Preston Gralla

Preston Gralla


Preston Gralla is the author of Windows Vista in a Nutshell, the Windows Vista Pocket Reference, and is the editor of . He is also the author of Internet Annoyances, PC Pest Control, Windows XP Power Hound, and Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition, and co-author of Windows XP Cookbook. He has written more than 30 other books. He has written for major national newspapers and magazines, including PC Magazine, Computerworld, the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News (where he was the technology columnist), USA Today, and several others. A well-known technology expert, Preston has also appeared on many TV and radio programs and networks, including CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. In addition, he's won a number of awards for his writing, including Best Feature in a Computer Magazine from the Computer Press Association. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


NOOK HD: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla Second Edition February 2013
Droid X2: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla Second Edition September 2011
Windows XP Hacks by Preston Gralla Second Edition February 2005


“Preston Gralla has given us a valuable set of tools to confidently make changes to our computers that correct problems, make them faster and more efficient or just do more.”
— Joseph Kluepfel,
“If ever a gizmo required full scale instructions, this is it. Droid X: The Missing Manual comes to the rescue...In summary, this is indeed the missing manual.”
— Conrad J. Obregon,
“Are you looking just to get started with your Droid X, or want to dig deep into the phone's capabilities? Either way, this book is for you! Author Preston Gralla has done an outstanding job of writing a book that will help you get the most out of your Droid X.”
— John Vacca,
“For any non-techie, the Big Book of Window Hacks will be a handy desk reference, or to make you look good when a friend calls needing some help.”
— The Sacramento Book Review, Volume 1, Issue 5 Page 14
“As with most of the "nutshell" books, the core of this book is a very thorough reference.”
— John Pearce, Bits of Bytes, P*PCompAS
“Given the depth of the covered topics, this is a very interesting reference guide for anyone that wants to get the most out of their Windows-powered computer.”
— Mirko Zorz, Help Net Security
The Big Book of Windows Hacks is a 'must' for any collection catering to patrons behind the novice stages.”
— James Cox, Bookwatch
“I know there are plenty of how to guides and websites on the internet but the Big Book of Windows Hacks has compiled a ton of useful and very helpful information and tips in one spot for quick reference. Not only do they tell how to get your computer to do the things you want it to but they explain exactly what they are doing and where so you learn more about your computer and Windows in general. ”
— Jeff Gedgaud, Associated Content: The People's Media Company
“Despite Microsoft's claims that their vaunted "focus groups" and client experience consultants have allowed them to offer us painless computing, you and the rest of the world know it isn't true. Waiting for Windows XP or Vista to boot up and shut down certainly are irritations in themselves worth a hack or two. As you can imagine, this is a large book. That is not just the number of pages (650) but also the format -- of the fold-flat variety. This big book of hacks is easy to work with physically. The editorial review on this page describes the contents well except that I would alter "contains more than 100 hacks" to "contains almost 200 hacks." Quite a difference. The writing is clear and informed. I'm sure you have read many of Gralla's magazine contributions over the years. Be sure that the book is not all text. There are plenty of illustrations and even photos (for the hardware hacks) to guide you. The hacks themselves are directed at all versions of Windows, with the focus on XP and Vista. Consider this book a compendium of all those tips you always rip out of your computer magazine subscriptions to save -- then lose track of. Here they are, all in one place, not easily lost given the size of this book!”
— Brett Merkey,
“There has never been such a compilation of hacks for inquisitive PC users before...”
— Michael Kleper, The Kleper Report on Digital Publishing
“The always reliable O'Reilly folks have again hit the mark with this latest addition to their long successful "In A Nutshell" series with this important title, Windows Vista In A Nutshell...Designed to be daily companions, these books belong next to your keyboard, at the ready when you need a quick answer. Now, customers have the opportunity to learn about Windows Vista in this superb Windows Vista In A Nutshell, by Preston Gralla.”
— Dale Farris, Reviews Coordinator, Golden Triangle PC Club
“If you are even thinking about Vista, this is without question a must have. It is the best thing out there to familiarize you easily with the new operating system. This dynamite 827 Page, 27 chapter, 4 indexes, manual does not miss a trick. It contains everything you need to know, use and learn in Vista without missing a trick. Every page is replete with screen captures of Vista and simple, step-by-step instructions on understanding and mastering its many features. Without question, this is the book to get. It is easily the most informative book on Vista. Vista is covered from A to Z, from the very basics to complete networking. It is written in an easy to understand style that will not leave even computer neophytes behind, truly everyman=s manual and likely the only one you may ever need or want on Vista. You should also be aware that Microsoft does not include a single written page in the Vista box. Unless you are a psychic, this book is essential!”
— Herb Goldstein, Editor, Sarasota PC Monitor