Synopses & Reviews
Fast-paced and easy to use, this concise book teaches you the basics of Windows Vista so you can start using this operating system right away. Written by "New York Times" columnist, bestselling author, Emmy-winning CBS News correspondent and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue, the book will help you:
- Navigate the desktop, including the fast, powerful and fully integrated desktop search function
- Use the Media Center to record TV and radio, present photos, play music, and record all of these to a DVD
- Breeze across the Web with the vastly improved Internet Explorer 7 tabbed browser
- Become familiar with Vista's beefed up security, and much more
Windows Vista is a vast improvement over its predecessors, with an appealing, glass-like visual overhaul, superior searching and organization tools, a multimedia and collaboration suite, and a massive, top-to-bottom security-shield reconstruction. Every corner of the traditional Windows operating system has been tweaked, overhauled, or replaced entirely.
Aimed at new and experienced computer users alike, Windows Vista for Starters: The Missing Manual is right there when you need it. This jargon-free book explains Vista's features quickly and clearly -- revealing which work well and which don't.
An easy-to-use, fast-paced introduction to Microsoft Vista explains the new user interface and integrated search function, as well as the Media Center multimedia capabilities, Internet Explorer 7 and Web connectivity, enhanced security features, organization tools, and other helpful topics. Original. (Beginner)
Written by New York Times columnist, blogger, bestselling author, and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue, Window Vista For Starters is perfect for people who want to learn the basics so they can start using Vista right away. For anyone interested in zeroing in on just the information they need without all the complicated jargon, our new For Starters manual provides just the solution. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and plenty of illustrations, this book offers a refreshingly simple approach to Vista. Whether you're a first-time user who just wants the basics, or an experienced user who simply needs a quick overview, our new book is designed to deliver what you need to know. This jargon-free book explains Vista's features quickly and clearly -- revealing which work well and which don't.
Written by "New York Times" columnist, blogger, bestselling author, and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue, "Window Vista For Starters" is perfect for people who want to learn the basics so they can start using Vista right away.
About the Author
David Pogue, Yale '85, is the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times. With nearly 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how-to authors, having written or co-written seven books in the "for Dummies" series.Pogue is the creator and lead author of the bestselling Missing Manual series. Books in the series cover a wide range of topics, including Mac OS X, Windows, iPod, Microsoft Office, iPhoto, Dreamweaver, iMovie, and many others. His Web page is www.davidpogue.com, and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table of Contents
THE MISSING CREDITS; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgments; The Missing Manual Series; INTRODUCTION; ; About This Book; About; THE VISTA DESKTOP; Chapter 1: THE VERY BASICS; 1.1 About Windows; 1.2 Mouse and Keyboard Essentials; Chapter 2: WELCOME CENTER, DESKTOP, AND THE START MENU; 2.1 The Welcome Center; 2.2 The Vista Desktop--Now with Aero!; 2.3 The Start Menu; 2.4 What's in the Start Menu; 2.5 Start→ (Sleep); 2.6 Start→ (Lock); 2.7 Start→Log Off, Restart, Hibernate, Shut Down; 2.8 Start→Help and Support; 2.9 Start→Default Programs, →Control Panel; 2.10 Start→Connect To; 2.11 Start→Network; 2.12 Start→Computer; 2.13 Start→Recent Items; 2.14 Start→Search; 2.15 Start→Games; 2.16 Start→Music, Pictures; 2.17 Start→Documents; 2.18 Start→[Your Name]: The Personal Folder; Chapter 3: FILES, FOLDERS, AND WINDOWS; 3.1 Universal Window Controls; 3.2 Explorer Window Controls; 3.3 Optional Window Panes; 3.4 Icon and List Views; 3.5 Sorting, Grouping, Stacking, and Filtering; 3.6 Sizing, Moving, and Closing Windows; 3.7 Windows Flip (Alt+Tab); 3.8 Windows Flip 3D; 3.9 The Taskbar; Chapter 4: SEARCHING AND ORGANIZING YOUR FILES; 4.1 Meet Vista Search; 4.2 Search from the Start Menu; 4.3 Explorer-Window Searches; 4.4 The Folders of Windows Vista; 4.5 Life with Icons; 4.6 Selecting Icons; 4.7 Copying and Moving Folders and Files; 4.8 The Recycle Bin; 4.9 Shortcut Icons; 4.10 Burning CDs and DVDs from the Desktop; Chapter 5: INTERIOR DECORATING VISTA; 5.1 Aero or Not; 5.2 Desktop Background (Wallpaper); 5.3 Screen Savers; 5.4 Sounds; 5.5 Mouse Makeover; 5.6 Customizing the Start Menu; THE PIECES OF VISTA; Chapter 6: PROGRAMS, DOCUMENTS, AND GADGETS; 6.1 Opening Programs; 6.2 Exiting Programs; 6.3 When Programs Die: The Task Manager; 6.4 Saving Documents; 6.5 Closing Documents; 6.6 The Open Dialog Box; 6.7 Moving Data Between Documents; 6.8 The Sidebar; 6.9 Filename Extensions and File Associations; 6.10 Installing Software; 6.11 Uninstalling Software; 6.12 The Control Panel; Chapter 7: PHOTOS, MUSIC, AND MOVIES; 7.1 Windows Photo Gallery; 7.2 Windows Media Player; 7.3 DVD Movies; VISTA ONLINE; Chapter 8: GETTING ONLINE--SECURELY; 8.1 Broadband Connections (Cable Modems and DSL); 8.2 Wireless Networks; 8.3 Dial-Up Connections; 8.4 Connection Management; 8.5 Internet Security; 8.6 Hot Spot Security; 8.7 Parental Controls; Chapter 9: INTERNET EXPLORER 7; 9.1 IE7: The Grand Tour; 9.2 Tabbed Browsing; 9.3 Favorites (Bookmarks); 9.4 History List; 9.5 RSS: The Missing Manual; 9.6 Tips for Better Surfing; 9.7 The Phishing Filter; 9.8 Privacy and Cookies; 9.9 The Pop-up Blocker; Chapter 10: WINDOWS MAIL; 10.1 Setting Up Windows Mail; 10.2 Sending Email; 10.3 Reading Email; 10.4 Junk Email; BEYOND THE BASICS; Chapter 11: PRINTING AND FAXING; 11.1 Installing a Printer; 11.2 Printing; 11.3 Controlling Printouts; 11.4 Sharing a Printer; 11.5 Printer Troubleshooting; 11.6 Fonts; 11.7 Faxing; Chapter 12: EXPANDING YOUR HARDWARE; 12.1 External Gadgets; 12.2 Installing Cards in Expansion Slots; 12.3 Troubleshooting Newly Installed Gear; 12.4 Driver Signing; 12.5 The Device Manager; Chapter 13: GETTING HELP; 13.1 Navigating the Help System; 13.2 Remote Assistance; 13.3 Getting Help from Microsoft; Chapter 14: BACKUPS, MAINTENANCE, AND TROUBLESHOOTING; 14.1 Automatic Backups; 14.2 System Restore; 14.3 Windows Update; 14.4 Four Speed Tricks; 14.5 Safe Mode and the Startup Menu; 14.6 Startup Repair; THE VISTA NETWORK; Chapter 15: ACCOUNTS (AND LOGGING ON); 15.1 Introducing User Accounts; 15.2 Accounts; 15.3 Fast User Switching; 15.4 Logging On; Chapter 16: SETTING UP A NETWORK AND SHARING FILES; 16.1 Kinds of Networks; 16.2 Sharing an Internet Connection; 16.3 The Network and Sharing Center; 16.4 Sharing Files; 16.5 Accessing Shared Files; APPENDIX; APPENDIX; Explorer windows; Instant Search box (top of each Explorer window); Working with icons; Navigation pane; Windows-key shortcuts; Login screen; Security screen; Miscellaneous/Editing; COLOPHON;