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  • Copyright 2014
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5232-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5232-1

Easy Computer Basics

See it done. do it yourself. It’s that Easy! Easy Computer Basics, Windows 8.1 Edition teaches you the fundamentals to help you get the most from your computer hardware and software. Fully illustrated steps with simple instructions guide you through each task, building the skills you need to perform the most common computer tasks. No need to feel intimidated; we’ll hold your hand every step of the way.

Learn how to…

-- Set up and configure your new computer system

-- Upgrade your computer with new hardware and software

-- Use Microsoft Windows 8.1–and personalize it just for you

-- Connect to the Internet for web surfing, email, Facebook, and listening to digital music

-- View and edit digital photos

-- Watch your favorite movies and TV shows online with Netflix and Hulu Plus

-- Protect your family and your computer from viruses, spam, and spyware

-- Set up a wireless home network, and share your Internet connection with multiple computers

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

Using Windows 8.1's New Interface

Sample Pages

Download the sample pages (includes Chapter 4 and Index)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Understanding Personal Computers

Different Types of Computers

Getting to Know Desktop PCs

Getting to Know All-in-One PCs

Getting to Know Notebook PCs

Getting to Know Tablet PCs


Hard Disk Drives: Long-Term Storage



Memory Card Readers

CD and DVD Drives

Computer Screens


Chapter 2 Setting Up Your PC

The Windows Lock Screen

Setting Up a Traditional Desktop PC

Setting Up a Notebook PC

Setting Up an All-in-One Desktop PC

Powering On

Logging On to Windows

Shutting Down

Adding New Devices to Your System

Chapter 3 Setting Up a Wireless Home Network

Understanding How Wireless Networks Work

Setting Up Your Network’s Main PC

Connecting Additional PCs to Your Wireless Network

Adding Your Computer to a HomeGroup

Accessing Other Computers in Your HomeGroup

Accessing Other Computers on Your Network

Chapter 4 Using Windows 8.1’s New Interface

Exploring the Start Screen

Using Windows with a Mouse

Using Windows with a Touchscreen Display

Displaying the Start Screen

Navigating the Start Screen

Using the Charms Bar

Getting Help in Windows

Chapter 5 Personalizing Windows

Different Windows Lock Screens

Customizing the Lock Screen Picture

Displaying a Slide Show on the Lock Screen

Adding Apps to the Lock Screen

Rearranging Tiles on the Start Screen

Making Tiles Larger or Smaller

Organizing Tiles into Groups

Naming Groups of Tiles

Removing Tiles

Adding New Tiles to the Start Screen

Changing Windows Colors

Show Your Desktop Background on the Start Screen

Changing Your Profile Picture

Configuring Windows Settings

Setting Up Additional Users

Switching Between Users

Chapter 6 Working with New Windows Apps

Apps on the Start Screen

Launching an App

Closing an App

Viewing All Apps

Using the Apps Screen (Instead of the Start Screen)

Searching for Apps on Your Computer

Pinning an App to the Start Screen

Switching Between Open Apps

Snapping Two Apps Side by Side

Examining Windows’ Built-In Apps

Finding New Apps in the Windows Store

Chapter 7 Using the Windows Desktop and Traditional Apps

Exploring the Windows Desktop

Displaying the Traditional Desktop

Returning to the Start Screen

Pinning Programs to the Taskbar

Changing the Desktop Background

Changing Desktop Colors

Scrolling a Window

Maximizing, Minimizing, and Closing a Window

Snapping a Window

Using Menus

Using Toolbars and Ribbons

Chapter 8 Using Microsoft Word

Comparing Desktop and Web Versions of Word

Launching the Word Web App

Launching the Word Desktop App

Navigating the Word Web App

Entering Text

Cutting/Copying and Pasting Text

Formatting Text

Formatting Paragraphs

Saving Your Work

Printing a Document

Chapter 9 Working with Files and Folders

File Explorer

Navigating Folders

Navigating with the Navigation Pane

Changing the Way Files Are Displayed

Sorting Files and Folders

Creating a New Folder

Renaming a File or Folder

Copying a File or Folder

Moving a File or Folder

Searching for a File

Deleting a File or Folder

Restoring Deleted Files

Emptying the Recycle Bin

Compressing a File

Extracting Files from a Compressed Folder

Working with Files on SkyDrive

Chapter 10 Using the Internet

Comparing the Modern and Desktop Versions of IE

Connecting to an Internet WiFi Hotspot

Using Internet Explorer (Modern Version)

Opening Multiple Pages in Tabs

Switching Between Tabs

Saving Favorite Pages

Returning to a Favorite Page

Using Internet Explorer (Desktop Version)

Opening Multiple Pages in Tabs

Switching Between Tabs

Saving Favorite Pages

Returning to a Favorite Page

Searching the Web with Google

Searching the Web with Bing

Smart Searching from Windows

Shopping Online

Chapter 11 Communicating with Email

Windows Mail App

Viewing Your Inbox and Reading Messages

Moving a Message to Another Folder

Replying to an Email Message

Composing a New Email Message

Adding Other Accounts to the Mail App

Managing Your Contacts from the People App

Using the Yahoo! Mail App

Chapter 12 Sharing with Facebook and Other Social Networks

Comparing Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter

Finding Facebook Friends

Reading the News Feed

Posting a Status Update

Viewing a Friend’s Timeline

Personalizing Your Timeline Page

Viewing a Friend’s Photos

Sharing Your Photos on Facebook

Sharing Interesting Images with Pinterest

Finding People to Follow on Pinterest

Finding and Repinning Interesting Pins

Pinning from a Web Page

Tweeting with Twitter

Following Other Twitter Users

Viewing All Your Social Activity from the Windows People App

Posting New Updates from the People App

Chapter 13 Watching TV and Movies Online

Playing a Video with the Xbox Video App

Watching Movies on Netflix

Watching TV Shows on Hulu Plus

Watching Videos on YouTube

Purchasing and Downloading Movies with the Xbox Video App

Viewing Videos with the Xbox Video App

Chapter 14 Playing Digital Music

Exploring the Xbox Music App

Playing Your Own Music in Windows

Purchasing and Downloading New Music

Streaming Music Online

Downloading Music from the iTunes Store

Playing a CD with iTunes

Ripping a CD to Your Hard Disk with iTunes

Playing Digital Music with iTunes

Connecting an iPod to Your PC

Chapter 15 Viewing Digital Photos

Navigating the Photos App

Transferring Pictures from a Memory Card

Viewing Your Photos in Windows

Editing Your Photos in Windows

Chapter 16 Protecting Your Computer

PC Settings

Using the Windows Action Center

Defending Against Malware with Windows Defender

Deleting Unnecessary Files

Deleting Unused Programs

Backing Up Your Files with File History

Restoring Your Computer After a Crash


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