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Windows 98 For Dummies

Andy Rathbone

ISBN: 978-0-764-50261-3 June 1998 408 Pages


Windows 98 For Dummies won't try to turn you into a Windows wizard, but you'll pick up a few chunks of useful computing information while reading it. Instead of becoming a Windows 98 expert, you'll know just enough to get by quickly, cleanly, and with a minimum of pain so that you can move on the more pleasant things in life.

This easy-to-understand guide is for those who are yearning to

  • Conquer Windows 98 basics
  • Personalize your PC
  • Send and receive e-mail
  • Get more out of the Web
  • Have fun with audio and video
  • Deal with common problems and aggravations

Something in Windows 98 will eventually leave you scratching your head. No other program brings so many buttons, bars, and babble to the screen. When something in Windows 98 has you stumped, use this book as a reference. You won't find any fancy computer jargon in these pages. Instead, you'll find subjects like these, discussed in plain old English:

  • Preparing your computer to run Windows 98
  • Finding the file you saved yesterday
  • Moving those little windows around on the screen with the mouse
  • Running your favorite old programs under Windows 98
  • Performing chores in Windows 98 that you used to do in older versions of Windows
  • Figuring out which of the many Windows versions you're using

There's nothing to memorize and nothing to learn. Just turn to the right page, read the brief explanation, and get back to work. Unlike other books, this one enables you to bypass any technical hoopla and still get your work done.


PART I: Bare-Bones Windows 98 Stuff (Start Here).

Chapter 1: What Is Windows 98?

Chapter 2: Ignore This Chapter on Computer Parts.

Chapter 3: Windows 98 Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know.

PART II: Making Windows 98 Do Something.

Chapter 4: Starting Windows 98.

Chapter 5: Field Guide to Buttons, Bars, Boxes, Folders, and Files.

Chapter 6: Moving Windows Around.

Chapter 7: I Can't Find It!

Chapter 8: That "Cut and Paste" Stuff (Moving Around Words, Pictures, and Sounds).

Chapter 9: Customizing Windows 98 (Fiddling with the Control Panel and Other Settings).

PART III: Using Windows 98 Applications (And Surfing the Web, Should the Mood Strike).

Chapter 10: The Windows 98 Desktop, Start Button, and Taskbar.

Chapter 11: Those Scary Windows Explorer and My Computer Programs.

Chapter 12: The Free Programs!

Chapter 13: Cruising the Web, Sending E-Mail, and Using Newsgroups.

PART IV: Help!

Chapter 14: The Case of the Broken Window.

Chapter 15: Error Messages (What You Did Does Not Compute).

Chapter 16: Help on the Windows 98 Help System.

PART V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Exciting Windows 98 Features Worth Checking Out.

Chapter 18: Ten Aggravating Things about Windows 98 (And How to Fix Them).

Chapter 19: Ten Expensive Things You Can Do to Make Windows 98 Run Better.

Chapter 20: Ten Windows 98 Icons and What They Do.

Chapter 21: Ten Ways to Fix Confusing Internet, Web, and Active Desktop Problems.

Appendix A: Installing Windows 98.

Appendix B: Glossary.


Book Registration Information.
"This book feels your pain and prescribes a chuckle." --Business Week

"It's the most fun you'll have with a computer book." --Business Week

"Informative, friendly, conversational, and slightly irreverent.... It could help save you time and ease your frustration level." --San Diego Union-Tribune
Bonus Chapter
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