Microsoft Windows Vista On Demand

Book description

A new edition of this title is available, ISBN-10: 0789737868 ISBN-13: 9780789737861

•    Master the Windows Vista user experience, including Windows Aero

•    Manage files and information using Windows Vista programs and Sidebar gadgets

•    Create your own movies, slides shows, and DVDs

•    Rip, manage, and play digital music and videos

•    Protect your computer from Internet or network intruders

•    Explore the Internet, send e-mail and instant message, and publish calendars on the Web

•    Customize, fine-tune, and administer Windows Vista

•    Set up multiple users and parental controls

•    Perform Instant Searches to quickly find files and programs

•    Prepare for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist exam

On the Web

This book uses real-world examples to give you a context in which to use the tasks. This book also includes workshops to help you put together individual tasks into projects. The Windows Vista example files that you need for project tasks are available at

Perspection has written and produced books on a variety of computer software–including Microsoft Office 2003 and XP, Microsoft Windows XP, Apple Mac OS X Panther, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Macromedia Flash 8, Macromedia Director MX, and Macromedia Fireworks–and Web publishing. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve Johnson founded Perspection, Inc. Perspection is committed to providing information and training to help people use software more effectively. Perspection has written more than 80 computer books, and sold more than 5 million copies.

Includes MCAS Exam Objectives!

This courseware meets the objectives for the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (MCAS). Upon completion of this courseware, you may be prepared to take the exam for MCAS qualification. To learn more about becoming a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist, visit

Chapter 1    Getting Started with Windows Vista    

Chapter 2    Working with Windows Programs       

Chapter 3    Managing Files and Folders       

Chapter 4    Customizing Windows Using the Control Panel       

Chapter 5    Exploring the Internet 

Chapter 6    Exchanging Messages and Information

Chapter 7    Holding Web Discussions and Video Conferences    

Chapter 8    Working with Pictures     

Chapter 9    Working with Windows Media Player   

Chapter 10  Creating Movies Using Windows Movie Maker         

Chapter 11  Setting Up Up Accounts and Maintaining Security    

Chapter 12  Managing Files Using a Network

Chapter 13  Going Mobile         

Chapter 14  Printing and Faxing

Chapter 15  Maintaining Your Computer       

Chapter 16  Managing Hardware        

Chapter 17  Backing Up Your Computer       

Chapter 18  Administering Your Computer   

A        Appendix    

New Features       

Microsoft Certified Applications Sepcialist      

Table of contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. About The Author
  4. We Want To Hear From You!
  5. Introduction
    1. How This Book Works
    2. What’s New
    3. Keyboard Shortcuts
    4. Step-by-Step Instructions
    5. Real World Examples
    6. Workshop
    7. Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist
    8. Get More on the Web
  6. Getting Started with Windows Vista
    1. Introduction
    2. Introducing Windows Vista
    3. Starting Windows Vista
    4. Using Windows Aero
    5. Exploring the Windows Desktop
    6. Using the Mouse
    7. Using the Mouse for Quick Results
    8. Using the Start Menu
    9. Using Windows Sidebar
    10. Managing Windows
    11. Using Menus, Toolbars, and Panes
    12. Choosing Dialog Box Options
    13. Using Windows Help and Support
    14. Switching Users
    15. Shutting Down Your Computer
  7. Working with Windows Programs
    1. Introduction
    2. Starting and Exiting a Program
    3. Changing the Way a Program Starts
    4. Using Windows Accessories
    5. Creating a Document
    6. Editing Text
    7. Formatting Text
    8. Setting Paragraph Tabs
    9. Setting Paragraph Indents
    10. Previewing and Printing a Document
    11. Saving and Closing a Document
    12. Sharing Information Among Programs
    13. Inserting and Editing Information
    14. Linking and Updating Information
    15. Inserting Special Characters
    16. Calculating Numbers
    17. Running Commands
    18. Playing Games
    19. Playing Internet Games
    20. Running Older Programs
    21. Quitting a Program Not Responding
  8. Managing Files and Folders
    1. Introduction
    2. Using the Explorer Window
    3. Changing the Explorer Window View
    4. Opening and Viewing the Computer
    5. Viewing and Opening Documents
    6. Opening Recently Used Documents
    7. Working with Personal Folders
    8. Navigating Between Folders
    9. Viewing the Folders List
    10. Changing the Explorer Layout
    11. Customizing the Navigation Pane
    12. Organizing Files by Headings
    13. Searching for Files and Folders
    14. Saving a Search
    15. Changing Search Options
    16. Performing an Instant Search
    17. Performing an Advanced Search
    18. Performing Natural Language Searches
    19. Adding Properties and Tags to Files
    20. Modifying the Index to Improve Searches
    21. Creating and Renaming Files and Folders
    22. Copying and Moving Files and Folders
    23. Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders
    24. Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder
    25. Hiding Files and Folders
    26. Changing Folder Options
    27. Changing File and Folder List Views
    28. Customizing Personal Folders
    29. Sharing Folders or Files with Others
    30. Compressing Files and Folders
    31. Managing Files Using a CD or DVD
  9. Customizing Windows Using the Control Panel
    1. Introduction
    2. Viewing the Control Panel
    3. Changing the Desktop Background
    4. Customizing the Desktop
    5. Customizing the Windows Sidebar
    6. Using a Screen Saver
    7. Changing the Display
    8. Using Multiple Monitors
    9. Changing Text Size on the Screen
    10. Changing the Desktop Appearance
    11. Setting the Date and Time
    12. Changing Language Options
    13. Changing Regional Options
    14. Working with Fonts
    15. Displaying and Arranging Toolbars
    16. Customizing the Taskbar
    17. Customizing the Start Menu
    18. Setting Default Programs
    19. Changing the Way a CD or DVD Starts
    20. Using Ease of Access Tools
    21. Using the Ease of Access Center
    22. Listening to the Computer
    23. Recognizing Your Speech
  10. Exploring the Internet
    1. Introduction
    2. History of the Internet and the World Wide Web
    3. Understanding Web Sites and Browsers
    4. Connecting to the Internet
    5. Creating an Internet Connection
    6. Setting Up Windows Firewall
    7. Starting Internet Explorer
    8. Viewing the Internet Explorer Window
    9. Browsing the Web
    10. Browsing with Tabs
    11. Navigating Basics
    12. Zooming the View In and Out
    13. Changing Your Home Page
    14. Modifying the Links Bar
    15. Adding a Web Page to the Favorites List
    16. Viewing and Maintaining a History List
    17. Reading and Subscribing to Feeds
    18. Searching the Web
    19. Previewing and Printing a Web Page
    20. Saving Pictures or Text from a Web Page
    21. Downloading Files from the Web
    22. Downloading Files from an FTP Site
    23. Saving a Web Page
    24. Sending a Page or Link by E-mail
    25. Using Another Web Browser
  11. Exchanging Messages and Information
    1. Introduction
    2. Starting Windows Mail
    3. Setting Up an Account
    4. Viewing the Windows Mail Window
    5. Importing and Exporting Information
    6. Adding a Contact to Windows Contacts
    7. Composing and Sending E-mail
    8. Creating E-mail Stationery
    9. Reading and Replying to E-mail
    10. Sending and Retrieving a File
    11. Managing E-mail
    12. Deleting E-mail
    13. Setting Junk E-mail Options
    14. Marking an E-mail Blocked or Safe
    15. Diverting Incoming E-mail to Folders
    16. Selecting a News Server
    17. Subscribing to a Newsgroup
    18. Reading the News
    19. Filtering the News
    20. Posting a News Message
    21. Viewing the Windows Calendar
    22. Scheduling an Appointment
    23. Creating Tasks
    24. Creating and Sharing Calendars
    25. Publishing Calendars Over the Internet
    26. Starting a Windows Meeting
    27. Holding a Windows Meeting
    28. Sharing Information in a Windows Meeting
  12. Holding Web Discussions and Video Conferences
    1. Introduction
    2. Preparing for Windows Live Messenger
    3. Starting Windows Live Messenger
    4. Configuring Windows Live Messenger
    5. Viewing Windows Live Messenger
    6. Changing My Status
    7. Personalizing Windows Live Messenger
    8. Adding Online Contacts
    9. Managing Contacts and Groups
    10. Sending and Receiving Instant Messages
    11. Adding Symbols and Voice to an Instant Message
    12. Blocking a Contact
    13. Sending a File During an Instant Message
    14. Sharing Files Using Shared Folders
    15. Making a Video Call with the Internet
    16. Making a Phone Call with the Internet
    17. Sending a Message to a Mobile Device
    18. Getting Remote Assistance
    19. Customizing Windows Live Messenger
  13. Working with Pictures
    1. Introduction
    2. Drawing a Picture
    3. Editing a Picture
    4. Viewing Pictures
    5. Managing Pictures in the Photo Gallery
    6. Fixing Pictures in the Photo Gallery
    7. E-mailing a Picture
    8. Formatting and Printing Photos
    9. Ordering Photo Prints from the Web
    10. Installing a Scanner or Digital Camera
    11. Testing a Scanner or Digital Camera
    12. Scanning a Picture
    13. Downloading Digital Camera Pictures
    14. Using Pictures as a Screen Saver
    15. Using a Picture as a Desktop Background
    16. Setting Photo Gallery Options
  14. Working with Windows Media Player
    1. Introduction
    2. Starting and Updating Windows Media Player
    3. Viewing the Media Player Window
    4. Playing Music from CDs
    5. Playing a DVD or VCD Movie
    6. Controlling the Volume
    7. Browsing the Media Guide and Online Stores
    8. Listening to Radio Stations
    9. Playing Media Files
    10. Playing Media Using a Playlist
    11. Ripping CD Music
    12. Copying Media Files to a CD or Portable Device
    13. Adding Functionality to Media Player
    14. Enhancing the Media Player Display
    15. Changing the Media Player Look
    16. Viewing and Playing Music Files
    17. Creating a Sound File
    18. Associating a Sound with an Event
    19. Starting and Navigating Windows Media Center
    20. Changing Windows Media Center Settings
    21. Finding and Viewing Windows Media Center Files
  15. Creating Movies Using Movie Maker
    1. Introduction
    2. Planning a Movie Maker Project
    3. Starting Movie Maker
    4. Viewing the Movie Maker Window
    5. Opening an Existing Project
    6. Capturing Video and Audio
    7. Importing Video and Audio
    8. Adding Slides to a Movie
    9. Organizing Clips and Collections
    10. Working with Clips
    11. Creating a Movie Maker Project File
    12. Trimming Clips
    13. Adding Transitions Between Clips
    14. Adding Video Effects
    15. Adding Titles and Credits
    16. Adding a Soundtrack
    17. Adding a Narration
    18. Using AutoMovie
    19. Saving a Project
    20. Publishing a Movie
    21. Creating a DVD Video
  16. Setting Up Accounts and Maintaining Security
    1. Introduction
    2. Securing a Computer
    3. Adding and Deleting User Accounts
    4. Creating a Guest Account
    5. Changing a User’s Group or Account Type
    6. Changing the Start Up Screen
    7. Changing an Account Picture
    8. Changing and Setting a Password
    9. Resetting a Password
    10. Locking the Computer
    11. Managing Security in One Place
    12. Defending Against Malicious Software
    13. Setting Parental Controls
    14. Sending Secure Information Using Windows CardSpace
    15. Encrypting Files for Safety
    16. Encrypting Files Using BitLocker
    17. Avoiding Viruses and Other Harmful Attacks
    18. Understanding Security on the Internet
    19. Creating Security Zones
    20. Setting Ratings Using the Content Advisor
    21. Cleaning Up Internet Files and Information
    22. Protecting Internet Privacy
    23. Protecting an Internet Identity
    24. Protecting Against Phishing
    25. Blocking Pop-Up Ads
    26. Using the Information Bar
    27. Managing Add-Ons
    28. Protecting Against E-mail Attacks
    29. Sending Secure E-mail
  17. Managing Files Using a Network
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Network Services
    3. Viewing a Network
    4. Viewing the Network and Sharing Center
    5. Viewing Network Computer Properties
    6. Viewing Network Connection Properties
    7. Joining a Workgroup Network
    8. Joining a Domain Network
    9. Connecting to a Network Using a Modem
    10. Connecting to a Network over the Internet
    11. Connecting to a Wireless Network
    12. Setting Up a Wireless Network
    13. Setting Up a Wireless Computer Connection
    14. Adding a Wireless Device to a Network
    15. Managing a Wireless Connection
    16. Mapping and Disconnecting a Network Drive
    17. Creating a Shortcut to a Network
    18. Setting Network Sharing Options
    19. Controlling a Remote Computer
    20. Sharing an Internet Connection
    21. Changing a Dial-Up Connection
  18. Going Mobile
    1. Introduction
    2. Viewing the Windows Mobility Center
    3. Controlling Power Options
    4. Keeping Files in Sync
    5. Working with Offline Files
    6. Connecting to a Network Projector
    7. Viewing Windows SideShow
    8. Changing Pen and Input Device Options
    9. Working with Tablet PC Tools
    10. Changing Tablet PC Options
  19. Printing and Faxing
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Printers
    3. Viewing Printers
    4. Installing a Printer
    5. Specifying a Default Printer
    6. Renaming or Deleting a Printer
    7. Sharing a Printer
    8. Printing Documents
    9. Managing Printers and Print Jobs
    10. Changing Printer Properties
    11. Changing Printer Preferences
    12. Understanding Faxes
    13. Setting Up a Fax
    14. Creating a Fax Cover Page
    15. Sending a Fax
    16. Managing Outgoing Faxes
    17. Receiving a Fax
    18. Reviewing a Fax
    19. Changing Fax Properties
    20. Changing Fax Options
  20. Maintaining Your Computer
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Disk File Systems
    3. Formatting a Disk
    4. Displaying Disk and Folder Information
    5. Transferring Files Using a Disk
    6. Setting Disk Quotas for Users
    7. Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors
    8. Optimizing a Disk
    9. Cleaning Up a Disk
    10. Scheduling Tasks
    11. Adding or Removing Windows Components
    12. Installing or Uninstalling a Program
    13. Updating Windows
    14. Improving Computer Performance
    15. Boosting Speed with Removable Media
    16. Restoring Computer Settings
    17. Using Previous Versions
    18. Starting Windows When Problems Occur
    19. Setting Startup and Recovery Options
  21. Managing Hardware
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Plug and Play Hardware
    3. Installing Hardware Devices
    4. Viewing System Hardware
    5. Viewing Hardware Settings
    6. Changing Windows Update Driver Settings
    7. Changing Mouse Settings
    8. Changing Keyboard Settings
    9. Changing Phone Dialing Options
    10. Changing Modem Options
    11. Managing Color
    12. Adding a Secondary Monitor
    13. Changing Game Controller Settings
    14. Removing Hardware Devices
  22. Backing Up Your Computer
    1. Introduction
    2. Developing a Backup Strategy
    3. Understanding Backup Permissions
    4. Exploring the Backup and Restore Center
    5. Performing a Backup Using a Wizard
    6. Changing Backup Settings
    7. Scheduling a Backup
    8. Restoring Files Using a Wizard
    9. Restoring Files Using Advanced Settings
    10. Copying Files From the Backup
    11. Restoring Your Computer
    12. Deleting a Backup Set
  23. Administering Your Computer
    1. Introduction
    2. Exploring Windows Administrative Tools
    3. Monitoring Activity with Event Viewer
    4. Managing an Event Log
    5. Changing Log Settings
    6. Checking Memory for Problems
    7. Viewing and Creating Performance Charts
    8. Monitoring Local Security Settings
    9. Viewing Computer Management Tools
    10. Managing Disks
    11. Managing Local Users and Groups
    12. Viewing and Saving System Information
    13. Setting System Configuration Options
    1. Introduction
    2. Preparing to Install Windows Vista
    3. Installing Windows Vista
    4. Updating to a Windows Vista Service Pack
    5. Transferring Files and Settings from Another Computer
    6. Getting Windows Vista Extras
    7. Learning About Windows Live
  24. New! Features
    1. Microsoft Windows Vista
    2. Only New Features
    3. What’s New
    4. Windows Vista
    5. What Happened To...
  25. Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist
    1. About the MCAS Program
    2. What Does This Logo Mean?
    3. Preparing for a MCAS Exam
    4. Taking a MCAS Exam
    5. Getting More Information
  26. Index

Product information

  • Title: Microsoft Windows Vista On Demand
  • Author(s): Steve Johnson - Perspection, Inc.
  • Release date: January 2007
  • Publisher(s): Que
  • ISBN: 9780789736451