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Section 21. Instant Search and Internet Explorer 7

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TypeyoursearchtermshereandpressEnter.



FormoreinformationonusingInstantSearch,see#81,

"SearchfromtheStartMenu."

InternetExplorer7alsooffersanewsearchmethod,calledLive

Search,forInternetsearching.Thisfeaturemakesitpossibleto

searchmanydifferentsearchenginesfromonefield(seeFigure

3.21).Notonlycanyouaddpopulargeneralsearchengines

(Google,Yahoo!,andsoon),youcanaddvirtuallyanywebsite

thathassearchfunctionality.Thisoffersaveryconvenientway

tosearchthroughyourfavoritesites.

Figure3.21.ExampleofusingLiveSearchinInternet

Explorer7.



FormoreinformationonusingLiveSearch,see#95,"Add

ProviderstoLiveSearchinInternetExplorer7."



22.PhotoGallery

UnlikeearlierversionsofWindows,Vistaincludesphotoand

videoorganizationandeditingsoftware,calledWindowsPhoto

Gallery.Thisisparticularlyhandyforfamilieswithdigital

camerasandcamcorders.Althoughitmightnotincludeallthe

bellsandwhistlesthird-partysoftwarepackagesmightoffer,it

canhelpyouorganizeandshowoffthosedigitalphotosand

videosyouprobablyhavescatteredaboutyourharddrive.

Figure3.22andthefollowingbulletsgiveyoualookintothe

mainfunctionsofWindowsPhotoGallery.

Figure3.22.ExampleofWindowsPhotoGallery.



Clickheretoeditandenhancetheselectedphoto.



Clickheretoprintselectedphotos.



Viewingandorganizing:Youcaneffortlesslybrowse

throughyourphotosandvideosinaThumbnailsview,

navigatingbyassignedtagsandratings,datetaken,

folders,orsimplyallavailablemedia.Hoveringoveraphoto

orvideowilldisplayalargerimageforbetterviewing.In

addition,double-clickingonthembringsthemintothe

dedicatedviewerandiswhereyoucanassignthetagsand

ratings.Youcanalsoorganizethephotosintoseparate

foldersbyright-clickingonthefoldersandcreating

subfolders.

Fix:SelectingaphotoandclickingtheFixbuttonallowsyou

tofine-tunetheimagebyadjustingexposureandcolor,

cropping,andremovingredeye.Inaddition,anautoadjust

featurecanmakeautomatedenhancements.

Print:WindowsPhotoGallerydoesn'tjustoffersimple

photoprinting;itcanautomaticallyadjustforprinting

varioussizes,including4x6,5x7,8x10,andwallets.Simply

chooseaphoto(ormultiplephotos),selectthePrintmenu,

andclickPrinttogetstarted.

MakeCDandDVDmovies:WindowsPhotoGallerymakes

iteasytoexportphotosandvideostoWindowsMovieand

DVDmakers.Thisallowsyoutocreatemoviesand

presentationsofimagesandclips,whichmakeincredible

keepsakesandgifts.Youcaneitherselectparticularmedia

andchooseData-discorVideoDVDfromtheBurnmenu,or

clicktheMakeaMoviebutton.

Note

TheWindowsDVDMakerandotherDVD

capabilitiesareonlyincludedwiththeHome

PremiumandUltimateeditionsofWindowsVista.

However,whenusingothereditions,youcanstill

useWindowsMovieMaker,whichyoucanuseto

createvideoCDsorexporttoyourPC.



23.WindowsAeroandWindowsFlip

AlleditionsofWindowsVistaincludeanewlookand

functionality,asdiscussedearlierin#17,"NewLookand

Functionality."However,ifyou'vechosenHomePremiumor

betterandmeetcertainsystemrequirements,theWindows

Aerointerfaceprovidesevenmoreenhancedlooksand

features.

Figure3.23showsexamplesofsomeappearanceenhancements

ofWindowsAero,suchasthelivethumbnailsonthetaskbar,

taskswitch,andtranslucenttitlebarsonopenedwindows.

Figure3.23.Interfaceandappearanceenhancementsto

thisversionofWindows.



Hoveroverapplicationsforthelivethumbnails.



Translucenttitlebars



PressAlt+Tabforlivethumbnailsofopenedapplications.



AnotherfeaturegainedwhenusingWindowsAeroisWindows

Flip3D,whichoffersamethodtoquicklyswitchamongopened

windowsandapplications.AsyoucanseeinFigure3.24,it

givesyouliveimagesofthewindowsyoucanflipthrough.

Figure3.24.ExampleofFlip3D.

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TheoldmethodofswitchingamongapplicationsusingAlt+Tab

isalsoenhancedbyWindowsAero.Insteadofjustshowingthe

iconandtitlesofopenedwindows,italsogivesyoualive

thumbnailimage.SeeFigure3.23foranexample.

FormoreinformationonusingWindowsFlip3D,see#94,

"ChangeWindowsUsingFlip3D."



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