Windows XP Personal Trainer

Overview

The most widely used operating system in the world, XP is certainly the most reliable and best-looking version of Windows. But it comes with a baffling multitude of features and functionality that you'll struggle to understand—despite all of the hours you've logged with Windows 2000, Windows Me, 98 or 95. And if you're a beginner, where do you start?

Windows XP Personal Trainer enables beginners and experts alike to become black belts, quickly and easily. This fully illustrated ...

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Overview

The most widely used operating system in the world, XP is certainly the most reliable and best-looking version of Windows. But it comes with a baffling multitude of features and functionality that you'll struggle to understand—despite all of the hours you've logged with Windows 2000, Windows Me, 98 or 95. And if you're a beginner, where do you start?

Windows XP Personal Trainer enables beginners and experts alike to become black belts, quickly and easily. This fully illustrated book takes a modular approach to learning, allowing you to start with the fundamentals and work your way to advance topics through dozens of task-oriented lessons—at your own pace. The companion CD tutorial guides you through each lesson interactively.

With plenty of detailed diagrams, Windows XP Personal Trainer includes sections on:

  • Working with Windows
  • Using the programs included with Windows XP (such as Media Player)
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Modifying the taskbar and desktop
  • Customizing Windows XP
  • Optimizing and maintaining the operating system
  • Exploring the Internet
  • Networking with Windows XP

If you already have experience with Windows XP, you can dive right into those topics (and only those topics) that you need or want to learn. Unlike many consumer software tutorials that dumb down the material or present it in a confusing fashion, Windows XP Personal Trainer is written in a non-technical and engaging style that you will find fun, easy, and most of all, clear and informative. You can become proficient without wading through tons of jargon and technical information.

Part of our new Personal Trainer Series, this book is based on content from CustomGuide (www.customguide.com), a leading provider of computer training materials. Founded by instructors who grew dissatisfied with the industry's dry course materials, CustomGuide offers courseware (for instructors and students), quick references, to software bulletins and e-learning courses that are fun, flexible, and easy to use.

This fully illustrated book takes a modular approach to learning, allowing readers to start with the fundamentals and work their way to advanced topics. The companion CD tutorial guides them through each lesson interactively.

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Gymnasts develop “muscle memory” for their routines. This book’s hands-on workouts help you develop muscle memory for Windows XP, so even complicated tasks become second nature. Don’t worry about fouling up your system, either. You’re working with a simulator: your personal Windows sandbox, where it’s impossible to mess up settings or lose data.

These workouts cover pretty much everything typical Windows XP users need to know. There’s beginner’s stuff like logons and navigating programs (making this a great gift for Grandma, along with her new PC). But there’s just as much stuff for experienced users. Listening to Internet radio stations. Freeing space on crowded hard drives. Controlling security on shared folders. Scheduling automated tasks. You’d want to do quite a few of these things, if only you knew how. Now you will. Bill Camarda, from the January 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596008628
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/12/2004
  • Edition description: Includes CD-ROM
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

CustomGuide, Inc. is a leading provider of computer training materials. Founded by instructors who grew dissatisfied with the industry's dry course materials, CustomGuide offers courseware (for instructors and students), quick references, software bulletins and e-learning courses that are fun, flexible, and easy to use. They must be onto something, because CustomGuide has quickly become a leading provider of computer training materials. Although CustomGuide has grown, the founders continue to have the same vision, drive, and commitment.

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Table of Contents

About CustomGuide;
CustomGuide Staff and Contributors;
Introduction;
About the Personal Trainer Series;
About This Book;
Conventions Used in This Book;
Using the Interactive Environment;
How to Contact Us;
Chapter 1: The Fundamentals;
1.1 A Look at Windows XP and What’s New;
1.2 Starting and Logging On to Windows XP Home;
1.3 Starting and Logging On to Windows XP Professional;
1.4 Understanding the Windows XP Screen;
1.5 A Look at the New Windows XP Start Menu;
1.6 Using the Mouse: Pointing, Clicking, and Double-Clicking;
1.7 Using the Mouse: Clicking and Dragging;
1.8 Using the Mouse: Right-Clicking;
1.9 Using the Keyboard;
1.10 Exiting Windows and Turning Off Your Computer;
1.11 Chapter One Review;
Chapter 2: Working with a Window;
2.1 Starting a Program;
2.2 Understanding the Parts of a Window;
2.3 Minimizing, Maximizing, and Restoring a Window;
2.4 Closing a Window;
2.5 Moving a Window;
2.6 Sizing a Window;
2.7 Switching Between Windows;
2.8 Tiling and Cascading Windows;
2.9 Chapter Two Review;
Chapter 3: Working with a Windows Program;
3.1 Using Menus;
3.2 Using Toolbars;
3.3 Filling Out a Dialog Box;
3.4 Entering Text in the WordPad Program;
3.5 Editing Text;
3.6 Saving and Opening a File;
3.7 Selecting, Replacing, and Deleting Text;
3.8 Using Undo;
3.9 Printing a File;
3.10 Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Text;
3.11 Changing the Font Type and Size;
3.12 Using Bold, Italics, and Underline;
3.13 Changing Paragraph Alignment;
3.14 Getting Help by Contents;
3.15 Getting Help with the Help Index and Search;
3.16 Saving and Opening Files in Different Locations;
3.17 Chapter Three Review;
Chapter 4: Working with Files and Folders;
4.1 Understanding Storage Devices, Folders, and Files;
4.2 Using My Computer to See What’s in Your Computer;
4.3 Opening a Folder;
4.4 Creating and Renaming a Folder;
4.5 Copying, Moving, and Deleting a Folder;
4.6 Opening, Renaming, and Deleting a File;
4.7 Copying and Moving a File;
4.8 Restoring a Deleted File and Emptying the Recycle Bin;
4.9 A Closer Look at Files and Folders;
4.10 Changing How Information Is Displayed;
4.11 Selecting Multiple Files and Folders;
4.12 Finding a File Using the Search Companion;
4.13 Managing the Search Companion;
4.14 Using Windows Explorer;
4.15 File Management Using Windows Explorer;
4.16 Using MS-DOS;
4.17 Creating and Using a Compressed Folder;
4.18 Chapter Four Review;
Chapter 5: Customizing the Taskbar and Desktop;
5.1 Using the Windows Classic Start Menu;
5.2 Using the Windows Classic Appearance;
5.3 Moving, Resizing, and Hiding the Taskbar;
5.4 Customizing the Start Menu;
5.5 Working with the Quick Launch Bar;
5.6 Opening Recent Documents;
5.7 Using the Run Command to Start a Program;
5.8 Adding Shortcuts to the Desktop;
5.9 Starting a Program Automatically When Windows Starts;
5.10 Chapter Five Review;
Chapter 6: Customizing Windows;
6.1 A Look at the Control Panel;
6.2 Changing the Date and Time;
6.3 Adjusting the Computer’s Volume;
6.4 Changing the Color Scheme and Appearance;
6.5 Adding Wallpaper to the Desktop;
6.6 Adjusting the Screen Resolution;
6.7 Adjusting the Screen Color Depth;
6.8 Using a Screen Saver;
6.9 Changing System and Program Sounds;
6.10 Adjusting the Mouse;
6.11 Customizing How Folders Look and Work;
6.12 Customizing Folder View Options;
6.13 Chapter Six Review;
Chapter 7: The Free Programs;
7.1 WordPad;
7.2 Notepad;
7.3 Calculator;
7.4 Sound Recorder;
7.5 Paint;
7.6 Creating Pictures with Paint;
7.7 Play Games;
7.8 Character Map;
7.9 Chapter Seven Review;
Chapter 8: Working with Pictures and Multimedia;
8.1 Introduction to the Digital Camera;
8.2 Transferring Digital Photos to the Computer;
8.3 Viewing and Managing Digital Photos;
8.4 Printing Digital Photos;
8.5 E-mailing Digital Photos;
8.6 Ordering Prints Online;
8.7 Introduction to the Windows Media Player;
8.8 Playing a CD;
8.9 Copying a CD to the Hard Drive;
8.10 Creating a Playlist;
8.11 Burning a Music CD;
8.12 Listening to Internet Radio Stations;
8.13 Changing Skins;
8.14 Playing a DVD;
8.15 Chapter Eight Review;
Chapter 9: Optimizing and Maintaining Your Computer;
9.1 Repairing Disk Errors;
9.2 Defragmenting Your Hard Disk;
9.3 Freeing Up Space on Your Hard Disk;
9.4 Scheduling Tasks;
9.5 Installing New Software;
9.6 Removing Software;
9.7 Adding and Removing Windows Components;
9.8 Installing a Printer;
9.9 Changing Printer Settings and the Default Printer;
9.10 Shutting Down a Frozen Program;
9.11 Installing New Hardware;
9.12 Using Automatic Updates;
9.13 Using Windows Update;
9.14 Restoring Your Computer;
9.15 Using the Device Manager;
9.16 Formatting a Disk;
9.17 Chapter Nine Review;
Chapter 10: Exploring the Internet;
10.1 Introduction to the Internet;
10.2 Connecting to the Internet;
10.3 Displaying a Specific Web Page;
10.4 Browsing the Web;
10.5 Searching the Web;
10.6 Adding a Web Page to Favorites and Changing Your Home Page;
10.7 Displaying a History of Visited Web Pages;
10.8 Clearing the History of Visited Web Pages;
10.9 Downloading Pictures and Files;
10.10 Understanding the Information Bar;
10.11 Using the Pop-up Blocker;
10.12 Understanding Information Security;
10.13 Understanding Windows Firewall;
10.14 Introduction to E-mail;
10.15 Composing and Sending E-mail;
10.16 Adding a Name to the Address Book;
10.17 Receiving E-mail;
10.18 Replying to a Message;
10.19 Forwarding and Deleting a Message;
10.20 Chapter Ten Review;
Chapter 11: Passwords, Logons, and User Accounts;
11.1 Workgroup vs. Domain;
11.2 Creating a New User Account on a Workgroup Computer;
11.3 Creating a New User Account on a Domain Computer;
11.4 Editing a User Account on a Workgroup;
11.5 Editing a User Account on a Domain;
11.6 Logging Off Windows on a Workgroup;
11.7 Logging Off Windows on a Domain;
11.8 Logging On to Windows on a Workgroup;
11.9 Logging On to Windows on a Domain;
11.10 Changing Your Password on a Workgroup;
11.11 Changing Your Password on a Domain;
11.12 Changing the Logon Process on Windows XP Home;
11.13 Chapter Eleven Review;
Chapter 12: Networking with Windows XP;
12.1 Introduction to Networks;
12.2 Browsing the Network;
12.3 Mapping a Network Drive;
12.4 Connecting to a Network Printer;
12.5 Sharing Your Files and Printers on the Network;
12.6 Changing Access Permissions to a Shared Folder;
12.7 Specifying Security Options to a Shared Folder;
12.8 Chapter Twelve Review;
Chapter 13: Setting Up a Network;
13.1 A Look at Common Network Hardware;
13.2 Ethernet Networks;
13.3 Installing an Ethernet Home Network;
13.4 Wireless Networks;
13.5 Installing a Wireless Home Network;
13.6 Connecting to a Wireless Network;
13.7 Connecting to a Wireless Network Manually;
13.8 Connecting to a Wireless Network Automatically;
13.9 Basic Network Troubleshooting;
13.10 Installing a Network Card;
13.11 Managing Network Protocols and Components;
13.12 Understanding and Configuring TCP/IP;
13.13 Chapter Thirteen Review;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2004

    serious contents

    O'Reilly has been experimenting with several series of books. Most in a sombre, serious format. But we also has the vivid Personal Trainer series, which includes this book on XP. It's targeting a new user. New to both XP and computers in general. So there is a lot of attention paid to basic operations in any operating system with a GUI. Like opening, moving, resizing and closing a window. And how to graphically navigate through the filesystem, using the metaphor of folders. Experienced users will have internalised this a long time ago, as automatic. But it's important to realise that it is not so obvious to new users. You have to start somewhere. The book is suitable as a guide to the XP newcomer. Oh, as for the cartoon aspect of the cover. It really isn't used inside to any great extent. (As contrasted to the Head First series.) In spite of the cover, the contents have a serious demeanour.

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