Windows XP Timesaving Techniques for Dummies

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Computers were supposed to save us time, but Windows XP users know how often the opposite seems to be true. What if you could get a list of shortcuts that would save you time every single day? Windows XP Timesaving Techniques For Dummies, 2nd Edition includes 70 of them, great tips and tricks that make Windows work faster, more reliably, and more like the way you work.

Collected and tested by Windows guru Woody Leonhard, these timesavers are...
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Overview


Computers were supposed to save us time, but Windows XP users know how often the opposite seems to be true. What if you could get a list of shortcuts that would save you time every single day? Windows XP Timesaving Techniques For Dummies, 2nd Edition includes 70 of them, great tips and tricks that make Windows work faster, more reliably, and more like the way you work.

Collected and tested by Windows guru Woody Leonhard, these timesavers are organized into groups of related tasks so you can quickly find the ones that will help you at any given time. You can set up your desktop and launch your programs in the way that makes sense for you, take back control of the Internet and e-mail, manage your music and visual media, and protect your system in a few simple steps. You’ll find no-nonsense advice on



• Eliminating irritating programs that start automatically

• Speeding up the restart or shutdown process

• Streamlining searches, the Start menu, and Outlook Express

• Strengthening your firewall and zapping scumware

• Adjusting your monitor to reduce eyestrain

• Reducing download time for photos

• Enhancing the performance of your network

• Making online shopping faster as well as safer

• Scheduling maintenance chores to run while you sleep



From the most basic to somewhat advanced tricks designed for power users, this grocery list of timesavers has something for every Windows XP user— including you!

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You’re running Windows XP (Home or Professional). You don’t need to learn how to point and click. But you suspect you could be doing a lot more with Windows XP. Getting the job done faster. Having more fun -- and fewer hassles. You’re right. And Woody Leonhard’s going to show you how, in Windows XP Timesaving Techniques for Dummies.

Leonhard’s been sharing his Microsoft expertise for years: His free Windows and Office email newsletters now reach more than 510,000 readers every week. Now he’s brought together some 600 pages of great Windows time savers into one incredibly easy book. We’re not talking about obscure registry tweaks that promise to deliver whopping 1% performance improvements but actually crash your computer. We’re talking about stuff that’s actually useful and doable.

These tips cover no less than 60 categories of tasks. You’ll learn how to customize your Windows desktop; create CDs and DVDs as quickly and effectively as possible; protect your privacy online; make the most of Outlook Express email; cope with your digital photos more efficiently -- and that’s just scratching the surface.

Leonhard focuses much of his attention on Windows XP’s improved networking features and rich media capabilities, often showing how to use Windows to do things that would’ve required costly add-ons in previous versions. (Sometimes add-ons are still required; Leonhard points those out, as well. And the book’s a gold mine of web links to deeper information: for example, complete guides to setting up your computer for multiple operating systems, or sites that contain free benchmark tools for seeing just how fast your computer is.

Take for example, the tip on getting Windows to start faster by skipping the logon screen (not for high-security environments, but handy for lots of other folks who always logon the same way to play the same games). Like a few of Leonhard’s tips, this one takes advantage of Windows XP PowerToys, which are definitely worth your time to download. (By the way, if you do need to see a logon screen -- maybe to change users -- you can always do that by pressing Shift while Windows starts.)

If you care about every last second, Leonhard also points you to Microsoft’s BootVis tool, which tweaks the boot process in all sorts of ways you probably don’t want to know about.

It’s conventional wisdom that adding memory improves performance. Often, it does -- but Leonhard also tells you when it won’t. (You could save some bucks.)

There’s also plenty of coverage here for notebook users. Leonard helps you make the most of standby and hibernate, and identifies some power-saving choices that could save you both time and battery life. There’s even a trick for deterring theft.

If you need an introductory guide to Windows XP, Leonhard’s earlier book, Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies, fits the bill. But if you’re further along, Windows XP Timesaving Techniques for Dummies is tough to beat. 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764578830
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 590
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author


Woody Leonhard: Curmudgeon, critic, and perennial “Windows Victim,” Woody Leonhard runs a fiercely independent Web site devoted to delivering the truth about Windows and Office, whether Microsoft likes it or not. With up-to-the-nanosecond news, observations, tips and help, AskWoody.com has become the premiere source of unbiased information for people who actually use the products.
In the past decade, Woody has written more than two dozen books, drawing an unprecedented six Computer Press Association awards and two American Business Press awards. Woody was one of the first Microsoft Consulting Partners and is a charter member of the Microsoft Solutions Provider organization. He’s widely quoted — and reviled — on the Redmond campus.

Justin Leonhard: Lives with his dad in Phuket, Thailand. Justin contributed to Windows XP All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies. He frequently helps Woody with various writing projects and keeps the office network going. Justin is an accomplished scuba diver, budding novelist, and the best video game player for miles. He was admitted to Mensa International at the age of 14.
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Table of Contents

1 Getting the latest version of Windows 9
2 Running the activation gauntlet 25
3 Retrieving your product key 31
4 Installing a legal copy of Windows XP over a bootleg 36
5 Making Windows work faster 43
6 Shut down, restart, and switch users quickly 57
7 Saving time (and your eyes) on-screen 61
8 Stopping a thief with your welcome screen 72
9 Rapid power passwords 80
10 Windows power management 89
11 Keeping programs from starting automatically 94
12 Removing and reinstalling programs 102
13 Streamlining the start menu 113
14 Building a power desktop 126
15 Tricking out the taskbar 140
16 Launching your most-used programs quickly 147
17 Making programs run your way 153
18 Using built-in keyboard shortcuts 158
19 Making your own keyboard shortcuts 163
20 Exploring effectively 175
21 Finding the files you want fast 189
22 Listing files quickly 199
23 Customizing Internet Explorer 211
24 Saving time with Google 229
25 Locating and sharing files on the Internet 239
26 Keeping Messenger in line 246
27 Polyglot IMing with Trillian 254
28 Streamlining Outlook Express 258
29 Zapping junk mail 268
30 Protecting your kids 277
31 Using Windows media player 283
32 No-nonsense music gathering 289
33 Buying music on the Web 296
34 Tuning in the radio 299
35 Creating your own music CDs 302
36 Transferring music to MP3 players 306
37 Taking snapshots with a Webcam 311
38 Recording video with a Webcam 315
39 Editing your home movies 319
40 Managing pictures from a digital camera 326
41 Doing more with your pics 333
42 Decreasing picture download times 341
43 Printing and posting pictures 345
44 Using a scanner effectively 350
45 Installing a small network 357
46 Securing your wireless network 367
47 Adding and configuring a new user 371
48 Sharing drives and folders 383
49 Protecting your PC from viruses while you sleep 393
50 Plugging and unplugging Windows firewall 401
51 Building a better firewall 409
52 Zapping scumware 417
53 Canning adware and obnoxious cookies 420
54 Checking your security perimeter 428
55 Updating Windows on your own terms 435
56 Running disk chores while you sleep 442
57 Keeping your hard drive in shape 451
58 Updating drivers safely 458
59 Running periodic maintenance 466
60 Making backups - fast 473
61 Requesting remote assistance 482
62 Getting help fast 487
63 Getting your PC to boot when it doesn't want to 495
64 Restoring your system after calamitous change 505
65 Recovering a lost password 510
66 Surviving the blue screen of death 516
67 Creating a startup disk 521
68 Changing the registry without getting burned 529
69 Updating Windows' registered owner 536
70 Speeding up scanning for squishable files 539
71 Using program compatibility modes 542
72 Fast, easy, and safe online shopping 547
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