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Getting Help in Windows

When you can't figure out how to perform a particular task, it's time to ask for help. In Windows XP, this is done through the Help and Support Center.

To launch the Help and Support Center, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Start button to display the Start menu.

  2. Click Help and Support.

NOTE

To learn about the practical uses of these and other system tools, turn to Chapter 35, "Performing Routine PC Maintenance."

The Help and Support Center lets you search for specific answers to your problems, browse the Help contents by topic, connect to another computer for remote assistance, go online for additional help, and access Windows's key system tools. Click the type of help you want, and follow the onscreen instructions from there.

The Absolute Minimum

This chapter gave you a lot of background about Windows and the other software programs installed on your PC system. Here are the key points to remember:

  • You use Windows to manage your computer system and run your software programs.

  • Most functions in Windows are activated by clicking or double-clicking an icon or a button.

  • All the programs and accessories on your system are accessed via the Start menu, which you display by clicking the Start button.

  • Use My Computer to manage the main components of your system.

  • Use My Documents to manage your document files and folders.

  • Use the Control Panel to manage Windows' configuration settings.

  • When you can't figure out how to do something, click the Start button and select Help and Support.

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