David Pogue (author) is the weekly tech columnist for The New York Times, Emmy-winning correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, weekly CNBC contributor, and the creator of the Missing Manual series. He’s the author or coauthor of over 50 books, including 26 in this series, six in the For Dummies line (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music), two novels, and The World According to Twitter. In his other life, David is a former Broadway show conductor, a magician, and a funny public speaker. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three awesome children.
Julie Van Keuren (copy editor, indexer) is a freelance editor, writer, and desktop publisher who runs her “little media empire” from her home in Billings, Montana. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and (hey, why not?) triathlons. She and her husband, M.H., have two sons, Dexter and Michael. Email: email@example.com.
Brian Jepson (technical editor, updater of the sections on remote desktop, domains, Registry, and installation) is a senior editor for O’Reilly Media. He cowrote Mac OS X for Unix Geeks and has written or edited a number of other tech books. He’s the cofounder of Providence Geeks and serves as an all-around geek for AS220, a nonprofit, unjuried, and uncensored arts center in Providence, Rhode Island. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phil Simpson (design and layout) works out of his office in Southbury, Connecticut, where he has had his graphic design business since 1982. He is experienced in many facets of graphic design, including corporate identity/branding, publication design, and corporate and medical communications. Email: email@example.com.
The Missing Manual series is a joint venture between the dream team introduced on these pages and O’Reilly Media. I’m grateful to all of them, and also to a few people who did massive favors for this book. They include Microsoft’s Greg Chiemingo, who helped dig up answers to the tweakiest Windows 7 questions; HP and Toshiba for loaning me multitouch PCs to test; O’Reilly’s Peter Meyers, Joe Wikert and Chris Nelson, who accommodated my nightmarish schedule like gentlemen; and proofreaders Kellee Katagi, Diana D’Abruzzo, and Jennifer Carney.
In previous editions of this book, I relied on the talents of several guest authors; some of their prose and expertise lives on in this edition. They include author/columnist/teacher/consultant Joli Ballew (Tablet PC and Media Center chapters); author/speaker/Microsoft Certified Trainer C.A. Callahan (Control Panel chapter); and prolific author/newspaper writer Preston Gralla (security, backup and maintenance chapters).
Similarly, in this edition, I was grateful for the assistance of John Pierce, who expertly updated the previous edition’s coverage of peripherals, laptops, and printing/faxing. Adam Ornstein scoured the Web to compile every known Windows 7 keyboard shortcut for Appendix D.
Finally, a special nod of thanks to my squadron of meticulous, expert volunteer beta readers, who responded to my invitation via Twitter: Torsten Lyngaas, Betsy Hunter, Ryan Yi, Pathum Karunaratne, Luka Sucic, Henry Koren, Henry Braithwaite, Jesse McCulloch, Scott Winkler, Geroge M. Sun, Chris Smolen, Carlos Rodriguez, Bill Vetter, and Andreas Kleutgens. They’re the superstars of crowdsourcing.
Thanks to David Rogelberg for believing in the idea, and above all, to Jennifer, Kelly, Tia, and Jeffrey, who make these books—and everything else—possible.
Missing Manual books are superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index; cross-references to specific page numbers (not just “See Chapter 14”); and RepKover, a detached-spine binding that lets the book lie perfectly flat without the assistance of weights or cinder blocks. Recent and upcoming titles include:
Access 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
CSS: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Creating Web Sites: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Dreamweaver CS4: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
eBay: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Excel 2007: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Facebook: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer
FileMaker Pro 10: The Missing Manual by Geoff Coffey and Susan Prosser
Flash CS4: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Google Apps: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Google SketchUp: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
The Internet: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and J.D. Biersdorfer
iMovie ’09 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPhone: The Missing Manual, 5th Edition by David Pogue
iPhoto ’09: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
iPod: The Missing Manual, 8th Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer
Microsoft Project 2007: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Netbooks: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer
Office 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover, Matthew MacDonald, and E.A. Vander Veer
Office 2008 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Jim Elferdink
OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Palm Pre: The Missing Manual by Ed Baig
PCs: The Missing Manual by Andy Rathbone
Photoshop CS5: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider
Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
PowerPoint 2007: The Missing Manual by E.A. Vander Veer
Premiere Elements 8: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
QuickBase: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
QuickBooks 2010: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition by David Pogue
Wikipedia: The Missing Manual by John Broughton
Windows Vista: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Windows Vista for Starters: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Word 2007: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Living Green: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Your Brain: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Buying a Home: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Your Money: The Missing Manual by J.D. Roth
Your Body: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald