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Introduction xiv Part 6 "Windows XP on the Network."--The final part of the book takes you into the mysterious and arcane world of networking. However, you'll see that for the small networks that Windows XP is ideally suited for, networking doesn't have to be an esoteric pursuit. On the contrary, I even take the fairly radical step of actually showing you how to put together your own small network (Chapter 30). From there, you'll learn how to use the Windows XP networking features and how to dial up your network from remote locations (Chapter 31). Some Things to Help Out Along the Way In a book such as this, I believe that it's not only important what you say, but also how you say it. So I've gone to great lengths to present the info in easy-to-digest tidbits that can be absorbed quickly. I've also liberally sprinkled the book with features that I hope will make it easier for you to understand what's going in. Here's a rundown: · Stuff that you have to type will appear in a monospaced font, like that. · Menus, commands, and dialog box controls that you have to select, as well as keys you have to press, appear in a bold font. · Whenever I tell you to select a menu command, I separate the various menu and command names with commas. For example, instead of saying "click the Start button, then click All Pro- grams, and then click Internet Explorer," I just say this: "select Start, All Programs, Internet Explorer." · Many Windows XP commands have equivalent keyboard shortcuts, and most of them involve holding down one key while you press another key. For example, in most Windows programs, you save your work by holding down the Ctrl key, pressing the S key, and then releasing Ctrl. I'm way too lazy to write all that out each time, so I'll just plop a plus sign (+) in between the two keys, like so: Ctrl+S. I've also populated each chapter with several different kinds of sidebars (some appear in the middle of the page and others appear in the margin): Windows Wisdom These asides give you extra information about the topic at hand, provide you with tips for making things work easier, and generally just make you a more well-rounded Windows XP user.