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PCs All-in-One For Dummies, 6th Edition

ISBN: 978-1-118-28035-5
720 pages
April 2013
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A perfect companion for your PC!

Whether you use your PC for work or play, there's a lot to learn and a lot of territory to discover, so take along a good guide. Serving up nine meaty minibooks, this All-in-One guide covers essential PC topics from soup through nuts, including the latest on PC hardware, Windows 8, the Internet, all the tools in Office 2013, digital media, troubleshooting and maintenance, upgrading your PC, home networking, and PC gaming. You'll get to know your PC inside and out and find yourself turning to this terrific resource again and again.

This new edition features expanded coverage of home networking and desktop gaming, cool hardware for hardcore gamers, exciting new Windows 8 features, and much more.

  • Nine minibooks provide a comprehensive PC overview and include PC Hardware; Windows 8; The Internet; Troubleshooting and Maintenance; Office 2013; Music, Movies, and Photos; Upgrading and Supercharging; Home Networking; and Gaming
  • Explores step-by-step procedures for using the new Windows 8 operating system
  • Delves into the techy nitty-gritty on things like processor speeds, hard drive capacities, and upgrading
  • Reviews ways to protect your PC from viruses, offers troubleshooting tips, and discusses how to supercharge your PC's performance

PCs All-in-One For Dummies, 6th Edition covers everything you need to know to get the most out of your PC.

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Introduction 1

Book I: Getting Started with PCs 7

Chapter 1: Starting with the Basics 9

Chapter 2: Additional Toys Your PC Will Enjoy 23

Chapter 3: Connectors, Ports, and Sundry Openings 39

Book II: Windows 8 49

Chapter 1: Shake Hands with Windows 8 51

Chapter 2: The Many Windows of Windows 73

Chapter 3: Windows 8 Basics 91

Chapter 4: Advanced Windows 8 117

Chapter 5: Taking Control of the Control Panel 145

Book III: The Internet 171

Chapter 1: Making Sense of the Internet 173

Chapter 2: Adding an Internet Connection to Windows 8 187

Chapter 3: Protecting Your Internet Privacy 195

Chapter 4: Cruising the Web with Internet Explorer 10 207

Chapter 5: Harnessing Your E-Mail 229

Book IV: PC Troubleshooting and Maintenance 251

Chapter 1: Easy PC Troubleshooting 253

Chapter 2: Maintaining Windows 8 267

Chapter 3: Maintaining Your Hardware 291

Book V: Office 2013 303

Chapter 1: Introducing Offi ce 2013 305

Chapter 2: Using Word 317

Chapter 3: Putting Excel to Work 349

Chapter 4: Performing with PowerPoint 377

Chapter 5: Doing Database Magic with Access 405

Chapter 6: Staying in Touch with Outlook417

Chapter 7: Working with SkyDrive 437

Book VI: Fun with Movies, Music, and Photos 445

Chapter 1: Scanning with Gusto 447

Chapter 2: Dude, MP3 Rocks! 461

Chapter 3: Making Movies with Your PC 475

Chapter 4: I’m Okay, You’re a Digital Camera 487

Book VII: Upgrading and Supercharging 505

Chapter 1: Determining What to Upgrade 507

Chapter 2: Adding RAM to Your Hot Rod 515

Chapter 3: Adding Hard Drive Territory to Your System 523

Chapter 4: Partying with USB, FireWire, Thunderbolt, and eSATA 535

Chapter 5: Pumping Up Your Sound and Video 545

Book VIII: Home Networking 555

Chapter 1: Do I Really Need a Network? 557

Chapter 2: Ethernet to the Rescue 565

Chapter 3: Going Wireless 583

Chapter 4: Sharing Your Internet Connection 595

Chapter 5: Securing Your Home Network 605

Book IX: Gaming 617

Chapter 1: What’s Different About a Gaming PC? 619

Chapter 2: Gaming Hardware That Helps You Win 631

Chapter 3: Software for Gamers 639

Chapter 4: Playing Milestone PC Games 651

Index 661

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Mark L. Chambers has been an author, technical writer, and computer consultant for more than 20 years. He uses his experience as a computer hardware technician to demystify the workings of PCs. Mark has written a variety of books including Build Your Own PC Do-It-Yourself For Dummies.

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