Laptops for the Older and Wiser: Get Up and Running on Your Laptop Computer

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Helpful, easy-to-follow guide for new laptop users over the age of 50

Laptops are fun and more popular than ever, but they are still computers and come with their own set of issues: easier to steal, more likely to be dropped, often dependent on wireless Internet access, and other concerns. If you're entering the computer world as an older adult—and wondering about laptops—this straightforward, helpful book is for you.

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Overview

Helpful, easy-to-follow guide for new laptop users over the age of 50

Laptops are fun and more popular than ever, but they are still computers and come with their own set of issues: easier to steal, more likely to be dropped, often dependent on wireless Internet access, and other concerns. If you're entering the computer world as an older adult—and wondering about laptops—this straightforward, helpful book is for you.

Written in full color with lots of screenshots and clear, easy-to-read type, this friendly guide walks you through the process from start to finish: selecting which type of laptop is right for you (PC or Mac?), handling setup, safely adding wireless Internet access, staying secure online, and much more.

  • Provides guidance for purchasing your laptop, bringing it home, and setting up
  • Walks you through all the various connections, buttons and switches
  • Shows you how to connect wirelessly at home and abroad, safely
  • Delves into laptop accessories, whether you need them, and how to get the most out of them
  • Addresses online security issues and how to stay safe
  • Explores troubleshooting problems and how to save your precious data

Prepare properly, enjoy the freedom, and maybe even show the kids a thing or two with this fun and practical guide!

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgement xi

About the Author xiii

Publisher's Acknowledgements xiv

Icons used in this book xv

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

How this book is structured 1

Challenging old beliefs 6

Challenging fears 8

Part I Getting your laptop 11

Chapter 2 Choosing the right laptop for you 13

Choosing the computer size 13

Where to get advice 15

Choosing the type of computer 16

Summary 24

Chapter 3 Understanding laptop specifications 27

The parts you can see and feel 28

The parts you can't see 37

Printer specifications 41

Summary 43

Chapter 4 Buying your laptop 45

Setting your budget 46

Shopping online for a laptop 48

Finding a laptop in the shops 50

Summary 60

Part II steup 63

Chapter 5 Buying broadband 65

Choosing a broadband provider 66

Buying your laptop in a package deal 76

Summary 79

Chapter 6 Bringing your laptop home 81

Setting your laptop up at home 82

Making sure everything works 87

Deleting software 102

Loading software 105

Summary 108

Chapter 7 Customising the windows desktop 111

Touring the desktop 112

Control Panel 137

Summary 140

Part III Getting up and running 143

Chapter 8 getting power to the people 145

How your laptop uses power 147

Using power management 156

Getting plugged in 164

Summary 166

Chapter 9 Staying connected 169

Wireless connections at home and away 169

Finding and choosing a wireless network 171

Alternatives to a wireless network 182

Summary 187

Chapter 10 Using your laptop's software 189

Using Accessories 190

Using word processing and spreadsheets 202

Summary 211

Chapter 11 Learning what you can do online 213

Using email 214

Using online search 223

Finding videos, music and more online 227

Summary 232

Chapter 12 Preventing problems 235

Preventing loss or theft 236

Preventing damage 240

Preventing freezes and slowdowns 243

Preventing loss of data 244

Summary 251

Part IV Glossary 253

Glossary 255

Index 261

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