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Welcome to the wonderful new world of Windows 95, the latest operating system for PCs from the folks at Microsoft! If the look and feel of Windows 95 seems strange after using Windows 3.1, or if you're just joining the PC revolution, help is on the way for kids, parents, and everybody else in the family who uses a computer.

Windows 95 For Kids & Parents is written with family computing fun in mind. This reference has a bit of everything, including practical tips on how to

  • Master the basics of Windows 95, from managing files to solving common problems
  • Customize Windows for each member of the family
  • Play all sorts of cool Windows 95 games
  • Make your letters, homework assignments, and projects sparkle with pictures and other neat stuff
  • Watch videos, play music CDs, and have fun just goofing around
  • Cruise the Internet safely, and hang out with all your friends in cyberspace
  • Try out a bunch of nifty -- and educational -- software programs included on the accompanying CD-ROM
  • Keep your system in great working shape with the Windows program's built-in accessories and system tools

Authors Lisa and Jonathan Price have been writing about family computing since they started their own family 16 years ago, so you know you're getting the real high-tech lowdown on Windows 95...and a taste of what's to come with Windows 98, too!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764502774
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/1998
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents



About This Book
How to Use This Book
How This Book Is Organized
Part I: Getting Started
Part II: Working and Playing with Windows 95
Part III: Opening a Window to the Internet
Part IV: The Part of Tens
Part V: Appendixes
Icons Used in This Book
But, Are We There Yet?

Part I: Getting Started

Chapter 1: Diving into Windows 95 Head First
Windows Aren't Just Something in Your House
Your Friends Know Why Windows 95 Is Cool
Windows 95 -- Are You in There?
Turning On Your Computer and Mousing Around
Poking Around -- Clicking Icons and Unfolding Folders
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!
Ordering Fast from the Menus
Two-for-One: Having Several Programs Open at Once
Tap-Dancing on the Keys
Printing the Proof to Show Your Friends
Safe Not Sorry: Saving What You've Done
But I've Got to Use the Computer Now!
Stop: Turning Your Computer Off without Breaking Anything
Chapter 2: Poking Around Your Desktop
Playing Around with the Taskbar
A real Start-a-rama
It's not the X-Files -- it's Documents
Setting things up
Help! I've fallen and I can't reach the remote!
Run for your life
Shut up about Shut Down, will ya?
Honey, I shrank the program
Getting the right corner
Hey, It's My Computer!
Don't Talk Trash. It's a Recycle Bin
Making up a silly example to throw away
Throwing stuff away (and getting it back)
Short(cut) and Sweet
Chapter 3: Taking Apart a Window
Every Button in Your Window Is Hot
Button, button, who's got the button?
Making a button do what you say
But when do I use the other mouse button?
How many clicks is enough?
Magic buttons! Make a window big! No, make it small! Make it go away!
Getting down with the Minimize button
Pumping things up with the Maximize button
Giving a window a chance at a come back: The Restore button
X marks the spot: The Close button
Staying Inside the Border
Working with the Bars in Your Windows
The title bar: Why you care
The menu bar: A salad bar for commands
Toolbars and their many buttons
The ruler of the known universe
The status bar (if you're totally, like, lost)
Hear ye! Hear ye! The scroll bars
Chatting with Your Program Using Dialog Boxes
Text boxes: Where you get to type the text in the dialog box
List boxes -- regular size
Drop-down list boxes
Check boxes
Command buttons
Making a Window Dance
Making a window stand up and beg
Changing a window's stripes
Switching windows
Moving a window around
Changing a window's size or shape
Setting up two windows next to each other
Finding a missing window
Laying out windows
Making a splash
Laying out windows like tiles on the bathroom floor
Chapter 4: Playing with the Look and Feel
Why You Should Care about the Control Panel
Unveiling the Control Panel
Get Back! Repapering Your Computer's Back Wall
Creating Your Own Background
Choosing a ready-made color scheme
Making up your own color scheme: Way cool
Making Everything Bigger or Smaller
Squinting? Helping Someone with Special Visual Needs
Save That Screen!
Mousing Around
Making the Keyboard Easy for Heavy Fingers
Making Your Computer Louder
Pumping up the volume
Sounding off

Part II: Working and Playing with Windows 95

Chapter 5: Cutting, Copying, and Pasting
First You Select It, Then You Make a Change
Selecting some text
Selecting a patch of a painting
Off with the Old, On with the New
Wipe out! Deleting text forever
Deleting an entire line
Getting rid of a few letters
The Electronic Holding Area
Move over!
Checking what's on the Clipboard
Double up! Copying and Pasting
Little Scraps -- No Mess!
Make a Big-Time Mistake? Don't Panic!
Adding Chips, Clips, and Other Art
How do you use clip art?
What you can and can't use clip art for
Chapter 6: Messing Around with Documents, Folders, and Floppies
Getting Up Close and Personal with Windows Explorer
Taking a Quick Look at My Computer
Finding a Document in a Haystack
It's My Folder
Protecting Your Files and Your Setup
I Want Them All! Selecting a Bunch of Documents or Folders
Surrounding a bunch
Click and grab a bunch
Selecting All
Moving a Document or a Folder
Slow: The traditional and ugh! long way
Faster: Drag, drop, and forget it
Fastest: One-handed drag and drop
Renaming a File or Folder
Trash It
Flipping Floppies
Formatting a new floppy disk
Formatting a used floppy
Copying to a floppy
Chapter 7: Playing with the Free Programs in Windows 95
Writing with WordPad
Gimme something to write on -- fast!
Don't throw that away! Saving what you've done
Saving 101
Saving a WordPad document for a friend -- or for school
Playing with the size of the type
Putting your names in lights -- together
Making smiley faces
Showing off with WordPad
Correcting a massive error
Opening a file in WordPad
Get that on paper! Wow -- your own printout
Drawing with Flair Using Paint
Opening your Paint can
Step back, Leonardo! You're exploring the Paint tools
A neat trick: Replacing one color with another
Really getting into Paint
Moving or cutting chunks
Want to see more of your picture?
Using your picture in another program
Hate the whole picture?
Put your picture up on the screen -- and call it wallpaper!
Total It Up with Your Calculator
Opening your number cruncher
Crunching your numbers
Going exponential
A Sneak Peek at Windows 98
Chapter 8: Playing with Games, Music, and Video
Let the Games Begin!
Let's Party with Some Tunes!
You have to have this junk on your computer
A CD-ROM drive
A sound card
Listening to audio CDs
Do it your way -- makin' your own hit list
Labeling the CD and its songs
Playing only the songs you want to hear
Ordering your songs around
Getting funky with the Sound Recorder
Ready for the big time? Recording sounds
Putting It All Together on Video with the Media Player
Chapter 9: Sharing Software with the Rest of the Family
Software for Family Projects
Enhancing Your Surroundings
Trying out new rooms with interior design software
Remodeling with 3D Home Architect
Spiffing up a room with 3D Home Interiors
Refinancing or buying a new home
Planning and ordering the garden together: LandDesigner
Making Up Menus and Cooking Together
Inside Fun
Picking the right dog
Board games go electronic
Punt, Pass, and Climb
Tracking and perfecting sports
Working together on fitness and nutrition
Having a Party
Picture Perfect
Using your camera
Scanning to capture printed pictures electronically
Making albums, calendars, cards, and more using electronic snapshots
Fantastic Encyclopedias
Taking a Trip
Testing Before You Buy or Browse
Arranging to watch a software demo
Where to find downloadable demos

Part III: Opening a Window to the Internet

Chapter 10: Surfing the World Wide Web with Internet Explorer
Browsing for Stuff on the Internet
Getting the Right Address
Dit dit dot dot
Slashing through the Web
Getting Ready to Use Internet Explorer
Starting Internet Explorer
Wandering in Cyberspace
Click-click-clicking along
Tooling around with the toolbar
Print It!
Searchin' and Surfin'
Playing Those Old Favorites
Getting where you want to go -- fast
Cleaning up after your favorites
Going back in time
Using Electronic Mail to Talk to Grandma (Or Your Friends)
Reading your mail
Writing back
Sending a new message
Chapter 11: Cruisin' the Online Services -- Microsoft Network and America Online
Zipping All over the Internet with MSN
Setting up to use MSN
Whose network is this? Customizing MSN
Jumping jack!
Dancing on's showbiz!
Chatting, blabbing, and conversing
Getting on the horn at Chat Central
What do you want to talk about?
Finding more than you expected
Playing around on an MSN bulletin board
Surfin' America Online
Signing on to (and off of) America Online
E-mailing your friends and relatives
Reading Grandma's reply
Chatting up a storm on AOL

Part IV: The Part of Tens

Chapter 12: Ten Easy Answers to First-Timers' Questions
Where's the Start Button, and What's It Good Fer?
How Do You Start a Program?
How Do You Find a File, Folder, or Program?
How Do You Install a New Program?
Can You Add Programs to the Start Menu?
How Do You Neaten Up All Those Icons?
How Do You Change the Name of a File or Folder?
How Do You Copy a File onto a Floppy Disk?
How Do You Copy a Floppy Disk?
Do You Have Any Room Left on Your Hard Disk?
Chapter 13: Oof! Ouch! The Ten Most Common Error Messages and What to Do about Them
A:\ is not accessible. The device is not ready
Cannot find this file
Destination disk drive is full
This filename is not valid
Not enough memory
Open with
There was an error printing to LPT1
Deleting this file will make it impossible to run this program
Unable to locate the server
Windows 95 wasn't properly shut down
Chapter 14: Ten Useful and Fun Web Sites for Windows' Families
Online Help for Windows 95
Yahoo!: Finding What You Need
Yuckiest Site on the Internet -- Alive or Dead
TeenVoice = Teen Talk Leave the Searching to Them
Discovery Channel: Go on a Virtual Field Trip
Smithsonian Institute: Visit a Museum
Family Education Network: Let's Talk
The Monster Board: Getting a New Job

Part V: Appendixes

Appendix A: Um, It Won't Work the Way I Want It to Work
Hold the Phone! You're on with Microsoft Technical Support
Does Your Machine Have the Power to Run Windows 95?
Aaaachew! What to do If You Get a Virus
Getting Help for Common Problems
Yikes! Get me outta here
Nothing's moving
I can't find my pointer
You can't find a program or file
You don't have a mouse with a right button
The computer says you don't have enough memory
You're having printing problems
Saving difficulties
You try to print your screen, but nothing happens!
How come I didn't get all the programs Windows 95 said came with it?
Fixing Things that Really Bug You
Getting rid of a dialog box -- quickly
Scrolling through files and documents takes so long!
You're sick of the standard beeps and boops
How can I find out about some cool tips?
Appendix B: About the CD-ROM
System Requirements
How to Use the CD
What You'll Find
Edutainment programs for kids
Elmo's Preschool Deluxe
Living Books Sampler
Orly's Draw-A-Story
Madeline Classroom Companion: 1st and 2nd Grade
Schoolhouse Rock! 1st & 2nd Grade Essentials
3D Atlas 98
Schoolhouse Rock! 1st - 4th Grade Math Essentials
Mighty Math Demo
Logical Journey of the Zoombinis
Higher Score for the SAT/ACT
Not for Mom and Dad only
Betty Crocker Cookbook
HomeBuyer 2.0
Land Designer 3D 4.5
If You've Got Problems (Of the CD Kind)
Appendix C: An A-to-Z of Nerdisms


License Agreement

Installation Instructions

Book Registration Information

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