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Next to your keyboard and mouse, this could be your most important accessory. Just
keep it next to your keyboard and your mouse and refer to it to capitalize on the terrific capabilities at your fingertips with Windows XP.
Windows XP For Dummies Quick Reference Second Edition covers the latest updates to Windows XP, including enhanced security and changes to Internet Explorer. It starts with the basics for true beginners, goes through everyday stuff, and progresses to the Web, accessories, and the control panel. After a quick introduction to the desktop, My Documents, dialogue boxes, and other basic info, you'll explore:


Customizing your desktop
Saving music with Windows Media Player
Browsing drives, folders and files
Dragging, dropping, cutting, and pasting
Playing music, videos and movies
Browsing with Internet Explorer
Sending and receiving e-mails
Using Windows Accessories


Written by Greg Harvey, author of Excel 2002 For Dummies and more than 50 other computer books, Windows XP For Dummies Quick Reference, 2nd Edition is so clear and concise it turns computer phobes into computer geeks with step-by-step guides to:




Using the Home Networking Wizard so two or more home computers can share a single Internet connection and other resources
Creating slideshows with your graphics files
Producing videos with Windows Movie Maker accessory program
Downloading Microsoft Reader free and then downloading eBooks (many are free) and saving them in My Library
Using the link to the Photo Printing Wizard to format and print your digital photos
Using Windows Media Player to play audio, video, and animation files you've saved, play Internet radio stations, view trailers for upcoming movies, and play MP3 audio files you've downloaded


Complete with a glossary and index, Windows XP For Dummies Quick Reference doesn't delve into the technology and terminology: it sticks to exploring the things Windows XP lets you do and describing how to!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 150 x 217 x 14mm | 264g
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 0764574647
  • 9780764574641
  • 1,013,108

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Covers the latest Windows XP updates including Service Pack 2

Windows XP essentials at your fingertips!



If you like your answers quick and your information up-to-date, look no further. With this concise, superbly organized reference, you'll get the latest information on Windows XP, including the hot new updates in Service Pack 2. From navigating the desktop, launching programs, and creating files to the new firewall, wireless user interface, and Windows Movie Maker 2, find what you need in a hurry!
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Table of contents

Windows XP: BP-1


What You See: The Windows Desktop BP-2


What You See: My Documents BP-4


What You See: Dialog Boxes BP-5


Taskbar Table BP-6


The Basics: Opening and Closing Windows BP-7


The Basics: Creating New Folders BP-10


The Basics: Deleting Folders and Files BP-11


The Basics: Copying or Moving Folders and Files BP-13


The Basics: Exiting Windows BP-15


What You Can Do: Setting Up a Desktop Made to Order BP-16


What You Can Do: Saving Music with Windows Media Player BP-18


What You Can Do: Producing Movies with Windows Movie Maker BP-20


Part I: Doing Everyday Stuff 1


Adding or Removing Programs 2


Putting programs on your computer 2


Adding Windows Components 3


Taking programs off your computer 4


Setting default Windows applications 5


Arranging and Sizing Icons in a Window 6


Browsing Drives, Folders, and Files on the Computer 7


My Documents 7


My Pictures 8


Making slideshows 9


Printing pictures 10


My Music 12


My Videos 12


My eBooks 13


My Computer 14


Using the Folders Explorer bar 16


Mapping network drives 18


My Network Places 19


Network connections 20


Network Places 22


Home Networking Wizard 23


Copying (and Moving) Files and Folders 24


Drag 'em up, drop 'em down 25


Using cut-and-paste 26


Creating New Files and Folders 27


Creating a blank file 28


Compressing files and folders 28


Compressing FAT files and folders 29


Encrypting a compressed folder 30


Extracting files from a compressed folder 31


Compressing NTFS files and folders 33


Sharing folders on a network 34


Creating Shortcuts 34


Shortcuts to open stuff 35


Shortcuts to Web pages 36


Customizing the Desktop 36


Deleting Junk 37


Formatting a Disk 39


Getting Help and Support 40


Getting Info on a Disk, Folder, or File 42


Disk properties 42


Folder properties 44


Customizing a folder 44


File properties 45


Launching Programs 46


Moving and Resizing Windows 46


Naming Files and Folders 49


Long filenames 50


File icons 50


Things you do with files 51


Renaming files and folders 51


Opening Files and Folders 52


Playing Music, Video, and Movies 53


Windows Media Player 53


Audio CD-ROMs 56


Radio stations 59


Copying audio files and making CDs 60


Copying music to your hard drive 60


Creating playlists 62


Recording audio CDs 63


Video files 65


DVDs 66


Portable device 67


Printing 68


Managing the print queue 69


Installing a new printer 70


Searching for Files and Folders 73


Searching for computers, people, and Web sites 75


Searching for pictures, music, or video 76


Selecting Commands on Menus 77


Pull-down menus 78


Shortcut menus 79


Dialog boxes 79


Alert dialog boxes 82


Wizards 82


Control menus 82


Selecting Commands on Explorer Bars 83


Selecting Commands from Toolbars 84


The Address Bar 86


The Desktop toolbar 87


The Links toolbar 87


The menu bar 88


The Standard Buttons toolbar 88


The status bar 90


Resizing and moving toolbars 90


Customizing the Standard Buttons toolbar 91


Selecting Files and Folders 92


Shutting Down Windows 93


Using the Command Prompt 94


Using the Windows Taskbar 95


The Start menu 96


The Quick Launch toolbar 97


The Notification area 98


Customizing the Taskbar and Start menu 99


Customizing the Notification area 100


Customizing the Start menu 101


Switching between programs 102


Arranging windows on the desktop 103


Using Task Manager 104


Creating custom toolbars 105


Using Windows Automatic Update 106


Part II: Windows and the Web 109


Adding Web Favorites 110


Opening Favorites 112


Offline Favorites 112


Organizing Favorites 114


Synchronizing offline Favorites 116


Browsing with Internet Explorer 117


Connecting to the Internet 118


Launching Internet Explorer 118


Navigating the Web 119


Address AutoComplete 120


Saving Web graphics 120


Saving Web pages 121


Saving Desktop items 122


Printing Web pages 123


Working offline 124


Browsing with MSN Explorer 126


Searching the Web 130


Searching from the Explorer Bar 130


Autosearching from the Address Bar 132


Sending and Receiving E-Mail 132


Composing and sending messages 133


Adding recipients to the Address Book 136


Reading e-mail 138


Organizing e-mail 141


Deleting e-mail 142


Instant Messaging 143


Adding contacts 144


Sending instant messages 145


Retrieving e-mail via Windows Messenger 146


Part III: Windows Accessories 147


Accessibility 148


Accessing Your Accessories 148


Address Book 149


Calculator 149


Command Prompt 151


Communications 151


Networking 151


Network Connections 152


Remote Desktop Connection 153


Entertainment 156


Sound Recorder 156


Volume Control 157


Microsoft Interactive Training 158


Notepad 159


Program Compatibility Wizard 159


Scanner and Camera Wizard 160


Paint 160


System Tools 161


Character Map 162


Scheduled Tasks 163


System Restore 165


Windows Explorer 166


Windows Movie Maker 167


Assembling your clips 168


Editing the elements in your movie 168


Creating the final movie 169


WordPad 170


Part IV: The Windows Control Panel 171


About the Control Panel 172


Accessibility Options 173


Add or Remove Programs 174


Appearance and Themes 175


Folder Options 176


Display 176


Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options 178


Network and Internet Connections 179


Performance and Maintenance 180


Printers and Other Hardware 182


Security Center 183


Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices 183


User Accounts 184


Glossary: Techie Talk 187


Index 191
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About Greg Harvey

Greg Harvey, the author of more than 50 computer books, has had a long career of teaching business people the use of IBM PC, Windows, and Macintosh software application programs. From 1983 to 1988, he conducted hands-on computer software training for corporate business users with a variety of training companies (including his own, PC Teach). From 1988 to 1992, he taught university classes in Lotus 1-2-3 and Introduction to Database Management Technology (using dBASE) in the Department of Information Systems at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

In mid-1993, Greg started a new multimedia publishing venture, Mind over Media, Inc. As a multimedia developer and computer book author, he hopes to enliven his future online computer books by making them into true interactive learning experiences that will vastly enrich and improve the training of users of all skill levels.
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