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Windows Vista™ Step by Step

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The smart way to learn the latest version of Microsoft Windows®—one step at a time! Build exactly the skills you need by working at your own pace through easy-to-follow lessons and hands-on practices files on CD.

Table of Contents

  1. Windows Vista™ Step by Step
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    2. A Note Regarding Supplemental Files
    3. About the Authors
      1. Joan Preppernau
      2. Joyce Cox
      3. The Team
      4. Online Training Solutions, Inc. (OTSI)
    4. Introducing Windows Vista
      1. Windows Vista Editions
        1. Windows Vista Home Basic
        2. Windows Vista Home Premium
        3. Windows Vista Ultimate
        4. Windows Vista Business
        5. Windows Vista Enterprise
      2. Let’s Get Started!
    5. The Microsoft Business Certification Program
      1. Selecting a Certification Path
      2. Becoming a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist—Windows Vista
      3. Taking a Microsoft Business Certification Exam
        1. Test-Taking Tips
        2. Certification
      4. For More Information
    6. Information for New Computer Users
      1. Using Your Mouse
      2. Working with Windows
      3. Giving Instructions
      4. Message Boxes
    7. Features and Conventions of This Book
    8. Using the Book’s CD
      1. What’s on the CD?
      2. Minimum System Requirements
        1. Windows Vista
        2. Step-by-Step Exercises
      3. Installing the Practice Files
      4. Using the Practice Files
      5. Removing and Uninstalling the Practice Files
    9. Getting Help
      1. Getting Help with This Book and Its Companion CD
      2. Getting Help with Windows Vista
    10. Quick Reference
      1. 1. Getting Started with Windows Vista
      2. 2. Working Efficiently in Windows Vista
      3. 3. Working with Folders and Files
      4. 4. Personalizing Windows Vista
      5. 5. Installing and Configuring Devices
      6. 6. Safely and Efficiently Accessing the Internet
      7. 7. Working with Programs
      8. 8. Making Connections
      9. 9. Working with Digital Media
      10. 10. Managing Computer Security
      11. 11. Optimizing Your Computer System
      12. 12. Identifying and Solving Problems
    11. 1. Getting Started with Windows Vista
      1. Logging On to Windows Vista
      2. Activating Windows
      3. Updating Windows System Files
      4. Ending a Computing Session
      5. Making Your Computer Easier to Use
      6. Key Points
      7. Keyboard Shortcuts
    12. 2. Working Efficiently in Windows Vista
      1. Finding Your Way Around the Windows Desktop
      2. Using and Modifying the Start Menu
      3. Finding Your Way Around Your Computer
      4. Using and Modifying the Taskbar
      5. Creating Shortcuts to Files, Folders, and Programs
      6. Rearranging and Deleting Items on the Desktop
      7. Key Points
      8. Keyboard Shortcuts
    13. 3. Working with Folders and Files
      1. Navigating to Folders and Files
      2. Viewing Folders and Files in Different Ways
      3. Viewing Information About a Folder or File
      4. Creating, Renaming, and Deleting Folders and Files
      5. Moving and Copying Folders and Files
      6. Finding Specific Information
      7. Key Points
      8. Keyboard Shortcuts
    14. 4. Personalizing Windows Vista
      1. Changing the Look of Windows Vista on Your Screen
      2. Optimizing Visual Effects
      3. Changing the Desktop Background
      4. Selecting and Managing a Screen Saver
      5. Managing Your System Date and Time
      6. Changing Your Computer’s Name
      7. Key Points
      8. Keyboard Shortcuts
    15. 5. Installing and Configuring Devices
      1. Displaying More on Your Monitor
      2. Configuring Your System for Multiple Monitors
      3. Changing the Way Your Mouse Works
      4. Changing the Keyboard Input Language
      5. Configuring Tablet PC Options
      6. Installing and Sharing a Local Printer
      7. Connecting to a Remote Printer
      8. Setting Up Speakers
      9. Setting Up a Microphone
      10. Key Points
      11. Keyboard Shortcuts
    16. 6. Safely and Efficiently Accessing the Internet
      1. Connecting to the Internet
      2. Displaying Web Sites in Internet Explorer 7
      3. Blocking Pop-Up Windows
      4. Changing Your Home Page
      5. Changing the Appearance of Web Content
      6. Finding, Saving, and Returning to Web Sites
      7. Printing Web Pages
      8. Sending Web Pages and Links to Other People
      9. Discovering and Subscribing to RSS Feeds
      10. Restricting Objectionable Content
      11. Key Points
      12. Keyboard Shortcuts
    17. 7. Working with Programs
      1. Installing and Removing Programs
        1. Installing Programs
        2. Removing Programs
      2. Starting Programs Automatically
      3. Specifying the Default Program for a Type of File
      4. Using the Programs That Come with Windows Vista
        1. Windows Fax and Scan
        2. Windows Calendar
        3. Windows Contacts
        4. Windows Mail
        5. Windows Meeting Space
      5. Using and Modifying Sidebar
      6. Key Points
      7. Keyboard Shortcuts
    18. 8. Making Connections
      1. Connecting Your Computer to a Workgroup
      2. Connecting to a Domain from Another Location
      3. Connecting Your Computer to a Domain
      4. Accessing Your Domain Computer Remotely
      5. Sharing Drives and Folders
      6. Key Points
      7. Keyboard Shortcuts
    19. 9. Working with Digital Media
      1. Viewing and Cataloging Pictures
      2. Playing Music
      3. Configuring Windows Media Center Options
      4. Burning Audio and Data Discs
      5. Sharing Pictures and Other Digital Media Files
      6. Key Points
      7. Keyboard Shortcuts
    20. 10. Managing Computer Security
      1. Administering Windows User Accounts
      2. Managing Your Windows User Account
      3. Limiting Access to the Computer, to Programs, and to the Internet
      4. Analyzing Your Computer’s Security
      5. Configuring Internet Security Zones
      6. Key Points
      7. Keyboard Shortcuts
    21. 11. Optimizing Your Computer System
      1. Improving Your Computer’s Performance
      2. Turning Windows Features On and Off
      3. Managing Cached Files
      4. Removing Unnecessary Files
      5. Consolidating Files on Your Hard Disk
      6. Key Points
      7. Keyboard Shortcuts
    22. 12. Identifying and Solving Problems
      1. Finding Solutions to Common Problems
      2. Finding Information Through a Newsgroup
      3. Getting Help from Other Windows Users
      4. Backing Up and Restoring Files
      5. Restoring Your Operating System
      6. Transferring Software, Settings, and Files to Another Computer
      7. Key Points
      8. Keyboard Shortcuts
    23. Glossary
    24. Choose the Right Book for You
      1. Published and Upcoming Titles
        1. Plain & Simple
        2. Step by Step
        3. Inside Out
        4. Other Titles
    25. Index
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