Computer Basics in Easy Steps / Edition 7

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Computer Basics in Easy Steps offers both practical information and inspiration to digital newbies. In clear, simple language, Michael Price describes the hardware that makes up a computer, as well as popular programs and how they work. The book demystifies the Web, describing how to use it for hobbies — from digital photography to drawing to genealogy — as well as for downloading and sharing music and videos. Price also covers communicating with friends and family across the world, writing reports, and preparing papers and reviews. The book presents simple strategies for making the most of add-ons such as iPods, PDAs and pocket PCs, digital cameras, printers and scanners, and cell phones. Also here is expert advice on the kinds of tasks users typically want to perform, and on how to utilize the computer to increase productivity and enhance enjoyment and satisfaction.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840783612
  • Publisher: In Easy Steps Limited
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Series: In Easy Steps
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,507,034
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Choose a Computer 7

What is a Computer? 8

Operating Systems 10

PC Versus Mac 12

Choosing a Laptop 14

Desktop Computers 16

All-in-One 17

Help with Selecting 18

2 Explore Your Computer 19

The Example Computer 20

Computer Configuration 22

Activating Vista 24

Operating System Features 26

Programs Included 27

Microsoft Works 28

Microsoft Office 29

Adobe Reader 30

AVG Antivirus 31

IrfanView 32

3 Windows Basics 33

Windows Display 34

Background 35

Screen Resolution 36

Appearance 37

Mouse Settings 38

Starting Windows 40

Start Menu 41

Open a Window 42

Window Structures 43

Move and Resize Windows 44

Select a Window (Basic) 45

Select a Window (Aero) 46

Close a Window 48

New User Account 49

4 Word Processing 51

Word Processors 52

Create a Document 53

Layout Your Page 54

Navigate the Document 55

Save the Document 56

Save Options 57

Revise the Text 58

Check Spelling 59

Move and Copy Text 60

Add Format and Style 62

Add a Picture 64

Use Clip Art 65

Print the Document 66

Advanced Documents 68

5 Communication 69

Email 70

Create an Account 71

Receive Email 72

Send Email 73

Reply and Forward 74

Email Options 75

Attachments 76

Contacts 78

Contact Group 80

Manage Your Email 81

Junk Email 82

Email Hints and Tips 84

Newsgroups 86

Other Newsgroup Servers 88

Instant Messaging 89

6 Surfing the Internet 91

What's Needed 92

Web Addresses 94

Search for Web Pages 95

Change Search Provider 96

Page Back and Forward 97

Open New Window 98

Use Tabbed Browsing 99

Quick Tabs 100

View Details 102

Web Address Reminder 104

Favorites Center 105

Home Pages 107

Save Web Page108

Print Web Page 110

Shopping on the Internet 111

Place Your Order 113

Money Management 114

7 Personal Internet 115

Create a Website 116

Choose Website Type 118

Add an Image 120

Add a Page 121

Site Management 122

Website Addresses 124

Blogging 125

Add a Blog Entry 126

View Blog 127

Blogging Service 128

Social Networking 130

RSS Web Feeds 132

Settings for Feeds 134

Genealogy on the Internet 135

8 Spreadsheets 137

Spreadsheets 138

Input Data 139

Fill and Copy 140

Insert, Delete and Move 141

Format the Data 142

Autosum 143

Calculation 144

Functions 145

Auditing Tools 146

Manage Your View 147

Sort Data 148

Filter Data 149

Print the Worksheet 150

Charts 152

Templates 154

9 Music and Speech 155

Soundcard and Speakers 156

Play Audio CDs 157

Media Player Library 158

Add Tracks from CD 159

Download Music 160

Internet Radio 162

Windows Media Center 164

Speech Recognition 166

Talking to Your Computer 168

Text to Speech 170

10 Photography 171

Digital Photography 172

Install the Software 174

Transfer the Photos 175

Detach the Camera 177

Windows Photo Gallery 178

Descriptive Tags 179

Edit Your Photos 180

Print Your Photos 182

Integrated Facilities 184

Video Clips 185

Movie Maker 186

Make Your Own Movie 187

Publish Your Movie 189

Share Photos on the Internet 190

11 Gadgets and Gizmos 191

Extra Storage 192

Reading a Memory Card 193

Flash Drive 194

External Disk Drive 195

Device Removal 197

TomTom GPS 198

Connect the GPS 200

Back Up Your GPS 202

Media Players 204

Personal Data Assistant 205

Set Up and Sync Your PDA 206

Home Network 208

Share a Drive or Folder 210

Wireless Network 212

12 Manage Your Computer 213

Windows Update 214

Ultimate Extras 216

Microsoft Update 218

Security Center 219

Manage Devices 220

Maintain Your System 222

Defragment Your Drive 224

System Restore 225

Restart in Safe Mode 226

Backup and Restore 228

Glossary 229

Index 235

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