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Windows XP For Dummies Quick Reference, 2nd Edition

Windows XP For Dummies Quick Reference, 2nd Edition

Greg Harvey

ISBN: 978-0-764-57464-1 October 2004 237 Pages


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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!

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