Windows 8 for the Older and Wiser. Get Up and Running on Your Computer. The Third Age Trust (U3A)/Older & Wiser

  • ID: 2246182
  • Book
  • 332 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Get the most out of your computer with Windows 8 for the Older and Wiser.

You don t need to know how electricity is generated to use a toaster. Likewise, you don t need to know how a computer works to use and enjoy your PC. Taking this as their guiding principle, authors Adrian Arnold and Richard Millett explain what you need to know to get up and running with the latest version of the Windows operating system. In Plain, jargon–free English they walk you through everything from turning on your PC and becoming familiar with screen layouts and icons, to creating files, emailing and shopping online.

In no time you ll learn how to:

  • Confidently use a mouse, touchpad, and keyboard
  • Create, save, organize, and find files
  • Customise your Windows desktop to suit your needs and personal style
  • Get connected to the Internet
  • Set up and use email
  • Get the news, shop, arrange travel and much more online
  • Use programs, navigate menus, set the screen for best visibility, and much more
  • Make use of desktop background options, font sizes, widgets, colours, and more
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Introduction 1

Age considerations 2

Stretching the mind 3

Guardian angels 3

Uses of a home computer 3

Using the Internet 4

Beginners fears 6

Equipment needed 8

How to use this book 12

Part I Learning the Basics 15

Chapter 1 Getting started 17

About Windows 8 17

Turning the computer on 18

The Start screen and Desktop screen 19

Apps and applications 21

Controlling the computer 22

Turning the computer off 33

Chapter 2 Using the Start screen 37

The Lock screen 37

The Start menu 38

Tiles 39

Opening and closing apps 41

Charms 43

Searching the computer 47

Chapter 3 Using the Desktop interface 51

Icons 53

Taskbar 54

Organising the Desktop 56

Multitasking 59

Chapter 4 Using windows 63

The structure of a window 64

Title bar 64

Ribbon tabs 66

Toolbar ribbon 67

Breadcrumb bar 67

Side bar 68

Opening a window 69

The main window 70

Part II Digging Deeper 73

Chapter 5 Navigating the system 75

Disks, drives and memory 75

Memory 76

Libraries 77

Folders 78

Files 80

Chapter 6 Customising the computer 89

The Settings menu 89

Control Panel 95

Power settings 96

Searching the computer for apps, settings and files 96

Changing the pointer settings 98

Chapter 7 Opening your first app 101

The Solitaire app 102

The Paint app 104

The Maps app 108

Searching Maps 111

Menus 112

Moving between apps 112

Chapter 8 Opening your first Desktop application 115

Opening an application 115

Selecting text 117

Formatting text 118

Dropdown menus 120

Further selection tips 121

Deleting text 122

Inserting text 122

The Quick Access bar 122

The Undo and Redo icons 124

The Backspace and Delete keys 124

Saving your work 125

Finding files 128

Chapter 9 Getting help 131

Help menus 132

Windows Help facility 133

Getting help from the Internet 135

Hung programs 135

Task Manager 135

Keyboard shortcuts 137

Last resort 138

Part III Connecting and Protecting 141

Chapter 10 Connecting to the Internet 143

How the Internet works 143

Internet Service Providers (ISPs) 145

Choosing an ISP 146

Broadband 147

Internet costs 148

Setting up your Internet connection 149

Payment 151

Chapter 11 Protecting yourself online 155

What is security? 155

Malware 156

Financial transactions 159

Personal records 162

Backing up 162

Wi–Fi security 165

Chapter 12 Using email 171

The concept of email 171

Windows 8 email 172

Desktop mail 182

Chapter 13 Using the Internet 189

Desktop Internet Explorer 190

Setting your own Home Page 195

Internet Explorer 196

Part IV Having Fun 203

Chapter 14 Exploring Windows apps 205

About the Windows Store 205

Downloading an app 209

Removing/unpinning an app 212

Using apps 213

Viewing contacts 215

Moving between apps 217

PCWisdom 219

Chapter 15 Installing software 223

Installing a program from a disc 223

Chapter 16 Search engines 237

Google 238

Alternative search engines 247

Chapter 17 Shopping online 251

Economics of the web 251

Financial security 252

A practice purchase 253

Registering with a website 257

Completing your purchase 257

Chapter 18 Booking travel online 261

Ticketless booking 262

Booking a flight with EasyJet 262

Low–fare advertisements 266

Booking train and coach travel 266

Chapter 19 Entertainment 273

Playing CDs and DVDs 274

Ripping music 275

Playing DVDs 276

Windows 8 Music app 276

Spotify 278

Listening to the radio on the computer 280

TV players 280

Movies on the computer 281

Slide shows 282

Chapter 20 Introducing social networking 287

Using Facebook 288

Glossary 293

Index 297

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Adrian Arnold (Colchester, UK) is a computer trainer with Age Concern in Colchester, UK and author of Computing for the Older & Wiser, Internet for the Older and Wiser and Computing with Windows 7 for the Older and Wiser. With more than a decade of experience in computing training for the over–50s, Adrian knows how to get the best from his students.

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