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50 Microsoft Windows XP Things You Must Know


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  • Copyright 2005
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 240
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-3283-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-3283-5

The world of Windows XP can be intimidating, so why waste time learning things that you don't need to know? Get up and running quickly with 50 Microsoft Windows XP Things You Must Kow. It covers all updates, including Service Pack (SP) 1, SP2 and Reloaded and teaches you only the best, most useful features that you need to get fast results from Windows XP. You will see an immediate connection between a task in the book and what it can do for you in your every day life. You'll learn tasks such as:

  • Manipulating Windows
  • Starting and Exiting Programs
  • Creating and Organizing Folders
  • Sending, Receiving and Handling Email
  • Creating an Address Book
  • Searching the Internet and Using Favorites
  • Creating CDs
  • Playing DVDs
  • Finding Lost Files
  • Troubleshooting, Changing Your Desktop and Checking for Viruses
Whether you're brand new to Windows XP or you've upgraded from a previous version, you will be able to quickly feel comfortable in the Windows XP environment with the help of this book.

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Get Connected Through Email

Get Connected Through E-mail in Windows XP

Table of Contents


1. The Basics.

    Start, Restart, and Shut Down Windows.

      Starting Up and Displaying System Options.

      Restarting Windows.

      Shutting Down Windows.

    Working with Windows.

    Basic Window Controls.

      Navigating in a Folder Window.

    Start and Exit Programs.

      Starting a Program.

      Exiting a Program.

    Save and Open a Document.

      Saving a Document.

      Opening a Document.

    Print Documents.

      Printing a Document.

2. Get Organized.

    Create Folders.

      Creating a New Folder.

      Organize Files.

      Moving or Copying Files.

      Renaming Files or Folders.

      Compressing Files.

    Delete and Undelete Files.

       Deleting a File.

       Undeleting a File.

    View File Information.

       Changing the View.

     View Disk Information.

       Viewing Disk Information.

3. Get Connected Through Email.

    Receive Email.

      Checking Your Email.

    Send Email.

      Replying to a Message.

      Forwarding a Message.

      Creating and Sending a New Mail Message.

    Share Files via Email.

      Opening an Attachment.

      Saving an Attachment.

      Attaching a File to a Message.

    Handle Email.

      Deleting a Message.

       Undeleting a Message.

       Printing a Message.

    Create an Address Book.

      Creating an Address Book Entry from an Existing Message.

      Typing a New Address Book Entry.

      Selecting an Address from the Address Book.

4. Go Worldwide.

     Connect to the Internet.

      Connecting to the Internet.

      Disconnecting from the Internet (Dial-Up Users):.

     Browse the Internet.

       Typing a Web Address.

      Jumping from Link to Link.

    Search the Internet.

      Searching for Information.

      Browsing a Search Directory.

    Set Up and Use a List of Your Favorite Sites.

       Adding a Site to Your Favorites List.

      Going to a Site in Your Favorites List.

      Organizing Your Favorites List.

    Work with a Web Page.

      Searching a Site for a Word or Phrase.

      Copying Information from a Web Page.

      Printing a Web Page.

      Emailing a Link to a Web Page.

5. Music, Video, and Pictures.

    Listen to Audio CDs.

      Playing an Audio CD.

      Playing Music from the Internet.

    Copy Songs to Your Computer.

      Recording a Track from an Audio CD.

      Creating a Playlist.

    Create Your Own CDs.

       Burning an Audio CD.

       Burning a Data CD.

    Play DVDs.

       Playing a DVD.

    Take and Work with Digital Pictures.

      Downloading Pictures from Your Camera to Your PC.

      Printing Pictures.

       Emailing a Picture.

6. Save Time.

      Create Desktop Shortcuts.

        Creating a Shortcut Icon.

      Deleting a Shortcut Icon.

      Customize Your Start Menu.

        Selecting Programs Used for Email and Internet.

        Pinning to the Start Menu.

      Automatically Start a Program and Open a Document.

       Opening a Document and Starting a Program.

       Opening a Document with a Selected Program.

       Viewing and Changing File Associations.

     Schedule Tasks.

       Scheduling Tasks.

     Improve Disk Performance.

       Defragmenting Your Hard Disk.

7. Get Out of a Jam.

    File Problems.

      Undeleting a File.

       Finding a File.

     Printer Problems.

      Checking the Basics.

      Checking the Print Queue.

     Program Problems.

       Using the Taskbar to Close a Program.

       Using the Task Manager to Close a Program.

    Hardware Problems.

       Using the Hardware Troubleshooter.

    System Problems.

      Using the Start Menu to Restart Your PC.

      Restarting by Turning Off.

      Restarting from a Disk.

8. Express Yourself.

    Change Your Desktop.

      Adding a Desktop Background.

    Use a Screen Saver.

      Using a Screen Saver.

    Add or Remove Windows Desktop Icons.

       Adding Desktop Icons.

    Change Other Display Options Including Color and Fonts.

      Changing Other Display Options.

     Set Up for Different Users and Needs.

       Adding User Accounts.

      Customizing Your Mouse.

9. Be Safe.

     Check Disk for Errors.

       Checking Your Disk for Errors.

     Check for Viruses.

     Using Windows Security Center to View Virus Protection.

        Scanning Your PC for Viruses.

     Setting Internet Security Options.

        Using the Windows Firewall.

     Back Up.

       Backing Up Data Files.

     Use Restore Points.

       Setting a Restore Point.

       Reverting to a Restore Point.

10. Expand Your Setup.

      Install New Programs.

       Installing a New Program.

       Uninstalling a Program.

     Update Windows.

       Installing Updates.

       Changing Windows Update.

     Add a New Printer.

      Using the Add New Printer Wizard to Add a Printer.

     Add New Hardware.

      Installing a New Hardware Device.


      Setting Up a Home Network.

      Using Windows Networking Features.


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