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Easy, clear, readable, and focused on what you want to do

Step-by-step instructions for the tasks you care about most

Large, full-color, close-up photos show you exactly what to do

Common-sense help whenever you run into problems

Tips and notes to help you do even more

Over the years, you’ve learned a lot. Now, learn Windows 8.1!  We’ve identified the Windows 8/8.1 skills you need to stay connected with people you care about: keep your computer reliable, productive, and safe; express your creativity; find new passions; and live a better life!

Our crystal-clear instructions respect your smarts but never assume you’re an expert. Big, colorful photos on nearly every page make this book incredibly easy to read and use!

    •    Set up your computer with no fuss or aggravation

    •    Get productive fast, even if you don’t have computer experience

    •    Use Windows’ new touch features if you have a touchscreen device

    •    Safeguard your privacy, and protect yourself from online scams

    •    Find, install, and use easy new Modern apps

    •    Display up-to-the-minute news, weather, and stock prices

    •    Browse the Web with the great new Internet Explorer 11

    •    Use new SmartSearch to find everything faster on the Internet

    •    Discover reliable health and financial information online

    •    Make free Skype video calls to friends and family

    •    Use Facebook to find old friends and see what they’re up to

    •    Store your pictures, fix them, and share them with loved ones

    •    Read eBooks on your PC—even enlarge text for greater comfort

    •    Watch TV or movies with Netflix, Hulu Plus, or YouTube

    •    Enjoy your music, and discover great music you’ve never heard

    •    Fix your own computer problems without help

Synopsis:

My Windows 8.1 Computer for Seniors  contains all the information today's 65-and-older audience needs to get productive with new Windows 8 computers. The book covers basic Windows operations as well as computer-based and online activities, particularly those seniors are likely to use. The focus is on using a Windows 8.1 PC to find senior-related information (healthcare, insurance, travel, etc.), communicate with friends and family (via email and Facebook), and share pictures and home movies. There is also coverage of fun activities (playing solo games, using Pinterest, reading ebooks, watching TV shows and movies), as well as advice for avoiding online scams.

My Windows 8.1 Computer for Seniors  approaches each and every topic from a senior's point of view, using examples and tasks that are meaningful to the seniors audience. The text is engaging and intelligent, but no prior experience with computers is assumed. This book uses a custom, full-color interior with enlarged text and close-up screenshots to help those with aging eyesight read more comfortably.

About the Author

Michael Miller is a prolific and popular author of non-fiction books, known for his ability to explain complex topics to everyday readers. He writes about a variety of topics, including technology, social networking, business, and music. Mr. Miller has written more than 150 books over the past two decades, as well as a variety of online and print articles. His best-selling books for Que include My Facebook for Seniors, Facebook for Grown-Ups, Easy Facebook, Easy Computer Basics, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, and My Pinteres t. Collectively, his books have sold more than 1 million copies worldwide.

Find out more at the author’s website: www.molehillgroup.com

Follow the author on Twitter: molehillgroup

Table of Contents

Prologue:  Basic Operations     3

Using Windows with a Mouse or Touchpad     3

   Mouse and Touchpad Operations     4

Using Windows with a Keyboard    6

   Keyboard Operations     6

Using Windows on a Touchscreen PC     8

   Touchscreen Operations     8

Chapter 1  Understanding Computer Basics     11

Examining Key Components     11

   Hard Disk Drive     12

   Memory     13

   Processor     13

   Display     14

   Keyboard     15

   Pointing Device     16

   Connectors     17

Exploring Different Types of PCs     19

   Desktop PCs     19

   Notebook PCs     21

Which Type of PC Should You Buy?     22

Setting Up Your New Computer System     23

   Set Up a Notebook PC     23

   Set Up a Traditional Desktop PC     24

   Set Up an All-in-One Desktop PC     26

Chapter 2  Using Windows 8.1—If You’ve Never Used a Computer Before      29

Powering Up and Powering Down     29

   Turn On and Configure Your New PC—for the First Time     30

   Turn On Your System—Normally     39

   Turn Off Your Computer     40

Finding Your Way Around Windows 8.1     41

   Display the Start Screen     42

   Use the Start Screen     43

   Display the Charms Bar     44

   Use the Charms Bar     45

   Display the Desktop     46

Chapter 3  Using Windows 8.1—If You’ve Used Windows Before     49

What’s New in Windows 8.1?     50

   Changes from Windows 7 to Windows 8     50

   Changes from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1     51

Logging in with the New Lock Screen     53

   Log into Windows     54

Launching Apps from the New Start Screen     55

   Display the Start Screen     56

   Scroll Through the Start Screen     57

   Open a Tile     58

   Find Additional Apps and Utilities     59

Accessing the Desktop and Traditional Apps     60

   Open the Desktop     60

   Open a Traditional Desktop App     61

Exploring Improved System Tools     62

Configuring Options from the Charms Bar     63

   Configure Windows 8.1 from the Charms Bar     64

Relearning Essential Operations     65

Making Windows 8.1 More Like Windows 7     68

   Boot to the Desktop     68

   Display Your Desktop Background on the Start Screen     69

   Disable Live Corners     70

   Show Desktop Apps First     71

Chapter 4  Setting Up User Accounts     75

Understanding User Accounts     75

   Microsoft Accounts     76

   Local Accounts     77

Setting Up a New Account on Your PC     77

   Set Up a New User with a Microsoft Account     78

   Set Up a New User with a Local Account     82

Switching Users     84

   Change Users     84

   Sign Out of Windows     85

   Sign In with Multiple Users     85

Chapter 5  Personalizing Windows     89

Personalizing the Start Screen     89

   Change the Background Color and Pattern     90

   Show Your Desktop Background on the Start Screen     91

   Make a Tile Larger or Smaller     93

   Rearrange Tiles     94

   Organize Tiles into Groups     95

   Name Groups of Tiles     96

   Remove a Tile     97

   Add a New Tile     97

   Turn On or Off a Live Tile     98

   Show the Apps Screen Instead of the Start Screen     99

Personalizing the Lock Screen     99

   Change the Lock Screen Background     100

   Display a Slideshow on the Lock Screen     102

   Add Apps to the Lock Screen     104

   Change Your Account Picture     106

Configuring Other Windows Settings     107

   Configure Settings from the PC Settings Screen     107

   Configure Settings from the Traditional Control Panel     113

Chapter 6  Using New Windows Apps     115

Finding Apps in Windows 8.1     115

   Search for Apps Installed on Your PC     116

   Display All Your Apps     117

   Pin an App to the Start Screen     118

Working with New Modern Apps     118

   Configure App Options     119

   Switch Between Apps     119

   Snap Two or More Apps on the Same Screen     121

   Close an Open App     123

Using Popular Windows 8.1 Apps     124

   News     124

   Weather     125

   Sports     126

   Finance     127

   Travel     127

   Maps     130

   Calendar     132

   Alarms     133

   Calculator     135

   Food and Drink     136

   Health and Fitness     136

Finding New Apps in the Windows Store     137

   Browse the Windows Store     137

   Download and Install a New App     139

Chapter 7  Using Traditional Apps on the Desktop     143

Personalizing the Windows Desktop     143

   Display the Desktop     144

   Change the Desktop Background     145

   Change the Color Scheme     147

   Choose a Screen Saver     149

Launching Your Favorite Programs     151

   Create a Shortcut on the Desktop     151

   Pin a Program to the Taskbar     152

   Open a Program     153

Working with Traditional Software Programs     154

   Manage Windows     154

   Scroll Through a Window     156

   Use Pull-Down Menus     157

   Use Toolbars and Ribbons     158

Chapter 8  Browsing and Searching the Web    161

Connecting to the Internet—and Your Home Network     161

   Connect to Your Home Network     162

   Connect to a HomeGroup     165

   Access Other Computers in Your HomeGroup     168

   Access Non-HomeGroup Computers on Your Network     169

Connecting to the Internet at a Wi-Fi Hotspot     170

   Connect to a Wi-Fi Hotspot     170

Using Internet Explorer (Modern Version)     173

   Launch Internet Explorer (Modern Version)     173

   Browse the Web     175

   Open Multiple Pages in Tabs     176

   Save Your Favorite Web Pages     177

   Return to a Saved Page     178

Using Internet Explorer (Desktop Version)     178

   Launch Internet Explorer on the Desktop     178

   Browse the Web     179

   Open Multiple Pages in Tabs     180

   Save Your Favorite Pages     181

   Return to a Saved Page     182

   Set Your Home Page     183

Searching the Internet     184

   Search Google     184

   Search Bing     186

   Smart Search from Within Windows     188

Chapter 9  Protecting Yourself from Online Threats     191

Protecting Against Identity Theft and Phishing Schemes     192

   Avoiding Phishing Scams     193

   Keeping Your Private Information Private     195

   Hiding Personal Information on Facebook     196

   Keeping Your Facebook Posts Private     197

Protecting Against Online Fraud     198

   Identifying Online Scams     199

   Avoiding Online Fraud     200

Protecting Against Computer Viruses and Other Malware     201

   Protecting Against Malware     202

Protecting Against Online Attacks and Intrusions     205

   Employing a Firewall     205

Chapter 10  Senior Living Online     209

Reading Local and Community News Online     209

   Find Local News     209

   Find Local Weather     211

Exploring Travel Opportunities Online     212

   Research a Destination     212

   Make Reservations     214

Discovering Recipes Online     215

   Find Tasty Recipes     215

Finding Healthcare Information Online     217

   Research Medical Conditions     217

   Find a Doctor     218

   Order Prescription Drugs     220

Obtaining Legal Advice Online     221

   Find Legal Advice and Services     221

Managing Your Finances Online     222

   Do Your Banking and Pay Your Bills     223

   Track Your Investments     224

Shopping Online     225

   Find a Bargain     225

   Purchase an Item     227

   Shop Safely    227

Chapter 11  Emailing Friends and Family     231

Using the Windows Mail App     231

   Set Up Your Email Account     232

   View Incoming Messages     234

   Reply to a Message     235

   Send a New Message     236

   Move a Message to Another Folder     238

Using Web-Based Email     239

   Send and Receive Messages with Yahoo! Mail     239

   Send and Receive Messages with Gmail     242

   Send and Receive Messages with Outlook.com     244

Managing Your Contacts with the People App     245

   View Your Contacts     245

   Add a New Contact     247

Chapter 12  Video Calling with Skype     251

Setting Up Skype     251

   Launch the Skype App     252

   Configure Your Skype Account     253

   Add a Contact     254

Calling with Skype     255

   Make a Video Call     255

   Make a Voice Call     257

Chapter 13  Connecting with Facebook and Other Social Media    261

Sharing with Friends and Family on Facebook     262

   Sign Up for Facebook     262

   Discover New—and Old—Friends on Facebook     263

   Post a Status Update     267

   Find Out What Your Friends Are Up To     269

   Explore Your Friends’ Timelines     270

Pinning Items of Interest to Pinterest     271

   Create New Pinboards     272

   Find and Repin Interesting Items     273

   Pin an Item from a Web Page     274

   Find People to Follow     275

Managing Your Social Media with the People App     276

   Connect to Your Social Network Accounts     277

   View Your Friends’ Social Activity     278

   Post to Facebook     280

Chapter 14  Storing and Sharing Pictures with Loved Ones     283

Using Your Digital Camera with Your Windows PC     283

   Transfer Photos from a Memory Card     284

   Transfer Photos from an iPhone or iPad     286

Viewing Photos on Your PC     288

   View Your Photos     288

Touching Up Your Photos     290

   Auto Fix a Photo     290

   Rotate a Photo     291

   Crop a Photo     292

   Remove Red Eye     293

   Retouch a Photo     295

   Adjust Brightness and Contrast     296

   Adjust Color and Tint     298

   Apply Special Effects     299

Sharing Your Pictures Online     301

   Attach a Photo in Windows Mail     301

   View an Attached Photo     304

   Upload Photos to a New Facebook Photo Album     305

   Upload Pictures to an Existing Facebook Photo Album     308

   View Photos on Facebook     309

Chapter 15  Reading Books on Your PC     313

Reading eBooks with Amazon’s Kindle App     313

   Purchase eBooks from Amazon     314

   Read an eBook     316

   Change How a Book Is Displayed Onscreen     318

Reading eBooks with Barnes & Noble’s NOOK App     320

   Purchase eBooks from Barnes & Noble     320

   Read an eBook     323

   Change How a Book Is Displayed Onscreen     325

Chapter 16  Watching Movies and TV Shows on Your PC     329

Watching Movies on Netflix     329

   Sign Up or Sign In     330

   Watch a Movie or TV Show     331

Watching TV Shows on Hulu Plus     335

   Sign Up or Sign In     335

   Watch TV Programming     337

Sharing Videos on YouTube     341

   View a Video     341

   Upload Your Own Video     343

Purchasing Videos with the Xbox Video App     344

   Purchase a Video     345

   View a Video     348

Chapter 17  Listening to Music on Your PC    353

Using the Xbox Music App     354

   Play Your Own Music     354

   Create and Play a Playlist     356

   Purchase and Download New Music     357

   Stream Music Online     360

Using iTunes     363

   Play Digital Music     363

   Create and Play Playlists     365

   Play a CD     366

   Rip a CD to Your PC     368

   Burn Your Own CDs     369

   Download Music from the iTunes Store     371

Chapter 18  Using Files and Folders     375

Using File Explorer     375

   Open File Explorer     376

   Navigate Folders and Libraries     377

   Use the Navigation Pane     378

   Change the Folder View     379

   Sort Files and Folders     381

Working with Folders     382

   Create a New Folder     382

   Rename a Folder     383

Managing Files     384

   Copy a File     385

   Move a File     386

   Delete a File     387

   Restore a Deleted File     388

   Empty the Recycle Bin     389

Working with Microsoft SkyDrive     389

   Manage Files with the SkyDrive App     390

Chapter 19  Making Windows Easier to Use by Seniors     393

Employing Ease of Access Functions     393

   Access Ease of Access Features     394

   Enlarge the Screen     395

   Improve Onscreen Contrast     396

   Make the Cursor Easier to See     397

   Read Text Aloud with Narrator     398

   Operate Your PC via Voice Command     400

   Use the On-Screen Keyboard     401

Using Alternative Input Devices     402

   Replace the Touchpad     403

   Attach a Different Keyboard     404

Connecting a Larger Screen     404

   Connect a New Monitor     405

Chapter 20  Dealing with Common Problems    407

Performing Necessary Maintenance     407

   Delete Unnecessary Files     408

   Delete Unused Programs     410

   Check Your Hard Drive for Errors     411

Backing Up Important Files     412

   Activate File History     412

   Restore Backup Files     414

Fixing Simple Problems     415

   You Can’t Connect to the Internet     415

   You Can’t Go to a Specific Web Page     416

   You Can’t Print     417

   Your Computer Is Slow     418

   A Specific Program Freezes     420

   Your Entire Computer Freezes     421

Recovering from Serious Problems     422

   Restore Your Computer to a Previous State     423

   Refresh System Files     425

   Reset Your System     427

Index     431

Product Details

ISBN:
9780789753298
Author:
Miller, Michael
Publisher:
Que
Subject:
Operating Systems - Windows
Subject:
Windows 8; Windows 8.1; Windows Blue; Windows for seniors; Windows for grownups; computers for beginners; PCs for beginners; great age; golden age; how to use windows; how to use a computer; what is windows microsoft; what is microsoft windows 8; windows
Subject:
Operating Systems - General
Subject:
Windows 8; Windows 8.1; Windows Blue; Windows for seniors; Windows for grownups; computers for beginners; PCs for beginners; great age; golden age; how to use windows; how to use a computer; what is windows microsoft; what is microsoft windows 8; windows
Subject:
Windows 8; Windows 8.1; Windows Blue; Windows for seniors; Windows for grownups; computers for beginners; PCs for beginners; great age; golden age; how to use windows; how to use a computer; what is windows microsoft; what is microsoft windows 8; windows
Subject:
Windows 8; Windows 8.1; Windows Blue; Windows for seniors; Windows for grownups; computers for beginners; PCs for beginners; great age; golden age; how to use windows; how to use a computer; what is windows microsoft; what is microsoft windows 8; windows
Subject:
Windows 8; Windows 8.1; Windows Blue; Windows for seniors; Windows for grownups; computers for beginners; PCs for beginners; great age; golden age; how to use windows; how to use a computer; what is windows microsoft; what is microsoft windows 8; windows
Subject:
Windows 8; Windows 8.1; Windows Blue; Windows for seniors; Windows for grownups; computers for beginners; PCs for beginners; great age; golden age; how to use windows; how to use a computer; what is windows microsoft; what is microsoft windows 8; windows
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"Synopsis" by , My Windows 8.1 Computer for Seniors  contains all the information today's 65-and-older audience needs to get productive with new Windows 8 computers. The book covers basic Windows operations as well as computer-based and online activities, particularly those seniors are likely to use. The focus is on using a Windows 8.1 PC to find senior-related information (healthcare, insurance, travel, etc.), communicate with friends and family (via email and Facebook), and share pictures and home movies. There is also coverage of fun activities (playing solo games, using Pinterest, reading ebooks, watching TV shows and movies), as well as advice for avoiding online scams.

My Windows 8.1 Computer for Seniors  approaches each and every topic from a senior's point of view, using examples and tasks that are meaningful to the seniors audience. The text is engaging and intelligent, but no prior experience with computers is assumed. This book uses a custom, full-color interior with enlarged text and close-up screenshots to help those with aging eyesight read more comfortably.

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