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- About This Book
How to Use This Book
What You Don't Need to Read
How This Book is Organized
- Part I: Welcome to the New Microsoft Network
Part II: The Sites and Sounds of MSN
Part III: Reach Out and Electronically Touch Someone
Part IV: Great Stuff to Do on The Microsoft Network
Part V: Internet Excursions
Part VI: Customizing Your MSN Journey
Part VII: The Part of Tens
- Icons Used in This Book
Where to Go From Here
- Chapter 1: Introducing The Microsoft Network
What The Microsoft Network Is
What Can You Do with The Microsoft Network?
What The Microsoft Network Is Not
What You Get with The Microsoft Network
- Online news and information
Bulletin board systems
- Chapter 2: Signing Up and Getting Connected
What You Need to Use The Microsoft Network
Connecting to MSN after You Join
Changing Your Password
Checking Your Bill
Disabling Call Waiting
Chapter 3: Getting Around The Microsoft Network
The MSN Program Viewer
Oh, the Places You'll Go!
- The MSN home pages
Using the menus
Follow the links
Yes, you can go back
- Reloading a Page
Stopping a Long Download
Leaving the Program Viewer
Chapter 4: Shortcuts and Time-Savers
- Adding a page to Favorites
Going to one of your favorite places
Using Favorites folders
Organizing your Favorites
- Saving a Picture
Finding Text on a Page
Printing a Page
Saving a Page
Making the Text Bigger
Using the MSN Quick View Menu
Chapter 5: Help! I Can't Get Online!
Answering Common Questions
Searching for Help
Using the MSN Support Newsgroups
Asking for Help
- Chapter 6: Surfing the News at MSNBC
Tuning In to MSNBC
- Getting around MSNBC
Reading a story
- Creating a Personal Front Page
- Setting up News Alert
Turning off News Alert
- News Offline: News in Your Inbox
Downloading and installing News Offline
Personalizing News Offline
Reading the news
Changing the update frequency
Using the screen saver
Chapter 7: Other Great Shows On Stage at MSN
Channel 2: Entertainment, Pop Culture, and Games
- Hard Rock Live
Star Trek: Continuum
Internet Gaming Zone
- Channel 3: Adventure, Knowledge, and Discovery
- Project: Watchfire
- Channel 4: Home, Self, and Wealth
- Forever Cool
- Channel 5: Music, Media, and Attitude
One Click Away
This is Not a Test
- Channel 6: Kids, Friends, and Fun
- Disney's Daily Blast
The Chat Box
- Chapter 8: The Bare Essentials
What Are the Essentials?
- Local Info
Computers & Software
Arts & Entertainment
People and Business Finder
MSN Classic & Custom Page
- Chapter 9: Finding Stuff on The Microsoft Network
Searching by Keyword
Browsing MSN Categories
Checking the Calendar
- Chapter 10: Using MSN Electronic Mail
Starting Microsoft Internet Mail
Sending Electronic Mail
Using the Address Book
- Adding a name to the Address Book
Using an address from the Address Book
Changing and deleting Address Book entries
Checking your message for spelling errors
- Sending Attachments
- Adding an attachment
Changing the encoding scheme
Adding a signature
- Receiving Electronic Mail
Saving an Attachment as a File
Using HTML Formatting
Internet Mail Keyboard Shortcuts
Using Internet Mail Folders
- Creating a new folder
Moving messages to another folder
- Chapter 11: Can We Talk? (Or, Chatting Online)
The Green Chat
Starting Microsoft Chat
Understanding the Chat Window
Sending a Message
See You in the Funny Papers
- Setting your Personal Information profile
Getting a member's profile
- Ignoring Obnoxious Users
Having It Your Way
- Changing your image
A change of scenery
- Changing Rooms
- Creating a macro
Using a macro
- Chapter 12: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Getting Into a Forum
What Are All Those Buttons?
Using Bulletin Boards
- Welcome to Microsoft Internet News
Accessing a Bulletin Board
- Reading Threads
Reading an Article
Replying to an Article
Writing a New Article
Adding a Signature
Dealing with Attachments
Adding Formatting To Your Articles
Using Forum File Libraries
- Chapter 13: Managing Your Investments with Microsoft Investor
Getting Started with Microsoft Investor
Getting Stock Quotes
- Getting a quote if you already know the symbol
What if I don't know the symbol?
Charting a stock's performance
- Managing Your Portfolio
- Setting up an account
Buying a stock or mutual fund
Selling a stock or mutual fund
Charting your account
More detail for financial gurus
- Chapter 14: Planning a Vacation with Microsoft Expedia
Signing In (After You Have Signed Up)
Creating an Itinerary
We Can Fly!
Booking a Room
Renting a Car
Chapter 15: Shopping at the Plaza
Welcome to the Plaza
- American Greetings
The Scandinavian Pavilion
- Let's Go Shopping
Chapter 16: Car Shopping with CarPoint
Welcome to CarPoint
Checking Out a New Car
Take a Look Inside
How Much Car Can I Afford?
Buying a Car Through CarPoint
- Chapter 17: What Is the Internet?
What Is the lnternet?
Boring Internet History You Can Skip
Just How Big Is The Internet?
What Does the Internet Have to Offer?
- lnternet e-mail
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
Internet Relay Chat (IRC)
World Wide Web (WWW)
- How Much of the Internet Can You Access from MSN?
Understanding Internet Addresses
Warning: The Internet May Make You Blush
Chapter 18: Surfing the Web
Exploring the Web from the MSN Program Viewer
Starting Internet Explorer
Making Sense of the Internet Explorer Screen
Following the Links
Going Directly to a Web Page
Searching the Web
Changing Your Web Start Page
- Accessing Quick Links
Creating your own Quick Links
- Chapter 19: Web Sites You Shouldn't Miss
Serious Web Directories
- Computer Companies
Other computer companies on the Web
- Government Stuff
- The White House
The Library of Congress
The Smithsonian Institution
Other Government Sites
- Fun and Generally Weird Pages
- Games Domain
Internet Anagram Server
The Dilbert Zone
Shakespearean Insult Server
The Late Show with David Letterman
- Chapter 20: Check Out the Newsgroups
What is a Newsgroup?
What is Usenet?
How Newsgroups are Organized
- Basic Usenet newsgroups
Alternative and other newsgroups
- Accessing Internet Newsgroups
Reading Article Threads
Reading an Article
Replying to an Article
Writing a New Article
Dealing with Attachments
Obtaining Full Access to Internet Newsgroups
- Chapter 21: Opting for Options
What's With All the Options?
Saluting the General Options
Cajoling the Connection Options
Striving with Security Options
Arguing with the Advanced Options
Chapter 22: Exercising Your Parental Controls
About Internet Ratings
Limitations of Internet Ratings
Activating Content Advisor
Dealing with Unrated Sites
- Chapter 23: Ten Things That Often Go Wrong
I Don't Have the Latest and Greatest MSN!
I Can't Get Connected!
I Forgot My Password!
I Received a Weird Error Message
The MSN Program Viewer Window Disappeared!
I Can't Find a File I Downloaded!
I Was Disconnected in the Middle of a Two-Hour Download with Only Ten Minutes to Go!
I Can't Find My Favorite Web Page!
I'm Still Stuck
I've Started a Nuclear War
Chapter 24: Ten Microsoft Network Commandments
I. Thou Shalt Treat Thy Network Neighbor As Thou Wouldst Thyself Be Treated
II. Thou Shalt Not Allow Thy Children to Use MSN Unsupervised
III. Thou Shalt Not Abuse HTML Formatting
IV. Thou Shalt Not Upload Anything Thou Dost Not Have Permission to Upload
V. Thou Shalt Not Inquire as to Personal Information
VI. Thou Shalt Not Spam
VII. Thou Shalt Not Forget to Check Bulletin Boards Upon Which Thou Hast Posted Articles
VIII. Thou Shalt Not Flame Thy Neighbor
IX. Thou Shalt Register Thy Shareware
X. Remember Thy Password, and Keep It a Secret
Chapter 25: Ten Safety Tips for Kids on the 'Net
Do Not Believe People Are Who They Say They Are
Never Give Out Your Address, Phone Number, Real Last Name, or Credit Card Number
Never Pretend to Be Someone You're Not
Save Inappropriate E-Mail to a File
Save Inappropriate Chat to a File
Watch Your Language
Report Inappropriate Behavior to an Adult
If You Feel Uncomfortable, Leave
Parents: Be Involved with Your Kids' Online Activities
Good Terms to Know
In This Chapter
You use the MSN Properties dialog box to set the myriad of preference options that affect the way the MSN Program Viewer browses The Microsoft Network and the World Wide Web. Of course, you can't use this command to pick your real preferences, such as playing golf instead of toiling with your computer. But you can do stuff that's almost as much fun, such as changing the colors used to display links you've already visited, or changing the amount of disk space MSN uses to store downloaded graphics.
Note: I am aware that for some people golf is a more frustrating pastime than using their computers. For others, golf is more boring than reading the MSN online help. If you're one of those poor, unenlightened souls who think golf is more boring, feel free to substitute your favorite non-golf pastime.
There are two ways to get to the Internet Properties dialog box:
Either way, you'll be rewarded with the Internet Properties dialog box that has four tabs: General, Connection, Security, and Advanced. To switch from one tab to another, just click the tab label at the top of the dialog box.
Here's the lowdown on the four tabs that appear in the Options dialog box:
To set any of these options, follow this general procedure:
Or click the Internet Explorer icon in the Internet toolbar. Either way, the Internet Properties dialog box appears.
If you're not sure which tab to click, just cycle through them all until you find what you're looking for.
Most of the options are check boxes that you click to select or deselect. Some options require that you select a choice from a drop-down list, and some have the audacity to require you to actually type something as a proof of your keyboard proficiency.
These options started out as Private options, but quickly re-upped and now, after years of dedicated service, have been promoted to the rank of General. You'd better snap-to whenever you call up these options, shown in Figure 21-1.
The following list enumerates the General options:
The Connection options, shown in Figure 21-2, enable you to specify which dial-up connection is used to connect to the Internet. You may find yourself turning to this tab frequently if you have more than one Internet provider and you often switch from one to another. You'll also turn to this tab if you decide to change providers.
If you have not yet created a dial-up connection for your Internet provider, click the Add button. This launches a Wizard that creates a connection for you. Just follow the steps through the Wizard to create the connection. You need to make up a name for the new connection you are creating (any name will do), and you must supply the phone number for the connection. When you have created the new connection, it automatically becomes the default connection used to connect to MSN.
If your Internet Service Provider charges you by the hour for connect time, consider checking the Disconnect If Idle For option. With this option selected, if you accidentally walk away from your computer without disconnecting from MSN, the MSN Program Viewer automatically disconnects after a certain amount of time. The default time setting is 20 minutes, which seems about right to me.
If your computer is connected to a local area network and you access the Internet through the network, you may need to configure a proxy server. If so, click the Proxy Server check box and then click the Change proxy settings button and enter the proxy settings. (These settings will be supplied to you by your network administrator.)
Figure 21-3 shows the Security options, which are designed to protect you from Internet sites with offensive content, protect your privacy, and to warn you about potential security problems.
The following three security features are covered by the Security options:
The Advanced options, shown in Figure 21-4, enable you to set several options that govern the MSN Program Viewer operation.
Among the options found with the Advanced options are:
To change the temporary files options, click the Settings button, which summons the Settings dialog box shown in Figure 21-5. Adjust the temporary files settings and then click OK.
If your hard disk runs out of free space, you can empty the Temporary Internet Files folder by clicking the Empty Folder button. When you empty this folder, you will notice delays as Internet Explorer downloads files that were previously stored on your disk. But you will regain the disk space that was used by these files.
http://www.somewhere.com, and the page has a link to
http://www.somewhere.com/goodstuff.htm. With Show Friendly URLs selected, the URL is displayed as simply