Part 2 of this book discusses the fundamental features of Microsoft Windows Vista. Chapter 2, “Working with Windows Vista,” introduces some of the new menu and interface features. The chapter starts with a look at taskbar changes and enhancements, including live thumbnails, Windows Flip, and Windows Flip 3D. The chapter then discusses changes to the Start menu, All Programs menu, and Control Panel. Chapter 3, “Managing Information,” examines features you can use to manage information stored on a computer. You’ll learn about new ways of using Windows Explorer to work with files and folders; how to add keywords to files and tags to pictures; and how to use virtual folders to save search results. You’ll also learn about new desktop features, such as the Windows Sidebar.
Chapter 4, “Using Internet Explorer 7,” explores Internet Explorer 7, the newest version of Internet Explorer. You’ll learn about improvements for navigation as well as new safety and security features. Chapter 5, “Collaborating, Connecting, and Sharing,” looks at the new tools and features you can use for collaborating with others, connecting to networks, and sharing data. Chapter 6, “Managing Programs and Multimedia,” discusses new features to help you better manage installed programs, file associations, and AutoPlay options. The chapter also discusses enhanced tools for managing your multimedia. Chapter 7, “Working with Laptops and Tablet PCs,” examines supported features and enhancements for laptops and tablet PCs. Chapter 8, “Improving Accessibility,” examines the accessibility enhancements included in Windows Vista. You’ll learn about improvements to standard features and the new speech recognition technology.