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For example, you can use this Startup folder to run your word processor and e-mail programs automatically each time you start Windows. Just create shortcuts in your Startup folder (see Chapter 8, section "Making Shortcuts").
Note: The Windows Registry, which stores information about Windows and your applications, can also tell Windows to run programs automatically on startup (see Chapter 38, section "Running Programs on Startup").
You can also use the keyboard to move a window. Press ALT-SPACEBAR to display the System menu, press m to choose the Move command, press the cursor keys to move the window, and then press ENTER when the window is located where you want it. You can also right-click the program button on the taskbar and choose Move from the menu that appears.
Minimizing a Window A button appears on the taskbar for each program that is running. To minimize a window-make a window disappear, leaving nothing but its taskbar button-click the window's Minimize button, the leftmost of the three buttons on the right end of the title bar, or click the window's System Menu button and choose Minimize from the menu that appears. You can also minimize a window by using the keyboard. Press ALT-SPACEBAR to display the System menu and press N to choose the Minimize command. You can also minimize a window by right-clicking the window's button on the taskbar and choosing Minimize from the menu that appears. To switch between minimized, and either restored or maximized, click the taskbar button for the program.
Note: Minimize windows when you want to unclutter your desktop without exiting programs.
If the window is currently minimized and you want to maximize it, right-click the button on the taskbar for the window and choose Maximize from the menu that appears. You can maximize a window by using the keyboard, too; press ALT-SPACEBAR to display the System menu and press x to choose the Maximize command. You can also maximize a window by right-clicking the window's button on the taskbar and choosing Maximize from the menu that appears.
If the window is currently minimized and you want to restore it, click the taskbar button for the window.
You can restore a window by using the keyboard, too; press ALT-SPACEBAR to display the System menu and press R to choose the Restore command. You can also restore a window by right-clicking the window's button on the taskbar and choosing Restore from the menu that appears.
The choice between maximizing programs and running them in windows (restored) is a matter of taste. If your screen is small or low resolution, maximize your windows, so you can see their contents as clearly as possible. If you have a large, high-resolution screen, you can run your programs in windows so you can see several programs at the same time.
If four or more windows are open, Tile Windows Horizontally and Tile Windows Vertically arrange the windows the same way-in a grid.
You can move and resize windows by using only the keyboard, if that's your preference. To move a window, press ALT-SPACEBAR to display the System menu and press M to choose the Move command Press the cursor keys to move the window where you want it; then press ENTER to choose that position. To resize a window, press ALT-SPACEBAR to display the System menu, and press S to choose the Size command. Next, press cursor keys to adjust the window size and press ENTER to select that size.
If you'd rather use the keyboard, you can close many windows by pressing CTRL-F4. To close a window and exit the program, press ALT-F4. If the window is minimized, you can close the window without restoring it first. Right-click the window's button on the taskbar and choose Close from the menu that appears.
|Pt. I||Working in Windows XP|
|1||The Basics of Windows XP||3|
|5||Copying, Moving, and Sharing Information Between Programs||81|
|6||Sharing Your Computer with Multiple Users||95|
|Pt. II||Managing Your Disk|
|7||Using Files and Folders||137|
|8||Managing Files and Folders||167|
|9||Backing Up Your Files with the Backup Utility||207|
|Pt. III||Configuring Windows for your Computer|
|10||Setting Up Your Start Menu and Taskbar||243|
|11||Setting Up Your Desktop||267|
|12||Keyboards, Mice, and Game Controllers||297|
|13||Adding and Removing Hardware||315|
|14||Printing and Faxing||339|
|15||Running Windows XP on Laptops||359|
|Pt. IV||Working with Text, Numbers, Pictures, Sound, and Video|
|17||Working with Documents in Windows XP||413|
|18||Working with Graphics||431|
|19||Working with Sound||453|
|20||Working with Video||489|
|Pt. V||Windows XP on the Internet|
|21||Configuring Windows to Work with Your Modem||507|
|22||Connecting to the Internet||531|
|23||E-Mail and Newsgroups Using Outlook Express||567|
|24||Browsing the World Wide Web with Internet Explorer||621|
|25||Internet Conferencing with Windows Messenger and NetMeeting||661|
|26||Other Internet Programs that Come with Windows XP||683|
|Pt. VI||Networking with Windows XP|
|27||Designing a Windows-Based Local Area Network||707|
|28||Configuring Windows for a LAN||737|
|29||Sharing Drives and Printers on a LAN||767|
|30||Connecting Your LAN to the Internet||787|
|31||Network and Internet Security||801|
|Pt. VII||Windows Housekeeping|
|32||Formatting and Partitioning Disks||829|
|33||Keeping Your Disk Safe||855|
|34||Tuning Windows XP for Maximum Performance||865|
|35||Troubleshooting Windows XP||877|
|36||Other Windows XP Resources||901|
|Pt. VIII||Behind the Scenes: Windows XP Internals|
|37||Windows XP Configuration Files||913|
|38||Registering Programs and File Types||925|
|39||Running DOS Programs and Commands||935|
|40||Automating Tasks with the Windows Script Host||959|
|A||Installing or Upgrading to Windows XP||965|
Microsoft has finally done it. Windows XP is the upgrade to both series of Windows, Me/9x and 2000/NT. Windows XP (also known by its prerelease code name, Whistler) does away with the legacy architecture of the Windows 9x series. Windows 95 and its successors were based on DOS, the pre-Windows, non-graphical operating system that PCs started with. Windows XP removes the underlying DOS environment for increased reliability, and it uses the Windows NT/2000 file system for better security. Windows XP is based on Windows 2000 and combines the technical core of NT/2000 with the ease of use of Windows 98 and Me. Because of its business-oriented lineage, Windows XP has some great new capabilities for Windows Me/9x users, including password-protected user accounts and system management programs. But Windows XP also adds people-friendly features that were lacking in Windows NT and 2000, along with a completely redesigned (and spiffy-looking) screen design called Luna. This book helps you to make sense of the world of Windows XP, find your way through all the new and sometimes confusing options, learn the new interface, and make it work for you.
Initially, Windows XP comes in two versions: Home Edition (for home use) and Professional (for small-office and workstation use). These two versions are intended for workstations-that is, computers that people sit in front of and use directly. Two additional versions, Windows .NET Server and .NET Advanced Server, will be available in 2002. (Despite the ".NET" in their names, these are high-end versions of Windows XP.) These versions run on servers-computers that provide services to other computers over a network. This book describes Windows XP Home Edition and Professional as they are used on desktop and laptop workstations at home and at work. We hope that this book-both on paper and on the CD-ROM in the back-will help you make the most of Windows XP.
Later in this Introduction are sections titled "New Features in Windows XP," an overview of Windows XP's features, and "Differences Between Windows XP Editions," descriptions of the various versions of Windows XP.
Your computer might be the only one in your home or office, or it may be one of many on a local area network. You probably have a modem or network card, although Windows works perfectly well without either. Chances are, your computer is connected to the Internet, or will be soon.
If your computer is connected to a large network, we don't expect you to be the network administrator, but if you're in a small office with two or three computers, we tell you how to set up a small, usable Windows network. If you have a modem, we discuss in detail what's involved in getting connected to the Internet, because Windows XP includes all the software you need to use the Internet.
Note: If you are the network administrator of a domain-based local area network, or if you need to know about the security and networking options for large networks, consider getting Windows.NET Server: The Complete Reference (by Kathy Ivens, published by Osborne/McGraw-Hill). It's the companion volume to this book for information technology staff members who support Windows XP servers and networked workstations.
Chapter 1 starts with the basics of working in Windows: using the mouse and managing your windows. Chapters 2 and 3 explain how to run and install programs beyond those included with Windows-including using the new Compatibility Mode options that can run even the oldest DOS and Windows Me/9x programs. Chapter 4 covers the newly revamped Help And Support Center, including how to get assistance from friends, coworkers, and Microsoft over the Internet. Chapter 5 looks at the many ways to move and share information between and among programs. User accounts, which have been vastly improved in Windows XP, are described in Chapter 6.
Chapter 10 covers the all-new Start menu, the gateway to the features of Windows. Chapter 11 details the desktop, the icons, and other items that reside on your screen. Chapter 12 explains your keyboard and mouse (yes, lots of options exist just for the mouse), and Chapter 13 tells you how to add and set up additional hardware on your computer. Chapter 14 covers printing, including setting up printers and installing fonts, and using the built-in fax features. Chapter 15 highlights the special features that are useful to laptop computer users. Chapter 16 covers the accessibility features that make Windows more usable for people who may have difficulty using conventional keyboards and mice, seeing the screen, or hearing sounds.
Part IV: Working with Text, Numbers, Pictures, Sounds, and Video Chapter 17 discusses Windows' simple but useful text and word processing programs and calculator feature. In Chapter 18, you read about new features for viewing, printing, e-mailing, and making Web pages with your pictures, including ordering prints over the Internet. Chapters 19 and 20 examine Windows' extensive sound and video multimedia facilities, including the powerful new Windows Media Player 8.
Chapter 21 explains the intricacies of setting up a modem to work with Windows, whether you use a dial-up account or a high-speed cable, ISDN, or DSL connection. Chapter 22 tells you how to use that modem to create and set up an account with an Internet service provider or online service. Chapter 23 describes Outlook Express 6.0, the Windows accessory program that handles your e-mail. Chapter 24 covers Internet Explorer 6.0, Microsoft's updated Web browser. Chapter 25 examines online chatting and conferencing with Windows Messenger and NetMeeting, and Chapter 26 discusses the other Internet applications that come with Windows.
Chapter 27 introduces local area networks, including key concepts such as client-server and peer-to-peer networking. Chapter 28 walks you through the process of creating a small network of Windows systems. Chapter 29 tells you how to share printers and disk drives among your networked computers. Chapter 30 explains how to use Internet Connection Sharing to share one Internet account and modem among all the computers on a LAN. Chapter 31 covers the improved network security features that Windows XP provides, including the Internet Connection Firewall.
Appendix, Glossary, and Instructions for Installing the Book's CD-ROM The Appendix describes how to install Windows XP as an upgrade to a Windows system, from scratch on a blank hard disk, or as part of a dual-boot configuration. The Glossary describes all the terminology you need to know to understand Windows. At the very back of this book, you'll find a page of instructions for how to use Windows XP: The Complete Reference E-book, which is stored on the accompanying CD-ROM. (For more information, see "About the E-book" later in this Introduction.)
When we refer you to related material, we tell you the name of the section that contains the information we think you'll want to read. If the section is in the same chapter you are reading, we don't mention a chapter number. If you find yourself skipping around the book, consider reading the text on the screen using the CD-ROM (see the next section).
When you see instructions to choose commands from a menu, we separate the part of the command by vertical bars ( I ). For example, "choose File I Open" means to choose File from the Menu bar and then choose Open from the File menu that appears. If the command begins with "Start I ," then click the Start button on the taskbar as the first step. See "Giving Commands" in Chapter 2 for the details of how to give commands.
For instance, as you read in Chapter 33 about disk management and you want to know more about how to recover from faults and crashes, you can click a link on the e-book Chapter 33 to jump to that material. The e-book makes it easy to follow links from topic to topic until you get the information you need-without flipping to the back of the book to consult the index.
Wherever the book says "See Chapter so-and-so," the e-book has a link that you can follow with a single click. In the printed book, we refer you to related information by saying "see Chapter 18" or referring to other sections in the current chapter. The e-book has been coded-using Web-style hyperlinks-to provide references to related topics. When you read the e-book, you can click links to jump directly to the section of the book that contains the related information.
We've also added other useful links both within the book and to external resources on the World Wide Web. For example, if Microsoft's Web site has more information about a topic, we provide you with a clickable link to the page you want. We also provide Internet addresses for companies that provide Windows-compatible products and information. The book also has its own Web site (at http://net.gurus.com/winxptcr) where you'll find the latest Windows XP information we think you'll find useful.
The key to the e-book is the electronic Glossary page that you'll find one click away from the CD's opening screen. This Glossary provides an alphabetical list of Windows-related and Internet-related terms, each linking to the section of the book that introduces that concept. To learn about a topic, find the term in the glossary and follow the link into the text.
A page of instructions at the very back of this book describes how to install and use the e-book on the CD-ROM.
Microsoft has a comparison of Home Edition and Professional at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/guide/featurecomp.asp.
Also visit our Web site at http://net.gurus.com/winxptcr for updates and corrections to this book.