DescriptionIf you need Windows XP solutions fast, then this book is for you-whether you're new to Windows XP or you need help dealing with the applications that come with it. Open the book and you'll discover clear, easy-to-follow instructions for more than 250 key Windows XP tasks, each presented in ten quick steps-or less. Easy-to-navigate pages, lots of screen shots, and to-the-point directions guide you through every common (and not-so-common) Windows XP challenge-and help you get more done in less time.
* Each solution is ten steps-or less-to help you get the job done fast
* Self-contained two-page spreads deliver the answers you need-without flipping pages
* A no-fluff approach focuses on helping you achieve results
* A resource packed with useful and fun ways to get the most out of Windows XP
Part 1: Understanding Windows XP Basics.
Task 1: Starting Up and Logging In.
Task 2: Logging Off and Shutting Down.
Task 3: Activating Windows.
Task 4: Enabling Fast Switching between Users.
Task 5: Setting Your Computer’s Clock and Time Zone.
Task 6: Setting the Clock Automatically.
Task 7: Adjusting Your Computer’s Volume.
Task 8: Automatically Turning the Monitor Off.
Task 9: Locking and Unlocking the Computer.
Task 10: Locking Your Computer with a Screen Saver.
Task 11: Getting Help.
Task 12: Customizing Help Screens.
Task 13: Setting Search Options for Help.
Task 14: Creating a Help and Support Favorites List.
Task 15: Using the Knowledge Base.
Task 16: Getting Basic Information about Your System.
Task 17: Automatically Keeping Windows Up-to-Date.
Task 18: Manually Updating Windows XP.
Task 19: Installing New Software.
Task 20: Removing Application Software.
Part 2: Working with Folders and Files.
Task 21: Accessing My Computer.
Task 22: Navigating What’s on the Hard Drive.
Task 23: Creating, Renaming, and Deleting Files and Folders.
Task 24: Creating Copies of Files and Folders.
Task 25: Moving a File or Folder.
Task 26: Using Different Folder Views.
Task 27: Customizing the Details Folder View.
Task 28: Settings Options on All Folders.
Task 29: Customizing Windows Explorer.
Task 30: Recovering Deleted Files.
Task 31: Setting Recycle Bin Options.
Task 32: Searching for Files or Folders.
Task 33: Setting File Properties.
Task 34: Creating a Shortcut.
Task 35: Copying Files to a CD-ROM.
Task 36: Saving Space by Compressing a Drive.
Task 37: Creating a Zip File.
Task 38: Accessing and Adding to a Zip File.
Task 39: Extracting All Items from a Zip File.
Part 3: Personalizing Windows XP.
Task 40: Choosing a Theme.
Task 41: Setting the Screen Colors and Resolution.
Task 42: Choosing a Desktop Background Image.
Task 43: Setting or Changing a Screen Saver.
Task 44: Choosing or Changing an Appearance.
Task 45: Assigning Sounds to Events.
Task 46: Creating a New Theme.
Task 47: Customizing Your Taskbar.
Task 48: Customizing the Quick Launch Toolbar.
Task 49: Customizing the Start Menu.
Task 50: Adding Shortcuts to Your Desktop.
Task 51: Arranging Your Desktop Items.
Task 52: Picking a Program’s Icon to Display.
Task 53: Placing Standard Items and Icons on the Desktop.
Task 54: Putting Web Pages on Your Desktop.
Task 55: Customizing Mouse Options.
Task 56: Customizing the Mouse Pointers.
Task 57: Setting Keyboard Options.
Task 58: Automatically Starting a Program at Startup.
Task 59: Changing Regional Settings.
Task 60: Changing Number and Currency Formatting.
Part 4: Graphics and Digital Photography.
Task 61: Copying Pictures from Your Camera to Your Hard Drive.
Task 62: Using a Scanner to Capture Photographs.
Task 63: Capturing a Picture of Your Screen.
Task 64: Creating Your Own Icons in Paint.
Task 65: Drawing Pictures in Paint.
Task 66: Organizing Your Pictures into Folders and Photo Albums.
Task 67: Storing and Retrieving Information about Your Pictures.
Task 68: Viewing, Zooming, and Reorienting Your Pictures.
Task 69: Resizing a Picture.
Task 70: Cropping a Picture.
Task 71: Adding Notes and Drawings to a Picture.
Task 72: Converting a Picture’s File Type.
Task 73: Printing a Picture.
Task 74: Ordering Prints of Your Pictures Online.
Task 75: Putting Your Pictures on the Web.
Task 76: Creating a Screen Saver with Your Own Pictures.
Part 5: Working with Digital Music.
Task 77: Upgrading Windows Media Player.
Task 78: Playing Music CDs.
Task 79: Copying Music from a CD to Your Hard Drive.
Task 80: Identifying Your Album Name, Artist, and Tracks.
Task 81: Finding and Playing Music in Your Media Library.
Task 82: Searching for Music to Add to Your Media Library.
Task 83: Adding and Viewing Song Lyrics.
Task 84: Creating and Listening to a Playlist.
Task 85: Downloading Music from the Internet.
Task 86: Tuning In to Internet Radio.
Task 87: Copying Music to a Portable Music Player.
Task 88: Creating Your Own Audio CD.
Task 89: Duplicating an Audio.
Task 90: Making Windows Media Player Beautiful with Skins.
Part 6: Working with Digital Movies.
Task 91: Upgrading Windows Movie Maker.
Task 92: Playing a Movie on DVD.
Task 93: Playing a Video File.
Task 94: Creating and Deleting Collections in Windows Movie Maker.
Task 95: Importing Clips and Other Items into Your Collections in Windows Movie Maker.
Task 96: Making Movies.
Task 97: Capturing Video from Your Camcorder.
Task 98: Capturing a Photograph from a Video.
Task 99: Capturing Live Video.
Task 100: Splitting and Combining Video Clips.
Task 101: Trimming a Video Clip.
Task 102: Adding Transitions between Your Video Clips.
Task 103: Adding Video Effects to Your Clips.
Task 104: Adding Titles and Credits to Your Movie.
Task 105: Adding Photographs to a Movie.
Task 106: Adding Background Music and Sound Effects to a Movie.
Task 107: Adding Narration to a Movie.
Task 108: Saving a Movie to View on Your Computer.
Task 109: Sending a Movie via Email.
Part 7: Working with Notepad.
Task 110: Creating a New Document Using Notepad.
Task 111: Saving a Document from Notepad.
Task 112: Changing the Page Setup in Notepad.
Task 113: Creating Headers and Footers on a Notepad Document.
Task 114: Changing the Font in Notepad.
Task 115: Printing a Document in Notepad.
Task 116: Finding and Replacing Text in Notepad.
Task 117: Creating a Log File with Notepad.
Task 118: Creating a Web Page in Notepad.
Part 8: Working with WordPad.
Task 119: Creating a New Document in WordPad.
Task 120: Saving a Document in WordPad.
Task 121: Changing the Page Setup in WordPad.
Task 122: Using WordPad’s Print Preview.
Task 123: Printing from WordPad.
Task 124: Changing Font Characteristics in WordPad.
Task 125: Formatting Paragraph Margins in WordPad.
Task 126: Adding Lists to a WordPad Document.
Task 127: Searching and Replacing Text in WordPad.
Task 128: Inserting a Picture into a WordPad Document.
Task 129: Adding an Object to a WordPad Document.
Task 130: Changing Object Properties in a Document.
Task 131: Sending a WordPad Document to Someone Else.
Task 132: Setting Options in WordPad.
Part 9: Getting Connected to the Internet.
Task 133: Creating an MSN Account to Access the Internet Using a Modem.
Task 134: Connecting to the Internet with a Modem Using Another ISP.
Task 135: Connecting to the Internet with a Broadband Cable or DSL Line.
Task 136: Connecting to the Internet with a LAN and a Router.
Task 137: Connecting to a Virtual Private Network.
Part 10: Surfing the Web with Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Task 138: Using Internet Explorer for the First Time.
Task 139: Going to a Site’s Address with Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Task 140: Searching the Web.
Task 141: Saving a Web Page.
Task 142: Emailing Web Pages.
Task 143: Printing Web Pages.
Task 144: Downloading Files from the Web.
Task 145: Copying and Saving Images from the Web.
Task 146: Keeping a Favorites List of Sites.
Task 147: Organizing Your Favorites List of Sites.
Task 148: Customizing the Links Bar.
Task 149: Checking Your History in Internet Explorer.
Task 150: Clearing and Customizing History Features.
Task 151: Deleting Temporary Internet Files.
Task 152: Setting Your Home Page.
Task 153: Customizing Internet Explorer’s Support Programs.
Task 154: Customizing Internet Explorer’s Tools and More.
Task 155: Choosing Privacy Settings.
Task 156: Choosing Security Settings.
Task 157: Restricting Objectionable Materials.
Part 11: Interacting with Email.
Task 158: Setting Up Your Email.
Task 159: Retrieving and Viewing Email Messages.
Task 160: Opening and Saving Received Attachments.
Task 161: Creating and Sending Email.
Task 162: Forwarding or Replying to a Message.
Task 163: Sending a Picture or File as an Attachment.
Task 164: Using Stationery.
Task 165: Creating Your Own Stationery.
Task 166: Creating and Using a Signature.
Task 167: Organizing Your Inbox.
Task 168: Filing Your Email into Folders.
Task 169: Finding a Message.
Task 170: Using Your Address Book.
Task 171: Creating Your Own Virtual Business Card.
Task 172: Sending Virtual Business Cards.
Task 173: Adding Virtual Business Cards to Your Address Book.
Task 174: Using Message Rules to Kill Spam and Do Other Cool Stuff.
Part 12: Discussing with Newsgroups.
Task 175: Connecting to a Newsgroup Server.
Task 176: Searching for and Subscribing to Newsgroups.
Task 177: Reading Newsgroup Messages.
Task 178: Posting a New Message to a Newsgroup.
Task 179: Replying to a Newsgroup Message.
Task 180: Downloading Newsgroup Message Attachments.
Task 181: Downloading Multipart Newsgroup Message Attachments.
Task 182: Searching for Messages in a Newsgroup.
Part 13: Exploring Windows Messenger.
Task 183: Creating a Passport Account.
Task 184: Adding and Deleting Contacts.
Task 185: Carrying On a Conversation.
Task 186: Changing Your Look in Windows Messenger.
Task 187: Sending a File or a Picture.
Task 188: Receiving a File or a Picture.
Task 189: Configuring Your Audio and Video in Windows Messenger.
Task 190: Adding Voice and Video to Your Conversation.
Part 14: Exploring the Other Accessories.
Task 191: Using the Basic Calculator.
Task 192: Using the Scientific Calculator.
Task 193: Performing Statistical Calculations.
Task 194: Converting Numbers.
Task 195: Configuring Your Computer to Send Faxes.
Task 196: Sending a Fax.
Task 197: Recording Sounds: The Sound Recorder.
Task 198: Mixing and Modifying Sounds.
Part 15: Accessibility Features.
Task 199: Changing the Windows Font Size.
Task 200: Using the Magnifier.
Task 201: Using the Narrator.
Task 202: Using the On-Screen Keyboard.
Task 203: Selecting the On-Screen Keyboard Layout.
Task 204: Setting Usability Feature Options.
Task 205: Setting Usability Feature Options with the Accessibility Wizard.
Task 206: Using and Setting StickyKeys.
Task 207: Using and Setting FilterKeys.
Part 16: Working with User Accounts.
Task 208: Setting Up a Guest Account.
Task 209: Creating New User Accounts.
Task 210: Deleting a User Account.
Task 211: Changing a User’s Account Name.
Task 212: Changing the Icon on a User Account.
Task 213: Changing a User’s Account Type.
Task 214: Adding a Password to a User Account.
Task 215: Changing a User Account’s Password.
Task 216: Removing a Password from a User Account.
Part 17: Configuring Your Hardware.
Task 217: Checking Your Hardware’s Status.
Task 218: Customizing Speaker Settings.
Task 219: Installing a Printer.
Task 220: Using a Removable Storage Device.
Task 221: Installing a Game Controller.
Task 222: Setting Up Two Monitors.
Task 223: Uninstalling a Device.
Part 18: Creating a Simple Network (LAN).
Task 224: Setting Up Your Own Network.
Task 225: Configuring Your Computers for the Network.
Task 226: Sharing a Printer.
Task 227: Accessing a Shared Printer.
Task 228: Sharing Files.
Task 229: Accessing Shared Files.
Task 230: Assigning a Drive Letter to a Shared Folder.
Part 19: Taking Windows XP on the Road.
Task 231: Conserving Power.
Task 232: Putting Your Computer to Sleep: Hibernating.
Task 233: Creating Multiple Dial-Up Connections.
Task 234: Taking Files with You: Identifying Offline Files.
Task 235: Using Offline Files and Resynchronizing.
Task 236: Creating and Using a Briefcase.
Part 20: Maintenance and Optimization.
Task 237: Checking Your Hard Drive for Errors.
Task 238: Defragmenting Your Hard Drive.
Task 239: Cleaning Up Your Hard Drive and Making Room.
Task 240: Adding and Removing Windows Components.
Task 241: Removing an Application.
Task 242: Cleaning Up Your Desktop.
Task 243: The Ultimate Undo: System Restore.
Task 244: Creating a Restore Point.
Task 245: Configuring System Restore.
Task 246: Backing Up Your Files.
Task 247: Restoring Files from a Backup.
Task 248: Updating Your System with the Latest Patches and Add-Ons.
Part 21: Troubleshooting.
Task 249: Getting Detailed Information about Your Computer.
Task 250: Getting Older Programs to Run in Windows XP.
Task 251: Closing a Program That Stops Responding.
Task 252: Finding Lost Files.
Task 253: Fixing the Screen When It Doesn’t Look Right.
Task 254: Configuring Your System for Remote Access.
Task 255: Using Remote Desktop.
Task 256: Asking for Remote Assistance.
Task 257: Providing Remote Assistance.
Task 258: Updating Your Video Driver.
Task 259: Reporting Errors to Microsoft.
Task 260: Fine-Tuning Your System’s Performance.
Task 261: My Computer’s Still Too Slow!
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