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Computing Fundamentals: Introduction to Computers

Computing Fundamentals: Introduction to Computers

Faithe Wempen

ISBN: 978-1-119-03962-4

Nov 2014

768 pages

Select type: E-Book



The absolute beginner's guide to learning basic computer skills

Computing Fundamentals, Introduction to Computers gets you up to speed on basic computing skills, showing you everything you need to know to conquer entry-level computing courses. Written by a Microsoft Office Master Instructor, this useful guide walks you step-by-step through the most important concepts and skills you need to be proficient on the computer, using nontechnical, easy-to-understand language. You'll start at the very beginning, getting acquainted with the actual, physical machine, then progress through the most common software at your own pace. You'll learn how to navigate Windows 8.1, how to access and get around on the Internet, and how to stay connected with email. Clear instruction guides you through Microsoft Office 2013, helping you create documents in Word, spreadsheets in Excel, and presentations in PowerPoint. You'll even learn how to keep your information secure with special guidance on security and privacy.

Maybe you're preparing for a compulsory computing course, brushing up for a new job, or just curious about how a computer can make your life easier. If you're an absolute beginner, this is your complete guide to learning the essential skills you need:

  • Understand the basics of how your computer works
  • Learn your way around Windows 8.1
  • Create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations
  • Send email, surf the Web, and keep your data secure

With clear explanations and step-by-step instruction, Computing Fundamentals, Introduction to Computers will have you up and running in no time.

Related Resources

Introduction 1

Part I: Computer Basics and Hardware 7

Chapter 1: Computer Basics 9

Chapter 2: The System Unit 31

Chapter 3: Input, Output, and Storage 63

Part II: Software 105

Chapter 4: Operating System Basics 107

Chapter 5: Introduction to Windows 8.1 137

Chapter 6: Windows 8.1 Administration and Maintenance 175

Chapter 7: Understanding Application Software 211

Part III: Microsoft Office 243

Chapter 8: Understanding Microsoft Office 2013 245

Chapter 9: Word Processing with Microsoft Word 277

Chapter 10: Creating Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel 327

Chapter 11: Managing Databases with Access 373

Chapter 12: Creating Presentation Graphics with PowerPoint 405

Part IV: Connectivity and Communication 441

Chapter 13: Networking and Internet Basics 443

Chapter 14: Online Communication 475

Chapter 15: Web Basics 511

Chapter 16: Network and Internet Privacy and Security 545

Chapter 17: Legal, Ethical, Health, and Environmental Issues in Computing 577

Appendix A: Customizing Windows 8.1 601

Answers to Chapter Questions 637

Glossary 645

Index 673

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