October 22, 2004
"Windows XP Power Hound": Teach Yourself Some New Tricks
Sebastopol, CA--"Windows XP is the most powerful, stable, useful, and
all-around fun operating system Microsoft has released yet," says Preston
Gralla, author of the new Windows XP Power Hound (O'Reilly, US $24.95).
Millions of people around the globe use it every day and yet, he laments,
"They have no idea what it can do for them." Windows XP is a complex
program, certainly filled with quirks and annoyances, but boasting
countless underused features, powerful tricks, and shortcuts that few
people have taken the time to probe.
But Windows XP Power Hound offers users a choice: continue to grow
progressively more frustrated while doing things the tedious way or become
power hounds as they eliminate confusion, save time, take control, and
explore the endless possibilities of Windows XP.
Covering Windows XP Home and Pro, Windows XP Power Hound delivers
hundreds of solutions, power tips, cool tricks, clever tweaks, and
workarounds in one clearly organized, easy-to-use resource. "You can just
open the book anywhere, read a hint, marvel at how cool it is, and then
jump back 63 pages to read about another amazing trick," says Gralla.
"Think of it as the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' of computer books."
Gralla gives readers expert guidance on everything from the desktop to
Office programs to the registry, and he includes documented (but
little-known) tips as well as previously undocumented tricks for everyday
Windows XP users, including:
System Speedups: Shave precious minutes off the daily startup and
shutdown routines; manage memory and use keyboard shortcuts to inject a
jolt of efficiency into every task.
Screen Space: Turn a favorite web page into the PC's wallpaper--complete
with live links; quadruple screen real estate with virtual desktops.
Files and Folders: Find anything on the hard drive; rename groups of
documents in one fell swoop; compress files to save space or make email
Utilities: Establish an effective backup system; set up a handy fax
program--even without an extra phone line.
Microsoft Office: Use invisible ink in Word; reduce the size of
PowerPoint files; nix Clippy, the animated paper clip.
Internet: Secure the system; surf faster; take control of bookmarks; slam
Registry: Understand and master the central nervous system of the
operating system; make it do everything from speeding up a home network to
resolving hardware problems.
Although each of the tips in Windows XP Power Hound stands alone, Gralla
is betting readers won't want to stop at just one--and promises to make
power hounds out of all.
Windows XP Power Hound
ISBN 0-596-00619-5, 359 pages, $24.95 US, $36.95 CA
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