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The complete idiot's guide to Windows XP
McFedries, Paul.
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Publication Information:
Indianapolis, IN : Alpha, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxiv, 454 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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QA76.76.O63 M396 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Windows XP is the operating system in the consumer Windows category. This text provides a humorous approach to learning the basic but crucial features of Windows XP.

Author Notes

Paul McFedries has been wrestling with computers (metaphorically speaking) for over 25 years. He has a degree in mathematics, can swap out a computer circuit board in seconds flat, and once even used the phrase "paradigm shift" in a sentence. Despite all of this, McFedries still, inexplicably, has a life. He is the author of more than 40 computer books that have sold over two million copies throughout the solar system. His most recent titles include The Complete Idiot's Guide to Windows Me, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Creating a Web Page, and Special Edition Using JavaScript.

When asked what made him an expert on Windows XP, McFedries responded: "If XP crashes, I know how to get it started again with a well-aimed kick." "My mouse skills are terrifyingly advanced." "I'm a close, personal friend of a guy who almost went to the same high school as a woman who has the same last name as Bill Gates."

Although primarily a freelance writer by day, at night McFedries wears other hats, including president of Logophilia Limited and head spy of the world-famous Word Spy Web site (check out He lives with Karen, the love of his life, and Gypsy, the kissing dog. His favorite hobbies are building large wooden structures, taking naps, and talking about himself in the third person.

He can be reached via the Internet (compliments and kudos preferred) by sending an e-mail missive to this book's address: You yes, you are also encouraged to drop by his Web site:

Table of Contents

Part 1 XP Everywhere: A Few Things You Need to Knowp. 1
1 New News Is Good News: New Windows XP Featuresp. 3
2 A Field Guide to Windows XPp. 11
3 Making Your Programs Do What You Want Them to Dop. 23
4 Your Twenty-Minute Window Workoutp. 41
5 Saving, Opening, Printing, and Other Document Lorep. 51
6 Using My Computer to Fiddle with Files and Foldersp. 63
7 Installing and Uninstalling Programs and Devicesp. 83
Part 2 Windows XP at Homep. 97
8 Playing with Picturesp. 99
9 Graphics Gadgetry: Working with Scanners and Digital Camerasp. 111
10 Giving Your Right Brain a Workout with Paintp. 121
11 Sights and Sounds: Music and Other Multimediap. 133
12 Creating Movies with Windows Movie Makerp. 149
13 Avoiding Fistfights While Sharing Your Computerp. 165
Part 3 Windows XP at Workp. 175
14 Prose Programs: Windows XP's Writing Toolsp. 177
15 Fax-It-Yourself: Using Windows XP's Faxing Featuresp. 191
16 A Movable Feast: Windows XP and Your Notebook Computerp. 205
Part 4 Windows XP on the Internetp. 219
17 Getting on the Internetp. 221
18 It's a Small Web After All: Using Internet Explorerp. 235
19 The Savvy Surfer: More Internet Explorer Funp. 247
20 Sending and Receiving E-Mail Missivesp. 261
21 More E-Mail Bonding: Extending Outlook Expressp. 275
22 Spreadin' the News: Participating in Newsgroup Conversationsp. 289
23 Using Windows Messenger to Fire Off Instant Messagesp. 297
Part 5 Windows XP at the Shop: Customizing, Maintaining, and Troubleshootingp. 309
24 Refurbishing the Desktopp. 311
25 Revamping the Start Menu and Taskbarp. 327
26 Renovating My Computerp. 339
27 Smooth System Sailing: Wielding the System Toolsp. 349
28 Getting a Good Night's Sleep: Preparing for Troublep. 365
29 When Windows Won't Work: Troubleshooting Common Problemsp. 381
Part 6 Windows XP on the Networkp. 401
30 Using Windows XP to Set Up a Small Networkp. 403
31 Using Windows XP's Networking Featuresp. 417
Appendix A The Jargon Jar: The Complete Archivep. 431
Indexp. 439