Computing with Windows 7 for the Older and Wiser: Get Up and Running on Your Home PC

Computing with Windows 7 for the Older and Wiser: Get Up and Running on Your Home PC

Paperback Third Age Trust (U3a)/Older & Wiser

By (author) Adrian Arnold


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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 340 pages
  • Dimensions: 173mm x 206mm x 20mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 29 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470687037
  • ISBN 13: 9780470687031
  • Sales rank: 201,422

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Computing with Windows(r) 7 for the Older & Wiser is a user friendly guide that takes you step-by-step through the basics of using a computer. Written in an easy-to-understand, jargon free language, it is aimed at complete beginners using PCs running on Microsoft Windows (r) 7. Inside, you will find step-by-step guidance on: Using the keyboard & the mouse Navigating files and folders Customising your desktop Using Email and the Internet Word processing Organising your digital photos Safely downloading files from the Internet Finding useful websites and much more

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"Computing with Windows(R) 7 for the Older & Wiser" is a user friendly guide that takes you step-by-step through the basics of using a computer. Written in a jargon-free language, it is aimed at complete beginners using a PC that runs on Microsoft Windows(R) 7.Using his experience as a teacher with Age Concern, Adrian Arnold explains the fundamentals of computing. From setting up the computer and understanding the equipment, to using the INTERNET to shop, explore hobbies and book holidays, you will be up and running on you home PC in no time.Inside, you will find easy-to-follow guidance on: Using the keyboard & the mouseNavigating files and foldersCustomizing your desktopUsing Email and the InternetWord processingOrganizing your digital photosSafely downloading files from the InternetFinding useful websites and much more...U3A is a self-help learning cooperative for those no longer in full-time gainful employment. Members come together to share their love of learning through educational, creative and leisure activities. U3A offer their members a wide choice of 300+ subjects in areas such as art, foreign languages, music, history, life sciences, lieterature, poetry, gardening, philosophy, crafts, field studies, archaeology, astronomy and computing. Currently there are over 230,000 members and more the 740 local U3A groups in the UK. Visit U3A online at

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. About the Author. Publisher's Acknowledgements. Icons used in this book. Chapter 1 Introduction. Age considerations. Stretching the mind. Guardian angels. The uses of a home computer. Using the Internet. Communication. Information. Shopping. Hobbies. Sports. Holidays. Fears of using a computer. Financial security on the Internet. Equipment needed. How to use this book. PART I Basic computing. Chapter 2 Getting to know the computer screen, keyboard and mouse. Turning the computer on. The computer screen: Desktop. The keyboard. The computer mouse. Turning the computer off. Chapter 3 Windows. The anatomy of a window. Chapter 4 Navigating drives, folders and files. Disks and drives. Memory and storage. Libraries, folders and files. Navigation. The Address bar. Favorites. Chapter 5 Getting to know your Windows 7 Desktop. Personalising your Desktop with Themes. Changing the mouse pointer. Gadgets and Side bar. Start menu. Creating and deleting shortcuts. Task bar. Windows Explorer. Chapter 6 Opening your first program: word processing. Cursor and pointer. Selecting text. Formatting. Dropdown menus. Inserting text. The Backspace and Delete keys. Saving your work. Quick Access toolbar. Chapter 7 Getting help. Windows Help facility. Chapter 8 Installing software. Getting started. Installing a program. Copyright issues. Part II The Internet and email. Chapter 9 Understanding email and Internet concepts. The concept. Choosing an ISP. Type of service. No such thing as a free service. Dialup and broadband connections. Dialup. Broadband. Dialup versus broadband. Wired or wireless. Setting up an Internet connection. Registration window. Usernames. Passwords. Chapter 10 Introducing the Internet and World Wide Web. Using Internet Explorer. Setting your home page. Using the Web- a couple of practical lessons. Alternative web browsers. Chapter 11 Finding things online. Search engines. Other search engines. Metasearch engines. Directories. Finding answers to your questions. Just a note about YouTube. Chapter 12 Shopping online. Economics of the Web. Buying on the Internet. Price comparison websites. Chapter 13 Booking travel online. No-ticket booking. Other forms of travel. Chapter 14 Buying and selling on Internet auctions. eBay. PayPal. Registration. Buying on eBay. Selling on eBay. Chapter 15 Downloading a program from the Web. Types of software. Downloading and installing Picasa. Chapter 16 Using email. The concept. Installing Windows Live Mail. Opening Windows Live Mail. Receiving emails. Part III Advanced techniques. Chapter 17 Getting started with digital photography. Transferring photos from camera to computer. Scanning photographs. Using digital photo services on the Web. Improving your photos. Microsoft Imaging Tools. Storage and backup. Storage on the Web. Commercial software. Chapter 18 Advanced word processing. Quick Access toolbar. Formatting. Useful tips. Chapter 19 Advanced email. Junk mail. Viruses and other nasties. Sorting your messages. Other email tools. Email on the Internet. Additional email addresses. Chapter 20 Advanced uses of the Internet. Alternative web browsers. Browser toolbars. Google tools. Listening to the radio on your computer. Blogging. Chapter 21 Using Windows Live Essentials. Downloading Live Essentials. Part IV Glossary. Glossary. Index.