Computer Basics

ISBN-10: 0789734303

ISBN-13: 9780789734303

Edition: 3rd 2006 (Revised)

Authors: Michael Miller

List price: $21.99
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The first two editions of this book have been extremely strong sellers. There will always be a market for a new computer user's first computer book; computer novices continue to need help understanding, setting up, and using their new PCs. That book is this book: Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, which is being updated in a third edition for all the latest software and hardware developments. The major changes to the third edition include coverage of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Windows Media Player 10, and 802.11g wireless networks. This new edition also features expanded coverage of connecting and using portable media players besides the Apple iPod (such as models from Creative and Dell), separate chapters on online shopping and buying/selling on eBay, and a new chapter on digital scrapbooks and other fun projects. These changes make Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, 3E, the most up-to-date guide for beginning computer users on today's market. No other book covers the range of topics presented here, or in the author's breezy-yet-practical style.
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List price: $21.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Que
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

How This Book Is Organized
Conventions Used in This Book
Menu Commands
Shortcut Key Combinations
Web Page Addresses
Special Elements
Let Me Know What You Think
Getting Started
Understanding Your PC Hardware
What Your Computer Can-and Can't-Do
Getting to Know Your Personal Computer System
Computer Hardware Basics
Setting Up Your New Computer System
Before You Get Started
Connecting the Cables
Turning It On and Setting It Up
Using Windows
Understanding Microsoft Windows XP
What Windows Is-and What It Does
Different Versions of Windows
Working Your Way Around the Desktop
Important Windows Operations
Using the Start Menu
Understanding Files and Folders
All the Other Things in Windows
Getting Help in Windows
Taking Windows for a Spin
Playing a Game
Launching a Program-and Printing and Saving a Document
Viewing Your Documents
Examining Your Hard Disk
Shutting Down Your System
Personalizing Windows
Changing the Look of Your Desktop
Organizing Desktop Icons
Changing the Way the Start Menu Works
Activating Special Effects
Chaning Your Click
Using a Screensaver
Resetting the Time and Date
Setting Up Additional Users
Working with Files and Folders
Viewing Folders and Files
Navigating Folders
Creating New Folders
Renaming Files and Folders
Copying Files
Moving Files
Deleting Files
Working with Compressed Folders
Upgrading and Maintaining Your System
Adding New Hardware and Devices to Your System
Most Popular Peripherals
Understanding Ports
Adding New External Hardware
Adding New Internal Hardware
Using the Add Hardware Wizard
Connecting Portable Devices to Your PC
Setting Up a Home Network
How Networks Work
Setting Up a Wired or Wireless Network
Running the Network Setup Wizard
Setting Up Wireless Security
Sharing Files and Folders Across the Network
Performing Routine Maintenance
Free Up Disk Space by Deleting Unnecessary Files
Make Your Hard Disk Run Better by Defragmenting
Perform a Hard Disk Checkup with ScanDisk
Keep Your Hardware in Tip-Top Condition
Dealing with Common Problems
How to Troubleshoot Computer Problems
What to Do When Windows Freezes
Dealing with a Major Crash
Undoing the Damage with System Restore
Using Computer Software
Installing New Software
Automatic Installation
Manual Installation
Installing Software from the Internet
Removing Old Programs
Working with Microsoft Works
Different Versions of Works
Working with Works
Other Popular Software Suites
Working with Words
Exploring the Word Interface
Working with Documents
Working with Text
Printing a Document
Formatting Your Document
Working with an Outline
Working with Pictures
Working with Numbers
Understanding Spreadsheets
Entering Data
Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns
Using Formulas and Functions
Sorting a Range of Cells
Formatting Your Spreadsheet
Creating a Chart
Working with a Database
Creating a New Database
Changing Views
Editing Your Database
Sorting and Filtering
Creating a Report
Working with Presentations
Understanding Microsoft PowerPoint
Creating a New Presentation
Formatting Your Slides
Adding Graphics
Applying Slide Transitions
Start the Show!
Managing Your Finances
Setting Up Your Accounts
Navigating Money
Managing Your Bank Account
Banking Online
Playing Games
Building a State-of-the-Art Gaming System
Installing and Playing PC Games
Playing Games Online
Playing Games Against Other Players
Finding Videogame News and Tips Online
Using the Internet
Connecting to the Internet
Different Types of Connections
Before You Connect
Setting Up a New Connection
Connecting via a Commercial Online Service
Sharing an Internet Connection
Surfing the Web
Understanding the Web
Using Internet Explorer
Basic Web Surfing
Advanced Operations
Let's Go Surfin'!
Finding Stuff Online
How to Search the Web
Where to Search
Searching for People and Businesses
Searching for News, Sports, and Weather
Searching for Financial Information
Searching for Medical Information
Shopping Online
How to Shop Online
How to Find the Best Prices Online
How to Shop Safely
Booking Travel Reservations Online
Buying and Selling in eBay Auctions
How Does an eBay Auction Work?
eBay Bidding, Step-by-Step
Buy It Quick with Buy It Now
Protecting Yourself Against Fraudulent Sellers
eBay Selling, Step-by-Step
Sending and Receiving Email
Setting Up Your Email Account
Understanding the Outlook Express Window
Managing Your Email
Sending Files via Email
Protecting Against Email Viruses
Using Address Book to Manage Your Contacts
Using Instant Messaging and Chat
Sending and Receiving Instant Messages
Chatting with Friends Online
Using Newsgroups, Message Boards, and Blogs
Reading and Posting to Usenet Newsgroups
Participating in Web-Based Message Boards
Joining the Blog Community
Downloading Files
Finding Files Online
Downloading from a File Archive Website
Downloading Files from Any Web Page
Creating Your Own Web Page
Building a Web Page at a Home Page Community
Using Page-Building Software
Uploading Your Pages
Protecting Your PC from Viruses, Spam, and Other Nuisances
Safeguarding Your System from Computer Viruses
Fighting Email Spam
Hunting Down Spyware
Defending Against Computer Attacks
Shielding Your Children from Inappropriate Content
Playing Movies and Music
Playing CDs and DVDs
Understanding CD/DVD Playback
Using Windows Media Player
Playing a CD
Playing a DVD
Ripping and Burning CDs
Understanding Digital Audio Formats
Ripping Songs from CD to Your PC
Burning Your Own CDs
Copying Entire CDs
Downloading and Playing Digital Music
Downloading from Online Music Stores
Downloading from Free Music Sites
Downloading from File-Trading Networks
Playing Digital Music with Windows Media Player
Listening to Internet Radio
Using Your PC with a Portable Music Player
Working with the Apple iPod
Transferring Songs to Other Portable Music Players
Editing Your Own Home Movies
Configuring Your Systems for Video Editing
Choosing a Video Editing Program
Working with Windows Movie Maker
Burning and Copying DVDs
Choosing a DVD Creation Program
Creating a Movie DVD Direct from Tape
Creating a Movie DVD from Video Files
Creating a DVD Slideshow
Copying a DVD
Working with Digital Pictures
Connecting a Digital Camera or Scanner
Making the Connection
Transferring Pictures via USB or FireWire
Transferring Pictures from a Memory Card Reader
Scanning a Picture
Managing Your Digital Photos
Managing Your Photos
Choosing a Photo Editing Program
Editing Your Photos with Adobe Photoshop Elements
Printing Your Photos
Printing Photos Online
Creating Digital Scrapbooks and Other Photo Projects
Checking Out Digital Scrapbook Programs
Using Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Designer Deluxe
More Fun Photo Projects
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