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PCs for Dummies Quick Reference

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ISBN-10: 0470115262

ISBN-13: 9780470115268

Edition: 4th 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Dan Gookin

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This is a useful reference for any beginning PC user who needs immediate answers to computing questions. The book offers help in setting up a PC, using the basics of Windows applications and getting on the Internet. It also gives advice on installing upgrades or new hardware on your PC.
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Book details

List price: $19.99
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/23/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.18" wide x 9.21" long x 0.51" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

PC Overview
What You See: Basic Hardware
What You See: Console - the Front
What You See: Console - the Back
What You See: Console - the I/O Panel
I/O Symbol Table
The Basics: What Is a PC?
Hardware
Software
You
The Basics: Types and Models of PCs
The Basics: Inside the Console
The Basics: Adding Hardware
Internal expansion
External expansion
The Basics: Windows
The Basics: The Internet
The Basics: Your Stuff
Knowing about files
Working with files in Windows
Organizing files in Windows
Connectinq Stuff
About Computer Cables
Audio
Digital Camera
Digital Media Player
IEEE
Joystick
Keyboard
Microphone
Modem
Monitor
Mouse
Network
Optical Audio
Power
Printer
S-Video
Scanner
Serial
Speakers
USB Port
Wireless Gizmos
Installing Hardware and Software
The Add Hardware Icon
Adding New Hardware
Adding an external dialup modem
Adding a non-USB joystick
Inserting an Expansion Card
Installing Memory
Removing Memory
Removing USB Storage Devices
Software Installation
Installing software from a CD or DVD
Installing software you downloaded from the Internet
Uninstalling Software
The On-Off Thing
Changing the Power Button's Function
Changing the Start Menu's Power Button Function
Forcing the Computer Off
Hibernation
Logging On and Off
Logging in
Logging off
Locking the Computer
Quitting Windows
Restarting Windows
Sleep (Stand By) Mode
Putting your PC to sleep
Automatically going into sleep mode
Waking the computer
Switching Users
Turning the Computer System Off
Turning the Computer System On
The Uninterruptible Power Supply
Popular Places in Windows
Account Folder
All Programs Menu
Starting a program
Popular menus on the All Programs menu
The Startup submenu
Creating a desktop shortcut to a program
Putting a program on the Quick Launch bar
Pinning a program to the Start menu
Organizing the All Programs menu
Computer
Control Panel
Desktop
Network
Notification Area
Controlling the notification area
Controlling the visibility of the notification area icons
Recycle Bin
Start Menu
Changing the Start menu's look
Configuring the Start button's menu
Taskbar
Locking and unlocking the taskbar
Moving the taskbar
Resizing the taskbar
Setting taskbar options
Other toolbars
Quick Launch bar
Moving a toolbar
Removing a toolbar
Disk Storage
About Disk Storage
Long-term and short-term storage
Disks and media
Saving and loading
AutoPlay
Bits and Bytes
CD-ROM and DVD Drives
Types of shiny discs
Playing a music CD or movie DVD
Drive Icons
Drive Letters
Disk drives A-B-C
Drive D and beyond
Drive Z
Changing drive letters
Ejecting a Removable Disk
Ejecting a floppy disk
Ejecting a CD or DVD
Ejecting other media
The Floppy Drive
Formatting floppies
Copying a file to Drive A
Floppy do's and don'ts
Hard Disks and Drives
Inserting a Removable Disk
Inserting a floppy disk
Inserting a CD or DVD
Inserting media into a card reader
Putting a Drive's Shortcut Icon on the Desktop
Types of Storage
Working with Removable USB Drives
The Stuff You Create
About a File
Describing a file
Common file icons
Viewing file details in Windows Explorer
A file's Properties dialog box
Creating Files
Finding Lost Files
Searching from the Start menu
Summoning the Search window
Finding a file when you know its name
Finding a file when you just created it recently
Finding a file when you know what type of file it is
Finding a file when you know that it contains a specific word
Managing Files
Copying files
Duplicating files
Moving files
Making file shortcuts
Deleting files
Permanently deleting files
Undeleting files
Recovering the previous version of a file
Naming and Renaming Files
The filename extension
Renaming a file
Filename wildcards
Opening Files
Pathnames
Saving Files
Saving for the first time
Saving after the first time
Closing a document
Selecting Icons
Selecting a single icon
Selecting all icons in a window
Selecting more than one icon
Lassoing a group of icons
Selecting all but a few icons
Grabbing a range of icons
Selecting two ranges of icons
Deselecting an icon from a group
Organizing Your Stuff
About Folders
About Windows Explorer
Around the Windows Explorer window
The Address bar
Managing your favorite folders
The tree structure
The toolbar
Compressed (Zip) Folders
Making an empty compressed folder
Adding files to a compressed folder
Making a compressed folder from one or more files
Extracting files
Directories
Folder Options
Choosing a folder template
Adding a picture to a folder's icon
Changing a folder icon
Folders for Your Stuff
Managing Folders
Making a new folder
Renaming, copying, moving folders
The Root Folder
Subfolders
Printing
Adding a Printer
Finding a home for the printer
Connecting the printer
Printer software setup
On and selected?
Setting up a USB printer
Forcing Windows to recognize the printer
Adding a network printer
Adding more than one printer to a single PC
The Default (Favorite) Printer
Envelopes
Configuring your document as an envelope
Printing on an envelope
Ink and Toner
Ink cartridges
Toner
Ink and toner tips
Paper
Buying paper
Adding paper to the printer
Paper tips
The Printer's Control Panel
Print Preview
Printing
The Print command
Choosing a printer
Printing multiple copies
Printing a single page or range of pages
Printing the Screen
Printing a Test Page
Stopping the Printer
Turning the Printer On and Off
Types of Printers
Inkjet printers
Laser printers
Uninstalling a Printer
Networking
About Networking
Accessing a Shared Folder
Accessing a Wireless Network
Adding a Shared Folder to Your Disk System
Mapping a folder to a disk drive
Unmapping a folder
Checking the Network Connection
Checking the Network window
Checking the Network and Sharing Center window
Using the little networking guys
Connecting to a Network
The NIC
The network cable
Configuring the network
The Network and Sharing Center
The Network Connections Window
The Network Window
The PC's IP Address
The PC's MAC Address
The PC's Network Name
The Public Folder
Sharing the Public folder on the network
Unsharing the Public folder
Repairing a Network Connection
Sharing a Folder
Making a folder on your PC available to the network
Unsharing a folder
Sharing a Printer
Using a Network Printer
Which Folders Are You Sharing?
Workgroups
Creating Your Own CDs and DVDs
Checking to See Whether You Have a Recordable Drive
Creating a Musical CD
Destroying a Disc
Disc Formats
Disc Types
The CD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R
The CD-RW, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, DVD-RAM
Erasing an RW Disc
Writing to a Disc in Windows
Initializing a recordable or rewritable disc
Working with a Live File System disc
Working with a Mastered disc
The Keyboard
Accessing Menus with the Keyboard
The Any Key
Controlling a Window with the Keyboard
Dead Keys
The Help Key
Keyboard Basics
Keyboard layout
Shift keys
Lock keys
Keyboard Shortcuts
Keyboard Types
Keys for Editing Text
Names for Funky Keys
Setting the Repeat Delay and Repeat Rate
Special Keys
The Mouse
Basic Mouse Activities
Changing the Double-Click Rate
Connecting a Mouse
Extra Mouse Buttons
Increasing the Mouse Pointer Visibility
Left-Handed Mouse
The Mouse Pad
Mouse Pointers
Making the pointer go faster or slower
Choosing a new pointer
Using an animated pointer
Loading a set of pointers
Saving your own set of pointers
Mouse Types
Air mouse
Mechanical, or ball, mouse
Optical mouse
Trackball mouse
Wireless mouse
Glossay: Tech Talk
Index