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Computers Simplified, 7th Edition

Computers Simplified, 7th Edition

Paul McFedries

ISBN: 978-0-470-37761-1

Feb 2008

229 pages

Select type: E-Book

$16.99

Description

Here’s the easiest guide ever to computers — a book that skips the long-winded explanations and shows you how things work. Full-color screen shots walk you through each step, and self-contained, two-page lessons make learning a snap. You’ll learn to use different types of computers and software, create documents and use different programs, get online, start using e-mail, and manage your music and digital photos. A friendly character called Chip introduces each task, and sidebars offer real-world advice.
1 Getting Familiar with Computer Basics.

Discover the Computer.

Benefits of Using a Computer.

What You Can Do with a Computer.

Types of Computers.

Tour the Personal Computer.

Learn About Computer Hardware.

Explore Computer Software.

2 Discovering How Your Computer Works.

Get to Know Data Input Devices.

Get Acquainted with Data Output Devices.

Learn About the Operating System.

Tour the Central Processing Unit.

Understanding Memory.

Learn About Data Storage.

3 Purchasing a Computer

Choose a Computer Type.

Select a CPU.

Determine How Much RAM You Need.

Select Data Storage Options.

Choose a Monitor and Video Card.

Choose a Printer.

Add Other Peripherals.

Purchase Additional Software.

Tips on Purchase Considerations.

4 Getting Started with Your Computer.

Set Up Your Work Area.

Connect the Computer Components.

Turn On the Computer for the First Time.

Use a Keyboard.

Use a Mouse.

Use a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM Drive.

Use a Memory Card Reader.

Restart the Computer.

Turn Off the Computer.

5 Learning Windows Vista Basics.

Explore the Windows Vista Screen.

Start a Program.

Switch Between Programs.

Tour a Program Window.

Access a Command from a Drop-Down Menu.

Select a Command Using a Toolbar.

Use Dialog Box Controls.

Save a Document.

Open a Document.

Print a Document.

Edit Document Text.

Copy a File.

Move a File.

Rename a File.

Delete a File.

6 Using Software.

Create Documents with a Word Processor.

Crunch Numbers with a Spreadsheet.

Build Presentations with a Presentation Program.

Manipulate Pictures with an Image Editor.

Create Publications with a Desktop-Publishing Program.

7 Using Multimedia.

How a Digital Camera Works.

How a Digital Video Camera Works.

How a Webcam Works.

How a Digital Audio Player Works.

Discover Digital Images.

Learn About Digital Video.

Understanding Digital Audio.

Copy Music CD Tracks to Your Computer.

Discover Gaming Consoles.

8 Working with Portable Computers.

Understand the Advantages of a Portable Computer.

Learn About the Portable Computer Battery.

Maximize Battery Power.

Discover the Portable Computer Screen.

Upgrade with PC Cards.

Learn About Portable Computer Accessories.

9 Connecting to the Internet.

Introduction to the Internet.

Explore Internet Connections.

Start the Connect to the Internet Wizard.

Set Up a Dial-Up Internet Connection.

Set Up a Broadband Internet Connection.

Set Up a Wireless Internet Connection.

Connect to the Internet.

Disconnect from the Internet.

10 Surfing the World Wide Web.

Introduction to the World Wide Web.

Learn About Web Browsers.

Search the Web.

Read News on the Web.

Research Using the Web.

Buy and Sell on the Web.

Socialize on the Web.

11 Communicating Online.

Introduction to E-Mail.

Discover E-Mail Addresses.

Compose an E-Mail Message.

Receive an E-Mail Message.

Learn About E-Mail Etiquette.

12 Wireless Computing.

Discover Wireless Computing.

Wireless Computing Devices.

Connect to a Wireless Network.

Stream Media Throughout Your Home.

13 Wireless Computing.

Discover Wireless Computing.

Wireless Computing Devices.

Connect to a Wireless Network.

Stream Media Throughout Your Home.

14 Implementing Computer Security.

Guard Against Internet Intruders.

Protect Yourself on the Web.

Protect Your Children on the Web.

Reduce E-Mail Spam.

Guard Against E-Mail Viruses.

  • Full color interiors make it even easier to find the information students are looking for with clear step-by-step instruction and a friendly guide named Chip.
  • Consistent placement of information takes the guesswork out of learning and color-coded tabs help readers find answers fast.
  • Filled with information all computers users need to know like how to protect against viruses and unwanted SPAM, maintenance and troubleshooting tactics to keep their PC healthy, and fun advice on multimedia applications, the Internet, and exciting wireless technologies and devices.
  • Updated to include the latest gadgets and devices for home PCs, as well as coverage of the new Mac and Windows operating systems.
  • Minimal text and maximum illustrations.
  • A task-oriented, step-by-step approach.
  • Navigational aids that connect instructions to illustrations.
  • Self-contained, two-page lessons.
  • A uniform layout that makes it easy to read less and learn more.