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Computers For Seniors For Dummies, 3rd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-11553-4
408 pages
November 2012
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The bestselling guide to choosing a computer and getting online, fully updated for Windows 8!

Whether you use your computer for bookkeeping, making travel plans, socializing, shopping, or just plain fun, computers are now an essential part of daily life. But it can be overwhelming to keep up with the technology as it continually evolves. This clear, friendly guide not only gets you up to speed on computer basics, it also covers the very latest information, like the changes you ll see with Windows 8.

You'll learn to use the keyboard and mouse, navigate the Windows 8 operating system, access the Internet, create documents, keep safe online, and more. Packed with screenshots and illustrations, the new edition of this popular book is easy to follow, never intimidating, and always helpful.

  • Starts with the basics and assumes no prior knowledge of computers
  • Updates your current skills for the latest technology changes, such as the Windows 8 operating system
  • Explains how to connect to the Internet, keep up with family and friends via e-mail and social media, find recipes and health information, book travel, manage your budget, and much more
  • Shows you how to organize documents, work with files and folders, manage pictures and videos, and customize your desktop and system
  • Offers tips and advice to help you avoid common pitfalls

Take on technology with confidence and take advantage of all your computer can do with Computers for Seniors For Dummies, 3rd Edition!

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Introduction 1

Part I: Get Going! 5

Chapter 1: Buying a Computer 7

Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Computer 27

Chapter 3: Getting around Windows 8 41

Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Display 61

Chapter 5: Getting Help with Vision, Hearing, and Dexterity Challenges 75

Chapter 6: Setting Up Printers and Scanners 93

Chapter 7: Getting Help 109

Part II: Getting Things Done with Software 123

Chapter 8: Working with Software Programs 125

Chapter 9: Working with Files and Folders 135

Chapter 10: Working with the Weather, People, and Calendar Apps 153

Part III: Going Online 171

Chapter 11: Understanding Internet Basics 173

Chapter 12: Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer 189

Chapter 13: Staying Safe While Online 207

Chapter 14: Keeping In Touch with Mail 229

Chapter 15: Working in the Cloud 249

Chapter 16: Connecting with People Online 261

Part IV: Having Fun 281

Chapter 17: Getting Visual: Using Windows Media Player, Video, and Camera 283

Chapter 18: Playing Music in Windows 8 299

Chapter 19: Going Shopping Online 317

Part V: Windows Toolkit 329

Chapter 20: Working with Networks 331

Chapter 21: Protecting Windows 343

Chapter 22: Maintaining Windows 357

Index 377

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Nancy C. Muir owns a writing and consulting company that specializes in technology topics. She is the author of more than 100 books, including all editions of the bestselling iPad For Seniors For Dummies. Nancy also writes a column on computers and the Internet for Retirenet.com.

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