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My Windows® 8 Computer for Seniors

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Easy, clear, readable, and focused on what you want to do

Step-by-step instructions for the tasks you care about most

Large, full-color, close-up photos show you exactly what to do

Common-sense help whenever you run into problems

Tips and notes to help you do even more

Over the years, you’ve learned a lot. Now, learn Windows 8!

We’ve identified the Windows 8 skills you need to stay connected with people you care about; keep your computer reliable, productive, and safe; express your creativity; find new passions; and live a better life!

Our crystal-clear instructions respect your smarts but never assume you’re an expert. Big, colorful photos on nearly every page make this book incredibly easy to read and use!

  • Set up your computer with no fuss or aggravation

  • Get productive fast, even if you don’t have computer experience

  • Use the new  “touch” features of Windows 8 if you have a touchscreen device

  • Safeguard your privacy and protect yourself from online scams

  • Display up-to-the-minute news, weather, and stock prices

  • Browse and search the Web, wherever you go

  • Find reliable health information online

  • Make Skype video calls to friends and family

  • Use Facebook to find old friends and see what they’re up to

  • Store your pictures and share them with loved ones

  • Read eBooks on your PC–even enlarge text for greater comfort

  • Watch TV or movies with Netflix, Hulu Plus, or YouTube

  • Enjoy your music, and discover great music you’ve never heard

  • Fix your own computer problems without help

  • Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Contents at a Glance
    5. Table of Contents
    6. About the Author
    7. Dedication
    8. Acknowledgments
    9. We Want to Hear from You!
    10. Reader Services
    11. Prologue: Basic Operations
      1. Using Windows 8 with a Mouse or Touchpad
      2. Using Windows 8 with a Keyboard
      3. Using Windows 8 on a Touchscreen PC
    12. 1. Understanding Computer Basics
      1. Examining Key Components
      2. Exploring Different Types of PCs
      3. Which Type of PC Should You Buy?
      4. Setting Up Your New Computer System
    13. 2. Using Windows 8—If You’ve Never Used a Computer Before
      1. Powering Up and Powering Down
      2. Finding Your Way Around Windows 8
    14. 3. Using Windows 8—If You’ve Used Windows Before
      1. Logging in with the New Lock Screen
      2. Launching Apps from the New Start Screen
      3. Using New and Traditional Apps
      4. Exploring Improved System Tools
      5. Configuring Options from the Charms Bar
      6. Relearning Essential Operations
    15. 4. Setting Up User Accounts
      1. Understanding Windows 8 User Accounts
      2. Setting Up a New Account on Your PC
      3. Switching Users
    16. 5. Personalizing Windows 8
      1. Personalizing the Start Screen
      2. Personalizing the Lock Screen
      3. Configuring Other Windows Settings
    17. 6. Using New Windows 8 Apps
      1. Finding Apps in Windows 8
      2. Working with New Windows 8 Apps
      3. Using Popular Windows 8 Apps
      4. Finding New Apps in the Windows Store
    18. 7. Using Traditional Apps on the Desktop
      1. Personalizing the Windows Desktop
      2. Launching Your Favorite Programs
      3. Working with Traditional Software Programs
    19. 8. Browsing and Searching the Web
      1. Connecting to the Internet—and Your Home Network
      2. Connecting to the Internet at a Wi-Fi Hotspot
      3. Using Your Web Browser
      4. Searching the Internet
    20. 9. Protecting Yourself from Online Threats
      1. Protecting Against Identity Theft
      2. Protecting Against Online Fraud
      3. Protecting Against Computer Viruses and Other Malware
      4. Protecting Against Attacks and Intrusions
    21. 10. Senior Living Online
      1. Reading Local and Community News Online
      2. Exploring Travel Opportunities Online
      3. Discovering Recipes Online
      4. Finding Healthcare Information Online
      5. Obtaining Legal Advice Online
      6. Managing Your Finances Online
      7. Shopping Online
    22. 11. Emailing Friends and Family
      1. Using the Windows 8 Mail App
      2. Using Web-Based Email
      3. Managing Your Contacts with the People App
    23. 12. Video Calling with Skype
      1. Installing and Setting Up Skype
      2. Calling Friends and Family
    24. 13. Connecting with Facebook and Other Social Media
      1. Sharing with Friends and Family on Facebook
      2. Pinning Items of Interest to Pinterest
      3. Managing Your Social Media with the People App
    25. 14. Storing and Sharing Pictures with Loved Ones
      1. Using Your Digital Camera with Your Windows 8 PC
      2. Viewing and Editing Photos
      3. Sharing Your Pictures Online
    26. 15. Reading Books on Your PC
      1. Reading eBooks with Amazon’s Kindle App
      2. Reading eBooks with Barnes & Noble’s NOOK App
    27. 16. Watching Movies and TV Shows on Your PC
      1. Watching Movies on Netflix
      2. Watching TV Shows on Hulu Plus
      3. Sharing Videos on YouTube
      4. Purchasing Videos with the Xbox Video App
    28. 17. Enjoying Music on Your PC
      1. Playing Music from Your iTunes Library
      2. Playing Music from CDs
      3. Downloading Music from the iTunes Store
    29. 18. Using Files and Folders
      1. Using File Explorer
      2. Working with Folders
      3. Managing Files
    30. 19. Making Windows Easier to Use by Seniors
      1. Employing Ease of Access Functions
      2. Using Alternative Input Devices
      3. Connecting a Larger Screen
    31. 20. Dealing with Common Problems
      1. Performing Necessary Maintenance
      2. Backing Up Important Files
      3. Fixing Simple Problems
      4. Recovering from Serious Problems
    32. Index