Windows 7 for Dummies

Windows 7 for Dummies

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By (author) Andy Rathbone

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 186mm x 232mm x 28mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 8 September 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470497432
  • ISBN 13: 9780470497432
  • Sales rank: 40,997

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The perfect plain-English guide to the much-anticipated release of Windows 7 Whether you're new to computers or just eager to start using the newest version of Windows, Windows For Dummies, Enhanced Edition answers all your questions about the changes and new tools in Windows 7, enhanced with detailed video tutorials. Windows expert Andy Rathbone walks you step by step through the most common Windows 7 tasks, including managing files, applications, media, and Internet access. You'll learn how to navigate the interface, customize the desktop, and work with the file system. You'll then go deeper into the system, discovering new features and improvements, and finding tips and techniques for getting the most out of Windows 7. Covers basic management of applications, files, and data; creating and printing documents; setting up an Internet connection and e-mail account; and online security Includes specially produced videos explaining features and illustrating techniques in greater depth Explores using Windows to edit and manage audio, video, and photo files, and how to create CDs, DVDs, and playlists with Media Center Helps you tweak and customize Windows 7 to operate your way and set up user accounts, build a home network, and maintain your PC Provides troubleshooting advice, helps you find missing files and use the Help system, and explains common error messages Windows 7 For Dummies, Enhanced Edition will have you up and running on the newest version of Windows quickly and easily.

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Andy Rathbone has written all previous editions of Windows For Dummies , the bestselling computer reference book of all time. Andy's helpful tips and easy-to-understand directions have helped millions of people run Windows on their home and business computers.

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Learn to: Personalize your Windows 7 desktop with your own photos Speed up Windows with built-in shortcuts Customize Windows warnings to only give the notices you want Move your files from your old PC to a Windows 7 computer Windows 7 is loaded with features, tools, and shortcuts designed to make life easier for all users. To learn how they all work, you need this latest version of the book that's been making Windows clear for years! It starts at Square One, helping you set up Windows 7, use folders and files, get online, play with media, and keep Windows happy. New to Windows? -- Part I is full of stuff everybody thinks you already know, like how to use the Start menu, taskbars, and files What's new in Windows 7 -- control the number of prompts and warnings, enjoy plentiful shortcuts, and explore interactive previews Lost and found -- use the Search function to locate anything: missing windows, programs, e-mails, songs, photos, files, even other computers on your network Cruisin' with the new Internet Explorer -- set up and customize Internet Explorer, understand plug-ins, and navigate the Web Move your stuff -- transfer your files from an old PC to your Windows 7 system Where the fun starts -- play music and movies with Media Player, organize photos, and create slideshows you can put on DVD Keep your files safe -- make backups and create a system repair disk Open the book and find: Shortcuts for finding photos, music, and video on your PC Steps to setting up separate user accounts for a whole family Tips for laptop users How to get photos from your digital camera to your computer Advice on managing e-mail with Windows 7 Common Windows 7 headaches and how to avoid them How to create a simple home network Windows 7's tools for safe computing

Table of contents

Introduction. Part I: Windows 7 Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know. Chapter 1: What Is Windows 7? Chapter 2: The Desktop, Start Menu, Taskbar, Gadgets, and Other Windows 7 Mysteries. Chapter 3: Basic Windows Mechanics. Chapter 4: Flipping Through Files, Folders, Flash Drives, Libraries, and CDs. Part II: Working with Programs and Files. Chapter 5: Playing with Programs and Documents. Chapter 6: Briefly Lost, but Quickly Found. Chapter 7: Printing Your Work. Part III: Getting Things Done on the Internet. Chapter 8: Cruising the Web. Chapter 9: Sending and Receiving E-Mail. Chapter 10: Safe Computing. Part IV: Customizing and Upgrading Windows 7. Chapter 11: Customizing Windows 7 with the Control Panel. Chapter 12: Keeping Windows from Breaking. Chapter 13: Sharing One Computer with Several People. Chapter 14: Connecting Computers with a Network. Part V: Music, Movies, Memories (And Photos, Too). Chapter 15: Playing and Copying Music in Media Player. Chapter 16: Fiddling with Photos and Movies. Part VI: Help! Chapter 17: The Case of the Broken Window. Chapter 18: Strange Messages: What You Did Does Not Compute. Chapter 19: Moving from an Old Computer to a New Windows 7 PC. Chapter 20: Help on the Windows 7 Help System. Part VII: The Part of Tens. Chapter 21: Ten or So Things You'll Hate about Windows 7 (And How to Fix Them). Chapter 22: Ten or So Tips for Laptop Owners. Appendix A: Upgrading to Windows 7. Index.