Windows XP Quicksteps


Brace youself, because here comes QuickSteps: The fast, easy, accessible information on Windows XP in a full-color cookbook-style format. Provides answers to all of your How-do-I questions in a concise and meaningful way. Lengthwise page layout allows for easy page viewing. Useful tips and cautions are displayed in the margins so that they don’t break the flow of the quick steps themselves.

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Brace youself, because here comes QuickSteps: The fast, easy, accessible information on Windows XP in a full-color cookbook-style format. Provides answers to all of your How-do-I questions in a concise and meaningful way. Lengthwise page layout allows for easy page viewing. Useful tips and cautions are displayed in the margins so that they don’t break the flow of the quick steps themselves.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072232189
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies,Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/27/2004
  • Series: QuickSteps Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Series editors Martin and Carole Matthews each have more than thirty years of computing experience. They have written 57 U.S. editions of 32 titles, a number of which have been critically acclaimed. Among their more recent books are: Windows XP, A Beginner’s Guide; FrontPage 2002: The Complete Reference; Windows 2000, A Beginner’s Guide; Office 2000 Answers, Certified Tech Support; Windows 98 Companion; and Windows 98 Answers, Certified Tech Support.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xii
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 Stepping into Windows XP 1
Start Windows 1
Log on to Windows 4
Use the Mouse 4
Using the Mouse 4
Use the Screen 4
Open the Start Menu 6
Use the Start Menu 6
Starting a Program 8
Use a Window 9
Using a Task Pane 10
Use a Menu 13
Use a Dialog Box 13
Leave Windows 14
Get Help 15
Play FreeCell 16
Having Fun with Windows 16
Chapter 2 Customizing Windows XP 19
Change the Look of Windows XP 19
Open Display Properties 19
Pick a New Screen Saver 20
Changing the Desktop 21
Alter the Appearance of Objects 21
Change the Resolution and Color 22
Add Windows Program Icons 23
Rearrange Desktop Icons 23
Adding Other Program Icons 24
Rename Desktop Icons 24
Change the Start Menu 24
Change the Taskbar 28
Use the Quick Launch Toolbar 29
Changing Taskbar Properties 30
Change How Windows XP Operates 31
Set and Use the Date and Time 31
Rearranging the Quick Launch Toolbar 32
Use Accessibility Options 32
Using the Control Panel 34
Customize the Mouse 36
Customize the Keyboard 37
Change Sounds 37
Change Regional Settings 38
Create a Template 23
Create a Presentation from Another Presentation 23
Chapter 3 Storing Information 39
Display Files and Folders 40
Changing Windows Explorer Views 41
Identify Disk Storage Devices 41
Select and Open Folders 41
Create New Folders 43
Renaming and Deleting Files and Folders 43
Customize the Explorer 44
Change Folder Options 45
Select Multiple Files and Folders 47
Copying and Moving Files and Folders 48
Use the Recycle Bin 49
Create Shortcuts 50
Search for Files and Folders 51
Create Files 52
Encrypt Files and Folders 52
Compress Files and Folders 54
Change Other Attributes 54
Zipping Files and Folders 55
Back Up Files and Folders 55
Managing Disks 57
Write Files and Folders to a CD 58
Chapter 4 Using the Internet 59
Connect to the Internet 59
Set Up Communications 60
Configure an Internet Connection 63
Use the World Wide Web 65
Search the Internet 65
Browsing the Internet 66
Keep a Favorite Site 67
Organizing Favorite Sites 68
Use the Links Bar 68
Change Your Home Page 68
Access Web History 69
Controlling Internet Security 70
Copy Information from the Internet 70
Play Audio and Video from the Internet 72
Use Internet E-Mail 74
Establish an E-Mail Account 74
Create and Send E-Mail 75
Receive E-Mail 77
Respond to E-Mail 77
Use Stationery 78
Using the Address Book 79
Apply Formatting 79
Attach Files to E-Mail 81
Participate in Newsgroups 81
Use Windows Messenger 85
Set Up Windows Messenger 85
Using Windows Messenger 87
Chapter 5 Managing Windows XP 89
Start and Stop Programs 89
Start Programs Automatically 90
Start Programs Minimized 90
Schedule Programs 91
Switching Programs 93
Annotate a Fax 138
Create a Fax Cover Page 139
Control with the Task Manager 93
Stopping Programs 94
Start a Program in Run 95
Start Older Programs 95
Control Automatic Programs 96
Start Indexing Service 97
Running Accessory Programs 98
Maintain Windows XP 98
Update Windows XP 98
Restore Windows XP 101
Run System Restore From Safe Mode 104
Get System Information 105
Set Power Options 106
Add and Remove Software 108
Add Hardware 110
Use Remote Assistance 111
Chapter 6 Working with Documents and Pictures 115
Create Documents and Pictures 115
Acquiring a Document 115
Create a Picture 117
Install Cameras and Scanners 117
Scan Pictures 118
Transfer Camera Images 119
View Pictures 120
Print Documents and Pictures 121
Install a Printer 121
Printing 125
Print Pictures 125
Print to a File 126
Print Web Pages 127
Confi gure a Printer 127
Control Printing 131
Handling Fonts 134
Fax Documents and Pictures 135
Set Up Faxing 135
Send a Fax 135
Receive a Fax 136
Annotate a Fax 138
Create a Fax Cover Page 139
Chapter 7 Working with Multimedia 141
Work with Audio 141
Play CDs 142
Control the Volume 144
Listen to Radio Stations 145
Locate Music on the Internet 146
Copy CDs to Your Computer 147
Organize Music 148
Make a Music CD 149
Changing the Look of Media Player 150
Work with Video 151
Play DVDs 151
Record Video 151
Preparing to Make a Movie 152
Import Files 153
Use Movie Maker 154
Select Video Clips 155
Add Sound to a Movie 157
Editing Video Clips 158
Add Titles and Still Pictures to a Movie 158
Save a Movie 159
Chapter 8 Controlling Security 161
Control Who Is a User 161
Set Up a User 161
Setting Passwords 163
Reset a Password 163
Replace Passwords 165
Customize a User Account 166
Change Log On Procedure 168
Switch among Users 169
Manage Multiple Users 169
Control What a User Does 170
Set File Sharing 171
Use and Add Groups 172
Set Permissions 175
Use File and Folder Permissions 176
Protect Stored Data 177
Protecting Files and Folders 178
Use Encrypted Files and Folders 179
Lock a Computer 180
Set Up an Internet Firewall 182
Chapter 9 Setting Up Networking 183
Plan a Network 183
Select a Type of Network 184
Select a Network Standard 186
Selecting Wired Ethernet Hardware 189
Set Up a Network 189
Set Up Network Interface Cards 189
Selecting Wireless Hardware 192
Install Networking Functions 195
Confi gure a Networking Protocol 196
Getting a Block of IP Addresses 199
Test a Network Setup and Connection 199
Chapter 10 Using Networking 201
Access Network Resources 202
Explore a Network 202
Permanently Connect to a Network Share 203
Using Network Addresses 205
Connect Outside Your Workgroup Or Domain 205
Copy Network Files and Information 205
Print on Network Printers 206
Access a Network Internet Connection 206
Finding a Network Printer 207
Let Others Access Your Resources 207
Share Your Files 207
Share Your Folders and Disks 208
Share Your Printers 208
Share an Internet Connection 209
Work Remotely 210
Set Up a Kemote Desktop Connection 211
Use a Remote Desktop Connection 215
Set Up Remote Access Service 217
Use Remote Access Service 219
Set Up Virtual Private Networking 220
Choosing Between VPN and RAS 221
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