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Microsoft® Windows® XP Step by Step Deluxe, 2nd Edition

Book Description

The Deluxe Edition of this Microsoft Press customer favorite has been fully updated with the latest technologies plus new resources on CD-ROM. It’s the smart way to teach yourself exactly what you need to know about using Windows XP—one step at a time!

Table of Contents

  1. Microsoft® Windows XP Step by Step Deluxe, Second Edition
  2. A Note Regarding Supplemental Files
  3. What’s New in Microsoft Windows XP
    1. About Windows XP Service Packs
    2. How New Features Are Identified
  4. What’s New in This Second Edition
  5. Getting Help
    1. Getting Help with This Book and Its CD-ROM
    2. Getting Help with Microsoft Windows XP
  6. Using the Book’s CD-ROM
    1. Minimum System Requirements
      1. Computer/Processor
      2. Memory
      3. Hard Disk
      4. Operating System
      5. Drive
      6. Display
      7. Required Peripheral Devices
      8. Optional Peripheral Devices
      9. Optional Applications
    2. Installing the Practice Files
    3. Copying Practice Files
    4. Using the Practice Files
    5. Uninstalling the Practice Files
  7. Conventions and Features
  8. Quick Reference
    1. Chapter 1 Getting Started with Windows XP
    2. Chapter 2 Working Efficiently in Windows XP
    3. Chapter 3 Managing Computer Security
    4. Chapter 4 Working with Hardware, Software, and Middleware
    5. Chapter 5 Working with Files and Folders
    6. Chapter 6 Personalizing Windows XP
    7. Chapter 7 Making Connections
    8. Chapter 8 Communicating with Other People
    9. Chapter 9 Working with Graphics and Documents
    10. Chapter 10 Working with Digital Media
    11. Chapter 11 Surfing the Web
    12. Chapter 12 Solving Problems
  9. 1. Getting Started with Windows XP
    1. Understanding Windows XP Basics
    2. Upgrading to Windows XP
    3. Logging On to a Windows XP Domain-Connected Computer
    4. Activating Windows XP
    5. Using Your Mouse
    6. Logging On to a Windows XP Standalone or Workgroup-Connected Computer
    7. Logging On to a Windows XP Domain-Configured Computer While Offline
    8. Updating and Safeguarding Your Computer System
    9. Logging Off of Windows XP
    10. Shutting Down a Windows XP Domain-Connected Computer
    11. Shutting Down a Windows XP Workgroup-Connected Computer
    12. Other Shut Down Options
    13. Key Points
  10. 2. Working Efficiently in Windows XP
    1. Getting to Know the Windows Desktop
    2. Working with the Start Menu
    3. Using the Taskbar
    4. Creating Shortcuts
    5. Rearranging Your Desktop
    6. Cleaning Up Your Desktop
    7. Key Points
  11. 3. Managing Computer Security
    1. Changing Your Computer’s Name
    2. Working with User Accounts in a Domain
    3. Working with User Accounts in a Workgroup
    4. Switching Quickly Among Users
    5. Analyzing Your Computer’s Security
    6. Configuring Internet Security Zones
    7. Ensuring Effective Virus-Checking
    8. Configuring Windows Firewall
    9. Key Points
  12. 4. Working with Hardware, Software, and Middleware
    1. Device Drivers
    2. Installing Speakers and a Microphone
    3. Installing a Local Printer
    4. Installing a Network Printer
    5. Configuring the Fax Service
    6. Installing a Scanner or Camera
    7. Need More Ports?
    8. Installing a Storage Device
    9. Installing Internal Devices
    10. Burning Your Own CDs
    11. Installing a Software Program
    12. Installing Windows Components
    13. Starting Programs Automatically
    14. Using Multiple Monitors
    15. Expanding Your Laptop with Peripheral Devices
    16. Changing Your Default Middleware Applications
    17. Key Points
  13. 5. Working with Files and Folders
    1. More About Extensions and Icons
    2. Exploring Your Computer
    3. Viewing Files and Folders in Different Ways
    4. Looking at File and Folder Information
    5. Creating, Editing, and Deleting Files and Folders
    6. Working with Files and Folders on Multiple Computers
    7. Moving and Renaming Files and Folders
    8. Finding Files
    9. Accessing Your Entire Network
    10. Key Points
  14. 6. Personalizing Windows XP
    1. Changing the Look and Feel of Windows
    2. Applying a Custom Desktop Background
    3. Selecting a Screen Saver
    4. Changing Specific Interface Elements
    5. Changing Your Monitor Settings
    6. Changing Your System’s Date and Time
    7. Changing Your Regional and Language Settings
    8. Making Windows XP Easier to See and Use
    9. Inputting Text Without Using the Keyboard
    10. Training Your Computer to Recognize Your Voice
    11. Choosing a Voice for Your Computer
    12. Key Points
  15. 7. Making Connections
    1. Connecting to the Internet
    2. Accessing Your Computer Remotely
    3. Networking Two or More Computers
    4. Sharing Drives and Folders
    5. Sharing a Printer
    6. Connecting to a Virtual Private Network
    7. Key Points
  16. 8. Communicating with Other People
    1. Creating a Passport Account
    2. Creating Strong Passwords
    3. Getting to Know Windows Messenger
    4. Setting Up Windows Messenger
    5. Protecting Children’s Privacy
    6. Adding Contacts to Windows Messenger
    7. Sorting Contacts into Groups
    8. Sending and Receiving Instant Messages
    9. Expressing Emotions Online
    10. Changing Your Windows Messenger Status
    11. Updating Windows Messenger
    12. Setting Up Outlook Express
    13. Connecting to Newsgroups Through Outlook Express
    14. Sending and Receiving E-Mail Messages
    15. Creating E-Mail Stationery
    16. Adding Contacts to Your Address Book
    17. Sending Faxes
    18. Key Points
  17. 9. Working with Graphics and Documents
    1. Creating New Graphics
    2. Changing the View, Size, and Orientation of Graphics
    3. Editing Graphics
    4. Creating Custom Colors
    5. Using a Graphic as Your Windows Desktop
    6. Saving Graphics in Different Formats
    7. Understanding Graphic Formats
    8. Printing Graphics
    9. Getting Help with Paint and WordPad
    10. Creating Documents
    11. Formatting Words and Paragraphs
    12. Inserting the Date and Time
    13. Inserting Text and Graphics into Documents
    14. Printing Documents
    15. Key Points
  18. 10. Working with Digital Media
    1. Introducing Windows Media Player
    2. Setting Your Windows Media Player Options
    3. Using Windows Media Player
    4. Displaying Audio Visualizations
    5. Watching DVD Movies
    6. Personalizing Windows Media Player
    7. Listening to Music from CDs
    8. Surfing the Radio Waves
    9. Creating a Music Playlist
    10. Sharing Digital Photos
    11. Using Your Digital Camera as a Storage Device
    12. Viewing Digital Pictures as a Slide Show
    13. Creating an Advanced Slide Show
    14. Creating Home Movies
    15. Key Points
  19. 11. Surfing the Web
    1. Using Internet Explorer
    2. Personalizing the Internet Explorer Interface
    3. Editing Web Pages
    4. Printing and Sending Web Pages
    5. Using Internet Explorer Media Features
    6. Allowing and Restricting Objectionable Content
    7. Using MSN Explorer
    8. Maintaining Your Privacy
    9. Key Points
  20. 12. Solving Problems
    1. Keeping Your Computer up to Date
    2. Diagnosing System Problems
    3. Command-Line Operations
    4. Cleaning Up Your Hard Disk
    5. Defragmenting Your Hard Disk
    6. Helping Yourself
    7. Joining a Windows Newsgroup
    8. Contacting Product Support
    9. Asking for Help from Someone Else
    10. Enabling and Disabling Remote Assistance
    11. Backing Up and Restoring Files
    12. Restoring Your Operating System
    13. Key Points
  21. Glossary
  22. A. About the Authors
    1. Online Training Solutions, Inc. (OTSI)
  23. Index
  24. About the Author
  25. Copyright