Complete idiot's guide to computer basics


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432 p. · 23.2x18.7 cm · Paperback

An updated guide to help beginning users diversify their computer skills more effectively, there are many task-oriented explanations of Windows, Web surfing, email and other software applications found throughout this book.

  • Industry analysts predict that the home PC penetration rate may soon reach the 60% mark--many of these purchases will be made by new users.
  • According to Yankee Group, 33% of all Americans online are in their first year of Internet access, increasing the need for a guide like The Complete Idiots Guide to Computer Basics.
  • Shifts in PC user demographics now favor middle-aged women of modest income and education (51%), claims an American Demographics article (March 2001). These statistics coincide quite closely to the series target reader market.
The Complete Idiots Guide to Computer Basics, Second Edition will build from the previous edition on teaching PC users the kind of computer capabilities that can enrich their lives and make their PC system one of their most beneficial tools in the home or office. Even more than The Complete Idiots Guide to PCs, this a how to book that takes an application- and task- specific approach to computers.

Joe Kraynak has taught hundreds of thousands of new PC users how to make the most of their PCs with his easy-to read books. Joe has been writing and editing successful training manuals and computer books for over ten years. His long list of computer books includes The Complete Idiots Guide to PCs, The Complete Idiots Guide to Microsoft Office 2000, Big Basics Book of Windows 98, More Easy Windows 98, and Sams Teach Yourself Notebook Basics in 10 Minutes.


1. Setting It Up and Turning It On.
Finding a Comfortable Home for Your Computer. Unpacking Your New Toys. Making the Right Connections. Bringing the Beast to Life. Installing the Software That Runs Your Hardware. Now What? Shut It Down or Leave It On?

2. Meeting Windows: Up Close and Personal.
The Windows Nickel Tour. The Land Where Mouse Is King. The Keyboard Is Special, Too. Ordering from Menus and Dialog Boxes. Bypassing Menus by Using Toolbar Buttons. Rearranging the Windows Inside Windows. Whats on Your Computer? Trashing Files in the Recycle Bin. Help Is on Its Way.

3. Launching Your First Program.
Picking a Program from the Start Menu. More Creative Ways to Run Programs. Moving a Program to a More Convenient Location. Running Programs with a Single Click. Opening Documents with a Single Click.

4. Warming Up with Some Computer Games.
Installing and Running the Windows Games. Using Your $1,000 Computer as a $1 Deck of Cards. Becoming a FreeCell Junkie. Playing Hearts with Virtual Players. Taking a Virtual Risk with Minesweeper. Pinball and Internet Games in Windows Me.


5. Using a Cool Desktop Background.
Animating Your Desktop with Themes. Messing with the Screen Color. Hanging Wallpaper in the Background. Controlling the Desktop Icons and Visual Effects. Whats This Web Tab For? Locking Your Desktop Settings. Securing Some Privacy with a Screen Saver.

6. Making Your Computer Play Cool Sounds.
Checking Your Audio Equipment. Choosing a Different Sound Scheme. Assigning Specific Sounds to Events. Listening to CDs While You Work. Recording Your Own Audio Clips.

7. Taking Control of Your Menus and Programs.
Rearranging the Start Menu with Explorer. Making Your Own Toolbars. Turning on the Desktop Toolbar. Transforming a Folder into a Toolbar. Automating Your Programs.

8. Giving Yourself More Room to Work.
Clearing Desk Space by Making Everything Smaller. What About the Color Settings? Rearranging Your Desktop Icons. Getting Rid of Icons You Dont Use. Hiding the Taskbar. Tucking Stuff in Folders.

9. Installing and Removing Programs.
Buying Software That Your Hardware Can Run. Do You Have Enough Disk Space? Installing Your New Program. Does Anyone Use Floppy Disks Anymore? Removing a Program That You Never Use.


10. I Just Want to Type a Letter!
Making the Transition to the Electronic Page. Whats with the Squiggly Red and Green Lines?! Inserting Todays Date. Making the Text Bigger or Smaller. Shoving Text Left, Right, or Center. Changing the Line Spacing. Inserting Space Between Paragraphs. Save It or Lose It. Printing Addresses on Envelopes.

11. Editing and Printing Your Letter.
Selecting Text. Cutting and Pasting Without Scissors. Oops! Undoing Changes. Checking Your Spelling and Grammar. Setting Your Margins and Page Layout. Setting the Page Margins. Picking a Paper Size and Print Direction. Wheres Your Paper Coming From? Laying Out Your Pages. Saving Paper: Previewing Before Printing. Sending Your Letter off to the Printer. Hey, Its Not Printing! Project Time! Making Your Own Letterhead.

12. Designing Personalized Greeting Cards, Banners, and Other Publications.
What You Need to Get Started. Starting with a Prefab Greeting Card. Microsoft Publisher Survival Guide. Playing with Pictures. Text in a Box. Layering Pictures and Text Boxes. Do-It-Yourself Banners. Other Cool Desktop Publishing Stuff.

13. Creating an Address Book and Other Listy Stuff. Tables,
Spreadsheets, Databases, and Address Books