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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows Vista (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech)) Paperback – Bargain Price, November 29, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (November 29, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470045736
  • ASIN: B003D3OFAW
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,863,280 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something — and skip the long-winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step-by-step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 140 Windows Vista tasks. Each task-based spread includes easy, visual directions for performing necessary operations, including:

  • Installing and repairing programs
  • Maintaining your system
  • Setting up password-protected accounts
  • Loading images from a digital camera
  • Managing audio and video with Media Center
  • Securing Internet and e-mail accounts
  • Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks
  • Full-color screen shots demonstrate each task
  • Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
  • Two-page lessons break big topics into bite-sized modules

About the Author

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

More About the Author

Paul McFedries runs Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company, and has been writing computer books for more than 17 years. He is the author or coauthor of more than 60 books that have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Paul is also the proprietor of Wordspy.com, a website that tracks new words and phrases as they enter the language.

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Very well written, easy to understand.
Hector Balladares
I would highly recommend the book to the type of person who uses a computer as a versatile tool instead of a communication crutch.
Bill Atkinson
Any time I need to know something I refer to this book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Daisy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on March 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was the very first Vista book I purchased last March, 2007 when Vista first came out. This book got me up and running from the move from XP to Vista very quickly. The topics that this wonderful writer wrote are I believe the most important Vista items so you can quickly get up and running with Vista. This is a very easy to understand book which I highly suggest for someone that is moving from XP to Vista, buying a new computer with Vista, or new to computers altogether. I have used computers for many years, however, I bought this book because I bought a new computer last year that was loaded with Vista. The night before I bought the computer, I read this book and then kept it next to my new computer for a quick reference. After reading and "graduating" from this book, and also because I liked the writer, I purchased another book he wrote called "The Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks Microsoft Vista". Be sure to read this review as well. All in all, I am super impressed with this book. It was so helpful to me because I needed a quick overview of Vista before I bought my new computer system. This book has worked 100% for me!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Glenn E. Klima on November 24, 2007
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I read the reviews here before purchasing this item. I made my decision because another reviewer has stated that his 80ish Aunt was satisfied with this book. I am a 58yo retired engineer and use Win XP Pro. My 81 yo mother, who lives some distance from me, had just purchased a new PC with VISTA installed. She was having great difficulty in using the new VISTA, which is way different from the Win 95 that she had been using. I purchased this book as a gift for my mother. She is very satisfied, and the book has been very useful to her as she transitions to VISTA. The lady who was upset with the small print and "Batman Comic Book" like presentation, is correct. However, at 58 I have several magnifying loupes around here, and my mother also owns several magnifiers and uses them regularly so I didn't see a problem with print font size. Although I have not yet seen this book, my mother has informed me on several occasions that she is excited with her progress in learning VISTA, primarily from her use of this (now dogeared) book.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bill Atkinson on December 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
Had it not been for the Teach Yourself Visually series, I might have buried my Dell Dimension PC in the backyard and taken up a quill pen.When I acquired a Dell Inspiron a few months ago, one of my first acts was to buy the Windows Vista guide from this series.

Generally my experience has been positive. I use a computer primarily as a word processor so that some of the Vista features are of no value to me. The author assumes little or no prior computer experience and the first two chapters cover basics. There is a chapter on using Word Pad although I decided to install a version of the superior Microsoft Word. There is an excellent chapter on music including how to burn a CD and three chapters on the Internet. There are even four pages on setting up parental controls.I would highly recommend the book to the type of person who uses a computer as a versatile tool instead of a communication crutch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DOVE on June 10, 2008
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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows Vista (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech))

Great book for a hands on person. I understand things better when there are visual examples that I can use. The only problem (so far) is the fine print. I sometimes need a magnifier to read it and wish that part of it was more user friendly. If not for that issue, I would give it a 5 star review. So, if you don,t have a problem working with fine print, I would recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MorningSunshine on May 14, 2008
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I have been thrilled with this book!! Each lesson is covered in a clear, concise and easily followed outline. I began skimming it immediately on arrival and am now taking one page after another in order. The pictures are difficult for me to see as I have vision problems. I definately recommend the Teach Yourself Visually line of text books
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jon E. Brubaker on December 29, 2007
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This is a very good manual for learning Window Vista. It uses text and graphics to show you how to do a particular function. It has lost some clarity in graphics since the Marans longer do them. It is weak on virus protection and how to prevent them. It covers just about every basic function you will encounter in Vista and I would recommend it for people moving to Vista or those just starting out on a computer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Celina U. Penalba on December 27, 2008
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This book is extremely useful for beginners, especially those who are not familiarized with Windows. Of course it can be of help to those using Windows Vista for the first time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlie F on October 26, 2008
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I decided to jump from Windows 98 to Vista when I bought my new computer instead of XP. This book was a great help in making the transition. It eliminated a lot of trial and error on my part that I was doing when first opened Vista. I now feel comfortable with Vista and glad I made the decision to go with it instead of XP. It's illustrated step by step instrustions was just what I needed.
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