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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Tablet PCs

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Whether you use your Tablet PC for work or play, this easy to follow guide gets you going quickly! Using real world scenarios that apply to teachers, students, business professionals, medical professionals, and more, Absolute Beginner's Guide to Tablet PCs shows you how to put Tablet PCs to use in real life. The book shows you the basics for getting your Tablet PCs up and running, then kicks it into high gear and shows you how to put your newfound palmtop power to use! You will also learn how to use Microsoft's new OneNote application to take, store, sort, and share notes with other users.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. About the Author
  3. About the Tech Editor
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. We Want to Hear from You!
  6. Introduction
    1. Some Key Terms
    2. Some Things to Keep in Mind
    3. The Basic Structure of This Book
      1. Conventions Used in This Book
    4. Let Me Know What You Think
  7. I. What Makes the Tablet PC Special?
    1. 1. Introducing the Tablet PC
      1. Your Digitizer Pen
        1. Digitizers Versus Touch-Screen Displays
        2. How to Use Your Pen Effectively
        3. Right-Tapping with Your Pen
        4. The Eraser
      2. Tablet PC Pros and Cons
        1. Getting Used to Less Screen Real Estate
        2. Portability Versus All-in-One
        3. Do I Always Use It in Slate Mode?
      3. Tablet PC Tutorials
        1. Tablet PC Tutorial
        2. Windows Journal Tutorial
        3. Input Panel Tutorial
        4. Speech Tutorial
        5. Getting Help
      4. Thoughts About the Tablet PC’s Future
    2. 2. Why the Tablet PC?
      1. What Is the Tablet PC?
        1. The Tablet PC Value Proposition
      2. Comparisons to Other Platforms
        1. Laptops
        2. Desktops
        3. Pocket PC and Other PDAs
        4. Other Pen-Based Computers
      3. Tablet PC Differences
        1. Differences in Hardware
    3. 3. Usage Scenarios
      1. The Photographer
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      2. The Construction Supervisor
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      3. The Consultant/Project Manager
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      4. The Salesperson
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      5. The Executive
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      6. The Doctor
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      7. The Attorney
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      8. The Real Estate Agent
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      9. The Home Inspector
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      10. The Insurance Adjuster
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      11. The Service Technician
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      12. The Student
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      13. The Family
        1. Toolkit
        2. Value Proposition
        3. Day in the Life
        4. Summary of Benefits
      14. Wrap-up
  8. II. Configuring and Using Your Tablet PC
    1. 4. Tablet PC Hardware Configuration
      1. Hardware Buttons
        1. Power Button
        2. Windows Security Button
        3. View Mode Button
        4. Navigation Buttons
        5. Function Button
        6. Pen-Based Buttons
        7. Changing the Function of Your Buttons
      2. Input Options
        1. Keyboard
        2. Mouse
        3. Headset
        4. Pen/Stylus
      3. Data Communications Options
        1. Wireless Ethernet
        2. Infrared
        3. Bluetooth
    2. 5. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Configuration
      1. Basic Interface Settings
        1. Left- or Right- Handed?
        2. Menu Location
        3. Calibration
      2. View Things Differently: Screen Settings
        1. Portrait or Landscape?
        2. Brightness
      3. Other Settings and Options
        1. Pen Options
          1. Double-Tap
          2. Press and Hold
          3. Point/Hover
          4. Start Input Panel Gesture
        2. Power Options
        3. Wacom Tablet Properties
        4. Start Menu Settings
        5. Taskbar Settings
        6. Shortcuts to Most-Used Items
      4. Overall Display Properties
        1. Themes
        2. Changing the Look of Your Desktop
          1. Adding an Image to Your Desktop
          2. Changing the Background Color
          3. Changing Other Desktop Settings
          4. Adding Web Content to Your Desktop
        3. Screen Saver
        4. Appearance
        5. Settings
  9. III. Using Included Applications
    1. 6. Using Windows Journal
      1. Start with the Windows Journal Tutorial
      2. Windows Journal Basics
        1. The Interface
        2. Take Note: Note-Taking
        3. Adding “Paper”
        4. Formatting Ink
      3. Making Sense Out of Scribble
        1. Converting Ink to Text
        2. Changing Shapes for More Clarity
        3. Erasing Stuff
        4. Searching for Ink in Documents
        5. Using the Thumbnail View PowerToy
      4. Sharing Your Notes with Others
        1. The Windows Journal Viewer
        2. Exporting Notes
          1. MHT Format
          2. TIF Format
    2. 7. Advanced Windows Journal
      1. Beyond the Pen
        1. Adding Text, Graphics, and Flags
        2. Reorganizing Your Thoughts
        3. Grouping Related Items
      2. Windows Journal Templates
        1. Using Templates
        2. Setting the Default Template
        3. Formatting Notes and Creating Templates
      3. Creating Forms
        1. Creating Forms Inside Windows Journal
        2. Importing Forms from Other Applications
      4. Outlook Integration
        1. Sending Journal Notes as Email
        2. Importing Outlook Meeting Information
        3. Converting Selections to Outlook Items
      5. Working with Other Applications
        1. Printing to the Journal Note Writer for Marking up Documents
        2. Using Windows Journal with Other Applications
    3. 8. Using the Tablet PC Input Panel
      1. Input Panel Basics
        1. Opening the Input Panel
        2. Understanding Input Panel Modes
      2. Using the Input Panel Writing Pad
        1. Using the Text Preview Pane
        2. Using Gestures
        3. Using the Input Panel Quick Keys
      3. Setting Input Panel Options
        1. Writing Pad Options
        2. Writing Tools Options
        3. Write Anywhere Options
        4. Speech Options
        5. Advanced Options
      4. Maximizing Handwriting Recognition
        1. Word and Letter Spacing
        2. Style of Writing
        3. Dealing With Characters and Symbols
      5. Get Help with the Online Tutorial
    4. 9. Speech Recognition and Voice Control
      1. How Does Speech Input Work?
        1. Selecting a Headset for Speech Input
        2. Open the Speech Input Panel
      2. Training the System
        1. Use the Speech Tutorial to Get the Basics
      3. Using Voice Commands
        1. Controlling Speech Recognition
        2. What Can I Say?
        3. Common Commands
        4. Application-Related Commands
      4. Using Speech Recognition
        1. Dictating to Word 2003
        2. Editing Text with Voice Commands
          1. Select Commands
          2. Go to Commands
          3. Move Commands
          4. Deletion Commands
          5. Undo Commands
          6. Caps Commands
          7. Copy, Cut, and Paste Commands
          8. The “Correct <Phrase>” Command
        3. Real Voice Input Samples
  10. IV. Data Communication and Protection
    1. 10. Wireless Networking
      1. What is Wi-Fi?
        1. Components of a Basic Wi-Fi Network
      2. Finding and Connecting to Public Access Points
      3. How to Connect to an Access Point
        1. Making Sure Your Wireless Connection is Enabled
        2. Setting Wireless Connection Properties
        3. Getting in Range of an Access Point
        4. Checking Wireless Network Status
      4. Securing Your Wireless Network
        1. Step 1: Protect Your Tablet PC
        2. Step 2: Disable SSID Broadcast
        3. Step 3: Enable WEP
        4. Step 4: Change Your Default Password
    2. 11. Keeping Your Data Safe and Synchronized
      1. Establishing Good Security Practices
        1. User Accounts and Passwords
        2. Requiring Ctrl+Alt+Delete for Secure Logins
        3. Require Login When Returning from a Power-Saving Mode
        4. Require Login When Returning from Screensaver
        5. Install and Configure Virus Protection
        6. Use a Firewall to Protect Against Internet Attacks
        7. Enabling Internet Connection Firewall
        8. Setting Up File and Folder Security
        9. Disable Folder Sharing
      2. Data Management
        1. Using Disk Cleanup
        2. Using Disk Defragmenter
      3. Protecting Yourself with Backups
        1. Backing Up to a Network Share
        2. Backing Up to an External Hard Drive
        3. Backing Up to a Tape Drive or CD-ROM Burner
        4. General Backup Recommendations
        5. Using the System Restore Feature of Windows XP
      4. Data Synchronization
        1. Synchronizing with a Network Share
          1. Briefcase
          2. Offline File Management
        2. Synchronizing Using a Third-Party Application
      5. Accessing Data While Offline
        1. Files
        2. Email
        3. Web Sites
  11. V. Using Other Included and Free Applications
    1. 12. Sticky Notes
      1. Why Use Sticky Notes?
      2. Sticky Notes Basics
        1. Creating a Sticky Note
        2. Recording a Voice Note
      3. Advanced Stickies
        1. Organizing Sticky Notes
        2. Exporting Sticky Notes
        3. Importing Sticky Notes
        4. Copying Sticky Notes to Other Applications
        5. Enabling the Scratch-Out Gesture
        6. Make Stickies Open at Startup
    2. 13. PowerToys for Tablet PC
      1. Calculator for Tablet PC
        1. Calculator Modes
      2. Dictionary Tool for Tablet PC
        1. Adding and Removing Dictionary Entries
        2. Importing Entries from the Office User Dictionary
        3. Importing Entries from a Text File
      3. Hold Tool for Tablet PC
      4. Snipping Tool for Tablet PC
        1. Snipping Contents from the Screen
        2. Using Other Capture Modes
        3. The Snipping Tool Editor
      5. Thumbnail View Tool
      6. Complete List of PowerToys as of Late 2003
    3. 14. InkBall and Other Free Games for the Tablet PC
      1. Hoop Strategy Game
      2. InkBall
      3. Maze Game for Tablet PC
      4. New York Times Crossword Puzzle for the Tablet PC
        1. Downloading the Latest Crossword Puzzle
        2. Pausing, Exiting, and Continuing a Game
        3. Getting Help
      5. Puzzle Game for Tablet PC
      6. Tablet Pool
        1. Placing the Cue Ball
        2. Using the Cue to Strike the Ball
        3. Tablet Pool Options
      7. Tic-Tac-Toe
      8. Writing Recognition Game
        1. Changing Difficulty Levels
        2. Basic Strategy
      9. How Well Does the Tablet PC Handle Other Computer Games?
  12. VI. Using Microsoft Office 2003 with the Tablet PC
    1. 15. Using Microsoft Office 2003 Applications with Your Tablet PC
      1. How Office 2003 is Different from Office XP
      2. Downloading Office XP Pack for Tablet PC
      3. The Power of Ink in Office 2003
      4. The Power of Voice in Office 2003
      5. Tablet PC Features in Office 2003
        1. Ink in Word and Outlook 2003
        2. Enabling Word as Your Email Editor
        3. Speech Recognition in Word and Outlook 2003
        4. Tablet PC Features in Excel 2003
        5. Tablet PC Features in PowerPoint 2003
          1. Inserting Ink in Design Mode
          2. Inserting Ink in Presentation Mode
      6. Tablet PC Features in InfoPath 2003
      7. Tablet PC Features in Visio 2003
    2. 16. Microsoft OneNote 2003
      1. What is OneNote?
        1. Benefits over Other Applications
      2. OneNote Basics
        1. Introduction to the Interface
          1. The Standard Toolbar
          2. The Audio Recording Toolbar
          3. Section Tabs
          4. Page Navigation and Control
        2. Taking Notes
        3. The Importance of Object Segregation
        4. Rearranging Notes
        5. Grouping Notes
        6. Creating Lists and Applying Bullets and Numbering to Your Notes
        7. Converting Handwritten Notes to Text
        8. Organizing Your Notebook
      3. Using OneNote in Meetings
        1. Voice Recording in OneNote
        2. Double-Checking Ideas from a Meeting
      4. Using OneNote for Information Gathering
        1. Drag-and-Drop Web Pages
  13. VII. Extending Your Tablet PC
    1. 17. Hardware Options
      1. Docking Stations
        1. What to Look For
      2. Input Devices
        1. Keyboards
          1. What to Look For
        2. Mice
          1. What to Look For
        3. Upgraded Pens
          1. What to Look For
        4. Headsets
          1. What to Look For
        5. Microphones
          1. What to Look For
      3. Storage Devices
        1. External USB 2.0 and FireWire Hard Drives
          1. What to Look For
        2. USB Flash Drives
          1. What to Look For
        3. Other Digital Media Options
          1. What to Look For
      4. Bluetooth
      5. Security Devices
        1. Theft-Prevention Devices
        2. Data Access Protection
          1. Access Control Devices
            1. What to Look For
          2. Biometric Devices
      6. Cell Phones
        1. What to Look For
      7. Headphones
        1. Open-Air Stereophile Headphones
        2. Active Noise Reduction (ANR) Headphones
        3. Sound Isolating Earphones
        4. Standard Headphones
      8. Power Accessories
        1. Batteries
        2. AC Adapters
        3. Car Adapters and Inverters
          1. What to Look For
        4. Airline Adapters
        5. International Adapters
      9. Other Complementary Devices
        1. Scanners
          1. What to Look For
        2. Digital Cameras
        3. Printers
    2. 18. Useful Software
      1. Free Software
        1. Readers
          1. Adobe Acrobat Reader
          2. Microsoft Reader for Tablet PC
          3. Zinio Magazine Reader
        2. Graphics Tools
          1. AutoDesk VoloView Express
        3. Denim
        4. Productivity Enhancers
          1. Leszynski inDirect Preview Edition
        5. Video Tools
          1. Microsoft Movie Maker
      2. Commercial Software
        1. Adobe Photoshop Elements
          1. Alias SketchBook Pro
        2. Colligo Workgroup Edition
        3. Absolute Computrace
        4. Corel Grafigo
        5. Corel Painter
        6. FranklinCovey TabletPlanner
        7. Groove Workspace
        8. Keylogix ActiveDocs
        9. Mi-Co Mi-Forms
        10. Microsoft Streets & Trips
        11. Microsoft Visio
        12. Mindjet MindManager
        13. ScanSoft Dragon Naturally Speaking
        14. Sensiva Symbol Commander
      3. Niche Tablet PC Applications
  14. VIII. Learning Resources for the Tablet PC
    1. A. Additional Resources
      1. Web Sites
        1. Tablet Guru
        2. Microsoft—Tablet PCs
          1. Downloads for the Tablet PC
          2. Office XP Pack for Tablet PC
          3. PowerToys for Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
          4. Tablet PC Newsgroup
          5. Tablet PC Product Information
        3. Tablet PC Developer
        4. Tablet News
        5. Tablet PC Talk
        6. Tablet PC Buzz
        7. Tablet PCs
        8. 802.11 Hot Spots
        9. Node DB
        10. EZGoal Hotspots
      2. Books
        1. Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Windows XP
        2. Special Edition Using Windows XP Professional, Bestseller Edition
        3. Building Tablet PC Applications
        4. Tablet PC Software Development With .NET
        5. Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Networking, Fourth Edition
        6. Jeff Duntemann’s Drive-By Wi-Fi Guide
        7. The Wi-Fi Experience: Everyone’s Guide to 802.11b Wireless Networking
        8. Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Office 2003
      3. Magazines
        1. Tablet PC Magazine
    2. B. Quick Reference
      1. Tablet PC Hardware Configuration
        1. Power Button
        2. Changing Button Functions
      2. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition Configuration
        1. Change Handedness
        2. Calibration
        3. Switching Between Portrait and Landscape
        4. Pen Options
        5. Start Menu Settings
        6. Taskbar Settings
        7. Display Settings
      3. Windows Journal
        1. The Windows Journal Interface
        2. Export Notes
        3. Using Templates
        4. Setting a Template as Default
      4. Tablet PC Input Panel
      5. Speech Recognition
      6. Microsoft Office 2003 Ink Tools