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Windows xp for dummies - Rahbone A.

Rahbone A. Windows xp for dummies - Hungry minds , 2001. - 430 p.
ISBN: 0-7645-0893-8
Download (direct link): microsoftwind2001.pdf
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Press Tab to move from one box to the next when filling out a form in Windows XP. (Sometimes these forms are called dialog boxes.)
PrtScrn/SysRq: Press this key, and Windows snaps a picture of your desktop, ready to be pasted into a graphics program like Paint. Hold down Alt and press PrtScrn, and Windows snaps a picture of only the currently active window. Use the Paste function, described in Chapter 8,
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to copy the snapped picture to another program. (SysRq doesn’t do anything.)
Ctrl+Alt+Delete: Pressing all three of these keys at the same time brings up the Windows XP Task Manager. Described in Chapter 7, the Task Manager lets you switch from window to window and oust any misbehaving programs.
A If you don’t own a mouse or a trackball, you can control Windows XP exclusively with a keyboard. But it’s awkward, like when Darth Vader tries to floss his back molars.
A The Scroll Lock and Pause/Break keys don’t do anything worthwhile in Windows. However, if you hold down the Windows key and press Break, Windows’ System Properties window appears, displaying lots of technical mish-mash about your computer.
A Finally, some keyboards come with special keys installed by the manufacturer. My Gateway’s keyboard lets me adjust the sound, log on to the Internet, control my CD or DVD, or make the computer go to sleep. Information about these keys lives in my computer’s Control Panel under an icon named Multi-function Keyboard.
Modems and the Internet
I admit it. I used my modem the other night to order Thai food from the restaurant across town. How? My wife and I dialed up Food.com (www.food.com) through the Internet, chose our items from the onscreen menu, and punched in our address and phone number. An hour or so later, we stuffed ourselves with Mee Krob and other unpronounceable bits of yumminess.
Modems are little mechanical gadgets that translate a computer’s information into squealing sounds that can be sent and received over plain, ordinary phone lines. We clicked the check box next to Mee Krob on our computer, a modem at the credit card company tabulated the whole process, and the electric registers started ringing.
Most new computers include built-in modems for dialing up the Internet’s World Wide Web. In fact, if you bought a new computer, you probably already have all the parts you need to jump on the Internet
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bandwagon. Windows XP comes with the software you need to power those parts: Internet Explorer.
With Internet Explorer, you can browse the Web, or blanket your desktop with Web pages, as shown in Figure 2-2. Elaborate Web site art will fill your desktop like posters along the walls of Parisian streets.
Figure 2-2:
Windows XP enables you to spread Web pages across your desktop.
A Even if you already have a modem and Internet Explorer, you must pay monthly fees to an Internet service provider (ISP). The ISP gives you a special name and password that let you access the Internet.
A Chapter 12 covers the Internet and the Web. It doesn’t say what Mee Krob tastes like, though.
A The computers on both ends of the phone lines need modems in order to talk to each other. Luckily, most online services have hundreds, or even thousands, of modems for your computer’s modem to talk to over the phone lines.
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A Some speedy modems don’t use phone lines—they ride on special cables installed by your cable TV company or phone company.
A Internet access is two-way—you can talk to other people, and they can talk to you. To filter out evil people who take advantage of this and try to break into your computer, Windows XP includes a firewall. Chapter 12 shows how to install it.
A Your computer doesn’t have a modem? You’ll find complete installation instructions in one of my other books, Upgrading and Fixing PCs For Dummies, 5th Edition (IDG Books Worldwide, Inc.).
Printers
Realizing that the paperless office still lies several years down the road, Microsoft made sure that Windows XP can shake hands and send friendly smoke signals to hundreds of different types of printers. In fact, Windows XP often recognizes new printers as soon as you plug their cables into your computer.
If Windows XP doesn’t notice your efforts, Chapter 14 shows you how to choose the name and manufacturer of your printer from Windows XP’s massive list. Windows checks its dossiers, finds your printer information, and immediately begins speaking to it in its native language.
That’s all there is to it—unless, of course, your printer happens to be one of the several hundred printers left off the Windows XP master list. In that case, cross your fingers that your printer’s manufacturer is still in business. You may need to get a driver from the manufacturer (see Chapter 15) before your prose can hit the printed page.
A Printers must be turned on before Windows XP can print to them. (You’d be surprised how easily you can forget this little fact.)
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