Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, 5th Edition
Everything casual users need to know to get the most out of their new Windows 7 PCs, software, and the Internet
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
44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Computer Basics At It's Best,
This review is from: Absolute Beginner¿s Guide to Computer Basics (5th Edition) (Paperback)I have been repairing computers, tutoring adults and assisting with teaching children in a K-6 environment computers. When anybody asks me for help learning, I point this book out and start them off with it. It has all the basics you need to know. You can use it for quick reference and to learn how to get around on your computer. The book is WELL worth the money you spend on it. Now there is the 5th edition it is even better yet! The 5th edition has Windows 7 for persons buying new computers. There are 38 chapters and every chapter is fully understandable not packed with a bunch of "geek" terminology but simple easy to use format. We have purchased over 15 books to learn the basics.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Absolute Beginner¿s Guide to Computer Basics (5th Edition) (Paperback)I bought this book as a gift for my Dad who got his first computer. I read through it before I wrapped it and learned alot myself and had my computer running more quickly and efficiently in an hour. I'm buying another copy of this book for myself today!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Excellent PC Start-up Book,
This review is from: Absolute Beginner¿s Guide to Computer Basics (5th Edition) (Paperback)Firstly this edition is recommended for Windows 7 and Vista users, if you have Windows XP you should purchase the 4th Edition of this book.
This book makes no assumptions concerning your knowledge of computers, there are a lot of helpful 'windows' on the pages that make sure that you don't miss areas of: Caution, Tips and Notes.
It is broken down into 7 parts:
[Part 1] Getting Started: 2 Chapters
[Part 2] Using Windows: 3 Chapters
[Part 3] Upgrading and Maintaining Your System: 5 Chapters
[Part 4] Using Computer Software: 5 Chapters
[Part 5] Using the Internet: 12 Chapters
[Part 6] Communicating via the Internet: 4 Chapters
[Part 7] Exploring the Digital Lifestyle: 7 Chapters
From the start, you will be assisted in setting up a new computer. Then the book also has numerous screen shots that will help you along the way as you learn Windows from the ground up and begin to personalize it. There are also a lot of... Read more
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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
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