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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics

2nd Edition

Michael Miller

Jun 2004, Paperback, 408 pages
ISBN13: 9780789731753
ISBN10: 0789731754
This product has been replaced by Computer Basics Absolute Beginner's Guide, Windows 10 Edition (includes Content Update Program)

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Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, 2E, teaches you how to get the most from your personal computer system - and from common peripherals, including CD burners, digital cameras, and PDAs. This book shows new computers users how to set up their computer hardware, find their way around the Windows XP desktop, learn to use essential software programs, and get connected to and start using the Internet. Users will also learn how to keep their computer systems up and running, and how to troubleshoot common computer problems.

Everything is explained in an easy-to-understand language, with step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations. This book presents a non-technical approach to an otherwise technically intimidating topic, it's filled with practical information and real-world advice.



1. Understanding Your Computer Hardware.
2. Setting Up Your New Computer System.


3. Understanding Microsoft Windows XP.
4. Taking Windows for a Spin.
5. Personalizing Windows.
6. Working with Files and Folders.


7. Adding New Hardware and Devices to Your System.
8. Setting Up a Home Network.
9. Performing Routine Maintenance.
10. Dealing with Common Problems.


11. Installing New Software.
12. Using Suites and Bundles.
13. Working with Words.
14. Working with Numbers.
15. Working with a Database.
16. Working with Presentations.
17. Managing Your Finances.
18. Creating Cool Projects and Greeting Cards.
19. Learning with Educational Software.
20. Playing Games.


21. Connecting to the Internet.
22. Surfing the Web.
23. Finding Stuff Online.
24. Buying and Selling Online.
25. Sending and Receiving Email.
26. Using Instant Messaging and Chat.
27. Using Newsgroups, Message Boards, and Blogs.
28. Downloading Files.
29. Creating Your Own Web Page.
30. Protecting Your PC from Viruses, Spam, and Other Nuisances.


31. Playing CDs and DVDs.
32. Ripping and Burning CDs.
33. Downloading and Playing Digital Music.
34. Using Your PC with a Portable Music Player.
35. Editing Your Own Home Movies.
36. Burning and Copying DVDs.
37. Connecting a Digital Camera or Scanner.
38. Working with Digital Pictures.

  • Proven Absolute Beginners Guide "teaching" style—Friendly, highly accessible, step-by-step coverage focused on the topics students need most.
    • Helps students become comfortable using computers, software, peripherals, and the Internet without ever getting lost in complexity.

  • PC hardware and Windows XP—Walks through setting up a new computing system and getting comfortable with Windows XP.
    • Helps students get past the obstacles that prevent beginning computer users from achieving their goals.

  • Introduction to each category of basic computing software—Introduces software suites and bundles, word processing, numbers, databases, presentations, financial software, and more.
    • Gives students a head start in using the productivity and office software they are most likely to encounter.

  • Coverage of personal software—Covers creative projects, educational software, and even games.
    • Helps students use computers in their personal as well as business lives.

  • Practical tips and techniques—Includes tips and techniques throughout, as well as a full chapter on avoiding and solving common problems.
    • Gives students the expert insights they would otherwise have to learn through trial and error.

Michael Miller is a successful and prolific author with a reputation for practical advice and technical accuracy and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers.

Mr. Miller has written more than 50 best-selling books in the past 15 years. His books for Que include Absolute Beginner's Guide to Upgrading and Fixing Your PC, Absolute Beginner's Guide to eBay, and Bargain Hunter's Secrets to Online Shopping. He is known for his casual, easy-to-read writing style and his practical, real-world advice-as well as his ability to explain a wide variety of complex topics to an everyday audience.

You can email Mr. Miller directly at His Web site is located at