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Computer Basics Absolute Beginner's Guide, Windows 8 Edition, 6th Edition

By Michael Miller

Published by Que

Published Date: Sep 16, 2012

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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.

Table of Contents

Part I: Getting Started

1.            How Personal Computers Work

2.            Getting to Know Desktop Computers

3.            Getting to Know Notebook and Netbook Computers

4.            Getting to Know Tablet Computers

Part II. Keeping Your System Up and Running

5.            Working with Printers

6.            Setting Up a Home Network

7.            Adding Storage and Backup

8.            Connecting Your PC to Your TV

9.            Performing Routine Maintenance

10.          Dealing with Common Problems 

11.          Protecting Against Computer Attacks, Malware, and Spam

Part III: Using Windows

12.          Getting to Know Windows 8

13.          Personalizing Windows

14.          Working with Files, Folders, and Disks

Part IV: Using the Internet

15.          Connecting to the Internet -- at Home and On the Road

16.          Surfing the Web  -- Safely and Securely

17.          Researching Online

18.          Buying and Selling Online

19.          Banking and Paying Bills Online

20.          Watching TV and Movies Online

Part V: Communicating Online

21.          Sending and Receiving Email

22.          Sending and Receiving Instant Messages

23.          Social Networking with Facebook 

24.          More Social Networking with Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter

25.          Exploring the Blogosphere

Part VI: Working with Apps and Software

26.          Finding New Apps in the Windows App Store

27.          Installing Traditional Computer Software

28.          Finding Applications in the Cloud

29.          Doing Office Work

30.          Staying Organized

31.          Playing CDs and DVDs

32.          Playing and Storing Digital Music 

33.          Editing and Sharing Digital Photos

34.          Making and Sharing Home Movies