Microsoft Windows XP Plain and Simple

Microsoft Windows XP Plain and Simple

by Jerry Joyce, Marianne Moon


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Get the fast facts that make learning Windows XP plain and simple!

Here’s WHAT you’ll learn:

  • Find the simplest ways to get stuff done in Microsoft® Windows
  • Play DVDs, download music, burn CDs—all in one spot
  • Send e-mail, browse the Web, make phone calls with your PC
  • Organize your digital photos—even make a movie!
  • Run programs and play games
  • Perform easy tune-ups and fix problems fastHere’s

HOW you’ll learn it:

  • NUMBERED STEPS show exactly what to do
  • Color SCREEN SHOTS keep you on track
  • Handy TIPS teach easy techniques and shortcuts
  • Quick TRY THIS! exercises put your learning to work
  • CAUTION notes help keep you out of trouble

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735615250
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Publication date: 10/24/2001
Series: MS Banner Temp Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 9.13(w) x 7.37(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Jerry Joyce has had a long-standing relationship with Microsoft: He has been the technical editor on numerous books published by Microsoft Press® and has written manuals, help files, and specifications for various Microsoft products. As a programmer, he has tried for many years to make using a computer as simple as using a toaster but has yet to succeed.

Marianne Moon has worked in the publishing world for many years as proofreader, editor, and writer - sometimes all three at once. She has been editing and proofreading Microsoft Press® books since 1984 and has written and edited documentation for Microsoft products including Microsoft Works, Flight Simulator, Space Simulator, Golf, Publisher, the Microsoft Mouse, and Greetings Workshop.

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5: Communicating

The ability to communicate electronically is one of a computer’s most used and most valued features. In this section, we’ll discuss the tools that Microsoft Windows XP provides to enable you to reach out and connect with other people.

Microsoft Outlook Express helps you organize and customize your e-mail and does double duty as a news reader. It can complete an address from your Contacts list when you type only the first couple of letters of your contact’s name, and it can automatically add a signature to your messages. You can format your e-mail messages with fonts and colors, and you can choose or create your own e-mail stationery. If you often send one message to the same group of people, you can combine all their addresses into a group so that you don’t have to enter each individual’s address. You can enclose files, or attachments, with your e-mail, and if an attached file exceeds the size that your mail system can handle, you can compress the file to make it smaller.

You can use Windows Messenger to exchange instant text messages or to conduct working sessions with as many as five of your contacts whenever they’re on line. If text conversations aren’t personal enough, you can even have voice and video chats with your contacts, provided they’re running Windows XP. In a Windows Messenger session, you can share programs or discuss documents on line, you can use the Whiteboard to add notes or drawings to emphasize a point or raise a question, and you can transfer large files without compressing them.

Sending E-Mail

You don’t have to address an envelope or trek to the mailbox on a cold, rainy day. All you do is select a name, create a message, and click a Send button. Outlook Express and your mail server do the rest. What could be more convenient?

Receiving and Reading E-Mail

Outlook Express lets you specify how frequently you want it to check for incoming e-mail, and it notifies you when you receive new mail. You can check your Inbox and see at a glance which messages have and haven’t been read, or you can set the view to list unread messages only.

Designing Your Default Message

Why not let your computer do some of your work for you? When you design a default mail message, every new message that you start will look exactly the way you want, with all the elements in place—a specific background picture, your signature automatically inserted at the end of the message, a font that makes the message a little more "you," and so on.

Table of Contents

1: About This Book
2: Jump Right In
3: Running Programs and Playing Games
4: Exploring the Internet
5: Communicating
6: Working with Pictures and Movies
7: Working with Music, Voice, and Sounds
8: Printing and Faxing
9: Managing Files and Folders
10: Networking
11: Setting Up
12: Customizing
13: Maintaining Security
14: Managing Windows XP

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