PC Complete


PC Complete is a one-of-a-kind computer book -- valuable both for its broad content and its low price. This book contains the essentials you need to know about owning and using a PC. With PC Complete, you'll learn all about your computer's hardware and software so that you can quickly take advantage of all your PC has to offer. Understand and maintain your hardware investment. Save money by learning how to solve common problems and performing simple upgrades. Get up to speed fast with Windows 98, and then move on...
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PC Complete is a one-of-a-kind computer book -- valuable both for its broad content and its low price. This book contains the essentials you need to know about owning and using a PC. With PC Complete, you'll learn all about your computer's hardware and software so that you can quickly take advantage of all your PC has to offer. Understand and maintain your hardware investment. Save money by learning how to solve common problems and performing simple upgrades. Get up to speed fast with Windows 98, and then move on to MS Office, including Word and Excel. See how easy it is to browse the Internet with MS Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator and get the latest information on your favorite programs and games. There's something here for every computer user. PC Complete introduces you to the work of some of Sybex's finest authors, so you'll know where to go to learn even more about what's possible with your computer.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782124224
  • Publisher: Sybex, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Pages: 1005
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.29 (h) x 2.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xxvii
Part I Hardware and Troubleshooting 1
Chapter 1 The Ins and Outs of Personal Computer Hardware 3
An Overview of Input and Output 4
Input Devices 4
Output Devices 14
Input/Output Devices 23
What's Next? 27
Chapter 2 Avoiding Service: Preventive Maintenance 29
Heat and Thermal Shock 30
Magnetism 36
Stray Electromagnetism 37
Avoiding Water and Liquids 47
Making the Environment "PC Friendly" 48
What's Next? 49
Chapter 3 Installing Memory (RAM) 51
How Much Memory Is Enough? 52
Types of Memory Modules 60
Installation 70
What's Next? 86
Chapter 4 Installing Hard Drives and Cards 89
Installing a New Hard Drive 90
Installing Peripheral Cards 116
What's Next? 127
Chapter 5 Hardware Tips and Troubleshooting 129
Mouse 130
Joystick 133
Scanners 135
Printers 142
Sound Cards and Multimedia 148
CD-ROM Drives and Burners 153
TV and Grabber Cards 159
What's Next? 162
Part II Windows Basics 163
Chapter 6 Installing Windows 98 on Your Computer 165
Easiest Approach: A Full Upgrade from an Earlier Version of Windows 168
Installing to a Fresh Disk or New Directory 174
Finding and Fixing Hard-Disk Problems during Installation 175
Reverting to the Previous Operating System 176
Removing Uninstall Files to Free Up Disk Space 178
Installing onto a Compressed Drive 178
How to Install Windows 98 to a Machine Running Windows NT 180
What's Next? 181
Chapter 7 Getting to Know the Interface 183
Windows 101 184
Starting Windows 186
Parts of the Windows Screen 189
Types of Windows 192
Anatomy of a Window 195
All about Menus 204
All about Dialog Boxes 208
Using the New Web View 219
Exiting Windows 225
What's Next? 228
Chapter 8 Getting Down to Business: Running Your Applications 231
What Can and Can't Be Run 232
So, How Do I Run My Programs? 232
Running a Program from My Computer 237
Running a Program from the Explorer or File Manager 241
Running a Program from Ye Olde Program Manager 247
Running Applications from the Find Command 248
Running a Program via One of Its Documents 251
Running an Application by Right-Clicking the Desktop 253
Using the Start Documents List 255
Running DOS Programs 256
What I Didn't Tell You--Shortcuts on the Desktop 265
Switching between Applications 267
What's Next? 269
Chapter 9 Managing Files and Folders 271
Selecting Files and Folders 272
Making a New Folder 273
Setting Folder Properties 275
Viewing Folder Contents 277
Making a New File 284
File Properties 286
Registering File Types 287
Moving and Copying Files and Folders 289
Deleting Files and Folders 292
Using Long Filenames 292
Renaming Files and Folders 294
The Undo Command 295
What's Next? 296
Chapter 10 Seeing and Hearing Multimedia 299
Can't Find Multimedia? 300
Working with the CD Player 301
Playing Sounds with the Media Player 307
Playing Movies 309
Recording Your Favorite Sounds 310
Volume Control 311
More Multimedia Settings 313
What's Next? 313
Chapter 11 Running Your System Smoothly 315
Backing Things Up 316
Restoring Them Later 326
Routine Maintenance 329
Scheduling Tasks 338
Making Room on Your Drive 338
Checking Up on Your System 348
Windows Update 349
What's Next? 350
Part III DOS Basics 351
Chapter 12 The Power of DOS 353
The Essential DOS Command Reference 359
What's Next? 424
Part IV Office Basics 425
Chapter 13 Getting Started with Office 427
The Applications in Microsoft Office 428
Starting and Exiting Office Applications 429
The Office Shortcut Bar 430
What's Next? 436
Chapter 14 File Operations in the Office Applications 439
Creating a New File 440
Saving a File 442
Opening a File 447
Closing a File 453
Exiting the Application 454
Managing Your Files with the Office Applications 454
What's Next? 458
Chapter 15 Word: Creating and Saving Your First Document 461
Document Setup 462
Typing Habits to Break 462
Your First Word Project 463
Starting Microsoft Word 463
Typing Text 471
Selecting Text 472
Deleting Text 475
Undo, Redo, and Repeat 476
Inserting Text 479
Replacing Text 480
Simple Formatting Tricks 480
Aligning Text with the Formatting Toolbar 482
Saving Documents the First Time (the Basics) 484
Save Often As You Work 488
Organizing Your Files 489
Files, Folders, and Paths 489
Save Options 491
Saving under a Different Filename 494
Opening Previously Saved Documents 496
Steps for Opening Documents from within Word 498
Finding Files 500
Making Backup Files for Safekeeping 507
Recovering Damaged Files 508
Quitting and Restarting Word 509
Launching Word by Double-Clicking a Document 510
Quick Access to Recent Projects 511
Copying and Moving 512
Creating New Documents If Word Is Running 519
Keyboards and Word 520
Hotspots 523
Mouse Command Shortcuts 524
Getting Help with Word 525
Word Help from the Internet 530
Microsoft Product Support Services 530
What's Next? 531
Chapter 16 Excel: Entering Data and Creating Workbooks 533
Part 1 Creating worksheets and entering data 534
Spreadsheets, Worksheets, and Workbooks 534
Parts of the Excel Screen 535
Working with Worksheets 536
Creating a Spreadsheet 539
Part 2 Formatting a Workbook 545
Working with Ranges 547
Editing Data in a Worksheet 549
Formatting Your Data 551
AutoFormatting Worksheets 557
Using Styles 558
Restructuring the Worksheet 561
Sorting Data 565
Adding Comments 567
Adding Headers and Footers 568
Printing from Excel 570
Part V The Internet 577
Chapter 17 Understanding Internet and World Wide Web Basics 579
Introducing the Internet 580
Getting on the Internet 588
What You Can Do on the Net 595
What's Next? 598
Chapter 18 Connecting to the Internet 601
What Kind of Connection? 602
Choosing a Service Provider 605
Getting Directly on the Internet--Finding a Local ISP 611
Setting Up Windows 98 Dial-Up Networking 614
Changing the Default Connection 620
What's Next? 621
Chapter 19 Communicating with E-mail 623
E-mail Basics 624
Trying Out Microsoft Outlook Express and Netscape Messenger 634
Using E-mail More Effectively 637
Forwarding Mail to Someone Else 641
Attaching a Signature 646
Filtering Messages As They Come In 650
Dealing with E-mail from Several Accounts 653
Managing an Address Book 654
Finding Internet E-mail Addresses 656
What's Next? 657
Chapter 20 Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer 659
Starting Internet Explorer 660
The Internet Explorer Screen 660
Creating Your Own Quick Links 663
Moving around the Web 665
Home Pages 675
Using Internet Search Tools 677
Returning to Favorite Web Pages 680
Changing the Default Browser: A Warning 695
What's Next? 696
Chapter 21 An Alternative to Internet Explorer: Netscape Navigator 699
Launching Netscape Navigator 700
What You See: The Navigator Interface 702
Opening Your First Document 707
Changing the Size and Color of Displayed Text 712
Saving Stuff to Your Local Machine 716
Viewing Documents You've Saved 720
Jumping Back and Forth While Viewing a Document 721
Getting Around in Frames 723
Caching and Reloading 725
Error Messages Demystified 728
Printing a Document or a Single Frame 730
Quitting Netscape Navigator 731
What's Next? 732
Part VI Games and Your PC 733
Chapter 22 An Introduction to Gaming and Your PC 735
And Then There Was Spacewar! 736
Gearing Up 739
The Games 756
What's Next? 792
Part VII PC Complete User's Reference 793
Appendix A Vendor's Guide 795
Manufacturers of Computers, Peripherals, and Components 796
Data Recovery Vendors 837
Memory Vendors 840
BIOS Upgrade Vendors 841
Storage Device Vendors 841
Miscellaneous Computer Products Vendors 843
Older PC Repair and Exchange 859
Computer Recycling Centers 863
Appendix B Complete Hardware Dictionary 845
Index 964
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