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My Windows® 8.1 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 8.1!  We’ve identified the Windows 8/8.1 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 Windows’ new touch features if you have a touchscreen device
    •    Safeguard your privacy, and protect yourself from online scams
    •    Find, install, and use easy new Modern apps
    •    Display up-to-the-minute news, weather, and stock prices
    •    Browse the Web with the great new Internet Explorer 11
    •    Use new SmartSearch to find everything faster on the Internet
    •    Discover reliable health and financial information online
    •    Make free Skype video calls to friends and family
    •    Use Facebook to find old friends and see what they’re up to
    •    Store your pictures, fix them, 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. Cover Page
  2. About This eBook
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Contents at a Glance
  6. Table of Contents
  7. About the Author
  8. Dedication
  9. Acknowledgments
  10. We Want to Hear from You!
  11. Reader Services
  12. Prologue: Basic Operations
    1. Using Windows with a Mouse or Touchpad
    2. Using Windows with a Keyboard
    3. Using Windows on a Touchscreen PC
  13. 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
  14. 2. Using Windows 8.1—If You’ve Never Used a Computer Before
    1. Powering Up and Powering Down
    2. Finding Your Way Around Windows 8.1
  15. 3. Using Windows 8.1—If You’ve Used Windows Before
    1. What’s New in Windows 8.1?
    2. Logging in with the New Lock Screen
    3. Launching Apps from the New Start Screen
    4. Accessing the Desktop and Traditional Apps
    5. Exploring Improved System Tools
    6. Configuring Options from the Charms Bar
    7. Relearning Essential Operations
    8. Making Windows 8.1 More Like Windows 7
  16. 4. Setting Up User Accounts
    1. Understanding User Accounts
    2. Setting Up a New Account on Your PC
    3. Switching Users
  17. 5. Personalizing Windows
    1. Personalizing the Start Screen
    2. Personalizing the Lock Screen
    3. Configuring Other Windows Settings
  18. 6. Using New Windows Apps
    1. Finding Apps in Windows 8.1
    2. Working with New Modern Apps
    3. Using Popular Windows 8.1 Apps
    4. Finding New Apps in the Windows Store
  19. 7. Using Traditional Apps on the Desktop
    1. Personalizing the Windows Desktop
    2. Launching Your Favorite Programs
    3. Working with Traditional Software Programs
  20. 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 Internet Explorer (Modern Version)
    4. Using Internet Explorer (Desktop Version)
    5. Searching the Internet
  21. 9. Protecting Yourself from Online Threats
    1. Protecting Against Identity Theft and Phishing Schemes
    2. Protecting Against Online Fraud
    3. Protecting Against Computer Viruses and Other Malware
    4. Protecting Against Online Attacks and Intrusions
  22. 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
  23. 11. Emailing Friends and Family
    1. Using the Windows Mail App
    2. Using Web-Based Email
    3. Managing Your Contacts with the People App
  24. 12. Video Calling with Skype
    1. Setting Up Skype
    2. Calling with Skype
  25. 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
  26. 14. Storing and Sharing Pictures with Loved Ones
    1. Using Your Digital Camera with Your Windows PC
    2. Viewing Photos on Your PC
    3. Touching Up Your Photos
    4. Sharing Your Pictures Online
  27. 15. Reading Books on Your PC
    1. Reading eBooks with Amazon’s Kindle App
    2. Reading eBooks with Barnes & Noble’s NOOK App
  28. 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
  29. 17. Listening to Music on Your PC
    1. Using the Xbox Music App
    2. Using iTunes
  30. 18. Using Files and Folders
    1. Using File Explorer
    2. Working with Folders
    3. Managing Files
    4. Working with Microsoft SkyDrive
  31. 19. Making Windows Easier to Use by Seniors
    1. Employing Ease of Access Functions
    2. Using Alternative Input Devices
    3. Connecting a Larger Screen
  32. 20. Dealing with Common Problems
    1. Performing Necessary Maintenance
    2. Backing Up Important Files
    3. Fixing Simple Problems
    4. Recovering from Serious Problems
  33. Index