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Windows XP Power Hound : Oreilly - Preston Gralla

Windows XP Power Hound


Paperback Published: 22nd October 2004
ISBN: 9780596006198
Number Of Pages: 384

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Windows XP can be a great tool, but it is all too easy to trip over Windows XP's annoying traits more often than you leverage its productivity. Windows XP power-users troll online resources, documentation, and the expertise (or lucky finds) of friends for valuable tips and tricks--a keyboard shortcut here, an undocumented double-click there--to eliminate annoyances, save time, and take control of their Windows XP. But what if there was an easier way?

This new book presents literally hundreds of problems and solutions, amazing power tips, cool tricks, and clever workarounds in one clearly organized, easy to use, and portable resource. Truly insightful and amusing, "Windows XP Power Hound" gives Windows XP users practical hints for everything from the desktop to Office programs to the registry, and includes documented (but little-known) tips as well as previously undocumented tricks. "Windows XP Power Hound" moves far beyond mere productivity and explores what's possible with Windows XP--including cool things you probably never thought of doing.

An understanding of Windows XP basics will get the job done. But discovering the most useful I didn't know that tips and shortcuts will make using Windows XP a far richer and less frustrating experience. The practical, concise format of "Windows XP Power Hound" makes it easy to dip into for a quick tip from time to time; the warm, jargon-free tone makes it easy to read cover to cover.

Anyone who wants to smooth out Windows XP's speed bumps and get some serious speed to accelerate through the bottlenecks will find that even a handful of these useful, to-the-point tips will make "Windows XP Power Hound" worth its weight in chocolate.

There is a lot to Windows XP, but Windows XP Power Hound will help make sure you soon understand it. It covers both the Home and Pro editions and is full of tips, tricks and tweaks to get you going. provides expert guidance on everything from the desktop to the registry, and also covers Microsoft Office programs.? ? Tom McKay, Scottish Sunday Post, Jan 9 2005

The Missing Creditsp. xv
Introductionp. xix
Getting Startedp. 1
Startup and Shutdownp. 1
Controlling Your Monitor and Soundsp. 12
Individual Windows Tricksp. 20
User Accounts and Logonsp. 22
The Desktop and Interfacep. 27
Desktop Makeoverp. 27
The Start Menup. 37
The Taskbarp. 42
The Control Panelp. 46
Icons and Themesp. 51
Windows Explorer and Searchingp. 57
The Windows Explorer Interfacep. 57
Working with Files and Foldersp. 63
Compressing Files and Foldersp. 74
Searching Your Computerp. 80
Built-In Utilitiesp. 87
Better Backupsp. 87
Notepad and Clipboardp. 93
Other Built-In Utilitiesp. 98
Microsoft Officep. 107
General Office Advicep. 107
Microsoft Wordp. 110
Excelp. 116
PowerPointp. 121
Accessp. 123
FrontPagep. 125
The Internetp. 129
Internet Speed Tricksp. 129
Pop-Ups and Cookiesp. 133
Firewallsp. 142
Online Safety You May Not Have Consideredp. 149
Evaluating and Troubleshootingp. 155
Windows Messengerp. 158
Other Instant Messengersp. 162
Web Browsersp. 167
Smarter Surfingp. 167
Searching the Web from Internet Explorerp. 178
Managing Your Favoritesp. 183
Cache Flowp. 186
Customizing Internet Explorerp. 188
Alternative Browsersp. 193
Emailp. 203
Sending and Receiving Emailp. 203
Sign-Offsp. 208
Slamming Spamp. 215
Organizing and Handling Mailp. 219
Getting Email to Play Nicely with Windowsp. 227
Outlook-Only Tipsp. 229
Just for Outlook Expressp. 233
Beyond Outlook: Other Email Softwarep. 235
Networkingp. 237
Wireless Networkingp. 237
Home Networkingp. 244
Troubleshooting Network Problemsp. 251
Hardwarep. 257
Hardware Troubleshootingp. 257
Laptop Tricksp. 263
Printers and Printingp. 266
Of Mice and Keyboardsp. 269
System Speedupsp. 275
Managing Your Memoryp. 275
Processor Tricksp. 284
Securityp. 289
Securing Your Systemp. 289
Encryption for Windows XP Prop. 298
Crash Recoveryp. 303
Windows Media Playerp. 311
Listening to Musicp. 312
Recording, Mixing, and Copying Musicp. 318
Videop. 322
Keyboard Shortcutsp. 324
The Registryp. 325
Windows XP Keyboard Shortcutsp. 339
Indexp. 343
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ISBN: 9780596006198
ISBN-10: 0596006195
Series: Oreilly
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 22nd October 2004
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Publishers
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 17.78  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.62