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Table of Contents

  1. The Windows 7 Desktop

    1. Chapter 1 Getting Started, Desktop, & Start Menu

      1. Getting Started
      2. The Windows Desktop—Now with Aero!
      3. The Start Menu
      4. The All Programs List
      5. Start Menu: The Right Side
      6. Start→Shut down (Sleep, Restart, Log Off…)
      7. Customizing the Start Menu
      8. Jump Lists
      9. The Run Command
    2. Chapter 2 Explorer, Windows, & the Taskbar

      1. Universal Window Controls
      2. New Window Tricks in Windows 7
      3. Windows Flip (Alt+Tab)
      4. Windows Flip 3D
      5. Explorer Window Controls
      6. Optional Window Panes
      7. Libraries
      8. Tags, Metadata, and Properties
      9. Icon and List Views
      10. Sorting, Grouping, and Filtering
      11. Uni-Window vs. Multi-Window
      12. Immortalizing Your Tweaks
      13. The “Folder Options” Options
      14. Taskbar 2.0
      15. Three Ways to Get the Taskbar Out of Your Hair
      16. Taskbar Toolbars
    3. Chapter 3 Searching & Organizing Your Files

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

      1. Aero or Not
      2. A Gallery of Themes
      3. Desktop Background (Wallpaper)
      4. Window Color
      5. Sounds
      6. Screen Savers
      7. Desktop Icons
      8. Mouse Makeover
      9. Preserving Your Tweaks for Posterity
      10. Monitor Settings
    5. Chapter 5 Getting Help

      1. Navigating the Help System
      2. Remote Assistance
      3. Getting Help from Microsoft
  2. Windows 7 Software

    1. Chapter 6 Programs, Documents, & 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. Gadgets
      10. Filename Extensions and File Associations
      11. Installing Software
      12. Uninstalling Software
      13. Program Compatibility Modes
      14. Windows XP Mode
    2. Chapter 7 The Freebie Apps

      1. Windows Live Essentials
      2. Default Programs
      3. Desktop Gadget Gallery
      4. Internet Explorer
      5. Windows Anytime Upgrade
      6. Windows DVD Maker
      7. Windows Fax and Scan
      8. Windows Media Center
      9. Windows Media Player
      10. Windows Live Movie Maker
      11. Windows Update
      12. XPS Viewer
      13. Accessories
      14. Connect to a Network Projector
      15. Games
      16. Maintenance
      17. Startup
      18. Windows Live
    3. Chapter 8 The Control Panel

      1. Many Roads to Control Panel
      2. The Control Panel, Applet by Applet
  3. Windows 7 Online

    1. Chapter 9 Hooking Up to the Internet

      1. Your New Network Neighborhood
      2. Wired Connections
      3. WiFi Hot Spots
      4. Cellular Modems
      5. Dial-Up Connections
      6. Connection Management
    2. Chapter 10 Internet Security

      1. Microsoft Security Essentials
      2. Action Center
      3. Windows Firewall
      4. Windows Defender
      5. SmartScreen Filter
      6. Privacy and Cookies
      7. History: Erasing Your Tracks
      8. The Pop-Up Blocker
      9. InPrivate Browsing
      10. InPrivate Filtering
      11. Internet Security Zones
      12. Hot Spot Security
      13. Protect Your Home Wireless Network
      14. Parental Controls
    3. Chapter 11 Internet Explorer 8

      1. IE8: The Grand Tour
      2. Tabbed Browsing
      3. Favorites (Bookmarks)
      4. History List
      5. RSS: The Missing Manual
      6. Web Slices
      7. Tips for Better Surfing
      8. The Keyboard Shortcut Master List
    4. Chapter 12 Windows Live Mail

      1. Setting Up Windows Mail
      2. Sending Email
      3. Reading Email
      4. Junk Email
      5. The World of Mail Settings
      6. Calendar
      7. RSS Feeds
      8. Newsgroups
    5. Chapter 13 Windows Live Services

      1. Home
      2. Profile
      3. Spaces
      4. Mail
      5. Photos
      6. SkyDrive
      7. Calendar
  4. Pictures, Music, & TV

    1. Chapter 14 Windows Live 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 15 Windows Media Player

      1. The Lay of the Land
      2. Importing Music Files
      3. Music Playback
      4. Playlists
      5. Burning Your Own CDs
      6. Sharing Music on the Network
      7. Online Music Stores
      8. DVD Movies
      9. Pictures and Videos
    3. Chapter 16 Windows Media Center

      1. Your Gear List
      2. Setup
      3. The Main Menu
      4. Extras
      5. Pictures+Videos
      6. Music: Your PC as Jukebox
      7. Now Playing
      8. Movies
      9. TV: Your PC as TiVo
      10. Sports
      11. Tasks
      12. Settings
  5. Hardware & Peripherals

    1. Chapter 17 Print, Fax, & 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. Device Stage
      3. Installing Cards in Expansion Slots
      4. Troubleshooting Newly Installed Gear
      5. Driver Signing
      6. The Device Manager
    3. Chapter 19 Laptops, Tablets, & Touchscreens

      1. Laptops
      2. Tablet PCs and Touchscreen PCs
      3. Windows Touch
      4. Windows Mobile
      5. Offline Files & Sync Center
  6. PC Health

    1. Chapter 20 Maintenance & Speed Tweaks

      1. The Action Center
      2. Disk Cleanup
      3. Disk Defragmenter
      4. Hard Drive Checkups
      5. Disk Management
      6. Task Scheduler
      7. Three Speed Tricks
      8. 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, System Restore, & Troubleshooting

      1. Automatic Backups
      2. System Images
      3. System Restore
      4. Shadow Copies (Previous Versions)
      5. Safe Mode and the Startup Menu
      6. Troubleshooting Tools
      7. Startup Repair (Windows Recovery Environment)
  7. Networking & Homegroups

    1. Chapter 23 Accounts & Logging On

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

      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 Sharing Files on the Network

      1. Three Ways to Share Files
      2. Homegroups
      3. Sharing the Public Folders
      4. Sharing Any Folder
      5. Accessing Shared Folders
      6. Mapping Shares to Drive Letters
    5. Chapter 27 Windows by Remote Control

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

    1. Appendix Installing & Upgrading to Windows 7

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

      1. Meet Regedit
      2. Regedit Examples
    3. Appendix Where’d It Go?

    4. Appendix The Master Keyboard Shortcut List

      1. Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts
  1. Colophon