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Microsoft® Windows® XP: Do Amazing Things

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Use this book-and-DVD set to explore the amazing things you can do with Microsoft Windows XP. Discover the possibilities with digital photography, music, and video; Windows Movie Maker 2; Windows Power Toys; instant messaging; and more!

Table of Contents

  1. Microsoft® Windows® XP: Do Amazing Things
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Introduction
    1. What’s in Store
      1. Special Elements in the Book
    2. Getting Ready
      1. Upgrading Windows XP Components
        1. Windows Media Player 9 Series
        2. Windows Movie Maker 2
      2. Fun Packs, Creativity Packs, and Bonus Packs
      3. Microsoft Plus! and Plus! Digital Media Edition
        1. Plus! and Plus! Digital Media Edition Extras
    3. How to Download and Install Virtually Anything
      1. Using Windows Update
    4. What’s on the DVD
      1. System Requirements for the DVD
    5. Support
  4. I. Photographs and Images
    1. 1. Liberating Your Pictures
      1. What’s in Store
      2. Go Digital!
        1. Hooking Up Your Digital Camera
          1. Camera Types
          2. Connection Types
        2. Making the Connection
          1. Driver Disks
          2. Downloading Drivers
        3. Importing Pictures from Your Digital Camera
          1. Using the Scanner and Camera Wizard
          2. Using My Computer
        4. Preserving Memories
        5. Exporting Pictures to Your Digital Camera
      3. Making the Old New Again
        1. Hooking Up a Scanner
        2. Scanning Prints
          1. Using the Scanner and Camera Wizard
          2. Tips for Better Scans
        3. Scanning Slides and Negatives
          1. Tips for Better Scans
      4. Glossary
    2. 2. Picturing the Possibilities
      1. What’s in Store
      2. View Pictures in Windows XP
        1. Rotating Images
        2. Resizing Images
          1. Use Microsoft Paint
          2. Use Image Resizer
      3. Create a Picture Library
        1. Renaming a Single Image
        2. Customizing the My Pictures Folder
          1. Create Folders and Move Images
        3. Renaming Groups of Images
        4. More Customizations
          1. View Menu
          2. Details View
      4. Print and Save Pictures
        1. Printing Pictures and Using the Layout Tool
        2. Saving Your Memories
      5. Share Experiences Through Pictures
        1. Creating an HTML Slide Show for a Web Page
        2. Creating a Photo Story
          1. Create a Simple Photo Story
      6. Customize Your Computer with Pictures
        1. Using a Picture on Your Desktop
          1. Create Custom Backgrounds that Change
        2. Customizing Your Logon Picture
      7. Share Pictures over the Internet
        1. A "Little" About File Size
          1. Make a Large File Smaller
        2. E-Mailing Your Pictures
          1. Insert a Picture into an E-Mail
          2. Insert a Picture as an Attachment
        3. Sending a Picture Using Windows Messenger
      8. Glossary
  5. II. Music and Visuals
    1. 3. Losing Yourself in the Music
      1. What’s in Store
      2. Stay Fresh
      3. Get to Know Windows Media Player
        1. Multitasking with the Taskbar
        2. Getting Information Quickly
        3. Controlling Playback
      4. Set the Mood (I Mean Mode)
        1. Give Me Some Skin
          1. Select a Skin
      5. Now Playing!
        1. Visualizing the Music
        2. You Can Dance if You Want To
        3. Sizing Things Up
        4. What’s in the Changer?
        5. Playing Files at Variable Speeds
      6. Command Media Player with Your Voice
        1. Getting Ready to Voice Your Commands
        2. Using the Voice Command
        3. Improving Performance
      7. Keep in Touch with the World
        1. Finding Radio Stations on the Internet
        2. Collecting Your Favorite Stations
      8. Glossary
    2. 4. Amassing a Multitude of Music and Videos
      1. What’s in Store
      2. Build Your Collection
        1. Adding Music Saved on Your Computer
        2. Adding Music from a CD
        3. Adding Personal Touches
        4. Adding Files Automatically
        5. Monitoring Folders and Other Automatic Options
      3. Download Music with MusicNow
        1. Getting Started
        2. Finding the Perfect Song
        3. Play, Add, or Buy?
      4. License and Registration, Please!
        1. Backing Up Licenses
        2. Restoring Licenses
        3. Using the Personal License Update Wizard
      5. Pan for Gold
        1. Searching for Songs
        2. Using the All Music Option
        3. Additional Sorting Options
      6. Personalize Your Titles
        1. The Power of the Right-Click
          1. Make the Grade
        2. Using the Advanced Tag Editor
          1. Use the Info Center View Pane
          2. Add Static and Synchronized Lyrics
      7. Create Soundtracks to Your Life
        1. Creating a Playlist
        2. Editing the Playlist
        3. Creating Temporary Playlists
        4. Exploring Auto Playlists
          1. Edit Auto Playlists
        5. Fine-Tuning Your Playlists
          1. Crossfade
          2. Auto Volume Leveling
      8. Glossary
    3. 5. Fine-Tuning Your Media Experience
      1. What’s in Store
      2. Express Yourself Through Hardware
        1. Upgrading with the Windows Catalog
        2. Watching DVDS
          1. If Your DVD Won’t Play
      3. Fine-Tune Audio and Video Settings
        1. Taking Control with Control Panel
        2. Configuring General Options
        3. Modifying Performance Options
        4. Adjusting Sounds and Effects Options
          1. The Graphic Equalizer
          2. SRS WOW Effects
          3. Quiet Mode
        5. Enhancing Video Viewing
        6. The Plus! Speaker Enhancement Wizard
      4. Manage Privacy and Security
        1. What Can You Do?
        2. Maintaining Your Privacy
        3. Securing Yourself
      5. Send Media Player to the System Tray
      6. Glossary
    4. 6. Making the Music Your Own
      1. What’s in Store
      2. Save the Music
        1. Saving for the Future
        2. Making the Right Bit Rate Choice
          1. Be a Traditionalist
          2. Take Your Chances
          3. Don’t Lose the Beat
        3. Audio Quality Options
          1. Digital or Analog?
      3. I Want My MP3
        1. What is MP3?
        2. Contemplating Your Conversion Options
          1. Windows Media Bonus Pack Plus! MP3 Audio Converter LE
          2. Microsoft Plus! MP3 Audio Converter
          3. Microsoft Plus! Digital Media Edition Audio Converter
      4. Preserve Your LPs, Cassette Tapes, and Eight-Track Tapes
        1. What You’ll Need
        2. Creating a Digital Recording
      5. Create Your Own CD Montage
        1. Setting Copy Music Options
        2. Creating the Perfect CD
          1. Tips for Better Burns
      6. Take Your Music with You–Anywhere!
        1. Types of Devices
        2. Copying to a Portable Device
          1. Use Windows Media Player
          2. Use Windows Explorer
      7. Glossary
  6. III. Moving Pictures
    1. 7. Capturing Moments in Time
      1. What’s in Store
      2. A Look at the Big Picture
      3. Download the Latest Version of Windows Movie Maker
      4. Introductions All Around!
        1. Exploring the Interface
        2. Making the Connection
        3. Before Capturing
      5. Capture the Moment with a DV Camera
        1. Adding Clips to the Storyboard
      6. Import Still Pictures
      7. Import Video Clips
        1. Merging Clips from Existing Videos
        2. Capturing Video from a VCR
      8. Be a Part of the Action!
        1. Using a DV Camera
        2. Using a Web Cam
        3. Using an Analog Camera
        4. Using a TV Set
      9. Let’s Make a Movie!
        1. Letting Automovie Do Its Thing
      10. Stay Organized
        1. Deleting Collections
        2. Renaming Collections
        3. Creating Collection Folders
        4. Making Backups
          1. Restore Files
      11. Glossary
    2. 8. Crafting Compelling Movies
      1. What’s in Store
      2. Setting the Stage
      3. Clips Are the Key Ingredient
        1. Get Your Clips on Route 66!
        2. Viewing Clips
        3. Previewing Clips in Action
        4. Moving Clips
        5. Copying, Renaming, and Deleting Clips
        6. Checking Out Your Clips
      4. Editing as Storytelling
        1. Splitting Hairs
        2. Combining Clips
        3. Getting a Trim
        4. Finalizing the Rough Cut and Moving Forward
      5. Make the Video Speak to You
        1. Adding Background Music
        2. Managing Audio Levels
        3. Adding a Personal Touch
        4. Getting Perfect Audio
        5. Adding Audio Effects
        6. Adding Music Tracks and Sound Effects
      6. Now It’s Time to Rock and Roll!
        1. Having an Effect
        2. Making the Transition
          1. Add Depth and Dimension
        3. Taking Credit
      7. Glossary
    3. 9. Coming to a Screen Near You
      1. What’s in Store
      2. Turn Your Project into a Movie
        1. Using the Save Movie Wizard
      3. Watch Your Movie on a Computer
      4. Share and Share Alike
        1. Saving Your Movie to a CD
          1. Use Windows Movie Maker 2
          2. Use Windows XP
        2. E-Mailing Your Shorts
          1. Can’t Send the Movie?
      5. Share Your Movies on the Web
        1. Creating Video Albums for the Web
        2. Using MSN Groups to Share Your Movies
        3. Troubleshooting
      6. You Can Take It with You!
        1. Have Camera, Will Travel
        2. Pocket PC Viewing
      7. Glossary
  7. IV. Interactions and Explorations
    1. 10. Reaching Across the Globe with a Message
      1. What’s in Store
      2. Don’t Get Left Behind
      3. Passport, Please
        1. Obtaining a Passport
      4. Log on and Make Contact
        1. Adding Contacts
      5. Take Control
        1. Managing Contacts
        2. Finding Out Whose Contact List You’re On
        3. Allowing and Blocking Messages
        4. Personalizing Messenger
        5. Creating a Profile
      6. IM Me!
        1. Changing the View
        2. Adding More People to a Conversation
      7. Messenger E-Mail
        1. Reading Your Hotmail
        2. Sending E-Mail
      8. Upgrade to a Newer Version
        1. Get it Now!
      9. Share Experiences in Real Time
      10. Add Voice and Video to Messenger
        1. Getting Ready
        2. Let’s Video!
      11. Collaborate Near or Far
      12. Solve Problems with Remote Assistance
        1. Choosing a Contact
        2. Asking for Help
          1. Remote Assistance without Windows Messenger
      13. Glossary
    2. 11. Working Faster and Smarter
      1. What’s in Store
      2. Enhance Your IE Experience
        1. You’ve Got the Look
          1. Customize the Standard Buttons Toolbar
          2. Show Your True Colors
          3. Take Advantage of the Explorer Bar
          4. Change the Text Size
          5. Change the Font
        2. Adding the Media Bar
          1. What’s Happening Today?
          2. Download Music Instantly
          3. Show Me the Money (I Mean Movie)
          4. Hear the World Speak
          5. Personalize the Media Bar
        3. There’s No Place Like Home
          1. Create Your Own My MSN Page
          2. Set Your Default Home Page
      3. Cut to the Chase
        1. Loading Pages Faster
          1. Turn Off Graphics and Sound
          2. Turn AutoComplete On or Off
          3. Enable Cookies
        2. Browsing Options
        3. Taking a Shortcut
        4. Increasing Accessibility
        5. Increasing Efficiency
          1. Give Me My Space
          2. Clean Out Temporary Folders
      4. Secure Surfing in the Zone
        1. Setting Your Security Level
        2. Customizing Zones
        3. More About Cookies
          1. Maintain Your Privacy
      5. Protect the Kids
        1. Setting Limits
        2. Using MSN Parental Controls
      6. Where to Go from Here?
      7. Glossary
    3. About the Author
  8. Index
  9. About the Author
  10. Copyright