Windows 7: The Missing Manual

Windows 7: The Missing Manual : The Book That Should Have Been in the Box

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In early reviews, geeks raved about Windows 7. But if you're an ordinary mortal, learning what this new system is all about will be challenging. Fear not: David Pogue's Windows 7: The Missing Manual comes to the rescue. Like its predecessors, this book illuminates its subject with reader-friendly insight, plenty of wit, and hardnosed objectivity for beginners as well as veteran PC users. Windows 7 fixes many of Vista's most painful shortcomings. It's speedier, has fewer intrusive and nagging screens, and is more compatible with peripherals. Plus, Windows 7 introduces a slew of new features, including better organization tools, easier WiFi connections and home networking setup, and even touchscreen computing for those lucky enough to own the latest hardware.
With this book, you'll learn how to: * Navigate the desktop, including the fast and powerful search function * Take advantage of Window's apps and gadgets, and tap into 40 free programs * Breeze the Web with Internet Explorer 8, and learn the email, chat, and videoconferencing programs * Record TV and radio, display photos, play music, and record any of these to DVD using the Media Center * Use your printer, fax, laptop, tablet PC, or smartphone with Windows 7 * Beef up your system and back up your files * Collaborate and share documents and other files by setting up a workgroup network
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Product details

  • Paperback | 912 pages
  • 177.8 x 231.14 x 48.26mm | 1,428.82g
  • Sebastopol, United States
  • English
  • w. figs.
  • 0596806396
  • 9780596806392
  • 234,434

Table of contents

From the contents:
The Windows 7 Desktop
Chapter 1 Getting Started, Desktop, & Start Menu
Getting Started
The Windows Desktop Now with Aero!
The Start Menu
The All Programs List
Start Menu: The Right Side
Start Shut down (Sleep, Restart, Log Off )
Customizing the Start Menu
Jump Lists
The Run Command
Chapter 2 Explorer, Windows, & the Taskbar
Universal Window Controls
New Window Tricks in Windows 7
Windows Flip (Alt+Tab)
Windows Flip 3D
Explorer Window Controls
Optional Window Panes
Tags, Metadata, and Properties
Icon and List Views
Sorting, Grouping, and Filtering
Uni-Window vs. Multi-Window
Immortalizing Your Tweaks
The "Folder Options" Options
Taskbar 2.0
Three Ways to Get the Taskbar Out of Your Hair
Taskbar Toolbars
Chapter 3 Searching & Organizing Your Files
Meet Windows Search
Search from the Start Menu
Explorer-Window Searches
The Search Index
Saved Searches
The Folders of Windows 7
Life with Icons
Selecting Icons
Copying and Moving Folders and Files
The Recycle Bin
Shortcut Icons
Compressing Files and Folders Burning CDs and DVDs from the Desktop
Chapter 4 Interior Decorating Windows
Aero or Not
A Gallery of Themes
Desktop Background (Wallpaper)
Window Color
Screen Savers
Desktop Icons
Mouse Makeover
Preserving Your Tweaks for Posterity
Monitor Settings
Chapter 5 Getting Help
Navigating the Help System
Remote Assistance
Getting Help from Microsoft
Windows 7 Software
Chapter 6 Programs, Documents, & Gadgets
Opening Programs
Exiting Programs
When Programs Die: The Task Manager
Saving Documents
Closing Documents
The Open Dialog Box
Moving Data Between Documents
Speech Recognition
Filename Extensions and File Associations
Installing Software
Uninstalling Software
Program Compatibility Modes
Windows XP Mode
Chapter 7 The Freebie Apps
Windows Live Essentials
Default Programs
Desktop Gadget Gallery
Internet Explorer
Windows Anytime Upgrade
Windows DVD Maker
Windows Fax and Scan
Windows Media Center
Windows Media Player
Windows Live Movie Maker
Windows Update
XPS Viewer
Connect to a Network Projector
Windows Live
Chapter 8 The Control Panel...
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About David Pogue

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "For Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music). In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles. David and his wife Jennifer Pogue, MD, live in Connecticut with their three young children. His web site is
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