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Windows XP Personal Trainer [Paperback]

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3 Dec 2004

The most widely used operating system in the world, XP is certainly the most reliable and best-looking version of Windows. But it comes with a baffling multitude of features and functionality that you'll struggle to understand--despite all of the hours you've logged with Windows 2000, Windows Me, 98 or 95. And if you're a beginner, where do you start?

Windows XP Personal Trainer enables beginners and experts alike to become black belts, quickly and easily. This fully illustrated book takes a modular approach to learning, allowing you to start with the fundamentals and work your way to advance topics through dozens of task-oriented lessons--at your own pace. The companion CD tutorial guides you through each lesson interactively.

With plenty of detailed diagrams, Windows XP Personal Trainer includes sections on:

  • Working with Windows
  • Using the programs included with Windows XP (such as Media Player)
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Modifying the taskbar and desktop
  • Customizing Windows XP
  • Optimizing and maintaining the operating system
  • Exploring the Internet
  • Networking with Windows XP
If you already have experience with Windows XP, you can dive right into those topics (and only those topics) that you need or want to learn. Unlike many consumer software tutorials that dumb down the material or present it in a confusing fashion, Windows XP Personal Trainer is written in a non-technical and engaging style that you will find fun, easy, and most of all, clear and informative. You can become proficient without wading through tons of jargon and technical information.

Part of our new Personal Trainer Series, this book is based on content from CustomGuide (www.customguide.com), a leading provider of computer training materials. Founded by instructors who grew dissatisfied with the industry's dry course materials, CustomGuide offers courseware (for instructors and students), quick references, to software bulletins and e-learning courses that are fun, flexible, and easy to use.


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CustomGuide, Inc. is a leading provider of computer training materials. Founded by instructors who grew dissatisfied with the industry's dry course materials, CustomGuide offers courseware (for instructors and students), quick references, software bulletins and e-learning courses that are fun, flexible, and easy to use. They must be onto something, because CustomGuide has quickly become a leading provider of computer training materials. Although CustomGuide has grown, the founders continue to have the same vision, drive, and commitment.

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Lesson 8.3 Viewing and Managing Digital Photos

Once you have transferred pictures to your computer from a camera, scanner, or Internet download, you can view them on your computer screen and organize them to meet your specific needs. For example, you can view your images as a slide show, change the orientation of an image, rename image files, or group images into new folders.

Windows XP’s official storage location for digital images is the My Pictures folder. This doesn’t mean you can’t store your images elsewhere, but My Pictures is extremely easy to locate and open, and it is also the default storage location for many programs and wizards.

My Pictures offers many options for viewing and managing digital images. What are you waiting for? Let’s take a closer look at those pictures!

1 Click the Start button and select My Pictures from the menu.
The My Pictures window appears, displaying its contents.

2 Double-click the folder containing your images.
A preview of all the files appears.
Let’s switch views.

3 Click the Views button and select Filmstrip from the list.

The first image appears enlarged on your screen with all other images displayed as thumbnails below it, as shown in Figure 8-5.

Use the buttons below the image to view another picture.

4 Click the Next Image (Right Arrow) button.
The next picture in the filmstrip appears.
You can also view the images in an automatic slide show, starring your pictures.

5 Click the View as a slide show task from the Picture Tasks menu.
A self-advancing slide show of the images in the folder begins on your screen.

6 Move your mouse.
Notice that a small toolbar appears in the upper-right corner of the screen as shown in Figure 8-6. You can use the toolbar to navigate through your images, in addition to the left and right arrow keys on the keyboard.

Let’s stop the slide show.

7 Click the Close the window button on the toolbar.
The slide show closes and you are back in the folder window.

8 Click the Views button and select Icon.
One of the most annoying things about digital photographs is that they are saved under pesky serial numbers that are difficult to remember and understand. You can change this by renaming the files.

9 Right-click the image you want to rename and select Rename from the shortcut menu. Type a new name for the image file and press Enter.

And that’s all there is to it. Now you won’t confuse yourself with all those random serial numbers. Repeat this step for every image you want to rename.

NOTE If you are in Filmstrip view, right-click the thumbnail image to rename the file. If you want to organize your images, you can move them into specific folders.

10 Select the image you would like to move. Click the Move this file task from the File and Folder Tasks menu.

TheMove Items dialog box appears. To find the folder you want to move the file to, click the plus button to display all items hidden inside a drive or folder, or click the minus button to collapse them.

If you can’t find the folder you’re looking for, or you’re just not happy with any of the existing folders, create a new one.

11 Select the drive or folder where you would like the new folder to reside. Click the Make New Folder button, then type a new name for your folder.

Now you’re ready to move your items into the new folder.

12 Make sure the new folder is selected and then click Move.

Your file has now been moved from its original location and into the new folder.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Serious contents 12 Dec 2004
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
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O'Reilly has been experimenting with several series of books. Most in a sombre, serious format. But we also has the vivid Personal Trainer series, which includes this book on XP. It's targeting a new user. New to both XP and computers in general.

So there is a lot of attention paid to basic operations in any operating system with a GUI. Like opening, moving, resizing and closing a window. And how to graphically navigate through the filesystem, using the metaphor of folders.

Experienced users will have internalised this a long time ago, as automatic. But it's important to realise that it is not so obvious to new users. You have to start somewhere. The book is suitable as a guide to the XP newcomer. Oh, as for the cartoon aspect of the cover. It really isn't used inside to any great extent. (As contrasted to the Head First series.) In spite of the cover, the contents have a serious demeanour.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A training manual for all levels of user, covering everything from customizing the taskbar to playing and customizing DVD option 5 Nov 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
XP users will discover Windows XP Personal Trainer provides a training manual for all levels of user, covering everything from customizing the taskbar to playing and customizing DVD options. What makes this excel over others is the attention to sample screens on every page, alternate methods of doing shortcuts, and much, much more. Whether you're browsing or looking for answers, Windows XP Personal Trainer Works On All Levels.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Usefull and Valuable 19 Oct 2005
By Mohammad M. Abdala - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
You can start learning Windows XP right from here.. This book really lead you step-by-step to the top of exploring Windows XP. The Interactive CD is a very helpfull attachement, made by very down-to-earth language, NO TECHNICAL statements, all what you hear is written on the left pane. I do have the desire to purchase the whole groub of Customguide Traning Courses starting Windows XP Personal Trainer, and now I booked Word and Access, after I will take PowerPoint, Outlook, Project and Computer Basics. One by one, this will help to read every course slowly and be a power user of Microsoft Office Family.

Thanks to CustomGuide and Amazon.com

Mohammad Ghanim
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book for the right audience... 16 Jan 2005
By Thomas Duff - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
O'Reilly has a series of books by CustomGuide called the Personal Trainer series. I had the chance to review the Windows XP Personal Trainer volume, and given the right audience, it's pretty good...

Chapter List: The Fundamentals; Working with a Window; Working with a Windows Program; Working with Files and Folders; Customizing the Taskbar and Desktop; Customizing Windows; The Free Programs; Working with Pictures and Multimedia; Optimizing and Maintaining Your Computer; Exploring the Internet; Passwords, Logons, and User Accounts; Networking with Windows XP; Setting Up a Network; Index

The Personal Trainer series uses a comic book superhero motif in the design. In some of the other titles, the theme plays out a little more strongly. Once you get past the cover on this book, you probably won't even notice it. Each chapter has a series of lessons that cover material related to the topic. Each lesson is well illustrated and broken down into a step-by-step process. To wrap up the lesson, there's a "quick reference" sidebar that recaps the particular command that was just covered. The entire chapter wraps up with a summary, a quiz (yes, there are answers provided!), and some "homework" to stretch your understanding a bit. Very readable and non-intimidating...

Now, I mentioned the "right audience" to open the review. This isn't the type of book that you'd give to an IT professional or long-time computer user. The material starts with some fundamental Windows basics, and builds from there. If you've been using computers for years, you'll know this stuff anyway. But think about your parents who just got a computer for the first time. Think about your kid who just got his first computer. This is the type of book that a computer neophyte could open up and not be scared off within five minutes. And even if they've conquered the basics already, the material on multimedia and setting up a home network may be information they've never ventured into.

If you're looking for an entry level book on Windows XP for someone who needs to learn the fundamentals, I'd suggest taking a look at this one. It could work out well for them...
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best of its kind for beginners to intermediate 7 April 2005
By D Stark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you are looking at becoming a certified network engineer, then this book is not for you.

If you are someone who is quite familiar with Windows but want to learn how to do a lot of the cool things you hear about, then this is the book for you. I've searched around a lot, and this is the only easy to understand Windows book that talks about Wi-Fi.

There is also a really cool chapter about multimedia.

The feature that makes this book the most unique is the interactive CD ROM that comes with it.

My mom is the most computer illiterate person in the world so I gave her the CD that came with the book.
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