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The bestselling guide to choosing a computer and getting online, fully updated for Windows 8! Whether you use your computer for bookkeeping, making travel plans, socializing, shopping, or just plain fun, computers are now an essential part of daily life. But it can be overwhelming to keep up with the technology as it continually evolves. This clear, friendly guide not only gets you up to speed on computer basics, it also covers the very latest information, like the changes you'll see with Windows 8. Youll learn to use the keyboard and mouse, navigate the Windows 8 operating system, access the Internet, create documents, keep safe online, and more. Packed with screenshots and illustrations, the new edition of this popular book is easy to follow, never intimidating, and always helpful. Starts with the basics and assumes no prior knowledge of computers Updates your current skills for the latest technology changes, such as the Windows 8 operating system Explains how to connect to the Internet, keep up with family and friends via e-mail and social media, find recipes and health information, book travel, manage your budget, and much more Shows you how to organize documents, work with files and folders, manage pictures and videos, and customize your desktop and system Offers tips and advice to help you avoid common pitfalls Take on technology with confidence and take advantage of all your computer can do with Computers for Seniors For Dummies, 3rd Edition !
Nancy C. Muir owns a writing and consulting company that specializes in technology topics. She is the author of more than 100 books, including all editions of the bestselling iPad For Seniors For Dummies. Nancy also writes a column on computers and the Internet for Retirenet.com.
Table of Contents
Part I: Get Going! 5
Chapter 1: Buying a Computer 7
Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Computer 27
Chapter 3: Getting around Windows 8 41
Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Display 61
Chapter 5: Getting Help with Vision, Hearing, and Dexterity Challenges 75
Chapter 6: Setting Up Printers and Scanners 93
Chapter 7: Getting Help 109
Part II: Getting Things Done with Software 123
Chapter 8: Working with Software Programs 125
Chapter 9: Working with Files and Folders 135
Chapter 10: Working with the Weather, People, and Calendar Apps 153
Part III: Going Online 171
Chapter 11: Understanding Internet Basics 173
Chapter 12: Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer 189
Chapter 13: Staying Safe While Online 207
Chapter 14: Keeping In Touch with Mail 229
Chapter 15: Working in the Cloud 249
Chapter 16: Connecting with People Online 261
Part IV: Having Fun 281
Chapter 17: Getting Visual: Using Windows Media Player, Video, and Camera 283