Product specifications | Gateway DX4800 Personal Computer User Manual

GATEWAY COMPUTER
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Contents
Chapter 1: Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Thank you for purchasing our computer! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Using the Gateway Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Using Help and Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Contacting Gateway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Getting help for Windows Media Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Using online help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Chapter 2: Using Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Using the Windows desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Using the Start menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Adding icons to the desktop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Identifying window items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Working with files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Viewing drives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Creating folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Copying and moving files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Deleting files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Searching for files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Using the Windows Search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Browsing for files and folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Working with documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Creating a new document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Saving a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Opening a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Printing a document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Shortcuts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Chapter 3: Using the Internet and Faxing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Learning about the Internet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Setting up an Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Accessing your Internet account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Using the World Wide Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Connecting to a Web site . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Downloading files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Using e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Sending e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Checking your e-mail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Using Windows Fax and Scan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Sending a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Faxing a scanned document or from programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Canceling a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Receiving and viewing a fax . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Chapter 4: Playing and Creating Media Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Playing music and movies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Playing audio and video files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
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Playing optical discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29
Creating audio files and music libraries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
Creating music files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31
Building a music library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
Editing track information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .33
Creating music CDs and video DVDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Creating a music CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Creating a video DVD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
Creating and copying data discs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Creating a data disc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37
Using Windows Media Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Starting Windows Media Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
Using the Media Center remote control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40
Chapter 5: Networking Your Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
Introduction to Networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Networking terms you should know . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Ethernet networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Wired Ethernet networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Wireless Ethernet networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45
Establishing your Ethernet network connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47
Testing your network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Adding a printer to your network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Sharing resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50
Using the network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52
Bluetooth networking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53
Chapter 6: Protecting your computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
Hardware security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
Kensington lock slot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
Data security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
Startup and hard drive password . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
Windows user accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
Protecting your computer from viruses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Using Norton 360 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .57
Using Windows Security Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60
Security updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
Windows Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61
BigFix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .62
Chapter 7: Customizing Windows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
Changing screen settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
Changing color depth and screen resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .64
Changing the appearance of windows and backgrounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
Selecting a screen saver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66
Changing gadgets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
Setting up multiple monitors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69
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Changing system sounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Changing mouse settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Adding and modifying user accounts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Changing power-saving settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Changing the power plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73
Changing accessibility settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Using the Ease of Access Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
Using voice recognition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Setting up parental controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Filtering Internet access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
Scheduling computer and Internet use . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Restricting game access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78
Restricting specific programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Creating activity reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Notices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
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CHAPTER1
Getting Help
• Using the Gateway Web site
• Using Help and Support
• Using online help
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Thank you for purchasing our computer!
You have made an excellent decision choosing Gateway. We are sure that you will be pleased with
the outstanding quality, reliability, and performance of your new computer. Each and every
Gateway computer uses the latest technology and passes through the most stringent quality
control tests to ensure that you are provided with the best product possible. Please read this manual
carefully to familiarize yourself with your computer’s software features.
Gateway stands behind our value commitment to our customers—to provide best-of-class service
and support in addition to high-quality, brand-name components at affordable prices. If you ever
have a problem, our knowledgeable, dedicated customer service department will provide you with
fast, considerate service.
We sincerely hope that you will receive the utmost satisfaction and enjoyment from your new
Gateway computer for years to come.
Thanks again, from all of us at Gateway.
Using the Gateway Web site
Gateway’s online support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides the most current
drivers, product specifications, tutorials, and personalized information about your computer. Visit
the Gateway Support Web site at www.gateway.com.
Using Help and Support
Your computer includes Help and Support, an easily accessible collection of help information,
troubleshooters, and automated support. Use Help and Support to answer questions about
Windows and to help you quickly discover and use the many features of your Gateway computer.
To search for a topic in Help and Support:
(Start), then click Help and Support. Help and Support opens.
1 Click
Tip
You can find help information by clicking a general topic under Find an
answer, selecting an option under Ask someone, or picking a category from
Information from Microsoft. You can also search for a topic.
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2 Type a word or phrase in the Search Help box located at the top of any Help and Support
screen, then press ENTER.
For each search, you receive a list of suggested topics. To find the answer, click the result
that most closely matches your question. Additional results may be available if the first list
does not address your question.
Contacting Gateway
The label on your computer contains information that identifies your computer model and serial number.
Gateway Customer Care will need this information if you call for help.
Getting help for Windows Media Center
If your computer is running Windows Media Center, you can access help for information on how
to use it.
To access Media Center help:
1 Click (Start), then click Help and Support. Help and Support opens.
2 In the Help and Support window, type Windows Media Center in the Search Help box,
then press ENTER. The Media Center Help window opens.
-ORIf you are connected to the Internet, click Windows Online Help, then type Windows
Media Center in the Search Help For box.
Using online help
If you are connected to the Internet, many programs provide information online so you can
research a topic or learn how to perform a task while you are using the program. You can access
most online help information by selecting a topic from a Help menu or by clicking the Help button
on the menu bar and selecting Online Support from the list.
Available information depends on the particular Help site to which you are taken. Many provide
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions), a Search feature, articles about their software, tutorials, and
forums where problems and solutions are discussed.
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CHAPTER2
Using Windows
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Using the Windows desktop
Working with files and folders
Searching for files
Working with documents
Shortcuts
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Using the Windows desktop
After your computer starts, the first screen you see is the Windows desktop. The desktop is like
the top of a real desk. Think of the desktop as your personalized work space where you open
programs and perform other tasks.
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Help
For more information about the Windows desktop, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type Windows desktop in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
Your desktop may be different from this example, depending on how your computer is set up.
The desktop contains the taskbar, the Start button, and the Recycle Bin icon.
Desktop elements
Description
The taskbar is the bar at the bottom of the computer display containing the
Start button on the left and a clock on the right. Other buttons on the taskbar
represent programs that are running.
Click a program’s button on the taskbar to open the program’s window.
The Start button provides access to programs,
files, help for Windows and other programs,
and computer tools and utilities.
Click the Start button, then open a file or
program by clicking an item on the menu that
opens.
The Recycle Bin is where files, folders, and
programs that you discarded are stored. You
must empty the Recycle Bin to permanently
delete them from your computer. For
instructions on how to use the Recycle Bin, see
“Deleting files and folders” on page 11.
The Windows Security Center icon may appear
on the taskbar near the clock. The icon
changes appearance to notify you when the
security settings on your computer are set
below the recommended value or when
updates are available. Double-click this icon to
open the Windows Security Center. For more
information, see “Modifying security settings”
on page 60.
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Using the Start menu
Help
For more information about the Windows Start menu, click Start, then click Help and
Support. Type Windows Start menu in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
You can start programs, open files, customize your system, get help, search for files and folders,
and more using the Start menu.
To use the Start menu:
Shortcut
Start ➧ All Programs ➧
1 Click
(Start) on the lower left of the Windows desktop. The Start menu opens, showing
you the first level of menu items.
2 Click All Programs to see all programs, files, and folders in the Start menu. If you click an
item with a folder
icon, the programs, files, and subfolders appear.
3 Click a file or program to open it.
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Adding icons to the desktop
Help
For more information about the desktop icons, click Start, then click Help and Support. Type
desktop icons in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
You may want to add an icon (shortcut) to the desktop for a program that you use frequently.
To add icons to the desktop:
Shortcut
Start ➧ All Programs ➧ right-click program ➧ Send To ➧ Desktop (create shortcut)
1 Click (Start), then click All Programs.
2 Right-click (press the right mouse button) the program that you want to add to the desktop.
3 Click Send To, then click Desktop (create shortcut). A shortcut icon for that program
appears on the desktop.
Identifying window items
Help
For more information about windows, click Start, then click Help and Support. Type
window in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
When you double-click the icon for a drive, folder, file, or program, a window opens on the desktop.
This example shows the Local Disk (C:) window, which opens after you double-click the
Local Disk (C:) icon in the Computer window.
Search box
Close
Maximize
Minimize
Title bar
Menu bar
Every program window looks a little different because each has its own menus, icons, and controls.
Most windows include these items:
Window item
Description
The title bar is the horizontal bar at the top of a window that shows
the window title.
The Search box lets you search for
a word or phrase in the current
window.
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Window item
Description
Clicking the minimize button reduces
the active window to a button on the
taskbar. Clicking the program button
in the taskbar opens the window
again.
Clicking the maximize button
expands the active window to fit the
entire computer display. Clicking the
maximize button again restores the
window to its former size.
Clicking the close button closes the
active window or program.
Clicking an item on the menu bar starts an action such as Print or Save.
Working with files and folders
You can organize your files and programs to suit your preferences much like you would store
information in a file cabinet. You can store these files in folders and copy, move, and delete the
information just as you would reorganize and throw away information in a file cabinet.
Viewing drives
Help
For more information about files and folders, click Start, then click Help and Support. Type
files and folders in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
Drives are like file cabinets because they hold files and folders. A computer almost always has more
than one drive. Each drive has a letter, usually Local Disk (C:) for the hard drive. You may also have
more drives such as a CD or DVD drive.
To view the drives, folders, and files on your computer:
1 Click (Start), then click Computer.
Hard drive
Disc drive
2 Double-click the drive icon.
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Creating folders
Folders are much like the folders in a file cabinet. They can contain files and other folders.
Files are much like paper documents—letters, spreadsheets, and pictures—that you keep on your
computer. In fact, all information on a computer is stored in files.
Folders
Files
To create a folder:
Shortcut
Click File ➧ New ➧ Folder ➧ type name
1 Click (Start), then click Computer on the Start menu.
2 Double-click the drive where you want to put the new folder. Typically, Local Disk (C:) is your
hard drive and 3½ Floppy (A:) is your diskette drive (if installed).
3 If you want to create a new folder inside an existing folder, double-click the existing folder.
4 Click Organize, then click New Folder. The new folder is created.
5 Type a name for the folder, then press ENTER. The new folder name appears by the folder icon.
For information about renaming folders, see “Shortcuts” on page 16.
Copying and moving files and folders
Important
The clipboard stores whatever you cut or copy until you cut or copy again. Then the clipboard
contains the new information only. Therefore, you can paste copies of a file or folder into more than
one place, but as soon as you copy or cut a different file or folder, the original file or folder is deleted
from the clipboard.
The skills you need to copy and move files are called copying, cutting, and pasting.
When you copy and paste a file or folder, you place a copy of the file or folder on the Windows
clipboard, which temporarily stores it. Then, when you decide what folder you want the copy to
go in (the destination folder), you paste it there.
When you cut and paste a file or folder, you remove the file or folder from its original location and
place the file or folder on the Windows clipboard. When you decide where you want the file or
folder to go, you paste it there.
To copy a file or folder to another folder:
1 Locate the file or folder you want to copy. For more information, see “Viewing drives” on
page 9 and “Searching for files” on page 12.
2 Right-click (press the right mouse button) the file or folder that you want to copy. A pop-up
menu opens on the desktop.
3 Click Copy on the pop-up menu.
4 Open the destination folder.
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5 With the pointer inside the destination folder, right-click.
6 Click Paste. A copy of the file or folder appears in the new location.
Help
For more information about copying files and folders or moving files or
folders, click Start, then click Help and Support. Type copying files and
folders or moving files and folders in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
To move a file or folder to another folder:
1 Locate the file or folder you want to move. For more information, see “Viewing drives” on
page 9 and “Searching for files” on page 12.
2 Right-click (press the right mouse button) the file or folder that you want to move. A pop-up
menu opens on the desktop.
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Click Cut on the pop-up menu.
Open the destination folder.
With the pointer inside the destination folder, right-click.
Click Paste. The file or folder you moved appears in its new location and is removed from
its old location.
Deleting files and folders
When you throw away paper files and folders, you take them from the file cabinet and put them
in a trash can. Eventually the trash can is emptied.
In Windows, you throw away files and folders by first moving them to the Windows trash can, called
the Recycle Bin, where they remain until you decide to empty the bin.
You can recover any file in the Recycle Bin as long as the bin has not been emptied.
To delete files or folders:
1 In the Computer or Windows Explorer window, click the files or folders that you want to
delete. For instructions on how to select multiple files and folders, see “Shortcuts” on page 16.
If you cannot find the file you want to delete, see “Searching for files” on page 12.
2 Click Organize, then click Delete. Windows moves the files and folders to the Recycle Bin.
To recover files or folders from the Recycle Bin:
1 Double-click the Recycle Bin icon on your Windows desktop. The Recycle Bin window opens
and lists the files and folders you have thrown away since you last emptied it.
2 Click the files or folders that you want to restore. For instructions on how to select multiple
files and folders, see “Shortcuts” on page 16.
3 Click Restore. Windows returns the deleted files or folders to their original locations.
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To empty the Recycle Bin:
Caution
Emptying the Recycle Bin permanently erases any files or folders in the bin.
These files cannot be restored.
1 Double-click the Recycle Bin icon on your Windows desktop. The Recycle Bin window opens.
2 Click Empty the Recycle Bin. Windows asks you if you are sure that you want to empty
the bin.
3 Click Yes. Windows permanently deletes all files in the Recycle Bin.
Help
For more information about emptying the Recycle Bin, click Start, then click
Help and Support. Type emptying the Recycle Bin in the Search Help box,
then press ENTER.
Searching for files
If you are looking for a particular file or folder or a set of files or folders that have characteristics
in common, but you do not remember where they are stored on your hard drive, you can use the
Search utility.
Files and folders found using this utility can be opened, copied, cut, renamed, or deleted directly
from the list in the results window.
Using the Windows Search
To find files and folders using the Search:
1 Click (Start), then click Search. The Search Results window opens.
2 If you want to search on your computer by file or folder name, type in all or part of the file
or folder name in the Search box in the top right of the window.
• If you type all of the name, Search will list all files and folders of that name.
• If you type part of the name, Search will list all of the file and folder names containing
the letters you typed.
3 Open a file, folder, or program by double-clicking the name in the list.
Help
For more information about searching for files and folders, click Start, then
click Help and Support. Type searching in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
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Using advanced search options
Search can find files meeting more criteria than file name. You can narrow your search by selecting
the search options that you want. You can search by the:
• Name or part of a name
• Creation date
• Modification date
• File type
• Tag
• Author
• Text contained in the file
• Time period in which it was created or modified
You can also combine search criteria to refine searches.
Files and folders found using this utility can be opened, copied, cut, renamed, or deleted directly
from the list in the results window.
Browsing for files and folders
A file or folder that you need is rarely right on top of your Windows desktop. It is usually on a
drive inside a folder that may be inside yet another folder, and so on.
Windows drives, folders, and files are organized in the same way as a real file cabinet in that they
may have many levels (usually many more levels than a file cabinet, in fact). So you usually will
have to search through levels of folders to find the file or folder that you need. This is called
browsing.
To browse for a file:
1 Click (Start), then click Computer. The Computer window opens.
2 Double-click the drive or folder that you think contains the file or folder that you want to find.
3 Continue double-clicking folders and their subfolders until you find the file or folder you
want.
Help
For more information about browsing for files and folders, click Start, then
click Help and Support. Type files and folders in the Search Help box, then
press ENTER.
Working with documents
Computer documents include word processing files, spreadsheet files, or other similar files. The
basic methods of creating, saving, opening, and printing a document apply to most of these types
of files.
The following examples show how to create, save, open, and print a document using Microsoft®
WordPad. Similar procedures apply to other programs such as Corel® WordPerfect®, Microsoft
Word, and Microsoft Excel.
For more information about using a program, click Help on its menu bar.
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Creating a new document
To create a new document:
(Start), All Programs, Accessories, then click WordPad. Microsoft WordPad starts
and a blank document opens.
1 Click
2 Begin composing your document. Use the menus and toolbar buttons at the top of the
window to format the document.
Saving a document
After you create a document, you need to save it if you want to use it later.
To save a document:
1 Click File, then click Save. The Save As dialog box opens.
File name
2 Click Browse Folders to open the Folders list, then click the folder where you want to save
the file.
3 Type a new file name in the File name box.
4 Click Save.
Help
For more information about saving documents, click Start, then click Help
and Support. Type saving in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
Opening a document
To view, revise, or print an existing document, first you need to open it. Open the document in
the program that it was created in.
To open a document:
1 Start the program.
2 Click File, then click Open.
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3 Click Folders to open the Folders list, then click the folder you want to open.
4 Double-click the document file name. The document opens.
Help
For more information about opening documents, click Start, then click Help
and Support. Type opening files in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
Printing a document
To print a document, you must have a printer connected to your computer or have access to a
network printer. For more information about installing or using your printer, see the printer
documentation.
To print a document:
1 Make sure that the printer is turned on and loaded with paper.
2 Start the program and open the document.
3 Click File, then click Print. The Print dialog box opens.
4 Set the print options, then click Print. The document prints.
Help
For more information about printing documents, click Start, then click Help
and Support. Type printing in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
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Shortcuts
Help
For more information about Windows keyboard shortcuts, click Start, then click Help and
Support. Type Windows keyboard shortcuts in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
The following table shows a few shortcuts that you can use in Windows and almost all programs
that run in Windows. For more information about shortcuts, see your Windows or program
documentation.
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Do this...
Copy a file, folder, text, or
graphic
Click the item, then press CTRL + C.
Paste a file, folder, text, or
graphic
Click inside the folder or window where you
want to paste the object, then press CTRL + V.
Select multiple items in a
list or window
Click the first item, press and hold down the
CTRL key, then click each of the remaining
items.
Select multiple adjacent
items in a list or window
Click the first item in the list, press and hold
down the SHIFT key, then click the last item in
the list.
Permanently delete a file
or folder
Click the file or folder, then press
SHIFT + DELETE. The file or folder is
permanently deleted. The file or folder is not
stored in the Recycle Bin.
Rename a file or folder
Click the file or folder, press F2, type the new
name, then press ENTER.
Close the active window or
program
Press ALT + F4.
Switch to a different file,
folder, or running
program
Press ALT + TAB.
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Using the Internet and Faxing
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Learning about the Internet
Setting up an Internet account
Using the World Wide Web
Using e-mail
Using Windows Fax and Scan
Sending a fax
Receiving and viewing a fax
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Learning about the Internet
The Internet is a worldwide network of computers linked together to provide information to people
everywhere. The two most popular services on the Internet are e-mail and the World Wide Web.
You can access this network by connecting your computer to a telephone, DSL (Digital Subscriber
Line), or cable television line and signing up with an Internet service provider (ISP).
Internet Servers
store information so other computers can
access it from the Internet.
Your computer
connects to the Internet
through an ISP.
ISP Servers
let you connect to the Internet
and access your e-mail
messages.
If you want to access the Internet you need:
• A modem—a device that connects your computer to other computers or servers using a
telephone, DSL, or cable television line. Your computer may have a built-in dial-up telephone
modem. Cable and DSL modems connect to your computer through an Ethernet jack and
provide a faster connection speed than a standard telephone modem.
• An Internet service provider—a company that provides access to the Internet through an
ISP server. When you connect to an ISP, the ISP server lets you access the Internet and your e-mail
messages. Check your telephone book for a list of Internet service providers available locally.
• A Web browser—a program that displays information from the World Wide Web. Microsoft
Internet Explorer was included with your computer. For more information, see “Using the
World Wide Web” on page 19.
• An e-mail program—a program that lets you create, send, and receive e-mail messages over
the Internet. Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express was included with your computer. For
more information, see “Using e-mail” on page 20.
Setting up an Internet account
Before you can view the information on the World Wide Web, you need to set up an Internet account
with an Internet service provider (ISP). To set up an ISP service or to transfer an existing account
to this computer, contact the ISP directly.
Dial-up Internet connections are those using a telephone system to connect to the Internet. This
may include ordinary analog telephone lines, ISDN connections, and in some cases ADSL over PPP,
or other technologies. Because dial-up connections are designed to be temporary connections to
the Internet, dial-up charges (with both your telephone company and Internet service provider)
often increase the longer you connect to the Internet. To minimize the cost for dial-up Internet
service, we suggest that you only connect to the Internet during your e-mail and Web browsing
session, then disconnect when you are finished. Your Internet service provider can provide
instructions on how to connect to and disconnect from the Internet.
Cable and DSL modems, a connection known as broadband, use your cable television or special
telephone lines to connect to your ISP and access the Internet. In many instances, broadband is
considered an always-connected service. With this type of service, your cost is the same regardless
of the amount of time you use your Internet connection.
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Accessing your Internet account
Help
For general information about using Internet accounts, click Start, then click Help
and Support. Type ISP in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
The method you use to access your Internet account varies from ISP to ISP. Contact your ISP for
the correct procedure.
Using the World Wide Web
The World Wide Web is a multimedia window to the Internet that gives you access to millions of
information sources.
Information on the Web comes to you on Web pages, which are electronic documents that you
view using a Web page display program called a browser. You can use any of the commercially
available Web browsers, like Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
Web pages can contain text, animations, music, and other multimedia features. A group of related
Web pages is called a Web site. You can access Web sites to shop, track investments, read the news,
download programs, and much more.
You can explore a Web site or visit other Web sites by clicking areas on a Web page called links
or hyperlinks. A link may be colored or underlined text, a picture, or an animated image. You can
identify a link by moving the mouse pointer over it. If the pointer changes to a hand, the item is
a link.
To learn more about using the Web browser features, click Help in the menu bar.
Connecting to a Web site
After you set up an account with an Internet service provider (ISP), you can access the many
information sources on the World Wide Web.
To connect to a Web site:
1 Connect to your Internet account.
2 Depending on the method you use to connect to your Internet account, you may need to
start your Web browser. Click
(Start), then click Internet. Your default Web browser
opens showing an opening page or welcome screen.
3 To go to a different Web site, type the address (called a URL for “Universal Resource Locator”)
in the browser address bar (for example www.gateway.com), then click GO on the
browser address bar.
- OR On the current Web page, click a link to a Web site.
Help
For more information about connecting to a Web site, click Start, then click
Help and Support. Type connecting to a Web site in the Search Help box,
then press ENTER.
The Web browser locates the server computer on the Internet, downloads (transfers) data
to your computer, and displays the page on the site that you requested.
Sometimes Web pages display slowly. The speed that a Web page displays on your screen depends
on the complexity of the Web page and other Internet conditions. Additionally, the speed of your
connection will determine how fast Web pages display.
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Downloading files
Caution
To protect your computer against viruses, make sure that you scan the files you
download. For more information, see “Protecting your computer from viruses” on page 57.
Downloading is the process of transferring files from a computer on the Internet to your computer.
To download files or programs from a Web site:
1 Connect to your Internet account.
2 In the address bar, type the address of the Web site that contains the file or program you
want to download, then press ENTER.
- OR Click a link on a Web page to navigate to the Web site containing the file that you want to
download.
3 Create or locate the folder where you want to store the file on your computer. For more
information, see “Working with files and folders” on page 9.
4 Click the link on the Web page for the file that you want to download.
5 Follow the on-screen instructions for saving the file in the folder that you want. A copy of
the file is downloaded to your computer. The time that it takes to transfer the file to your
computer depends on file size and Internet conditions.
6 Open the folder that you created.
7 Install or view the downloaded file by double-clicking it. If applicable, follow the instructions
provided on the Web site to run or install the program.
Help
For more information about downloading files, click Start, then click Help and
Support. Type downloading files in the Search Help box, then click ENTER.
Using e-mail
E-mail (electronic mail) lets you send messages to anyone who has an Internet connection and
e-mail address. E-mail is usually a free service of your Internet account.
The Internet never closes, so you can send e-mail messages at any time. Your e-mail messages
arrive at most e-mail addresses in minutes.
An e-mail address consists of a user name, the @ symbol, and the Internet domain name of the
Internet service provider (ISP) or company that “hosts” that user. Your e-mail address is assigned
when you sign up for an account with an ISP. For example, a person with an account with Hotmail
might have an e-mail address that is similar to this one:
jdoe@hotmail.com
User name
Internet domain name
Sending e-mail
To send e-mail using Windows Mail:
1 Connect to your Internet service provider.
2 Click (Start), then click E-mail. Your default e-mail program opens.
3 Click Create Mail.
4 Type the e-mail address of the recipient you want to send e-mail to in the To box.
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5 Type the subject of your e-mail in the Subject box.
6 Type the e-mail message.
Tip
Most e-mail programs let you attach files, such as photographs, to your
e-mail. For more information, see the help for your e-mail program.
7 When finished, click Send. Your e-mail is sent over the Internet to the e-mail address you
specified.
Checking your e-mail
Help
For general information about using e-mail, click Start, then click Help and
Support. Type e-mail in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
To check your e-mail using Windows Mail:
Connect to your Internet service provider.
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3
4
Click
(Start), then click E-Mail. Your default e-mail program opens.
Click Send/Receive.
Double-click the message you want to read.
Tip
To protect your computer from viruses, check any e-mail attachments using
anti-virus software. For more information, see “Protecting your computer from
viruses” on page 57.
For more information about managing and organizing your e-mail messages, see the online help
in your e-mail program.
Using Windows Fax and Scan
Windows Fax and Scan comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate
Editions. Windows automatically detects the optional built-in fax modem during the setup process.
You can connect your computer to one local fax modem, although you can connect to multiple
fax servers or devices on a network. If you are not sure whether your computer has a built-in fax
modem, check the hardware information that came with your computer. If you have an external
fax modem, follow the manufacturer's instructions for attaching it to your computer. Make sure
that the modem is turned on before proceeding.
Your fax cover page, on which you can include all required information, is set up when you prepare
to send the first fax from this computer.
You cannot send or receive a fax using a cable or DSL modem by following these instructions. Many
Internet services exist that let you send or receive faxes using a broadband connection.
Your dial-up modem cable must be installed before you can send and receive faxes. You cannot
use your standard telephone modem to connect to the Internet while sending and receiving faxes.
Sending a fax
Windows Fax and Scan lets you send and receive faxes using your dial-up modem.
To send a fax:
(Start), All Programs, then click Windows Fax and Scan. Windows Fax and Scan
opens.
1 Click
2 If Windows Fax and Scan is in Scan view, click Fax in the lower left corner of the window.
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3 If you have never sent a fax on this computer before, click New Fax on the toolbar. The Fax
Setup window opens.
4 Click the type of connection you will be using (fax modem or fax server). The Choose a
modem name screen opens.
5 Type the name of the fax modem in the dialog box, then click Next. The Choose how to receive
faxes screen opens.
6 Click how you want to receive faxes, then click Unblock when the The Security Alert window
opens. The New Fax window opens.
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7 Create your fax, then open the Cover Page menu by clicking the arrow and selecting a cover
page from the list. The Sender Information dialog box opens.
8 Type your information in the spaces provided, then click OK. The New Fax dialog box opens.
9 To enter optional dialing rule information, click Dialing Rule and select a rule from the menu.
If you have not set up a dialing rule, select New Rule from the menu. The Location
Information dialog box opens.
10 Type your location information, then click OK. The Dialing Rules dialog box opens.
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11 Highlight your location, then click Edit. The Edit Location dialog box opens.
12 Complete the location information, then click OK. You are returned to the Dialing Rules dialog
box.
13 Click OK. The New Fax dialog box opens.
14 Enter, scan, or attach the fax information you want to send, then click Send.
Setting up your cover page template
You can create your own cover page template that you can use in place of the cover page templates
that Windows Fax and Scan provides for you. To create a cover page template, you use the Fax
Cover Page Editor. On this template, you insert information fields that automatically import values
you enter in both the Send Fax Wizard and the Fax Configuration Wizard when you send your fax.
To set up your fax cover page template:
(Start), All Programs, then click Windows Fax and Scan. Windows Fax and Scan
opens.
1 Click
2 If Windows Fax and Scan is in Scan view, click Fax in the lower left corner of the window.
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3 Click Tools, Cover Pages, then click New. The Fax Cover Page Editor opens.
• If you want to include fields that are imported from the Send Fax Wizard or the Fax
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Configuration Wizard (such as To or From), add them to the page by using the Insert
menu, then move them to the appropriate place on your template. You can also use the
Insert menu to include information that is automatically calculated (such as number of
pages or date and time sent).
• If you want to include text that always appears on your cover page (such as a letterhead
or address), draw a box using the text box tool, type your text inside of it, then move
the box to the appropriate place on your template.
• If you want to include a logo that appears on your cover page, copy it to the Windows
clipboard, then paste it into the Cover Page Editor and move it to the appropriate place
on your template.
To save your cover page template, click File, then click Save. The Save As dialog box opens
with your personal cover pages folder already in the Save in list.
5 Type the new cover page template name, then click Save.
Faxing a scanned document or from programs
To fax a scanned document or to fax directly from programs:
1 Scan the document using the program for your scanner, or open your document in the
program it was created in.
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5
Click File, then click Print. The Print dialog box opens.
Click the arrow button to open the Name list, then click the Fax printer.
Click Print. The Send Fax Wizard opens.
Complete the wizard by following the instructions in “Sending a fax” on page 21, or “Faxing
a scanned document or from programs” on page 25.
Canceling a fax
You can cancel a fax that you have set up to send at a time in the future.
To cancel a fax that has not been sent:
(Start), All Programs, then click Windows Fax and Scan. Windows Fax and Scan
opens.
1 Click
2 If Windows Fax and Scan is in Scan view, click Fax in the lower left corner of the window.
3 Click Outbox, then right-click the fax you want to cancel.
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4 Click Delete to cancel the fax.
5 Click Yes.
Receiving and viewing a fax
To receive and view a fax:
(Start), All Programs, then click Windows Fax and Scan. Windows Fax and Scan
opens.
1 Click
2 If Windows Fax and Scan is in Scan view, click Fax in the lower left corner of the window.
3 To view a fax, click Inbox, then double-click the fax you want to view. The fax viewer opens,
where you can view and print the fax.
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Playing and Creating
Media Files
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Playing music and movies
Creating audio files and music libraries
Creating music CDs and video DVDs
Creating and copying data discs
Using Windows Media Center
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Playing music and movies
Playing audio and video files
Windows Media Player can play several types of audio and video files, including WAV, MIDI, MP3,
AU, AVI, and MPEG formats. For more information about using Windows Media Player, click Help.
To play a file using Windows Media Player:
Shortcut
Start ➧ Computer ➧ find the file ➧ double-click the file
1 Click
(Start), All Programs, then click Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player
opens.
2 Click Library, then double-click the media file you want to play.
Playback controls
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3 Click one of the following to control playback:
Repeat
Shuffle
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Rewind
Stop
Fast forward
Pause/Play
Volume
Mute
Shuffle randomizes the playback order of the files in the playlist.
Repeat starts playing the list over again after it reaches the end.
Stop stops playback and rewinds the current file to the beginning.
Rewind quickly rewinds the current file (when you click and hold it) or skips to the
previous file in the playlist (when you click it).
Pause/Play alternately pauses and resumes playback.
Fast forward quickly fast forwards the current file (when you click and hold it) or skips
to the next file in the playlist (when you click it).
Volume adjusts the volume.
Playing optical discs
Optical discs are flat discs that use a laser to read and write data. CDs, DVDs, HD-DVDs, and Blu-ray
Discs are all optical discs.
Important
Some music CDs have copy protection software. You may not be able to play these
CDs on your computer.
Help
For more information about playing optical discs, click Start, then click Help and
Support. Type playing discs in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
Use Windows Media Player to listen to CDs or watch movies on DVDs, HD-DVDs, or Blu-ray Discs.
For more information about using Windows Media Player, click Help.
To play an optical disc:
Shortcut
Insert disc ➧ Windows Media Player automatically plays
1 Make sure that the speakers are turned on or headphones are plugged in and that the
volume is turned up.
2 Insert an optical disc into the optical disc drive.
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3 If a dialog box opens and asks you what you want the computer to do with the disc, click
Play. Windows Media Player opens and begins playing the disc.
If Windows Media Player does not open automatically, click
(Start), All Programs, then
click Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player opens.
Playlist
Video screen
Playback controls
4 If the disc is not already playing, click (play).
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5 Click one of the following to control playback:
Repeat
Shuffle
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Rewind
Stop
Fast forward
Pause/Play
Volume
Mute
Shuffle randomizes the playback order of the files on the disc.
Repeat starts playing the list over again after it reaches the end.
Stop stops playback and rewinds the current file to the beginning.
Rewind quickly rewinds the current file (when you click and hold it) or skips to the
previous file on the disc (when you click it).
Pause/Play alternately pauses and resumes playback.
Fast forward quickly fast forwards the current file (when you click and hold it) or skips
to the next file on the disc (when you click it).
Volume adjusts the volume.
Creating audio files and music libraries
Creating music files
Help
For more information about making or playing an audio recording, click Start, then
click Help and Support. Type recording audio or ripping in the Search Help box,
then press ENTER.
You can create several types of audio files for your listening enjoyment, including WAV, MP3, and
WMA files.
Recording audio files
Sound recorder is a simple Windows program that lets you record and play audio files. For
information about playing audio files, see “Playing audio and video files” on page 28.
To record an audio file:
Shortcut
Start ➧ All Programs ➧ Accessories ➧ Sound Recorder
1 Plug a microphone into one of the microphone jacks on your computer. For the location of
the microphone jacks, see your computer’s Reference Guide.
2 Click
(Start), All Programs, Accessories, then click Sound Recorder. The
Sound Recorder opens.
3 Click
Start Recording, then speak or make other sounds into the microphone.
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4 When you finish recording, click
Stop Recording. The Save As dialog box opens.
5 Type a name for the recording, specify the file type and location where you want to save
the recording, then click Save. The recording is saved.
Creating WMA and MP3 music files
Important
Some music CDs have copy protection software. You cannot copy tracks from
copy-protected CDs.
Using Windows Media Player, you can copy the tracks from a music CD to your computer’s hard
drive as WMA or MP3 files. WMA and MP3 are methods for digitally compressing high-fidelity music
into compact files without noticeably sacrificing quality. WMA files end in the file extension WMA,
and MP3 files end in the file extension MP3.
To create WMA or MP3 files:
(Start), All Programs, then click Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player
opens.
1 Click
2 Right-click the Rip tab, then click Format, then click Windows Media Audio or mp3 to select
the format you want for your music files.
3 Insert a music CD into your optical disc drive.
4 Click the Rip tab. The Rip screen opens.
5 Click to clear the check box for any track you do not want to record, then click Start Rip.
Windows Media Player records the tracks to your hard drive. A progress bar appears next
to each track as it is recorded.
Tip
For more information about ripping music from CDs, click the Rip tab, then
click Help with Ripping.
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Building a music library
Use Windows Media Player to build a music library. You can organize your music tracks (individual
MP3 or WMA audio files) by categories, find a track quickly by sorting, and add information to a
music file.
You can add music tracks to your music library by:
• Creating MP3 or WMA files—When you create MP3 or WMA files from the tracks on your
music CD, Windows Media Player automatically adds these files to your music library.
• Dragging and Dropping—Drag and drop files from Windows Explorer or your desktop to the
music library.
Caution
During the download process, WMA and MP3 files may become corrupt. If you
are having trouble playing a downloaded file, try downloading the file again.
• Downloading files from the Internet—When you are connected to the Internet, WMA and MP3
files that you download are automatically added to your music library.
Editing track information
After you add a WMA or MP3 file to your music library, you can edit the track’s tags
(informational fields).
To edit track information:
1 Click (Start), All Programs, then click Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player
opens.
2 Click the Library tab.
3 Right-click the track or album you want to edit, then click Advanced Tag Editor. The
Advanced Tag Editor dialog box opens.
4 Enter track information such as Title, Artist, Album, and Genre, then click OK. The new
track information appears in the Windows Media Player library.
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Creating music CDs and video DVDs
Creating a music CD
Important
We recommend that you do not use your computer for other tasks while creating CDs
or DVDs.
If you record copyrighted material on a CD or DVD, you need permission from the copyright
owner. Otherwise, you may be violating copyright law and be subject to payment of damages
and other remedies. If you are uncertain about your rights, contact your legal advisor
To create a music CD using Windows Media Player:
1 Click (Start), All Programs, then click Windows Media Player. Windows Media Player
opens.
2 Insert a blank, writable CD into your recordable disc drive.
3 Click the Burn tab, then click and drag songs that you want to burn to CD from the Library
to the Burn List.
Library
4 Click Start Burn. The music is recorded onto the blank CD.
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Creating a video DVD
If your computer has Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate Edition, you can
create video DVDs using Windows DVD Maker.
To create a video DVD using Windows DVD Maker:
Important
We recommend that you do not use your computer for other tasks while
creating CDs or DVDs.
If you record copyrighted material on a CD or DVD, you need permission from the
copyright owner. Otherwise, you may be violating copyright law and be subject to
payment of damages and other remedies. If you are uncertain about your rights,
contact your legal advisor.
1 Insert a blank, writeable DVD into your recordable optical disc drive.
2 Click (Start), All Programs, then click Windows DVD Maker. The Windows DVD Maker
introduction window opens.
3 Click Choose Photos and Videos. The main screen opens.
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4 Click Add items. The Add Items to DVD dialog box opens.
5 Find and select the videos you want to add to the video DVD, then click Add. The videos are
added to the video list, and a graphic in the lower left corner of the window shows you how
much disc capacity will be used.
6 Click Next. The Ready to burn disc dialog box opens.
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7 Click any of the following options to customize your video disc:
• Preview shows how your DVD’s opening menu will look using the current settings.
• Menu text changes the disc title, font, and button names.
• Customize menu changes the menu fonts, background and foreground videos, audio
track, and button styles.
• Slide show creates a slide show from photo files.
8 Click Burn. Your DVD is recorded.
Creating and copying data discs
You can burn two types of data discs:
• Live File System writes files immediately to the recordable disc, making it a one-step
process like copying files to a flash drive. The resulting disc is compatible with Windows XP
and later versions of Windows.
• Mastered copies files to a temporary folder before you tell the computer to burn the files
to the disc. Although this is a slower process than Live File System, the resulting disc is
compatible with all operating systems.
The following instructions show you how to burn a disc using the Mastered format, which can be
read by all personal computers, regardless of the operating system installed.
Help
For information about burning a disc using the Live File System format, click Start,
then click Help and Support. Type live file system in the Search Help box, then
press ENTER.
Creating a data disc
To create a data disc:
1 Insert a blank, writable optical disc into your optical disc drive. The Autoplay dialog box
opens.
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Click Burn files to disc. The Prepare this blank disc dialog box opens.
Type the title of the disc, then click Show formatting options.
Click Mastered, then click Next. An empty folder opens.
Open the folder that contains the files you want to burn to disc, then click and drag the files
to the empty disc folder.
6 Click Burn to disc. The files are burned to the disc.
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Using Windows Media Center
If your computer has Windows Vista Home Premium or Windows Vista Ultimate Edition, you can
use Windows Media Center to watch TV, videos, and movies, listen to music, and view photos. Media
Center is a simplified, streamlined interface that is ideally suited for playing and managing media
files.
Because the remote control is an optional accessory, most instructions in this section assume you
are using a mouse to navigate the Media Center menus.
Starting Windows Media Center
To start Windows Media Center:
(Start), All Programs, then click Windows Media Center.
1 Click
- OR Press the Start
button on the remote control.
The first time you start Windows Media Center, the Welcome screen opens.
2 For the easiest setup, click Express setup, then click OK. The Windows Media Center’s main
screen opens.
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3 Use the remote control navigation buttons to select a Media Center menu option, then
press OK.
• TV + Movies lets you play TV programs you have recorded, play a DVD or Blu-ray movie,
or set up your TV tuner card (if installed).
• Online Media lets you play online games.
• Tasks lets you set up your display and media types, shut down or restart your computer,
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burn an optical disc (CD or DVD), and synchronize with another digital media device (such
as an MP3 player).
Pictures + Videos lets you view individual pictures, pictures in a slideshow, or select
movies from your video library.
Music lets you select songs from your music library, set up and use your FM radio tuner
card (if installed), and play music playlists.
4 To exit Windows Media Center, click the × in the upper-right corner of the screen.
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Using the Media Center remote control
With Media Center mode active, you can use the optional remote control to play all of your media
files from across the room. (The remote control, if included with your computer, may look different
from that shown below.)
Shortcut buttons
Power button
Start button
Transport buttons
Navigation buttons
Audio/Video (A/V) control buttons
Numeric keypad/data entry buttons
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Button(s)
Functions
Shortcut buttons
Give you direct access to Media Center features.
Start button
Opens the Media Center’s main menu.
Audio/Video (A/V) control
buttons
Lets you control volume levels, volume mute, channel selections, and the
movie menu.
Numeric keypad/data entry
buttons
Lets you enter numbers and characters from the remote control.
Power button
Puts the Media Center computer in Sleep mode (reduced power).
Transport buttons
Let you control the playback of media files and optical discs.
Navigation buttons
Let you move the cursor around the Guide and menus, make selections,
navigate back to the previous screen, change the screen display aspect
ratio, and get more information. Press the OK button to make a selection.
CHAPTER5
Networking Your Computer
• Introduction to Networking
• Ethernet networking
• Bluetooth networking
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Introduction to Networking
Networking terms you should know
DHCP—Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) lets a router temporarily assign an IP address
to a computer on the network.
IP address—Internet Protocol (IP) address is a number that uniquely identifies a computer on the
network.
LAN—A local area network (LAN) is a computer network covering a local area, like a home or office.
Wired and wireless Ethernet are common methods of creating a LAN.
PAN—A personal area network (PAN) is a computer network used for communication among
computer devices (including cellular telephones, personal digital assistants, and printers) close to
one person. A wireless personal area network (WPAN) is made possible with Bluetooth. The primary
purpose of a WPAN is to replace USB or Firewire cables.
Subnet mask—Subnet mask is a number that identifies what subnetwork the computer is located
on. This number will be the same on all computers on a home network.
WAN—A wide area network (WAN) is a computer network that covers a broad geographical area.
The largest and most well-known example of a WAN is the Internet.
Ethernet networking
Wired Ethernet networking
An wired Ethernet network consists of two or more computers connected together through an
Ethernet cable. This connection type is commonly used in offices around the world and can be
used to build computer networks in the home.
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, or Gigabit Ethernet
Important
Check local code requirements before installing Ethernet cable or other wiring in your home or office. Your
municipality may require you to obtain a permit and hire a licensed installer.
Ethernet is available at three different speeds. Standard Ethernet runs at 10 Mbps, Fast Ethernet
runs at 100 Mbps, and Gigabit Ethernet runs at 1000 Mbps. Most home networks are built using
Standard or Fast Ethernet components. Business networks are typically built using Fast or Gigabit
Ethernet components.
To create a wired Ethernet network, you or your electrician must install special Ethernet cables in
your home or office.
Using a router
The most common way to set up a wired Ethernet network is Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP)
using a router. A DHCP network configuration uses a router to automatically assign IP addresses
to each computer or network device. For information on setting up a router, see the router’s
documentation.
Example router-based Ethernet network
The following is an example of a wired Ethernet network. The network is made up of a router, a
cable or DSL modem, your computers, and cables connecting each of these components. The router
is the central control point for the network.
Tip
To add the ability to access a wireless Ethernet network to your wired Ethernet network, connect an access point
to the router or use a router that has a built-in access point.
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Attached to the router are all of your computers or Ethernet-ready devices. Also connected to the
router is a cable or DSL modem that provides access to the Internet.
Cable/DSL
modem
Router
Equipment you need for a router-based Ethernet network
Important
For best results, all Ethernet components should be either standard Ethernet (10 Mbps), Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps or
10/100), or Gigabit Ethernet (1000 Mbps or 10/100/1000). A mixture of components rated at different speeds will result
in your network running at the speed of the slowest rated component.
For a wired Ethernet network you need:
• Two or more computers with Ethernet jacks
• One router
• One broadband Internet connection (optional)
• Ethernet cables connecting all of the network equipment
When buying your router, be sure the model includes everything your network needs, including:
• Internet security features, such as a firewall, to protect your network from unwanted
intruders
• 4-port switch to eliminate the need for additional network hardware
• DHCP server/dynamic IP address assignment to automatically configure network and IP
addresses
Determining if an Ethernet card is already installed on your computer
To determine if an Ethernet card is already installed on your computer:
Click
(Start), then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens.
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Click System and Maintenance, then click System.
Click Device Manager from the task list on the left. The Device Manager window opens.
Click the plus (+) in front of Network adapters. The Ethernet device installed in your
computer is listed. If one is not listed, you must install one.
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Setting up wired Ethernet network hardware
Making sure your broadband connection works
Important
If you do not have a broadband connection already installed, make the necessary arrangements with your ISP. Be
sure to find out how soon after the installation the line will be activated.
Broadband Internet settings differ from ISP to ISP. Before you begin setting up your network, you should contact your ISP
for any specific instructions they have for setting up a network.
Before you change anything about your home setup, make sure that your broadband connection
is working correctly. To test the connection, log on to the Internet using your current setup. If the
connection is not working, contact your Internet service provider.
Installing Ethernet cards and drivers
After you have determined the type of Ethernet you are using for your network, you need to install
Ethernet cards and drivers on the computers that do not have Ethernet already installed.
Use the documentation that comes with your Ethernet cards for instructions on installing the card
and any required drivers.
Plug your Ethernet cable into your computer’s jack and the router or the cable or DSL modem at
this point, if you have not already done so.
Connecting network cables
We recommend using category 5 (Cat 5), unshielded, twisted-pair cable (about 1/4-inch diameter
with a thin outer-jacket, containing eight color-coded wires), and equipment compatible with this
type of cable. This type of cable is equipped with RJ-45 connectors (like a large telephone jack
connector, but with eight pins) on each end.
Cat 5 cables are available in two different types; straight-through cables, used to connect
computers to a router, and crossover cables, used to connect two computers.
To determine which type of cable you have, hold both ends of the cable with the connectors facing
away from you and with the spring clip on the bottom. For straight-through cable, the wires on
both connectors are attached to copper pins in the same order (same colors, left to right). For a
crossover cable, the wires on each connector are attached to the copper pins in a different order
(different colors, left to right).
Setting up a network using a router
If you are setting up a network for more than two computers and you will be connecting your
network to a high-speed Broadband Internet connection (cable or DSL modem), we recommend
the use of a router. A router lets you access the Internet connection from any network computer.
The router can assign IP addresses to the computers on the network and can provide firewall
protection for your network as well.
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In addition to a router, you need a straight-through cable for each computer you want to connect
to the network.
Cable/DSL
modem
Router
WAN port
To set up a network using a router:
1 Plug one end of the power adapter into the AC connector on the router and the other end
into a grounded, 110V electrical outlet.
2 Turn on your computers.
3 Plug one end of a straight-through network cable into any numbered port on the router
(except the WAN port). The WAN port is used to connect the router to the DSL or cable modem
and is identified by a label or a switch. Plug the other end of the cable into the network
jack on the computer. As each computer is connected to the router, the corresponding green
indicator should light on the front of the router, indicating a good connection.
4 Repeat Step 3 for each computer on the network.
5 For an Internet connection, plug a straight-through cable into the WAN port on the router
and the other end into the Ethernet jack on the DSL or cable modem.
Wireless Ethernet networking
Wireless Ethernet networking is the latest advance in computer communication. With a wireless
home network, you can set up your computer wherever you like.
A wireless Ethernet network uses radio waves to communicate. Typically, a wireless Ethernet
network is made up of an access point, a cable or DSL modem (for Internet access), and your
wireless computers.
Wireless Ethernet standards
Current wireless Ethernet standards include the following:
• 802.11a — 54Mbps
• 802.11b — 11Mbps
• 802.11g — 54Mbps
• 802.11n — 540Mbps
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Speed is not the only issue if you decide to use equipment with different standards. Compatibility
can also be an issue. Take the following into consideration when you purchase wireless equipment:
Access point
Wireless cards supported
802.11a
802.11a only
802.11b
802.11b only
802.11g
802.11b and 802.11g
802.11n
802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n
Using an access point
An access point is a small electronic device that serves as the central control point for your network.
You connect your modem to the access point, set up a network connection, then browse the
Internet, send e-mail, share files and folders with other networked computers, and access other
devices, like a printer or scanner.
Cable or DSL modem
Access point
Equipment you need for an access point-based network
Tip
When you buy your access point, make sure it has:
• IEEE 802.11n support. 802.11n is the fastest method for wireless communications. 802.11n is compatible with the older
IEEE 802.11g and IEEE 802.11b formats but not with the competing IEEE 802.11a format. Make sure that you get the
correct format that matches your computer.
• DHCP server/dynamic IP address assignment capability that makes it easier to set up and access your network.
• Internet security features like a firewall to keep intruders out of your network.
• Wireless security features like SecureEasySetup™ or 128-bit WEP encryption.
For a wireless Ethernet network you need:
• Your Gateway computer with wireless networking installed
• A broadband Internet connection (optional)
• An access point
Determining if a wireless Ethernet device is already installed in your computer
To determine if a wireless Ethernet device is already installed:
1 Click (Start), then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens.
2 Click System and Maintenance, then click System.
3 Click Device Manager from the task list on the left. The Device Manager window opens.
4 Click the plus (+) in front of Network adapters. The wireless Ethernet device installed on
your computer is listed. If one is not listed, you must install one.
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Setting up wireless Ethernet network hardware
Making sure your broadband connection works
Important
If you do not have a broadband connection already installed, make the necessary arrangements with your ISP. Be
sure to find out how soon after the installation the line will be activated.
Broadband Internet settings differ from ISP to ISP. Before you begin setting up your network, you should contact your ISP
for any specific instructions they have for setting up a network.
Before you change anything about your home setup, make sure that your broadband connection
is working correctly. To test the connection, log onto the Internet using your current setup. If the
connection is not working, contact your Internet service provider.
Installing wireless cards and drivers
After you have determined the type of wireless equipment you are using for your network, you
need to install wireless cards and drivers on the computers that do not have them already installed.
Use the documentation that comes with your wireless cards for instructions on installing the cards
and any required drivers.
Setting up your access point
A wireless Ethernet network sends and receives information through radio waves. This means that
another computer outside your network can intercept the radio waves and take control of your
network.
If you do not set up security for your network, a hacker can gain access to your Internet connection
to send spam e-mail and to your hard drive to download viruses or view your personal data, like
credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, and personal online banking information.
Check your access point documentation for information about installing the access point and
setting network security.
Establishing your Ethernet network connection
Naming the computers and the workgroup
Important
You must give each computer on the network a unique Computer Name and the same Workgroup Name.
Make sure that you have set up your router (wired network) or access point (wireless network).
If you are setting up a wired network, make sure that you have connected the network cabling.
To identify this computer on the network:
1 Click (Start), then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens.
2 Click System and Maintenance. The System and Maintenance window opens.
3 Click System, then click Change Settings in the Computer Name, Domain and
Workgroup settings area. The System Properties dialog box opens.
4 Click Change.
5 If your computer does not already have a name, type a unique computer name in the
Computer name box. This name identifies the computer to other users on the network.
Use a computer name of up to 15 characters with no blank spaces. Each computer name
must be unique on your network. All-numeric computer names are not allowed. Names must
contain some letters.
6 Type a name for your workgroup in the Workgroup box. Use a workgroup name of up to
15 characters with no blank spaces. The workgroup name must be the same for all computers
in your network workgroup, and the name must be different than any computer name on
your network.
7 Click OK. When you are prompted to restart your computer, click Restart Now.
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Configuring the TCP/IP protocol
A networking protocol is a language computers use to talk to each other. One of several available
protocols must be set up on each computer you plan to use on your network. We recommend you
use the Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), which is widely accepted and
compatible for local area networks (LANs), as well as for Internet communications.
When networking is set up in Windows Vista™, TCP/IP is automatically installed as the default
protocol.
Using a DHCP server
In order to use the TCP/IP protocol on a computer with a router or access point router, the protocol
must be set to “Obtain an IP address from a DHCP server.” This is typically preset when you receive
your computer.
Configuring your router
After you have named your computers and set up TCP/IP on them, you can configure your router
using your Web browser. For instructions, see your router’s documentation.
Connecting to a wireless Ethernet network
Important
Each computer on your network needs a unique Computer Name. All the computers on your network need the same
Workgroup Name. You may have already named your computer and workgroup the first time you turned on your computer.
Connecting to your network
Help
For more information about connecting to your network, click Start, then click Help and Support. Type the following
in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
• Connect to an available network
• Manually add a wireless Ethernet network
• Connecting to wireless Ethernet network.
After you have named your computer and workgroup, you need to set up the network connection
on your computer.
To connect to your wireless Ethernet network:
1 Click (Start), then click Network. The Network window opens.
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2 Click Network and Sharing Center. The Network and Sharing Center window opens.
3 Click Connect to a network on the left of the window. The Connect to a network dialog
box opens.
4 Click a network, then click Connect.
If you can see the network name, but you cannot connect to it, your network is using security.
Right-click on the network, then click Properties. Modify the security settings to match the
settings you set on your access point.
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Wireless security
For information on wireless security, refer to the documentation that came with your access point.
Help
For more information about wireless network security methods, click Start, then click Help and Support. Type
wireless network security methods in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
Testing your network
Now that your home network is set up, log onto one of your computers and access a favorite
Internet Web site.
If you are unable to connect to the Internet:
• Click Start, Control Panel, Network and Internet, then click Network and Sharing
Center. Select Diagnose and Repair on the left of the window. Take any actions suggested.
• If you are using a wired Ethernet network, check all physical cable connections.
• Make sure that your router or access point is plugged in and compare the status lights on
the front of the router or access point with the patterns described in the router or access
point documentation.
• Temporarily turn off any firewall software on your desktop computer.
• Turn off all of the devices, then power them back on.
• Refer to your router’s or access point’s troubleshooting information.
• Contact your Internet service provider.
Adding a printer to your network
Instead of plugging a printer into each of your computers, you can add a printer to your network.
To add a printer to the network, do one of the following:
• Connect your printer to your networked computer, then share the printer. For information
about sharing printers, see “Sharing drives and printers” on page 50.
• Connect your printer to your router or access point if the router or access point includes a
USB or parallel port. For more information, see the instructions that came with your router
or access point.
• Use a printer that has built-in networking.
• Use a print server.
Sharing resources
With a network, you can share your Internet connection, drives, and printers.
Sharing drives and printers
With a network, you can share drives (for example hard drives and DVD drives) and printers among
the computers connected to the network.
Important
To share a printer among the network computers, each computer must have the shared printer’s drivers installed.
Follow the instructions included with your printer to install the printer drivers on each computer.
After the drives and printers on each network computer are shared, you can access them as though
they were attached directly to your computer. Then you can:
• View a network drive
• Open and copy files stored on other network computers
• Print documents on network printers
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Sharing drives or folders
To share drives or folders:
1 Click (Start), then click Computer.
2 Right-click the drive or folder that you want to share, then click Share. The Properties dialog
box opens.
If you share a drive, the entire contents of that drive will be available to everyone on your
network. If you share a folder, only the contents of that folder will be available to everyone
on the network.
3 Click the Sharing tab.
4 Click Share.
- OR If Share is grayed out, click Advanced Sharing to set sharing for this drive or folder.
5 Click OK, then click Close.
Un-sharing drives and folders
To un-share drives or folders:
Click
(Start), then click Computer.
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Right-click the drive or folder that you want to un-share, then click Share.
Click Advanced Sharing, then click Share this folder (or drive) to uncheck the box.
Click Apply, then click OK.
Sharing printers
To share printers:
1 Click (Start), then click Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens.
2 Under Hardware and Sound, click Printer The Printers window opens.
3 Right-click the name and icon of the printer you want to share, then click Sharing on the
menu.
4 On the Sharing tab, click Share this printer, then click OK.
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Using the network
After the drives and printers on each network computer are shared, you can:
• View shared drives and folders
• Map a network drive
• Open and copy files stored on other network computers
• Print documents on network printers
Viewing shared drives and folders
Help
For more information about workgroups, click Start, then click Help and Support. Type workgroups in the Search
Help box, then press ENTER.
To view shared drives and folders:
1 Click (Start), then click Network. The Network window opens.
2 If no drives or folders are displayed, click the option bar under the menu bar, then click Turn
on network discover and file sharing.
3 Double-click the name of the computer containing the drive or folder you want to view. All
shared drives and folders are listed.
Creating a shortcut to a network drive
After a shortcut is created on a computer for a drive or folder on another computer, the contents
of the drive or folder can be accessed as if the drive were attached directly to the computer.
For example, a shortcut is created on computer 2 to the Documents folder on computer 1. To access
the Documents folder on computer 1 from computer 2, double-click the shortcut icon.
To map a network drive:
1 Locate the drive or folder by completing the steps in “Viewing shared drives and folders”
on page 52.
2 Right-click the drive or folder, then click Create Shortcut. A shortcut is created for the drive
or folder and the icon for the shortcut is placed on your desktop.
3 Click × to close the window.
Opening files across the network
To open files across the network:
Start the program for the file you want to open.
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Click File, then click Open.
Browse to the network drive that contains the file you want to open.
Double-click the folder containing the file, then double-click the file.
Copying files across the network
To copy files across the network:
Click
(Start), then click Computer. The Computer window opens.
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Browse to the network drive that contains the file you want to copy.
Browse to the file you want to copy.
Right-click the file, then click Copy.
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Printing files across the network
Important
Before you can print a file across the network, you must install the driver for the printer on the computer you are
sending the file from. You can obtain the printer driver and installation instructions from the CD that shipped with your
printer or from the manufacturer’s Web site.
To print files across the network:
1 Open the file you want to print, then click Print.
2 Click the arrow button to open the printer name list, then click the network printer.
3 Click Print.
Bluetooth networking
You can use Bluetooth to communicate with other Bluetooth-enabled devices. These devices may
include printers, MP3 players, cellular telephones, and other computers. Bluetooth lets you transfer
information between these devices without the use of a USB or Firewire cable. To access a
Bluetooth-enabled device, you must install the device, then connect to the Bluetooth personal area
network.
Important
Your computer may have a Bluetooth radio built-in. If your computer does not have built-in Bluetooth, you can
purchase a Bluetooth adapter to connect to a USB port on your computer.
To install a Bluetooth enabled device:
Turn on your Bluetooth radio and the Bluetooth device.
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Click
(Start), Control Panel, then click Hardware and Sound.
Click Bluetooth Devices.
Click Add, then follow the on-screen instructions.
To install a Bluetooth printer:
Turn on your Bluetooth radio and the Bluetooth printer.
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2
3
4
Click
(Start), Control Panel, then click Hardware and Sound.
Click Add a printer.
Click Add a network, wireless, or Bluetooth printer, click Next, then follow the on-screen
instructions.
To connect to a Bluetooth personal area network:
Turn on your Bluetooth radio and the Bluetooth device.
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Click
(Start), Control Panel, then click Network and Internet.
Click Network and Sharing Center.
Click Manage Network Connections. The Network Connections window opens.
Under Personal Area Network, click Bluetooth Network Connection.
On the toolbar, click View Bluetooth network devices. The Bluetooth Personal Area
Network Devices dialog box opens.
7 Under Bluetooth devices, click that device you want to connect to, then click Connect.
Help
For more information about Bluetooth, click Start, then click Help and Support. Type Bluetooth in the Search
Help box, then press ENTER.
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Protecting your computer
• Hardware security
• Data security
• Security updates
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Hardware security
Although you may be able to replace your computer with a call to your insurance agent, you cannot
replace the information stored on your computer. Take steps to prevent theft of your computer.
Kensington lock slot
The first step in computer security is preventing your computer from being stolen.
Attach a cable lock to the Kensington lock slot on your computer, then wrap the lock’s cable around
the leg of a desk or table. You can buy a cable lock at most electronics stores and many department
stores.
For the location of the Kensington lock slot, see your Reference Guide.
Data security
The second step in computer security is keeping your data safe and secure.
Startup and hard drive password
Use a startup and hard drive password to keep other people from using your computer. You have
to enter your password when you turn on your computer or access your files.
These passwords are set in your computer’s BIOS setup utility. Use a password that you can
remember but that would be hard for someone else to guess.
Tip
For instructions on creating a startup and hard drive password, see your computer’s
Reference Guide. Make sure that you use a password you can remember. The password
feature is very secure, and you cannot bypass it. If you forget your password, you will have
to return your computer to Gateway so we can reset it.
Windows user accounts
Windows lets you set up a user account for each person who uses your computer. When you set
up user accounts, Windows sets up a My Documents folder for each account. You can assign a
password to each account so only the account owner can access files in the My Documents folder.
When you set up a user account, you can also limit the programs that a user can install or run.
Help
For more information about Windows user accounts, click Start, then click Help and
Support. Type user accounts in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
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Protecting your computer from viruses
A virus is a program that attaches itself to a file on a computer, then spreads from one computer
to another. Viruses can damage data or cause your computer to malfunction. Some viruses go
undetected for a period of time because they are activated on a certain date.
Protect your computer from a virus by:
• Subscribing to Norton 360 for regular virus and spyware protection updates.
• Using Norton 360 to check files and programs that are attached to e-mail messages or
downloaded from the Internet.
• Checking all programs for viruses before installing them.
• Disabling macros on suspicious Microsoft Word and Excel files. These programs will warn
you if a document that you are opening contains a macro that might have a virus.
• Making sure that the Windows Security Center is configured to provide you with the highest
level of protection.
Tip
For more information about modifying security settings, see “Modifying security
settings” on page 60.
Help
For more information about protecting your computer against viruses, click Start,
then click Help and Support. Type viruses in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
Using Norton 360
Norton 360 helps protect your computer from viruses, spyware, and identity theft. To learn more
about these features, including how to schedule system scans and security updates, click
Help & Support in the upper right corner of the screen, then click Help.
Removing viruses and spyware
To scan for and remove viruses and spyware:
1 Click (Start), All Programs, Norton 360, then click Norton 360. Norton 360 opens.
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2 At the top of the window, click Tasks. The Tasks window opens.
3 Click Run Scans. The Choose Scans window opens.
4 Click the type of scan you want to run, then click Go.
Norton 360 scans your computer for viruses and spyware and removes any that it finds.
When the scan is finished, a summary of fixed problems appears.
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Updating your virus and spyware definitions
You should update your virus definitions frequently so Norton 360 can recognize the latest threats.
To update your virus and spyware definitions:
1 Make sure that you are connected to the Internet.
2 Click
(Start), All Programs, Norton 360, then click Norton 360. Norton 360 opens.
3 At the top of the window, click Tasks. The Tasks window opens.
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4 Click Check for Updates. Your computer downloads and installs the latest virus definitions.
Important
To update Norton 360 after the subscription period ends, you must extend
your subscription.
Using Windows Security Center
Windows Security Center helps protect your computer through:
• A firewall
• Automatic Windows updates
• Third party virus protection software
• Security options in Internet Explorer
Modifying security settings
To modify security settings:
1 Click (Start), Control Panel, then Click Security.
2 Click Security Center. The Windows Security Center dialog box opens.
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3 Click:
• Windows Update to run Windows Update or modify the Windows Update settings.
• Windows Firewall to prevent outsiders from accessing the information on your
computer.
• Windows Defender to scan your computer for malicious or unwanted software that
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may have been placed on your computer either from an Internet Web site or from other
programs that you have installed.
Internet Options to prevent certain programs from running on your computer that
might be found on Web sites.
Help
For more information about Windows Security Center, click Start, then
click Help and Support. Type security center in the Search Help box, then press
ENTER.
For more information about the Windows Security Center, click Get help about Security Center.
Security updates
To keep your computer secure, you need to keep Windows and your computer’s system software
up to date.
Windows Update
If a hacker finds a way to bypass the security features built into Windows, Microsoft creates a
high-priority Windows update to fix the problem. You should update Windows regularly to keep
your computer secure.
To update Windows:
1 Click (Start), Control Panel, then click Security.
2 Click Security Center. The Windows Security Center dialog box opens.
3 Click Windows Update. Windows checks the Microsoft web site to see if any updates are
available.
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4 Click:
• Install Updates to download and install updates on your computer. These updates
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include security updates.
Install Extras to download additional Windows software for your computer.
Help
For more information about Windows Update, click Start, then
click Help and Support. Type Windows update in the Search box, then press
ENTER.
Scheduling automatic updates
Use the Windows Security Center to schedule automatic updates. Windows can routinely check for
the latest updates for your computer and install them automatically.
To schedule automatic updates:
1 Click (Start), Control Panel, then click Security.
2 Click Security Center. The Windows Security Center dialog box opens.
3 Click Windows Update.
4 Click Change Settings. The Change Settings dialog box opens.
5 Make your changes to the schedule settings, then click OK.
BigFix
Your computer may include BigFix. BigFix monitors your computer for problems and conflicts. It
automatically gathers information about the latest bugs, security alerts, and updates from BigFix
sites on the Internet. Whenever BigFix detects a problem, it alerts you by flashing the blue taskbar
icon. To fix the problem, click on that icon to open BigFix.
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Changing screen settings
Changing system sounds
Changing mouse settings
Adding and modifying user accounts
Changing power-saving settings
Changing accessibility settings
Setting up parental controls
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Changing screen settings
Adjusting the color depth and screen area are two of the most basic display settings you may need
to change. You can also adjust settings such as the screen background and screen saver.
Changing color depth and screen resolution
Color depth and screen resolution are two of the most basic monitor settings you may need to
change to suit your needs.
Color depth is the number of colors your computer uses to display images on your monitor. Most
images look best displayed with the maximum number of colors available. If the color in your
images seems “false” or “jumpy,” especially after you have played a game or run a video-intensive
program, check the color depth setting and return it to the highest color setting, if necessary.
Screen resolution is the number of pixels (individual colored dots) your computer uses to display
images on your monitor. The higher the resolution, the more information and screen components
(such as icons and menu bars) can be displayed on the monitor.
Help
For more information about adjusting the screen, click Start, then click Help and
Support. Type adjusting monitor settings in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
To change the color depth or screen resolution:
1 Click (Start), Control Panel, then under Appearance and Personalization, click Adjust
Screen Resolution. The Display Settings dialog box opens.
2 To change the color depth, click the Colors list, then click the color depth you want.
• Low (8-bit) = 256 colors
• Medium (16-bit) = 65,500 colors
• Highest (32-bit) = 16,700,000 colors
3 To change the screen resolution, drag the Resolution slider to the size you prefer.
4 Click Apply. If the new settings do not look right, click No. If the new settings make the screen
illegible and you cannot click No, the settings return to their previous values after several
seconds.
5 Click OK, then click Yes to save your changes.
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Changing the appearance of windows and backgrounds
You can change the appearance of Windows desktop items, such as the colors of windows and
dialog boxes and the color and design of the desktop background.
To change window colors and effects:
1 Click (Start), Control Panel, then under Appearance and Personalization, click
Customize colors. The Window Color and Appearance dialog box opens.
2 Click one of the color choices and adjust the Color intensity slider, then click OK. Your new
color settings are applied.
3 For even more color adjustment options, such as color schemes, shading effects, and screen
fonts, click
(Start), Control Panel, then under Appearance and Personalization, click
Change the color scheme. Change the setting you want, then click OK.
To change the Windows desktop background:
(Start), Control Panel, then under Appearance and Personalization, click Change
desktop background. The Choose a desktop background dialog box opens.
1 Click
2 Click the Picture Location list, then click the location where you want to look for background
images. If the location you want is not in the list, click Browse and locate the drive and folder.
3 Click the picture or color you want to use for the background, then click OK.
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Selecting a screen saver
Caution
If you are using a monitor (not a flat-panel display), an image may get burned in on
your monitor screen if you leave your computer on for long periods of time without using
it. You should use a screen saver which constantly changes its image to avoid this damage.
Flat panel displays cannot be damaged with image burn-in.
You can use a screen saver to keep others from viewing your screen while you are away from your
computer. Windows supplies a variety of screen savers that you can choose from, and many more
are available from the Internet and as commercial products.
To select a screen saver:
(Start), Control Panel, Appearance and Personalization, then click Change
screen saver. The Screen Saver Settings dialog box opens.
1 Click
2 Click the Screen saver list, then click the screen saver you want to use. An example of the
screen saver plays on the preview screen.
• To change the settings for the screen saver, click Settings, change the settings, then
click OK.
Important
If the Settings button is not available, you cannot customize the screen saver
you selected.
• To see a full-screen preview of the screen saver, click Preview.
• To change the length of computer inactivity time that passes before the screen saver
starts, change the number of minutes in the Wait box.
3 Click OK. Your screen saver changes are applied.
Help
For more information about selecting a screen saver, click Start, then click
Help and Support. Type screen savers in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
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Changing gadgets
Gadgets are constantly running mini-programs that are visible on your Windows desktop. They
can be moved, removed, resized, and configured according to your preference. Although you can
position them anywhere on your desktop, gadgets are usually visible on the right edge of your
screen in the Sidebar.
Gadgets can include:
• Clocks and timers
• News feeds, weather forecasts, and stock tickers
• Slide shows and puzzles
• Calendars and contact lists
• Sticky notes
To add a gadget:
1 Click the + at the top of the Sidebar, or right-click in an empty area of the Sidebar and click
Add Gadgets. The gadget selection window opens.
2 Click the gadget you want, then drag it to the Sidebar.
Tip
To shop online for more gadgets, click Get more gadgets online.
To delete a gadget, right-click the gadget, then click Close Gadget.
To configure a gadget:
1 In the Sidebar, right-click the gadget, then click Options. The gadget’s configuration window
opens.
2 Make the changes you want, then click OK. Your changes are saved.
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Using a gadget’s control panel
Some gadgets have built-in control panels that you can use to control their behavior.
To use a gadget’s control panel:
1 In the Sidebar, hold the mouse pointer over the gadget. The gadget’s built-in control panel
appears on the gadget. (Slideshow gadget shown)
2 Click the control you want to operate.
Configuring the gadget Sidebar
You can change the appearance and behavior of the Sidebar.
To change Sidebar properties:
1 Right-click in an empty area of the Sidebar, then click Properties. The Windows Sidebar
Properties dialog box opens.
You can change:
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Whether the Sidebar is always on top of other windows (always visible)
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The monitor that the sidebar appears on (if you have multiple monitors)
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Setting up multiple monitors
Important
The dialog boxes shown in this section are for demonstrative purposes only and may
not represent the screens on your computer.
If your computer’s video card supports additional monitors (it must have two video ports), you
can connect an additional monitor or projector to your computer.
You can use the second monitor or projector as a duplicate of the primary display, or as an
extension to roughly double the size of your Windows desktop. Use the additional desktop space
to accommodate additional windows.
To use a projector or additional monitor:
1 Turn off your computer.
2 Plug the projector or monitor cable into the secondary monitor port on your computer. For
the location of the monitor port on your computer, see the setup poster or your Reference
Guide.
3 Plug the projector’s or monitor’s power cord into an AC power outlet, then turn it on.
4 Turn on your computer. Windows recognizes the new hardware and searches for its driver.
You may need to install the driver from the disc supplied by the manufacturer or download
the driver from the manufacturer’s Web site.
5 After the driver is installed, click
(Start), Control Panel, Appearance and
Personalization, Personalization, then click Display Settings. The Display Settings dialog
box opens.
Shortcut
Right-click an empty space on the desktop ➧ Personalize ➧
Display Settings.
6 Right-click the second monitor icon (labeled 2), click Attached, then click Apply.
7 Adjust properties such as Resolution or Color Quality if necessary.
Tip
To help identify your multiple monitors in the Display Settings dialog box, click
Identify Monitors. A large number appears on the screen of each monitor.
8 To use the second monitor or projector as a “mirror” (duplicate) of the primary monitor (both
monitors have the same content), click to deselect the check box for Extend my Windows
desktop onto this monitor.
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9 To use the second monitor or projector as an extension of your desktop (increasing the size
of your Windows desktop), click to select the check box for Extend my Windows desktop
onto this monitor. You can click and drag the “2” monitor icon to position it the same way
the physical monitor is arranged on your desk.
10 Click OK.
Changing system sounds
You can change the sounds that play for system events, such as Windows startup and shut down,
logging on and logging off, window maximizing and minimizing, and error messages.
To change system sounds:
(Start), Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, then under Sound, click Change
system sounds. The Sound dialog box opens.
1 Click
2 Click the Sound Scheme list, then click the sound scheme you want.
- OR Click an event in the Program list, then click the Sounds list and click the sound file you
want associated with the event. If you do not see the sound file in the Sounds list, click
Browse and find the file in the appropriate folder.
3 To test a sound you have selected, click Test.
4 Click OK to save your changes.
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Changing mouse settings
Help
For more information about mouse settings, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type mouse settings in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
You can adjust the double-click speed, pointer speed, left-hand or right-hand configuration, and
other mouse settings.
To change your mouse settings:
Shortcut
Start ➧ Control Panel ➧ Hardware and Sound ➧ Mouse
1 Click
(Start), Control Panel, then under Hardware and Sound, click Mouse. The Mouse
Properties dialog box opens.
2 Change the settings you want. You can:
• Switch the left and right buttons
• Change the double-click speed
• Change the pointer appearance and speed
• Change the mouse wheel actions
3 Click OK to save your changes.
Adding and modifying user accounts
You can create and customize a user account for each person who uses your computer. You can
also change between user accounts without turning off your computer.
User account tips
• If you want to create an account for someone, but you do not want that user to have full
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access to your computer, be sure to make that account limited. Remember that limited
accounts may not be able to install some older programs.
Files created in one account are not accessible from other accounts unless the files are stored
in the Shared Documents folder. The Shared Documents folder is accessible from all accounts
on that computer and from other computers on the network.
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To add, delete, or modify user accounts:
1 Click (Start), Control Panel, then under User Accounts and Family Safety, click Add
or remove user accounts.
• To create a new account, click Create a new account, then follow the on-screen
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instructions to finish the setup.
To change an account, click the account name, then click the option you want to change.
To delete an account, click the account name, then click Delete the account and confirm
the deletion of related files. The account is deleted. (You cannot delete the administrator
account.)
Help
For more information about user accounts, click Start, then click Help and
Support. Type user accounts in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
To switch between user accounts:
1 Save any open documents that are being worked on in your current account.
2 Click
(Start), click the arrow next to the lock icon, then click Switch User or Log Off.
• Switch User opens the account selection screen but does not log off the current user,
and any programs that were running for the previous user continue to run.
• Log Off logs off the current user, then opens the account selection screen.
Caution
If you click Log Off, any programs that were running may be closed, and
unsaved document changes may be lost.
3 Click the user account that you want to use.
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Changing power-saving settings
Changing the power plan
Power plans (groups of power settings) let you change power saving options such as when the
monitor or hard drive is automatically turned off. You can select one of the defined power plans
or create a custom power plan.
Help
For more information about power plans, click Start, then click Help and Support.
Type power plan or power management in the Search Help box, then press ENTER.
To change the power plan:
Shortcut
Start ➧ Control Panel ➧ System and Maintenance ➧ Power Options
1 Click
(Start), Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, then under Power Options, click
Change power-saving settings. The Select a power plan dialog box opens.
2 Click a power plan (default plans shown):
• Balanced uses several energy-saving features while maintaining reasonable
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performance and convenience.
Power saver maximizes energy savings but reduces performance and convenience.
High performance maximizes performance but reduces energy savings.
3 To change a power plan, click Change plan settings, change the settings you want, then
click Save changes.
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4 To change advanced power settings, click Change plan settings, Change advanced power
settings.
5 Change the settings you want, then click OK.
You can change:
• Power-down times for your hard drive, wireless network adapter, USB devices, and
processor
• Power management settings for your display, processor, and expansion cards
• Behavior of your computer’s power button
6 Click Save changes.
7 To create a new power plan, on the left side of the Select a power plan window click Create
a power plan, then follow the on-screen instructions.
Changing accessibility settings
Your computer can be a powerful tool, but it may be less useful to you if items on the screen are
difficult to see, or if the mouse is difficult to control. Windows has several tools that help you use
it more easily.
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Using the Ease of Access Center
Use the Ease of Access Center to change several system display settings.
To use the Ease of Access Center:
(Start), Control Panel, Ease of Access, then click Ease of Access Center. The Ease
of Access Center opens.
1 Click
2 In the Quick access to common tools section, click one of the following options to make
some of the most common accessibility changes to Windows:
• Start Magnifier provides a close-up view of the area near your mouse pointer.
• Start On-Screen Keyboard displays a keyboard on the screen. You can press keys on
the on-screen keyboard by clicking them with your mouse.
• Start Narrator reads on-screen text and describes graphics.
• Set up High Contrast changes the Windows color scheme to use high-contrast colors.
You can also use the Ease of Access Center to:
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Use the computer without a display, mouse, or keyboard
Make the computer display easier to see
Make the mouse and keyboard easier to use
Use text or visual alternatives for sounds
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Using voice recognition
You can attach a microphone to your computer and configure Windows to create typed text from
your voice.
To set up voice recognition:
1 Click (Start), Control Panel, Ease of Access, then click Speech Recognition Options.
The Speech Recognition Options window opens.
2 Click one of the following settings to start setting up speech recognition:
• Start Speech Recognition turns on speech recognition. With an attached microphone,
you can then control your computer using voice commands.
• Set up microphone configures your attached microphone to work correctly with
speech recognition.
• Take Speech Tutorial helps you learn how to use speech recognition.
• Train your computer to better understand you helps you create several voice
samples that your computer can use to better recognize the words you speak.
• Open the Speech Reference Card lets you view and print a list of common voice
commands.
3 If you want to configure your computer’s settings for reading aloud on-screen text, click
Text to Speech on the left of the window.
Setting up parental controls
You can use parental controls to:
• Control and monitor the Internet activity of your children
• Block inappropriate games and programs
• Schedule the times your children can use the computer
• Print activity reports that contain a detailed history of computer use
To use parental controls most effectively, you should set up a separate user account for each of
your children. For information on setting up user accounts, see “Adding and modifying user
accounts” on page 71.
Important
You must be logged in to an administrator account to set up parental controls. You
cannot set up parental controls for an administrator user account.
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Filtering Internet access
You can specify the type of Internet content that can be accessed by a user.
To set up Internet filtering:
(Start), Control Panel, then under User Accounts and Family Safety, click Set
up parental controls for any user. The Parental Controls dialog box opens.
1 Click
2 Click the user account to set up restrictions for. The User Controls dialog box opens.
3 Click On, enforce current settings, then click Windows Vista Web Filter. The Web
Restrictions dialog box opens.
4 Specify the settings you want to use for this user, then click OK. The settings are saved.
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Scheduling computer and Internet use
To schedule the times a user can access the Internet:
(Start), Control Panel, then under User Accounts and Family Safety, click Set
up parental controls for any user. The Parental Controls dialog box opens.
1 Click
2 Click the user account to schedule for, then click Time limits. The Time Restrictions dialog
box opens.
3 Click inside the grid to set when the user can access the computer. Blocked hours are blue,
and allowed hours are white.
Restricting game access
You can restrict games by game ratings, or you can specify the games which are not allowed.
To restrict games by game ratings:
1 Click (Start), Control Panel, then under User Accounts and Family Safety, click Set
up parental controls for any user. The Parental Controls dialog box opens.
2 Click the user account to set up restrictions for, then click Games. The Game Controls dialog
box opens.
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3 Click Set game ratings. The Game Restrictions dialog box opens.
4 Click the level of games you want allowed, then click OK. The settings are saved.
To restrict specific games:
(Start), Control Panel, then under User Accounts and Family Safety, click Set
up parental controls for any user. The Parental Controls dialog box opens.
1 Click
2 Click the user account to set up restrictions for, then click Games. The Game Controls dialog
box opens.
3 Click Block or Allow specific games. The Game Overrides dialog box opens.
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4 Click the level of access you want for each game listed, then click OK. If the game you want
to restrict access to is not shown on the list, see “Restricting specific programs” on page 80.
Restricting specific programs
To restrict specific programs:
(Start), Control Panel, then under User Accounts and Family Safety, click Set
up parental controls for any user. The Parental Controls dialog box opens.
1 Click
2 Click the user account to set up restrictions for, then click Allow and block specific
programs. The Application Restrictions dialog box opens.
3 Click [User name] can only use the programs I allow, click the checkbox for each program
you want to allow access to, then click OK.
Tip
Click Check All, then click to uncheck the checkboxes of the programs you
want to restrict access to.
Creating activity reports
To create a report of a user’s computer and Internet use:
(Start), Control Panel, then under User Accounts and Family Safety, click Set
up parental controls for any user. The Parental Controls dialog box opens.
1 Click
2 Click the user account to create a report for, then click View activity reports. The activity
report is displayed.
The activity report includes such information as:
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Most recent 10 Web sites blocked
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Index
A
CD
access point
setting up 47
using 46
accessibility
high contrast color scheme
74
Magnifier 74
Narrator 74
on-screen keyboard 74
settings 74
accessing
shared drives 52
shared files 52
shared folders 52
accounts
Internet 18
ISP 18
user 71
Windows user 56
adding
user accounts 71
address
e-mail 20
Web 19
AU file
playing 28
audio
playing 28
recording file 31
audio CD
adding tracks to library 33
editing track information 33
playing 29
AVI file
playing 28
B
adding tracks to library 33
creating audio 34
creating data 37
editing track information 33
playing music 29
clipboard 10
close button 9
closing
program 9, 16
window 9, 16
color
changing scheme 65
depth 64
high contrast scheme 74
computers
naming 47
configuring
router 48
TCP/IP protocol 48
connecting
to Internet 19
to Web site 19
connections
monitor (VGA) 69
projector 69
VGA 69
copying
files across network 52
files and folders 10, 16
text and graphics 16
creating
data disc 37
desktop icon 8
desktop shortcut 8
document 14
folder 10
MP3 file 32
music file 32
video DVD 35
WMA file 32
customizing 63
cutting
files and folders 10
using Start menu 7
DHCP 42, 48
disconnecting from Internet 18
display
using screen saver 66
documentation
Gateway Web site 2
help 2
Help and Support 2
online help 3
documents
creating 14
opening 14
printing 15
saving 14
downloading files 20
drivers
updating 2
drives
mapping network 52
sharing 51
un-sharing 51
viewing contents 9
viewing files and folders 9
DSL modem 18, 42, 44
DVD
creating data 37
creating video 35
playing 29
Dynamic Host Configuration
Protocol 48
E
Ease of Access Center 75
editing
music track information 33
e-mail
address 20
checking for messages 21
sending 20
using 18, 20
Ethernet network
See wired Ethernet network
See wireless Ethernet network
background
changing Windows 65
BigFix 62
Bluetooth network 53
installing device 53
installing printer 53
personal area network 53
D
Blu-ray Disc
deleting files and folders 6, 11, 16 F
playing 29
Fast Ethernet 42
desktop
broadband Internet connection
faxes
adding icon 8
18, 44, 47
canceling 25
adding shortcut 8
browser
receiving and viewing 25
adjusting settings 64
Web 18, 19
sending 21, 25
changing background 65
browsing for files and folders 13
sending from program 25
changing color scheme 65
sending scanned image 25
extending 69
setting up cover page
C
selecting screen saver 66
template 25
using
6
cable modem 18, 42, 44
83
Index
files
copying 10, 16
cutting 10
deleting 6, 11, 16
downloading 20
finding 12, 13
moving 10
opening 7
opening shared 52
pasting 10, 16
recovering 11
renaming 16
searching for 12, 13
sharing 51
un-sharing 51
viewing list 9
finding
files and folders 12, 13
Help and Support topics 2
folders
copying 10, 16
creating 10
cutting 10
deleting 6, 11, 16
finding 12, 13
moving 10
opening 9
pasting 10, 16
recovering 11
renaming 16
searching for 12, 13
sharing 51
un-sharing 51
viewing list 9
G
gadgets
adding 67
changing 67
configuring 67
configuring Sidebar 68
using control panel 68
game access
restricting 78
Gateway
contact information 3
model number 3
serial number 3
Web address 2
Web site 2
Gigabit Ethernet 42
H
HD-DVD
playing 29
help
Media Center 3
84
online 3
using 2
Help and Support 2
searching 2
hyperlinks 19
sending e-mail 20
MIDI file
playing 28
minimize button 9
model number 3
modem
I
cable 18, 42, 44
dial-up 18
Internet
DSL 18, 42, 44
account 18
connecting to 19
monitor
downloading files 20
color quality 69
filtering 77
controls 64
requirements to access 18
screen resolution 69
using 18
setting up multiple 69
using screen saver 66
Internet Explorer 18
mouse
Internet service provider (ISP) 18
changing settings 71
connecting to 19
using Magnifier 74
disconnecting from 18
setting up account 18
moving
files 10
IP address 42
folders 10
entering 48
MP3 file
ISP
creating 32
See Internet service provider
editing track information 33
playing 28
K
MPEG
file
Kensington lock slot 56
See MP3 file
keyboard
multimedia
on-screen 74
playing audio CD 29
shortcuts 16
playing DVD 29
recording audio 31
L
using Windows Media Player
labels
28
model number 3
music library
serial number 3
building 33
LAN 42
editing 33
LCD panel
music tracks
using screen saver 66
copying 32
links 19
local area network (LAN) 42
N
lock slot
name
Kensington 56
computer 47
workgroup 47
M
naming
computers 47
maintenance
workgroup 47
virus protection 57
Narrator 74
mapping network drives 52
network
maximize button 9
Bluetooth 53
Media Center
testing 50
See Windows Media Center
using 52
Media Player
wired Ethernet 42
See Windows Media Player
wireless Ethernet 45
menu bar 9
Norton 360
messages
scanning for viruses 57
checking e-mail 21
starting 57
www.gateway.com
updating 59
O
online help 2, 3
opening
documents 14
files 7
files across network 52
folders 9
programs 7
optical disc
creating data 37
playing 29
Outlook 18
Outlook Express 18
P
opening 7
restricting 80
projector
color quality 69
connecting 69
screen resolution 69
R
recording
audio file 31
CD tracks 32
recovering files and folders 11
Recycle Bin 6
deleting files and folders 11
emptying 12
recovering files and folders
11
remote control
PAN 42
Windows Media Center 40
parental controls
removing
files and folders 6, 11,
activity reports 80
12, 16
blocking specific games 79
renaming files and folders 16
game ratings 78
resolution
Internet filtering 77
changing screen 64
restricting game access 79
restricting games 78
restoring files and folders 11
restricting programs 80
router
scheduling computer use 78
configuring 48
scheduling Internet access 78
example network 42
setting up 76
setting up 44, 45
time limits,setting 78
using 42
password
hard drive 56
S
startup 56
saving
pasting
documents 14
files and folders 10, 16
scheduling
text and graphics 16
computer use 78
personal area network (PAN) 42
screen
playing
adjusting settings 64
audio CD 29
resolution 69
audio file 28
saver 66
multimedia files 28
screen saver
music CD 29
changing 66
video files 28
Windows Media Player file 28 Search utility 12
searching
power
for files and folders 12, 13
changing plans 73
in Help and Support 2
plans 73
security
schemes 73
BigFix 62
printer
data
56
adding Bluetooth 53
hardware
56
sharing 51
lock
slot
56
printing
Norton 360 57
documents 15
password 56
files across network 53
user accounts 56
programs
Windows Security Center 60
closing 16
Windows Update 61
wireless Ethernet 50
serial number 3
Shared Documents folder 71
sharing
drives 51
folders 51
printer 51
shortcuts
adding to desktop 8
closing programs 16
closing windows 16
copying 16
deleting files and folders 16
keyboard 16
pasting 16
renaming files and folders 16
selecting adjacent items in
list 16
selecting items in list 16
switching between files,
folders, or programs
16
Sidebar
configuring 68
gadgets 68
software
See programs
sound
changing system 70
scheme 70
Sound Recorder
recording audio 31
speech recognition 76
Start button 6
Start menu 7
starting programs 7
subnet mask 42
entering 48
support
using 2
system identification label 3
T
taskbar 6
TCP/IP protocol
configuring 48
telephone
canceling fax 25
installing Windows Fax and
Scan 21
receiving and viewing faxes
25
sending fax 25
sending fax from program 25
sending scanned image fax
25
85
Index
setting up fax cover page
template 25
testing network 50
text to speech 76
title bar 8
transferring
files from Internet 20
U
un-sharing
drives 51
folders 51
updating
device drivers 2
Norton 360 59
Windows 61
user accounts
adding in Windows 71
deleting 71
switching in Windows 71
V
VGA port 69
video
playing 28
viewing
shared drives 52
shared folders 52
virus
protecting against 57
removing 57
voice recognition 76
W
WAN 42
WAV file
playing 28
Web browser 18, 19
Web page 19
Web site 19
connecting to 19
downloading files 20
Gateway 2
wide area network (WAN) 42
window 8
changing colors 65
close button 9
closing 9, 16
maximize button 9
menu bar 9
minimize button 9
title bar 8
Windows
changing background 65
clipboard 10
86
Search utility 12
user accounts 56
Windows Fax and Scan 21
Windows Media Center 38
help 3
starting 38
Windows Media Player
building music library 33
creating MP3 32
creating music files 32
creating WMA files 32
editing tack information 33
playing audio CD 29
playing audio file 28
viewing video file 28
Windows Security Center
icon 6
using 57
Windows Update 61
wired Ethernet network 42
equipment needed 43
example 42
installing cards 44
installing drivers 44
setting up 44
wireless Ethernet network 45
connecting to 48
equipment needed 46
installing cards 47
installing drivers 47
security 50
setting up 47
WMA file
creating 32
editing track information 33
playing 28
Wordpad 13
workgroup
naming 47
World Wide Web (WWW) 19
downloading files 20
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