PCs For Dummies Quick Reference

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Wiley, Feb 14, 2003 - Computers - 240 pages
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Who has time to read computer manuals? Certainly, you don't. All you want to do is start up your PC and get something done. You don't have time to wade through some stuffy old computer manual looking for one little piece of information. You want to get in and get out fast . . . and get back to work. Or play, as the case may be.

That's why PCs For Dummies Quick Reference, 2nd Edition, is the perfect resource for the time-challenged. This revised edition by Dan Gookin, veteran Dummies author of PCs For Dummies, gives you what you need to know about your Windows PC – only in bite-sized chunks and in a format that you can easily thumb through. No more trying to decipher the complex computerese of those other computer books.

Here, in Quick Reference style, are some of the topics you'll find covered in PCs For Dummies Quick Reference, 2nd Edition:

  • The Basics: From starting your PC and navigating Windows to running applications and shutting down
  • Plugging stuff in: Hard drives, joysticks, printers – if you can plug it into your PC, it's covered
  • Using the keyboard and mouse
  • Working with files and printing documents
  • Getting on the Internet
  • Maintaining and troubleshooting your PC
  • Adding gadgets and upgrading your PC
  • And – most importantly – having fun with your PC, no matter if you're at home or at work

So whether you're a PC newbie or an experienced computer user, PCs For Dummies Quick Reference, 2nd Edition, makes it easy for you to find the information you need quickly. And it makes the perfect portable companion for your PC when you're on the road – just slip it into your briefcase with your laptop and off you go!

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The Personal Computer BP1
Plugging Stuff In
Working with the Keyboard and Mouse

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About the author (2003)

Dan Gookin considers himself a writer and computer “guru” whose job it is to remind everyone that computers are not to be taken too seriously. His approach to computers is light and humorous, yet informative. Yes, Dan knows his stuff. Dan’s claim to fame is that he wrote the original For Dummies book, DOS For Dummies. Yep, he’s the guy who started the whole thing.
Dan’s most recent titles include Troubleshooting Your PC For Dummies, PCs For Dummies, 8th Edition, (both published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.), and Dan Gookin’s Naked Windows XP (Sybex, Inc.).
To reach Dan, write him at dgookin@wambooli.com.
If you want a full listing of all of the Gookin titles, please visit www.wambooli.com. While you’re there, sign up for the free Weekly Wambooli Salad newsletter. This free e-mail newsletter is full of computer tricks, tips, and Q&As. It’s great, it’s free, and it’s fun!

Sandra Hardin Clemons easily makes difficult subjects understandable and fun to learn. This comes from her speech commu nications degree from Oklahoma State University and all that experience dealing with her four boys: Jordan, Simon, Jonah, and Jeremiah. Sandra’s most recent titles include Parenting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, The Illustrated Computer Dictionary For Dummies, 4th Edition (both published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.), and Windows XP Home Edition! I Didn’t Know You Could Do That... (Sybex, Inc.).
You can write to Sandra at sandyg@wambooli.com. She’s listing her e-mail address in a book, so, please — be nice!

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