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Table of Contents
                            Windows 7 Bible
	Who This Book Is For
	How to Use This Book
Chapter 1: What’s New in Windows 7
	Taskbar and Full-Screen Improvements
	Jump Lists
	New Ways to Work in Windows
	Internet Explorer 8
	Windows Live
	Better Device Management
	Performance and Battery Life
	Look and Feel
	Troubleshooting and Alerts
	Music and Video Sharing
	. . . andMore
Chapter 2: Getting Around
	Terminology for Things You Do
	Logging In
	What’s on the Desktop
	Using the Start Menu
	Using Jump Lists
	Using the Windows Desktop
	Running Programs
	Closing a Program
	Using the Notification Area
	The Getting Started Item
	Quick Help for Getting Started
	Logging Off, Shutting Down
	Stuff You Can Do with a Computer
Chapter 3: Sharing and Securing with User Accounts
	Logging In and Out of User Accounts
	Creating Strong Passwords
	Types of User Accounts
	Creating and Managing User Accounts
	Creating a Password Reset Disk
	Deleting User Accounts
	Using User Accounts
	Running Programs as Administrator
	Add the Built-in Administrator Account to the Login Screen
	Stop Entering Password on Lockout
	Advanced Security Tools
	About Windows CardSpace
	Using Credential Manager
	Managing Profile Properties and Environment Variables
	Linking Online IDs with Windows Accounts
Chapter 4: Parental Controls and Family Safety
	Before You Get Started
	Using the Built-In Parental Controls
	Using Parental Controls from Windows Live
	Viewing User Activity Reports
Chapter 5: Help, Support, and Troubleshooting
	Introducing Help and Support
	Help from People
Chapter 6: Troubleshooting Startup Problems
	The Computer Won’t Start
	Computer Takes Too Long to Start
	Programs Won’t Start
Chapter 7: Blocking Hackers with Windows Firewall
	How Firewalls Work
	Introducing Action Center
	Making Exceptions to Firewall Protection
	Advanced Firewall Configuration
Chapter 8: Conquering Malicious Software
	Types of Malware
	Conquering Spyware with Windows Defender
	Using Antivirus Software
	User Account Control and Malware
	The Malicious Software Removal Tool
Chapter 9: Automatic Updates as Security
	Understanding Automatic Updates
	Enabling Automatic Updates
	Managing Updates
	Thwarting Exploits with DEP
Chapter 10: Personalizing Your Work Environment
	Using the Personalization Page
	Personalizing the Keyboard
	Personalizing the Start Menu
	Creating Custom Shortcut Keys
	Customizing the Taskbar
	Customizing the Notification Area
	Using Gadgets
	Using Windows SideShow
Chapter 11: Ease of Access, Speech, and Language
	Introducing Ease of Access Center
	Using Speech Recognition
	Regional and Language Settings
Chapter 12: Transferring Files from Another Computer
	What You Can Transfer
	Choosing a Transfer Method
	Doing the Transfer
	When the Transfer Is Finished
	Transferring without Windows Easy Transfer
Chapter 13: Customizing Startup Options
	First Things First
	Starting Application Programs Automatically
	Using the System Configuration Tool to Control Startup
	Controlling Services with the Services Snap-In
	Bypassing the Login Page
	Troubleshooting Startup
Chapter 14: Using Windows 7 Programs and Accessories
	Important Stuff About Programs
	Using Windows Calculator
	Typing with WordPad
	Typing Special Characters with Character Map
	Working with Fonts
	Using Notepad
	Zipping and Unzipping Files
	Annotating Screenshots with Snipping Tool
	Using Paint
	Using Sound Recorder
Chapter 15: Troubleshooting Customization Problems
	Desktop Problems
	Start Menu Problems
	Taskbar Problems
	Updating Your Display Driver
Chapter 16: Using Internet Explorer
	Understanding How the Web Works
	Using Internet Explorer
	Using Tabs
	Using Web Slices
	Using Accelerators
	Using Visual Search
	Using RSS Feeds
	Managing Favorite Sites
	Blocking Pop-Ups
	Using the SmartScreen Filter
	Deleting the Browser History
	Using Internet Security Zones
	Printing Web Pages
	Saving Web Pages
	Making Internet Explorer Your Default Browser
	Searching the Web
	Getting More with Add-ons
	Internet Explorer Help and Troubleshooting
Chapter 17: Blogging with Writer
	What Is Blogging?
	Adding Windows Live Writer to Windows
	Setting Up Your Blog Account
	Creating and Publishing Blog Posts
	Working with Photos
	Working with Videos
	Using Tables
	Using Tags
	Inserting Maps
	Using Plug-Ins
	Setting Writer Options
Chapter 18: Using Windows Live Mail
	How E-Mail Works
	Introducing Windows Live Mail
	Writing E-Mail with Windows Live Mail
	Getting Your E-Mail
	Using E-Mail Attachments
	Composing Rich-Text Messages with HTML
	Creating Photo E-Mails
	Dealing with Spam (Junk E-Mail)
	Managing Mail Folders and Messages
	Searching for Messages
	Personalizing Windows Live Mail
	Working with Contacts
	Using the Calendar
	Managing E-Mail Accounts
	Customizing the Toolbar
	Securing E-Mail with Digital IDs
	Importing Messages from Other Programs
	Exporting Messages to Other Programs
	Where and How Messages Are Stored
	More on Windows Live Mail
Chapter 19: Chatting and Texting with Windows Live Messenger
	Adding Messenger to Windows
	Setting Up Your Account
	Chatting Online
	Sending Text Messages
	Sharing Photos
	Audio, Video, and More
Chapter 20: Beyond E-Mail and the Web
	About Newsgroups
	Using FTP
	Using Remote Assistance
	Using Remote Desktop
Chapter 21: Managing Names and Addresses
	Opening Contacts
	Creating Contact Groups
	Printing Contacts
	Importing and Exporting Contacts
	Searching for Contacts
	Sharing Contacts on a Network
Chapter 23: Troubleshooting Internet Problems
	Troubleshooting Internet Explorer
	Troubleshooting Windows Live Mail
	More Internet Troubleshooting
Chapter 23: Working with Pictures
	Getting Pictures into Your Computer
	Using Your Pictures Folder
	Using Windows Live Photo Gallery
	Printing Pictures
	Using the Slide Show Gadget
	Pixels and Megapixels
	Pictures, Tags, and Virtual Folders
Chapter 24: Making Music with Media Player
	Controlling Sound Volume
	Starting Windows Media Player
	Listening to a CD
	Now Playing, Visualizations, and Enhancements
	Ripping (Copying) Music CDs
	Getting Music Online
	Using the Media Player Library
	Making Custom Playlists
	Creating Your Own Music CDs
	Copying Music to Portable Devices
	Fun with Skins
	Extending Media Player with Plug-ins
	Converting File Types
	Music, Metadata, and Searches
Chapter 25: DVD, Video, and More
	Watching DVD, VCD, and Such
	Playing Video Files
	Managing Photos with Media Player
	More on Playlists
Chapter 26: Fun with Media Center
	Starting Media Center
	Moving and Sizing Media Center
	Media Center Playback Controls
	Things You Can Do without TV
	Watching and Recording TV
	Personalizing Media Center
Chapter 27: Troubleshooting Multimedia
	Troubleshooting Pictures and Photos
	Troubleshooting Windows Media Player
	More Troubleshooting Resources
Chapter 28: Understanding Drives, Folders, and Files
	Understanding Disks and Drives
	About Folders
	About Files
	Using Windows Explorer
	To Click or Double-Click?
	Saving Things in Folders
	Creating Your Own Folders
Chapter 29: Managing Files and Folders
	How to Select Icons
	Moving and Copying Files
	Renaming Files
	Deleting Files
	Using the Recycle Bin
	Creating and Deleting Shortcuts
	Managing Files with DOS Commands
Chapter 30: Searching for Files and Messages on Your Computer
	Basics of Searching
	How Searching Works
	Quickie Start Menu Searches
	Searching Folders and Views
Chapter 31: Metadata and Power Searches
	Working with File Properties
	Setting Properties When You Save
	Personalizing Searches
	Managing the Search Index
	Power Searches
Chapter 32: Using CDs and DVDs
	Understanding CDs and DVDs
	What Kind of Drive Do I Have?
	Using Disks that Already Contain Data
	Copying Files to Blank CDs and DVDs
	Erasing Disks
	Formatting CDs and DVDs
	Burn as You Go in Explorer
	Using Windows DVD Maker
Chapter 33: Protecting Your Files
	Simple File Backups
	Using Backup and Restore
	Create a System Repair Disk
	Using System Protection
	Using BitLocker Drive Encryption
Chapter 34: Troubleshooting Files and Folders
	Troubleshooting Folders, Files, and Shortcuts
	Troubleshooting Documents
	Troubleshooting CDs and DVDs
	Troubleshooting Searches
	More Troubleshooting Resources
Chapter 35: Installing and Managing Printers
	Printer Properties versus Printing Properties
	Opening the Devices and Printers Folder
	Installing a New Printer
	Managing Printer Drivers
	Setting Default Printing Properties
	Setting Printer Properties
Chapter 36: Printing Documents and Screenshots
	Printing a Document
	Printing the Screen
	Using Print Preview
Chapter 37: Managing Print Jobs
	How Printing Works
	Managing Print Jobs
	Solving Common Printer Problems
	Printing Offline
	Creating XPS Documents
Chapter 38: Faxing and Scanning
	What You Need for Fax
	Defining Dialing Rules
	Setting Up Your Cover Sheets
	Sending Faxes
	Receiving Faxes
	Working with Faxes
	Scanning Documents
Chapter 39: Troubleshooting Printing and Faxing
	Troubleshooting Printing
	Troubleshooting Faxing
	Printing and Faxing Troubleshooting Resources
Chapter 40: Installing and Upgrading Programs
	Playing It Safe with Program Installations
	Updates versus Upgrades
	Installing and Upgrading from a Disk
	Common Installation Prompts
Chapter 41: Getting Older Programs to Run
	Understanding Program Types
	Installing Incompatible Programs
	Using the Program Compatibility Wizard
	Quick-and-Dirty Program Compatibility
	Using Windows XP Mode
	Using DOS Commands in Windows 7
Chapter 42: Repairing and Removing Programs
	Changing and Repairing Programs
	Removing (Uninstalling) Programs
	Returning to a Previous Version
	Turning Windows Features On and Off
Chapter 43: Setting Default Programs
	Setting Default Programs for Files
	Using the Default Programs Page
Chapter 44: Managing Programs and Processes
	Getting to Know Task Manager
	Choosing Task Manager Views
	Not Responding? Task Manager to the Rescue
	Peeking at Resource Usage
	Managing Processes with Task Manager
	Monitoring Performance with Task Manager
	Networking and Users Tabs
Chapter 45: Troubleshooting Software Problems
	Troubleshooting Installation
	Troubleshooting Programs
	Researching Application Errors
	Editing the Registry
	Troubleshooting Tips
	Help with Troubleshooting Software
Part IX: Hardware and Performance Tuning
	Chapter 46: Installing and Removing Hardware
		Hardware, Firmware, and Software Demystified
		A Few Words about Device Drivers
		Using Hot-Pluggable Devices
		Not-So-Hot-Pluggable Devices
		Removing Hardware
		Updating Drivers
		Dealing with Devices that Prevent Windows 7 from Starting
	Chapter 47: Using Wireless Bluetooth Devices
		The World of Bluetooth
		Configuring Your Bluetooth Adapter
		Adding Bluetooth-Enabled Devices
	Chapter 48: Syncing Devices
		Syncing with Network Files
		Synchronizing with Other Devices
	Chapter 49: Performance Tuning Your System
		Getting to Know Your System
		Maximizing CPU and Memory Resources
		Monitoring and Adjusting Performance
		Maintaining Your Hard Drive
		The Power Settings
	Chapter 50: Troubleshooting Hardware and Performance
		First Aid for Troubleshooting Hardware
		Dealing with Error Messages
		Performing a Clean Boot
		Using the System Recovery Options
		Troubleshooting Performance Problems
Chapter 51: Creating a Home Network
	What Is a LAN?
	Planning a LAN
	Creating a Wired LAN
	Creating a Wireless LAN
	Acquiring and Installing Network Hardware
	After the Hardware Setup
	Setting Up aWired Network with an ICS Host
	Setting Up a Wired Network with a Router
	Setting Up a Wireless Network
Chapter 52: Sharing Resources on a Network
	Some Networking Buzzwords
	Methods for Sharing in Windows 7
	Turn on Sharing and Discovery
	Windows 7 Homegroups
	Using Public Folders
	Advanced Sharing
	Identifying Shared Folders
	Sharing a Printer
Chapter 53: Using Shared Resources
	UNC Paths
	Accessing Remote Resources
	Opening Remote Documents
	Creating Network Locations
	Saving to a Remote Computer
	Downloading Programs to a Network Share
	Transferring Files between Computers
	Mapping Drive Letters to Shared Folders
	Using a Shared Printer
	Using Shared Media
Chapter 54: Troubleshooting Networks
	Letting Windows Troubleshoot the Network
	Manual Troubleshooting
	Troubleshooting Network Printer Connections
	Use All Available Resources
Appendix A: Upgrading to Windows 7
	Windows 7 System Requirements
	Pre-installation Housekeeping
	Installing Windows 7
Appendix B: Installing Windows 7 on a New System
	Gearing Up for a Clean Install
	Doing the Clean Install
	The Rest of the Installation
Appendix C: Universal Shortcut Keys
Document Text Contents
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The book you need to succeed!

Get the most out of Windows 7
with this complete guide
Whether you’re new to Windows or moving from XP
or Vista, this comprehensive book from a Microsoft
expert will get you thoroughly up to speed on the
much-anticipated new Windows 7. Covering all three
parts of the new platform—the core OS, Windows Live
Essentials, and Windows Live Services—this step-by-
step guide is packed with practical techniques and tips.
Get set up, manage files, blog, add Bluetooth, build a
home network, and more.

• Set up user accounts, security, parental controls, and printing

• Get quick access to your programs with new Jump lists

• Explore Windows Live Services such as Desktop Gadgets Gallery and Hotmail

• Make movies, play music, share photos, and more with Windows Live

• Manage files, understand metadata, and conduct power searches

• Sync your hardware devices and performance tune everything

• Keep track of your favorite Internet content with Web Slices

• Create a home network or share files with HomeGroup

Jim Boyce
has been a Microsoft MVP, and has
authored or coauthored over 50 books
and hundreds of articles and white
papers on computer topics including
Windows, Windows Server, Office
applications, and programming. He
regularly contributes to several online
sites and publications.

Jim Boyce

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Part V: Pictures, Music, and Movies

Adjust Exposure
Click this option to adjust the brightness and contrast of the picture. The Brightness slider is especially
useful for pictures that are poorly lit. You may need to adjust the contrast as well to bring some depth
to the picture. Just move the sliders around until you find a combination you like. If you can’t seem
to make an improvement, drag the slider boxes back to the middle of each bar, or click Undo until
the picture is back to its original form.

Adjust Color
Click Adjust Color to change the Color Temperature, Tint, and Saturation. Adjust each by dragging
the slider left or right. Each item has a different effect on the photo as follows:

� Color Temperature: The overall tone of your picture. Dragging to the left tends toward cool
(bluish tint). Dragging to the right moves toward warm (reddish tint). Best used for pictures
taken outdoors.

� Tint: Changes the color cast in a picture by adding or removing green from your picture.

� Saturation: Drag the slider left and right to change the intensity of all colors. Dragging all the
way to the left converts the pictures to grayscale (black and white).

Straighten Photo
This option overlays a grid on the photo and gives you a slider you can use to tilt the photo left or
right. If you took a photo with the camera at a slight angle, use this option to straighten the photo.

Crop Photo
Cropping a picture lets you get rid of any unnecessary background. This is useful when the main
subject of the photo looks too small or far away. Figure 23-18 shows an example. The photo on the
left is the entire original photo. The cropped photo on the right brings attention to a single feature by
eliminating much of the background.

Figure 23-18 is also a good example of why you might want to make a duplicate of the original before cropping.
The photo on the left is a great photo, and is worth keeping. The cropped copy on the right is good for showing
one of the main subjects of the photo. �

To crop a photo, first click Crop Photo in the Fix pane. A white box with sizing handles (little
squares) appears on the picture. The idea is to get exactly what you want the finished photo to look
like inside that box. Anything you want to crop out of the picture should be outside the box.

If you plan on printing the finished photo on pre-sized photographic paper, click the Proportion
button and choose your print size. Doing so will keep the proportions of the cropping box at the
proper aspect ratio for that goal. Click Rotate Frame to switch between landscape (wide) and portrait
(tall) orientations.

The aspect ratio is the ratio of the width of the photo to its height. Different print sizes have slightly different
aspect ratios. �


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