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Are you running Windows XP? Or is it running you? Wouldn’t it be nice to have that great feeling that comes with knowing the quickest, niftiest way to get the job done? Sure it would -- and that’s why you want Windows XP Killer Tips.
Here are some 225 great tips for making Windows XP more convenient, more useful, and more fun.
Is there a web site other than your home page that you always go to? Windows XP Killer Tips shows how to create a taskbar icon that takes you straight there -- without opening Internet Explorer first.
Did you know you can permanently place a current U.S. weather map right on your Windows desktop? Drag shortcut icons from the Start menu to the desktop? Rotate a photograph (not just its preview) without even opening your image-editing software? Make your very own icons? Restore your old familiar icons (for example, My Computer, My Documents, and so forth)? Navigate menus without a mouse?
Tired of Windows Explorer starting up in My Documents when you never store anything there? Pick a different starting folder. Work on the road? Here’s how to keep your files synchronized (maybe you know this involves the Briefcase, but you’ll be surprised where Windows XP hides that feature). Ever need to select a batch of files that aren’t listed next to each other in My Computer or Windows Explorer? Here’s how. Running out of hard drive space? Here’s how to compress whole folders at a single bound.
There are scores of Windows XP “Speed Tips”: faster ways to rename files; how to send an email attachment without first opening Outlook Express; speed-launch your favorite applications; search folders more rapidly; copy and delete files at the same time; close bunches of windows with one click; even shut down more quickly.
You’ll learn how to associate a file type with more than one program, so you can choose which one to use each time you open the file. You’ll uncover Windows XP’s “hidden” chat application; even learn how to save streaming media (didn’t you always wish you could)?
Authors Scott Kelby and Kleber Stephenson have been spelunking for months in Windows XP’s farthest nooks and crannies -- and they’ve come back with pure gold. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.