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Windows Vista Timesaving Techniques For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-05368-3
Paperback
560 pages
April 2007
US $24.99 Add to Cart

Introduction 1

Part I: Making Windows Work Faster 7

Technique 1: Experiencing the Windows Experience Index 9

Technique 2: Tracking Performance and Reliability 19

Technique 3: Keeping Programs from Starting Automatically 30

Technique 4: Getting Your Drives Up to Speed 40

Technique 5: Making the Screen Run Faster 49

Technique 6: Scheduling a Nightly Reboot 55

Part II: Convincing Windows to Work Your Way 61

Technique 7: Streamlining the Start Menu 63

Technique 8: Building a Power Desktop 76

Technique 9: Tricking Out the Taskbar 90

Technique 10: Using Built-In KeyboardShortcuts 98

Technique 11: Making Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts 103

Part III: Packing Programs and Files 115

Technique 12: Launching Your Most-Used Programs Quickly 117

Technique 13: Making Programs Run Your Way 123

Technique 14: Removing and Reinstalling Programs 129

Technique 15: Exploring Effectively 136

Technique 16: Finding the Files You Want Fast 149

Technique 17: Listing Files Quickly 169

Part IV: Making the Most of the Internet 177

Technique 18: Customizing Internet Explorer and Firefox 179

Technique 19: Saving Time with Google 203

Technique 20: Downloading from the Newsgroups 211

Technique 21: Instant Messaging with Microsoft and Trillian 221

Technique 22: Using Windows Live Mail Desktop — Or Not 237

Technique 23: Zapping Junk Mail 247

Technique 24: Surfing Anonymously 256

Part V: Cranking Up Your Audio 265

Technique 25: Fighting for Your Musical Rights 267

Technique 26: Using Windows Media Player 272

Technique 27: No-Nonsense Music Gathering 282

Technique 28: Creating Your Own Music CDs and DVDs 289

Technique 29: Picking Up Podcasts 294

Technique 30: Transferring Music to iPods and MP3 Players 299

Technique 31: Getting Music Off Your iPod 304

Part VI: Having Fun and Saving Time with Visual Media 311

Technique 32: Organizing the Photo Gallery 313

Technique 33: Touching Up Photos Quickly 318

Technique 34: Managing Pictures from a Digital Camera 324

Technique 35: Editing Your Home Movies 331

Technique 36: Doing More with Your Pics and Videos 339

Technique 37: Posting Pics on Flickr and MySpace 351

Part VII: Networking at the Speed of Light 357

Technique 38: Installing a Small Network 359

Technique 39: Securing Your Wireless Network 370

Technique 40: Adding and Configuring a New User 376

Technique 41: Sharing Drives and Folders 384

Technique 42: Meeting with Meeting Space 389

Technique 43: Controlling Your PC from Afar with LogMeIn 394

Part VIII: Fast Security Techniques 399

Technique 44: Updating Vista Cautiously 401

Technique 45: Protecting Your PC from Viruses 408

Technique 46: Plugging and Unplugging Windows Firewall 419

Technique 47: Zapping Scumware 429

Technique 48: Checking Your Security Perimeter 435

Part IX: Keeping Your PC Alive 439

Technique 49: Running Disk Chores While You Sleep 441

Technique 50: Running Periodic Maintenance 449

Technique 51: Requesting Remote Assistance 456

Technique 52: Getting Help Fast 462

Part X: Fast (Nearly Painless) Disaster Recovery 469

Technique 53: Making Backups — Fast 471

Technique 54: Restoring Your System after Calamitous Change 478

Technique 55: Recovering a Lost Password 486

Part XI: The Scary (Or Fun!) Stuff 491

Technique 56: Changing the Registry without Getting Burned 493

Technique 57: Making Screen Shots with the Snipping Tool 502

Technique 58: Fast, Easy, and Safe Online Shopping 509

Technique 59: Create Your Own Desktop Theme 517

Technique 60: Saving Time (And Your Eyes) On-Screen 522

Technique 61: Top Ten Tiny Timesaving Tweaks 529

Technique 62: Top Ten Tiny Timesaving Tips 535

Index 541

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