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Overview

Get the fast facts that make learning Windows 7 plain and simple! This no-nonsense guide uses easy, numbered steps and concise, straightforward language to show the most expedient way to perform tasks and solve problems in Windows 7.

Here’s what you’ll learn to do:

  • Run programs, control gadgets, play games.
  • Send e-mail, browse the Web, and share your files.
  • Organize your digital media, including photos, music, and videos.
  • Burn CDs and DVDs; make your own movies.
  • Set up your printer and a simple home network.
  • Manage security settings and perform easy tune-ups and fixes.

Here’s how you’ll learn it:

  • Jump in wherever you need answers.
  • Easy-to-follow steps and screenshots show you exactly what to do.
  • Handy tips teach you new techniques and shortcuts.
  • Quick TRY THIS! exercises help you apply what you’ve learned right away.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735626669
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 158,458
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry Joyce has had a long-standing relationship with Microsoft: He has been the technical editor on numerous books published by Microsoft Press® and has written manuals, help files, and specifications for various Microsoft products. As a programmer, he has tried for many years to make using a computer as simple as using a toaster but has yet to succeed.

Marianne Moon has worked in the publishing world for many years as proofreader, editor, and writer - sometimes all three at once. She has been editing and proofreading Microsoft Press® books since 1984 and has written and edited documentation for Microsoft products including Microsoft Works, Flight Simulator, Space Simulator, Golf, Publisher, the Microsoft Mouse, and Greetings Workshop.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments;
Chapter 1: About This Book;
1.1 No Computerspeak!;
1.2 A Quick Overview;
1.3 What's New in Windows 7?;
1.4 A Few Assumptions;
1.5 A Final Word (or Two);
Chapter 2: Jump Right In;
2.1 What's Where in Windows 7?;
2.2 Starting Up;
2.3 Leaving Your Computer;
2.4 Starting a Program;
2.5 Accessing Your Documents;
2.6 Mouse and Keyboard Maneuvers;
2.7 Files, Folders, and Libraries;
2.8 Quickly Finding a Program, File, or Folder;
2.9 Searching a Specific Location;
2.10 Accessing Everything;
2.11 Switching Among Open Windows;
2.12 Managing Windows;
2.13 Using Shortcut Menus for Quick Results;
2.14 Using Jump Lists for Quick Access;
2.15 Getting Help;
Chapter 3: Accessing and Organizing;
3.1 Windows Views;
3.2 Changing the Window View;
3.3 Viewing File Information;
3.4 Arranging Your Files;
3.5 Classifying Your Files;
3.6 Returning to a Folder or Library;
3.7 Creating Quick Access to a File or Folder;
3.8 Adding Direct Access to a Folder or Library;
3.9 Organizing Your Files;
3.10 Recovering a Deleted Item;
3.11 Navigating with Toolbars;
3.12 Sharing Files with Other Users;
3.13 Sharing with Selected Users;
3.14 Copying Files to a CD or DVD;
3.15 Compressing Files;
3.16 Organizing Library Folders;
3.17 Using a Removable Memory Device;
Chapter 4: Running Programs and Gadgets;
4.1 Using the Ribbon;
4.2 Composing a Document;
4.3 Saving, Closing, and Opening a Document;
4.4 Creating Easy Access to a Program;
4.5 Copying Material Between Documents;
4.6 Dialog Box Decisions;
4.7 Inserting Special Characters;
4.8 Crunching Numbers;
4.9 Making Specialized Calculations;
4.10 Writing Equations and Formulas;
4.11 Running Multiple Copies of One Program;
4.12 Copying Your Screen Content;
4.13 Writing Your Text;
4.14 Typing on Your Screen;
4.15 Writing Quick Notes;
4.16 Writing and Drawing Notes;
4.17 Annotating a Document;
4.18 Enlarging the Screen Content;
4.19 Controlling Your Gadgets;
4.20 Running Commands;
4.21 Running Older Programs;
Chapter 5: Personalizing;
5.1 Changing the Overall Look;
5.2 Changing the Window Color;
5.3 Enlarging Text;
5.4 Setting Your Desktop Background;
5.5 Customizing the Desktop Icons;
5.6 Using a Screen Saver;
5.7 Customizing Your Mouse;
5.8 Customizing Individual Window Elements;
5.9 Controlling the User Account Control;
5.10 Customizing the Taskbar;
5.11 Moving the Taskbar;
5.12 Customizing the Start Menu;
5.13 Customizing Windows Explorer;
5.14 Changing Your Account Picture;
5.15 Setting the Way a Removable Storage Device Starts;
5.16 Using Alternative Ways of Working;
5.17 Working Alternatives;
5.18 Working in a Different Part of the World;
5.19 Adding Time Zone Clocks;
5.20 Controlling Updates;
5.21 Customizing the Action Center Messages;
5.22 Controlling Information Gathering;
5.23 Controlling Problem Reporting;
5.24 Sharing Your Customizations;
Chapter 6: Exploring the Internet;
6.1 What's Where in Internet Explorer?;
6.2 Finding a Web Page;
6.3 Going to a Specific Web Page;
6.4 Opening Multiple Web Pages;
6.5 Viewing Multiple Web Pages;
6.6 Returning to Your Favorite Sites;
6.7 Setting Your Home Page or Pages;
6.8 Finding Related Web Sites;
6.9 Finding Information on the Internet;
6.10 Viewing One Section of a Page;
6.11 Reading RSS Feeds;
6.12 Controlling Pop-Up Windows;
6.13 Browsing in Private;
6.14 Keeping Your Information Private;
6.15 Managing Add-Ons;
6.16 Transferring Your Settings;
6.17 Saving a Web Page;
6.18 Copying Material from a Web Page;
6.19 Using Accelerators for Quick Actions;
Chapter 7: Playing Games;
7.1 Playing Your Games;
7.2 Playing Chess Titans;
7.3 Playing FreeCell;
7.4 Playing Hearts;
7.5 Playing Mahjong Titans;
7.6 Playing Minesweeper;
7.7 Playing Solitaire;
7.8 Playing Purble Place;
7.9 Playing Spider Solitaire;
7.10 Playing Games over the Internet;
7.11 Playing Microsoft Touch Pack Games;
Chapter 8: Working with Pictures;
8.1 Viewing Your Photos;
8.2 So Many Photo Tools!;
8.3 Creating a Multimedia Slide Show;
8.4 Viewing Photos with Windows Media Center;
8.5 Viewing Photos with Windows Live Photo Gallery;
8.6 Editing Your Photos;
8.7 Viewing a Custom Photo Slide Show;
8.8 Creating a Panoramic Photo;
8.9 Creating an Online Photo Album;
8.10 Importing Photos from Your Camera or Removable Media;
8.11 Drawing Pictures;
8.12 Changing a Picture's Resolution;
Chapter 9: Working with Multimedia;
9.1 Playing Multimedia with Media Player;
9.2 Arranging Your Media with Playlists;
9.3 Copying CD Music;
9.4 Controlling Video Playback;
9.5 Changing Media Player's Appearance;
9.6 Synchronizing Media with a Portable Device;
9.7 Sharing Media Libraries on Your Network;
9.8 Accessing Your Media over the Internet;
9.9 Playing Your Media on Another Computer or Device;
9.10 Using Windows Media Center;
9.11 Watching Windows Media Center;
9.12 Creating a Video DVD;
9.13 Recording Video from a Camera;
9.14 Downloading Recorded Video from a Camera;
9.15 Making a Movie;
Chapter 10: Using Voice and Sounds;
10.1 Controlling the Volume;
10.2 Controlling the Sound System;
10.3 Creating a Sound Theme;
10.4 Directing Your Computer with Voice Commands;
10.5 Dictating Text;
10.6 Customizing Speech Recognition;
10.7 Talking to the Mouse;
10.8 Letting Your Computer Do the Talking;
10.9 Creating a Sound File;
10.10 Using Alternatives to Sound;
Chapter 11: Printing and Scanning;
11.1 Printing a File;
11.2 Specifying a Default Printer;
11.3 Controlling Your Printing;
11.4 Printing Your Photographs;
11.5 Printing Web Pages;
11.6 Creating an XPS Document;
11.7 Scanning a Picture into Paint;
11.8 Scanning Anything;
11.9 Quickly Scanning an Item;
Chapter 12: Communicating;
12.1 E-Mailing Your Photos;
12.2 E-Mailing Your Files;
12.3 Sending a Fax;
12.4 Receiving a Fax;
12.5 Connecting with Your Contacts;
12.6 Sharing Your Contacts;
12.7 Creating a Contacts Group;
12.8 Understanding E-Mail Clients and Webmail;
12.9 Using Windows Live Mail;
12.10 Sending E-Mail with Windows Live Mail;
12.11 E-Mailing a File with Windows Live Mail;
12.12 Sending Photos with Windows Live Mail;
12.13 Communicating with Windows Live;
Chapter 13: Networking;
13.1 Joining a Homegroup;
13.2 Accessing Your Homegroup;
13.3 Sharing with Your Homegroup;
13.4 Controlling Homegroup Sharing;
13.5 Understanding Networks in Windows 7;
13.6 Allowing Your Files to Be Shared;
13.7 Viewing Your Network;
13.8 Connecting to a Network Computer;
13.9 Creating a Connection to a Network Folder;
13.10 Transferring Files;
13.11 Connecting to a Network over the Internet;
13.12 Connecting to a Network over the Telephone;
13.13 Reconnecting to a Network;
13.14 Connecting to a Public Wireless Network;
13.15 Managing Your Network Connections;
13.16 Connecting Without a Network;
Chapter 14: Setting Up;
14.1 Transferring Files and Settings;
14.2 Setting Your Default Programs;
14.3 Turning Windows Features On or Off;
14.4 Associating a File Type with a Program;
14.5 Setting Up a Homegroup;
14.6 Setting Up Dial-Up Internet Access;
14.7 Setting Up a Modem;
14.8 Setting Up Internet Connection Sharing;
14.9 Setting Up Windows Backup;
14.10 Setting Up Windows Live Essentials Programs;
14.11 Setting Up Windows Live Mail;
14.12 Setting Up for Faxing;
14.13 Setting Up a Printer;
14.14 Sharing a Printer over the Network;
Chapter 15: Maintaining Security;
15.1 Setting Your Password;
15.2 Changing Your Password;
15.3 Resetting Your Password;
15.4 Restricting User Rights;
15.5 Know Your Rights;
15.6 Monitoring Your Security Settings;
15.7 Configuring the Windows Firewall;
15.8 Protecting Yourself from Spyware;
15.9 Limiting Access to the Computer;
15.10 Restricting Time on the Computer;
15.11 Restricting Access to Games;
15.12 Restricting Access to Programs;
15.13 Restricting Internet Content;
15.14 Maintaining High Security;
15.15 Setting Internet Explorer Security;
15.16 Restricting DVD Movies in Windows Media Player;
15.17 Restricting Content in Windows Media Center;
15.18 Installing Critical Fixes;
Chapter 16: Managing Windows 7;
16.1 Changing the Date and Time;
16.2 Changing the Display;
16.3 Managing Windows Arrangements;
16.4 Changing Search Options;
16.5 Changing Indexing Options;
16.6 Managing Your Credentials;
16.7 Adding or Deleting User Accounts;
16.8 Creating a Linked Online ID;
16.9 Managing Travel Settings;
16.10 Controlling the Power Options;
16.11 Managing Multiple Monitors;
16.12 Configuring a Pen or Touch Computer;
16.13 Managing Pen Settings;
16.14 Managing Navigational and Editing Flicks;
16.15 Managing Touch Settings;
16.16 Checking the Performance Status of Windows;
16.17 Maintaining Your Hard Disk;
16.18 Troubleshooting Problems;
16.19 Helping Each Other;
16.20 All Those Tools and Settings!;
16.21 Speeding Up Your System;
16.22 Removing a Software Program;
16.23 Starting Up When There's a Problem;
16.24 Repairing the System;
16.25 Fixing System Problems;
16.26 Managing Everything;
16.27 Backing Up Your Files;
16.28 Restoring Backed-Up Files;
16.29 Saving Everything;
16.30 Downloading Free Software;

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Windows 7 Plain & Simple

    The title says it all. I had previously purchased Vista Plain & Simple and was so pleased with it, that when I upgraded to Windows 7 I went out and bought Windows 7 Plain & Simple. I have not had a question or problem that this book has not answered for me. I would highly recommend it.

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    Posted January 2, 2010

    It's just plain and simple

    I've found the plain & simple series of books to be very helpful over the years and upgrades. Windows 7 is no exception.

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    Posted December 6, 2011

    Excellent

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    The Invisible Bridge

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    Posted December 6, 2011

    Excellent for all levels!

    Like that it wasn't meant to be read cover to cover. Good table of content for finding the area you need.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Is a good source in helping me w/PC

    Need as a reference in using my computer

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    Posted December 6, 2011

    Plain and Simple

    I liked the colorful pages with the illustrations, made it more attractive then another brand

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    Posted December 6, 2011

    Excellent !

    It is a very useful book.

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    Posted December 6, 2011

    This book is helpful for computer novice

    I found the color-coded pictures and graphs very simple to follow. The table of contents was also very thorough - making it easy to look up a solution to a problem.

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    Posted December 6, 2011

    title says it all

    great reference book

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