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If you need Windows XP solutions fast, then this book is for you-whether you're new to Windows XP or you need help dealing with the applications that come with it. Open the book and you'll discover clear, easy-to-follow instructions for more than 250 key Windows XP tasks, each presented in ten quick steps-or less. Easy-to-navigate pages, lots of screen shots, and to-the-point directions guide you through every common (and not-so-common) Windows XP challenge-and help you get more done in less time.
* Each solution is ten steps-or less-to help you get the job done fast
* Self-contained two-page spreads deliver the answers you need-without flipping pages
* A no-fluff approach focuses on helping you achieve results
* A resource packed with useful and fun ways to get the most out of Windows XP

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764542367
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.39 (d)

Meet the Author

BILL HATFIELD is the bestselling author of computer books, including several popular "For Dummies" titles. He is also the editor of two computer journals from Pinnacle. Bill teaches computer classes for professionals throughout the nation.

BRADLEY L. JONES is the site manager for a number of high-profile sites for that focus on making technical information easy to understand and easy to learn. In addition to weekly eNewsletters, he has written numerous articles focused on making complex topics easy to follow and understand. He is also an internationally bestselling author of a number of books.

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Table of Contents

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Part 1: Understanding Windows XP Basics.

Task 1: Starting Up and Logging In.

Task 2: Logging Off and Shutting Down.

Task 3: Activating Windows.

Task 4: Enabling Fast Switching between Users.

Task 5: Setting Your Computer’s Clock and Time Zone.

Task 6: Setting the Clock Automatically.

Task 7: Adjusting Your Computer’s Volume.

Task 8: Automatically Turning the Monitor Off.

Task 9: Locking and Unlocking the Computer.

Task 10: Locking Your Computer with a Screen Saver.

Task 11: Getting Help.

Task 12: Customizing Help Screens.

Task 13: Setting Search Options for Help.

Task 14: Creating a Help and Support Favorites List.

Task 15: Using the Knowledge Base.

Task 16: Getting Basic Information about Your System.

Task 17: Automatically Keeping Windows Up-to-Date.

Task 18: Manually Updating Windows XP.

Task 19: Installing New Software.

Task 20: Removing Application Software.

Part 2: Working with Folders and Files.

Task 21: Accessing My Computer.

Task 22: Navigating What’s on the Hard Drive.

Task 23: Creating, Renaming, and Deleting Files and Folders.

Task 24: Creating Copies of Files and Folders.

Task 25: Moving a File or Folder.

Task 26: Using Different Folder Views.

Task 27: Customizing the Details Folder View.

Task 28: Settings Options on All Folders.

Task 29: Customizing Windows Explorer.

Task 30: Recovering Deleted Files.

Task 31: Setting Recycle Bin Options.

Task 32: Searching for Files or Folders.

Task 33: Setting File Properties.

Task 34: Creating a Shortcut.

Task 35: Copying Files to a CD-ROM.

Task 36: Saving Space by Compressing a Drive.

Task 37: Creating a Zip File.

Task 38: Accessing and Adding to a Zip File.

Task 39: Extracting All Items from a Zip File.

Part 3: Personalizing Windows XP.

Task 40: Choosing a Theme.

Task 41: Setting the Screen Colors and Resolution.

Task 42: Choosing a Desktop Background Image.

Task 43: Setting or Changing a Screen Saver.

Task 44: Choosing or Changing an Appearance.

Task 45: Assigning Sounds to Events.

Task 46: Creating a New Theme.

Task 47: Customizing Your Taskbar.

Task 48: Customizing the Quick Launch Toolbar.

Task 49: Customizing the Start Menu.

Task 50: Adding Shortcuts to Your Desktop.

Task 51: Arranging Your Desktop Items.

Task 52: Picking a Program’s Icon to Display.

Task 53: Placing Standard Items and Icons on the Desktop.

Task 54: Putting Web Pages on Your Desktop.

Task 55: Customizing Mouse Options.

Task 56: Customizing the Mouse Pointers.

Task 57: Setting Keyboard Options.

Task 58: Automatically Starting a Program at Startup.

Task 59: Changing Regional Settings.

Task 60: Changing Number and Currency Formatting.

Part 4: Graphics and Digital Photography.

Task 61: Copying Pictures from Your Camera to Your Hard Drive.

Task 62: Using a Scanner to Capture Photographs.

Task 63: Capturing a Picture of Your Screen.

Task 64: Creating Your Own Icons in Paint.

Task 65: Drawing Pictures in Paint.

Task 66: Organizing Your Pictures into Folders and Photo Albums.

Task 67: Storing and Retrieving Information about Your Pictures.

Task 68: Viewing, Zooming, and Reorienting Your Pictures.

Task 69: Resizing a Picture.

Task 70: Cropping a Picture.

Task 71: Adding Notes and Drawings to a Picture.

Task 72: Converting a Picture’s File Type.

Task 73: Printing a Picture.

Task 74: Ordering Prints of Your Pictures Online.

Task 75: Putting Your Pictures on the Web.

Task 76: Creating a Screen Saver with Your Own Pictures.

Part 5: Working with Digital Music.

Task 77: Upgrading Windows Media Player.

Task 78: Playing Music CDs.

Task 79: Copying Music from a CD to Your Hard Drive.

Task 80: Identifying Your Album Name, Artist, and Tracks.

Task 81: Finding and Playing Music in Your Media Library.

Task 82: Searching for Music to Add to Your Media Library.

Task 83: Adding and Viewing Song Lyrics.

Task 84: Creating and Listening to a Playlist.

Task 85: Downloading Music from the Internet.

Task 86: Tuning In to Internet Radio.

Task 87: Copying Music to a Portable Music Player.

Task 88: Creating Your Own Audio CD.

Task 89: Duplicating an Audio.

Task 90: Making Windows Media Player Beautiful with Skins.

Part 6: Working with Digital Movies.

Task 91: Upgrading Windows Movie Maker.

Task 92: Playing a Movie on DVD.

Task 93: Playing a Video File.

Task 94: Creating and Deleting Collections in Windows Movie Maker.

Task 95: Importing Clips and Other Items into Your Collections in Windows Movie Maker.

Task 96: Making Movies.

Task 97: Capturing Video from Your Camcorder.

Task 98: Capturing a Photograph from a Video.

Task 99: Capturing Live Video.

Task 100: Splitting and Combining Video Clips.

Task 101: Trimming a Video Clip.

Task 102: Adding Transitions between Your Video Clips.

Task 103: Adding Video Effects to Your Clips.

Task 104: Adding Titles and Credits to Your Movie.

Task 105: Adding Photographs to a Movie.

Task 106: Adding Background Music and Sound Effects to a Movie.

Task 107: Adding Narration to a Movie.

Task 108: Saving a Movie to View on Your Computer.

Task 109: Sending a Movie via Email.

Part 7: Working with Notepad.

Task 110: Creating a New Document Using Notepad.

Task 111: Saving a Document from Notepad.

Task 112: Changing the Page Setup in Notepad.

Task 113: Creating Headers and Footers on a Notepad Document.

Task 114: Changing the Font in Notepad.

Task 115: Printing a Document in Notepad.

Task 116: Finding and Replacing Text in Notepad.

Task 117: Creating a Log File with Notepad.

Task 118: Creating a Web Page in Notepad.

Part 8: Working with WordPad.

Task 119: Creating a New Document in WordPad.

Task 120: Saving a Document in WordPad.

Task 121: Changing the Page Setup in WordPad.

Task 122: Using WordPad’s Print Preview.

Task 123: Printing from WordPad.

Task 124: Changing Font Characteristics in WordPad.

Task 125: Formatting Paragraph Margins in WordPad.

Task 126: Adding Lists to a WordPad Document.

Task 127: Searching and Replacing Text in WordPad.

Task 128: Inserting a Picture into a WordPad Document.

Task 129: Adding an Object to a WordPad Document.

Task 130: Changing Object Properties in a Document.

Task 131: Sending a WordPad Document to Someone Else.

Task 132: Setting Options in WordPad.

Part 9: Getting Connected to the Internet.

Task 133: Creating an MSN Account to Access the Internet Using a Modem.

Task 134: Connecting to the Internet with a Modem Using Another ISP.

Task 135: Connecting to the Internet with a Broadband Cable or DSL Line.

Task 136: Connecting to the Internet with a LAN and a Router.

Task 137: Connecting to a Virtual Private Network.

Part 10: Surfing the Web with Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Task 138: Using Internet Explorer for the First Time.

Task 139: Going to a Site’s Address with Microsoft Internet Explorer.

Task 140: Searching the Web.

Task 141: Saving a Web Page.

Task 142: Emailing Web Pages.

Task 143: Printing Web Pages.

Task 144: Downloading Files from the Web.

Task 145: Copying and Saving Images from the Web.

Task 146: Keeping a Favorites List of Sites.

Task 147: Organizing Your Favorites List of Sites.

Task 148: Customizing the Links Bar.

Task 149: Checking Your History in Internet Explorer.

Task 150: Clearing and Customizing History Features.

Task 151: Deleting Temporary Internet Files.

Task 152: Setting Your Home Page.

Task 153: Customizing Internet Explorer’s Support Programs.

Task 154: Customizing Internet Explorer’s Tools and More.

Task 155: Choosing Privacy Settings.

Task 156: Choosing Security Settings.

Task 157: Restricting Objectionable Materials.

Part 11: Interacting with Email.

Task 158: Setting Up Your Email.

Task 159: Retrieving and Viewing Email Messages.

Task 160: Opening and Saving Received Attachments.

Task 161: Creating and Sending Email.

Task 162: Forwarding or Replying to a Message.

Task 163: Sending a Picture or File as an Attachment.

Task 164: Using Stationery.

Task 165: Creating Your Own Stationery.

Task 166: Creating and Using a Signature.

Task 167: Organizing Your Inbox.

Task 168: Filing Your Email into Folders.

Task 169: Finding a Message.

Task 170: Using Your Address Book.

Task 171: Creating Your Own Virtual Business Card.

Task 172: Sending Virtual Business Cards.

Task 173: Adding Virtual Business Cards to Your Address Book.

Task 174: Using Message Rules to Kill Spam and Do Other Cool Stuff.

Part 12: Discussing with Newsgroups.

Task 175: Connecting to a Newsgroup Server.

Task 176: Searching for and Subscribing to Newsgroups.

Task 177: Reading Newsgroup Messages.

Task 178: Posting a New Message to a Newsgroup.

Task 179: Replying to a Newsgroup Message.

Task 180: Downloading Newsgroup Message Attachments.

Task 181: Downloading Multipart Newsgroup Message Attachments.

Task 182: Searching for Messages in a Newsgroup.

Part 13: Exploring Windows Messenger.

Task 183: Creating a Passport Account.

Task 184: Adding and Deleting Contacts.

Task 185: Carrying On a Conversation.

Task 186: Changing Your Look in Windows Messenger.

Task 187: Sending a File or a Picture.

Task 188: Receiving a File or a Picture.

Task 189: Configuring Your Audio and Video in Windows Messenger.

Task 190: Adding Voice and Video to Your Conversation.

Part 14: Exploring the Other Accessories.

Task 191: Using the Basic Calculator.

Task 192: Using the Scientific Calculator.

Task 193: Performing Statistical Calculations.

Task 194: Converting Numbers.

Task 195: Configuring Your Computer to Send Faxes.

Task 196: Sending a Fax.

Task 197: Recording Sounds: The Sound Recorder.

Task 198: Mixing and Modifying Sounds.

Part 15: Accessibility Features.

Task 199: Changing the Windows Font Size.

Task 200: Using the Magnifier.

Task 201: Using the Narrator.

Task 202: Using the On-Screen Keyboard.

Task 203: Selecting the On-Screen Keyboard Layout.

Task 204: Setting Usability Feature Options.

Task 205: Setting Usability Feature Options with the Accessibility Wizard.

Task 206: Using and Setting StickyKeys.

Task 207: Using and Setting FilterKeys.

Part 16: Working with User Accounts.

Task 208: Setting Up a Guest Account.

Task 209: Creating New User Accounts.

Task 210: Deleting a User Account.

Task 211: Changing a User’s Account Name.

Task 212: Changing the Icon on a User Account.

Task 213: Changing a User’s Account Type.

Task 214: Adding a Password to a User Account.

Task 215: Changing a User Account’s Password.

Task 216: Removing a Password from a User Account.

Part 17: Configuring Your Hardware.

Task 217: Checking Your Hardware’s Status.

Task 218: Customizing Speaker Settings.

Task 219: Installing a Printer.

Task 220: Using a Removable Storage Device.

Task 221: Installing a Game Controller.

Task 222: Setting Up Two Monitors.

Task 223: Uninstalling a Device.

Part 18: Creating a Simple Network (LAN).

Task 224: Setting Up Your Own Network.

Task 225: Configuring Your Computers for the Network.

Task 226: Sharing a Printer.

Task 227: Accessing a Shared Printer.

Task 228: Sharing Files.

Task 229: Accessing Shared Files.

Task 230: Assigning a Drive Letter to a Shared Folder.

Part 19: Taking Windows XP on the Road.

Task 231: Conserving Power.

Task 232: Putting Your Computer to Sleep: Hibernating.

Task 233: Creating Multiple Dial-Up Connections.

Task 234: Taking Files with You: Identifying Offline Files.

Task 235: Using Offline Files and Resynchronizing.

Task 236: Creating and Using a Briefcase.

Part 20: Maintenance and Optimization.

Task 237: Checking Your Hard Drive for Errors.

Task 238: Defragmenting Your Hard Drive.

Task 239: Cleaning Up Your Hard Drive and Making Room.

Task 240: Adding and Removing Windows Components.

Task 241: Removing an Application.

Task 242: Cleaning Up Your Desktop.

Task 243: The Ultimate Undo: System Restore.

Task 244: Creating a Restore Point.

Task 245: Configuring System Restore.

Task 246: Backing Up Your Files.

Task 247: Restoring Files from a Backup.

Task 248: Updating Your System with the Latest Patches and Add-Ons.

Part 21: Troubleshooting.

Task 249: Getting Detailed Information about Your Computer.

Task 250: Getting Older Programs to Run in Windows XP.

Task 251: Closing a Program That Stops Responding.

Task 252: Finding Lost Files.

Task 253: Fixing the Screen When It Doesn’t Look Right.

Task 254: Configuring Your System for Remote Access.

Task 255: Using Remote Desktop.

Task 256: Asking for Remote Assistance.

Task 257: Providing Remote Assistance.

Task 258: Updating Your Video Driver.

Task 259: Reporting Errors to Microsoft.

Task 260: Fine-Tuning Your System’s Performance.

Task 261: My Computer’s Still Too Slow!


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First Chapter

Windows XP in 10 Simple Steps or Less

By Bill Hatfield Bradley L. Jones

John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0-7645-4236-2

Chapter One

Part 1: Understanding Windows XP Basics

Task 1: Starting Up and Logging In

Task 2: Logging Off and Shutting Down

Task 3: Activating Windows

Task 4: Enabling Fast Switching between Users

Task 5: Setting Your Computer's Clock and Time Zone

Task 6: Setting the Clock Automatically

Task 7: Adjusting Your Computer's Volume

Task 8: Automatically Turning the Monitor Off

Task 9: Locking and Unlocking the Computer

Task 10: Locking Your Computer with a Screen Saver

Task 11: Getting Help

Task 12: Customizing Help Screens

Task 13: Setting Search Options for Help

Task 14: Creating a Help and Support Favorites List

Task 15: Using the Knowledge Base

Task 16: Getting Basic Information about Your System

Task 17: Automatically Keeping Windows Up-to-Date

Task 18: Manually Updating Windows XP

Task 19: Installing New Software

Task 20: Removing Application Software

Task 1

Starting Up and Logging In

When Windows XP is installed, it requires that an account be set up for at least one user. If you are using Windows XP Home Edition, and you only set up one account without a password, when you turn on your computer, you are taken directly to the desktop. If you are using Windows XP Professional or Windows XPHome and have a password, when you turn on the computer, you are taken to the login screen where the user account can be selected. You can create an account for each person that will be using the computer, or you can create multiple accounts for yourself. Additionally, each of these profiles can be customized.

To use the login screen, do the following steps:

1. Turn on your computer, if it isn't on already. The computer runs through its startup procedures. If your computer only has one user account and that account does not have a password, you may be taken directly to the Windows XP desktop. If this is not the case, continue with the following steps.

2. A welcome screen, as shown in Figure 1-1, appears. Your screen will have different usernames than in Figure 1-1. Additionally, your screen may have a different number of user account icons and names.

3. On this screen select your account by clicking the appropriate square graphics (icon) or username.

4. If you don't have a password on your account, you are taken to the desktop. If the user profile you selected has a password associated with it, an entry box appears (see Figure 1-2). In this case, click the entry box and type your password into it. Your password is case-sensitive.

5. If you have forgotten your password, select the Help icon for a hint. The password hint appears (see Figure 1-3).

6. After typing in your password, click the arrow icon or press Enter on your keyboard.

7. If you entered the password correctly, you are taken to the desktop. If you entered the password incorrectly, a help message appears next to the entry box, as shown in Figure 1-4.

8. Once you enter the password successfully, the Windows XP desktop is displayed.

Task 2

Logging Off and Shutting Down

While some people choose to leave their computer running, there are times when you will want to turn your computer off. Even if you choose to leave your computer on, you may find that it makes sense to log off. Logging off is the process of closing the desktop and returning to the Windows login screen.

The following steps walk you through logging off and turning off your computer:

1. Click the Start button.

2. Determine if you will leave the computer on or turn the computer off. If you want to leave the computer on, select the Log Off button. This takes you to the Windows Welcome screen (see Figure 2-1).

3. If you've decided to turn the computer off, choose the Turn Off Computer button. The window in Figure 2-2 appears. When this dialog box is displayed, you cannot do anything more in Windows XP.

4. If you need to go back to Windows, you click the Cancel button.

5. If you want to turn off the computer, select the Turn Off button. This causes Windows XP to shut down safely. Some computers will even turn the power off. Others will shut down Windows XP and display a screen that says it is safe to turn off your computer. Once you see such a screen, you can safely press your computer's power button.

6. If you want to simply turn your computer off and then back on, choose the Restart button. This causes the computer to go through the process of turning off, logging off, shutting down, and then immediately starting back up. You will generally not do this unless you have installed new software that asks you to restart your machine.

7. Select the Stand By button if you are using a notebook computer or if you are interested in saving power, but don't want to completely turn off your computer.

8. If available, select the Hibernate button if you want to completely turn your computer off, yet have it ready to start up relatively fast. If you don't see a Hibernate button, press the Shift key when the Turn Off Computer dialog is displayed. If the hibernate function is supported by your computer, pressing the Shift key changes the Stand By button text to "Hibernate." You can then click this button to hibernate the computer.

Task 3

Activating Windows

If you installed or updated Windows XP on your machine, you will need to activate it. Activation requires letting Microsoft know about your copy of Windows so it can be verified as a legal copy. If your machine came with Windows XP preinstalled, you most likely will not need to activate your copy. If you do need to activate your copy, a message is displayed daily in your notification bar, if not more often. You'll also have an Activation icon in your notification area.

1. Click on the Activation icon in the notification bar. Alternatively, you can click the Start button and then choose All Programs[right arrow] Accessories[right arrow]System Tools[right arrow]Activate Windows. Either action starts the installation process and presents the window in Figure 3-1.

2. Select the way you will activate your copy of Windows XP. The easiest method is over the Internet with an Internet connection, or you can call a Microsoft representative. Select the option you will use.

3. Press the Next button. This takes you to additional instructions based on the option you selected in Step 2.

4. Follow the instructions on the screen.

If you chose to call a representative, an ID is generated and you are presented with information to use when calling Microsoft. Follow the information on your activation window (as shown in Figure 3-2). This will determine the number you should call as well.

5. If you choose to activate using the Internet, you are presented a screen asking if you would also like to register your copy of Windows XP in addition to activating it. If you do not register, your activation will process. If you choose to register, the registration screen appears (see Figure 3-3).

6. Fill in the registration information or press the Skip button. Windows XP then attempts to connect to the Internet. If the connection fails, Windows XP provides you with questions to help connect. If the connection succeeds, the activation process occurs. Once activation is completed, a confirmation message appears, stating that you have successfully activated your copy of Windows.

7. Close the window.

Task 4

Enabling Fast Switching between Users

Task 209 shows how to set up multiple users on Windows XP. Each user can have his or her own account that contains individual settings, documents, and other files. For example, a family could have an account for the parents and a separate account for a child.

Windows XP can be set up to switch between these different accounts. Although Windows XP can be set up to force you to log out before switching to a different account, it can also be set up for fast switching, which allows you to switch between accounts without stopping and turning off all programs. This allows you to switch between different users' accounts much quicker. The following steps show you how to confirm that fast switching is turned on:

1. Click the Start menu and then select Control Panel.

2. Double-click User Accounts to see the User Accounts window (see Figure 4-1).

3. Click on Change The Way Users Log On or Off. This changes the User Accounts window to the one in Figure 4-2.

4. To enable fast switching, check the box next to Use Fast User Switching. If you instead remove the check, fast user switching is turned off.

5. Click the Apply Options button to save any changes. You are returned to the primary User Accounts window. You can close this window. If you checked the box indicated, the fast switching option is set on, and you can now switch users without closing all the programs:

a. Click Start, then click the Log Off button. The Log Off dialog box appears (see Figure 4-3).

Note that if you have fast switching turned off, you are presented with the Log Off dialog box in Figure 4-4.

b. Click on the Switch User button to be shown the Welcome screen or Login dialog box.

c. Click on the icon or username for the user account you want to switch to.

Task 5

Setting Your Computer's Clock and Time Zone

Your computer has a clock that keeps the date and time. Additionally, this clock can keep track of daylight saving time and more. Some computers' clocks run a little fast or a little slow. As such, after a while you may need to adjust the clock. If your computer is connected to the Internet, you can have it automatically update the time on a regular basis (see Task 6). By default, the clock is displayed on the right-hand corner of the taskbar, as shown in Figure 5-1.

1. To change the time, use the Date and Time Properties dialog box. You can access this dialog in one of two ways. The quick way is to double-click on the time in the taskbar. If the time is not displayed in the taskbar, you can display this dialog by selecting the Control Panel option on the Start menu (Select Start, then Control Panel). Once you've displayed the Control Panel, select Date and Time. The Date and Time dialog appears (see Figure 5-2).

2. To set the date, start by setting the year. You can do this by either clicking on the up and down arrows to increase and decrease the date, or by selecting the year and typing in a new one.

You can then select the month by using the drop-down list. The calendar of days changes according to the year and month you select. Leap years are also considered in the displays of days. You can pick the day by clicking on it.

3. The time is displayed as both an analog clock and with numbers. You can change the time using the numbers. To change the time, select the part of the time you wish to change, either the hours, minutes, seconds, or whether it is P.M. or A.M. Select this by clicking on the numbers.

4. Once a portion of the time is selected, click the up and down arrows or type in a new number to change that portion of the time.

5. Switch from A.M. to P.M. or P.M. to A.M. by clicking on the current value and then clicking the up or down arrow.

6. Once you are done setting values, click the Apply button to apply the new date and time to the system.

7. If you want to adjust the time zone, select the Time Zone tab at the top of the dialog. A display similar to Figure 5-3 appears.

8. Select your time zone from the drop-down box. If the time zone you select includes daylight saving time, a check box is displayed as shown in Figure 5-3. Check the box to observe daylight saving time. Uncheck the box to ignore daylight saving time. If your time zone selection does not include daylight saving time, the check box is not displayed.

9. Select Apply to set the new time zone on your computer.

10. Select OK to close the dialog.

Task 6

Setting the Clock Automatically

Task 5 showed you how to set your clock manually. You can also configure your computer to automatically adjust your computer's clock to make sure it is always accurate.

1. Access the Date and Time Properties dialog by double-clicking on the time in the taskbar. If the time is not displayed in the taskbar, you can display this dialog by selecting the Control Panel option on the Start menu (select Start, then Control Panel). Once you've displayed the Control Panel, select Date and Time. The Date and Time dialog shown in Figure 6-1 appears.

2. Select the Internet Time tab. The dialog in Figure 6-2 appears.

3. If the Automatically Synchronize With An Internet Time Server check box is not selected, the information on the screen will be protected ("grayed out" and cannot be modified). Make sure the check box is selected.

4. Click the Update Now button to update the current time immediately. The computer accesses the Internet site listed in the Server box. By default, this is If you would prefer to get the time from a government site, or if the site is busy, you can change this to

5. Leave the Automatically Synchronize With An Internet Time Server check box checked if you want to have the time on your computer updated once a week. Otherwise, uncheck the box. The dialog tells you the next time it will update the time.

6. Windows XP provides a couple of Web sites for synchronizing your computer's time. You can also type in a different server name in the Server box. If you are unsure of sites for getting the time, it is best to not change the value. If you do enter an invalid site and then press the Update Now button, the error message shown in Figure 6-3 appears. You can then use the drop-down box to select a correct site.

7. Select OK to exit the dialog.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2004

    easy solutions to find and use

    Quickly, quickly! That is the focus of this book. The authors seem to be aiming this at someone (you) who needs to solve a problem now, without having to spend hours wading through the official manual. So Hatfield and Jones set out to find problems ('tasks' as the book terms these) that could be solved in 10 steps or less. Obviously, by the way, this is a user's manual, not a programmer's manual. This constraint of 10 steps is broad enough for them to offer solutions to a gamut of common problems. Like copying a song from your music CD to your computer's hard disk. Many users have probably fumbled through the XP manual for this answer. Here, it is task 79. In fact, in recognition of the importance of music, some 14 tasks are grouped together that deal with music related problems. Perhaps if you are still unsure about this book, try glancing at the contents. It lists 261 tasks, each with a very descriptive subject line. Care has clearly gone into the wording of these.

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