Are Simple
You Can Create Web Pages with Standard Applications
Costs to Begin Web Publishing Are Low
Web Publishing Is Sometimes Better than Traditional Paper-Based Publishing
Some Small Businesses Make Oodles of Money Off Their Web Sites
Web Publishing Also Presents Unique Risks
Big Cost Stems from Content Creation
Other Alternatives Exist
Web Publishing Probably Doesn't Make Sense for Most Small Businesses
Chapter 17: Especially for Home-Based Businesses
Making Your PC Safe and Secure
Your PC and Your Homeowners Policy
U.S. Tax Laws, Part I (Section 179 Rules)
U. S. Tax Laws, Part II (Home Usage of a PC)
When Does a Home Network Make Sense?
The Kids, the Spouse, and the Dog
On the Road Again
Multimedia Madness
I Just Want to Say Something about Quicken

Part VI: Appendixes

Appendix A: About the CD
System Requirements
How to Use the CD
What You'll Find
Internet Explorer 4, from Microsoft
Internet Utilities 97, from Starfish Software
The Small Business Internet Resources Library
Paint Shop Pro, from JASC Inc.
WinZip, by Nico Mak
BizCalculator
PVCAnalyzer
If You Have Problems (Of the CD Kind)
Appendix B: Using the BizCalculator
Starting the BizCalculator
Using the BizCalculator Program
Making loan calculations
Making investment calculations
Some General Tips on Using the BizCalculator
Appendix C: Using the PVCAnalyzer
Starting the PVCAnalyzer
Using the PVCAnalyzer Program
Some General Tips on Using the PVCAnalyzer

Index

License Agreement

Installation Instructions

Book Registration Information

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