Computing for the Older and Wiser: Get Up and Running On Your Home PC

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 10, 2012 - Computers - 380 pages
Computing for the Older & Wiser is a simple-to-follow user friendly guide aimed at the older generation introducing the basics of mastering a computer. Covering the latest release of Windows Vista Home Premium(TM) and Windows XP(TM), this book is designed for people who want straightforward instructions on how to use their home PC.

Written in plain English, using no unintelligible 'computer speak' Adrian guides you step-by-step through the basics of computing including chapters on:

  • Use of the keyboard and mouse
  • Email and the Internet
  • Customising your desktop
  • Word processing
  • Digital photography
  • Useful websites
  • and much more

Useful tips and tricks and a question and answer revision section in each chapter will build your confidence, get you up-to-date and technologically savvy in no time!

If you want to learn how to search and shop online, email or chat to family and friends, and you have the enthusiasm to learn a new skill then this book is for you.

  • With explanatory screenshots in full colour
  • Easy to read font
  • Supplementary website - including additional exercises to help improve your PC skills, further online hints and tips, and a directory of useful resources.

"Computing for the Older & Wiser will take readers comfortably through getting started on their home PC. The content is similar to what we would take our clients through if they were to attend a class, which is exactly the right level."
—Faye Lester, Computer Training Coordinator, Age Concern Camden, UK

"I have not had so much fun for years"
—Renee Moore, 79, pupil at Age Concern, Colchester, UK


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Basic Computing
Understanding Windows
Working with disks drives folders and files
Opening your first program
Grasping basic word processing
Customising your desktop
Knowing how to get help
Shopping online Paying Safe with Credit and Debit Cards
Travelling via the
Buying and selling on internet auctions
Loading software programs
Advanced Tutorials
Tackling advanced word processing
Progressing to advanced email
Getting more out of the Internet

Email and the Internet
Using email
Discovering the Internet the World Wide
Making the most of search engines and directories

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About the author (2012)

Adrian Arnold is a computer trainer with Age Concern in Colchester, UK. His team won a Microsoft award for their Catch the Mouse initiative, which has now been rolled out across Age Concern nationally.
His website ( provides support materials and tutorials for his pupils and he also produces online newsletters with back-up materials, tutorials and tips and hints.

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