Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics

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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics is written to be an all-in-one solution to help users get up and running on their computer and learn all the software applications that come pre-loaded on their systems. This book is a cost-effective alternative for the user who does not want to purchase several books, because it covers hardware, software, peripherals, the Internet, and troubleshooting all in one resource. It's completely updated for 2003, and includes coverage of Windows XP. The book assumes no prior knowledge, and is perfect for those who've just taken their first computer out of the box. At only $18.95, it's priced well below the competition to give the reader a great value.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 187.5 x 233.7 x 21.6mm | 639.58g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • index
  • 0789728966
  • 9780789728968

Table of contents

Introduction.
I. GETTING STARTED.

1. Understanding Your Computer Hardware.
2. Setting Up Your New Computer System.
II. USING WINDOWS.

3. Understanding Microsoft Windows XP.
4. Taking Windows for a Spin.
5. Personalizing Windows.
6. Working with Files and Folders.
III. USING COMPUTER SOFTWARE.

7. Installing New Software.
8. Using Microsoft Works Suite.
9. Working with Words.
10. Working with Numbers.
11. Working with a Database.
12. Managing Your Finances.
13. Creating Greeting Cards and Other Cool Projects.
14. Learning with Educational Software.
15. Playing Games.
IV. USING THE INTERNET.

16. Understanding the Internet.
17. Getting Connected to the Internet.
18. Surfing the Web.
19. Finding Stuff Online.
20. Buying and Selling Online.
21. Sending and Receiving E-mail.
22. Using Instant Messaging and Chat.
23. Using Newsgroups, Message Boards, and Mailing Lists.
24. Downloading Files.
25. Creating Your Own Web Page.
V. WORKING WITH MUSIC AND PICTURES.

26. Working with Pictures.
27. Playing CDs and DVDs.
28. Playing Internet Audio and Video.
29. Downloading and Playing Digital Music.
30. Burning Your Own CDs.
31. Editing Your Own Home Movies.
VI. PROTECTING AND MAINTAINING YOUR SYSTEM.

32. Protecting Yourself and Your Kids Online.
33. Adding New Hardware.
34. Setting Up a Home Network.
35. Performing Routine Maintenance.
36. Dealing with Common Problems.
Index.
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About Michael Miller

Michael Miller is a successful and prolific author with a reputation for practical advice and technical accuracy and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers.

Mr. Miller has written more than four dozen how-to and reference books since 1989, for Que and other major publishers. His books for Que include Special Edition Using the Internet and Web, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Search Secrets, and, with Jim Louderback, TechTV's Guide to Microsoft Windows XP for Home Users. He is known for his casual, easy-to-read writing style and his practical, real-world advice?as well as his ability to explain a wide variety of complex topics to an everyday audience.

Mr. Miller is also president of The Molehill Group, a strategic consulting and authoring firm based in Carmel, Indiana. As a consultant, he specializes in providing strategic advice to and writing business plans for Internet- and technology-based businesses.

You can email Mr. Miller directly at abg@molehillgroup.com. His Web site is located at www.molehillgroup.com.
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