Synopses & Reviews
Experience learning made easy--and quickly teach yourself how to make the most of your Windows Vista experience. With Step By Step, you set the pace--building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them Personalize the way your computer works and looks Install programs and set up printers and other hardware Instantly search your entire computer and find exactly what you need Catalog your digital photos, burn CDs, and play games--have fun Connect to the Internet and block unwanted content Fine-tune your PC's performance and fix common problems
Your all-in-one learning experience includes: Files for building skills and practicing the book's lessons Fully searchable eBook Windows Vista Product Guide eReference--plus more resources on CD
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Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to make the most of your Windows Vista experience. With Step By Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them!
- Personalize the way your computer works and looks
- Install programs and set up printers and other hardware
- Instantly search your entire computer and find exactly what you need
- Catalog your digital photos, burn CDs, and play games—have fun!
- Connect to the Internet and block unwanted content
- Fine-tune your PC’s performance and fix common problems
Your all-in-one learning experience includes:
- Files for building skills and practicing the book’s lessons
- Fully searchable eBook
- Windows Vista Product Guide eReference—plus more resources on CD
For customers who purchase an ebook version of this title, instructions for downloading the CD files can be found in the ebook.
Providing step-by-step instruction in the fundamental concepts and features of Windows Vista, this detailed guide discusses how to get started, computer security concerns, adding hardware and software, file and folder management, Internet connectivity, security, customizing, networking, and digital media options for Windows Vista, all in easy-to-follow tutorials and hands-on practice files on the accompanying CD-ROM. Original. (Beginner)
About the Author
Joan Lambert has worked in the training and certification industry since 1997. As president of Online Training Solutions, Inc. (OTSI), Joan is responsible for guiding the translation of technical information and requirements into useful, relevant, and measurable training, learning, and certification deliverables. An MCTS, MOM, MCAS, and MCT, Joan is the author or coauthor of more than two dozen books about Windows and Microsoft Office (for Windows and for Mac).
Joyce Cox has more than 30 years' experience in the development of training materials about technical subjects for non-technical audiences and is the author of dozens of books about Office and Windows technologies. Joyce is vice president of Online Training Solutions, Inc. (OTSI). Previously, she was president of and principal author for Online Press, where she developed the Quick Course series of computer training books for beginning and intermediate adult learners. She was also the first managing editor of Microsoft Press, an editor for Sybex, and an editor for the University of California.
Table of Contents
About the Authors; Joan Preppernau; Joyce Cox; The Team; Online Training Solutions, Inc. (OTSI); Introducing Windows Vista; Windows Vista Editions; Lets Get Started!; The Microsoft Business Certification Program; Selecting a Certification Path; Becoming a Microsoft Certified Application SpecialistWindows Vista; Taking a Microsoft Business Certification Exam; For More Information; Information for New Computer Users; Using Your Mouse; Working with Windows; Giving Instructions; Message Boxes; Features and Conventions of This Book; Using the Books CD; Whats on the CD?; Minimum System Requirements; Installing the Practice Files; Using the Practice Files; Removing and Uninstalling the Practice Files; Getting Help; Getting Help with This Book and Its Companion CD; Getting Help with Windows Vista; Quick Reference; 1 Getting Started with Windows Vista; 2 Working Efficiently in Windows Vista; 3 Working with Folders and Files; 4 Personalizing Windows Vista; 5 Installing and Configuring Devices; 6 Safely and Efficiently Accessing the Internet; 7 Working with Programs; 8 Making Connections; 9 Working with Digital Media; 10 Managing Computer Security; 11 Optimizing Your Computer System; 12 Identifying and Solving Problems; Chapter 1: Getting Started with Windows Vista; Logging On to Windows Vista; Activating Windows; Updating Windows System Files; Ending a Computing Session; Making Your Computer Easier to Use; Key Points; Keyboard Shortcuts; Chapter 2: Working Efficiently in Windows Vista; Finding Your Way Around the Windows Desktop; Using and Modifying the Start Menu; Finding Your Way Around Your Computer; Using and Modifying the Taskbar; Creating Shortcuts to Files, Folders, and Programs; Rearranging and Deleting Items on the Desktop; Key Points; Keyboard Shortcuts; Chapter 3: Working with Folders and Files; Navigating to Folders and Files; Viewing Folders and Files in Different Ways; Viewing Information About a Folder or File; Creating, Renaming, and Deleting Folders and Files; Moving and Copying Folders and Files; Finding Specific Information; Key Points; Keyboard Shortcuts; Chapter 4: Personalizing Windows Vista; Changing the Look of Windows Vista on Your Screen; Optimizing Visual Effects; Changing the Desktop Background; Selecting and Managing a Screen Saver; Managing Your System Date and Time; Changing Your Computers Name; Key Points; Keyboard Shortcuts; Chapter 5: Installing and Configuring Devices; Displaying More on Your Monitor; Configuring Your System for Multiple Monitors; Changing the Way Your Mouse Works; Changing the Keyboard Input Language; Configuring Tablet PC Options; Installing and Sharing a Local Printer; Connecting to a Remote Printer; Setting Up Speakers; Setting Up a Microphone; Key Points; Keyboard Shortcuts; Chapter 6: Safely and Efficiently Accessing the Internet; Connecting to the Internet; Displaying Web Sites in Internet Explorer 7; Blocking Pop-Up Windows; Changing Your Home Page; Changing the Appearance of Web Content; Finding, Saving, and Returning to Web Sites; Printing Web Pages; Sending Web Pages and Links to Other People; Discovering and Subscribing to RSS Feeds; Restricting Objectionable Content; Key Points; Keyboard Shortcuts; Chapter 7: Working with Programs; Installing and Removing Programs; Starting Programs Automatically; Specifying the Default Program for a Type of File; Using the Programs That Come with Windows Vista; Using and Modifying Sidebar; Key Points; Keyboard Shortcuts; Chapter 8: Making Connections; Connecting Your Computer to a Workgroup; Connecting to a Domain from Another Location; Connecting Your Computer to a Domain; Accessing Your Domain Computer Remotely; Sharing Drives and Folders; Key Points; Keyboard Shortcuts; Chapter 9: Working with Digital Media; Viewing and Cataloging Pictures; Playing Music; Configuring Windows Media Center Options; Burning Audio and Data Discs; Sharing Pictures and Other Digital Media Files; Key Points; Keyboard Shortcuts; Chapter 10: Managing Computer Security; Administering Windows User Accounts; Managing Your Windows User Account; Limiting Access to the Computer, to Programs, and to the Internet; Analyzing Your Computers Security; Configuring Internet Security Zones; Key Points; Keyboard Shortcuts; Chapter 11: Optimizing Your Computer System; Improving Your Computers Performance; Turning Windows Features On and Off; Managing Cached Files; Removing Unnecessary Files; Consolidating Files on Your Hard Disk; Key Points; Keyboard Shortcuts; Chapter 12: Identifying and Solving Problems; Finding Solutions to Common Problems; Finding Information Through a Newsgroup; Getting Heeeeeelp from Other Windows Users; Backing Up and Restoring Files; Restoring Your Operating System; Transferring Software, Settings, and Files to Another Computer; Key Points; Keyboard Shortcuts; Glossary; Appendix : Choose the Right Book for You; Published and Upcoming Titles;