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Introduction

Introduction

How You'll Learn

Find the Best Place to Start

What's New

How This Book Works

Step-by-Step Instructions

Real World Examples

Troubleshooting Guide

Show Me Live Software

Welcome to Show Me Microsoft Windows XP, a visual quick reference book that shows you how to work efficiently with Microsoft Windows XP. This book provides complete coverage of basic and intermediate Windows XP skills.

Find the Best Place to Start

You don't have to read this book in any particular order. We've designed the book so that you can jump in, get the information you need, and jump out. However, the book does follow a logical progression from simple tasks to more complex ones. Each task is no more than two pages long. To find the information that you need, just look up the task in the table of contents, index, or troubleshooting guide, and turn to the page listed. Read the task introduction, follow the step-by-step instructions along with the illustration, and you're done.

What's New

If you're searching for what's new in Windows XP, just look for the icon: . The new icon appears in the table of contents and throughout this book so you can quickly and easily identify a new or improved feature in Windows XP.

How This Book Works

Each task is presented on no more than two facing pages, with step-by-step instructions in the left column and screen illustrations in the right column. This arrangement lets you focus on a single task without having to turn the page.

Step-by-Step Instructions

This book provides concise step-by-step instructions that show you “how” to accomplish a task. Each set of instructions include illustrations that directly correspond to the easy-to-read steps. Also included in the text are timesavers, tables, and sidebars to help you work more efficiently or to teach you more in-depth information. A “Did You Know?” provides tips and techniques to help you work smarter, while a “See Also” leads you to other parts of the book containing related information about the task.

Real World Examples

This book uses real world examples to help convey “why” you would want to perform a task. The examples give you a context in which to use the task. You'll observe how Home Sense, Inc., a fictional home improvement business, uses Windows XP to get jobs done.

Troubleshooting Guide

This book offers quick and easy ways to diagnose and solve common Windows XP problems that you might encounter. The troubleshooting guide helps you determine and fix a problem using the task information you find. The problems are posed in question form and are grouped into categories that are presented alphabetically.

Show Me Live Software

In addition, this book offers companion software that shows you how to perform most tasks using the live program. The easy-to-use VCR-type controls allow you to start, pause, and stop the action. As you observe how to accomplish each task, Show Me Live highlights each step and talks you through the process. The Show Me Live software is available free at www.perspection.com or www.quepublishing.com/showme.

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