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Windows NT 4.0 provides a powerful yet easy-to-use operating system that enables you to use a variety of applications in addition to connecting to a variety of networks. The features and procedures of Windows NT are similar to those of Windows 95, but the power behind the application is supreme.

The What and Why of Windows NT Workstation 4.0

Windows NT 4.0 is an exceptional operating system that enables you to perform tasks—such as opening programs, copying files, editing documents, and so on—that help you get your work done quickly and easily. In addition, Windows NT lets you connect to your company's network to access other computers, files, printers, and more.

Windows NT is a graphical user interface (GUI), which means that Windows provides a workspace that is graphical, and therefore, easy to use and easy to understand. As you become familiar with Windows NT, you'll find that it makes it easy to use applications effectively to manage your files.


Graphical User Interface A GUI (pronounced "gooey") makes interacting with your computer easy. You usually use a mouse to point at and select icons (small pictures that most often represent files or application programs), and you choose operations (commands from menus) to perform on those icons. A GUI is an alternative to a command-line interface such as DOS, where the user must enter text commands from the keyboard.

Why use Windows NT? Windows NT makes using your computer faster and easier in the following ways:

  • You can work in and have several applications open on-screen at the same time if you like. You can also easily switch between open applications and share data between applications, both of which save you time and effort.

  • The graphical user interface is easy to understand and use, so you'll be up and running quickly. Once you get started, you'll be surprised at how quickly your "educated guesses" become correct ones.

  • All application programs designed for Windows NT look similar: the title bars, menus, icons, even commands are often comparable. In addition, Windows applications use similar keyboard and mouse operations to select objects and choose commands. To a great extent, once you've learned one application, you've learned a part of them all.

  • You can integrate with a variety of servers, including NetWare, TCP/IP, Windows NT Server, MS LAN Manager, among others.

  • You can take advantage of both 16-bit and 32-bit applications.

  • Video and graphics applications run smoothly so that multimedia applications, games, and graphics programs such as CorelDRAW! really shine.

Windows NT's GUI provides a common approach to using a variety of applications for your computer. Learning Windows NT is fast, easy, and fun—and it takes only a minimum of effort.

Why the 10 Minute Guide to Windows NT Workstation 4.0?

The 10 Minute Guide to Windows NT Workstation 4.0 can save even more of your precious time. Each lesson is designed so that you can complete it in 10 minutes or less, so you'll be up-to-snuff in basic Windows skills quickly.

Although you can jump between lessons, starting at the beginning is a good plan. The bare-bones basics are covered first, and more advanced topics are covered later. Whatever you do, don't miss the inside front and back covers. The inside front cover of this book features instructions for installing Windows on your system. The inside back cover contains a typical Windows NT screen and points out its common elements.

Conventions Used in This Book

To help you move through the lessons easily, I've used the following conventions:

On-screen textOn-screen text appears in bold type.
What you typeInformation you type appears in bold color type.
Items you selectCommands, options, and icons you select as well as keys you press appear in color type.

In telling you to choose menu commands, this book uses the format menu name, menu command. For example, if I say "choose File, Properties," you are to "open the File menu and select the Properties command."

In addition to these conventions, the 10 Minute Guide to Windows NT Workstation 4.0 uses the following icons to identify helpful information:

Plain English

Plain English tips define new terms or terms that may be unfamiliar to you, such as technical terminology, jargon, and so on.


Timesaver Tips include keyboard and mouse shortcuts and hints that can save you time and energy.


Panic Button icons identify areas where new users often run into trouble, and offer practical solutions to those problems.


All terms mentioned in this book that are known to be trademarks have been appropriately capitalized. Que cannot attest to the accuracy of this information. Use of a term in this book should not be regarded as affecting the validity of any trademark or service mark.

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