Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, Fourth Edition

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Who knew how simple computers could be?

What can you do with your new PC? The sky's the limit! Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics will show you how to set up and configure your PC, including how to connect to the Internet. Then you'll learn how to fix your digital photos, create digital scrapbooks, download digital music to your iPod, burn your own custom CDs, watch DVD movies, write letters and memos, balance your checkbook, and create show-stopping presentations. And if you need more computing horsepower, you'll even learn how to upgrade your PC and add new peripherals. It's all easy, thanks to Michael Miller's step-by-step instructions and helpful advice!

Now updated for both Windows Vista™ and Windows® XP, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics will have you using your new PC in no time! Here's a preview of

what you'll find inside:

  • Learn how to set up and configure your new computer, and install new computer hardware and software

  • Get the scoop on how to work with Microsoft Windows XP or Windows Vista, and how to personalize it just for you

  • Learn how to use the most popular computer programs—including Microsoft®  Word, Microsoft®  Works, Microsoft®  Money, and Quicken

  • Connect to the Internet for web surfing, email, instant messaging, blogging, and podcasts—and create your own MySpace page

  • Become a digital media pro—learn to work with digital cameras and photos, download and listen to digital music, and burn your own CDs and DVDs

  • Find out how to protect your PC from spam, viruses, spyware, and computer attacks

  • Learn how to set up a wireless home network and share your Internet connection with multiple PCs

  • Introduction

    I  Getting Started
    1 Understanding Desktop PCs

    2 Understanding Notebook PCs
    3 Setting Up Your New Computer System

    II Using Windows

    4 Getting to Know Windows Vista

    5 Using Windows XP on Older Computers
    6 Personalizing Windows

    7 Working with Files, Folders, and Disks
    III Upgrading and Maintaining Your System

    8 Adding New Hardware and Devices to Your System

    9 Setting Up a Home Network

    10 Performing Routine Maintenance

    11 Dealing with Common Problems

    12 Protecting Your PC from Viruses, Spam, and Other Online

    IV Using Computer Software

    13 Installing New Software

    14 The Suite Spot: Working with Microsoft Works and Microsoft
    15 Letters, Memos, and More: Working with Microsoft Word

    16 Crunching Numbers: Working with Microsoft Excel 

    17 Presenting Yourself: Working with Microsoft PowerPoint 

    18 Banking and Beyond: Working with Microsoft Money and Quicken 

    19 Connecting to the Internet—At Home and on the Road
    V Using the Internet  

    20 Sending and Receiving Email

    21 Surfing the Web with Internet Explorer

    22 Searching the Web

    23 Shopping Online

    24 Buying and Selling in eBay Online Auctions

    25 Exploring Blogs and Podcasts

    26 Social Networking with MySpace

    27 Creating Your Own Web Page

    28 Exploring Other Cool and Useful Websites

    29 Sending and Receiving Instant Messages
    VI Exploring the Digital Lifestyle

    30 Using Your PC with a Digital Camera

    31 Organizing and Editing Your Digital Photos

    32 Sharing Your Digital Photos Online

    33 Playing, Ripping, and Burning CDs

    34 Downloading and Playing Digital Music

    35 Using Your PC with an iPod or MP3 Player

    36 Playing DVDs and Videos on Your PC

    37 Downloading and Playing Videos from the Web

    38 Making Your Own Digital Home Movies
    Index

    Michael Miller is the best-selling author of more than 75 how-to books, covering topics such as Windows XP and eBay online auctions. Michael has helped more than a million readers be productive with their PCs and has earned a reputation for practical advice, technical accuracy, and making difficult topics easy to understand.

    Category: Computers & Internet

    Covers:    General Computing

    User Level:    Beginning

    $21.99 USA / $26.99 CAN / £15.99 Net UK

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    Table of contents

    1. Table of Contents (1/4)
    2. Table of Contents (2/4)
    3. Table of Contents (3/4)
    4. Table of Contents (4/4)
    5. Introduction
    6. How This Book Is Organized
    7. Which Version of Windows?
    8. Conventions Used in This Book
      1. Menu Commands
      2. Shortcut Key Combinations
      3. Web Page Addresses
      4. Special Elements
    9. Let Me Know What You Think
    10. I: Getting Started
      1. 1 Understanding Desktop PCs
        1. What Your Computer Can—and Can't—Do
        2. Getting to Know Your Personal Computer System
        3. Computer Hardware Basics (1/3)
        4. Computer Hardware Basics (2/3)
        5. Computer Hardware Basics (3/3)
      2. 2 Understanding Notebook PCs
        1. Notebook PCs: Pros and Cons
        2. Key Elements of a Notebook PC
        3. Different Types of Notebook PCs
        4. Special Considerations for Using a Notebook PC
      3. 3 Setting Up Your New Computer System
        1. Before You Get Started
        2. Connecting the Cables
        3. Turning It On and Setting It Up (1/2)
        4. Turning It On and Setting It Up (2/2)
    11. II: Using Windows
      1. 4 Getting to Know Windows Vista
        1. Introducing Windows Vista
        2. Working Your Way Around the Desktop
        3. Important Windows Operations (1/2)
        4. Important Windows Operations (2/2)
        5. Using the Start Menu—And Switching Programs
        6. Using Windows Explorers
        7. All the Other Things in Windows
        8. Getting Help in Windows
        9. Shutting Down Windows—And Your Computer
      2. 5 Using Windows XP on Older Computers
        1. Before Vista: Previous Versions of Windows
        2. Getting to Know Windows XP
        3. Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows Vista
      3. 6 Personalizing Windows
        1. Getting to Know the Windows Control Panel
        2. Changing the Look of Your Desktop in Windows Vista (1/2)
        3. Changing the Look of Your Desktop in Windows Vista (2/2)
        4. Changing the Look of Your Desktop in Windows XP
        5. Organizing Desktop Icons
        6. Changing the Way the Start Menu Works
        7. Resetting the Time and Date
        8. Setting Up Additional Users
      4. 7 Working with Files, Folders, and Disks
        1. Understanding Files and Folders
        2. Viewing Folders and Files
        3. Navigating Folders
        4. Searching for Files
        5. Creating New Folders
        6. Renaming Files and Folders
        7. Copying Files
        8. Moving Files
        9. Deleting Files
        10. Working with Compressed Folders
        11. Copying Files to Another Computer
        12. Backing Up Your Important Files
    12. III: Upgrading and Maintaining Your System
      1. 8 Adding New Hardware and Devices to Your System
        1. Most Popular Peripherals
        2. Understanding Ports
        3. Adding New External Hardware
        4. Adding New Internal Hardware
        5. Connecting Portable Devices to Your PC
      2. 9 Setting Up a Home Network
        1. How Networks Work
        2. Setting Up a Wired or Wireless Network
        3. Configuring Windows for Your New Network
        4. Setting Up Wireless Security
        5. Sharing Files and Folders Across the Network
        6. Sharing a Printer Across Your Network
        7. Sharing an Internet Connection
      3. 10 Performing Routine Maintenance
        1. Free Up Disk Space by Deleting Unnecessary Files
        2. Make Your Hard Disk Run Better by Defragmenting
        3. Perform a Hard Disk Checkup with ScanDisk
        4. Keep Your Hardware in Tip-Top Condition
        5. Backing Up Your Important Data with Windows Backup
      4. 11 Dealing with Common Problems
        1. How to Troubleshoot Computer Problems
        2. What to Do When Windows Freezes
        3. Dealing with a Major Crash
        4. Undoing the Damage with System Restore
      5. 12 Protecting Your PC from Viruses, Spam, and Other Online Nuisances
        1. Safeguarding Your System from Computer Viruses
        2. Fighting Email Spam
        3. Resisting Phishing Scams
        4. Hunting Down Spyware
        5. Defending Against Computer Attacks
        6. Shielding Your Children from Inappropriate Content
    13. IV: Using Computer Software
      1. 13 Installing New Software
        1. Automatic Installation
        2. Manual Installation
        3. Installing Software from the Internet
        4. Removing Old Programs
      2. 14 The Suite Spot: Working with Microsoft Works and Microsoft Office
        1. Different Versions of Works
        2. Working with Works
        3. Introducing Microsoft Office
      3. 15 Letters, Memos, and More: Working with Microsoft Word
        1. Exploring the Word Interface
        2. Working with Documents
        3. Working with Text
        4. Printing a Document
        5. Formatting Your Document
        6. Working with an Outline
        7. Working with Pictures
      4. 16 Crunching Numbers: Working with Microsoft Excel
        1. Understanding Spreadsheets
        2. Entering Data
        3. Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns
        4. Using Formulas and Functions
        5. Sorting a Range of Cells
        6. Formatting Your Spreadsheet
        7. Creating a Chart
      5. 17 Presenting Yourself: Working with Microsoft PowerPoint
        1. Understanding Microsoft PowerPoint
        2. Creating a New Presentation
        3. Formatting Your Slides
        4. Adding Graphics
        5. Applying Slide Animations
        6. Start the Show!
      6. 18 Banking and Beyond: Working with Microsoft Money and Quicken
        1. Managing Your Money with Microsoft Money
        2. Quick and Easy Banking with Quicken
        3. Doing Online Banking
    14. V: Using the Internet
      1. 19 Connecting to the Internet—At Home and on the Road
        1. Different Types of Connections
        2. Before You Connect
        3. Setting Up a New Connection
        4. Sharing an Internet Connection
        5. Connecting to a Public WiFi Hotspot
      2. 20 Sending and Receiving Email
        1. Setting Up Your Email Account
        2. Understanding the Windows Mail Window
        3. Managing Your Email
        4. Sending Files Via Email
        5. Protecting Against Spam, Phishing Scams, and Viruses
        6. Using Address Book to Manage Your Contacts
      3. 21 Surfing the Web with Internet Explorer
        1. Understanding the Web
        2. Using Internet Explorer 7
        3. Basic Web Surfing
        4. Using Tabbed Browsing
        5. Advanced Operations
        6. Internet Security with IE7
      4. 22 Searching the Web
        1. How to Search the Web
        2. Where to Search
        3. Searching for People and Businesses
      5. 23 Shopping Online
        1. How to Shop Online
        2. How to Find the Best Prices Online
        3. How to Shop Safely
        4. Booking Travel Reservations Online
      6. 24 Buying and Selling in eBay Online Auctions
        1. Who Sells on eBay?
        2. How Does an eBay Auction Work?
        3. eBay Bidding, Step-by-Step
        4. Buy It Quick with Buy It Now
        5. More Than Auctions: eBay Express, eBay Stores, and Half.com
        6. Protecting Yourself Against Fraudulent Sellers
        7. eBay Selling, Step-by-Step
      7. 25 Exploring Blogs and Podcasts
        1. Welcome to the Blogosphere
        2. Reading—And Commenting On—Blogs
        3. Searching for Blogs
        4. Tracking Your Blogs with Feed Reader Software
        5. Creating Your Own Blog
        6. Blogs on the Radio: Listening to Podcasts
      8. 26 Social Networking with MySpace
        1. What Is MySpace?
        2. Browsing MySpace Profiles
        3. Creating Your Own MySpace Profile
        4. MySpace for Parents
      9. 27 Creating Your Own Web Page
        1. Building a Web Page at a Home Page Community
        2. Using Page-Building Software
        3. Uploading Your Pages to a Web Host
      10. 28 Exploring Other Cool and Useful Websites
        1. News, Sports, and Weather
        2. Financial Information
        3. Medical Information
        4. Photos, Clip Art, and Other Images
        5. Maps and Travel Guides
        6. Classifieds and Local Shopping
        7. Job Hunting
        8. Religion
        9. Entertainment
        10. Education and Reference
        11. Games
        12. Sites for Kids
        13. Sites for Seniors
      11. 29 Sending and Receiving Instant Messages
        1. Understanding Instant Messaging
        2. Using AOL Instant Messenger
    15. VI: Exploring the Digital Lifestyle
      1. 30 Using Your PC with a Digital Camera
        1. Transferring Pictures Via USB
        2. Transferring Pictures from a Memory Card
        3. Scanning a Picture
        4. Storing Your Photos in Windows
      2. 31 Organizing and Editing Your Digital Photos
        1. Choosing a Photo Editing Program
        2. Editing Your Photos with Windows Photo Gallery
        3. Printing Your Photos
      3. 32 Sharing Your Digital Photos Online
        1. Emailing Digital Photos
        2. Sharing Photos at a Photo Sharing Site
        3. Printing Photos Online
      4. 33 Playing, Ripping, and Burning CDs
        1. Choosing a Music Player Program
        2. Using Windows Media Player
        3. Using Apple iTunes (1/2)
        4. Using Apple iTunes (2/2)
      5. 34 Downloading and Playing Digital Music
        1. Understanding Digital Audio Formats
        2. Downloading from Online Music Stores
        3. Playing Digital Music on Your PC
        4. Listening to Internet Radio
      6. 35 Using Your PC with an iPod or MP3 Player
        1. Working with the Apple iPod
        2. Using Windows Media Player with Other MP3 Players
      7. 36 Playing DVDs and Videos on Your PC
        1. Using Windows Media Player to Play DVDs
        2. Playing Video Files with Windows Media Player
        3. Playing Recorded TV Programs with Windows Media Player
      8. 37 Downloading and Playing Videos from the Web
        1. Looking for Videos on the Web
        2. Viewing Videos on YouTube
        3. Viewing and Downloading Videos from Google Video
        4. Downloading Videos from the iTunes Store
      9. 38 Making Your Own Digital Home Movies
        1. Configuring Your System for Video Editing
        2. Choosing a Video Editing Program
        3. Working with Windows Movie Maker
        4. Burning Your Movie to DVD
    16. Index
      1. A
      2. B
      3. C
      4. D
      5. E
      6. F
      7. G
      8. H
      9. I
      10. J
      11. K
      12. L
      13. M
      14. N
      15. O
      16. P
      17. Q
      18. R
      19. S
      20. T
      21. U
      22. V
      23. W
      24. X
      25. Y
      26. Z

    Product information

    • Title: Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, Fourth Edition
    • Author(s): Michael Miller
    • Release date: February 2007
    • Publisher(s): Que
    • ISBN: 078973673X