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My Windows 8.1 Computer for Seniors, 2nd Edition


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  • Copyright 2014
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5329-4
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5329-8

Easy, clear, readable, and focused on what you want to do
Step-by-step instructions for the tasks you care about most
Large, full-color, close-up photos show you exactly what to do
Common-sense help whenever you run into problems
Tips and notes to help you do even more

Over the years, you’ve learned a lot. Now, learn Windows 8.1!  We’ve identified the Windows 8/8.1 skills you need to stay connected with people you care about: keep your computer reliable, productive, and safe; express your creativity; find new passions; and live a better life!

Our crystal-clear instructions respect your smarts but never assume you’re an expert. Big, colorful photos on nearly every page make this book incredibly easy to read and use!
    •    Set up your computer with no fuss or aggravation
    •    Get productive fast, even if you don’t have computer experience
    •    Use Windows’ new touch features if you have a touchscreen device
    •    Safeguard your privacy, and protect yourself from online scams
    •    Find, install, and use easy new Modern apps
    •    Display up-to-the-minute news, weather, and stock prices
    •    Browse the Web with the great new Internet Explorer 11
    •    Use new SmartSearch to find everything faster on the Internet
    •    Discover reliable health and financial information online
    •    Make free Skype video calls to friends and family
    •    Use Facebook to find old friends and see what they’re up to
    •    Store your pictures, fix them, and share them with loved ones
    •    Read eBooks on your PC—even enlarge text for greater comfort
    •    Watch TV or movies with Netflix, Hulu Plus, or YouTube
    •    Enjoy your music, and discover great music you’ve never heard
    •    Fix your own computer problems without help

Sample Content

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Setting Up User Accounts in Windows 8.1

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Table of Contents

Prologue:  Basic Operations     3
Using Windows with a Mouse or Touchpad     3
   Mouse and Touchpad Operations     4
Using Windows with a Keyboard    6
   Keyboard Operations     6
Using Windows on a Touchscreen PC     8
   Touchscreen Operations     8
Chapter 1  Understanding Computer Basics     11
Examining Key Components     11
   Hard Disk Drive     12
   Memory     13
   Processor     13
   Display     14
   Keyboard     15
   Pointing Device     16
   Connectors     17
Exploring Different Types of PCs     19
   Desktop PCs     19
   Notebook PCs     21
Which Type of PC Should You Buy?     22
Setting Up Your New Computer System     23
   Set Up a Notebook PC     23
   Set Up a Traditional Desktop PC     24
   Set Up an All-in-One Desktop PC     26
Chapter 2  Using Windows 8.1—If You’ve Never Used a Computer Before      29
Powering Up and Powering Down     29
   Turn On and Configure Your New PC—for the First Time     30
   Turn On Your System—Normally     39
   Turn Off Your Computer     40
Finding Your Way Around Windows 8.1     41
   Display the Start Screen     42
   Use the Start Screen     43
   Display the Charms Bar     44
   Use the Charms Bar     45
   Display the Desktop     46
Chapter 3  Using Windows 8.1—If You’ve Used Windows Before     49
What’s New in Windows 8.1?     50
   Changes from Windows 7 to Windows 8     50
   Changes from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1     51
Logging in with the New Lock Screen     53
   Log into Windows     54
Launching Apps from the New Start Screen     55
   Display the Start Screen     56
   Scroll Through the Start Screen     57
   Open a Tile     58
   Find Additional Apps and Utilities     59
Accessing the Desktop and Traditional Apps     60
   Open the Desktop     60
   Open a Traditional Desktop App     61
Exploring Improved System Tools     62
Configuring Options from the Charms Bar     63
   Configure Windows 8.1 from the Charms Bar     64
Relearning Essential Operations     65
Making Windows 8.1 More Like Windows 7     68
   Boot to the Desktop     68
   Display Your Desktop Background on the Start Screen     69
   Disable Live Corners     70
   Show Desktop Apps First     71
Chapter 4  Setting Up User Acco


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