Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics

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Que, 2005 - Computers - 386 pages
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Pt. I. Getting started -- 1. Understanding your PC hardware -- What your computer can, and can't, do -- Getting to know your personal computer system -- Computer hardware basics -- 2. Setting up your new computer system -- Before you get started -- Connecting the cables -- Turning it on and setting it up -- pt. II. Using Windows -- 3. 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 -- 4. 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 -- 5. Personalizing Windows -- Changing the look of your desktop -- Organizing desktop icons -- Changing the way the start menu works -- Activating special effects -- Changing your click -- Using a screensaver -- Resetting the time and date -- Setting up additional users -- 6. 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 -- pt. III. Upgrading and maintaining your system -- 7. 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 -- 8. 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 -- 9. Performing routine maintenance -- Free up disk space by deleting unnecessary files -- Make you hard disk run better by defragmenting -- Perform a hard disk checkup with ScanDisk -- Keep your hardware in.

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Writing Style: 9.0; very easy read with many helpful hints to the computer beginner Theme: 9.0; computer basics Content: 10.0; N/A Language: 10.0; N/A Overall: 9.0; great book for the beginner and helpful hints for the professional Read full review

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Public libraries especially have ongoing demand for basic PC guides; any of these gentle introductions is a suitable update for older titles. Absolute Beginner's Guide targets new PC buyers, walking ... Read full review

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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, Third EditionAbout the Author

Michael Miller is a successful and prolific author with a reputation for practical advice and technical accuracy and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers.

Mr. Miller has written more than 60 best-selling books in the past 15 years. His books for Que include Absolute Beginner's Guide to eBay, Tricks of the eBay Masters, and Bad Pics Fixed Quick. He is known for his casual, easy-to-read writing style and his practical, real-world advice as well as his ability to explain a wide variety of complex topics to an everyday audience.

You can email Mr. Miller directly at abg@molehillgroup.com. His website is located at http://www.molehillgroup.com.

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