Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Windows Millennium

Complete Idiot's Guide to Microsoft Windows Millennium

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If you one day sit down at your desk to discover Windows Millennium installed on your computer, you're going to want some guidance on how to use it. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows "Millennium" is aimed at people who, through no fault of their own, have ended up with Microsoft's latest consumer operating system. Computers are now an integral part of many people's lives, but that doesn't mean every user is an expert. This book uses a light, irreverent tone that engages your interest and has a little fun at Windows "Millennium's" expense. All the new Windows "Millennium" features are covered, including personalized menus, the latest version of Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, MSN Messenger Server, networking, digital camera and scanners and more.
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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 182 x 230 x 30mm | 798.34g
  • Alpha
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0789724073
  • 9780789724076

Table of contents

Introduction. I. GETTING COMFY WITH WINDOWS MILLENNIUM. 1. The New ME: What's New in Windows Millennium. The "Look-and-Feel" Looks and Feels a Bit Different. Newfangled Internet and Networking Doohickeys. New Tricks for Pics. Other New Features to Write Home About. The Least You Need to Know. 2. The Shallow End of the Pool: Some Windows Basics. Starting Windows Millennium. What's What in the Windows Screen. The Desktop. The Taskbar. Some Mouse and Keyboard Fundamentals. Basic Mouse Maneuvers. Common Keyboard Conveniences. Quittin' Time: Shutting Down Windows. The Least You Need to Know. 3. Making Your Programs Do What You Want Them to Do. How to Start a Program. Maneuvering Around the Start Menu. A Start Menu Summary. Now You See 'Em, Now You Don't: Personalized Menus. Now What? Getting a Program to Do Something Useful. Making It Go: Selecting Commands from Pull-Down Menus. Your Click Is My Command: Toolbar Basics. Dealing with Dialog Boxes. Switching from One Program to Another. When Enough's Enough: Quitting a Program. The Least You Need to Know. 4. Your 20-Minute Window Workout. Warming Up: A Window Walkabout. Breaking a Sweat: Window Exercises. Minimizing a Window. Maximizing a Window. Restoring a Window. Moving a Window. Sizing a Window. Cascading and Tiling Windows. Window Weightlifting: Using Scrollbars. Scrolling with the IntelliMouse. The Least You Need to Know. 5. Saving, Opening, Printing, and Other Document Lore. "What's Up, Doc(ument)?" Manufacturing a New Document. The All-Important Save Command. Saving a New Document. Saving an Existing Document. Taking Advantage of the My Documents Folder. Using the Save As Command to Make a Copy of a Document. Getting It Right: Text Editing for Beginners. Closing a Document. Opening an Existing Document. Sending a Document to the Printer. The Least You Need to Know. 6. Using My Computer to Fiddle with Files and Folders. My, Oh, My: Learning About Your Computer Using My Computer. Getting Around in My Computer. Taking Advantage of the Handy Folders List. Workaday File and Folder Maintenance. Creating a New File or Folder. Selecting Files and Folders. Copying and Moving a File or Folder. Renaming a File or Folder. Deleting a File or Folder. Dialog Box-Based File and Folder Maintenance. Finding a File in that Mess You Call a Hard Disk. My Computer and Web Integration. Launching a Program with the Run Command. The Least You Need to Know. II. JUMPING ON THE INTERNET BANDWAGON. 7. Getting Yourself Online. What to Look for in an Internet Service Provider. The Step-By-Step Net: Using the Internet Connection Wizard. Signing Up for a New Internet Account. Transferring an Existing Internet Account. Manually Setting Up an Existing Internet Account. Tidbits You Need to Know. Feeding Those Tidbits to the Wizard. More Morsels: Setting Up Your Internet Email Account. Another Route: The Online Services Folder. Making the Connection. Severing the Connection. What the Heck Do I Do Now? The Windows Millennium Internet Programs. The Least You Need to Know. 8. It's a Small Web After All: Using Internet Explorer. Internet Explorer Nuts and Bolts. Web Page Navigation Basics. The Weirdness of Web Addresses. More Address Bar Fun. To and Fro: More Web Navigation Techniques. The Links Bar Links. Plucking Page Needles from the Net's Haystack: Searching for Sites. The Favorites Folder: Sites to Remember. The Way You Were: Using the History List. The Least You Need to Know. 9. The Savvy Surfer: More Internet Explorer Fun. Reading Pages Offline. Customizing the Handy Links Bar. Caveat Surfer: Internet Explorer and Security. A Few More Useful Internet Explorer Options. The Least You Need to Know. 10. Sending and Receiving Email Missives. A Brief Email Primer. Email Addresses Deconstructed. Minding Your Email Manners. An Initial Look at Internet Acronyms. Internet Hieroglyphics: Smileys. Some Thoughts on Email Virus Hoaxes. The Lay of the Outlook Express Land. The Outbox: Sending an Email Message. The Basics: Composing and Sending a Message. Easier Addressing: Using the Address Book. Inserting Attachments and Other Hangers-On. The Inbox: Getting and Reading Email Messages. Getting Your Messages. Reading Your Messages. Attending to Attachments. What to Do with a Message After You've Read It. The Least You Need to Know. 11. More Email Bonding: Extending Outlook Express. Taking Charge of Your Message Folders. Some Handy Message Maneuvers. Better E-Letters: Setting the Default Message Font. Working with Stationery. Setting Up a Signature. Seven Useful Sending Settings. Dealing with the Onslaught: Filtering Messages. Sharing Outlook Express with Others: Setting Up Identities. Creating a New Identity. Switching From One Identity to Another. Logging Off Your Identity. Finding Folks on the Internet. The Least You Need to Know. 12. Spreadin' the News: Participating in Newsgroup Conversations. A Brief Newsgroup Primer. Some Words You Should Know. Figuring Out Newsgroup Names. Understanding Articles and Threads. Getting a Handle on Newsgroup Jargon. Some Netiquette Niceties for Newsgroups. Lurk Before You Leap. Check Out the Newcomer Newsgroups. Read the Frequently Asked Questions Lists. Follow Proper Posting Procedures. Avoid Follow-Up Faux Pas. Setting Up a News Account. Newsgroup Subscribing and Unsubscribing. Subscribing to a Newsgroup. Unsubscribing from a Newsgroup. Downloading Newsgroup Messages. Step 1: Downloading the Message Headers. Step 2: Downloading the Message Text. Posting a Message to a Newsgroup. The Least You Need to Know. 13. Real-Time Conversations: Instant Messages, Net Phone Calls, and Chat. Using MSN Messenger to Fire Off Instant Messages. Setting Up MSN Messenger. Adding Contacts. Sending an Instant Message. MSN Messenger and Outlook Express. Phone Free: Using NetMeeting to Place Calls Over the Internet. Getting NetMeeting Ready for Action. Reach Out and Touch Someone: Placing NetMeeting Calls. Other Things You Can Do After You're Connected. Using NetMeeting to Chat Over the Internet. The Least You Need to Know. III. MAKING IT WORK: USEFUL WINDOWS MILLENNIUM CHORES. 14. From Word Amateur to Word Pro: Windows' Writing Programs. What's in an Icon? Styles of Writing Files. Text Editing with Notepad. Word Processing with WordPad. WordPad and Word Processing Files. Tip Sheet: Text-Selection Tricks. Formatting Frippery I: Fonts. Formatting Frippery II: Paragraphs. Formatting Frippery III: Bullets. Formatting Frippery IV: Tabs. Finding and Replacing Text. Using Character Map for Foreign Letters and Other Symbols. The Least You Need to Know. 15. Image Is Everything: Windows Millennium's Graphics Tools. The Art of Windows Millennium: Using Paint. A Look Around the Paint Canvas. The Basic Paint Procedure. Wielding the Paint Tools. A Master Class in Paint. Checking Out the New My Pictures Folder. Graphics Gadgetry: Working with Scanners and Digital Cameras. Using the Imaging Program with Older Scanners. Using the Scanner and Camera Wizard with Newer Scanners. The Least You Need to Know. 16. The Sights and Sounds of Windows Millennium Multimedia. Notes About Multimedia Files. Notes About Multimedia Hardware. Audio Hardware. Audio CD Hardware. DVD Hardware. Media Player: The One-Stop Multimedia Shop. Opening a Media File. Playing a Media File. Media Player and the Internet. Using DVD Player to Play DVD Movies. Keeping It Down to a Dull Roar: Adjusting the Volume. Rolling Your Own: How to Record Sounds. The Least You Need to Know. 17. Windows Millennium and Your Notebook Computer. Power Management Techniques for Preserving Batteries. Setting Battery Alarms. Specifying a Power Scheme. Expanding Your Notebook's World with PC Card Devices. Sliding In a PC Card Device. Popping Out a PC Card Device. You Can Take It with You: Using My Briefcase. From Laptop to Desktop and Back: Running Direct Cable Connection. Step 1: Configuring a Computer as the Host. Step 2: Configuring a Computer as the Guest. Making the Connection. Direct Cable Connection and the Briefcase. The Least You Need to Know. IV. "A STYLE OF ONE'S OWN": CUSTOMIZING WINDOWS MILLENNIUM. 18. Refurbishing the Desktop. Getting Out Your Tools: Displaying the Display Properties. Redoing the Desktop Background. Choosing One of the Windows Wallpapers. Creating a Wallpaper of Your Own. Revamping the Desktop Colors and Fonts. Rejiggering the Desktop Icons and Visual Effects. Desktop Dynamism: Working with the Active Desktop. Your Desktop Disguised as a Web Page. Adding Stuff to the Active Desktop. Messing with the Screen Area and Color Depth. Wholesale Changes: Applying Desktop Themes. The Least You Need to Know. 19. Remodeling the Start Menu and Taskbar. Tweaking the Taskbar. Moving the Taskbar Hither and Yon. Resizing the Taskbar for a Better Icon Fit. Taskbar Options You Should Know About. Making the Quick Launch Toolbar Your Own. Displaying and Tweaking Taskbar Toolbars. Reconstructing the Start Menu. Toggling Some Start Menu Settings On and Off. Adding to the Start Menu I: The Create Shortcut Wizard. Taking Stuff Off the Start Menu. Adding to the Start Menu II: The Start Menu Folder. More Ways to Monkey with the Start Menu. The Least You Need to Know. 20. Renovating My Computer. Points of View: Changing the My Computer View. Toggling My Computer's Bars On and Off. Customizing the Standard Buttons Toolbar. Views You Can Use: Changing How Folders and Files Are Displayed. Ordering My Computer Around: Sorting Files. The Long View: Applying a View to All Folders. A Folder Face-Lift: Customizing a Folder. Refurbishing the Folder Background and Text. Adding a Folder Comment. Changing the Web View Folder Template. The Least You Need to Know. 21. Installing and Uninstalling Programs and Devices. The Welcome Wagon: Installing a Program. Installing a Windows Millennium Component. Bringing a New Program into Your Computer Home. The Bum's Rush: Uninstalling a Program. Uninstalling a Windows Millennium Component. Giving a Program the Heave-Ho. Device Advice I: Installing Hardware. Understanding Hardware Types. Running the Add/Remove Hardware Wizard. Installing Specific Devices. Device Advice II: Removing Hardware. The Least You Need to Know. V. WHEN GOOD DATA GOES BAD: MILLENNIUM MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR. 22. Smooth System Sailing: Wielding the System Tools. The Three Hard Disk Musketeers: Some Useful Disk Tools. The Electronic Yard Sale: Using Disk Cleanup to Get Rid of Junk Files. Using ScanDisk to Avoid Hard Disk Hard Times. Disk Defragmenter: The Digital Neat Freak. Staying Regular: Using the Maintenance Wizard. Just in Case: Creating an Emergency Startup Disk. Is That All There Is? Windows Millennium's Other System Tools. Getting the Latest and Greatest from the Windows Update Web Site. Getting to the Windows Update Web Site Directly. Using the New Automatic Updates Feature. The Least You Need to Know. 23. Getting a Good Night's Sleep: Backing Up Your Precious Data. Installing Microsoft Backup. Backing Up: A Few Things to Keep in Mind. Running the Backup Program. Creating a Backup Job. Using the Backup Wizard. Creating a Backup Job with Your Bare Hands. Saving and Reusing Backup Jobs. If Worst Comes to Worst: Recovering Backed Up Files. Using the Restore Wizard. Restoring Files by Hand. The Least You Need to Know. VI. NETWORKING WITH WINDOWS MILLENNIUM. 24. Using Windows Millennium to Set Up a Small Network. Networking Advantages. Stuff You Need: Understanding Network Hardware. The Connection Point: The Network Interface Card. The Connection: The Network Cable. Deciding How to Structure Your Network. The Star Structure. The Bus Structure. Decisions, Decisions: What Route Should You Take? Setting Up Your Network. Using the Home Networking Wizard to Set Up Your Network. Dealing with Non-Millennium Machines. One Last Chore: Setting Up the Shared Internet Connection. The Least You Need to Know. 25. Using Windows Millennium's Networking Features. Your Starting Point: The My Network Places Folder. Playing Nicely with Others: Sharing Your Resources. Sharing Folders and Disks. Sharing a Printer. Checking Out the Workgroup's Shared Resources. Setting Up Network Places. Viewing a Computer's Shared Stuff. Making Network Folders Look Like Drives on Your Computer. Printing Over the Network. Accessing a Shared Internet Connection. The Least You Need to Know. 26. Remote Network Connections with Dial-Up Networking. A Mercifully Brief Introduction to Dial-Up Networking. Setting Up a Network Computer to Accept Incoming Calls. Getting the Dial-Up Server Ready to Serve. Monitoring the Connected User. Creating a Dial-Up Connection to Your Network. Remote Network Connecting and Disconnecting. Locations: Wrangling with Area Codes, Calling Cards, and All That. Setting Up Calling Cards and Long-Distance Carriers. Adding a New Calling Card or Long-Distance Carrier. The Least You Need to Know. The Jargon Jar: The Complete Archive Index.
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About Paul McFedries

Paul McFedries is the president of Logophilia Limited. He has worked with computer since 1975, yet still manages to keep his sanity relatively intact. Paul is the author of more than 30 computer books that have sold nearly two million copies worldwide. Some of his titles include The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows 98, The Complete Idiot's Guide to MORE Windows 98, and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows 2000 Professional.
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