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- About This Book
- Conventions Used in This Book
- What You're Not to Read
- Foolish Assumptions
- How This Book Is Organized
- Part I: Windows CE Basics
- Part II: What Can I Do with My Handheld PC?
- Part III: Interfacing with Your Desktop Computer
- Part IV: Getting Online with Windows CE
- Part V: Personalizing Your Handheld PC
- Part VI: The Part of Tens
- Icons Used in This Book
- Where to Go from Here
Part I: Windows CE Basics
Chapter 1: What Is Windows CE?
- Understanding Windows CE
- Locating Installed Windows CE Programs
- Examining a Handheld PC
- The touch screen and stylus
- The keyboard
- Turning on your night-light
- Battery power -- How long does it last?
- What is this cable for?
- Understanding storage capabilities
- What goes in that slot?
- Infrared port
- What is that flashing light?
- Should I press the Reset button?
- Selecting a Handheld PC
- Turning on Your Handheld PC for the First Time
- Setting up your handheld PC
- Rerunning the Setup Wizard
Chapter 2: Working with Your Windows CE Desktop
- What Are All Those Pictures on the Desktop?
- Organizing Your Desktop
- Arranging your icons
- Adding a new program to the desktop
- Recycling Unwanted Items
- Giving the Taskbar Something to Do
- Doing Windows
- The toolbar
- The scroll bars
- Doing Dialog Boxes
- Unveiling the Start Menu
- Exploring your handheld PC
- Searching for programs to run
- Finding the most recent documents
- Finding some extra help
- Running a program
- Shutting down for the day
Part II: What Can I Do with My Handheld PC?
Chapter 3: Organizing Your Time
- Locating Your Calendar
- Changing Your Frame of View
- Creating an Appointment
- Setting a reminder for your appointment
- Making an appointment recurring
- Creating a full-day event
- Adding additional information to an appointment
- Removing Unwanted Appointments and Events
- Deleting an appointment
- Deleting a full-day event
- Viewing Today's Agenda
- Synchronizing Your Calendar with Schedule+ 7.0 or Microsoft Outlook
- Chapter 4: Keeping Track of Everyday Tasks
- Is It Really a Task?
- Locating the Tasks Program
- Creating a New Task
- Setting task reminders
- Creating recurring tasks
- Adding notes to a task
- Removing Tasks
- Examining Your List of Tasks
- Sorting the tasks
- Viewing only specific tasks
- Indicating That a Task Is Completed
- Modifying Tasks
- Checking Today's Tasks in the Calendar Program
- Synchronizing Tasks with Your Desktop Computer
- Chapter 5: Maintaining an Electronic Address Book
- Finding the Contacts Program
- Creating a New Contact
- Business tab
- Personal tab
- Notes tab
- Locating Contacts
- Looking at the list alphabetically
- Sorting the contacts
- Quickly locating information in the list
- Finding information on a contact card
- Changing the Display Options
- Removing a Contact
- Sharing Contacts with Other Handheld PCs
- Transferring Information Between Your Handheld PC and a Desktop Computer
- Chapter 6: Working with Documents in Pocket Word
- Locating Pocket Word
- Creating a New Document
- Saving Your Document
- Saving a document for the first time
- Saving a document that you previously saved
- Saving a document with a new name
- Closing a Document
- Opening an Existing Document
- Opening the document you worked on last
- Using a sample document
- Locating Text
- Finding specific text
- Replacing text
- Selecting Text with Windows CE
- Moving Text
- Copying Text
- Formatting Text
- Selecting a different font
- Changing the font size
- Modifying the font style
- Creating a Bulleted List
- Outlining Your Document
- Viewing the outline of a document
- Working in Outline view
- Opening a Microsoft Word Document
- Printing Documents
- Chapter 7: Crunching Numbers in Pocket Excel
- Locating Pocket Excel
- Creating a New Workbook
- Opening an Existing Workbook
- Opening the workbook that you worked on last
- Using a sample workbook
- Adding Data to a Worksheet
- Working with constants
- Adding text
- Entering numbers
- Adding dates and times
- Dealing with currency
- Inserting percentages
- Using formulas
- Resizing Rows and Columns
- Dragging rows and columns
- Using the formatting options
- Adding and Removing Cells
- Adding cells
- Removing cells
- Moving Data on the Worksheet
- Formatting Cells
- Indicating the category of data
- Specifying cell alignment
- Indicating font values
- Selecting borders
- Quickly Summing Data
- Automatically Filling Cells with Data
- Copying data
- Inserting a series of data
- Locating Desired Data
- Finding text
- Replacing text
- Working with Different Worksheets
- Viewing a different worksheet
- Changing the name of a worksheet
- Adding a new worksheet
- Getting rid of a worksheet
- Reordering the worksheets
- Closing a Workbook
- Saving a Workbook
- Saving a workbook for the first time
- Saving a workbook that you previously saved
- Saving a workbook with a new name
- Opening a Microsoft Excel Workbook
- Printing Worksheets
- Chapter 8: Managing Your Files
- Locating Files
- Changing the way you view folder contents
- Looking inside a folder
- Working with Folders
- Creating a new folder
- Renaming a folder or file
- Moving stuff around -- cut, copy, and paste
- Deleting a folder or file
- Rescuing a deleted file
- Determining file types
- Understanding file icons
- Viewing file properties
- Working with Files on a PC Card
- Sharing Files with Another Handheld PC
Part III: Interfacing with Your Desktop Computer
- Chapter 9: Installing H/PC Explorer
- Figuring Out when to Connect
- Understanding the Requirements for Connecting
- Connecting the Interface Cable
- Running the H/PC Explorer Install Program
- Installing the Microsoft Exchange messaging update
- Installing Microsoft Schedule+ 7.0a
- Installing Microsoft H/PC Explorer
- Chapter 10: A Tour of H/PC Explorer
- Running H/PC Explorer
- Exploring Your Handheld PC from Your Desktop Computer
- Moving Stuff Between Your Computer and Handheld PC
- Dragging and dropping files and folders
- Cutting, copying, and pasting files between locations
- Dealing with Folders
- Adding a new folder
- Renaming a folder or file
- Printing Files
- Setting File Conversion Properties
- Setting general conversion options
- Indicating settings for copying to the desktop computer
- Indicating settings for copying to your handheld PC
- Chapter 11: Synchronizing Information
- Understanding Synchronization
- Performing a Synchronization
- Setting the Synchronization Options
- Selecting automatic synchronization
- Resolving scheduling conflicts
- Chapter 12: Backing Up and Restoring Windows CE Information
- Performing a Backup
- Setting the Backup Options
- Restoring a Backup
- Chapter 13: Adding New Software to Your Handheld PC
- Locating Windows CE Programs
- Installing a New Program
- Copying the program file to your handheld PC
- Running an installation program
- Removing a Program from Your Handheld PC
Part IV: Getting Online with Windows CE
- Chapter 14: Connecting to a Remote Location
- Creating a Remote Connection
- Configuring a connection
- Port settings
- Call options
- Modifying the TCP/IP settings
- Changing the settings for a remote connection
- Connecting to a Remote Location
- Turning off call waiting
- Connecting from a different location
- Chapter 15: Connecting to the Internet
- Installing Pocket Internet Explorer
- Copying the Pocket Internet Explorer files to your desktop computer
- Loading Pocket Internet Explorer on your Handheld PC
- Upgrading to other versions of Pocket Internet Explorer
- Setting Up Your Internet Connection
- Manually connecting to the Internet
- Setting the automatic dialing option
- Browsing the Internet
- Using the Pocket Internet Explorer toolbar
- Jumping to a new location
- Searching for a specific site on the Internet
- Deja View: Returning to a page you've previously viewed
- Saving Your Favorite Sites
- Jumping to a favorite Web site
- Creating shortcuts on the desktop
- Customizing Your Browser
- Specifying a different start page
- Specifying a different search page
- Changing the appearance of Web pages
- Chapter 16: Sending and Receiving E-Mail
- Connecting to a Mail Server
- Locating the Inbox program
- Specifying your e-mail address
- Making the connection
- Handling E-Mail
- Creating an e-mail message
- Reading a message
- Organizing Your E-Mail
- Finding new places to store messages
- Copying and moving messages
- Deleting unwanted mail
- Transferring messages between your handheld PC and desktop computer
Part V: Personalizing Your Handheld PC
- Chapter 17: Protecting Vital Information
- Labeling Your Handheld PC With Your Personal Information
- Password-Protecting the Contents of Your Handheld PC
- Chapter 18: Personalizing Your Desktop
- Locating the Control Panel Options
- Changing the Look of Your Desktop
- Making Things Sound Differently
- Adjusting the volume
- Selecting new sounds
- Changing the World Clock Options
- Setting date and time information
- Modifying the time zone
- Setting alarms
- Adjusting the Keyboard Settings
Part VI: The Part of Tens
- Chapter 19: Top Ten Windows CE Handheld PCs
- Casio Cassiopeia
- Compaq PC Companion
- Philips Velo 1
- NEC MobilePro
- Hewlett Packard Palmtop PC
- LG Electronics Handheld PC
- Hitachi Handheld PC
- Navitel TouchPhone
- Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Spend Money on Your Handheld PC
- Memory Card
- Docking Station
- Storage Case
- Rechargeable Battery
- AC Adapter
- Additional RAM
- Paging Equipment
- Chapter 21: Ten Common Problems You May Encounter with Your Handheld PC
- The Batteries Run Down Too Quickly
- The Handheld PC Won't Turn On
- I Can't Remember My Password
- I Can't Install Windows 95 Programs
- The Device Can't Locate My Desktop Computer
- H/PC Explorer Can't Convert Microsoft Word Files
- My Microsoft Word File Won't Open in Windows CE
- I Want to Send E-Mail to Several People at Once
- Need Storage Space for a New Program
- The Device Turns Off by Itself
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This chapter discusses the various ways you can use the Contacts program to create, view, and modify your contacts' information. It also discusses how you can obtain data from other sources, such as your desktop computer or another handheld PC.
Before you can keep track of information about different people and companies, you first must decide where you want to store this information. If you write it down in an address book, you'll probably have to get out the correction fluid to correct an entry when someone moves. If you store the information on your handheld PC, however, you can simply retype the new information in the appropriate location.
Usually, the Contacts program is fairly easy to locate. Even though the program is called Contacts, not Address Book, its icon resembles a desktop address organizer. The icon should be sitting on the right side of your desktop (unless you have reorganized your desktop). After you locate the icon, double-tap on it to display the Contacts program.
If you cannot find the Contacts program icon sitting on your desktop, don't despair. You should be able to locate it by following these simple steps:
Windows CE Explorer opens the Programs folder. You should be able to locate the Contacts icon, as shown in Figure 5-1.
This program is where you set up all of the important information about the different people and businesses that you need to contact in the future.
If you use Schedule+ 7.0 or Microsoft Outlook on your PC to keep track of your contacts, you can transfer those contacts to your handheld PC. I discuss this topic in more detail later in this chapter in the "Transferring Information Between Your Handheld PC and a Desktop Computer" section. See the "Sharing Contacts with Other Handheld PCs" section, later in this chapter, to find out how to share contacts with other Windows CE users.
You can add any type of contact to your contact list. You may want to add the phone number of your favorite pizza delivery location, keep track of extensions for your coworkers, or maintain a Christmas card list. The Contact list can store anything and everything you want to know about each person. If you cannot find an appropriate field in which to add the information you want, you can enter the information on the Notes tab for the specific contact card.
To create a new contact, follow these steps:
The icon resembles an address card with a star above it. You can also add a new contact by selecting File-->New.
The Contact card that appears contains three tabs. The sections that follow describe each of these tabs in detail.
In order to save a Contact card, either the Name field or the Company Name field must contain a value. If you try to save the card without filling in one of these fields, you receive an error message.
If you are fortunate enough to have already set up all this information in Schedule+ 7.0 or Microsoft Outlook on your desktop computer, you can copy the information to your handheld PC. For more information, refer to the "Transferring Information Between Your Handheld PC and a Desktop Computer" section, later in this chapter.
Each contact card has an open block of space in which you can enter the contact's name and address. Windows CE automatically separates the name into first, middle, and last name segments. It also separates the address into components by street address, city, state, zip code, and country.
If you want to ensure that you enter names and addresses in the correct format, you can open the Confirm screen and specify each individual piece of the address or name. To display the Confirm screen, tap on either the Name or Address field to highlight it, and then tap on the Confirm button that appears next to the field. This button resembles one large field being divided into smaller fields.
When you tap on the Confirm button, either the Confirm Address screen, or Confirm Name screen appears so that you can enter the appropriate information. Simply type the appropriate information in each field and then tap on the OK button.
You use the Business tab, shown in Figure 5-3, to add business information about a contact. For example, you can enter your favorite computer sales person or movie theater, or information about your coworkers, such as their phone extensions.
Type the information you want in each field on the Business tab. To move the cursor between fields, you can either tap in the field or use the Tab key.
The Business tab has two fields labeled Other. In these fields, you can enter some kinds of information, such as the name of the person's assistant or the assistant's phone number, that does not belong in any of the other fields. To add information into an Other field, tap on either the field name or the Down Arrow button next to the field to display a list of the kind of information that you can enter (see Figure 5-4). Highlight the kind of information that you want to enter and then enter the information in the field next to the name.
Windows CE remembers the values that you enter in each option of the Other list. Therefore, you can store a value for each option, even though you can display only one option at a time in each of the Other fields.
You enter personal information about a contact in the Personal tab, shown in Figure 5-5. Simply type the information in each field. To move the cursor between fields, you can either tap in the field or use the Tab key.
The Personal tab also has two fields labeled Other. You can use these fields to enter personal information about the contact, such as the person's car telephone number or children's names, that does not belong in another field. To add information in this field, tap on either the field name or the Down Arrow button next to the field to display a list of the kinds of information that you can add (see Figure 5-6). Tap on the kind of information you want to enter and then enter the information in the field next to the name.
Windows CE remembers what you enter for each option in the Other list. Therefore, you can store a value for each option, even though you can see only one option at a time in each of the Other fields.
You can enter any information that doesn't belong in either the Business or Personal tabs in the Notes tab (see Figure 5-7).
You can enter an unlimited amount of information on the Notes tab using whatever type of formatting you desire. Unfortunately, no special fonts are available, so you can't be too fancy.
As you add more and more names to the contact list, the list gets longer and more difficult to read. Fortunately, you can view the information in several ways. You can sort the list by any of the columns of information, jump to the contacts that begin with a specific letter of the alphabet (if you know what you are searching for), or use the Find command to locate a contact.
You may have noticed the various tabs along the left side of the list that have the letters of the alphabet on them. You can use these tabs to jump to the contacts that start with specific letters of the alphabet. If you want to view the contacts that start with the letter T, for example, tap on the tab labeled rst. Windows CE highlights the first contact that begins with either the letters R, S, or T (see Figure 5-8).
If you tap on a tab that doesn't have any matches, Windows CE highlights the next closest match. For example, if you tap on cde and no contact starts with C, D, or E, Windows CE jumps to the next name after the letter E.
Windows CE automatically sorts the list of contacts alphabetically based on the values in the first column, which is normally the Name column. You can, however, sort the list by another column, such as the Company Name column, if you want.
To sort the list of contacts by another column, tap on the column name. When you tap on a column, a triangle marker moves into the title of the column to indicate which column you are using to sort the list of names, as shown in Figure 5-9.
You can resize the columns so that more information appears on-screen by tapping on the bar between the column names and dragging it left or right.
You can use the Quick Find field to find a specific word or name in the sorted column. The Quick Find field is located on the toolbar at the top of the screen, next to the button with the magnifying glass on it.
To locate a contact, type the name or word you are looking for in the Quick Find field, as shown in Figure 5-10. As you type each character, Windows CE scrolls down the list to find the closest match.
You can use the Quick Find field only to search the column that is currently being used as the sort column. If you are sorting the list by the Name column, for example, you can use Quick Find to find a specific name.
You can locate a contact card by using the Find button. The Find button resembles a magnifying glass and is located on the toolbar at the top of the screen.
When you tap on the Find button, the Find window appears (see Figure 5-11). In the Find window, type the text you are looking for and then tap on the Find Next button. Windows CE searches all of the contact cards until it locates the text you specified.
You can also open the Find window by selecting Tools-->Find. And if you have previously searched for a word, you can tap on the Down Arrow button and select the word rather than enter it again.
More than likely, the first card that appears will not be the card you are looking for. You can search again for the specified text by tapping on the Find Next button. You can continue to tap on the Find Next button until Windows CE locates the card you want to find or is unable to locate another match.
To make finding a contact card easier, search for text that is specific to the contact card you are looking for.
You may find that the columns that appear in the Contacts window are not exactly the ones you want. If your list contains mostly personal addresses, for example, you probably don't care for the Company name and Work Tel columns.
To specify which columns appear in the Contacts window, choose Tools-->Options. The Options dialog box appears (see Figure 5-12). The Options dialog box allows you to not only specify which columns appear in the Contacts window but also the default country and area code to be used when adding contacts.
To change the information that appears in a particular column, tap on the Down Arrow button next to the column and select the information. You can select any of the fields that appear on the contact card.
The contacts' names always appear in the first column. You can specify only whether you want the first names or last names to appear first. Windows CE sorts the column alphabetically based on which names come first. In other words, if the first names appear first, Windows CE sorts the names in the column alphabetically by first names.
The default country that is displayed when you create a contact card is the United States. If most of the contacts are outside the United States, tap on the Down Arrow button next to the Country field and select the appropriate country.
The default area code that displays each time you type a phone number is the same as the area code you set up for your personal information. If you want to change the area code, type the area code in the Area Code field. Doing so changes the default area code for the Contacts program and leaves the system information alone.
You don't have to purchase a new address book to revise your contacts. Windows CE makes removing unwanted contacts from your Contact list quite simple.
To delete a contact, follow these simple steps:
1. Locate the contact in the contact list.
2. Tap on the contact to highlight it.
3. Tap on the Delete button at the top of the screen in the toolbar.
The Delete button resembles a giant X. When you select it, a message box appears to ask you to verify your selection (see Figure 5-13).
You can also delete a contact by choosing Edit-->Delete Item. Or you can press Ctrl+D to delete the selected contact, in case you prefer to use the keyboard.
You can use the Contacts program to share contacts with another handheld PC, as long as both handheld PCs have an infrared port.
The infrared port looks sort of like a black mirror on your handheld PC. If you are unsure whether your handheld PC has an infrared port, refer to the hardware documentation that came with the handheld PC.
To share contacts with another handheld PC, follow these steps:
The ports need to be within about three feet of each other, with nothing blocking the view. Because infrared ports use light beams to transfer data, they can't transfer information unless they have a good view of each other.
To select multiple contacts, hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard and tap on the contacts you want to highlight.
A message box indicates that the handheld PC is looking for another handheld.
When the handheld PCs make contact with each other, the information is transferred from the first handheld PC to the second handheld PC.
Some types of fluorescent lighting can interfere with the data transfer. If you have problems transferring data, try moving the handheld PCs to another location.
Make sure that the infrared ports are not blocked by anything. If they cannot see each other, the handheld PCs can't transfer data.
If you currently use your desktop computer to maintain your contact list, you probably do not want to retype everything onto your new handheld PC. If you use Microsoft Schedule+ 7.0 or Microsoft Outlook under either Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0, you don't have to.
Windows CE has been designed so that you can copy all of the contact information from your desktop computer onto your handheld PC. You can also turn around and copy the contact information on your handheld PC back into Schedule+. This process of making sure that both the handheld PC and desktop computer contain the same personal contact information is called synchronizing.
In order to synchronize your handheld PC with your desktop computer, you need to have a few things:
For more detailed information about synchronizing your handheld PC and desktop computer, see Chapter 11.
You need to keep a few things in mind when you transfer contact information between your handheld PC and Microsoft Schedule+.