Microsoft Windows 7 Visual QuickStart Guide

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-09-08
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press

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This concise guide covers every edition of Windows 7 in Visual QuickStart style, with plenty of screenshots, numbered steps, tips, and sidebars. You'll learn how to use new and updated features, including the redesigned taskbar; jump lists; libraries; federated search; desktop gadgets; window-management shortcuts; and the improved versions of Internet Explorer, Mail, Messenger, Photo Gallery, Movie Maker, and Media Player. You'll also find information on setup; installation; upgrading from other Windows versions; troubleshooting; hardware; and organizing your documents, music, photos, and videos. Laptop and mobile users will learn how to connect from the road, jump onto a public wireless network, and conserve battery power. Author Chris Fehily also walks you through setting up a network or homegroup, connecting to the internet, configuring routers and firewalls, and hooking up printers and other devices. You'll learn how to use security features to protect your PC and network and share files while keeping personal stuff private.

Author Biography

Chris Fehily is a writer and consultant based in San Francisco.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
What Windows Doesp. x
The Editions of Windows 7p. xi
Upgrading to Windows 7p. xiii
What's New in Windows 7p. xiv
About This Bookp. xv
Getting Startedp. 1
Logging On and Logging Offp. 2
Using Getting Startedp. 15
Exploring the Windows Interfacep. 16
The Mousep. 18
The Keyboardp. 20
Menusp. 23
Ribbonsp. 29
Toolbarsp. 30
Iconsp. 31
Windowsp. 34
Dialog Boxesp. 44
Propertiesp. 46
Transferring Datap. 48
The Desktopp. 53
Exploring the Start Menup. 54
Using the Start Menup. 58
Customizing the Start Menup. 67
Exploring the Taskbarp. 71
Managing Windows by Using the Taskbarp. 72
Customizing the Taskbarp. 76
Using the Notification Areap. 79
Adding Toolbars to the Taskbarp. 82
Using Gadgetsp. 84
Managing Shortcutsp. 88
Tidying Your Desktopp. 95
Getting Helpp. 97
Starting Help and Supportp. 98
Browsing Help and Supportp. 99
Searching Help and Supportp. 101
Getting Help on the Webp. 102
Capturing Screen Imagesp. 103
Allowing Others to Connect to Your Computer Remotelyp. 104
Personalizing Your Work Environmentp. 111
Using Control Panelp. 112
Setting the Window Colorp. 115
Turning Off Aerop. 116
Setting the Desktop Backgroundp. 117
Setting the Screen Saverp. 119
Setting the Desktop Themep. 121
Configuring the Monitorp. 123
Configuring the Mousep. 129
Configuring the Keyboardp. 132
Configuring Sound and Audio Devicesp. 134
Setting the Date and Timep. 139
Localizing Your Systemp. 142
Accommodating Disabled Usersp. 147
Using Speech Recognitionp. 151
Using Alternative Mouse Behaviorp. 156
Conserving Powerp. 157
Managing Fontsp. 165
Managing Visual Effects and Performancep. 169
Getting General System Informationp. 170
Organizing Files and Foldersp. 171
Exploring Your Computerp. 172
Storing Stuff in Your Personal Folderp. 175
Using Windows Explorerp. 178
Navigating in Windows Explorerp. 184
Tagging Filesp. 188
Filtering, Sorting, Stacking, and Grouping Filesp. 191
Customizing a Folderp. 196
Setting Folder Optionsp. 197
Creating Foldersp. 200
Naming Files and Foldersp. 201
Moving and Copying Files and Foldersp. 202
Sending Files and Foldersp. 205
Deleting Files and Foldersp. 207
Compressing Files and Foldersp. 212
Searching for Files and Foldersp. 218
Saving Searchesp. 230
Using Librariesp. 231
Burning CDs and DVDsp. 234
Using Keyboard Shortcutsp. 240
Installing and Running Programsp. 243
Installing Programsp. 244
Removing Programsp. 249
Turning Windows Features On or Offp. 251
Launching Programsp. 252
Launching Programs Automaticallyp. 254
Running Older Programsp. 255
Switching Programsp. 256
Exiting Programsp. 258
Killing Unresponsive Programsp. 259
Using the Free Utility Programsp. 261
Saving Documentsp. 268
Opening Documentsp. 270
Associating Documents with Programsp. 272
Installing Windows Live Programsp. 276
Printing, Scanning, and Faxingp. 277
Installing a Printerp. 278
Sharing a Network Printerp. 285
Setting Printer Propertiesp. 287
Printing Documentsp. 289
Controlling Printoutsp. 292
Scanning and Faxingp. 294
Setting up Hardwarep. 305
Connecting Devices to Your Computerp. 306
Installing a New Devicep. 312
Managing Device Driversp. 316
Digital Photosp. 321
Importing Photos into Your Computerp. 322
Getting Started with Windows Live Photo Galleryp. 328
Viewing Photosp. 334
Finding Photosp. 337
Photo Gallery Tipsp. 341
Windows Media Playerp. 343
Getting Started with Media Playerp. 344
Playing CDs and DVDsp. 348
Ripping CDsp. 351
Organizing Your Libraryp. 354
Working with Playlistsp. 358
Burning Music CDsp. 361
Using Keyboard Shortcutsp. 363
Windows Live Movie Makerp. 365
Getting Started with Movie Makerp. 366
Creating a Moviep. 368
Connecting to the Internetp. 371
Understanding Connection Typesp. 372
Connecting to the Internetp. 375
Security and Privacyp. 381
Checking Your Security Statusp. 382
Using a Firewallp. 386
Updating Windowsp. 391
Defending Against Viruses and Spywarep. 394
Setting Parental Controlsp. 400
Encrypting Datap. 402
Encrypting Drivesp. 404
Internet Explorerp. 407
Getting Started with Internet Explorerp. 408
Navigating the Webp. 409
Using Tabsp. 416
Bookmarking Pagesp. 419
Browsing Tipsp. 422
Windows Live Mailp. 431
Getting Started with Windows Live Mailp. 432
Setting up an Email Accountp. 433
Sending Emailp. 435
Reading Emailp. 440
Receiving Attachmentsp. 447
Applying Message Rulesp. 449
Windows Live Messengerp. 451
Signing in to Messengerp. 452
Creating a Contacts Listp. 455
Using Messengerp. 456
Managing User Accountsp. 459
Setting up User Accountsp. 460
Using User Account Controlp. 467
Managing User Profilesp. 468
Setting up a Small Networkp. 469
Understanding Network Typesp. 470
Sharing an Internet Connectionp. 473
Setting up a Networkp. 474
Managing a Networkp. 479
Sharing Filesp. 483
Working Remotelyp. 489
Dialing Directp. 490
Connecting to a Virtual Private Network Serverp. 491
Controlling a Computer with Remote Desktopp. 492
Making Network Files and Folders Available Offlinep. 498
Using Laptop Utilitiesp. 500
Maintenance & Troubleshootingp. 501
Getting System Informationp. 502
Managing Tasksp. 503
Cleaning up a Drivep. 504
Defragmenting a Drivep. 505
Checking for Drive Errorsp. 506
Managing Drivesp. 507
Scheduling Tasksp. 508
Editing the Registryp. 510
Solving Problemsp. 511
Boosting Memoryp. 512
Restoring Your Systemp. 513
Backing up Your Filesp. 516
Recovering After a Crashp. 520
Installing Windowsp. 521
Getting Ready to Install Windowsp. 522
Choosing an Installation Typep. 524
Installing Windowsp. 525
Activating Windowsp. 529
Transferring Existing Files and Settingsp. 530
Installing Service Packsp. 532
Indexp. 533
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