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Easy Computer Basics, Windows 10 Edition

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See it done. Do it yourself. It’s that Easy! Easy Computer Basics, Windows 10 Edition, teaches you the fundamentals to help you get the most from your computer hardware and software. Fully illustrated steps with simple instructions guide you through each task, building the skills you need to perform the most common computer tasks. No need to feel intimidated; we’ll hold your hand every step of the way.

Learn how to...

  • Set up and configure your new Windows 10 computer

  • Upgrade your system with new hardware and software

  • Use Microsoft Windows 10--and personalize it just for you

  • Connect to the Internet for web browsing, email, Facebook, and listening to digital music

  • View and edit digital photos 

  • Watch your favorite movies and TV shows online with Netflix and Hulu

  • Protect your family and your computer from viruses, spam, and spyware

  • Set up a wireless home network and share your Internet connection with multiple computers

  • Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Table of Contents
    5. Contents
    6. About the Author
    7. Dedication
    8. Acknowledgments
    9. We Want to Hear from You!
    10. Reader Services
    11. It’s as Easy as 1-2-3
    12. Introduction
    13. Chapter 1. Understanding Personal Computers
      1. Types of Computers
      2. Getting to Know Desktop PCs
      3. Getting to Know All-in-One PCs
      4. Getting to Know Notebook PCs
      5. Getting to Know Tablet PCs
      6. Connectors
      7. Hard Disk Drives: Long-Term Storage
      8. Keyboards
      9. Touchpads
      10. Memory Card Readers
      11. CD and DVD Drives
      12. Computer Screens
      13. Printers
    14. Chapter 2. Setting Up Your PC
      1. Desktop Computer System
      2. Setting Up a Notebook PC
      3. Setting Up an All-in-One Desktop PC
      4. Setting Up a Traditional Desktop PC
      5. Powering On
      6. Logging On to Windows
      7. Shutting Down
    15. Chapter 3. Connecting Peripherals and Other Devices
      1. USB Connector
      2. Connecting Devices via USB
      3. Connecting a Printer
      4. Connecting Your PC to Your TV
    16. Chapter 4. Setting Up a Wireless Home Network
      1. Understanding How Wireless Networks Work
      2. Setting Up Your Network’s Main PC
      3. Connecting Additional PCs to Your Wireless Network
      4. Adding Your Computer to a Homegroup
      5. Accessing Other Computers in Your Homegroup
      6. Accessing Other Computers on Your Network
    17. Chapter 5. Using Microsoft Windows 10
      1. Exploring the Windows 10 Desktop
      2. Using the Mouse
      3. Using the Windows Start Menu
      4. Opening a Program
      5. Using the Taskbar
      6. Scrolling a Window
      7. Maximizing, Minimizing, and Closing a Window
      8. Switching Between Open Windows
      9. Using Windows in Tablet Mode
      10. Using Windows with a Touchscreen Display
    18. Chapter 6. Personalizing Windows
      1. Settings Window
      2. Customizing the Start Menu
      3. Changing the Desktop Background
      4. Changing the Accent Color
      5. Customizing the Lock Screen Picture
      6. Adding Apps to the Lock Screen
      7. Changing Your Profile Picture
      8. Setting Up Additional Users
      9. Switching Between Users
      10. Configuring Windows Settings
    19. Chapter 7. Working with Software Applications
      1. Parts of a Window
      2. Opening an Application
      3. Pinning a Program to the Start Menu
      4. Pinning a Program to the Taskbar
      5. Creating a Desktop Shortcut
      6. Searching for Apps
      7. Using Universal Windows Apps
      8. Using Context Menus
      9. Using Pull-Down Menus
      10. Using Toolbars
      11. Using Ribbons
      12. Using Windows 10’s Built-In Apps
      13. Finding New Apps in the Windows Store
    20. Chapter 8. Using Microsoft Word
      1. Comparing Desktop and Web Versions of Word
      2. Launching Word Online
      3. Launching the Word Desktop App
      4. Navigating Word Online
      5. Entering Text
      6. Cutting/Copying and Pasting Text
      7. Formatting Text
      8. Formatting Paragraphs
      9. Saving Your Work
      10. Printing a Document
    21. Chapter 9. Working with Files and Folders
      1. File Explorer
      2. Launching File Explorer
      3. Exploring the Ribbon
      4. Navigating with the Navigation Pane
      5. Working with Folders
      6. Changing the Way Files Are Displayed
      7. Sorting Files and Folders
      8. Creating a New Folder
      9. Renaming a File or Folder
      10. Copying a File or Folder
      11. Moving a File or Folder
      12. Searching for a File
      13. Deleting a File or Folder
      14. Restoring Deleted Files
      15. Emptying the Recycle Bin
      16. Compressing a File
      17. Extracting Files from a Compressed Folder
      18. Working with Files on OneDrive
    22. Chapter 10. Using the Internet
      1. Microsoft Edge
      2. Connecting to an Internet Wi-Fi Hotspot
      3. Web Browsing with Microsoft Edge
      4. Saving Favorite Pages
      5. Returning to a Favorite Page
      6. Opening Multiple Pages in Tabs
      7. Searching the Web with Google
      8. Smart Searching with Cortana
      9. Shopping Online
      10. Buying Items on Craigslist
      11. Selling Items on Craigslist
    23. Chapter 11. Communicating with Email
      1. Windows Mail App
      2. Viewing Your Inbox and Reading Messages
      3. Moving a Message to Another Folder
      4. Replying to an Email Message
      5. Composing a New Email Message
      6. Adding Other Accounts to the Mail App
      7. Managing Your Contacts from the People App
      8. Reading Web-Based Email with Gmail
      9. Replying to a Gmail Message
      10. Composing a New Gmail Message
      11. Sending a File via Gmail
    24. Chapter 12. Sharing with Facebook and Other Social Networks
      1. Comparing Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter
      2. Finding Facebook Friends
      3. Reading the News Feed
      4. Posting a Status Update
      5. Viewing a Friend’s Timeline
      6. Personalizing Your Timeline Page
      7. Viewing a Friend’s Photos
      8. Sharing Your Photos on Facebook
      9. Sharing Interesting Images with Pinterest
      10. Finding People to Follow on Pinterest
      11. Finding and Repinning Interesting Pins
      12. Pinning from a Web Page
      13. Tweeting with Twitter
      14. Following Other Twitter Users
    25. Chapter 13. Watching TV and Movies Online
      1. Playing Movies with the Windows Movies and TV App
      2. Watching Movies on Netflix
      3. Watching TV Shows on Hulu
      4. Watching Videos on YouTube
      5. Purchasing and Downloading Movies and TV Shows from the iTunes Store
      6. Watching Videos with iTunes
      7. Watching Digital Videos with the Movies and TV App
    26. Chapter 14. Playing Digital Music
      1. Comparing Streaming Music Services
      2. Streaming Music Online with Spotify
      3. Streaming Music Online with Pandora
      4. Downloading Music from the iTunes Store
      5. Playing Digital Music with iTunes
      6. Playing a CD with iTunes
      7. Purchasing Music from the Groove Music App
      8. Playing Digital Music with the Groove Music App
    27. Chapter 15. Viewing and Editing Digital Photos
      1. Viewing a Picture with the Photos App
      2. Transferring Pictures via USB
      3. Transferring Pictures from a Memory Card
      4. Viewing Your Photos in Windows
      5. Editing Your Photos with the Photos App
    28. Chapter 16. Protecting Your Computer
      1. Windows Action Center
      2. Using the Windows Action Center
      3. Defending Against Malware with Windows Defender
      4. Deleting Unnecessary Files
      5. Deleting Unused Programs
      6. Backing Up Your Files
      7. Restoring Your Computer After a Crash
    29. Glossary
    30. Index