Windows Vista in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

Windows Vista in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference

by Preston Gralla


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This unique reference thoroughly documents every important setting and feature in Microsoft's new operating system, with alphabetical listings for hundreds of commands, windows, menus, listboxes, buttons, scrollbars and other elements of Windows Vista. With this book's simple organization, you'll easily find any setting, tool, or feature for the task you want to accomplish.

Along with a system overview that highlights major changes, and a tour of the basics such as manipulating files and getting around the interface, Windows Vista in a Nutshell offers alphabetized references for these topics:

  • The User Interface: Covers the Sidebar, Aero Glass, the new Control Panel layout, and applets, as well as how to customize animated windows, the desktop, Start menu, pop-up windows on the Taskbar, and more.

  • The File System, Drives, Data, and Search: Discusses working with the new Windows Explorer, Virtual Folders, searches, indexing, saved searches, metadata, and sharing.

  • The Internet and Networking: Examines TCP/IP, RSS, tabbed browsing, and anti-phishing features of Internet Explorer, plus cookie handling, parental control features, and more.

  • Networking and Wireless: Offers an illustrated, step-by-step guide to setting up a home network; covers the Network Center, Sync Center, Hot Spot access, wireless management, collaboration, and sharing.

  • Working with Hardware: Describes how to set up, maintain, and troubleshoot hardware—including keyboards, mice, monitors, USB devices, scanners, cameras, and sound devices—and how to add, install, and troubleshoot drivers.

  • Security: Includes the Security Center, Windows Defender, User Account Protection, System Protection, Network Access Protection, WiFi encryption, Windows Firewall, file encryption, and more.

  • Mobility: Explains Mobility Center settings, plugging a secondary monitor into your computer, and the new "network projection" feature for making presentations.

  • Multimedia: Covers Windows Photo Gallery, Media Player, Media Center, podcasting features, connecting to and synching with MP3 players, recording TV and videos, making videos with Windows Movie Maker, and burning CDs and DVDs.

  • The Command Prompt: Provides commands for working with files, utilities for troubleshooting the network, and instructions on how to create your own batch files.

Appendixes include information on installation, keyboard shortcuts, common filename extensions, and more. Windows Vista in a Nutshell is your one-stop source for everything you need from Microsoft's latest operating system.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780596527075
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/28/2007
Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly) Series
Pages: 752
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.17(d)

About the Author

Preston Gralla, editor of O'Reilly Network's and OnDotNet, is the author of Internet Annoyances, PC Pest Control, Windows XP Power Hound, and Windows XP Hacks, 2nd Edition, and co-author of Windows XP Cookbook. He has written for national newspapers and magazines, including PC Magazine, Computerworld, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News (where he was the technology columnist), USA Today, and several others.

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Part I: The Big Picture
    • Chapter 1: The Lay of the Land
    • Chapter 2: Using Windows Vista

  • Part II: Nutshell Reference
    • Chapter 3: The User Interface
    • Chapter 4: Working with the Filesystem, Drives, Data, and Search
    • Chapter 5: Internet Explorer
    • Chapter 6: Windows Mail
    • Chapter 7: Networking, Wireless, and Mobility
    • Chapter 8: Security
    • Chapter 9: Working with Hardware
    • Chapter 10: Managing Programs, Users, and Your Computer
    • Chapter 11: Performance and Troubleshooting
    • Chapter 12: Graphics and Multimedia
    • Chapter 13: The Registry
    • Chapter 14: The Command Prompt

  • Part III: Appendixes
    • Installing Windows Vista
    • Keyboard Shortcuts
    • Keyboard Equivalents for Symbols and International Characters
    • Common Filename Extensions
    • Services

  • Colophon

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