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Windows XP from A to Z


Rose Lynn Saenger is learning both Win XP and Office XP.

From the February, 2002 issue of PC Alamode Magazine

I love picking up a computer book by a local writer which means that the author resides within the state of Texas. Pat Coleman, the author of Windows XP from A to Z, is a Houston resident and thus qualifies as a local writer. This book, as the title indicates, is a reference book that should be on the desk beside every system that is running Win XP. At roughly 6x9 inches and 248 pages this book is packed with information on how to use Win XP. 

Windows XP from A to Z is organized like a dictionary or an encyclopedia making it possible to look up any word or feature and find the information that you need without using the Index. However, if you are old school and just must use the index you will find that it is excellent. What I especially like is that you can look up a term or feature and if Ms. Coleman has defined that item in a different category, there is a reference to that category. An example of such a feature is looking up magnifier and being referred to Accessibility Options. Another major plus for this book is the plentiful use of screen captures to illustrate what is being written. Ms. Coleman used two screen captures to show the reader how to log off and shut down the computer using Win XP. This seems like a very elementary thing for anyone who has used a computer in the past but believe me Win XP is visually quite different from Win 9x and it is really helpful to see what to expect to see when you are ready to shut down.

Like an encyclopedia, this book tells more than just a description of a feature. Win XP has many features “in the box” and this book covers things like how to create a music CD, playing a DVD, and finding Internet radio stations in the ten pages devoted to the media player. You can learn text editing, formatting, and working with files in Notepad. In WordPad Ms. Coleman shows how to work with files; edit; customize; insert date, time and objects; format; and specify paragraphs and tabs. There are half dozen pages devoted to Paint and how to use its features.

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who uses Windows XP. I also think that it would be an excellent book for teaching computer classes to those whose first computer has Win XP installed.

I went to CompUSA and Office Depot looking for Windows XP from A to Z and did not find it on their shelves, but since the publication date is July of 2001, it may be on the shelves by the time that you read this review. I checked the Internet and found it at the publisher, for $12.95. I went to Amazon and found the book for $10.36 and at Barnes and Noble it is selling for $11.65. Borders Book Stores are a part of Amazon and probably would order Windows XP from A to Z for you. Barnes and Noble is always willing to order books for you to pick up at the store, also. It is also possible to order from the publisher 

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