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Windows millennium : the missing manual
Pogue, David, 1963-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Sebastopol, CA : Pogue Press/O'Reilly, [2000]

Physical Description:
x, 413 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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QA76.76.O63 P64 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Windows Me, the hotly anticipated successor to Windows 98, comes with dozens of important new features. They include a home-networking Wizard; Movie Maker, for creating digital sounds and movies; and self-healing, self-updating software components. But one major failing of Windows remains unaddressed in the Me edition: it comes without a single page of printed instructions.In Windows Me: The Missing Manual, author David Pogue provides the friendly, authoritative book that should have been in the box. It's the ideal user's guide for the world's most popular operating system.The book begins at the beginning: with a tour of the Desktop, the enhanced Start menu, and instructions for customizing the Taskbar and toolbars. There's a special focus on organizing files, folders, and windows for maximum efficiency and minimum clutter.More advanced chapters explore each control panel and built-in application; walk readers through every conceivable kind of configuration (for Internet use, for peripheral equipment, and so on); and guide them in setting up a small network--an essential skill in today's home or small office--including how to share a single Internet connection among several PCs. The book even shows readers how to access one of today's hottest PC features: listening to live radio, or watching live TV, from all over the world, via the Internet.Special appendixes cover more technical ground: the various DOS applications that govern the startup and shutdown process, instructions for installing and updating Windows, and so on. Windows Me: The Missing Manual is a one-stop reference for the professional and consumer Windows user. In keeping with the high standards of the Missing Manual line, the book features superb writing, offers special features for both absolute novices and power users, and covers its topic completely. If Microsoft could close its eyes and wish for the perfect user's guide for its flagship product, Windows Me: The Missing Manual would magically appear.

Author Notes

David Pogue is an American technology writer and TV science presenter. He was born in 1963 and grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Pogue graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1985, with distinction in music.

After graduation, Pogue wrote manuals for music software, worked on Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, and wrote for Macworld Magazine. He wrote Macs for Dummies, which became the best-selling Mac title, as well as other books in the Dummies series. He launched his own series of humorous computer books entitled the Missing Manual series, which includes 120 titles. He spent 13 years as the personal-technology columnist for the New York Times, before leaving to found Yahoo Tech.

In addition to how-to manuals, he wrote Pogue's Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (That No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in Your Life, collaborated on The World According to Twitter, and co-authored The Weird Wide Web.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
About this Bookp. 2
Part 1 The Windows Me Desktop
Chapter 1 A Welcome to Windowsp. 7
Windows: What It's Forp. 7
Getting Ready for Windowsp. 9
What's New in Windows Millenniump. 13
Chapter 2 The Desktop and Start Menup. 17
The Desktop Iconsp. 17
The Start Menup. 20
Start[right arrow]Shut Downp. 21
Start[right arrow]Log Offp. 23
Start[right arrow]Runp. 24
Start[right arrow]Helpp. 28
Start[right arrow]Searchp. 28
Start[right arrow]Settingsp. 39
Start[right arrow]Documentsp. 40
Start[right arrow]Programsp. 40
Customizing the Start Menup. 42
Chapter 3 Windows, Folders, and the Taskbarp. 55
Windows in Windowsp. 55
Configuring Desktop Windowsp. 62
The Taskbarp. 74
Taskbar Toolbarsp. 79
Chapter 4 Icons, Shortcuts, and the Recycle Binp. 85
Two Ways to Navigatep. 86
Life with Iconsp. 90
Copying and Moving Folders and Filesp. 94
The Recycle Binp. 98
Creating Shortcutsp. 101
Chapter 5 Getting Helpp. 105
Navigating the Help Systemp. 105
Using Help Pagesp. 108
"What's This?": Help for Dialog Boxesp. 109
Troubleshootersp. 110
Part 2 The Components of Windows Me
Chapter 6 Programs and Documentsp. 115
Launching Programsp. 115
Switching Programsp. 116
Exiting Programsp. 118
Saving Documentsp. 118
Closing Documentsp. 124
The Open File Dialog Boxp. 125
Moving Data Between Documentsp. 126
Filename Extensionsp. 133
Installing Softwarep. 137
Uninstalling Softwarep. 140
Chapter 7 The Freebie Softwarep. 143
The Windows Me Accessoriesp. 143
Windows Me Gamesp. 156
Everything Elsep. 160
Chapter 8 Sound and Moviesp. 161
Windows Media Playerp. 161
Movie Makerp. 168
WebTVp. 174
Scanners and Camerasp. 175
Making WAVs with Sound Recorderp. 177
Chapter 9 The Control Panelp. 181
Accessibility Optionsp. 182
Add New Hardwarep. 185
Add/Remove Programsp. 185
Automatic Updatesp. 186
Date/Timep. 188
Dial-Up Networkingp. 188
Displayp. 188
Folder Optionsp. 198
Fontsp. 198
Gaming Optionsp. 198
Internet Optionsp. 199
Keyboardp. 200
Modemsp. 202
Mousep. 203
Networkp. 206
Passwordsp. 206
PC Card (PCMCIA)p. 207
Power Optionsp. 207
Printersp. 211
Regional Settingsp. 211
Scanners and Camerasp. 211
Scheduled Tasksp. 211
Sounds and Multimediap. 211
Systemp. 213
Taskbar and Start Menup. 214
Telephonyp. 215
Usersp. 215
Part 3 Windows Online
Chapter 10 Hooking Up to the Internetp. 219
How to Get Onlinep. 219
The Internet Connection Wizardp. 223
Connecting to the Internetp. 229
Advanced Modem and Internet Settingsp. 232
Chapter 11 What to Do on the Internetp. 241
Internet Explorerp. 241
Using Outlook Express for Emailp. 258
MSN Messenger Servicep. 269
Microsoft NetMeetingp. 272
Part 4 Plugging Into Windows Me
Chapter 12 Printing and Fontsp. 279
Installing a Printerp. 279
Adjusting Printer Settingsp. 284
Printingp. 287
Controlling Printoutsp. 291
Printer Troubleshootingp. 292
Fontsp. 294
Chapter 13 Plug and Playp. 297
What Can Go Wrongp. 297
About Plug and Playp. 298
Hardware Connectionsp. 299
Using Plug and Playp. 300
When Plug and Play Doesn't Workp. 301
The Device Managerp. 304
Chapter 14 The Multiple-Users Featurep. 311
User Profilesp. 311
Turning on User Profilesp. 313
Family Logonp. 317
Chapter 15 PC Health and Troubleshootingp. 323
System Restorep. 323
ScanDiskp. 326
Disk Defragmenterp. 328
Disk Cleanupp. 330
Maintenance Wizardp. 331
Task Schedulerp. 332
Microsoft Backupp. 334
The Briefcasep. 339
Troubleshooting Basicsp. 340
A Gaggle of Monitorsp. 345
Getting Help from Microsoftp. 346
Part 5 Building a Small Network
Chapter 16 Setting Up a Networkp. 349
Four Kinds of Networksp. 349
The Home Networking Wizardp. 353
Chapter 17 Using Your Networkp. 359
Sharing Files, Disks, and Printersp. 359
Accessing Other Computersp. 366
Working With Network Filesp. 370
Network Printingp. 372
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)p. 374
Part 6 Appendixes
Appendix A Installing Windows Mep. 383
System Requirementsp. 384
Upgrading from Windows 95 or 98p. 384
Wrapping up Loose Endsp. 387
Adding and Removing Windows Componentsp. 387
Appendix B Windows Me, Menu by Menup. 391
File Menup. 391
Edit Menup. 393
View Menup. 394
Favorites Menup. 396
Tools Menup. 397
Help Menup. 398