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Table of Contents

  1. The Vista Desktop

    1. Chapter 1 Welcome Center, Desktop, and the Start Menu

      1. The Welcome Center
      2. The Vista Desktop—Now with Aero!
      3. The Start Menu
      4. What's in the Start Menu
      5. Start - (Sleep)
      6. Start - (Lock)
      7. Start - Log Off, Restart, Hibernate, Shut Down
      8. Start - Help and Support
      9. Start - Default Programs
      10. Start - Control Panel
      11. Start - Connect To
      12. Start - Network
      13. Start - Computer
      14. Start - Recent Items
      15. Start - Search
      16. Start - Games
      17. Start - Music, Pictures
      18. Start - Documents
      19. Start - [Your Name]: The Personal Folder
      20. Start - Run
      21. Customizing the Start Menu
    2. Chapter 2 Explorer, Windows, and the Taskbar

      1. Universal Window Controls
      2. Explorer Window Controls
      3. Optional Window Panes
      4. Tags, Metadata, and Properties
      5. Icon and List Views
      6. Sorting, Grouping, Stacking, and Filtering
      7. Uni-Window vs. Multi-Window
      8. Immortalizing Your Tweaks
      9. The "Folder Options" Options
      10. Sizing, Moving, and Closing Windows
      11. Windows Flip (Alt+Tab)
      12. Windows Flip 3D
      13. The Taskbar
      14. Taskbar Toolbars
    3. Chapter 3 Searching and Organizing Your Files

      1. Meet Vista Search
      2. Search from the Start Menu
      3. Explorer-Window Searches
      4. Saved Searches (Search Folders)
      5. The Folders of Windows Vista
      6. Life with Icons
      7. Selecting Icons
      8. Copying and Moving Folders and Files
      9. The Recycle Bin
      10. Shortcut Icons
      11. Compressing Files and Folders
      12. Burning CDs and DVDs from the Desktop
    4. Chapter 4 Interior Decorating Vista

      1. Aero or Not
      2. Dialing Up Your Own Look
      3. Desktop Background (Wallpaper)
      4. Screen Savers
      5. Sounds
      6. Mouse Makeover
      7. Change Your Theme
      8. Monitor Settings
    5. Chapter 5 Getting Help

      1. Navigating the Help System
      2. Remote Assistance
      3. Getting Help from Microsoft
  2. Vista Software

    1. Chapter 6 Programs, Documents, and Gadgets

      1. Opening Programs
      2. Exiting Programs
      3. When Programs Die: The Task Manager
      4. Saving Documents
      5. Closing Documents
      6. The Open Dialog Box
      7. Moving Data Between Documents
      8. Speech Recognition
      9. The Sidebar
      10. Filename Extensions and File Associations
      11. Installing Software
      12. Uninstalling Software
      13. Running Pre-Vista Programs
    2. Chapter 7 The Freebie Software

      1. Default Programs
      2. Internet Explorer
      3. Windows Calendar
      4. Windows Contacts
      5. Windows Defender
      6. Windows DVD Maker
      7. Windows Fax and Scan
      8. Windows Live Messenger Download
      9. Windows Mail
      10. Windows Media Center
      11. Windows Media Player
      12. Windows Meeting Space
      13. Windows Movie Maker
      14. Windows Photo Gallery
      15. Windows Update
      16. Accessories
      17. Extras and Upgrades
      18. Games
      19. Maintenance
      20. Startup
    3. Chapter 8 The Control Panel

      1. Home View: The Big Vista Change
      2. Classic View
      3. The Control Panel, Applet by Applet
  3. Vista Online

    1. Chapter 9 Hooking Up to the Internet

      1. Broadband Connections (Cable Modems and DSL)
      2. Wireless Networks
      3. Dial-Up Connections
      4. Connection Management
      5. Details on Dial-Up
    2. Chapter 10 Internet Security

      1. Security Center
      2. Windows Firewall
      3. Windows Defender
      4. The Phishing Filter
      5. Privacy and Cookies
      6. History: Erasing Your Tracks
      7. The Pop-up Blocker
      8. Internet Security Zones
      9. Hot Spot Security
      10. Protect Your Home Wireless Network
      11. Parental Controls
    3. Chapter 11 Internet Explorer 7

      1. IE7: The Grand Tour
      2. Tabbed Browsing
      3. Favorites (Bookmarks)
      4. History List
      5. RSS: The Missing Manual
      6. Tips for Better Surfing
      7. The Keyboard Shortcut Master List
    4. Chapter 12 Windows Mail

      1. Setting Up Windows Mail
      2. Sending Email
      3. Reading Email
      4. Junk Email
      5. Configuring Windows Mail
      6. Newsgroups
  4. Pictures, Movies, and Media Center

    1. Chapter 13 Windows Photo Gallery

      1. Photo Gallery: The Application
      2. Getting Pictures into Photo Gallery
      3. The Post-Dump Slideshow
      4. The Digital Shoebox
      5. Tags and Ratings
      6. Editing Your Shots
      7. Finding Your Audience
    2. Chapter 14 Windows Media Player

      1. The Lay of the Land
      2. Online Music Stores
      3. DVD Movies
      4. Pictures and Videos
    3. Chapter 15 Movie Maker and DVD Maker

      1. Importing Video, Music, and Photos
      2. Editing Video
      3. DVD Maker
    4. Chapter 16 Media Center

      1. Your Gear List
      2. Setup
      3. TV: Your PC as TiVo
      4. Music: Your PC as Jukebox
      5. Photos and Video
      6. Advanced Settings
  5. Hardware and Peripherals

    1. Chapter 17 Fax, Print, and Scan

      1. Installing a Printer
      2. Printing
      3. Controlling Printouts
      4. Fancy Printer Tricks
      5. Printer Troubleshooting
      6. Fonts
      7. Faxing
      8. Scanning Documents
    2. Chapter 18 Hardware

      1. External Gadgets
      2. Installing Cards in Expansion Slots
      3. Troubleshooting Newly Installed Gear
      4. Driver Signing
      5. The Device Manager
    3. Chapter 19 Laptops, Tablets, and Palmtops

      1. Laptops
      2. Tablet PCs
      3. Windows Mobile Devices
      4. The Sync Center
      5. Offline Files
  6. PC Health

    1. Chapter 20 Maintenance and Speed Tweaks

      1. Disk Cleanup
      2. Disk Defragmenter
      3. Hard Drive Checkups
      4. Disk Management
      5. Task Scheduler
      6. Four Speed Tricks
      7. Windows Update
    2. Chapter 21 The Disk Chapter

      1. Dynamic Disks
      2. Compressing Files and Folders
      3. Encrypting Files and Folders
      4. BitLocker Drive Encryption
    3. Chapter 22 Backups and Troubleshooting

      1. Automatic Backups
      2. Complete PC Backup
      3. System Restore
      4. Shadow Copies
      5. Safe Mode and the Startup Menu
      6. Problem Reports and Solutions
      7. Startup Repair (Windows Recovery Environment)
  7. The Vista Network

    1. Chapter 23 Accounts (and Logging On)

      1. Introducing User Accounts
      2. Windows Vista: The OS with Two Faces
      3. Local Accounts
      4. Local Accounts on a Domain Computer
      5. Local Users and Groups
      6. Fast User Switching
      7. Logging On
      8. Profiles
      9. NTFS Permissions: Protecting Your Stuff
    2. Chapter 24 Setting Up a Workgroup Network

      1. Kinds of Networks
      2. Sharing an Internet Connection
      3. The Network and Sharing Center
    3. Chapter 25 Network Domains

      1. The Domain
      2. Joining a Domain
      3. Four Ways Life Is Different on a Domain
    4. Chapter 26 Network Sharing and Collaboration

      1. Sharing Files
      2. Accessing Shared Files
      3. Mapping Shares to Drive Letters
      4. Windows Meeting Space
    5. Chapter 27 Vista by Remote Control

      1. Remote Access Basics
      2. Dialing Direct
      3. Virtual Private Networking
      4. Remote Desktop
  8. Appendixes

    1. Appendix A Installing Windows Vista

      1. Before You Begin
      2. Upgrade vs. Clean Install
      3. Dual Booting
      4. Installing Windows Vista
      5. Welcome Center
      6. Activation
      7. Windows Easy Transfer
    2. Appendix B Fun with the Registry

      1. Meet Regedit
      2. Regedit Examples
    3. Appendix C Where'd It Go

    4. Appendix D The Master Keyboard Shortcut List

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