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PCs Just the Steps For Dummies



PCs Just the Steps For Dummies

Nancy C. Muir

ISBN: 978-0-470-03782-9 May 2006 232 Pages


Your first PC can be intimidating. You’re probably panicky that you’ll hit a wrong key and send your information to some high-tech black hole or cause your PC to self-destruct. Not to worry. PCs Just the Steps For Dummies gives you simple directions for getting stuff done with your PC—everything from turning it on to using the Internet or a network. The book’s design features two columns, with numbered step-by-step instructions on one side and corresponding illustrations, screen shots, or photos on the other. You just pick the task you want to do and look up practical, no-nonsense how-to. This guide covers:
  • Hardware basics and peripherals, including printers, faxes, and scanners
  • Working with Windows XP, including managing memory and working with files and folders
  • Working with sound and video
  • Going online, searching the Web with Internet Explorer, and e-mailing with Outlook Express
  • Networking, including configuration and connection and sharing folders or printers
  • Protecting and troubleshooting your PC

With practical organization and a task-oriented approach, this book will have you inspired instead of intimidated. You won’t get an unabridged history of computers and a lot of gibberish; you will get clear, easy-to-follow instructions that help you get your tasks done efficiently on your PC.


Part I: Hardware Basics.

Chapter 1: First Look at Your PC.

Chapter 2: Using Discs and Drives.

Chapter 3: Working with Input Devices.

Chapter 4: Setting Up Accessibility Features.

Chapter 5: Working with Printers, Faxes, and Scanners.

Chapter 6: Setting Up Your Laptop.

Part II: The Brains of the Beast.

Chapter 7: Working with Windows XP.

Chapter 8: Managing Memory.

Chapter 9: Setting Up Software.

Chapter 10: Working with Files and Folders.

Chapter 11: Exploring Windows Assets.

Part III: Working with Your Display, Multimedia, and Graphics.

Chapter 12: Setting Up Your Display.

Chapter 13: Working with Sound.

Chapter 14: Working with Digital Imaging and Video.

Part IV: Going Online.

Chapter 15: Accessing the Internet.

Chapter 16: Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer.

Chapter 17: Exchanging E-Mail with Outlook Express.

Part V: Networking.

Chapter 18: Setting Up a Network.

Chapter 19: Connecting Across a Network.

Part VI: Security and Troubleshooting.

Chapter 20: Making Windows XP Secure.

Chapter 21: Troubleshooting Hardware Problems.

Chapter 22: Troubleshooting Software Problems.