The Barnes & Noble Review
Can you make Windows Vista better? Absolutely. And, in Windows Vista Timesaving Techniques For Dummies, the legendary Woody Leonhard will show you how.
When not hanging out on the paradisiacal beaches of Phuket Island, Thailand, Leonhard hammers Windows and Office for a living. (His free newsletters have helped over a half million savvy users, and his books many more). Now, he's burrowed deep into Vista -- and returned with 62 detailed tips for making it work faster, smarter, smoother.
For example, you'll learn how to build your own "Power Desktop," make the most of Vista's built-in keyboard shortcuts, and create your own. You'll learn how to make your video display more responsive and load programs faster (and even customize the way they load). And, speaking of programs, Leonhard shows how to get rid of the worthless crud that runs automatically at startup, even if it came from your PC's manufacturer -- or Microsoft.
You'll learn to save clicks by putting your most frequently used programs on the Quick Launch toolbar (the small icons just right of the Start button). There are some goodies for longtime Windows cognoscenti, too. (Can't find the Run dialog box? It's built into Start Search now.)
Long known for his pull-no-punches style, Leonhard has some uncomplimentary things to say about Vista's new file search and Photo Gallery features. But he doesn't stop with complaints: He helps you make them work better. For instance: You can coax Vista into sorting your photos by folder, instead of using (probably incorrect) date information to sort by year.
From zapping junk mail to controlling your PC remotely to automating routine overnight maintenance, this book is packed with good ideas. It'll help you make your Vista experience almost as good as Microsoft promises. Bill Camarda, from the April 2007 Read Only