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If you like your answers quick and your information up-to-date, look no further. This concise, superbly organized reference walks you through setting up a PC, the new interface and features of Windows Vista, using basic applications, organizing your stuff, getting on the Internet, networking (wired and wireless), burning CDs, upgrading your hardware, revving up your PC for high-speed game playing, and much more!
About the Author
Dan Gookin has been writing about technology for over 600 years. He has contributed articles to numerous high-tech magazines and written more than 100 books about personal computing technology, many of them accurate. He combines his love of writing with his interest in technology to create books that are informative and entertaining, but not boring. Having sold more than 14 million copies translated into more than 30 languages, Dan can attest that his method of crafting computer tomes does seem to work.
Perhaps Dan’s most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, published in 1991. It became the world’s fastest-selling computer book, at one time moving more copies per week than the New York Times number-one best seller (although, because it’s a reference book, it could not be listed on the NYT best seller list). That book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomenon to this day.
Dan’s most recent titles include Word 2007 For Dummies, Laptops For Dummies, 2nd Edition; Programmer’s Guide to NCurses, and many more! He writes a blog and maintains the Wambooli Forums on his vast and helpful Web page www.wambooli.com.
Dan holds a degree in communications and visual arts from the University of California, San Diego. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoys spending time with his boys in the gentle woods of Idaho.
Table of Contents
Part I: PC Overview.
What You See: Basic Hardware.
What You See: Console — the Front.
What You See: Console — the Back.
What You See: Console — the I/O Panel.
I/O Symbol Table.
The Basics: What Is a PC?
The Basics: Types and Models of PCs.
The Basics: Inside the Console.
The Basics: Adding Hardware.
The Basics: Windows.
The Basics: The Internet.
The Basics: Your Stuff.
Knowing about files.
Working with files in Windows.
Organizing files in Windows.
Part II: Connecting Stuff.
About Computer Cables.
Digital Media Player.
Part III: Installing Hardware and Software.
The Add Hardware Icon.
Adding New Hardware.
Adding an external dialup modem.
Adding a non-USB joystick.
Inserting an Expansion Card.
Removing USB Storage Devices.
Installing software from a CD or DVD.
Installing software you downloaded from the Internet.
Part IV: The On–Off Thing.
Changing the Power Button’s Function.
Changing the Start Menu’s Power Button Function.
Forcing the Computer Off.
Logging On and Off.
Locking the Computer.
Sleep (Stand By) Mode.
Putting your PC to sleep.
Automatically going into sleep mode.
Waking the computer.
Turning the Computer System Off.
Turning the Computer System On.
The Uninterruptible Power Supply.
Part V: Popular Places in Windows.
All Programs Menu.
Starting a program.
Popular menus on the All Programs menu.
The Startup submenu.
Creating a desktop shortcut to a program.
Putting a program on the Quick Launch bar.
Pinning a program to the Start menu.
Organizing the All Programs menu.
Controlling the notification area.
Controlling the visibility of the notification area icons.
Changing the Start menu’s look.
Configuring the Start button’s menu.
Locking and unlocking the taskbar.
Moving the taskbar.
Resizing the taskbar.
Setting taskbar options.
Quick Launch bar.
Moving a toolbar.
Removing a toolbar.
Part VI: Disk Storage.
About Disk Storage.
Long-term and short-term storage.
Disks and media.
Saving and loading.
Bits and Bytes.
CD-ROM and DVD Drives.
Types of shiny discs.
Playing a music CD or movie DVD.
Disk drives A-B-C.
Drive D and beyond.
Changing drive letters.
Ejecting a Removable Disk.
Ejecting a floppy disk.
Ejecting a CD or DVD.
Ejecting other media.
The Floppy Drive.
Copying a file to Drive A.
Floppy do’s and don’ts.
Hard Disks and Drives.
Inserting a Removable Disk.
Inserting a floppy disk.
Inserting a CD or DVD.
Inserting media into a card reader.
Putting a Drive’s Shortcut Icon on the Desktop.
Types of Storage.
Working with Removable USB Drives.
Part VII: The Stuff You Create.
About a File.
Describing a file.
Common file icons.
Viewing file details in Windows Explorer.
A file’s Properties dialog box.
Finding Lost Files.
Searching from the Start menu.
Summoning the Search window.
Finding a file when you know its name.
Finding a file when you just created it recently.
Finding a file when you know what type of file it is.
Finding a file when you know that it contains a specific word.
Making file shortcuts.
Permanently deleting files.
Recovering the previous version of a file.
Naming and Renaming Files.
The filename extension.
Renaming a file.
Saving for the first time.
Saving after the first time.
Closing a document.
Selecting a single icon.
Selecting all icons in a window.
Selecting more than one icon.
Lassoing a group of icons.
Selecting all but a few icons.
Grabbing a range of icons.
Selecting two ranges of icons.
Deselecting an icon from a group.
Part VIII: Organizing Your Stuff.
About Windows Explorer.
Around the Windows Explorer window.
The Address bar.
Managing your favorite folders.
The tree structure.
Compressed (Zip) Folders.
Making an empty compressed folder.
Adding files to a compressed folder.
Making a compressed folder from one or more files.
Choosing a folder template.
Adding a picture to a folder’s icon.
Changing a folder icon.
Folders for Your Stuff.
Making a new folder.
Renaming, copying, moving folders.
The Root Folder.
Part IX: Printing.
Adding a Printer.
Finding a home for the printer.
Connecting the printer.
Printer software setup.
On and selected?
Setting up a USB printer.
Forcing Windows to recognize the printer.
Adding a network printer.
Adding more than one printer to a single PC.
The Default (Favorite) Printer.
Configuring your document as an envelope.
Printing on an envelope.
Ink and Toner.
Ink and toner tips.
Adding paper to the printer.
The Printer’s Control Panel.
The Print command.
Choosing a printer.
Printing multiple copies.
Printing a single page or range of pages.
Printing the Screen.
Printing a Test Page.
Stopping the Printer.
Turning the Printer On and Off.
Types of Printers.
Uninstalling a Printer.
Part X: Networking.
Accessing a Shared Folder.
Accessing a Wireless Network.
Adding a Shared Folder to Your Disk System.
Mapping a folder to a disk drive.
Unmapping a folder.
Checking the Network Connection.
Checking the Network window.
Checking the Network and Sharing Center window.
Using the little networking guys.
Connecting to a Network.
The network cable.
Configuring the network.
The Network and Sharing Center.
The Network Connections Window.
The Network Window.
The PC’s IP Address.
The PC’s MAC Address.
The PC’s Network Name.
The Public Folder.
Sharing the Public folder on the network.
Unsharing the Public folder.
Repairing a Network Connection.
Sharing a Folder.
Making a folder on your PC available to the network.
Unsharing a folder.
Sharing a Printer.
Using a Network Printer.
Which Folders Are You Sharing?
Part XI: Creating Your Own CDs and DVDs.
Checking to See Whether You Have a Recordable Drive.
Creating a Musical CD.
Destroying a Disc.
The CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R.
The CD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM.
Erasing an RW Disc.
Writing to a Disc in Windows.
Initializing a recordable or rewritable disc.
Working with a Live File System disc.
Working with a Mastered disc.
Part XII: The Keyboard.
Accessing Menus with the Keyboard.
The Any Key.
Controlling a Window with the Keyboard.
The Help Key.
Keys for Editing Text.
Names for Funky Keys.
Setting the Repeat Delay and Repeat Rate.
Part XIII: The Mouse.
Basic Mouse Activities.
Changing the Double-Click Rate.
Connecting a Mouse.
Extra Mouse Buttons.
Increasing the Mouse Pointer Visibility.
The Mouse Pad.
Making the pointer go faster or slower.
Choosing a new pointer.
Using an animated pointer.
Loading a set of pointers.
Saving your own set of pointers.
Mechanical, or ball, mouse.
Glossay: Tech Talk.