Windows XP Power Hound

Preston Gralla

  • 出版商: O'Reilly
  • 出版日期: 2004-10-26
  • 售價: $1,020
  • 貴賓價: 9.5$969
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 386
  • 裝訂: Paperback
  • ISBN: 0596006195
  • ISBN-13: 9780596006198
  • 已絕版




Windows XP can be a great tool, but it is all too easy to trip over Windows XP's annoying traits more often than you leverage its productivity. Windows XP power-users troll online resources, documentation, and the expertise (or lucky finds) of friends for valuable tips and tricks--a keyboard shortcut here, an undocumented double-click there--to eliminate annoyances, save time, and take control of their Windows XP. But what if there was an easier way?

This new book presents literally hundreds of problems and solutions, amazing power tips, cool tricks, and clever workarounds in one clearly organized, easy to use, and portable resource. Truly insightful and amusing, Windows XP Power Hound gives Windows XP users practical hints for everything from the desktop to Office programs to the registry, and includes documented (but little-known) tips as well as previously undocumented tricks. Windows XP Power Hound moves far beyond mere productivity and explores what's possible with Windows XP--including cool things you probably never thought of doing.

An understanding of Windows XP basics will get the job done. But discovering the most useful I didn't know that! tips and shortcuts will make using Windows XP a far richer and less frustrating experience. The practical, concise format of Windows XP Power Hound makes it easy to dip into for a quick tip from time to time; the warm, jargon-free tone makes it easy to read cover to cover.

Anyone who wants to smooth out Windows XP's speed bumps and get some serious speed to accelerate through the bottlenecks will find that even a handful of these useful, to-the-point tips will make Windows XP Power Hound worth its weight in chocolate.


Table of Contents:

The Missing Credits
Chapter 1. Getting Started
      Startup and Shutdown
                1-1 Instant Startup
                1-2 Instant Startup for Laptops
                1-3 Nixing the Startup Screen
                1-4 Changing the Startup Screen
                1-5 Good Housekeeping for Speedier Startups
                1-6 Killing the Error Messenger
                1-7 Customizing Your Startup Process
                1-8 Automating Reboots and Shutdowns
                1-9 Speedier Shutdown Times
                1-10 Other Software that Can Control Startups and Shutdowns
      Controlling Your Monitor and Sounds
                1-11 Insta-Mute
                1-12 The Silence of the Modem
                1-13 Personalizing Your PC's Sounds
                1-14 Building Sound Themes
                1-15 Visual Reminders
                1-16 Adding Sounds to Microsoft Office
                1-17 More Screen Real Estate with Virtual Desktops
                1-18 Expand Your Screen Real Estate with Two Monitors
      Individual Windows Tricks
                1-19 Previewing Windows Before Switching to Them
                1-20 Manage Groups of Open Windows
      User Accounts and Logons
                1-21 Using Your Own Picture for Your User Account
                1-22 Fast User Switching
                1-23 Create a Random Password
                1-24 Create a Password Reset Disk
                1-25 Set Disk Quotas for Users
Chapter 2. The Desktop and Interface
      Desktop Makeover
                2-1 The Easiest Way to Customize Your Desktop
                2-2 Changing the Standard Desktop Icons
                2-3 Cleaning Your Desktop Automatically
                2-4 Adding a Run Icon to Your Desktop
                2-5 Rearranging Your Desktop Icons
                2-6 Slapping Your Favorite Web Page on Your Desktop
                2-7 Special Effects for the Windows Desktop
      The Start Menu
                2-8 Making the Start Menu Jump to Attention
                2-9 Switching to the Classic Start Menu
                2-10 Tweaking the Start Menu
                2-11 Customizing the Most Frequently Used Programs List
                2-12 More Advanced Start Menu Tricks
                2-13 Organizing the All Programs Menu
      The Taskbar
                2-14 Launching Web Pages from the Taskbar
                2-15 Adding Files, Folders, and Disks to the Taskbar
                2-16 Hiding Icons on the Bottom of Your Screen
                2-17 The Quick Launch Bar
      The Control Panel
                2-18 Accessing the Control Panel Faster
                2-19 Cleaning up the Control Panel
                2-20 Bypassing the Control Panel with Keyboard Shortcuts
                2-21 Recategorizing Control Panel Applets
      Icons and Themes
                2-22 Turning Your Photos into a Screen Saver
                2-23 Using Themes To Dress Up Your PC
                2-24 Creating Your Own Theme
Chapter 3. Windows Explorer and Searching
      The Windows Explorer Interface
                3-1 Opening Explorer with a Keyboard Shortcut
                3-2 Speeding Up Windows Explorer with Keyboard Shortcuts
                3-3 Showing the Full File Path in Explorer
                3-4 Customizing Windows Explorer Toolbars
                3-5 Alternatives to Windows Explorer
      Working with Files and Folders
                3-6 Instantly Jumping to a File or Folder
                3-7 Copying and Moving Files Faster
                3-8 Customizing the File Details Displayed in Explorer
                3-9 Adding Images to Your Folders
                3-10 Showing File Name Extensions
                3-11 Renaming Groups of Files in One Fell Swoop
                3-12 Displaying Hidden and System Files and Folders
                3-13 Changing Where Windows Stores Documents
                3-14 Making it Easier to Open Files
                3-15 Setting the Program Used to Open a File Type
                3-16 Displaying Cascading Folders on the Start Menu
      Compressing Files and Folders
                3-17 Getting Extra Disk Space by Using NTFS Compression
                3-18 Getting Extra Space by Using Zip Folders
                3-19 Using WinZip for More Compression Features
                3-20 Automatically Compressing and Emailing a Photo
      Searching Your Computer
                3-21 Customizing Windows XP's Basic Search Tools
                3-22 Finding Music and Picture Files
                3-23 Saving a Search for Future Reference
                3-24 Using the Indexing Service to Speed Up Searches
Chapter 4. Built-In Utilities
      Better Backups
                4-1 Installing the Backup Program in Windows XP Home Edition
                4-2 Backing Up Your Goods
                4-3 Better Backup Programs
      Notepad and Clipboard
                4-4 Inserting a Time and Date Stamp with Notepad
                4-5 Creating Headers and Footers with Notepad
                4-6 Better Notepads
                4-7 Viewing the Contents of Your Clipboard
                4-8 A Better Clipboard
      Other Built-In Utilities
                4-9 The Fax Program
                4-10 A Better Calculator
                4-11 Opening Graphics Documents in Paint
                4-12 Inserting Special Characters
                4-13 Shortcuts to Open Windows XP Applications and Utilities
Chapter 5. Microsoft Office
      General Office Advice
                5-1 Killing Clippy
                5-2 Turning Off the Office Clipboard
                5-3 Finding Files Faster
      Microsoft Word
                5-4 Using Invisible Ink
                5-5 Inserting Special Characters
                5-6 Creating Your Own Keyboard Shortcuts
                5-7 Turning Word into Your Personal Translator
                5-8 Inserting Your Digital Signature into Word Documents
                5-9 Using the Word Count Toolbar
                5-10 Automatically Importing Data from the Web
                5-11 Creating a Watermark
                5-12 Speeding Up Excel with Keyboard Shortcuts
                5-13 Quickly Add New Data to a Chart
                5-14 Saving Fonts with Your Presentation
                5-15 Copying Your PowerPoint Settings to Another Computer
                5-16 Putting Your Presentations on a Diet
                5-17 The Express Route to Creating Tables
                5-18 The Database Diet
                5-19 Hiding Top Secret Tables
                5-20 Flowing Text Around a Picture
                5-21 Watermarks
                5-22 Creating an Online Photo Gallery
Chapter 6. The Internet
      Internet Speed Tricks
                6-1 Faster Surfing I
                6-2 Faster Surfing II
                6-3 Caching Up
                6-4 Speeding Up Downloads
      Pop-Ups and Cookies
                6-5 Software that Stops Pop-Ups
                6-6 Alternative Browsers that Stop Pop-Ups
                6-7 Shooting the Windows Messenger
                6-8 Crumbling Cookies
                6-9 Custom Cookie Settings
                6-10 Share Your Cookies
                6-11 Examining and Deleting Cookies
                6-12 Managing Cookies with Add-On Software
                6-13 Keeping Advertisers Away from Your Cookies
                6-14 A Basic Firewall
                6-15 How to Bypass XP's Firewall
                6-16 A Better Firewall: ZoneAlarm
                6-17 Testing Your Security with Shield's Up
      Online Safety You May Not Have Considered
                6-18 Controlling Your Internet Security Levels
                6-19 Beware of AutoComplete
                6-20 Don't Let the Web Bugs Bite
                6-21 Protecting Yourself Against Spyware
                6-22 Protecting a Public Wireless Connection
                6-23 Surfing Anonymously
      Evaluating and Troubleshooting
                6-24 Peering into Your Internet Connection
                6-25 Your Real Internet Connection Speed
                6-26 Diagnosing a Broken Internet Connection
      Windows Messenger
                6-27 Are You Using Windows Messenger or MSN Messenger?
                6-28 Protecting Your Privacy in Windows Messenger
                6-29 Split Your Personality with Windows Messenger
                6-30 Yes, You Can Skin Messenger
                6-31 Turning Off Messenger's Tabs
                6-32 Save a Messaging Session to a Text File
                6-33 Windows Messenger Add-Ons
      Other Instant Messengers
                6-34 Downloading Other Instant Messengers
                6-35 Turn Off the AIM Today Window
                6-36 Stopping Online Harassment in AIM
                6-37 Sending Text Messages with Yahoo! Messenger
                6-38 Spicing up Yahoo! Messenger
                6-39 ICQ on the Desktop
                6-40 ICQ Shortcut Keys
                6-41 Protecting Yourself Against Instant Messaging Dangers
Chapter 7. Web Browsers
      Smarter Surfing
                7-1 Address Shortcuts
                7-2 Getting the Big Picture
                7-3 Making Web Fonts Easier to Read
                7-4 Opening a New Web Page in Its Own Window
                7-5 Keyboard Shortcuts
                7-6 Filling Out Forms Faster
                7-7 Revisiting History
                7-8 Printing a Wide Web Page
                7-9 Saving Web Pages on Your PC
                7-10 Saving Web Pages with SurfSaver
                7-11 Saving Frequently Updated Web Pages Automatically
      Searching the Web from Internet Explorer
                7-12 The Google Toolbar
                7-13 The Google Deskbar (Not just for Internet Explorer)
                7-14 Searching from the Address Bar
      Managing Your Favorites
                7-15 Finding Favorites Fast
                7-16 Organizing Favorites from A to Z
                7-17 Copying Favorites to Another Computer
                7-18 Creating Favorite Files and Folders
      Cache Flow
                7-19 Customizing the Cache
                7-20 Viewing Your Cache
                7-21 Cleaning Out Your Cache
      Customizing Internet Explorer
                7-22 Browser Windows the Size You Want
                7-23 Rolling Your Own Toolbar
                7-24 Changing the Toolbar Background
                7-25 Changing Internet Explorer's Title Bar
                7-26 Changing Internet Explorer's Logo
      Alternative Browsers
                7-27 A Google Toolbar for Netscape, Mozilla, and Firefox
                7-28 Speeding Up Netscape with Keyboard Shortcuts
                7-29 Dressing Up Netscape with Themes
                7-30 Filling in the Blanks with Netscape
                7-31 Adding Firefox Features
                7-32 Mozilla Firefox Shortcuts
                7-33 Rewinding Your Opera Session
                7-34 Waving the Opera Wand
                7-35 Speeding Up Opera with Keyboard Shortcuts
                7-36 Nota Bene Opera
Chapter 8. Email
      Sending and Receiving Email
                8-1 Email in a Hurry
                8-2 Blind Carbon Copies
                8-3 Checking Mail on Your Schedule
                8-4 Allowing Time for Second Thoughts
                8-5 Cleaning Up Email Conversations
                8-6 Revealing Message Headers
                8-7 Customized Signatures
                8-8 Fancy Signatures
                8-9 Using Digital Business Cards
      Slamming Spam
                8-10 Hiding Your Email Address from Spammers
                8-11 Built-In Spam-Fighting Tools
                8-12 Third-Party Spam-Killers
      Organizing and Handling Mail
                8-13 Adding New Contacts in Two Seconds
                8-14 Marking Messages Unread
                8-15 Clearing Clutter
                8-16 Taking Control of Mail Overload
                8-17 Opening Blocked File Attachments
      Getting Email to Play Nicely with Windows
                8-18 Killing the "Unread Messages" Notice
                8-19 Killing the Windows Messenger
                8-20 Contacting Windows Messenger Buddies
                8-21 Relocating Outlook on Your Taskbar
      Outlook-Only Tips
                8-22 Opening Outlook in Separate Windows
                8-23 Deleting Outlook Items Lickety-Split
                8-24 Removing Outlook's Memorized Addresses
                8-25 Backing Up Outlook
                8-26 Sharing Outlook on Two Computers
                8-27 Using Outlook to Keep Up with the News
      Just for Outlook Express
                8-28 Killing the Outlook Express Startup Screen
                8-29 Renaming the Outlook Express Window
                8-30 Backing Up Outlook Express
      Beyond Outlook: Other Email Software
                8-31 Eudora
                8-32 Thunderbird
                8-33 IncrediMail
Chapter 9. Networking
      Wireless Networking
                9-1 Zero Configuration WiFi Services
                9-2 Connecting to Wireless Networks
                9-3 Finding Hotspots Before You Travel
                9-4 Protecting Your Wireless Network with WEP
                9-5 Unplugging the Unplugged Icon
      Home Networking
                9-6 Desktop Shortcuts for Your Network Resources
                9-7 Finding Another Computer on the Network
                9-8 Stop Searching for Network Resources
                9-9 Speeding Up My Network Places and Network Browsing
                9-10 A Faster Path to Computers on Your Network
                9-11 Coaxing Your Network Card to Run Its Fastest
                9-12 Optimizing Your Router
                9-13 Sharing Files on a Network
                9-14 Chatting on Your Network with WinChat
      Troubleshooting Network Problems
                9-15 Moving Your Laptop from One Network to Another
                9-16 Finding Your Network Information
                9-17 The Network Diagnostics Tool
                9-18 Repairing a Broken Network Connection
Chapter 10. Hardware
      Hardware Troubleshooting
                10-1 Getting Help from the Device Manager
                10-2 Resolving Conflicts
                10-3 Driver Magic
      Laptop Tricks
                10-4 Extending Your Laptop's Battery Life
                10-5 Helping a Fussy Laptop Enter Standby
                10-6 Removing a Useless Warning
      Printers and Printing
                10-7 Printing Font Samples
                10-8 Receiving a Message when Your Print Job Is Done
                10-9 On-the-Road Printing Strategies
      Of Mice and Keyboards
                10-10 Customizing Your Mouse Settings
                10-11 Stopping Erratic Mouse Behavior
                10-12 An Easier-to-See Insertion Point
                10-13 The Onscreen Keyboard
Chapter 11. System Speedups
      Managing Your Memory
                11-1 DOS Swap
                11-2 Eliminating Needless Visual Effects
                11-3 Services You Don't Need
                11-4 Putting Services on Permanent Leave
                11-5 Removing Programs that Run at Startup
                11-6 Fancy Memory Trick I
                11-7 Fancy Memory Trick II
                11-8 Deciding You Need More Memory
      Processor Tricks
                11-9 CPU-Draining Programs You Don't Need
                11-10 Focusing Your CPU's Attention
                11-11 A Souped-Up Alternative to Task Manager
Chapter 12. Security
      Securing Your System
                12-1 Microsoft's Baseline Security Adviser
                12-2 Windows Update
                12-3 Manually Checking for Updates
                12-4 Checking for Viruses
                12-5 Stripping Personal Information from Your Documents
                12-6 Preventing Word from Stealing Your Files
                12-7 Hard-to-Crack Passwords
                12-8 Safe Travels with a Laptop
      Encryption for Windows XP Pro
                12-9 Protecting Your Data by Encrypting Files and Folders
                12-10 Changing the Color of Encrypted Files and Folders
                12-11 A Final Security Measure
Chapter 13. Crash Recovery
                13-1 Creating a Restore Point
                13-2 Restoring Your System
                13-3 Limiting the Size of System Restore's Files
                13-4 Deleting Old Restore Points
                13-5 Changing System Restore's Backup Schedule
                13-6 Getting System Restore to Ignore Certain Folders
                13-7 Safe Mode
Chapter 14. Windows Media Player
                14-1 Finding the Menu Bar
      Listening to Music
                14-2 The MP3 Factor
                14-3 The Graphic Equalizer
                14-4 3D WOW Sound
                14-5 Improving CD Playback Sound
                14-6 Groovy Visual Displays
                14-7 Skinning Windows Media Player
      Recording, Mixing, and Copying Music
                14-8 Turning Off Copy Protection
                14-9 Mixing Smoother CDs
                14-10 Preventing Skips When You Burn CDs
                14-11 Saving Internet Radio Streams
                14-12 Watching International DVDs
      Keyboard Shortcuts
Chapter 15. The Registry
                15-1 The Registry Editor
                15-2 An Important Registry Precaution
                15-3 Editing the Registry with .Reg Files
                15-4 Protecting the Registry
                15-5 Creating a Registry Favorites List
                15-6 Printing the Registry
Appendix. Windows XP Keyboard Shortcuts