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Take full advantage of all the powerful features built into your PC with this thorough, easy-to-follow guide.
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Take full advantage of all the powerful features built into your PC with this thorough, easy-to-follow guide.
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How To Do Everything With Your PC is more than a simple introduction to personal computers. Robert Cowart has written a thoroughly "user friendly" and comprehensive guide to how even the most novice computer user can take full advantage of all the capabilities computer technology has to offer them. Every aspect is methodically covered including selecting the PC that best meets a particular need; effectively using the Windows operating system; customizing the Web browser; upgrading equipment and troubleshooting problems on the system with ease and confidence; getting connect to, and efficiently using, the Internet; managing personal finances on the PC; building a home computer network (including a wireless network); manipulating digital photographs on the PC; creating a "digital jukebox" with the PC; synchronizing data from the PC to a handheld device or laptop; and much, much more. How To Do Everything With Your PC is very highly recommended for those new to computers — and has a great deal to offer even the more experienced users.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072127768
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/16/2000
  • Series: How to Do Everything Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 596
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Everything You Wanted to Know About Your PC (but Were Afraid to Ask) 3
2 Starting Your PC and Using Windows 31
3 Running Programs and Managing Your Files 59
4 Using Common Applications 89
5 Managing Your Money 113
6 Becoming an Internet Expert 141
7 Communicating with E-mail 161
8 Online Communities 211
9 Creating Your Own Web Site 241
10 Digital Photography 277
11 Playing and Recording Music 293
12 Making Movies with Your PC 325
13 Playing Games 351
14 Going Mobile 391
15 Networking Your PC 415
16 Adding Peripherals 459
17 Upgrading Your PC from the Inside Out 479
18 Tweaking Windows 495
19 Fixing and Avoiding Computer Problems 523
Glossary 553
Index 641
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2006

    Excellent for both Beginners & Advanced Users

    I'm a pc 'power user' and have read quite a few computer books ranging from MS Office manuals to more advanced applications such as LabVIEW, C++, MATLAB, AutoCAD, etc. I highly recommend this book for new pc users. I was hoping that there would be a 2005 or newer version (any plans?), as newer devices and software continue to evolve. But considering the publication date, this book is surprisingly useful, even in 2006.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    no jargon, clear writing

    What a pleasure to find a no-nonsense, no jargon book like 'How to Do Everything with Your PC' on the market. I work in a small office and have no time or money to take outside training, and for the first time I can easily and quickly find answers to my questions. Everything is presented in a clear, well illustrated, easy to understand format. This is the first book I have found that clearly covers the activities most people would want to do with a PC, such as email, using the web, money management, even working with digital video and photos. Normally this kind of coverage requires multiple books. The section on troubleshooting everyday computer problems was well worth the price of the book alone. I recommend it. Jeannette Kreston Green Lake, Wisconsin

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    How to Do Everything with Your PC

    This book is an unusually clear and concise general guide to many issues that come up for a PC user. Mr. Cowart's writing lends to an excellent read and his choice of graphics shows that he considers those of us who need to 'see' how something is done. I have used many 'How To' computer books as an instructor of computer and Internet courses for East Bay Private Industry Councils and the Department of Employment Development (EDD). Compared with the Windows For Dummies series, this book far outshines its competition. It walks the reader through computer basics (including unpacking, arranging and setting up the PC and peripherals, which is important for anyone who has actually set up their own home system), but it doesn't ask the reader to wade through endless pages discussing boring details. The chapters on email and the Internet were especially helpful and included practical advise on how to set up accounts, arrange folders and avoid certain pitfalls or trouble shoot when opening attachments with AOL. There is good material on how create a website, use digital photography, play and record music, and even edit movies from a camcorder! This book's strength lies in its timely information, humor, and the seat-of-the-pants knowledge that the author shares along the way. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    How to Do Everything with Your PC

    The book was actually for my wife (who hates computers and hates manuals even more), yet needs them in her business. She keeps the book on her desk as a reference. It does not use technobabble and is not boring. The index is good. It is written a lot like asking a friend for help. It is not intimidating. Now I am about to order another one for myself. The format and content was unusual - light hearted and entertaining, yet helpful and complete. I have been using computers since working on mainframes in college in 1958. Even with this background, I found the book helpful and informative. I often get phone calls from friends and customers about their computer problems and have already purchased three additional copies of the book for their use. I highly recommend the book for all users from beginner to veteran.

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