Sams Teach Yourself PCs in 24 Hours

Sams Teach Yourself PCs in 24 Hours

by Greg M. Perry, Perry

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Overview

Sams Teach Yourself PCs in 24 Hours by Greg M. Perry, Perry

This hands-on, step-by-step guide will lead you through the most frequently asked real world questions about PCs -whether on new PCs, upgrading or the Internet. You will learn the basics about drives, directories and file, and the fundamentals about defragmentation, formatting, ScanDisk, disk compression and backups. This book instructs you on email and the Internet, faxing and fax broadcasting as well as many software basics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780672314476
Publisher: Sams
Publication date: 11/16/1998
Series: Sams Teach Yourself Series
Edition description: 2ND
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 7.28(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

Sams Teach Yourself PCs in 24 Hours, Second Edition - Table of Contents

Sams Teach Yourself PCs in 24 Hours, Second Edition

PART I - PC FUNDAMENTALS

  • HOUR 1 - GET STARTED NOW!
    • The Original Myth: Computers Are Smart
    • Don't Be Afraid of PCs
    • PCs Don't Help with Everything
    • So, What Can PCs Do?
    • A Survey of PC Uses
    • Word Processing
    • Games
    • The Internet
    • Financial Programs
    • The Rest
    • The Work Begins After the Purchase
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 2 - HARDWARE'S EASY, NOT HARD
    • The Basics
    • The System Unit
    • The Memory
    • System Unit Expansion
    • Disks and Other Storage Devices
    • Monitors
    • Input Only: Keyboards and Mice
    • Printers
    • Modems Connect to the Outside World
    • Don't Forget Laptops!
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 3 - SOFTWARE, DISKS, AND FILES
    • What Exactly Is Software?
    • The Operating System
    • Programs and Data
    • Organizing Disks
    • Disk Names
    • Files Group Data
    • Getting More Specific
    • Reviewing It All Backward
    • Summary
    • Q&A

PART II - WHAT TO DO FIRST

  • HOUR 4 - HOW YOU BUY PCS
    • Making Sense of the Ads
    • Doing the Research
    • Mail-Ordering Versus Store Buying
    • What You Must Buy
    • A Word About Bundles
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 5 - WHAT TO GET FIRST
    • Important Buying Considerations
    • System Unit Specs
    • Memory
    • Hardware Issues
    • Getting the Picture
    • Storage
    • Multimedia
    • Connecting with a Modem
    • The Keyboard and the Mouse
    • Then There's the Software
    • Need a Printer?
    • Save Money for Extras
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 6 - OPENING THE BOXES
    • The Room's Environment
    • When the Boxes Arrive
    • The Cabling
    • Finish the Connections
    • How Do Things Look?
    • Summary
    • Q&A

PART III - AT THE KEYBOARD

  • HOUR 7 - FIRST TIME AT THE KEYBOARD
    • Computer Errors
    • Powering On
    • Window's Initial Setup
    • Windows Fast Track
    • Using the Mouse
    • The Welcome to Windows Window
    • A Whirlwind Windows Tour
    • Help Is There
    • Common Windows in Windows
    • Make Your Display Easier to Read
    • Ready for a Break?
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 8 - NSTALLING NEW SOFTWARE
    • First Things First
    • Why Install New Software?
    • The Add/Remove Program Icon
    • The Windows Setup Page
    • Modifying Your Windows Setup
    • Installing Applications
    • Uninstallation Procedures
    • A Last Resort
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 9 - MAKING THINGS HAPPEN
    • Word Crafting
    • Spreadsheets: Word Processors for Numbers
    • Presenting Your Creations
    • Organizing Your Data
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 10 - MULTIMEDIA BELLS AND WHISTLES
    • Color Pictures
    • Drawing Your Own
    • External Drawings and Photos
    • Working with Pictures
    • All About Sound
    • Audio CDs
    • Volume Control
    • File-Based Sound
    • Windows Sounds
    • Full-Motion Video
    • Adding Accessories
    • Summary
    • Q&A

PART IV - DIG DEEPER

  • HOUR 11 - OPERATING SYSTEM TRICKS
    • Controlling the Start Menu
    • The Documents Menu
    • Changing Your Start Menu and Taskbar
    • Moving Your Taskbar
    • Time and Date
    • Searching for Files
    • Adding Programs to the Start Menu
    • Prettying Up the Desktop
    • The Open Dialog Box
    • Placing Documents on the Desktop
    • Printing Data
    • Creating Profiles
    • Activating Your Desktop
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 12 - MAKING YOUR PC WORK BETTER
    • Improving Your Display
    • Improving Disk Performance
    • Defragmenting Your Disk
    • Checking Your Disk's Reliability
    • Running DriveSpace
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 13 - WHY AND WHEN TO UPGRADE
    • Making the Upgrade Decision
    • Don't Fear Opening Your PC
    • Upgrading Your CPU
    • Upgrading Older PCs
    • Upgrading Pentium PCs
    • An Easy Upgrade: Extra Memory
    • Hard Disk Upgrades
    • CD-ROM Drives
    • High-Capacity Removable Drives
    • Tape Backup Drives
    • Upgrading Software
    • Knowing About Updates
    • Updating Your Operating System
    • Updating Windows 98
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 14 - IMPROVING YOUR PC'S WORKLOAD
    • Upgrading Your Printing Capabilities
    • When to Upgrade Your Printer
    • Why Have Two Printers?
    • Working with Two Printers
    • Improving Your Current Printer
    • Adding a Scanner
    • Choosing a Scanner
    • Attaching a Scanner
    • Multifunction Units
    • Modems Galore
    • Upgrading Video
    • Replacing Your Monitor
    • Replacing Your Video Card
    • Upgrading Your PC's Sound
    • Upgrading Your Keyboard
    • Improve Your Mouse
    • Summary
    • Q&A

PART V - USING PCS IN THE REAL WORLD

  • HOUR 15 - PC PROTECTION
    • Practice Safe Computing!
    • Make a Startup Disk Now
    • Back Up Often
    • Inoculate Against Viruses
    • Protect Your Hardware
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 16 - ON-THE-GO COMPUTING
    • Mobile Hardware
    • The Computers: Laptops and PalmTops
    • Docking Your Laptop
    • Using PC Cards
    • Going Wireless with Infrared
    • GPS and Mapping Software
    • Mobile Software
    • Mapping and Trip Planning
    • The Windows Briefcase
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 17 - MAKE THE INTERNET CONNECTION
    • The Internet
    • The WWW: World Wide Web
    • Introducing the Internet Explorer Web Browser
    • Starting Internet Explorer
    • Managing the Internet Explorer Screen
    • Surfing the Internet
    • Moving Between Pages
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 18 - MAKING THE MOST OF THE INTERNET
    • Searching the World Wide Web
    • Online News and Sports
    • Chat Rooms
    • Downloading Software and Games
    • Using Streaming Players
    • Career Management
    • Homework on the Web
    • Managing Your Investments
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 19 - MAIL WITHOUT STAMPS
    • Internet Explorer
    • The Email World
    • Managing Email with Outlook Express
    • Setting Up Outlook Express
    • Sending Mail with Outlook Express
    • Sending Web Pages as Email
    • Receiving Email
    • Using Newsgroups
    • Reading and Posting Newsgroup News
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 20 - A PC COMMUNICATIONS CENTER
    • The Windows Address Book
    • Introduction to PC-Based Faxing
    • Introducing Networked PCs
    • Some Network Specifics
    • Voice Communications
    • Summary
    • Q&A

PART VI - DOING MORE WITH YOUR PC

  • HOUR 21 - SOHO: SMALL OFFICE AND HOME OFFICE
    • What SOHO Is All About
    • PCs Make SOHO Possible
    • Determine Your Right SOHO PC
    • Producing SOHO's Documents
    • SOHO Software
    • Creating a SOHO
    • Your SOHO Environment
    • Your SOHO Floorplan
    • SOHO Power Considerations
    • Your SOHO Communication Center
    • Home Office Considerations
    • Using SOHO Effectively
    • SOHO Organization
    • SOHO Bookkeeping
    • SOHO on the Road
    • SOHO Online
    • SOHO Web Support
    • Taking Your SOHO Online
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 22 - IMPROVING YOUR HOME OFFICE PC
    • Networking Your Environment
    • Networking Hardware
    • Windows Helps You Network
    • Summary
    • Q&A

  • HOUR 23 - GET FANCY WITH PCS
    • System Tips
    • Drive the Latest Models
    • Automatically Arrange Your Icons
    • Make a Startup Disk
    • Regular Disk Maintenance
    • Don't Wait for a Disaster!
    • Get 3D Video
    • Speed Up Your Modem
    • Make Yourself More Comfortable
    • Windows Desktop Tips
    • Rearrange Start Menu Items
    • Deleting Menu Items
    • Right-Click Menu Options
    • Internet Explorer Tips
    • Start Internet Explorer from Any Window
    • Where Do You Want To Go?
    • Set Up Internet Explorer Security
    • Keep More History for Faster Access
    • Take a Look at Advanced Internet Explorer Options
    • Disconnect Quickly
    • Outlook Express Tips
    • Compress Files
    • Create a Personal Signature
    • Check Email Often
    • Printing Tips
    • Managing Printer Jobs
    • Cancel All Print Jobs Easily
    • Multiple Users Should Print Separator Pages
    • Miscellaneous Tips
    • Streamlining SOHO
    • Save the Scraps
    • Stop a Copy or Move
    • Laptop Tips
    • Laptop Startup
    • Laptop Security
    • Delay On-the-Road Printing
    • Print to a Hotel Fax
    • Summary

  • HOUR 24 - YOUR PC'S FUTURE
    • Y2K: A Programming Issue
    • The Reason for Y2K
    • Fixing Y2K
    • A Career in Programming
    • Qualifying
    • Certification
    • Internet and Network-Related Jobs
    • What Is a Program?
    • The Need for Programs
    • Programs, Programs, Everywhere
    • Programs as Directions
    • Programs Are Saved Instructions
    • Speak the Language
    • Accuracy Is Everything
    • Hardware and Programs
    • Summary
    • Q&A

APPENDIXES

  • APPENDIX A - GAMES AND THE PC
    • Starting Simple
    • Game Collections
    • Oldies but Goodies
    • Take It to the Limit
    • Future Arcade Action Is Here
    • Sports without the Sweat
    • Blood and Gore
    • Strategy and Role-Playing
    • You Won't Get Bored with PC Board Games
    • Online Gaming
    • Summary

  • APPENDIX B - GLOSSARY

  • INDEX

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