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Overview

Here’s WHAT You’ll Learn

  • Run programs, control gadgets, and play games
  • Send e-mail, browse the Web, and share your files
  • Organize your photos, music, videos, and more
  • Burn CDs and DVDs—even produce your own movie!
  • Set up your printer and a simple home network
  • Adjust 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 exactly what to do
  • Handy TIPS teach new techniques and shortcuts
  • Quick TRY THIS! exercises help you apply what you learn right away

For customers who purchase an ebook version of this title, instructions for downloading the CD files can be found in the ebook.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735622685
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/2007
  • Series: Bpg-Plain & Simple Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 9.06 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.89 (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 simultaneously. She has been editing and proofreading Microsoft Press books since 1984 and has written and edited documentation for Microsoft products such as 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;
No Computerspeak!;
A Quick Overview;
What’s New in Windows Vista?;
A Few Assumptions;
A Final Word (or Two);
Chapter 2: Jump Right In;
What’s Where in Windows Vista?;
Starting Up;
Leaving Your Computer;
Starting a Program;
Accessing Your Documents;
Finding Any File;
Accessing Everything;
Switching Among Open Windows;
Mouse and Keyboard Maneuvers;
Managing Windows;
Using Shortcut Menus for Quick Results;
Getting Help;
Windows Vista and You;
Chapter 3: Running Programs and Gadgets;
Composing a Document;
Saving, Closing, and Opening a Document;
Copying Material Between Documents;
Copying Your Screen Content;
Dialog Box Decisions;
Inserting Special Characters;
Crunching Numbers;
Writing Your Text;
Typing on Your Screen;
Writing Quick Notes;
Writing and Drawing Notes;
Annotating a Document;
Sharing Your Journal Notes;
Controlling Your Gadgets;
Controlling the Sidebar;
Running Commands;
Running Older Programs;
Chapter 4: Communicating and Scheduling;
Sending E-Mail;
Saving and Sending a Draft Message;
Receiving and Reading E-Mail;
Replying to or Forwarding a Message;
Designing Your Default Message;
Adding Your Contacts;
Creating a Contacts Group;
Transferring Files;
Sharing Contacts;
E-Mailing a File;
E-Mailing Your Photos;
Organizing Your Messages;
Managing Your Messages Automatically;
Tracking Your Schedule;
Tracking Your Tasks;
Scheduling a Meeting;
Tracking Multiple Schedules;
Sharing Schedules;
Subscribing to Newsgroups;
Reading and Writing the News;
Chapter 5: Exploring the Internet;
What’s Where in Internet Explorer?;
Finding a Web Page;
Opening Multiple Web Pages;
Viewing Multiple Web Pages;
Returning to Your Favorite Sites;
Going to a Specific Web Page;
Setting Your Home Page or Pages;
Finding Something on the Internet;
Saving a Web Page;
Controlling Pop-Up Windows;
Reading RSS Feeds;
Transferring Your Settings;
Copying Material from a Web Page;
Chapter 6: Playing Games;
Playing Chess Titans;
Playing FreeCell;
Playing Hearts;
Playing InkBall;
Playing Mahjong Titans;
Playing Minesweeper;
Playing Purble Place;
Playing Solitaire;
Playing Spider Solitaire;
Controlling All Your Games;
Chapter 7: Working with Pictures;
Viewing Your Photos;
Viewing a Photo Slide Show;
Adding Photos to the Gallery;
Importing Photos from Your Camera or Removable Media;
Viewing Photos Stored in Different Locations;
Labeling and Tagging Your Photos;
Editing Your Photos;
Sharing Your Photos;
Getting Camera Information;
Managing Your Photos;
Drawing Pictures;
Chapter 8: Working with Multimedia;
Creating a Multimedia Slide Show;
Playing with Multimedia;
Creating a Video DVD;
Downloading a Video from a Camera;
Downloading Video Clips from a Camera;
Downloading Video to a DVD;
Recording a Video from a Camera;
Playing Multimedia with Media Player;
Arranging Your Media with Playlists;
Copying CD Music;
Controlling Video Playback;
Playing a Music CD;
Playing a DVD;
Changing Media Player’s Shape;
Downloading Music;
Sharing Media on Your Network;
Automatically Synchronizing Media with a Portable Device;
Manually Synchronizing Media with a Portable Device;
Watching Windows Media Center;
Using Windows Media Center;
Creating a Simple Movie;
Making Movies That People Actually Enjoy;
Preparing to Produce a Movie;
Creating an AutoMovie;
Creating a Custom Movie;
Adding Transitions to Your Movie;
Using Video Effects;
Adding Titles and Credits;
Adding Audio to Your Movie;
Adding Slides to Your Movie;
Editing Your Movie Layout;
Publishing Your Movie;
Chapter 9: Using Voice and Sounds;
Controlling the Volume;
Directing Your Computer with Voice Commands;
Dictating Text;
Customizing Speech Recognition;
Talking to the Mouse;
Letting Your Computer Do the Talking;
Creating a Sound File;
Associating a Sound with an Event;
Using Alternatives to Sound;
Chapter 10: Printing and Scanning;
Printing from a Program;
Printing a Document;
Specifying a Default Printer;
Controlling Your Printing;
Printing Your Photographs;
Printing Web Pages;
Creating an XPS Document;
Scanning a Picture;
Scanning Anything;
Chapter 11: Managing Files and Folders;
Windows Views;
Changing the Window View;
Sorting Your Files and Folders;
Viewing File Information;
Classifying Your Files;
Navigating Folders;
Adding a Link to a Folder;
Finding Specific Types of Files;
Creating Quick Access to a File or Folder;
Organizing Your Files;
Sharing Files with Other Users;
Recovering a Deleted Item;
Using a Removable Memory Device;
Copying Files to a CD or DVD;
Compressing Files;
Navigating with Toolbars;
Chapter 12: Networking;
Connecting to a Network Computer;
Exploring Your Network;
Sharing Your Files over the Network;
Sharing a Folder over the Network;
Sharing a Printer over the Network;
Creating a Connection to a Network Folder;
Connecting to a Network over the Internet;
Connecting to a Public Wireless Network;
Connecting Without a Network;
Hosting a Network Meeting;
Joining a Network Meeting;
Participating in a Network Meeting;
Identifying Yourself on a Local Network;
Controlling a Computer over the Network;
Holding a Wireless Meeting;
Using a Network Projector;
Chapter 13: Setting Up;
Transferring Files and Settings;
Setting Your Default Programs;
Turning Windows Components On or Off;
Associating a File Type with a Program;
Setting Up Dial-Up Internet Access;
Setting Up Windows Mail;
Setting Up a Printer;
Setting Up Hardware;
Setting Up a SideShow Device;
Chapter 14: Customizing;
Changing the Overall Look;
Adjusting the Windows Aero Glass Effect;
Changing the Color Scheme;
Setting Your Desktop Background;
Using a Screen Saver;
Customizing Your Mouse;
Customizing the Taskbar;
Moving the Taskbar;
Customizing the Desktop Icons;
Customizing the Start Menu;
Customizing Your Folders;
Changing Your Account Picture;
Changing the Way a CD Starts;
Using Alternative Ways of Working;
Working Alternatives;
Working in a Different Part of the World;
Adding Time Zone Clocks;
Chapter 15: Maintaining Security;
Know Your Rights;
Setting Your Password;
Changing Your Password;
Resetting Your Password;
Restricting User Rights;
Protecting Your Account;
Monitoring Your Security Settings;
Configuring the Windows Firewall;
Authorizing Administrative Actions;
Restricting Access to Web Content;
Restricting Access on the Computer;
Maintaining High Security;
Setting Internet Explorer Security;
Restricting DVD Movies in Windows Media Player;
Preventing Access While Using Windows Media Player;
Restricting Content in Windows Media Center;
Creating Trusted Contacts;
Foiling E-Mail Viruses;
Installing Critical Fixes;
Chapter 16: Managing Windows Vista;
Adding or Deleting User Accounts;
Changing the Date and Time;
Changing the Display;
Checking the Status of Windows;
So Many Tools and Settings;
Controlling the Power Options;
Managing Settings for a Presentation;
Controlling Your Startup Programs;
Maintaining Your Hard Disk;
Downloading Free Software;
Removing a Software Program;
Starting Up When There’s a Problem;
Fixing System Problems;
Managing Everything;
Removing Spyware;
Helping Each Other;
Backing Up Your Files;
Restoring Backed-Up Files;
Upgrading Windows Vista;
Appendix : About the Authors;
Appendix : Choose the Right Book for You;
Published and Upcoming Titles;
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