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Computers by The bestselling guide'now in a new edition A computer provides a great resource for learning new things and keeping in touch with family and friends, but it may seem intimidating at first. The bestselling Computers For Seniors For Dummies is here to help the 50+ set conquer and overcome any uncertainty with clear-cut, easy-to-understand guidance on how to confidently navigate your computer and the Windows 10 operating system. Featuring large text and images, it's never been easier for seniors to smoothly click their way around a new PC. Even if you don't know a mouse from a megabyte, this book walks you through all the steps to choosing, setting up, and successfully using your new computer. Begin with learning how to turn the computer on and use the keyboard, and from there you'll progress to effortlessly finding your way around the new Windows 10 operating system. Explore all you can do with a computer: Research topics of interest Keep in touch with loved ones Shop securely online Find recipes and diet tips If you've just purchased your first computer and need a plain-English introduction to getting started, Computers For Seniors For Dummies has you covered.
Call Number: QA76.5 M74 2017 (Downtown)
Publication Date: 2017-09-25
PCs for Dummies Quick Reference by If you aren't a proficient PC pro and you want to get answers and get going, this is your practical reference. In a concise, no frills style, it gives you the vital information on: Setting up and connecting your PC and peripherals, including your keyboard, digital camera, joystick, modem, monitor, printer, scanner, wireless gizmos, and more Installing hardware and software Creating, managing, naming, opening, saving, and finding files Organizing your stuff, with info on folders, Windows Explorer, Compressed (ZIP) folders, and more Networking, including accessing another computer or a shared folder, connecting to the network, and workgroups Creating your own CDs, including building and burning a playlist, importing music, and more The printer, keyboard and the mouse With step-by-step instructions and lots of screen shots, this book helps you walk the walk. In case you want to talk the talk, there's a glossary with clear definitions of common PC terms. A detailed index helps you find the how-to you need fast. If you want to know the history of the PC and all of its intricacies, get a big book. If you want to know how to get your PC to do what you need it to do, get this handy little reference and get to work fast.
Call Number: E-book
Publication Date: 2005-04-08
Computer Basics Absolute Beginner's Guide, Windows 8 Edition by This year, millions of casual computer users will buy new Windows 8 mobile devices, notebooks, and desktop PCs. They'll want to know how to find their way around, get comfortable, and get the job done - without jargon, complexity, or hassle. There's a book for them: Michael Miller's Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, Windows 8 Edition. It's the one book that covers everything today's beginners and near-beginners need to know: not just about Windows, but also about software, hardware, and the Internet. Through 100+ books, author Michael Miller has established an unparalleled track record in explaining complicated concepts simply and clearly, and empowering beginners. Now, he's thoroughly updated his best-selling Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics to cover today's user experience - with Windows 8, Internet Explorer 8, and today's hottest online tools, from craigslist and Facebook to Twitter, Wikipedia, and Google Docs. The latest edition of Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics is updated with coverage of Windows 8, which introduces the totally new Metro user interface. Given Metro's genesis as a mobile interface, and Microsoft's push towards a new breed of touchscreen computing devices, this new edition will include more hardware coverage than previous editions. In addition, this book will cover Windows 8's new Metro interface in depth, as well as feature increased coverage of social networking and cloud computing applications.
Call Number: QA76.5 .M531412 2013
Publication Date: 2012-09-16
Complete Idiot's Guide to Computer Basics by Time for an upgrade. This new edition of The Complete Idiots Guide to Computer Basics places you in charge of the computer, rather than the other way around, and focuses on software troubleshooting rather than on hardware technobabble. --Features coverage of newsgroups, message boards, and mailing lists --Goes over the basics of personal finance programs --Includes a chapter on networking --Focuses on software, which means it focuses on topics that most affect novice users
Call Number: QA76.5 .K4425 2007
Publication Date: 2007-03-06
Macs All-in-One for Dummies by The ultimate beginner resource for learning the key features and tools of your Mac Macs are easy to use, but this guide helps you take advantage of all the cool features and make the most of your Mac. Fully updated, it covers the newest operating system, as well as the latest versions of iLife and iWork. The featured minibooks introduce you to Mac basics; photos, music, and movies; the Internet; other Mac programs; timesaving tips with a Mac; and Mac networking. Serves as an ideal resource for those switching to a Mac from a PC as well as for Mac users who are upgrading Helps you set up and customize your Mac and get to know the Mac way Explains how to get online, surf with Safari, and send and receive e-mail Covers working with photos, music, and movies, as well as crunching numbers and creating presentations with iWork Explores setting up a network, running Windows on a Mac via Bootcamp, and automating your Mac Provides troubleshooting tips and advice on protecting your Mac Macs All-in-One For Dummies, 3nd Edition gives you the full scoop on using all the cool Mac features.
Call Number: QA76.8.M3 H876 2012
Publication Date: 2012-03-06
Pogue's Basics by Did you know that can you scroll a Web page just by tapping the space bar? How do you recover photos you’ve deleted by accident? What can you do if your cell phone’s battery is dead by dinnertime each day?
When it comes to technology, there’s no driver’s ed class or government-issued pamphlet covering the essentials. Somehow, you’re just supposed to know how to use your phone, tablet, computer, camera, Web browser, e-mail, and social networks. Luckily, award-winning tech expert David Pogue comes to the rescue with Pogue’s Basics, a book that will change your relationship with all of the technology in your life.
With wit and authority, Pogue’s Basics collects every essential technique for making your gadgets seem easier, faster, and less of a hassle. Crystal-clear illustrations accompany these 225 easy-to-follow tips.
Make the type bigger on your screen · Bring a wet phone back from the dead · The fastest way to charge an iPad · The 10 best apps to put on your phone · How to type symbols · Bypass annoyingly long voice mail instructions · Use map apps on your phone without an Internet connection · Sign a contract electronically · See what’s in a file without opening it · The 12 best free services on the Web · Turn off automatic bullets, lists, and links in Word · Protect yourself from online scams and viruses · Set up an automatic backup system on your computer · What to do about junk e-mail · Send photos so that they don’t bounce back · Print or email articles without ads · How to get money for your used electronics · Rename a bunch of files in one fell swoop · Make YouTube videos sharper · and much more.
At last, you can lose that nagging, insecure feeling that you’re not the master of your own gadgets. The tech tips in Pogue’s Basics are all you need—the shortcuts to a happier technological life.
Call Number: T49 .P645 2015
Publication Date: 2014-12-09
IPad: the Missing Manual by iOS 8 for the iPad is the biggest iOS release ever, and this all-new Missing Manual includes everything you need to know about iPad's exciting features and new user interface. Missing Manual series creator David Pogue takes you on a guided iPad tour, complete with step-by-step instructions, crystal-clear explanations, and lots of tips, tricks, and surprises along the way. Learn how to sync and work on any file anywhere, on any device, with iCloud Drive Use Family Sharing to circulate your calendars, photos, iBooks, and iTunes and App Store purchases with those closest to you Track your activity, heart rate, and other fitness information with Health Connect to your other iOS devices and Mac like never before with Handoff, Messages, and Instant Hotspot With this beautiful full-color and easy-to-use book, you'll discover how to get the most out of your iPad--everything from Web browsing to watching videos.
Publication Date: 2014-12-12
Microsoft Office 2016 Step by Step by Now in full color! This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Office 2016. Jump in wherever you need answers - brisk lessons and colorful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step. Covers Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook Includes Office 365 subscription information Discover how to use cloud storage with OneDrive and your Office 365 subscription Format Word documents for maximum visual impact Build powerful, reliable Excel workbooks for analysis and reporting Prepare highly effective PowerPoint presentations Use Outlook to organize your email, calendar, and contacts Includes downloadable practice files
Publication Date: 2015-11-30
Office 365 for Dummies by Collaborate on documents in real time Utilize social networking in your daily tasks Increase productivity and grow your business Create a virtual office anywhere If you want to get your head in the cloud and get up to speed on the features in Office 365, you've come to the right place. Inside, you'll learn step by step how to use email, take advantage of SharePoint Online for collaboration, communicate with team members using Skype for Business, get work done with the latest version of Office Online, and how to make a plan for effectively migrating your company to Office 365. Inside... Understand cloud technology Dive into SharePoint Get social at work Learn about Office Online Skype at work Set up online meetings Work from anywhere Free up IT resources
Publication Date: 2016-05-09
Easy Office 2016 by Easy Office 2016 See it done. do it yourself. It's that Easy! Easy Office 2016 teaches you the fundamentals to help you get the most from Office 2016. Fully illustrated steps with simple instructions guide you through each task, building the skills you need to make the most of the new features and tools of Office 2016. No need to feel intimidated; we'll hold your hand every step of the way. Learn how to... * Get super productive with Office 2016's powerful new tools * Create, edit, and read Office files on the Web and mobile devices * Craft high-impact documents with powerful visuals * Prepare and analyze data visually with Excel charts and PivotTables * Make winning presentations with PowerPoint's new tools; even add audio and video * Work with others to review and refine your documents * Use Outlook to take control of your messages, schedules, and tasks * Take notes anywhere with OneNote; never forget a great idea again * Use Publisher's powerful publishing tools to create brochures, newsletters, postcards, flyers, and more
Publication Date: 2015-10-15
Microsoft Word 2016 Step by Step by The quick way to learn Microsoft Word 2016! This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Word 2016. Jump in wherever you need answers--brisk lessons and colorful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step. Get easy-to-follow guidance from a certified Microsoft Office Specialist Master Learn and practice new skills while working with sample content, or look up specific procedures Create visually appealing documents for school, business, community, or personal purposes Use built-in tools to capture and edit graphics Present data in tables, diagrams, and charts Track and compile reference materials Manage document collaboration and review Fix privacy, accessibility, and compatibility issues Supercharge your efficiency by creating custom styles, themes, and templates
Publication Date: 2015-12-23
LEARNING SPECIFIC SKILLS:
As you become more comfortable using a computer, Lifehacker's straightforward, how to do it type articles like this one are very helpful.
Working with files
The GCF site teaches you how to open files, move them, and delete them, etc. in Windows.
PC World tackles ten tech problems and explains how to solve them. With illustrations.
Facebook for Dummies by The eagerly anticipated update to the bestselling first edition is here! Facebook's popularity is seemingly unstoppable. The site experienced a huge boom in registered users in the latter half of 2008. It was at that time that Facebook also underwent a radical facelift and introduced numerous changes. Packed with hundreds of screen shots, this anxiously awaited new edition presents you with a thorough update on all the exciting changes to Facebook's interface since the first edition hit the shelves a mere one year ago. Authored by two Facebook employees, Facebook For Dummies, 2nd Edition, features unique insight and insider knowledge of Facebook that can't be found anywhere else. You'll explore optimum ways to get familiar with Facebook, tips for representing yourself online, best practices for keeping connected, how to run a business on Facebook, and more. Walks you through creating a profile, navigating the interface, and setting up privacy features Explains how to find and add friends, fill out your profile, add applications, and upload photos Discusses ways to join a network or group or use Facebook as a scheduler Addresses using Facebook to promote your business and buy ad space on Facebook Put your best face forward and dive in to all the exciting new features that Facebook offers!
Call Number: E-Book
Publication Date: 2009-10-20
GCF LearnFree.org - Computer Basics
If you are new to computers or just want to update your computer skills, this free Computer Basics tutorial will show you how.
Mac Support Page - Get to Know your Mac
Get to know your new Mac
This site should help you set up your Mac and learn about some of the great features that come with it. It also has a section with tips for people "Switching from a Windows computer?"
GCF LearnFree.org - Android Basics
This Android tutorial offers the basics of using an Android device, including Android help with managing settings, privacy, and more.
GCF LearnFree.org - iPhone
In this free iPhone tutorial, you'll learn the basics of operating and getting the most out of this popular Apple smartphone.