Windows XP for Seniors: For Senior Citizens Who Want to Start Using Computers

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Beginning or intermediate senior computer users will enjoy this large-print guide that introduces the computer, leads users through the components that make up a PC, and describes the fundamentals of Windows XP. Users will become comfortable with computer terms, make sense of all the information on the screen, learn to install software, and perform basic troubleshooting operations. Tips on improving keyboard skills, working with a word processing application, managing folders and files, surfing the Internet, and ...

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Overview

Beginning or intermediate senior computer users will enjoy this large-print guide that introduces the computer, leads users through the components that make up a PC, and describes the fundamentals of Windows XP. Users will become comfortable with computer terms, make sense of all the information on the screen, learn to install software, and perform basic troubleshooting operations. Tips on improving keyboard skills, working with a word processing application, managing folders and files, surfing the Internet, and making work with a PC a pleasant experience are included.

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Age doesn’t matter. Everyone can use a computer. If you’re older and you’re just getting started, this book will guide you every step of the way. (And, if there’s a senior in your life who’s just starting out with computers, it’s a perfect gift.)

The book’s Visual Steps approach was designed for teaching adults. It assumes you’re new to this, but it never treats you like a child. Everything’s explained in plain English, with absolutely no jargon. The oversized workbook format allows for plenty of pictures and larger, easier-to-read text than most computer books.

Simple, patient, hands-on exercises help you get comfortable with your keyboard, mouse, and Windows XP itself. You’ll learn how to write, format, and print letters; how to visit web sites; and how to work with email. You’ll even find tips for making computing more pleasant. Bill Camarda, from the May 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789059050440
  • Publisher: Visual Steps Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Computer Books for Seniors series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 359,366
  • Product dimensions: 7.75 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Addo Stuur is a technical writer and the author of Windows for Children and Microsoft Word 6.0 for Children.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 13
Introduction to Visual Steps[Trademark] 14
What You'll Need 15
How This Book Is Organized 17
The Screen Shots 17
How to Use This Book 18
Test Your Knowledge 19
For Teachers 19
1 Starting and Stopping in Windows XP 21
Starting Windows XP 22
Using the Mouse 23
Pointing 24
The Mouse Buttons 25
Clicking 26
Entering Commands 29
Calculating by Clicking 30
Minimizing a Window 31
Starting Another Program 32
Maximizing and Minimizing 33
Opening a Window with the Taskbar 35
Stopping a Program 36
Stopping Windows XP 38
Exercises 39
Background Information 40
Tips 43
2 More Use of the Mouse in Windows XP 45
Getting Ready 46
The Next Three Mouse Actions 46
Dragging 47
Dragging with a Scrollbar 49
Enlarging and Reducing a Window 51
Back to the Beginning 54
Using the Help and Support Center 55
Double-Clicking 59
The Many Faces of a Window 61
Commands with a Check Mark 61
Selecting from a List 64
Right-Clicking 67
Exercises 70
Background Information 74
Tips 77
3 Keyboard Skills 79
Starting WordPad 80
The Keyboard 81
Repeat Keys 82
A Typing Error? 83
Capital Letters 84
Words on the Next Line 85
A New Line 85
Colon or @? 86
The Cursor Keys 87
The Beginning and End of the Text 88
Correcting Mistakes 90
Removing Empty Lines 90
Making Jumps 91
Starting a New Text 92
Accents and Other Special Punctuation 93
Typing Apostrophes 95
Stopping WordPad 96
Exercises 97
Background Information 99
Tips 101
4 Writing a Letter 103
Starting a Letter 104
A Larger Font 104
Today's Date 105
Undoing 106
Typing a Letter 107
Saving a Text 108
Closing WordPad 109
Opening a Text 110
Printing the Letter 112
Save Changes? 115
Exercises 118
Background Information 119
Tips 123
5 Word Processing 125
The Cursor and the Mouse 126
Selecting a Word 127
Undoing a Selection 128
Deleting a Word 128
Dragging a Word 129
Typing Over a Word 130
Selecting a Line 131
Dragging a Line 132
Mini Word Processing 133
Splitting and Pasting Lines 135
Copying, Cutting and Pasting 136
Exercises 140
Background Information 144
Tips 145
6 Folders, Documents and Files 147
The Folder My Documents 148
The Files 149
Making a New Folder 149
Saving in a Folder 151
Copying Files 154
Selecting Multiple Files 156
Changing the File Name 160
Deleting Files 162
The Recycle Bin 164
Copying to a Diskette 166
Exercises 170
Background Information 172
Tips 175
7 Text Layout 177
Text Layout 178
Text Layout in WordPad 179
Selecting Text 179
Underlining Words 180
Bold Print 181
Italics 181
Colored Letters 182
Other Types of Layout 183
Undoing Layout 183
The Font 184
The Font Size 187
Determining Layout in Advance 189
Exercises 190
Background Information 193
Tips 197
8 Drawings and Illustrations 199
Starting Paint 200
Drawing by Dragging 201
Drawing Figures 202
Coloring 204
Undoing 204
Inserting Text into a Drawing 205
A New Drawing 206
Exercises 207
Copying in Paint 210
Pasting in WordPad 212
Background Information 215
Tips 219
9 Surfing the Internet 221
Some Information First: The Modem 222
Is Your Modem Ready? 223
Starting Internet Explorer 223
Contacting Your Internet Service Provider 225
Typing an Address 226
Wrong Address 228
Refreshing a Page 230
Forward and Backward 231
Clicking to Browse 234
Using the Scrollbars 236
Printing a Page 237
Saving a Web Address 239
The Start Button 241
Opening a Favorite 242
Getting off the Internet 243
Exercises 246
Background Information 248
Tips 251
10 E-mail, Your Electronic Mailbox 253
Starting Outlook Express 254
The E-mail Address 256
Sending an E-mail 257
The Outbox 259
Sending and Receiving 259
Reading a Message 262
Including an Attachment 263
Reading an Attachment 267
Exercises 270
Background Information 272
Tips 274
11 How to Make Working with Your Computer More Pleasant 277
The Control Panel 278
Customizing the Mouse 279
The Speed 280
The Mouse Pointer 283
A Different Mouse Pointer 284
A Black Mouse Pointer 285
The Double-Click Speed 286
Left-Handed Users 287
Has the Mouse Been Customized? 288
Tips for Using a Mouse 289
Customizing the Keyboard 292
Your Keystroke 293
Customizing the Display 295
Larger Text 296
A Different Background 299
The Screen Saver 300
Your Display on Standby 302
Have You Customized the Display? 304
Tips for the Display 305
Customizing the Sound 306
Music as a Test 307
How Do I Insert a CD in the CD-ROM Drive? 307
Sound Knobs on Your Computer 310
Customizing Sound Signals 311
Have You Customized the Sound? 313
Tips for the Sound 314
Appendices
A Clicking, Dragging and Double-Clicking in Solitaire 317
B How Do I Do That Again? 325
C Changing Your Keyboard Settings 337
D Index 339
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    Windows XP for Seniors

    This is a great book for those with the bare basics of the computer, you can easily understand how to do and thus learn the computer by yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2006

    It's about time

    Absolutly the BEST. I would start any newcomer to computers with this book even non seniors. This has been the only book with laymens language. I've been waiting a long time for someone to write a step-by-step book. Thank you so much Addo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2005

    PRIMO

    Absolutely the best and easiest 'how to' book for the generation who is technically challenged. On second thought, this book is the best for anyone. Simple, precise, and foolproof!

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