Teach Yourself Visually Computers

Teach Yourself Visually Computers

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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, full color illustrations that introduce you to computers, from working with different operating systems, applications, e mail, and the Internet to the newest wireless devices, digital video technologies, and multimedia formats. Each task based spread includes these great features to get you up and running on your computer in no time: jargon free captions that offer practical tips and tricks; succinct explanations that walk you through step by step; full color illustrations that demonstrate each concept or task; and, self contained lessons that break big topics into bite sized modules. Learn how to: choose a computer, printer, and software; understand memory and data storage; find your way around Windows XP or Mac OS X; install and uninstall programs; create word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations; and, use multimedia applications and the Internet.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 203.2 x 223.5 x 20.3mm | 793.8g
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
  • Foster City, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th Revised edition
  • 0764597531
  • 9780764597534

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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, full-color illustrations that introduce you to computers, from working with different operating systems, applications, e-mail, and the Internet to the newest wireless devices, digital video technologies, and multimedia formats. Each task-based spread includes these great features to get you up and running on your computer in no time: Jargon-free captions that offer practical tips and tricks Succinct explanations that walk you through step by step Full-color illustrations that demonstrate each concept or task Self-contained lessons that break big topics into bite-sized modules Learn How To: Choose a computer, printer, and software Understand memory and data storage Find your way around Windows(R) XP or Mac OS(R) X Install and uninstall programs Create word documents, spreadsheets, and presentations Use multimedia applications and the Internetshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Getting Familiar with Computer Basics. Discover the Computer. Benefits of Using a Computer. What You Can Do with a Computer. Types of Computers. Tour the Personal Computer. Learn About Computer Hardware. Explore Computer Software. Chapter 2: Discovering How Your Computer Works. Data Input Devices. Data Output Devices. Learn About the Operating System. Tour the Central Processing Unit. Understanding Memory. Learn About Data Storage. Chapter 3: Purchasing a Computer. Choose a Computer Type. Select a CPU. Determine How Much RAM You Need. Select Data Storage Options. Choose a Monitor and Video Card. Choose a Printer. Add Other Peripherals. Purchase Additional Software. Tips on Purchase Considerations. Chapter 4: Getting Started with Your Computer. Set Up Your Work Area. Connect the Computer Components. Turn On Your Computer for the First Time. Use a Keyboard. Use a Mouse. Use a Floppy Disk Drive. Use a CD or DVD Drive. Restart Your Computer. Turn Off Your Computer. Chapter 5: Learning Windows XP Basics. Explore the Windows XP Screen. Start a Program. Switch Between Programs. Tour a Program Window. Access a Command from a Drop Down Menu. Select a Command Using a Toolbar. Select Options from a Dialog Box. Use Dialog Box Controls. Save a Document. Open a Document. Print a Document. Edit Document Text. Copy a File. Move a File. Rename a File. Delete a File. Chapter 6: Learning Macintosh OS X Basics. Explore the OS X Screen. Tour the Dock. Start a Program. Switch Between Programs. Tour a Program Window. Access a Command from a Pull Down Menu. Select a Command Using a Toolbar. Select Options from a Dialog. Save a Document. Open a Document. Print a Document. Edit Document Text. Copy a File. Move a File. Rename a File. Delete a File. Chapter 7: Using 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 8: Networking Computers. Understanding Networking. Survey Networking Hardware. Discover Network Configurations. Examine Network Security. Learn About Network Collaboration. Chapter 9: Using Multimedia. How a Digital Camera Works. How a Digital Video Camera Works. How a Web Cam Works. How a Digital Audio Player Works. Discover Digital Images. Learn About Digital Video. Understanding Digital Audio. Capture Video on Your Computer. Watch TV on Your Computer. Chapter 10: Working with Portable Computers. Advantages of a Portable Computer. Learn About the Portable Computer Battery. Maximize Battery Power. Discover the Portable Computer Screen. Upgrade with PC Cards.2 Handwrite Notes on a Tablet PC. Discover the Handheld PC Chapter 11: Connecting to the Internet. Introduction to the Internet. Explore Internet Connections. Start the New Connection Wizard. Choose an Internet Service Provider. Set Up an Internet Connection. Connect to the Internet. Disconnect from the Internet. Make Your Internet Connection More Secure. Chapter 12: Surfing the World Wide Web. Introduction to the World Wide Web. 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. Create Your Own Web Site. Chapter 13: Communicating Online. Introduction to E Mail. Discover E Mail Addresses. Compose an E Mail Message. Receive an E Mail Message. Learn About E Mail Etiquette. Subscribe to a Mailing List. Learn About Mailing List Etiquette. Communicate by Instant Messaging. Carry on a Conversation. Introduction to Newsgroups. Types of News Servers. Subscribe to a Newsgroup. Work with Newsgroup Posts. Learn About Newsgroup Etiquette. Chapter 14: Wireless Computing. Discover Wireless Computing. Wireless Computing Devices. Configure a Wireless Gateway. Connect to a Wireless Network. Implement Wireless Network Security. Chapter 15: Performing Computer Maintenance. Update Your Operating System. Check Your Hard Drive for Errors. Defragment Your Hard Drive. Clean Up Your Hard Drive. Back Up Your Files. Chapter 16: Implementing Computer Security. Guard Against Internet Intruders. Protect Yourself on the Web. Protect Your Children on the Web. Reduce E Mail Spam.6 Guard Against E Mail Viruses. Enhance E Mail Privacy. Create a Strong Password. Secure Your Computer.show more

About Paul McFedries

Paul McFedries is the president of Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company. While now primarily a writer, Paul has worked as a programmer, consultant, and Web site developer. Paul has written over 40 books that have sold over three million copies worldwide. These books include the Wiley titles Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows XP, Second Edition, and Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks for Windows XP, Second Edition.show more

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