Complete idiot's guide to pcs


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A well-established survivors guide for the computer initiate that explains how to zero in on finding the right beginners system

  • 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.
  • Though PC sales are slowing down, the number of sub-$1,000 systems, second-hand computers and computer peripheral sales stand to remain at substantial levels. Enough so to justify an updated plain-English guide that can quickly, yet comfortably, acquaint people with their new PC and related appliances
  • 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 CIGs target reader market as well.
Unlike most beginning level PC books, which focus on hardware descriptions and stodgy explanations of PC terminology, The Complete Idiots Guide to PCs, gives new users the hands-on training they need to become productive with their new PCs. This book leads the user through the very first stages of computer set up to becoming familiar with the broader capabilities of their PC.

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: Basic Training.

1. Savvy Consumer Guide to Buying a Computer.
Desktop or Notebook? Computer Buyers Checklists. Planning for Future Expansion. Buying the Perfect Printer. Scanners, Digital Cameras, TV Cards, and Other Toys. Free and Cheap PCs. Buyer Beware: Slick Sales Tricks. Shopping on the Internet.

2. Kick-Starting Your Computer.
Some Assembly Required. Software: Instructions on a Disk. Okay, Start Er Up. First Encounters of the Windows Kind. Restarting Your Computer When the Darn Thing Locks Up. Turning Everything Off.

3. Taking Control with Your Keyboard and Mouse.
Pecking Away at the Keyboard. Keyboards for the Rich and Famous (Programmable Keyboards). Pointing, Clicking, and Dragging with Your Mouse. Building a Smarter Mouse (Microsofts IntelliMouse). Other Devices for Poking Around on Your Computer.

4. -Playing Disk Jockey with Hard Disks, Floppy Disks, CDs, and DVDs.
Disk Drives: Easy As A-B-C. Serving Information to the Computer on Floppy Disks. Loading and Unloading CDs and DVDs. Can I Play My Zeppelin CD? Can I Watch DVD Video Flicks on My PC? Inside the Belly of Your Computer: The Hard Disk. What About My Zip Drive? Going Diskless with Network Computers (Workstations). Whats on a Disk? Files and Folders.

5. Windows Survival Guide.
We Now Have Control of Your TV. Taking Off with the Start Button. Using Windows Programs. Dealing with Windows. Seeing More with Scrollbars. Whats on My Computer? Trashing Files in the Recycle Bin. Help Is on the Way.

6. Windows Tips, Tricks, and Traps.
Installing and Uninstalling Windows Components. Do-It-Yourself Shortcut Icons. Giving Windows a Makeover. Using the Windows Control Panel. Mastering the Active Desktop. Ten Windows Productivity Tips.


7. Do-It-Yourself Program Installation Guide.
Does Your Computer Have What It Takes? Installing a Windows Program. Installing Programs You Dont Use.

8. Running and Juggling Programs.
Five Ways to Fire Up a Windows Program. Customizing Your Start Menu. Juggling Programs with the Taskbar.

9. Barking Out Commands.
Ordering from a Menu. Button Bars, Toolbars, and Other Shortcuts. Quick Keyboard Commands. Right-Click Context Menus. What Do You Say to a Dialog Box? Automated Computing with Macros.

10. Making, Saving, and Naming Documents.
Type Away! Can My Computer Take Dictation? Saving Your Document for the First Time. File Name Rules and Regulations. What DYa Mean, Cant Save File?! Closing Up Shop. Opening Saved Files. Tracking Down Lost Files in Windows.

11. Giving Your Documents the Editorial Eye.
Making Minor Edits. Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Stuff. Edit/Undo: The Editors Safety Net. Finding and Replacing Text. Checking Your Spelling and Grammar. Redlining and AutoCorrect for Clean-As-You-Go Documents.

12. Sprucing Up Your Documents with Formatting.
Messing with Margins. Primping Your Paragraphs. Giving Your Characters More Character. Cell Formatting in Tables and Spreadsheets. Quick Formatting with Rulers and Toolbars. Saving Time with Styles.

13. Picture This (Working with Graphics).
Clip Art for the Lazy and Untalented. Scanning Photos, Drawings, and Illustrations. Making Slide Shows and Overhead Transparencies. Painting Your Own Picture. Drawing Lines, Circles, and Other Shapes. Moving and Resizing Your Graphics. The Painted Word: Text As Graphics.

14. Printing and Faxing Your Creations.
Setting Up Your Printer in Windows. Preprint Checklist. Sending Documents to the Printer. Managing Background Printing. Faxing Your Documents.

15. Surviving Without Documentation.
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