Windows 98: Fast and Easy


The carefully developed step-by-step approach in this guide allows users who are unfamiliar with Windows 98 to master all of the basic skills necessary, and then return to the book for reference when specific tasks are needed. This updated tutorial features the latest instruction for Microsoft's all-new hyperlinked platform.
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The carefully developed step-by-step approach in this guide allows users who are unfamiliar with Windows 98 to master all of the basic skills necessary, and then return to the book for reference when specific tasks are needed. This updated tutorial features the latest instruction for Microsoft's all-new hyperlinked platform.
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Library Journal
Like IDG's offerings, below, Prima's books provide similar information in a number of formats. Fast & Easy is the most visually intense book, and it should work well for those who have even a small amount of experience with previous Windows systems. It is logically organized but allows the user to reference sections of interest. In a Weekend functions as a chronological tutorial. Well illustrated and with a good, basic text, it walks readers through "Getting To Know Windows 98," "Installing Applications," "Adding Hardware," and four more chapters that build on one another. Despite the title, Essential Windows 98, offering deeper instruction but in a similar format to In a Weekend, seems the best title to skip.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761510062
  • Publisher: Premier Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Fast and Easy Series
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Understanding Basic Windows Operations
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Windows 98
Starting Windows 98
Using Windows 98 on a Network
Touring the Welcome to Windows 98 Dialog Box
Making Selections with the Mouse
Chapter 2: Recognizing Parts of the Desktop
Opening the My Computer Icon
Browsing the Network
Working with the Taskbar
Using the Start Button
Using the Quick Launch Bar
Using the System Tray
Looking at Other Desktop Items
Chapter 3: Recognizing Parts of a Window
Identifying Window Components
Using Scroll Bars
Manually Resizing Windows
Maximizing a Window
Minimizing a Window
Moving a Window
Chapter 4: Using Windows menus and Dialog Boxes
Making Menu Choices with the Mouse
Using Shortcut Menus
Making Menu Choices with the Keyboard
Working in a Dialog Box
Learning Common Windows Commands
Chapter 5: Multitasking and Shutting Down Windows
Opening a Windows Program
Opening with the Start menu
Opening from the Desktop
Switching between Programs
Closing a Windows Program
Handling a Locked Up Application
Shutting Down Windows the Right Way
Shutting Down Windows When Your Computer Locks Up
Part I Review Questions
Part II: Working with the Accessories
Chapter 6: Using the Calculator
Starting the Calculator
Identifying Calculator Buttons
Using the Calculator
Copying Values from the Calculator
Changing the Style of the Calculator
Returning to the Standard Calculator
Chapter 7: Using WordPad
Starting WordPad
Entering Text
Editing Text
Adding Text
Deleting Text
Inserting the Current Date and Time
Selecting Text
Cutting and Pasting Text
Formatting Text
Changing the Font
Modifying the Alignment
Adding Bullets
Saving a WordPad Document
Printing a WordPad Document
Opening a WordPad Document
Closing the WordPad Program
Chapter 8: Painting with the Paint Program
Starting the Paint Program
Discovering the Paint Tools
Drawing with the Brush
Drawing a Rectangle or Circle
Filling In the Background Color
Selecting and Moving an Object
Flipping and Skewing and Object
Saving a Drawing
Saving a Drawing as Wallpaper
Printing a Drawing
Chapter 9: Playing Around with the Games
Starting Solitaire
Moving a Card
Changing Solitaire Options
Part II Review Questions
Part III: Discovering the Windows Tools
Chapter 10: Using Windows Help
Using the Help Contents
Troubleshooting Wizards
Using the Help Index
Finding Help on the Web
Chapter 11: Using Windows System Tools
Backing Up Your Work
Scanning Your Hard Drive for Problems
Defragmenting Your Hard Drive
Automatically Scheduling Tasks
Deleting a Scheduled Task
Automating System Updates
Converting to FAT32
Chapter 12: Organizing Files and Folders
Looking in the Explorer Window
Identifying Explorer Components
Expanding Folders
Changing the Look of Explorer
Changing Display Options
Displaying Toolbars
Changing the Way Files Are Displayed
Sorting Files
Creating a New Folder
Moving or Copying Files and Folders
Deleting Files and Folders
Renaming Files and Folders
Chapter 13: Finding Files, Folders, and People
Finding a File
Looking for a File by Date
Searching for People in the Address Book
Chapter 14: Discovering Multimedia
Playing a Music CD
Using the Volume Control
Using the Media Player
Adding a Media Clip to a Document
Part III Review Questions
Part IV: Customizing Windows 98
Chapter 15: Customizing the Desktop
Creating a New Folder
Moving and Deleting Icons
Moving an Icon
Deleting an Icon
Working with the Recycle Bin
Recovering an Item from the Recycle Bin
Emptying the Recycle Bin
Creating a Shortcut
Changing an Icon
Renaming an Icon
Editing the Start Menu
Reorganizing the Start Menu
Adding an Item to the Start Menu
Removing an Item from the Start Menu
Customizing the Taskbar
Moving the Taskbar
Changing Taskbar Options
Adding a Toolbar to the Taskbar
Chapter 16: Tinkering with the Control Panel
Opening the Control Panel
Changing the Current Date and Time
Changing Mouse Response
Changing Basic Mouse Responses
Changing Mouse Pointers
Changing Mouse Visibility
Adding and Removing Programs
Installing a New Program
Uninstalling a Program
Creating a Windows 98 Startup Disk
Adding Windows Program Components
Changing Your Windows Password
Setting Up Multiple Users
Changing Accessibility Options
Changing Keyboard Options
Setting Options for the Hearing Impaired
Setting Options for the Visually Impaired
Using MouseKeys
Chapter 17: Having Fun with the Control Panel
Changing Sounds
Enhancing Your Display
Changing Backgrounds
Selecting a Screen Saver
Changing the Colors of Your Windows
Adding Special Effects to Your Desktop
Integrating Your Desktop with the Web
Using Desktop Themes
Installing Fonts
Chapter 18: Working with Printers
Installing a New Printer
Discovering Printer Properties
Sharing a Printer
Connecting to a Network Printer
Making a Printer the Default
Creating a Desktop Shortcut to the Printer
Part IV Review Questions
Part V: Using the Internet
Chapter 19: Connecting to the Internet
Subscribing to an Online Service
Establishing a Dial-Up Connection
Starting Your Web Browser
Chapter 20: Looking at Internet Explorer
Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer
Exploring the Internet Explorer Window
Playing Favorites
Accessing Your Favorite Sites
Setting Parental Controls
Discovering Channels
Manually Updating a Channel Subscription
Chapter 21: Working with Outlook Express
Starting Outlook Express
Using Outlook Express for E-mail
Setting Up E-mail Accounts
Creating an E-mail Message
Formatting an E-mail Message
Attaching Files to E-mail
Retrieving Incoming E-mail
Forwarding a Message
Creating an E-mail Folder
Moving an E-mail Message
Deleting an E-mail Message
Part V Review Questions
Appendix: Upgrading to Windows 98
Exploring the Setup Process
Installing the Windows 98 Upgrade
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