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Easy Computer Basics

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Your new PC just arrived. You open the box, excited to hook it up, start surfing the web, send e-mails...and then you see all of the cords, CD-ROMs and parts that need to be connected and installed, and suddenly it doesn't seem like so much fun anymore. The instructions look even more intimidating. Don't panic! Easy Computer Basics can help. This up-to-date, full-color, highly visual guide will walk you through the entire set-up process and then show you how to use the different programs to accomplish common tasks. You'll learn how to:

  • Use Microsoft Windows, Works and Word

  • Connect to the Internet

  • Surf the web

  • Read and write e-mail

  • View and edit digital pictures

  • Download and listen to digital music

  • Add new devices, such as printers and hard drives

  • Perform basic maintenance and security tasks

Having a computer is supposed to be fun, so don't let its size or complexity take the fun out of your experience. Make your PC work for you with Easy Computer Basics.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. About the Author
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Tell Us What You Think!
  5. It's as Easy as 1-2-3
  6. Introduction to Easy Computer Basics
  7. 1. Understanding How Your Computer Works
    1. The Parts of Your Computer System
    2. Getting to Know Your System Unit
    3. Inside the Case
    4. Hard Disk Drives: Long-Term Storage
    5. CD and DVD Drives
    6. Keyboard
    7. Mouse
    8. Sound Cards and Speakers
    9. Video Cards and Monitors
    10. Printers
  8. 2. Setting up Your Computer
    1. Typical Connections
    2. Connecting the Mouse and Keyboard
    3. Connecting the Monitor
    4. Connecting the Audio System
    5. Connecting a Parallel Printer
    6. Connecting a USB Printer
    7. Connecting the Modem
    8. Connecting the System Power Cable
    9. Powering On
    10. Logging on to Windows XP
    11. Shutting Down
  9. 3. Using Microsoft Windows XP
    1. Exploring the Windows Desktop
    2. Pointing and Clicking
    3. Double-Clicking
    4. Right-Clicking
    5. Dragging and Dropping
    6. Hovering
    7. Moving a Window
    8. Scrolling a Window
    9. Resizing a Window
    10. Maximizing, Minimizing, and Closing a Window
    11. Using the Windows Start Menu
    12. Opening a Program
    13. Creating a New Shortcut on the Desktop
    14. Switching Between Programs
    15. Using Menus
    16. Using Toolbars
    17. Managing PC Resources with MY Computer
    18. Managing Windows with the Control Panel
    19. Changing the Size of Your Desktop
    20. Selecting a New Desktop Theme
    21. Personalizing the Desktop Background
    22. Changing the Color Scheme
    23. Setting up Additional Users
    24. Using a Screensaver
    25. Getting Help in Windows
  10. 4. Working with Files and Folders
    1. The MY Documents Folder
    2. Changing the way Files are Displayed
    3. Sorting Files and Folders
    4. Navigating Folders
    5. Navigating with the Folders Pane
    6. Creating a New Folder
    7. Renaming a File or Folder
    8. Copying a File or Folder
    9. Moving a File or Folder
    10. Deleting a File or Folder
    11. Restoring Deleted Files
    12. Emptying the Recycle Bin
    13. Compressing a File
    14. Extracting Files from a Compressed Folder
  11. 5. Using Microsoft Works
    1. The Works Task Launcher
    2. Launching a Program
    3. Starting a New Task
    4. Opening an Existing Document
    5. Managing a Big Project
  12. 6. Using Microsoft Word
    1. The Microsoft Word Workspace
    2. Creating a New Document
    3. Saving a Document
    4. Opening an Existing Document
    5. Entering Text
    6. Editing Text
    7. Formatting Text
    8. Formatting Paragraphs
    9. Applying Styles
    10. Checking Your Spelling
    11. Printing a Document
  13. 7. Connecting to the Internet
    1. Internet Explorer
    2. Setting up a New Internet Connection
    3. Surfing the Web with Internet Explorer
    4. Saving Your Favorite Pages
    5. Returning to a Favorite Page
    6. Revisiting History
    7. Searching the Web With Google
    8. Finding News and Other Information Online
    9. Shopping for Bargains at
    10. Bidding for Items on EBAY
    11. Setting up an Email Account
    12. Reading an Email Message
    13. Replying to an Email Message
    14. Composing a New Email Message
    15. Sending a File via Email
    16. Adding Contacts in Windows Messenger
    17. Instant Messaging with Windows Messenger
  14. 8. Playing Music and Movies
    1. Windows Media Player
    2. Playing a CD
    3. Ripping a CD to Your Hard Disk
    4. Creating a Playlist
    5. Playing a Playlist
    6. Burning a Music CD
    7. Connecting an Ipod to Your PC
    8. Transferring Songs to Your Ipod via Itunes
    9. Creating Smart Playlists for Your Ipod
    10. Connecting Other Portable Music Players
    11. Playing a DVD
  15. 9. Working with Pictures
    1. My Pictures Folder
    2. Transferring Pictures from a Digital Camera
    3. Transferring Pictures from a Memory Card
    4. Scanning a Picture
    5. Printing a Photo
    6. Ordering Prints Online
    7. Quick Fixing a Photo with Adobe Photoshop Elements
    8. Removing Red-Eye
    9. Cropping Your Photo
  16. 10. Adding New Devices to Your System
    1. Computer Connections
    2. Adding a Device via USB or Firewire
    3. Adding New Internal Hardware
    4. Using the Add Hardware Wizard
  17. 11. Setting up a Wireless Home Network
    1. How a Wireless Network Works
    2. Setting up Your Network's Main PC
    3. Connecting Additional PCs to Your Wireless Network
    4. Sharing Files and Folders Across Your Network
  18. 12. Protecting Your Computer
    1. Windows Security Center
    2. Defending Against Computer Attacks with a Firewall
    3. Protecting Against Computer Viruses
    4. Fighting Email Spam
    5. Cleaning Spyware from Your System
    6. Blocking Pop-Up ADs
  19. 13. Taking Care of Your Computer
    1. Windows XP's System Tools
    2. Deleting Unnecessary Files
    3. Defragmenting Your Hard Disk
    4. Checking Your Hard Disk for Errors
    5. Restoring Your Computer After a Crash
  20. Glossary