Teach Yourself Visually™: Windows® 7

Book description

A practical guide for visual learners who are eager to get started with Windows 7

Windows 7 is Microsoft's highly anticipated operating system used by millions of people around the world. If you're a visual learner and are new to Windows 7, then this book is an ideal introduction to the new features of this operating system. Seasoned author Paul McFedries walks you through the basics and beyond of Windows 7 in a straightforward manner.

You'll discover how to install and repair programs, maintain your system, set up password-protected accounts, load images from a digital camera, play music and other media files, secure Internet and e-mail accounts, and much more. More than 150 tasks are accompanied by full-color screen shots as they guide you to becoming a confident user of Windows 7.

  • Experienced author Paul McFedries walks you through Microsoft's eagerly awaited new operating system: Windows 7

  • Clear and succinct explanations, step-by-step instructions, and full-color screen shots take you through the newest features of Windows 7

  • More than 150 Windows 7 tasks show you the basics and beyond, including installing and repairing programs, maintaining your system, loading images from a digital camera, and more

  • This book is essential if you are a visual learner who is enthusiastic about diving in and exploring all that Windows 7 has to offer!

    Table of contents

    1. Teach Yourself Visually™: Windows® 7
      1. Copyright
      2. Praise for Visual Books
      3. Credits
      4. About the Author
      5. Author's Acknowledgments
      6. Table of Contents (1/2)
      7. Table of Contents (2/2)
      8. How to use this book
      9. Chapter 1: Getting Started with Windows 7
        1. Start Windows 7
        2. What You Can Do with Windows 7
        3. The Windows 7 Screen
        4. Using a Mouse with Windows 7
        5. Get Help
        6. Activate Your Copy of Windows 7
        7. Restart Windows 7
        8. Shut Down Windows 7
      10. Chapter 2: Launching and Working with Programs
        1. Install a Program
        2. Change or Repair a Program Installation
        3. Start a Program
        4. Understanding Program Windows
        5. Using Pull-Down Menus
        6. Using Toolbars
        7. Understanding Dialog Box Controls
        8. Using Dialog Boxes
        9. Work with Program Windows (1/2)
        10. Work with Program Windows (2/2)
        11. Using Scrollbars
        12. Switch Between Programs
        13. Take Advantage of Program Jump Lists
        14. Uninstall a Program
      11. Chapter 3: Creating and Editing Documents
        1. Understanding Documents
        2. Create a Document
        3. Save a Document
        4. Open a Document
        5. Make a Copy of a Document
        6. Edit Document Text
        7. Change the Text Font
        8. Find Text
        9. Replace Text
        10. Insert Special Symbols
        11. Print a Document
      12. Chapter 4: Working with Images
        1. Open the Pictures Library
        2. Preview an Image
        3. View Your Images
        4. Scan an Image
        5. Import Images from a Digital Camera
        6. Repair a Digital Image
        7. Print an Image
        8. Create a DVD Slide Show for Your Images
      13. Chapter 5: Playing Music and Other Media
        1. Open and Close Windows Media Player
        2. Navigate the Media Player Window
        3. Using the Library
        4. Play an Audio or a Video File
        5. Adjust the Volume
        6. Play a Music CD
        7. Copy Tracks from a Music CD
        8. Create a Playlist
        9. Burn Music Files to a CD
        10. Play a DVD
        11. Navigate a DVD
        12. Connect Your PC and Your Home Theater
        13. What You Can Do with Media Center
        14. Open and Close Media Center
        15. Navigate the Media Center Window
        16. Run a Media Center Slide Show
      14. Chapter 6: Working with Files
        1. View Your Files
        2. Select a File
        3. Change the File View
        4. Preview a File
        5. Copy a File
        6. Move a File
        7. Burn Files to a CD or DVD
        8. Rename a File
        9. Create a New File
        10. Delete a File
        11. Restore a Deleted File
        12. Add Tags to a File
        13. Search for a File
        14. Extract Files from a Compressed Folder
      15. Chapter 7: Sharing Your Computer with Others
        1. Display User Accounts
        2. Create a User Account
        3. Switch Between Accounts
        4. Change a User's Name
        5. Change a User's Picture
        6. Delete an Account
        7. Create a Homegroup
        8. Join a Homegroup
        9. Share a Document or Folder
        10. Connect to a Wireless Network
        11. View Network Resources
      16. Chapter 8: Using Windows 7's Notebook Features
        1. Display Mobility Settings
        2. Display Power Options
        3. Customize a Power Plan
        4. Configure Power Buttons
        5. Adjust Screen Brightness
        6. Monitor Battery Power
        7. Input Text with a Pen
        8. Synchronize Files Between Computers
        9. Configure Presentation Settings
      17. Chapter 9: Getting Connected to the Internet
        1. Understanding Internet Connections
        2. Get an Internet Connection Started
        3. Create a Wireless Connection
        4. Create a Broadband Connection
        5. Create a Dial-Up Connection
        6. Connect to the Internet
        7. Disconnect from the Internet
      18. Chapter 10: Surfing the World Wide Web
        1. Understanding the World Wide Web
        2. Start Internet Explorer
        3. Navigate Internet Explorer
        4. Select a Link
        5. Enter a Web Page Address
        6. Open a Web Page in a Tab
        7. Navigate Web Pages
        8. Navigate with the History List
        9. Change Your Home Page
        10. Save Favorite Web Pages
        11. Search for Sites
      19. Chapter 11: Working with E-mail, Contacts, and Events
        1. Install Windows Live Essentials Programs
        2. Configure an E-mail Account
        3. Send an E-mail Message
        4. Add Someone to Your Contacts
        5. Create a Contact Category
        6. Select a Contact Address
        7. Add a File Attachment
        8. Add a Signature
        9. Receive and Read E-mail Messages
        10. Reply to a Message
        11. Forward a Message
        12. Open and Save an Attachment
        13. Create a Folder for Saving Messages
        14. Create Rules to Filter Incoming Messages
        15. Switch to Calendar
        16. Navigate the Calendar
        17. Display a Different Date
        18. Create an Event
        19. Add a Calendar
      20. Chapter 12: Implementing Security in Windows 7
        1. Understanding Windows 7 Security
        2. Check Action Center for Security Problems
        3. Protect an Account with a Password
        4. Lock Your Computer
        5. Set Up Parental Controls
        6. Delete Your Browsing History
        7. Browse the Web Privately
        8. Set the Junk E-mail Protection Level
        9. Block a Person Who Sends You Junk Mail
      21. Chapter 13: Customizing Windows 7
        1. Open the Personalization Window
        2. Change the Desktop Background
        3. Set Up a Desktop Slide Show
        4. Set the Screen Saver
        5. Change the Windows 7 Color Scheme
        6. Save a Custom Theme
        7. Apply a Theme
        8. Add a Gadget to the Desktop
        9. Customize the Start Menu
        10. Customize the Taskbar
      22. Chapter 14: Maintaining Windows 7
        1. Check Hard Drive Free Space
        2. Delete Unnecessary Files
        3. Defragment Your Hard Drive on a Schedule
        4. Check Your Hard Drive for Errors
        5. Check Your Devices for Errors
        6. Create a System Restore Point
        7. Apply a System Restore Point
        8. Back Up Files
        9. Restore Backed-Up Files
      23. Index (1/2)
      24. Index (2/2)

    Product information

    • Title: Teach Yourself Visually™: Windows® 7
    • Author(s): Paul McFedries
    • Release date: September 2009
    • Publisher(s): Visual
    • ISBN: 9780470503867