Are you a visual learner? Do you prefer instructions that show you how to do something and skip the long–winded explanations? If so, then this book is for you. Open it up and you'll find clear, step–by–step screen shots that show you how to tackle more than 150 common PC tasks. Each task–based spread covers a single technique, sure to help you get up and running on your computer in no time.
You'll learn to:
Work with Windows® 7
Manage files and folders
Install and use common software
Access music, photos, and video
Use the Internet and e–mail
Two–page lessons break big topics into bite–sized modules
Succinct explanations walk you through step by step
Full–color screen shots demonstrate each task
Helpful sidebars offer practical tips and tricks
Hundreds of color photos
Chapter 1: Getting Familiar with Computer Basics.
Discover the Computer.
What You Can Do with a Computer.
Types of Computers.
Tour the Personal Computer.
Learn About Computer Hardware and Software.
Chapter 2: Discovering How Your Computer Works.
Get to Know Data Input Devices.
Get Acquainted with Data Output Devices.
Learn About the Operating System.
Tour the Central Processing Unit.
Learn About Data Storage.
Chapter 3 Purchasing a Computer.
Choose a Computer Type.
Select a CPU.
Choose an Edition of Windows.
Determine How Much RAM You Need.
Select Data Storage Options.
Choose a Monitor and Video Card.
Choose a Printer.
Add Other Hardware and Software.
Tips on Purchase Considerations.
Chapter 4 Getting Started with Your Computer.
Set Up Your Work Area.
Connect the Computer Components.
Turn On the Computer for the First Time.
Use a Keyboard.
Use a Mouse.
Explore Mouse Types.
Use an Optical Drive.
Use a USB Storage Device.
Restart the Computer.
Turn Off the Computer.
Chapter 5 Learning Windows 7 Basics.
Explore the Windows 7 Screen.
Understanding the Start Menu.
Start a Program.
Tour a Program Window.
Select a Command Using the Ribbon.
Select a Command Using a Menu or Toolbar.
Understanding Dialog Box Options.
Use Dialog Box Controls.
Save a Document.
Open a Document.
Use Jump Lists.
Switch Between Open Programs.
Print a Document.
Edit Document Text.
Chapter 6 Personalizing Windows 7.
Start Frequently Used Programs.
Display Windows Gadgets.
Show More Date and Time Information on the Taskbar.
Display Additional Time Zones on the Taskbar.
Customize the Start Menu.
Customize the Taskbar.
Set the Size for Text and Other Items.
Select a Desktop Theme and Screen Saver.
Set Up a Desktop Slide Show.
Change the Color Scheme.
Create a New User Account.
Switch User Accounts.
Change an Account Picture.
Chapter 7 Managing Files and Folders.
Understanding How Windows Organizes Data.
Become Familiar with the Windows Explorer Screen.
Create a New Folder.
Change the Windows Explorer Layout.
Rename a File.
Copy a File.
Move a File.
Create a Data CD or DVD Disc.
Delete a File.
Restore a Deleted File.
Empty the Recycle Bin.
Change Folder Settings.
Search for a File.
Work with Compressed Files or Folders.
Chapter 8 Securing Windows 7.
Secure Your Computer.
Change the Logon Password.
Establish Parental Controls.
Check the Action Center.
Prevent Others from Using Your Computer.
Chapter 9 Working with Software.
Install a Program.
Uninstall a Program.
Create Documents with a Word Processor.
Crunch Numbers with a Spreadsheet.
Build Presentations with a Presentation Program.
Store Information with a Database.
Manipulate Pictures with an Image Editor.
Create Publications with a Desktop–Publishing Program.
Chapter 10 Networking Computers.
Survey Networking Hardware.
Discover Network Configurations.
Examine Network Security.
Learn About Network Collaboration.
Join a Homegroup.
Chapter 11 Wireless Computing.
Discover Wireless Computing.
Wireless Computing Devices.
Connect to a Wireless Network.
Wireless Network Security.
Stream Media Throughout Your Home.
Chapter 12 Using Multimedia.
How Digital Cameras Work.
How Webcams Work.
How Digital Audio Players Work.
Understanding Digital Images.
Understanding Digital Video.
Understanding Digital Audio.
Copy Music CD Tracks to Your Computer.
Play Music Using Your Computer.
Create a Music CD.
Create a Slide Show DVD.
Television and Your Computer.
Watch TV Using Windows Media Center.
Transfer VHS Tapes to DVDs.
Windows 7 Games.
Chapter 13 Working with Portable Computers and Devices.
Understand the Advantages of a Portable Computer.
Discover Portable Devices.
Synchronize Using a BlackBerry Smartphone.
Synchronize Using an iPod.
Chapter 14 Connecting to the Internet.
Introduction to the Internet.
Explore Internet Connections.
Manually Establish an Internet Connection.
Guard Against Internet Intruders.
Check the Windows 7 Firewall.
World Wide Web Basics.
Learn About Web Browsers.
Search the Web.
Read News on the Web.
Research Using the Web.
Buy and Sell on the Web.
Socialize on the Web.
Protect Yourself on the Web.
Protect Your Children on the Web.
Protect Your Browsing Privacy.
Chapter 15 Communicating Online.
Introduction to E–Mail.
Discover E–Mail Addresses.
Create a Strong Password.
Compose an E–Mail Message.
Learn About E–Mail Etiquette.
Receive an E–Mail Message.
Reduce E–Mail Spam.
Guard Against E–Mail Viruses.
Enhance E–Mail Privacy.
Subscribe to a Mailing List.
Learn About Mailing List Etiquette.
Communicate by Instant Messaging.
Carry On a Conversation.
Chapter 16 Performing Computer Maintenance.
Update Your Operating System.
Determine Hard Drive Free Space.
Check Your Hard Drive for Errors.
Defragment Your Hard Drive.
Clean Up Your Hard Drive.
Back Up Your Files.
Restore a Backup.
Chapter 16 Performing Computer Maintenance.
Elaine Marmel is President of Marmel Enterprises, LLC, an organization which specializes in technical writing and software training. Elaine spends most of her time writing; she has authored and co–authored over 50 books about Microsoft Project, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word for Windows, QuickBooks, Peachtree, Quicken for Windows, Quicken for DOS, Microsoft Word for the Mac, Microsoft Windows, 1–2–3 for Windows, and Lotus Notes.
From 1994 to 2006, she also was the contributing editor to monthly publications
Inside Timeslips, Inside Peachtree, and
Elaine left her native Chicago for the warmer climes of Arizona (by way of Cincinnati, OH; Jerusalem, Israel; Ithaca, NY; Washington, DC, and Tampa, FL) where she basks in the sun with her PC, her cross–stitch projects, her dog, Josh, and her cats, Watson and Buddy. For many years, she sang barbershop harmony with two International Championship choruses.