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Easy Computer Basics, Windows 10 Edition

Easy Computer Basics, Windows 10 Edition

Michael Miller

Sep 2015, Paperback, 288 pages
ISBN13: 9780789754523
ISBN10: 0789754525
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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

Chapter 1: Understanding Personal Computers 2

Types of Computers 3

Getting to Know Desktop PCs 4

Getting to Know All-in-One PCs 5

Getting to Know Notebook PCs 6

Getting to Know Tablet PCs 7

Connectors 8

Hard Disk Drives: Long-Term Storage 9

Keyboards 10

Touchpads 11

Memory Card Readers 12

CD and DVD Drives 13

Computer Screens 14

Printers 15

Chapter 2: Setting Up Your PC 16

Desktop Computer System 17

Setting Up a Notebook PC 18

Setting Up an All-in-One Desktop PC 19

Setting Up a Traditional Desktop PC 20

Powering On 23

Logging On to Windows 24

Shutting Down 25

Chapter 3: Connecting Peripherals and Other Devices 26

USB Connector 27

Connecting Devices via USB 28

Connecting a Printer 29

Connecting Your PC to Your TV 32

Chapter 4: Setting Up a Wireless Home Network 34

Understanding How Wireless Networks Work 35

Setting Up Your Network’s Main PC 36

Connecting Additional PCs to Your Wireless Network 38

Adding Your Computer to a Homegroup 41

Accessing Other Computers in Your Homegroup 44

Accessing Other Computers on Your Network 45

Chapter 5: Using Microsoft Windows 10 46

Exploring the Windows 10 Desktop 47

Using the Mouse 48

Using the Windows Start Menu 50

Opening a Program 52

Using the Taskbar 53

Scrolling a Window 54

Maximizing, Minimizing, and Closing a Window 55

Switching Between Open Windows 56

Using Windows in Tablet Mode 58

Using Windows with a Touchscreen Display 60

Chapter 6: Personalizing Windows 62

Settings Window 63

Customizing the Start Menu 64

Changing the Desktop Background 66

Changing the Accent Color 68

Customizing the Lock Screen Picture 70

Adding Apps to the Lock Screen 72

Changing Your Profile Picture 74

Setting Up Additional Users 76

Switching Between Users 79

Configuring Windows Settings 80

Chapter 7: Working with Software Applications 82

Parts of a Window 83

Opening an Application 84

Pinning a Program to the Start Menu 85

Pinning a Program to the Taskbar 86

Creating a Desktop Shortcut 87

Searching for Apps 88

Using Universal Windows Apps 89

Using Context Menus 90

Using Pull-Down Menus 91

Using Toolbars 92

Using Ribbons 93

Using Windows 10’s Built-In Apps 94

Finding New Apps in the Windows Store 98

Chapter 8: Using Microsoft Word 100

Comparing Desktop and Web Versions of Word 101

Launching Word Online 102

Launching the Word Desktop App 104

Navigating Word Online 105

Entering Text 106

Cutting/Copying and Pasting Text 107

Formatting Text 108

Formatting Paragraphs 109

Saving Your Work 110

Printing a Document 111

Chapter 9: Working with Files and Folders 112

File Explorer 113

Launching File Explorer 114

Exploring the Ribbon 115

Navigating with the Navigation Pane 116

Working with Folders 119

Changing the Way Files Are Displayed 120

Sorting Files and Folders 121

Creating a New Folder 122

Renaming a File or Folder 123

Copying a File or Folder 124

Moving a File or Folder 125

Searching for a File 126

Deleting a File or Folder 127

Restoring Deleted Files 128

Emptying the Recycle Bin 129

Compressing a File 130

Extracting Files from a Compressed Folder 131

Working with Files on OneDrive 132

Chapter 10: Using the Internet 134

Microsoft Edge 135

Connecting to an Internet Wi-Fi Hotspot 136

Web Browsing with Microsoft Edge 138

Saving Favorite Pages 140

Returning to a Favorite Page 141

Opening Multiple Pages in Tabs 142

Searching the Web with Google 143

Smart Searching with Cortana 144

Shopping Online 146

Buying Items on Craigslist 148

Selling Items on Craigslist 150

Chapter 11: Communicating with Email 152

Windows Mail App 153

Viewing Your Inbox and Reading Messages 154

Moving a Message to Another Folder 156

Replying to an Email Message 157

Composing a New Email Message 158

Adding Other Accounts to the Mail App 160

Managing Your Contacts from the People App 162

Reading Web-Based Email with Gmail 164

Replying to a Gmail Message 165

Composing a New Gmail Message 166

Sending a File via Gmail 167

Chapter 12: Sharing with Facebook and Other Social Networks 168

Comparing Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter 169

Finding Facebook Friends 170

Reading the News Feed 172

Posting a Status Update 174

Viewing a Friend’s Timeline 176

Personalizing Your Timeline Page 177

Viewing a Friend’s Photos 178

Sharing Your Photos on Facebook 180

Sharing Interesting Images with Pinterest 182

Finding People to Follow on Pinterest 183

Finding and Repinning Interesting Pins 184

Pinning from a Web Page 186

Tweeting with Twitter 188

Following Other Twitter Users 189

Chapter 13: Watching TV and Movies Online 190

Playing Movies with the Windows Movies and TV App 191

Watching Movies on Netflix 192

Watching TV Shows on Hulu 196

Watching Videos on YouTube 200

Purchasing and Downloading Movies and TV Shows from the iTunes Store 202

Watching Videos with iTunes 204

Watching Digital Videos with the Movies and TV App 206

Chapter 14: Playing Digital Music 208

Comparing Streaming Music Services 209

Streaming Music Online with Spotify 210

Streaming Music Online with Pandora 212

Downloading Music from the iTunes Store 214

Playing Digital Music with iTunes 216

Playing a CD with iTunes 218

Purchasing Music from the Groove Music App 219

Playing Digital Music with the Groove Music App 220

Chapter 15: Viewing and Editing Digital Photos 222

Viewing a Picture with the Photos App 223

Transferring Pictures via USB 224

Transferring Pictures from a Memory Card 225

Viewing Your Photos in Windows 226

Editing Your Photos with the Photos App 228

Chapter 16: Protecting Your Computer 232

Windows Action Center 233

Using the Windows Action Center 234

Defending Against Malware with Windows Defender 235

Deleting Unnecessary Files 236

Deleting Unused Programs 237

Backing Up Your Files 238

Restoring Your Computer After a Crash 240

Glossary 242

Index 248

Michael Miller is a successful and prolific author with a reputation for practical advice, technical accuracy, and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers.
Mr. Miller has written more than 150 best-selling books over the past 25 years. His books for Que include Easy Facebook, My Facebook for Seniors, My Social Media for Seniors, My Windows 10 Computer for Seniors, and Computer Basics: Absolute Beginner’s Guide.
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 variety of complex topics to an everyday audience.
Learn more about Mr. Miller at his website, www.millerwriter.com. Follow him on Twitter @molehillgroup.