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Making Everything Easier!
Computers For Seniors For Dummies, 2nd Edition
- Choose the right computer, get set up, and get online
- Exchange e-mails and photos with family and friends
- Work with files and folders, and create and print documents
- Simplify your finances and be safer online
Nancy C. Muir
Coauthor of Using the Internet Safely For Seniors For Dummies
With this friendly, hassle-free guide, you can finally benefit from all the Internet has to offer
If you’d like to be able to exchange e-mails with your grandchildren, share photos with friends far away, and enjoy the convenience of shopping and paying bills online without checks and stamps, this book is just the ticket. It explains what you need, where to get it, how to use it, and how to stay safer, with plenty of examples and illustrations.
- Choose wisely – investigate different types of computers, price ranges, and how to set up the computer when you get it home
- Learn about Windows 7 – practice all the basics from turning on the computer to managing files and using the Help system
- Get things done – use Microsoft Works software to create documents, plan budgets with spreadsheets, and get organized
- Photos, music, and more – work with photos from your digital camera, listen to music, and play games
- The world online – connect to the Internet, set up an e-mail account, read and write blogs, and shop more safely
- Enlarge your circle – explore social networking sites like Facebook and Eons and meet people who share your interests
- Keep your computer happy – use routine maintenance, virus protection, and updates
Open the book and find:
- How to use the keyboard and mouse
- Tips for making the computer do what you want
- How to install a printer
- Advice for interacting with a computer if you have vision, hearing, or dexterity challenges
- How to create and edit documents
- Directions for organizing your photos
- Internet safety tips
- How to chat online
What the book covers: Computers For Seniors For Dummie, 2Es covers the basic information for new over-50 computer owners, who need a gentle, hand-holding, step-by-step approach to getting started.
Series features: This bestselling title uses a larger font and large figures to make the book easy to read. The books assumes no prior information and starts with showing how the various parts connect together, how to turn the computer on, how to use the keyboard and mouse, finding your way around the Windows 7 operating system, using the internet for shopping, social networking, emailing friends and family, researching, online safety, understanding files and folders, and so on.
General layout: Chapter openers present the tasks covered with associated page numbers to help readers find material fast The 8 x 10 format allows flexibility for presenting material in a larger size Minimal front matter No extraneous elements such as sidebars and text on parts pages Short introduction with standard headings
Great advice on choosing a computer, getting online, and having fun!
Computers are an essential part of daily life these days, but they can be a bit intimidating at first. Computers For Seniors For Dummies, 2nd Edition gets you going with lots of illustrations and easy-to-follow-instructions, never assuming you already know more than you do.
You'll learn to use the keyboard and mouse, navigate the Windows 7 operating system, access the Internet and use e-mail, create documents, shop safely online, and more.
- Shows you how to choose the right computer, get it set up, and get going
- Explains how to connect to the Internet and keep up with family and friends via e-mail
- Helps you create documents, work with files and folders, simplify your finances, and build a budget using a spreadsheet
- Discusses how to use social networking sites and how to shop and bank online without compromising your privacy
- Offers tips and advice to help you avoid common pitfalls
With Computers For Seniors For Dummies, 2nd Edition by your side, you'll be able to use the computer with confidence and take advantage of all it has to offer.
This resource covers the basic information for new, over-50 computer owners, who need a gentle, hand-holding, step-by-step approach to getting started. This bestselling title uses a larger font and large figures to make the book easy to read.
About the Author
Nancy C. Muir owns a writing and consulting company that specializes in technology topics. She is the author of more than 50 books; writes a column for Retirenet.com on computers and the Internet; and runs the Web site TechSmartSenior.com, which is dedicated to helping those over 50 enjoy all technology has to offer.
Table of Contents
Part I: First Steps with Your Computer.
Chapter 1: Buying a Computer.
Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Computer.
Chapter 3: Getting Around the Windows 7 Desktop.
Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Display.
Chapter 5: Getting Help with Vision, Hearing, and Dexterity Challenges.
Chapter 6: Setting Up Printers and Scanners.
Chapter 7: Getting Help.
Part II: Having Fun and Getting Things Done with Software.
Chapter 8: Working with Software Programs.
Chapter 9: Working with Files and Folders.
Chapter 10: Using the Desktop Gadget Gallery and Gadgets.
Chapter 11: Creating Documents with Works Word Processor.
Chapter 12: Working with Numbers and Finances.
Chapter 13: Getting the Most from Movies and Digital Photos.
Chapter 14: Playing Music in Windows 7.
Chapter 15: Playing Games in Windows 7.
Part III: Exploring the Internet.
Chapter 16: Understanding Internet Basics.
Chapter 17: Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer.
Chapter 18: Staying Safe While Online.
Chapter 19: Keeping In Touch with E-Mail.
Chapter 20: Connecting with People Online.
Part IV: Taking Care of Your Computer.
Chapter 21: Protecting Windows.
Chapter 22: Maintaining Windows.