Synopses & Reviews
Who has time to read computer manuals? Certainly, you don't. All you want to do is start up your PC and get something done. You don't have time to wade through some stuffy old computer manual looking for one little piece of information. You want to get in and get out fast . . . and get back to work. Or play, as the case may be.
That's why PCs For Dummies Quick Reference, 2nd Edition, is the perfect resource for the time-challenged. This revised edition by Dan Gookin, veteran Dummies author of PCs For Dummies, gives you what you need to know about your Windows PC – only in bite-sized chunks and in a format that you can easily thumb through. No more trying to decipher the complex computerese of those other computer books.
Here, in Quick Reference style, are some of the topics you'll find covered in PCs For Dummies Quick Reference, 2nd Edition:
- The Basics: From starting your PC and navigating Windows to running applications and shutting down
- Plugging stuff in: Hard drives, joysticks, printers – if you can plug it into your PC, it's covered
- Using the keyboard and mouse
- Working with files and printing documents
- Getting on the Internet
- Maintaining and troubleshooting your PC
- Adding gadgets and upgrading your PC
- And – most importantly – having fun with your PC, no matter if you're at home or at work
So whether you're a PC newbie or an experienced computer user, PCs For Dummies Quick Reference, 2nd Edition, makes it easy for you to find the information you need quickly. And it makes the perfect portable companion for your PC when you're on the road – just slip it into your briefcase with your laptop and off you go!
With this lay-flat reference, new PC users get step-by-step help in setting up the computer, using basic Windows applications, and getting on the Internet. Users who want to upgrade and troubleshoot also get valuable tips.
Dan Gookin, author of "DOS For Dummies and "PCs For Dummies, is an unparalleled expert at helping beginners understand and use computers. He brings that expertise, with the help of co-author, wife, and "Parenting For Dummies author Sandy Gookin, to "PCs For Dummies Quick Reference. This new edition to the "...For Dummies Quick Reference series is an ideal reference for any beginning PC user who needs immediate answers to computing questions at their fingertips. The lay-flat book offers help in setting up a PC, using the basic Windows applications, and getting on the Internet. The book also helps users who want to improve their PC with upgrades or new hardware.
With falling hardware prices and great rebate deals, it's getting easier to get a PC. Unfortunately, it's no easier to use one. PCs For Dummies Quick Reference is an ideal reference for any beginning PC user who needs immediate answers to their computing questions at their fingertips. This lay-flat reference offers help in setting up a PC, using the basic Windows applications, and getting on the Internet. The book also helps users who want to improve their PC with upgrades or new hardware.
This title is for beginning PC users who need immediate answers to computing questions at their fingertips. It also helps users who want to improve their PC with upgrades or new hardware. It offers help in setting up a PC, using the basic Windows applications, and getting onto the Internet.
Fast answers to frequently asked questions
PC essentials at your fingertips!
If you like your answers quick and your information up-to-date, look no further. With this concise, superbly organized reference, youll find exactly what you need to know in a hurry. From setting up a PC, getting online, and using basic Windows applications to connecting a scanner, understanding CD-Rs and CD-RWs, diagnosing difficulties, and defragmenting your hard drive, step-by-step advice is just a page away.
The Dummies Way
- Concise, "get it done" information
- Helpful alphabetical organization
- Convenient lay-flat binding
- Icons and other navigational aids
- A dash of humor and fun
About the Author
considers himself a writer and computer “guru” whose job it is to remind everyone that computers are not to be taken too seriously. His approach to computers is light and humorous, yet informative. Yes, Dan knows his stuff. Dan’s claim to fame is that he wrote the original For Dummies
book, DOS For Dummies
. Yep, he’s the guy who started the whole thing.
Dan’s most recent titles include Troubleshooting Your PC For Dummies, PCs For Dummies, 8th Edition, (both published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.), and Dan Gookin’s Naked Windows XP (Sybex, Inc.).
To reach Dan, write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Sandra Hardin Clemons easily makes difficult subjects understandable and fun to learn. This comes from her speech commu nications degree from Oklahoma State University and all that experience dealing with her four boys: Jordan, Simon, Jonah, and Jeremiah. Sandra’s most recent titles include Parenting For Dummies, 2nd Edition, The Illustrated Computer Dictionary For Dummies, 4th Edition (both published by Wiley Publishing, Inc.), and Windows XP Home Edition! I Didn’t Know You Could Do That... (Sybex, Inc.).
You can write to Sandra at email@example.com. She’s listing her e-mail address in a book, so, please — be nice!
Table of Contents
The Big Picture: The Personal Computer.
Part I: Plugging Stuff In.
Part II: Working with the Keyboard and Mouse.
Part III: Dealing with Disk Drives.
Part IV: Organizing Your Folders.
Part V: Working with Files.
Part VI: Printing Your Work.
Part VII: Software Guide.
Part VIII: Working with Music.
Part IX: Getting on the Internet.
Part X: Maintaining Your Computer.
Part XI: Adding Gadgets and Upgrades to Your Computer.
Part XII: Troubleshooting.
Part XIII: Having Fun with Your Computer.
Part XIV: PC Tips and Golden Rules.
Appendix: Ten Things Worth Buying for Your PC.
Glossary: Tech Talk.