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Introduction

Introduction

Pocket PC 2002 is Microsoft's latest operating system for Pocket PC devices. It's related, in many ways, to the Microsoft Windows operating system for desktop PCs, and similar to (but incompatible with) the Palm OS used in handheld devices by Palm, Handspring, and other companies.

The latest Pocket PC devices include a wealth of built-in applications, and can be enhanced with additional software and accessories. You can use your Pocket PC 2002 device to store contacts, track appointments, write memos, crunch numbers, and even listen to your favorite music, in digital format.

This book, 10 Minute Guide to Pocket PC 2002, shows you how to use the built-in Pocket PC programs, as well as other common applications. Each lesson presents basic operations in a step-by-step format, and takes ten minutes or less to complete. You can use the information in this book with any Pocket PC device, including models by Audiovox, Casio, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, NEC, and Toshiba. And the book is small enough that you can carry it around with your Pocket PC, so you can reference it whenever needed.

Conventions Used in This Book

You can use this guide in any number of ways. You can read it from start to finish. The topics are arranged from the most universal to more specific operations. Or you can use the table of contents to find a topic of interest, and then read that lesson. You can find lessons on all major aspects of using your Pocket PC. If you are looking for a particular topic, you can also use the index to find the exact pages where the topic is covered.

The book includes many step-by-step explanations of how to perform common tasks. You can easily follow along. Figures also illustrate key points so that you have a visual guide to the instructions as well.

In telling you to choose menu commands, this book uses the format menu title, menu command. For example, the statement “choose File, Properties” means to “open the File menu and select the Properties command.”

In addition to those conventions, the 10 Minute Guide to Pocket PC 2002 uses the following icons to identify helpful information:

PLAIN ENGLISH

Term New or unfamiliar terms are defined in term sidebars.


TIP

Read these tips for ideas that cut corners and confusion.


CAUTION

This identifies areas where new users often run into trouble; these tips offer practical solutions to those problems.


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