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A Pick a Task: Microsoft placed the most commonly used items here. One click enables you to keep your computer up to date, find Windows XP-compatible parts for your computer, restore your computer back to a time when it worked well, and run diagnostic tools to view information and test your computer.
A Did You Know?: Windows XP tosses little updated tips here. You may just get lucky and spot one that’s useful.
For best results, start your quest for help by glancing at the Pick a Help Topic area. If your troublesome spot is listed here, click it and begin narrowing down the search for pertinent information.
If that doesn’t help, use the Search command at the page’s top. Type in a key word or two describing your problem and click the green arrow next to the Search box. Typing e-mail, for instance, as seen in Figure 1711, brings up 30 bits of information. Click any of the suggested topics to see if they solve your problem.
As seen in Figure 17-11, the Search command groups its results in three areas. Suggested Topics, the first and most valuable, lists troubleshooters, step-by-step tutorials, and general information. The Full-text Search Matches area lists any area containing the words you searched for. The last, Microsoft Knowledge Base, shows any results found in a Microsoft-created database listing information about all its products. (Microsoft Knowledge Base requires an Internet connection.)
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Typing email into the Search box and clicking the green arrow makes Windows display possible solutions and hints to solve e-mail troubles.
Browse the search results
Click a result to display the information.
Click the headers to see search results from different sources.
Didn't find what you're looking for? Check out the search Tips.
Looking for more ways to find Help topics quickly and easily? Try the Index.
I forgot that helpful tip!
Found a particularly helpful area? Save it for future reference by clicking the Add to Favorites button near the top of its page. Then, when you click the Favorites button along the top of the Help and Support Center window, that list’s name will appear, ready to be displayed after you click it.
If you forget to place that particularly helpful page in your Favorites area, you still have a way to find it. Click the History button next to it. It immediately displays a list of pages you’ve visited. Hopefully, you’ll spot the one you’re looking for.
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Everybody likes to read top tens in magazines—especially in the grocery store checkout aisle when you’re stuck behind someone who’s just pulled a rubber band off a thick stack of double coupons and the checker can’t find the right validation stamp.
Unlike the reading material at the grocery store, the chapters in this part of the book should be more than timewasters. You find lists of ways to make Windows XP more efficient—or at least not as hostile. You find tips, tricks, and explanations of Windows XP icons and what they do.
Some lists have more than ten items; others have fewer, but who’s counting, besides the guy wading through all those double coupons?
Ten Exciting New Windows XP Features
In This Chapter
B Decorating its folders
B Letting somebody fix your computer by calling it up B Copying information to compact discs B Transferring information easily to your new computer B Setting up secure accounts for each user B Keeping from crashing B Stopping Internet hackers with a firewall B Automatically setting the clock B Requiring activation
B Making it work like your previous version of Windows
;ust bought a new PC? Then you’re probably stuck with Windows XP. It almost always comes preinstalled.
Current PC owners have a choice. After reading the Windows XP box in computer stores, they can decide whether or not to upgrade.
To keep you from squinting at the fine print in the computer store, here are the ten most interesting features Windows XP has to offer.
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For years, people entered information into their computer using one primary method: They’d type it in. Today, people stuff information inside their computer in bunches of ways: They download it from the
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Internet, import it from scanners, copy it from their music CDs, and grab it off their digital cameras.
Windows XP has not only kept up by letting you import all this information, but it helps you keep track of where you’re putting it. When you insert a CD and copy its songs onto your computer as MP3 or WMA files, as I describe in Chapter 13, Windows not only types in the song titles for you, but it automatically adds a picture of the CD’s cover to the folder, as shown in Figure 18-1. They’re all in your My Music folder.