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PCs for Grown-Ups: Getting the Most Out of Your Windows 8 Computerby Paul Mcfedries
Synopses & Reviews
If you have plenty of life experience, but not as much computer experience, this is your perfect Windows 8 PC guidebook! Paul McFedries explains all the basics in a friendly, relaxed tone that makes you feel at home, without ever patronizing you. Larger print and clear zoomed-in images help you quickly find what you’re looking for, and get to the point immediately.
Planning to buy a new computer? McFedries’ easy, up-to-date Buyer’s Guide will help you choose the right equipment at the right price. Already have your new computer? You’ll find dozens of simple tips, tricks, and shortcuts for every aspect of living with it. Step by step, McFedries shows you how to easily organize and manage all your digital photos, music, and movies. You’ll learn great new ways to work, learn, and play online… how to safely use Facebook and other social networks… and how to keep your computer secure and private. McFedries even teaches simple PC troubleshooting skills that could someday save you hundreds of dollars in repair costs! Why should kids have all the fun?
Paul McFedries, president of Logophilia Limited, is a technical writer, passionate computer tinkerer, and Windows expert. He has authored or co-authored more than 70 computer books, selling more than 4 million copies worldwide. His most recent books include Using iPhone, Using the Microsoft Office Web Apps, My Office 2013 RT, and Windows 8 In Depth. He also runs wordspy.com, a website that tracks new words and phrases entering the English language.
This is the perfect Windows 8 PC book for everyone with plenty of life experience, but not as much PC and technology experience. Paul McFedries, one of the world's leading experts on explaining technology to newcomers, explains all the basics in a friendly, lightly humorous tone that makes educated readers feel at home, without ever patronizing them, disrespecting them, or treating them as "old." McFedries' outstanding text is complemented by PCs for Grown-Ups' design, with large print and clear zoomed-in images that help you find what you're looking for, and get the point instantly.
Throughout, McFedries offers simple tips, tricks, and shortcuts for every aspect of living with a Windows 8 PC — from discovering its power to keeping it working perfectly. You'll find an easy buyer's guide to help you choose the right PC at the right price; step-yb-step instructions for setting up a new Windows 8 PC and "taking it for a spin"… all the basic Windows 8 techniques you need to know, including how to make your PC more physically accessible and comfortable to use; all you need to know about digital photos, music, and movies; a complete guide to working, learning, and playing online; up-to-the-minute coverage of social networking, security, and privacy; and basic PC maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair skills anybody can master — techniques that can save you hundreds of dollars, presented visually, one easy step at a time!
About the Author
Paul McFedries is full-time technical writer and passionate computer tinkerer. He is the author of more than 80 computer books that have sold over four million copies worldwide. His recent titles include the Sams Publishing books Windows 7 Unleashed and Windows Home Server 2011 Unleashed and the Que Publishing books Windows 8 In Depth (coauthored with Brian Knittel), Formulas and Functions with Microsoft Excel 2013, Using iPhone, and Using the Microsoft Office Web Apps. Paul is also the proprietor of Word Spy (www.wordspy.com), a website devoted to tracking new words and phrases as they enter the English language. Paul’s web home is at www.mcfedries.com, and he can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/paulmcf and twitter.com/wordspy.
Table of Contents
Part 1. Understanding PC Basics
1. Getting to Know the PC
2. Buying a PC
3. Setting Up Your PC
4. Taking Your PC for a Spin
Part 2. Working with Windows
5. Learning Windows Basics
6. More Windows Techniques You Should Know
7. Making Windows More Accessible
Part 3. Managing Digital Media
8. Dealing with Digital Photos
9. Working with Digital Music
10. Making Your Own Digital Movies
Part 4. Working, Learning, and Playing Online
11. Getting Online
12. Surfing the Web
13. Exchanging Email
14. Getting More Out of the Web
15. Getting the Hang of Social Networking
16. Maximizing Internet Security and Privacy
Part 5. Maintaining and Repairing Your PC
17. Maintaining Your PC
18. Troubleshooting Your PC
19. Repairing Your PC
20. Buying PC Components
21. Replacing the Hard Drive
22. Replacing the DVD Drive
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