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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics (Absolute Beginner's Guides)


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Everything casual users need to know to get the most out of their new Windows 7 PCs, software, and the Internet


  • The best-selling beginner's guide, now completely updated for Windows 7 and today's most popular Internet tools - including Facebook, craigslist, Twitter, and Wikipedia
  • Easy step-by-step instructions cover setting up a new PC, getting online, working with digital media, using productivity tools, and much more
  • By the world's #1 author of beginning technology books, Michael Miller

    This year, you may be one of the millions of casual computer users that will buy a new Windows 7 notebook or desktop PC. You'll want to know how to find your way around, get comfortable, and get the job done - without jargon, complexity, or hassle. There's a book for you: Michael Miller's Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, Windows 7 Edition. It's the one book that covers everything today's beginners and near-beginners need to know: not just about Windows, but also about software, hardware, and the Internet. Through 90+ books, author Michael Miller has established an unparalleled track record in explaining complicated concepts simply and clearly, and empowering beginners. Now, he's thoroughly updated his best-selling Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics to cover today's user experience - with Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8, and today's hottest online tools, from craigslist and Facebook to Twitter, Wikipedia, and Google Docs. Miller offers step-by-step instructions and friendly, practical advice for making the most of Windows 7's improvements, including the new taskbar, Action Center, and Aero Snap. He walks through setting up a new computer; connecting to the Internet; working with digital media; burning custom CDs; watching DVD movies; using Microsoft Office and other popular software; managing money online; setting up home networks; keeping PCs running reliably; and protecting them from spam, viruses, and spyware. This is the one indispensable book for today's PC novice

    Book News Annotation:

    After walking through the typical steps for setting up a personal computer in the home, this guide tours the Windows operating system and provides basic instructions for creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Black and white screenshots illustrate how to surf the web with Internet Explorer, buy a product on eBay, watch videos on the web, send and receive email, connect with friends on social networks, organize digital photos, and play digital music. The fifth edition covers Windows 7 and adds chapters on Wikipedia, craigslist, and online banking. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


    The bestselling beginner's guide, now completely updated for Windows 7, provides easy step-by-step instructions for setting up a new PC, getting online, working with digital media, using productivity tools, and much more.

    About the Author

    Michael Miller is a successful and prolific author with a reputation for practical

    advice, technical accuracy, and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers.

    Mr. Miller has written more than 90 best-selling books over the past two decades. His

    books for Que include Absolute Beginner’s Guide to eBay, How Microsoft Windows Vista

    Works, Speed It Up! A Non-Technical Guide for Speeding Up Slow Computers, and

    Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource. He is known for his casual, easy-to-read

    writing style and his practical, real-world advice–as well as his ability to explain a

    wide variety of complex topics to an everyday audience.


    You can email Mr. Miller directly at abg@molehillgroup.com. His website is located at


    Table of Contents

    Part I: Getting Started

    1. How Personal Computers Work

    2. Setting Up Your New Computer System

    Part II: Using Windows

    3. Getting to Know Windows 7

    4. Personalizing Windows

    5. Working with Files, Folders, and Disks

    Part III: Upgrading and Maintaining Your System

    6. Adding New Hardware and Devices to Your System

    7. Setting Up a Home Network

    8. Performing Routine Maintenance

    9. Dealing with Common Problems

    10. Protecting Your PC from Viruses, Spam, and Other Online Nuisances

    Part IV: Using Computer Software

    11. Installing New Software

    12. The Suite Spot: Working with Microsoft Works and Microsoft Office

    13. Letters, Memos, and More: Working with Microsoft Word

    14. Crunching Numbers: Working with Microsoft Excel

    15. Presenting Yourself: Working with Microsoft PowerPoint

    Part V: Using the Internet

    16. Connecting to the Internet — at Home or On the Road

    17. Surfing the Web with Internet Explorer

    18. Searching the Web

    19. Researching with Wikipedia

    20. Shopping Online

    21. Buying and Selling in eBay Online Auctions

    22. Buying and Selling on craigslist

    23. Banking and Paying Bills Online

    24. Watching Videos on the Web

    25. Using Web-Based Applications

    26. Creating Your Own Web Page

    27. Exploring Other Cool and Useful Websites

    Part VI: Communicating via the Internet

    28. Sending and Receiving Email

    29. Sending and Receiving Instant Messages

    30. Social Networking with Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter

    31. Exploring Blogs and Podcasts

    Part VII: Exploring the Digital Lifestyle

    32. Organizing and Editing Your Digital Photos

    33. Sharing Your Digital Photos Online

    34. Playing, Ripping, and Burning CDs

    35. Downloading and Playing Digital Music

    36. Using Your PC with an iPod or iPhone

    37. Playing DVDs on Your PC

    38. Making Your Own Digital Home Movies

    Product Details

    Miller, Michael
    Que Publishing
    Operating Systems - Windows
    Reference - Beginner Guides
    Computers-Reference - General
    Computers Reference-Beginning and Reference
    Edition Description:
    Trade paper
    Absolute Beginner's Guides
    Publication Date:
    September 2009
    Grade Level:
    8.9 x 7 x 1 in 730 gr

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