A simple guide to Windows XP

A simple guide to Windows XP

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 148 x 211 x 12mm | 294g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Prentice Hall
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • 0130983624
  • 9780130983626

About Geoff Preston

About the author Gilles Fouchard, an engineer by profession (Ecole centrale de Lille), is a software developer, an Oracle (database) consultant, an author and a magazine designer. Since 1992 he has devoted his time to the launch and development of magazines: Multimedia Solutions (Edicorp), the first magazine in France devoted to multimedia technologies, CD-ROM Magazine, Home PC, Internet Guide du Web (Sepcom) and PCmag Loisirs (leisure pursuits). Gilles Fouchard (fouchard@planetepc.fr) is the director of the Far Web company, which specializes in the design, promotion and organization of Internet services for the corporate community. Geoff Preston has published over a dozen books and is a regular contributor to ICT magazines.show more

Table of contents

Introduction xiv Who is this book for? xv Adopted conventions xvi About the author xvii 1 The Windows XP philosophy 1 A more user-friendly system 2 The 32-bit architecture 3 The Windows XP Registry 3 A system plugged in to the world 4 A version that can be used by anyone 5 An intuitive graphics interface 5 Plug-and-play technology 9 2 Setting up Windows XP 13 Installing Windows XP 16 Register Now 18 Help and Support Center ...19 Maintain your hard disks 21 Connect to the Internet 26 3 Discovering the interface 27 Your workbench: the Windows XP Desktop 28 My Computer properties 32 The Taskbar 34 The Start button 35 Smart menus 38 The Programs menu 39 The Documents menu 39 The Search menu 39 The Help menu 45 The Run menu 46 The Shut Down menu 46 The Taskbar and Start menu 47 Start menu settings 49 4 Working in Windows XP 51 Changing from one task to another 52 The Recycle Bin 55 Starting a program 57 My Computer 58 Handling files and folders 59 Managing objects with Explorer 60 Properties of objects 61 Shortcuts: the fast way to fetch an object 63 Customizing the Start menu 65 Handling diskettes 66 5 The Control Panel 67 The Control Panel 68 Accessibility options 69 Keyboard set-up 69 Sound and picture settings 71 Monitor display settings 72 Mouse set-up 73 Joystick set-up 75 Modem settings 76 Date and time management 77 Sound management 77 Multimedia set-up 78 Printer management 79 Font management 80 Mail management 81 Connecting to the Internet 82 Creating a password 83 Adding applications 84 The Add Hardware Wizard 85 6 Windows XP tools 87 The Calculator 88 Notepad 88 Word-processing in WordPad 89 The Paint program 90 The Phone Dialer 91 Character Map 92 Remote Desktop Connection 93 The HyperTerminal utility 93 7 Windows XP and the Internet 95 The Start button 96 Calling up favourite Web sites 97 Finding documents on the Web 97 Paging 98 Executing a command 101 The Taskbar 102 The Quick Launch bar 102 Adding new toolbars 102 Creating a toolbar on the Desktop 103 Windows Explorer 105 Surfing the Web 107 Adding a page to Favorites 108 Sending a Web page by e-mail 109 The Windows XP Desktop in Web style 109 Folder settings 110 Folder display settings 110 Display settings for all files 113 Image file management 115 The My Computer folder 116 8 Internet connection and Home Networking 117 The Internet connection 118 Setting up a dial-up connection 119 Home Networking 126 9 The Internet Explorer browser 131 Search facility 132 Organizing Favorites 132 Support for multiple connections 132 Running the browser 132 Establishing or terminating your Internet connection 134 Browsing principles 136 The navigation buttons 137 The History file 139 Displaying links 139 Full-screen surfing 141 Opening Web pages in a new window 141 The Explorer Bar 142 Web surfing 143 Managing your favourite Web sites 143 Storing Favorites 144 Scheduled downloading from a Web site 145 Internet radio 148 10 Electronic mail 151 Handling your messages effectively 154 Creating document folders 154 Handling the arrival of new messages 155 Looking up your messages 157 Transferring a message 159 Deleting a message 159 Sorting messages 159 Drafting a message 160 Inserting an attachment 161 The Address Book 163 Handling the Address Book 163 Adding a new contact 165 Filling in the Address Book automatically 165 Setting up an electronic mailshot 165 Filtering messages 165 Reading your mail from more than one computer 167 11 System tools 169 Scheduled tasks 170 The system software 173 System Information 173 System Restore 175 Creating a restore point 175 Tidying up the hard disk 176 The FAT 32 converter 176 Defragmenting the hard disk 177 Checking the disk 178 Transferring settings 179 12 Windows XP and multimedia applications 183 AutoPlay mode for CD-ROMs 185 Multimedia utilities 185 Media Player 185 CD Audio 185 Radio 187 Video 187 Portable device 189 The Sound Recorder 189 Overall volume adjustment 191 Plug-ins and players 191 Audio and video 192 Movie Maker 194 Playing DVDs 196 Index 197show more