Easy Computer Basics
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Michael Miller is a successful and prolific author with a reputation for practical advice, technical accuracy, and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers.
Mr. Miller has written more than 60 best-selling books in the past 15 years. His books for Que include Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, Absolute Beginner's Guide to eBay, Tricks of the eBay Masters, and Bad Pics Fixed Quick. He is known for his casual, easy-to-read writing style and his practical, real-world adviceas well as his ability to explain a wide variety of complex topics to an everyday audience.
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Your new PC just arrived. You open the box, excited to hook it up, start surfing the web, send e-mails...and then you see all of the cords, CD-ROMs and parts that need to be connected and installed, and suddenly it doesn't seem like so much fun anymore. The instructions look even more intimidating. Don't panic! Easy Computer Basics can help. This up-to-date, full-color, highly visual guide will walk you through the entire set-up process and then show you how to use the different programs to accomplish common tasks. You'll learn how to:
- Use Microsoft Windows, Works and Word
- Connect to the Internet
- Surf the web
- Read and write e-mail
- View and edit digital pictures
- Download and listen to digital music
- Add new devices, such as printers and hard drives
- Perform basic maintenance and security tasks
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
essentially an illustrated guide,
This review is from: Easy Computer Basics (Paperback)Naturally, the computer in the title is one running a Microsoft operating system, like MS Windows XP. Miller writes for someone who perhaps has never used any computer before. So pragmatically, he concentrates on the Microsoft machines. Not even a mention of the Macintosh. :(
The presentation of material is very vivid. Pages are brightly coloured with screen captures. And with pertinent portions of the windows clearly highlighted. Nor is there much textual material on the pages. Essentially, Miller has made an illustrated guide to computer usage.
Not just of the software. The book carefully starts off with step by step explanations of the various common hardware parts. With photos showing explicitly how to plug your machine together. Miller is taking nothing for granted here about the user's background. Don't laugh. Even the starting steps of where do I plug the keyboard cable into? And the mouse cable? Sure, it's simple once you've done it. But there are still... Read more
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
easy computer basics book,
This review is from: Easy Computer Basics (Paperback)In my opinion this is a wonderful computer guide for the beginner and even as a brush up manual. With plenty of full color photos and easy to understand instruction language this book is very organized and thorough. It is almost like having someone next to you to ask for help when needed. Very very user friendly!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very Easy Computer Basics Text,
This review is from: Easy Computer Basics (Paperback)Reviewed the book with the idea of using it as the text for an intermediate level computer course taught at an education facilty for senior citizens. The book would be an excellant text for an entry level course as it is very easy to follow, very detailed in how it presents the material, and well worth the price. I'd recommend it to anyone who is just starting out with personal computers and has a Wintel system running Windows XP and Office 2003.
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Table of Contents
1. Understanding How Your Computer Works.
Getting to Know Your System Unit.
Inside the Case.
Hard Disk Drives: Long-term Storage.
CD and DVD Drives.
Sound Cards and Speakers.
Video Cards and Monitors.
2. Setting Up Your Computer.
Connecting the Mouse and Keyboard.
Connecting the Monitor.
Connecting the Audio System.
Connecting a Parallel Printer.
Connecting a USB Printer.
Connecting the Modem.
Connecting the System Power Cable.
Logging On to Windows XP.
3. Using Microsoft Windows XP.
Pointing and Clicking.
Dragging and Dropping.
Moving a Window.
Scrolling a Window.
Resizing a Window.
Maximizing, Minimizing, and Closing a Window.
Using the Windows Start Menu.
Opening a Program.
Creating a New Shortcut on the Desktop.
Switching Between Programs.
Managing PC Resources with My Computer.
Managing Windows with the Control Panel.
Changing the Size of Your Desktop.
Selecting a New Desktop Theme.
Personalizing the Desktop Background.
Changing the Color Scheme.
Setting Up Additional Users.
Using a Screensaver.
Getting Help in Windows.
4. Working with Files and Folders.
Changing the Way Files Are Displayed.
Sorting Files and Folders.
Navigating with the Folders Pane.
Creating a New Folder.
Renaming a File or Folder.
Copying a File or Folder.
Moving a File or Folder.
Deleting a File or Folder.
Restoring Deleted Files.
Emptying the Recycle Bin.
Compressing a File.
Extracting Files from a Compressed Folder.
5. Using Microsoft Works.
Launching a Program.
Starting a New Task.
Opening an Existing Document.
Managing a Big Project.
6. Using Microsoft Word.
Creating a New Document.
Saving a Document.
Opening an Existing Document.
Checking Your Spelling.
Printing a Document.
7. Connecting to the Internet.
Setting Up a New Internet Connection.
Surfing the Web with Internet Explorer.
Saving Your Favorite Pages.
Returning to a Favorite Page.
Searching the Web with Google.
Finding News and Other Information Online.
Shopping for Bargains at Shopping.com.
Bidding for Items on eBay.
Setting Up an Email Account.
Reading an Email Message.
Replying to an Email Message.
Composing a New Email Message.
Sending a File via Email.
Adding Contacts in Windows Messenger.
Instant Messaging with Windows Messenger.
8. Playing Music and Movies.
Playing a CD.
Ripping a CD to Your Hard Disk.
Creating a Playlist.
Playing a Playlist.
Burning a Music CD.
Connecting an iPod to Your PC.
Transferring Songs to Your iPod via iTunes.
Creating Smart Playlists for Your iPod.
Connecting Other Portable Music Players.
Playing a DVD.
9. Working with Pictures.
Transferring Pictures from a Digital Camera.
Transferring Pictures from a Memory Card.
Scanning a Picture.
Printing a Photo.
Ordering Prints Online.
Quick Fixing a Photo with Adobe Photoshop Elements .
Cropping Your Photo.
10. Adding New Devices to Your System.
Adding a Device via USB or FireWire.
Adding New Internal Hardware.
Using the Add Hardware Wizard.
11. Setting Up a Wireless Home Network.
Setting Up Your Network’s Main PC.
Connecting Additional PCs to Your Wireless Network .
Sharing Files and Folders Across Your Network.
12. Protecting Your Computer.
Defending Against Computer Attacks with a Firewall.
Protecting Against Computer Viruses.
Fighting Email Spam.
Cleaning Spyware from Your System.
Blocking Pop-up Ads.
13. Taking Care of Your Computer.
Deleting Unnecessary Files.
Defragmenting Your Hard Disk.
Checking Your Hard Disk for Errors.
Restoring Your Computer After a Crash.
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