Computer Basics in Simple Steps
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|Format:||Paperback, 256 pages|
|Other Information: ||illustrations|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 25 June 2009|
Discover everything you want to know about computer basics in this easy to use guide, from the most essential tasks that you'll want to perform, to solving the most common problems you'll encounter. Computer Basics In Simple Steps covers every practical aspect of choosing and using a PC; from understanding its features, programs and applications, to Internet and email connection, to keeping your PC safe and secure. Easy to understand practical tasks will help you to achieve immediate results. This series of vibrant books will teach you exactly what you need to know - A friendly, visual approach. Easy-to-understand language. Practical hands-on tasks Full-colour large format screenshots Practical hints, tips and shortcuts feature on every page.
Table of Contents
Top 10 Computer Basics Tips 1. Set up a PC 2. Write a letter 3. Change the background and screen saver 4. Play a game 5. Compose and send an email 6. Access a website 7. Back up a folder to an external drive 8. Upload a digital photo from a digital camera, phone or memory card 9. Copy a CD to your hard drive 10. Get help and support Chapter 1 -- Set up a PC or laptop Locate and plug in the power cable Connect the monitor Connect a USB mouse and keyboard Connect external speakers or headphones Connect and install a printer Connect and install a webcam For a laptop: locate, insert or remove the battery Locate and press the power button Connect additional hardware Chapter 2 -- First steps Start your PC Activate a new PC Use the mouse Use the keyboard Use the touchpad View the Welcome Center in Vista Watch demonstration videos Shut down Windows safely Chapter 3 -- Common tasks Locate, open and close an application Open a window Close a window Search for a program with the Start menu Write a letter with Notepad Save a letter with Notepad Reopen a saved file Print a letter with Notepad Use the calculator Play solitaire Change the background Change the screen saver Empty the Recycle Bin Chapter 4 -- Work with files and folders Locate your personal folders Create a folder Create a subfolder Copy a file Move a file Delete a file Copy a folder Move a folder Delete a folder Open a saved file Search for a lost file Back up a folder or file to an external drive Chapter 5 -- Personalise Vista Enable the Sidebar Set the time on the clock gadget Add or remove a Sidebar gadget Close the Sidebar Enable Aero Use Flip Use Flip 3D Change the screen resolution Change the picture on the Start menu Get recommendations to make your computer easier to use Chapter 6 -- Work with windows Change the view in a window Minimise a window Restore a window Maximise a window Move a window Resize a window Chapter 7 -- The Internet Open a website in Internet Explorer Open a website in a new tab Set a home page Mark a favourite Change the zoom level of a webpage Clear history Stay safe online Print a webpage Chapter 8 -- Email Set up an email account in Windows Mail View an email View an attachment Reply to an email Forward an email Compose and send a new email Attach a picture to an email using Insert Attach a picture to an email using right-click Add a contact Print an email Change how often Mail checks for email Apply a junk email filter Create a folder Move email to a folder Delete email in a folder Chapter 9 -- Stay secure Add a new user account Require a password Configure Windows Update Scan for viruses with Windows Defender Enable the firewall View and resolve Security Center warnings Chapter 10 -- Digital Pictures * Install a digital camera or webcam * Install a printer * Open Photo Gallery and view a picture * Upload digital photos * Import pictures from a media card * View a slideshow of pictures * Auto adjust picture quality * Fix red eye * Crop a picture * Email a picture * Change the size of the thumbnail * Take a screen shot * Email a screen shot Chapter 11 -- Music, DVDs and Windows Media Player Open Media Player Listen to a song Copy a CD to your hard drive Copy music files to a CD Create a playlist Create an auto playlist Share your music Watch a DVD Chapter 12 -- Change system defaults Change AutoPlay settings Change the date and time Change language settings Change folder options Change touchpad and mouse settings Enable Quick Launch Add icons to the Quick Launch area of the taskbar Chapter 13 -- Share data and printers Open the Network and Sharing Center Turn on file sharing Turn on printer sharing Share a printer Turn on Public folder sharing Turn on password-protected sharing Turn on media sharing Save data to the Public folder Access the Public folder Share a personal folder Chapter 14 -- Use Help and Support Open Help and Support Search Help Browse Help Get help online Get help from a dialogue box Access help from an open window Access Mail's Help feature Access Internet Explorer's Help feature Access Windows Update Help and Support feature Access help from a third-party program Chapter 15 -- Improve computer performance Use Windows Defender to disable unnecessary programs Adjust visual effects Adjust indexing options View battery life and change battery status Turn on and off WiFi Change when the computer sleeps Change what happens when you press the power button Know your Windows Experience Base Score Install antivirus software Chapter 16 -- Fix problems Enable System Restore Use System Restore Disable unwanted startup items Resolve Internet connectivity problems Use Device Driver Rollback Reconnect loose cables View available hard drive space Delete unwanted Media Center media Uninstall unwanted programs Use Disk Cleanup Use Disk Defragmenter Top 10 Computer Basics Problems Solved 1. A piece of hardware doesn't work 2. I can't find a file that I previously saved 3. I can't use my PC effectively because of a disability 4. I get too much junk email 5. I suspect my computer may have a virus 6. One of the pictures I've uploaded has a subject with 'red eye'. I want to remove this from the picture 7. My computer doesn't do what I want it to do when I insert a blank CD, DVD movie or music CD 8. I've downloaded or installed software or hardware that caused a problem for the computer, and the computer now seems unstable 9. It takes a long time for my computer to complete the boot-up process 10. I could connect to the Internet yesterday, but today I can't
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 18.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.49 kg)|