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Digital Literacy For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-96287-9
456 pages
October 2014
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Develop and implement essential computer technology—with confidence

Do you want to develop an understanding of technology to enhance your education, career, or personal life, but feel inhibited by your digital literacy? Fear not! Written in plain English and absent of undecipherable high-tech jargon, Digital Literacy For Dummies makes it easy to get a grip on computer basics, the Internet, the Cloud, browsing the web, productivity programs and applications for school and the workplace, computer security and privacy, the latest in digital lifestyle topics, and so much more.

  • Walks you through the basics of developing essential computer technology skills
  • Shows you how to gain the digital literacy skills required to succeed in education, at home, and in the workforce
  • Explains how the use of smartphones and digital cameras contribute to digital literacy

With the introduction of 3G and 4G services in emerging countries like India, worldwide Internet usage is increasing exponentially. With this technological growth comes an opportunity for people of all ages and from all walks of life to learn new skills to keep them ahead of the curve. Packed with easy-to-follow explanations and seasoned with a bit of humor and fun, Digital Literacy For Dummies makes it easy and accessible for anyone to harness the power of technology to remain relevant in school or at work.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 2

Foolish Assumptions 3

Icons Used in This Book 4

Beyond the Book 4

Where to Go from Here 5

Part I: Computer Basics 7

Chapter 1: It’s a Digital World 9

Chapter 2: Buying and Setting Up a Computer 25

Chapter 3: Understanding Operating Systems 45

Chapter 4: Windows 8.1 Basics 55

Part II: The Online Experience 87

Chapter 5: Understanding Internet Basics 89

Chapter 6: Working with the Web 99

Chapter 7: Sending and Receiving Email 117

Chapter 8: Clouds and Online Communication 137

Part III: Productivity Programs 151

Chapter 9: Understanding Applications 153

Chapter 10: Creating Personal Documents with Microsoft Word 173

Chapter 11: Managing and Calculating Data with Microsoft Excel 211

Chapter 12: Creating Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint 239

Chapter 13: Storing and Retrieving Data with Microsoft Access 261

Part IV: Digital Security and Privacy 279

Chapter 14: Protecting Your Computer and Data from Harm 281

Chapter 15: Safeguarding Your Privacy 301

Part V: Mobility and Multimedia 323

Chapter 16: Expanding Computing to Other Devices 325

Chapter 17: Digital Cameras and Photography 337

Chapter 18: Working with Music and Video 361

Part VI: The Part of Tens 393

Chapter 19: Ten Computer Problems (and How to Solve Them) 395

Chapter 20: Ten Tips for Working with Windows 8.1 407

Appendix: Making a Living in Digital Technology 421

Index 429

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Author Information

Faithe Wempen is an adjunct instructor at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI). She is the author of over 150 books on computer hardware and software, and an online technology courseware developer whose courses have educated over a quarter of a million people.

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