I have to admit that I was expecting a rather long and boring exposition on how to get the most out of your operating system (akin to some of the Linux books I've read). Quite to my surprise, this book was both easy and fun to read. While serious XP users will be familiar with many of the tips out lined in the book, there is a section on advanced tips (most of which are registry hacks), which are quite interesting.
The book consists of several hundred tips relating directly to the use and look of your Windows XP OS. Almost every tip takes up a fourth of the page, and consists of a description of the tip as well as an appropriate screen shot. The book actually reads like a cookbook, which is great for this type of book. Simply flip to the section you are interested in, and browse the title of each tip until you find the one you want.
The tips range from registry hacks (pretty much changing the behavior of Windows), to information on working with Media Player, tips on searching, XP annoyances, and general information on getting the most from your computer. Some of the easier tips include how to arrange or customize your toolbar, adding quick launch icons, and changing an file's icon. Some intermediate tips include adding a short cut icon to shut down or switch users, and how to use some of Windows XP's hidden programs. More advanced tips range from tricks you can do to annoy your co-workers (hide all desktop icons, switch the right and left mouse buttons, etc.) to how to make the label of "My Computer" be dynamic based on who is logged in.
This book is written for beginning to intermediate Windows XP users. The tips and tricks contained in this book will be very valuable to this audience. The book was easy to read and easy to find information.