Windows Vista Timesaving Techniques For Dummies

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  • Copyright: 2007-04-02
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Speed up your PC, search smarter, and secure your data * Customizing Vista for the way you work * Launching your most-used programs and finding files fast * Making the most of the new interface and search functions * Taking advantage of Internet Explorer? and Firefox? * Installing and securing a wireless network * Protecting your PC with Vista's improved security features

Author Biography

Woody Leonhard is a well-known Windows and Office guru and author of the bestselling Windows Vista All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 1
Foolish Assumptionsp. 2
What's in This Bookp. 2
Making Windows Work Fasterp. 3
Convincing Windows to Work Your Wayp. 3
Packing Programs and Filesp. 3
Making the Most of the Internetp. 3
Cranking Up Your Audiop. 3
Having Fun and Saving Time with Visual Mediap. 3
Networking at the Speed of Lightp. 3
Fast Security Techniquesp. 3
Keeping Your PC Alivep. 4
Fast (Nearly Painless) Disaster Recoveryp. 4
The Scary (Or Fun!) Stuffp. 4
Conventions Used in This Bookp. 4
Icons Used in This Bookp. 4
Where to Go from Herep. 5
Making Windows Work Fasterp. 7
Experiencing the Windows Experience Indexp. 9
Problems with Performance Benchmarksp. 10
Analyzing Benchmarksp. 10
Calculating the WEIp. 11
Maxing out the WEIp. 12
Breaking down componentsp. 12
Assembling a base scorep. 14
Analyzing the WEIp. 14
Digging Deeperp. 16
The Most Important Benchmark Scorep. 18
Tracking Performance and Reliabilityp. 19
Watching for Redlinersp. 19
Trolling the Task Managerp. 20
Bringing up the CPU Meterp. 21
Starting with the Task Managerp. 21
Interpreting the CPU monitorsp. 22
Monitoring Resourcesp. 23
Monitoring Performance Your Wayp. 25
Reading the Reliability Reportp. 26
Generating a System Health Reportp. 27
Slogging through the Event Logp. 28
Keeping Programs from Starting Automaticallyp. 30
Recognizing That You Have a Problemp. 30
Finding and Eliminating Auto-Starting Programsp. 31
Understanding where auto-starting programs hook into your computerp. 32
Detecting and deleting auto-startersp. 33
Getting the Junk out of Internet Explorer and Firefoxp. 36
Escaping the endless add-on cyclep. 36
Removing rogue toolbars in Internet Explorerp. 38
Removing rogue toolbars in Firefoxp. 38
Preventing New Auto-Startersp. 39
Getting Your Drives Up to Speedp. 40
Cleaning and Defragging Your Hard Drivep. 40
Understanding fragmentationp. 40
Cleaning unnecessary filesp. 41
Running a manual defragp. 43
Defragmenting - the advanced coursep. 43
Expanding Paging Volumesp. 45
Changing Partitions on the Flyp. 46
What about Drive Accelerators?p. 47
Making the Screen Run Fasterp. 49
Understanding Aero Glassp. 49
Running Aerop. 49
Superimposing Glassp. 52
Tweaking the Display for Speedp. 53
Reclaiming Automatically Zapped Visual Elementsp. 54
Scheduling a Nightly Rebootp. 55
Hibernating with a Hot Keyp. 55
Using Other Shutdown Switchesp. 57
Restarting Overnightp. 57
Convincing Windows to Work Your Wayp. 61
Streamlining the Start Menup. 63
Navigating the Start Menup. 64
Pinning and Unpinningp. 64
Unpinning your Web browser and e-mail program from the Start menup. 64
Pinning what you like to the Start menup. 65
Reining In the All Programs Submenup. 67
Where All Programs comes fromp. 67
Rearranging the All Programs submenup. 69
Cascading to Save Timep. 72
Introducing the optionsp. 72
Choosing the options you wantp. 73
Building a Power Desktopp. 76
Desktop Brevity: The Soul of Witp. 77
Adding key iconsp. 77
Cleaning up old iconsp. 78
Aligning iconsp. 80
Moving icons so you have more room on the desktopp. 81
Getting the most from the Sidebarp. 82
Generating One-Click E-Mailp. 82
Setting up the e-mailp. 82
Improving one-click e-mailp. 83
Opening Multiple Documents at Oncep. 85
Arranging Multiple Windows Side by Sidep. 88
Shooting a Picture of Your Desktopp. 88
Tricking Out the Taskbarp. 90
Customizing the Taskbarp. 90
Making the taskbar tallerp. 90
Changing taskbar settings in one fell swoopp. 91
Grouping Windowsp. 93
Blitzing the Address Barp. 95
Navigating from the Taskbarp. 97
Using Built-In Keyboard Shortcutsp. 98
Shortcuts Everybody Needsp. 99
Important Windows Key Combinationsp. 100
A Grab Bag of Application Shortcutsp. 101
Odds 'n' (Sometimes Useful) Endsp. 102
Making Your Own Keyboard Shortcutsp. 103
Putting Custom Hot Keys to Work for Youp. 103
Knowing What You Can't Do with Hot Keysp. 104
Creating and Organizing Hot Keysp. 104
Starting a program with a hot keyp. 105
Opening a folder with a hot keyp. 106
Surfing to a Web site with a hot keyp. 107
Sending e-mail with a hot keyp. 108
Opening a file with a hot keyp. 111
Running presentations with a hot keyp. 112
Undoing hot keysp. 113
Using ActiveWords for Expanded Hot Keysp. 114
Packing Programs and Filesp. 115
Launching Your Most-Used Programs Quicklyp. 117
Using the Quick Launch Toolbarp. 117
Making the Quick Launch Toolbar Appearp. 118
Adding Programs to the Quick Launch Toolbarp. 118
Making Room for More Programs on the Quick Launch Toolbarp. 118
Changing Quick Launch Screen Tipsp. 119
Opening Documents Quicklyp. 121
Opening Web Pages Quicklyp. 121
Adding a Blank E-Mail Message to the Quick Launch Toolbarp. 121
Making Programs Run Your Wayp. 123
Running a Program When Windows Startsp. 123
Allowing Other Users to Run Your Programsp. 125
Bringing Back Word's Last Documentp. 126
Removing and Reinstalling Programsp. 129
Removing Programs Thoroughlyp. 129
Cleaning Up before a Reinstallp. 131
Adding Windows Componentsp. 132
Removing Windows Patchesp. 133
Using Non-Microsoft Replacementsp. 134
Exploring Effectivelyp. 136
Making Windows Show Filename Extensionsp. 136
Customizing Explorer for Speedp. 138
Seeing all your files and foldersp. 138
Seeing pathnames in Explorerp. 139
Choosing the Right Viewp. 140
Working with Details viewp. 141
Sorting files by groupp. 143
Setting Folders' Behaviorsp. 143
Copying Files Quicklyp. 145
Changing Filename Associationsp. 146
Renaming Files En Massep. 147
Finding the Files You Want Fastp. 149
The Cardinal Rule of Searchingp. 150
Building an Indexp. 150
Setting index file type optionsp. 151
Adding locations to the indexp. 152
Rebuilding or moving the indexp. 154
Engaging Your Brain Before the Searchp. 156
Searching from the Startp. 156
Searching Simplyp. 158
Modifying a simple searchp. 159
Searching with OR and ANDp. 160
Changing Simple Search parametersp. 161
Searching Advancedp. 163
Saving and Reusing Searchesp. 165
Finding Files That Got Lostp. 166
First, don't panicp. 167
Second, get determinedp. 167
Listing Files Quicklyp. 169
Showing Directory Listingsp. 170
Writing a program to show directory listingsp. 170
Adding the program to the right-click menup. 172
Embellishing the File Listingsp. 173
Listing files by filename extensionp. 173
Printing a file list automaticallyp. 175
Making the Most of the Internetp. 177
Customizing Internet Explorer and Firefoxp. 179
Using IE and Firefox Togetherp. 179
Hardening Internet Explorerp. 180
Tweaking Firefoxp. 184
Getting used to tabsp. 184
Put the Close button on the active tabp. 185
Squeeze more tabs on the screenp. 186
Speeding Up Your Browserp. 186
Choosing a fast home pagep. 187
Showing placeholder picturesp. 188
Bumping up the cachep. 189
Speeding Up Yourselfp. 191
Feeding on RSSp. 192
Using important shortcutsp. 195
Unhijacking the Back buttonp. 196
Creating custom shortcuts from the Address barp. 197
Keeping Your Browser Under Controlp. 197
Removing "saved" passwords and usernamesp. 197
Checking for add-ons and parasitesp. 199
Choosing Antiphishing Technologyp. 199
The Internet Explorer approachp. 200
The Firefox approach(es)p. 201
Comparing the twop. 202
Saving Time with Googlep. 203
Using Google Effectivelyp. 203
Saving time with search termsp. 204
Using Advanced Searchp. 206
Posting on the Newsgroupsp. 206
Finding Images, News, and Morep. 208
Refining Browser Choicesp. 208
Downloading from the Newsgroupsp. 211
Understanding Newsgroupsp. 211
Working with newsgroup limitationsp. 212
Spreading messages aroundp. 212
Legally speakingp. 213
Using Newsgroupsp. 213
Breaking up and posting filesp. 214
Assembling filesp. 215
Connecting to a news serverp. 215
Setting up a good news readerp. 216
Instant Messaging with Microsoft and Trillianp. 221
Saving or Shooting the Messenger?p. 221
Choosing a Messengerp. 222
Using Windows Live Messengerp. 223
Messaging in a Microsoft Worldp. 223
Installing WLMp. 224
Getting the skinny on user IDsp. 225
Setting up your Messenger accountp. 226
Adding contactsp. 229
Making contactp. 231
Using the fancier featuresp. 232
Using Trillianp. 232
Weighing Trillian against the competitionp. 233
Installing Trillianp. 233
Using Trillianp. 233
Using Windows Live Mail Desktop - Or Notp. 237
Counting Microsoft's E-Mail Programsp. 237
Choosing an E-Mail Programp. 238
Starting Windows Live Mail Desktopp. 239
Mauling Windows Mailp. 242
Arranging Your Windows Mail desktopp. 242
Making Windows Mail wait to send and receivep. 243
Dealing with read receiptsp. 244
Using signatures the smart wayp. 244
Dealing with e-mail attachment securityp. 245
Zapping Junk Mailp. 247
Understanding Spamp. 247
Phishing Phor Phun and Prophitp. 250
Avoiding Spammeisters and Phishersp. 251
Lurking in Web Beaconsp. 251
Crawling and Trawlingp. 253
Unsubscribing - Not!p. 253
Fighting Backp. 253
Taking spam actionp. 254
Biting the phishersp. 254
Don't add to the problemp. 255
Surfing Anonymouslyp. 256
Understanding Anonymous Surfingp. 257
Using Anonymous Sites and Toolbarsp. 258
Hooking into Anonymous Proxy Serversp. 259
Routing the Onion Wayp. 261
Cranking Up Your Audiop. 265
Fighting for Your Musical Rightsp. 267
What's Going On Here?p. 267
What You Need to Know about CRAPp. 268
Comparing Music Formatsp. 268
Making Your Own MP3sp. 269
Sorting through the Storesp. 270
Using Windows Media Playerp. 272
Getting the Right Media Playerp. 272
Running WMP for the First Timep. 273
Making Media Player Improvementsp. 276
Running WMPp. 278
Controlling WMP from the Keyboardp. 279
Working with Codecsp. 279
No-Nonsense Music Gatheringp. 282
Adding Music to the Media Libraryp. 282
Ripping CDs You Ownp. 284
Ripping ethicsp. 284
Choosing a file format and sampling ratep. 285
Ripping from A to Zp. 286
Looking for Music in All the Right Placesp. 288
Creating Your Own Music CDs and DVDsp. 289
Choosing the Type of CD/DVD to Burnp. 290
Picking Songs and Burning the CDp. 291
Picking Up Podcastsp. 294
Understanding Podcastsp. 294
Finding Worthwhile Podcastsp. 295
Rolling Your Own Podcast Quicklyp. 297
Transferring Music to iPods and MP3 Playersp. 299
Choosing an MP3 Playerp. 299
Copying Files to an MP3 Playerp. 301
Getting Music Off Your iPodp. 304
Disabling the iPod's Automatic Sync Featurep. 304
Copying iPod Music to Your PCp. 306
Restoring Missing Informationp. 307
Having Fun and Saving Time with Visual Mediap. 311
Organizing the Photo Galleryp. 313
Coping with Photo Gallery Limitationsp. 313
Futzing with the Photo Galleryp. 314
Scanning into the Galleryp. 316
Touching Up Photos Quicklyp. 318
Changing Picsp. 318
Bringing Back the Old Versionp. 321
Managing Pictures from a Digital Camerap. 324
Transferring Pictures to Your PC Automaticallyp. 325
Using a Camera's Memory Card as a Storage Device on Your PCp. 329
Editing Your Home Moviesp. 331
Understanding the Limitations of WMMp. 331
Importing and Combining Clipsp. 332
Trimming Clipsp. 334
Using Transitions and Effectsp. 334
Adding Titles and Creditsp. 336
Saving the Moviep. 337
Doing More with Your Pics and Videosp. 339
Putting Your Pic on the Desktopp. 340
Using Your Pictures and Videos for a Screen Saver Slide Showp. 341
Burning Pictures on a CDp. 342
Burning a Slide Show on a CDp. 343
Recovering Deleted Pictures from Your Camerap. 345
Decreasing Picture Download Timesp. 347
Understanding digital pic file sizesp. 347
Changing the resolution of picturesp. 348
Posting Pics on Flickr and MySpacep. 351
Sharing with Flickrp. 351
Gabbing in MySpacep. 355
Going for the Yahoo! Groupsp. 356
Networking at the Speed of Lightp. 357
Installing a Small Networkp. 359
Putting the Pieces Togetherp. 360
Choosing the right hardwarep. 360
Pulling cable through your office or housep. 361
Locating the hardwarep. 361
Preparing for Vista Networkingp. 362
Cranking Up Vista Networkingp. 362
Checking the Piecesp. 365
Understanding Addressesp. 366
IP addresses on the Internetp. 366
IP addresses on your local networkp. 367
Assigning local IP addressesp. 367
Securing Your Wireless Networkp. 370
Running the Wireless Router Setup Wizardp. 371
Propagating Changesp. 374
Adding and Configuring a New Userp. 376
Grasping User Accountsp. 376
Recognizing account typesp. 377
Working with account typesp. 378
Increasing security with passwordsp. 379
Using simple, common-sense protectionp. 379
Creating a New Accountp. 380
Modifying an Accountp. 381
Hobbling the Guest Accountp. 382
Sharing Drives and Foldersp. 384
Sharing the Vista Wayp. 384
Opening Up the Networkp. 385
Sharing Foldersp. 386
Meeting with Meeting Spacep. 389
Setting Up Meeting Spacep. 390
Holding a Meetingp. 391
Collaboratingp. 392
Controlling Your PC from Afar with LogMeInp. 394
Installing LogMeInp. 395
Starting, Stopping, and Disabling LogMeInp. 396
Using LogMeInp. 396
Fast Security Techniquesp. 399
Updating Vista Cautiouslyp. 401
Reining In Windows Updatep. 402
Downloading the Big Updatesp. 405
Checking for Small Updatesp. 406
Retrieving and Installing a Declined Updatep. 406
Protecting Your PC from Virusesp. 408
Understanding Viruses - and Hoaxesp. 409
Dissecting a Virusp. 410
Discerning Whether Your PC Is Infectedp. 413
Dealing with Your Infected PCp. 414
Protecting Yourself - Quicklyp. 416
Installing AVG Anti-Virus Freep. 417
Plugging and Unplugging Windows Firewallp. 419
Understanding Firewallsp. 420
Coping with Windows Firewallp. 421
Checking out the inbound firewallp. 422
Watching a program poke through the firewallp. 423
Making your own firewall exceptionsp. 425
Closing the Inbound Firewall Fastp. 426
Getting at the Outbound Firewallp. 427
Zapping Scumwarep. 429
What Is Scum?p. 430
Knowing When You've Been Slimedp. 430
Using Windows Defenderp. 430
Understanding the problems with Defenderp. 431
Removing scum with Defenderp. 431
Running the other parts of Defenderp. 433
Checking Your Security Perimeterp. 435
Approaching Your Security Perimeterp. 435
Running Steve Gibson's ShieldsUp!p. 436
Running Microsoft's Baseline Security Analyzerp. 437
Keeping Your PC Alivep. 439
Running Disk Chores While You Sleepp. 441
Fragging Fragmentationp. 442
Running a Disk Cleanupp. 442
Scheduling Disk Cleanupp. 445
Checking Up on Schedulerp. 447
Adjusting the Timing of Defragsp. 447
Running Periodic Maintenancep. 449
Making Your Maintenance Shopping Listp. 449
Weekly Cleaningp. 450
Vacuuming strategiesp. 450
Dusting tipsp. 450
Cleaning screensp. 451
Ungunking the mousep. 451
Checking the floppy drivep. 452
Monthly Cleaningp. 452
Fixing Components As Neededp. 453
Cleaning CDs and DVDsp. 453
Recovering from spilled coffee or sodap. 453
Pulling out a stuck diskp. 454
Pulling out a stuck CDp. 455
Requesting Remote Assistancep. 456
Using Remote Assistance Wisely - Quicklyp. 457
Coping with Remote Assistance Limitationsp. 457
Requesting Remote Assistancep. 458
Sending a Remote Assistance SOS Using IMp. 458
Fine-Tuning Remote Assistancep. 460
Getting Help Fastp. 462
Exploring the Help and Support Centerp. 463
Using Help Effectivelyp. 465
Saving and Retrieving Help Articles - Quicklyp. 466
Using Other Help Sourcesp. 467
Fast (Nearly Painless) Disaster Recoveryp. 469
Making Backups - Fastp. 471
Using Different Types of Backupp. 472
Understanding Vista File Backupp. 473
Running a Quick File Backupp. 473
Restoring Backed Up Files and Foldersp. 475
Using ZipBackupp. 477
Restoring Your System after Calamitous Changep. 478
Understanding System Restore's Limitationsp. 479
Turning on System Restore Everywherep. 479
Creating a Restore Pointp. 481
Deleting Restore Pointsp. 482
Restoring to a Restore Point - Quicklyp. 483
If Windows isn't running and won't startp. 483
If Windows runsp. 483
Recovering a Lost Passwordp. 486
Creating a Password Reset Diskp. 487
Using Your Password Reset Diskp. 488
Getting Around Your Own Passwordp. 489
The Scary (Or Fun!) Stuffp. 491
Changing the Registry without Getting Burnedp. 493
Don't Mess with This?p. 493
Understanding the Registryp. 494
Backing Up Data the Registry Wayp. 496
Making Changes Safelyp. 497
Running My Favorite Quick Registry Tweaksp. 497
Making Screen Shots with the Snipping Toolp. 502
Using Fast Keyboard Shortcutsp. 503
Cranking Up the Snipping Toolp. 504
Making Paint Behave Itselfp. 506
Going Beyond the Basicsp. 507
Fast, Easy, and Safe Online Shoppingp. 509
Searching for Reliable E-Tailersp. 509
Paying It Safep. 511
Choosing a payment methodp. 511
Getting what you pay forp. 511
Using reputable Web sitesp. 512
Handling credit card fraudp. 513
Keeping private information privatep. 515
Complaining Effectivelyp. 515
Mastering eBayp. 515
Create Your Own Desktop Themep. 517
What's in a Theme?p. 517
Creating a Themep. 518
Distributing Your Themep. 520
Saving Time (And Your Eyes) On-Screenp. 522
Applying Basic, Vision-Saving Tacticsp. 522
Understanding How Characters Appear On-Screenp. 523
Adjusting Resolution Settingsp. 524
High-Resolution Tricksp. 526
Fine-Tuning ClearTypep. 527
Top Ten Tiny Timesaving Tweaksp. 529
Bring Back Menusp. 529
Show Filename Extensions/Hidden Filesp. 530
Adjust Power Settingsp. 531
Use Trillianp. 532
Bring on the Eye Candyp. 532
Get AI Roboformp. 533
Run Webroot Spy Sweeperp. 533
Dump Your AV Programp. 533
Get More Gadgetsp. 534
Use Firefoxp. 534
Top Ten Tiny Timesaving Tipsp. 535
Watch Autostarting Programsp. 535
Get a USB Drive for Backupp. 536
Learn How to Runp. 536
Change Icon Sizes Quicklyp. 536
Use Quick Launch Quicklyp. 537
Check Your Experience Indexp. 537
Plug into the Gridp. 537
Turn Off Automatic Updatesp. 538
Don't Buy Crap Musicp. 538
Get a Faster Internet Connectionp. 538
Indexp. 541
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