Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

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Overview

9 books in 1 — your key to Windows XP success!

Your one-stop guide from the one and only Woody Leonhard Windows guru Woody Leonhard tells it like it is — no punches pulled, no holds barred. In this all-in-one guide, Woody gives you the lowdown on Windows XP — plus savvy tips on the Internet, service providers like AOL, digital music and photos, home networking, and more.

The Dummies Way
*Covers the essentials and beyond
*Explanations in plain English
*"Get in, get out" information
*Thumbtabs and other navigation aids
*Tear-out heat sheet
*Individual topic indexes
*A dash of humor and fun

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Great FREE tip for Windows XP users: Subscribe to Woody Leonhard's no-charge electronic newsletter on Windows at http://www.woodyswatch.com/windows/index.asp. Every week, you'll get up-to-the-nanosecond news and tips about Windows XP, unfiltered, unvarnished, unofficial, and incredibly useful.

Great not-quite-free tip for Windows XP users: check out Woody Leonhard's Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies®.

It's more than 700 pages of equally useful stuff, covering every nook and cranny of the massive Windows XP: basics, customization, the Internet, Internet Explorer, MSN, hardware, multimedia, home networking -- even running AOL under Windows XP.

When something's good about XP, Leonhard says so. When Microsoft's fouled up, he tells you that, too. As he puts it, "The Truth is out there. But it ain't in the documentation."

It is in here. Where else would you discover that Microsoft included Backup software in Windows XP Home, but didn't include Restore? Sheesh.

Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies® manages to stay consistently easy (and funny) throughout, while still uncovering all sorts of gems that most casual Windows XP users would never find on their own.

For example, there's a full chapter on finding the stuff that's buried on your hard drive -- including some pretty slick techniques using wildcards, and some neat tricks Windows XP's search feature can do when it's looking for multimedia content. Speaking of searching, Woody shows you how to change Internet Explorer's default web search engine to Google, so you actually might find what you're looking for.

Thankfully, the book doesn't take you painfully through every dialog box of every applet. Instead, it tells you the stuff you don't already know. How to transform the Windows calculator into a scientific calculator (great for high school math and up). How to use WordPad to edit Microsoft Word documents without scrambling them hopelessly (very useful in a pinch, if you haven't bought Microsoft Office). How to install Windows XP's built-in fax application (bet you didn't know there was one: Microsoft doesn't install it by default. How to maintain contact lists in Windows XP's Address Book (maybe you don't need Outlook after all).

Oh, and check this out: Woody tells you how to cheat in Solitaire (and how to hide the new Spider Solitaire instantly so the boss won't know you're goofing off -- just press the Esc key).

Of course, you're too busy messing with Windows XP's advanced digital media tools to be playing Solitaire anymore, right? This book contains a full section (the publisher calls it a separate "book") on multimedia. Jammin' with Windows Media Player 8 (have you tried listening to Internet radio yet? Woody shows you how). Working with Windows Movie Maker. Printing photos from the My Pictures folder.

Upgrading hardware? Buying certified Windows XP-compatible gear should go a long way towards keeping you out of trouble. But maybe not all the way. Woody shows you how to install your new printer in the event Windows doesn't notice you've attached it; how to choose the right digital camera; even how to set up your home network. Speaking of networking, there's a chapter on protecting your computers (and privacy) against the bad guys: what's a hoax, what's serious, and what to do. You'll discover how to encrypt your email, and the No. 1 rule if you think you've been hit by a virus: don't reboot!)

If you're not a PC expert, aren't looking to become one, but still want to have a great experience with Windows XP, this is the book for you. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jersey–based marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764515484
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/15/2001
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 768
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Bk. I A Windows XP Overview 7
Ch. 1 Introducing Windows XP 9
Ch. 2 Finding Your Way from Start to Finish 39
Ch. 3 Getting Help with Windows XP 105
Ch. 4 Searching Your Machine and Beyond 127
Ch. 5 Getting the Basic Stuff Done 151
Ch. 6 Maintaining Your Windows XP System 185
Ch. 7 Focusing on Windows XP/Professional 215
Book I Index 227
Bk. II Customizing Your Windows eXPerience 231
Ch. 1 Personalizing Your Desktop 233
Ch. 2 Organizing Your Windows XP Interface 261
Book II Index 279
Bk. III Windows XP and the Internet 281
Ch. 1 Expanding Your Reach through the Internet 283
Ch. 2 Outlook Express: Your Tool for Managing E-Mail and Newsgroups 297
Book III Index 315
Bk. IV Adventures with Internet Explorer 317
Ch. 1 Connecting to the Internet 319
Ch. 2 Finding Your Way around the Internet Explorer Window 331
Ch. 3 Advanced Browsing and Searching with Internet Explorer 349
Ch. 4 Making Internet Explorer Your Own 365
Book IV Index 381
Bk. V Touring the Services of America Online 385
Ch. 1 Up and Running with AOL 387
Ch. 2 You've Got AOL Mail 413
Ch. 3 Beyond the Basics of AOL 431
Book V Index 449
Bk. VI Connecting with Microsoft Network 453
Ch. 1 MSN Explorer for Busy People 455
Ch. 2 Taking MSN Explorer for a Spin 463
Ch. 3 Advanced MSN Explorer 475
Book VI Index 491
Bk. VII Adding and Using Other Hardware 495
Ch. 1 Finding and Installing the Hardware You Want 497
Ch. 2 Working with Printers 535
Ch. 3 Getting the Scoop on Scanners 559
Book VII Index 573
Bk. VIII Joining the Multimedia Mix 577
Ch. 1 Jammin' with Windows Media Player 579
Ch. 2 Lights! Action! Windows Movie Maker 617
Ch. 3 Discovering Digital Cameras and Video Devices 637
Book VIII Index 663
Bk. IX Setting Up a Network with Windows XP 667
Ch. 1 Those Pesky Network Things You Have to Know 669
Ch. 2 Building Your Network 683
Ch. 3 Protecting Your Network and Your Privacy 703
Book IX Index 721
Index 725
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