Peter Norton's Computing Fundamentals

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McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing, Nov 1, 1996 - Computers - 448 pages
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Computing Fundamentals presents Peter Norton's illuminating approach to computer concepts in a concise, 12-chapter text. It's designed for courses that place equal emphasis on computer concepts and hands-on learning. This completely revised text consists of the first 12 chapters of Peter Norton's Introduction to Computers and an all-new appendix on the ethical considerations of navigating cyberspace. The text may be purchased with a student CD-ROM that contains simulations and student activities for each chapter.

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Contents

The Amazing Computer
5
Chapter
10
LOOKING INSIDE THE MACHINE
17
Contents
21
The Multipurpose Tool
34
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FUTURE 33 PRODUCTIVITY
36
Processing Data
41
Contents
47
Spreadsheets
239
A TOOL FOR WORKING WITH NUMBERS
240
Creating a Worksheet
245
Advanced Tools
255
A WORKSHEET TO ANALYZE SALES
257
Visual Summary
261
REVIEW QUESTIONS
263
Database Management
264

FACTORS AFFECTING PROCESSING SPEED
49
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FUTURE
60
Transforming Data into Information
61
KEY TERMS
62
Interacting with the Computer
67
OTHER INPUT DEVICES
74
PRINTERS
84
CONNECTING IO DEVICES TO THE COMPUTER
90
What to Expect in the Future
93
KEY TERMS
96
REVIEW QUESTIONS
97
Storing Information in a Computer
101
OPTICAL STORAGE DEVICES
113
TECHVIEW
118
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FUTURE
123
Types of Storage Devices
124
OBJECTIVES
129
USING MICROCOMPUTER SOFTWARE
163
OTHER OPERATING SYSTEMS FOR PERSONAL COMPUTERS
190
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FUTURE
197
Word Processing and Desktop Publishing
202
OBJECTIVES
203
FORMATTING TEXT
214
ADVANCED WORD PROCESSING FEATURES
220
PRODUCTIVITY
224
173
227
CREATING A PROFESSIONAL MEMO
228
VISUAL SUMMARY
234
Spreadsheets
238
TECHVIEW
272
NORTON NOTEBOOK
279
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FUTURE
287
The Internet
292
PRODUCTIVITY
304
TECHVIEW
309
WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FUTURE
315
Chapter 11
321
GRAPHICS SOFTWARE
329
PRODUCTIVITY
331
CREATING AN INFOGRAPHIC
339
KEY TERMS
345
The New Media
351
NORTON NOTEBOOK
357
THE NEW MEDIA
358
TECHVIEW
359
Contents
364
CREATING MULTIMEDIA
367
VISUAL SUMMARY
378
appendix a The History of Microcomputers
384
Cybercasting on the Web 306
391
appendix b Ergonomics
392
Glossary
399
Index
407
Using Graphs and Charts 253
413
Index
419
282
421
204
423
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About the author (1996)

Peter Norton is an acclaimed computer software entrepreneur who is active in civic and philanthropic affairs. He serves on the boards of several scholastic and cultural institutions and currently devotes much of his time to philanthropy. Mr. Norton made his mark in the computer industry as a programmer and businessman. Norton Utilities(TM), Norton Antivirus(TM), and other utility programs are installed on millions of computer worldwide. He is also the best selling author of computer books. Mr. Norton sold his PC-software business to Symantec Corporation in 1990 but continues to write and speak on computers, helping millions of people better understand information technology.

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