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Windows Vista: Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks [Paperback]

Paul McFedries

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Dec 6 2006 Top 100 Simplified Tips & Tricks
You already know Windows Vista basics. Now you'd like to go beyond with shortcuts, tricks, and tips that let you work smarter and faster. And because you learn more easily when someone shows you how, this is the book for you. Inside, you'll find clear, illustrated instructions for 100 tasks that reveal cool secrets, teach timesaving tricks, and explain great tips guaranteed to make you more productive with Windows Vista.


5-star visual learning system
* Minimal text and maximum illustrations
* Task-oriented, step-by-step approach
* Navigational aids connect instructions to illustrations
* Self-contained, two-page lessons
* Uniform layout makes it easy to read less, learn more

How easy is it?

Look for these symbols marking the difficulty of each task.
* Demonstrates a new spin on a common task
* Introduces a new skill or a new task
* Combines multiple skills requiring in-depth knowledge
* Requires extensive skill and may involve other technologies

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You already know Windows Vista basics. Now you'd like to go beyond with shortcuts, tricks, and tips that let you work smarter and faster. And because you learn more easily when someone shows you how, this is the book for you. Inside, you'll find clear, illustrated instructions for 100 tasks that reveal cool secrets, teach timesaving tricks, and explain great tips guaranteed to make you more productive with Windows Vista.

5-star visual learning system

  1. Minimal text and maximum illustrations
  2. Task-oriented, step-by-step approach
  3. Navigational aids connect instructions to illustrations
  4. Self-contained, two-page lessons
  5. Uniform layout makes it easy to read less, learn more

How easy is it?

Look for these symbols marking the difficulty of each task.

  • Demonstrates a new spin on a common task
  • Introduces a new skill or a new task
  • Combines multiple skills requiring in-depth knowledge
  • Requires extensive skill and may involve other technologies

About the Author

Paul McFedries is the president of Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company. While now primarily a writer, Paul has worked as a programmer, consultant, and Web site developer. Paul has written nearly 50 books that have sold more than three million copies worldwide. These books include the Wiley titles Windows XP: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks, Second Edition and Teach Yourself VISUALLY Computers, Fourth Edition. Paul also runs Word Spy, a Web site dedicated to tracking new words and phrases (see www.wordspy.com).

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent July 7 2007
By Kermit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one of the finest instructional books I have ever come across. The step-by-step instructions are very clearly written and illustrated. There is no guess-work required regarding the interpretation of the instructions. Each task is preceded by an informative narrative explaining its' purpose and effect. Every command is numbered, with a corresponding number highlighted in relavent screen shots to show exactly how to perform the task. Tips, recommendations, cautions and other options are also included after most tasks. Instructions on removal to return you to the previous configuration are also prevalent. Difficulty levels are assigned. There is much more detail here that is present in most Vista manuals. The pages are glossy and in color. I can't think of a single recommendation to improve this book and shall consider other books in this series. Excellent!
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My experience with Vista Simplified & The manual called the missing manual Oct. 2 2007
By George T. High - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I purchased "Vista Simplified",I also purchased "Vista Manual"(The missing manual).
Vista simplified is an extremely good instruction book.It introduced me to Vista and how to use Vista.It contained information to me that is not obvious unless you know how to find it.

The "Missing Manual" Gives a more detailed
introduction to Vista. It is very inforamtive and explains everything in plain language. It includes descriptive information
that is easy to follow.It is also a good reference book
if one gets into trouble

I highly recommend both books.
George High
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB BOOK FOR GREAT VISTA TIPS, MY FAVORITE COMPUTER BOOK AUTHOR! March 21 2008
By Daisy - Published on Amazon.com
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Last March 2007, I purschased the Vista Visually Series that this writer wrote. And, I was so impressed with the author and the content of this book that when I discovered this newer Vista book by the same author, I bought it as well. The reason that I bought this book that I wanted a quick overview on both Tips and Tricks of Vista. After one year using Vista, I have learned so much more about it. Yet, there is always more to learn and an easier and better way to do things in Vista. This author gives you 10 very easy to read and follow chapters that give wonderful and helpful information yet do not bore or overwhelm the reader. The graphics are excellent! The most helpful chapter I found is chapter 5, which is called "Enhance Internet Security and Privacy". Although this chapter could have been longer and more detailed, it gives enough information about: Scanning for Spyware, Web Page Media Safely and Privately, Spam info, and super email info and more. Another chapter I was very impressed with the content is chapter 6. In this chapter the author gives you basic Internetting tips and faster movement in pages showing you how to use tabs, a real help when you are browsing more than one web page at a time and wish to go back to each of them. Also in this chapter I found many good suggestions for websites, safe websites, web feeds and more. Superb book, superb author, I highly reccomend this book!
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good June 12 2007
By W. Woodring - Published on Amazon.com
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just as it was stated. Easy to understand even for the less experienced user
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK & EXCELLENT SERVICE Dec 30 2007
By Susu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I ordered this book and another book on Dec 22nd, and it was on my porch early afternoon on Christmas Eve. I did not expect to get it that soon!

This book makes everything so simple. Everytime you get a new computer, and it has a new operating system, you can't do much with it for a while. I was actually able to do things with this book explaining the steps.

I was so impressed with it, I just ordered the author's 'Teach Yourself Visually Windows Vista' book. It is the first book to impress me for it's ease and userability.

Back in the "OLD" days they use to supply books with computers that helped to explain how to do tasks...or at least the steps a new user shoukd go through to find the info on the computer. NOW ALL YOU CAN DO IS GUESS WHERE SOME USEABLE INFORMATION IS LOCATED, AND HOW TO GET TO IT.

AN EXCELLENT SOURCE BOOK....THANK YOU!

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