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Computing with Windows 7 for the Older and Wiser: Get Up and Running on Your Home PC

ISBN: 978-0-470-98005-7
340 pages
October 2010
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Computing with Windows® 7 for the Older & Wiser is a user friendly guide that takes you step-by-step through the basics of using a computer.  Written in an easy-to-understand, jargon free language, it is aimed at complete beginners using PCs running on Microsoft Windows® 7. 

Inside, you will find step-by-step guidance on:

  • Using the keyboard & the mouse
  • Navigating files and folders
  • Customising your desktop
  • Using Email and the Internet
  • Word processing
  • Organising your digital photos
  • Safely downloading files from the Internet
  • Finding useful websites and much more
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Table of Contents


About the Author.

Publisher's Acknowledgements.

Icons used in this book.

Chapter 1 Introduction.

Age considerations.

Stretching the mind.

Guardian angels.

The uses of a home computer.

Using the Internet.







Fears of using a computer.

Financial security on the Internet.

Equipment needed.

How to use this book.

PART I Basic computing.

Chapter 2 Getting to know the computer screen, keyboard and mouse.

Turning the computer on.

The computer screen: Desktop.

The keyboard.

The computer mouse.

Turning the computer off.

Chapter 3 Windows.

The anatomy of a window.

Chapter 4 Navigating drives, folders and files.

Disks and drives.

Memory and storage.

Libraries, folders and files.


The Address bar.


Chapter 5 Getting to know your Windows 7 Desktop.

Personalising your Desktop with Themes.

Changing the mouse pointer.

Gadgets and Side bar.

Start menu.

Creating and deleting shortcuts.

Task bar.

Windows Explorer.

Chapter 6 Opening your first program: word processing.

Cursor and pointer.

Selecting text.


Dropdown menus.

Inserting text.

The Backspace and Delete keys.

Saving your work.

Quick Access toolbar.

Chapter 7 Getting help.

Windows Help facility.

Chapter 8 Installing software.

Getting started.

Installing a program.

Copyright issues.

Part II The Internet and email.

Chapter 9 Understanding email and Internet concepts.

The concept.

Choosing an ISP.

Type of service.

No such thing as a free service.

Dialup and broadband connections.



Dialup versus broadband.

Wired or wireless.

Setting up an Internet connection.

Registration window.



Chapter 10 Introducing the Internet and World Wide Web.

Using Internet Explorer.

Setting your home page.

Using the Web- a couple of practical lessons.

Alternative web browsers.

Chapter 11 Finding things online.

Search engines.

Other search engines.

Metasearch engines.


Finding answers to your questions.

Just a note about YouTube.

Chapter 12 Shopping online.

Economics of the Web.

Buying on the Internet.

Price comparison websites.

Chapter 13 Booking travel online.

No-ticket booking.

Other forms of travel.

Chapter 14 Buying and selling on Internet auctions.




Buying on eBay.

Selling on eBay.

Chapter 15 Downloading a program from the Web.

Types of software.

Downloading and installing Picasa.

Chapter 16 Using email.

The concept.

Installing Windows Live Mail.

Opening Windows Live Mail.

Receiving emails.

Part III Advanced techniques.

Chapter 17 Getting started with digital photography.

Transferring photos from camera to computer.

Scanning photographs.

Using digital photo services on the Web.

Improving your photos.

Microsoft Imaging Tools.

Storage and backup.

Storage on the Web.

Commercial software.

Chapter 18 Advanced word processing.

Quick Access toolbar.


Useful tips.

Chapter 19 Advanced email.

Junk mail.

Viruses and other nasties.

Sorting your messages.

Other email tools.

Email on the Internet.

Additional email addresses.

Chapter 20 Advanced uses of the Internet.

Alternative web browsers.

Browser toolbars.

Google tools.

Listening to the radio on your computer.


Chapter 21 Using Windows Live Essentials.

Downloading Live Essentials.

Part IV Glossary.



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