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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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Internet Explorer
Yep, clicking here loads Internet Explorer. But the Start menu’s big blue “e” marked Internet loads Internet Explorer, too, and it’s easier to aim for. Internet Explorer is covered in Chapter 12.
MSN Explorer
Don’t have access to the Internet yet? Clicking here brings up Microsoft’s own clone of America Online. It collects a monthly fee, connects you to the Internet, and lets you send e-mail. Some love its all-in-one interface. Others say it’s nothing new. If you’re curious, sign up for a free trial and check it out.
Outlook Express
This icon appears near the Start menu, as well as here. Chapter 12 explains how to set it up.
Remote Assistance
This new option supposedly lets techies log onto your computer and fix it — without coming to your home or office. Don’t use it unless you completely trust the other person.
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Windows Media Player
Microsoft puts this one in here twice. The Entertainment section holds the description, because that’s the first place Microsoft lists it on the menu. See Chapter 13 for more information.
Windows Messenger
Because this icon appears on your taskbar, as well, it’s covered in the “What’s the MSN Messenger Service?” sidebar, earlier in this chapter. (It lets you send quickie messages to other people signed up for the service.)
My Version of Windows XP Doesn't Have the Right Freebie Programs!
Depending on the buttons you punched when you installed Windows XP, the program installed different varieties of its freebie programs onto your hard drive. Many people won’t see all the Start menu programs mentioned in this chapter, for instance. If you feel left out and want some of these freebie programs mentioned earlier, follow these steps:
1. Double-click the Control Panel’s Add or Remove Programs icon.
You can load the Control Panel by clicking its Start menu icon.
2. Click the Add/Remove Windows Components icon.
It’s the third icon in the left column. The Windows Components Wizard appears, showing the various freebie programs included with Windows XP, as well as the amount of space they need to elbow onto your computer’s hard drive.
3. Click in the little box by the programs or accessories you want to add.
Some boxes already have check marks. That means that program or accessory is already installed. Others have gray check marks in the box. That means that some programs in that particular category aren’t installed.
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If your Accessories and Utilities area is grayed out, for example, not all of your Accessories are installed. Click Accessories and Utilities and click the Details button.
Windows XP lists the items available in that category so that you can select the ones you want. Again, click the accessory you want and click the Details button again, if it’s available.
Keep selecting items and click Details until you find the program you want to add. Find it? Then click in its empty box to add it.
(You remove Windows XP accessories the same way, but this time remove the check mark from the box next to their names.)
Click OK until you return to the Windows Components Wizard’s opening window.
4. Click the Next button.
Windows XP looks over your check marks to see which, if any, programs should be installed or removed.
5. Click OK and insert your Windows XP CD if asked.
If you’ve chosen to install anything, Windows XP sometimes copies the necessary files from your CD onto your hard drive. Other times, it copies them from your hard drive.
A black check mark means that you’ve already selected all the available programs in that program category. A gray check mark IVOJl means you’ve grabbed only some of them. Empty check boxes
mean that you aren’t using any of those programs.
Chapter 11
That Scary My Computer Program
In This Chapter
B Finding out why the My Computer program seems so scary B Looking at folders B Loading a program or file
B Deleting and undeleting files, folders, and icons B Copying and moving files, folders, and icons B Copying to a disk
B Getting information about files, folders, and icons Finding files that aren’t shown B Working with files, folders, and icons on a network B Formatting new floppy disks
7 he My Computer program is where people wake up from the easy-to-use computing dream, clutching a pillow in horror. These people bought a computer to simplify their work — to banish that awful filing cabinet with squeaky drawers.
But click the little My Computer icon from the Start menu, and that filing cabinet reappears. Folders, bunches of them, appear. And where did that file go? Unless you understand the basics behind the My Computer program, you might not be able to find your information very easily.
This chapter explains how to use the My Computer program, and, along the way, it dishes out a big enough dose of Windows file management for you to get your work done. Here, you find out the wacky Windows way to create folders, put files inside, and move everything around with a mere mouse.
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