Table of Contents for Computer Basics Absolute Beginner's Guide, Windows 8 Edition


Introduction 1(6)
How This Book Is Organized
3(1)
Which Version of Windows?
4(1)
Conventions Used in This Book
4(1)
Menu Commands
5(1)
Shortcut Key Combinations
5(1)
Web Page Addresses
5(1)
Special Elements
5(1)
Let Me Know What You Think
6(1)
I Getting Started
1 How Personal Computers Work
7(24)
What Your Computer Can Do
8(1)
Good for Getting Online
8(1)
Good for Social Networking
8(1)
Good for Communicating
9(1)
Good for Sharing Photos and Home Movies
9(1)
Good for Entertainment
9(1)
Good for Keeping Informed
9(1)
Good for Work
10(1)
Good for Play
10(1)
Inside a Personal Computer
10(1)
The Motherboard: Home to Almost Everything
11(1)
Microprocessors: The Main Engine
12(1)
Computer Memory: Temporary Storage
13(1)
Hard Disk Drives: Long-Term Storage
13(1)
CD/DVD Drives: Storage on a Disc
14(1)
Keyboards: Fingertip Input
15(2)
Mice and Touchpads: Point-and-Click Input Devices
17(1)
Network Connections: Getting Connected
18(1)
Sound Cards and Speakers: Making Noise
18(1)
Video Cards and Monitors: Getting the Picture
19(1)
Other Parts of Your Computer System
20(1)
Providing Additional Functionality with Peripherals
20(1)
Doing What You Need to Do with Software and Apps
21(1)
Making Everything Work---with Windows
22(1)
Different Types of Computers
23(1)
Desktop PCs
23(2)
Notebook PCs
25(1)
Tablet PCs
26(1)
Hybrid PCs
27(1)
Which Type of PC Should You Choose?
28(1)
Don't Worry, You Can't Screw It Up---Much
29(2)
2 Setting Up and Using a Desktop Computer
31(10)
Understanding the Components of a Desktop Computer System
32(2)
Before You Get Started
34(1)
Connecting a Traditional Desktop PC
35(1)
Connect in Order
35(1)
Connect by Color
36(1)
Connecting an All-in-One Desktop
37(1)
Turning It On and Setting It Up
38(1)
Getting the Right Order
38(1)
Powering On for the First Time
38(3)
3 Setting Up and Using a Notebook or Tablet Computer
41(6)
Understanding Notebook and Hybrid PCs
42(2)
Understanding Tablet PCs
44(1)
Connecting Peripherals and Powering On
44(1)
Getting Connected
45(1)
Powering On for the First Time
45(2)
II Using Windows
4 Getting to Know Windows 8
47(22)
Introducing Microsoft Windows
48(1)
Welcome to Windows 8
48(1)
Different Versions of Windows 8
49(1)
Starting and Logging into Windows 8
50(2)
Working Your Way Around the Start Screen
52(1)
Examining the Parts of the Start Screen
52(2)
Scrolling Through the Tiles
54(1)
Opening a Tile
54(1)
Displaying the Charms Bar
54(2)
Returning to the Start Screen
56(1)
Displaying the Traditional Desktop
56(2)
Learning Important Mouse Operations
58(1)
Pointing and Clicking
58(1)
Double-Clicking
58(1)
Right-Clicking
58(1)
Dragging and Dropping
59(1)
Mouse Over
59(1)
Moving and Resizing Windows
59(1)
Maximizing, Minimizing, and Closing Windows
60(1)
Scrolling Through a Window
61(1)
Using Dialog Boxes, Tabs, and Buttons
62(1)
Learning Important Touchscreen Operations
63(1)
Tapping
63(1)
Pressing and Holding
63(1)
Flicking
64(1)
Panning
64(1)
Zooming
64(1)
Rotating
64(1)
Getting Help in Windows
64(1)
Shutting Down Windows---And Your Computer
65(4)
5 Personalizing Windows 8
69(26)
Personalizing the Start Screen
70(1)
Changing the Background Color
70(1)
Making a Tile Larger or Smaller
71(1)
Rearranging Tiles
72(1)
Removing a Tile
72(1)
Adding a New Tile
72(1)
Turning On or Off a Live Tile
73(1)
Personalizing the Lock Screen
74(1)
Changing the Lock Screen Background
75(1)
Adding Apps to the Lock Screen
76(2)
Changing Your Account Picture
78(1)
Configuring Other Windows Settings
79(1)
Using the Traditional Control Panel
80(2)
Setting Up Additional Accounts
82(1)
Setting Up a New Account with a Microsoft Account
82(3)
Setting Up a New Local Account
85(1)
Switching a Microsoft Account to a Local Account
86(2)
Logging in with a Traditional Password
88(1)
Logging in with a PIN Code
89(1)
Logging in with a Picture Password
89(2)
Switching Users
91(1)
Logging Out
91(1)
Logging In with Multiple Users
92(3)
6 Working with Files, Folders, and Disks
95(16)
Understanding Files and Folders
96(1)
Using File Explorer
96(1)
Launching File Explorer
97(1)
Exploring the File Explorer Window
97(1)
Working with Ribbons and Tabs
98(1)
Navigating the Folders on Your PC
98(1)
Viewing Files and Folders
99(1)
Changing the Way Files Are Displayed
99(1)
Sorting Files and Folders
100(1)
Grouping Files and Folders
100(1)
Working with Libraries
101(1)
Searching for Files
101(1)
Performing Basic File and Folder Operations
102(1)
Creating New Folders
102(1)
Renaming Files and Folders
103(1)
Copying Files
103(1)
Moving Files
104(1)
Deleting Files
105(1)
Working with the Recycle Bin
105(1)
Restoring Deleted Files
105(1)
Managing the Recycle Bin
106(1)
Working with Compressed Folders
106(1)
Compressing a File
107(1)
Extracting Files from a Compressed Folder
107(1)
Copying Files to Another Computer
108(1)
Copying Files over a Network
108(1)
Copying Files with a Portable Drive
108(1)
Copying Files via Email
109(2)
III Setting Up the Rest of Your Computer System
7 Connecting Other Devices to Your PC---and Your PC to Other Devices
111(8)
Most Popular Peripherals
112(1)
Adding New Hardware to Your System
113(2)
Connecting Portable Devices to Your PC
115(1)
Connecting Your PC to Your Living Room TV
116(3)
8 Working with Printers and Scanners
119(8)
Selecting the Right Printer for Your Needs
120(1)
Understanding Inkjet Printers
120(1)
Understanding Laser Printers
121(1)
Black and White or Color?
122(1)
Understanding Multifunction Printers
122(1)
Adding a Printer to Your System
123(1)
Connecting a Printer Directly to Your Computer
123(1)
Connecting a Printer to Your Network
123(1)
Printing to Your System's Printer
124(1)
Making Digital Copies with a Scanner
125(2)
9 Adding Storage and Backup
127(8)
Understanding External Storage
128(1)
Connecting an External Hard Drive
129(1)
Backing Up Your Important Files
130(1)
Backing Up to an External Hard Drive
130(1)
Using Windows 8's File History Utility
130(2)
Backing Up Online
132(3)
10 Setting Up a Home Network
135(14)
How Networks Work
136(1)
Wired Networks
136(1)
Wireless Networks
136(1)
Connecting and Configuring
137(1)
Setting Up a Wireless Network in Your Home
137(1)
How It Works
138(1)
What You Need
139(1)
Making the Connections
139(1)
Connecting Your Computer to Your New Network
140(1)
Connecting via Ethernet
140(1)
Connecting Wirelessly
140(1)
Adding Your Computer to a HomeGroup
141(2)
Accessing Computers on Your Network
143(1)
Accessing HomeGroup Computers
144(1)
Accessing Other Computers on Your Network
144(1)
Managing Your Network
145(4)
IV Using the Internet
11 Connecting to the Internet---at Home and on the Road
149(8)
Different Types of Connections in the Home
150(1)
Broadband DSL
150(1)
Broadband Cable
151(1)
FiOS Broadband
151(1)
Broadband Satellite
151(1)
Sharing an Internet Connection
151(1)
Connecting to a Public Wi-Fi Hotspot
152(2)
Activating Airplane Mode
154(3)
12 Using Internet Explorer to Surf the Web
157(10)
Understanding the Web
158(1)
Using Internet Explorer
158(3)
Basic Web Surfing
161(1)
Revisiting Your Favorite Web Pages
161(1)
Using Tabbed Browsing
162(1)
InPrivate Browsing
163(1)
Searching from the Browser
163(1)
Using the Desktop Version of Internet Explorer
164(3)
13 Searching and Researching Online
167(12)
How to Search the Web
168(1)
Constructing a Query
168(1)
Searching for an Exact Phrase
168(1)
Where to Search
169(1)
Google---The Most Popular Search Site on the Web
169(1)
Bing---Microsoft's Answer to Google
170(2)
Other Search Sites
172(1)
Searching for People and Businesses
172(1)
Using Wikipedia for Research
173(1)
Understanding Wikipedia
173(1)
Searching Wikipedia
173(2)
Reading Wikipedia Articles
175(4)
14 Shopping and Selling Online
179(22)
How to Shop Online
180(4)
Step 1 Find an Online Store
180(1)
Step 2 Find a Product
181(1)
Step 3 Examine the Product
182(1)
Step 4 Order the Product
182(1)
Step 5 Check Out
183(1)
Step 6 Confirm the Order
184(1)
How to Shop Safely
184(1)
Buying and Selling on eBay
185(1)
Who Sells on eBay?
186(1)
How Does an eBay Auction Work?
186(2)
eBay Bidding, Step-by-Step
188(2)
Buy It Quick with Buy It Now
190(1)
Protecting Yourself Against Fraudulent Sellers
191(1)
eBay Selling, Step-by-Step
191(2)
Buying and Selling on Craigslist
193(1)
Understanding Online Classifieds
193(1)
Browsing the Listings
194(2)
Buying on Craigslist
196(1)
Listing an Item for Sale
197(1)
Making the Sale
198(3)
15 Managing Your Finances Online
201(12)
Using Windows 8's Finance App
202(3)
Doing Your Banking Online
205(1)
How Online Banking Works
205(1)
Using Your Bank's Website
206(2)
Using Quicken or Mint to Manage Your Finances
208(1)
Paying Your Bills Online
209(1)
How Online Bill Pay Works
209(1)
Discovering Online Bill Payment Services
210(3)
V Communicating Online
16 Sending and Receiving Email
213(14)
How Email Works
214(1)
POP Email Versus Web Mail
214(1)
POP Email
214(1)
Web Mail
215(1)
Using Gmail
216(1)
Navigating Gmail
216(1)
Reading Messages
217(1)
Viewing Conversations
217(1)
Replying to a Message
217(1)
Composing a New Message
218(1)
Sending Files via Gmail
219(1)
Dangers of File Attachments
219(1)
Attaching a File in Gmail
219(1)
Opening an Attachment in Gmail
220(1)
Managing Your Email with Windows 8's Mail App
221(1)
Checking Your Inbox
221(2)
Sending New Messages
223(1)
Adding Another Email Account
224(3)
17 Social Networking with Facebook
227(20)
How Social Networking Works
228(1)
Connecting via Social Networks
228(1)
Finding Friends
228(1)
Getting to Know Facebook
229(1)
Signing Up for a Facebook Account
229(2)
Signing In to Your Facebook Account
231(1)
Understanding Facebook's Home Page
231(3)
Using the Facebook Toolbar
234(1)
Keeping Tabs on Friends
235(1)
Finding Friends from Your Past
235(2)
Finding Friends via Email
237(1)
Viewing Friends' Profiles
237(1)
Keeping in Touch with Status Updates
238(1)
Posting Status Updates
238(2)
Commenting On and Liking Posts
240(1)
Sharing Photos
241(1)
Uploading Photos to Facebook
241(1)
Viewing Photos
242(1)
Understanding Facebook Privacy
243(1)
Controlling Your Default Privacy
244(1)
Setting Custom Sharing Options
245(2)
18 More Social Networking with Google+, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Twitter
247(20)
Using Google+
248(1)
Who Uses Google+?
248(1)
Joining Google+
248(1)
Navigating Google+
248(1)
Viewing the Stream
249(1)
Understanding Circles
250(1)
Posting to Google+
251(1)
Using Pinterest
251(1)
What Pinterest Is and What It Does
251(1)
Joining Pinterest
252(1)
Navigating the Pinterest Site
253(1)
Pinning Items to a Pinboard
254(1)
Repinning Existing Items
255(1)
Creating New Pinboards
255(1)
Viewing Pinboards and Pins
256(1)
Following Other Users
257(1)
Using LinkedIn
257(1)
Creating an Account
258(1)
Personalizing Your Profile
258(1)
Finding New Connections
259(1)
Contacting Other LinkedIn Members
260(1)
Using Twitter
261(1)
Joining and Using Twitter
261(1)
Tweeting with Twitter
262(1)
Following Other Users
262(1)
Customizing Your Profile
263(1)
Using Social Networks---Smartly and Safely
263(1)
Protecting Your Children
264(1)
Protecting Yourself
264(3)
19 Managing Your Social Activity in Windows
267(10)
Understanding the People App
268(1)
Adding Accounts to the People App
268(1)
Using the People App
269(1)
Viewing Posts by Person
270(2)
Viewing What's New
272(2)
Viewing Posts and Information About Yourself
274(3)
VI Working with Apps
20 Understanding and Using Windows Apps
277(10)
Using Apps in Windows 8
278(1)
Searching for Apps
278(1)
Displaying All Apps
279(1)
Pinning Apps to the Start Screen
280(1)
Switching Between Apps
280(2)
Working with Windows 8 Apps
282(1)
Viewing and Configuring App Options
282(1)
Closing an Open App
282(1)
Working with Traditional Software Apps
283(1)
Using Menus
283(1)
Using Toolbars and Ribbons
284(1)
Closing an Open App
285(2)
21 Exploring Windows 8's Built-in Apps
287(14)
Discovering Windows 8's Apps and Utilities
288(4)
Working with Popular Apps
292(1)
Maps
292(1)
News
293(3)
Weather
296(1)
Windows Reader
297(4)
22 Finding and Installing New Apps
301(8)
Finding and Installing Apps from the Windows Store
302(2)
Finding and Installing Apps from Your Local Retailer
304(1)
Finding and Installing Apps Online
305(1)
Understanding Cloud Computing Apps
306(3)
VII Doing Fun and Useful Things with Your PC
23 Doing Office Work
309(22)
Working with Microsoft Office
310(1)
Using Office on the Desktop
310(1)
Using Office on the Web
311(1)
Which Version of Office Should You Use?
312(1)
Word Processing with Microsoft Word
313(1)
Exploring the Word Workspace
313(2)
Working with Documents
315(1)
Entering Text
316(1)
Editing Text
316(1)
Formatting Text
316(1)
Checking Spelling and Grammar
317(1)
Printing Your Document
317(1)
Working with Pictures
317(1)
Number Crunching with Microsoft Excel
318(1)
Exploring the Excel Workspace
319(1)
Entering Data
320(1)
Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns
320(1)
Adjusting Column Width
320(1)
Using Formulas and Functions
321(1)
Including Other Cells in a Formula
322(1)
Quick Addition with AutoSum
322(1)
Using Functions
323(1)
Formatting Your Spreadsheet
324(1)
Creating a Chart
325(1)
Giving Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint
326(1)
Exploring the PowerPoint Workspace
326(1)
Applying a Theme
327(1)
Inserting New Slides
328(1)
Adding and Formatting Text
328(1)
Start the Show!
328(1)
Exploring Other Office Suites
329(2)
24 Staying Organized
331(8)
Using Windows 8's Calendar App
332(1)
Displaying Different Views
332(2)
Creating a New Appointment
334(1)
Using Web-Based Calendars
335(1)
Using Web-Based To-Do Lists
336(3)
25 Viewing and Sharing Digital Photos
339(14)
Transferring Pictures from Your Digital Camera
340(1)
Connecting via USB
340(1)
Transferring Pictures from a Memory Card
340(1)
Scanning a Picture
341(1)
Viewing Your Photos in Windows
341(3)
Editing Your Digital Photos
344(2)
Printing Your Photos
346(1)
Choosing the Right Printer and Paper
346(1)
Making the Print
347(1)
Printing Photos Professionally
348(1)
Sharing Photos at an Online Photo Site
349(1)
Emailing Digital Photos
350(3)
26 Playing Music in Windows
353(16)
Using the Music App
354(2)
Playing Music from Your Library
356(1)
Viewing Your Music Library
356(2)
Playing Music
358(2)
Purchasing Music Online
360(3)
Playing, Ripping, and Burning Music CDs
363(1)
Playing a CD
363(1)
Ripping a CD to Your Music Library
364(1)
Burning Your Own CDs
365(4)
27 Playing Music with iTunes
369(14)
Navigating iTunes
370(3)
Playing Music from Your Library
373(1)
Downloading Music from the iTunes Store
373(1)
Navigating the iTunes Store
373(2)
Purchasing Items from the iTunes Store
375(1)
Using iTunes to Play, Rip, and Burn CDs
376(1)
Playing a CD
376(1)
Ripping Songs from CD to Your PC
376(2)
Burning Your Own CDs
378(1)
Syncing Music from Your PC to Your iPod or iPhone
379(1)
Getting Connected
379(1)
Configuring Sync Options
380(1)
Syncing Your Music
381(2)
28 Playing Music Online
383(10)
Listening to Streaming Music Online
384(1)
Understanding Streaming Music Services
384(1)
Exploring Streaming Music Services
384(1)
Getting to Know Spotify
385(2)
Listening to Internet Radio
387(1)
Exploring Web-Only Radio Stations
388(1)
Listening to AM/FM and Satellite Radio Online
389(4)
29 Watching Videos in Windows
393(12)
Using the Windows 8 Video App
394(2)
Viewing Movies in Your Collection
396(2)
Purchasing Movies and TV Programming
398(2)
Making Your Own Home Movies
400(1)
Connecting Your Camcorder to Your PC
400(1)
Choosing a Video-Editing Program
401(1)
Playing DVD Movies on Your PC
402(3)
30 Watching TV and Movies Online
405(8)
Looking for Videos on the Web
406(1)
Videos on Regular Websites
406(1)
Video-Only Websites
407(1)
Viewing Videos on YouTube
408(1)
Searching for Videos
409(1)
Viewing Videos
409(1)
Sharing Videos
410(1)
Uploading Your Own Videos to YouTube
411(2)
VIII Keeping Your System Up and Running
31 Protecting Against Computer Attacks, Malware, and Spam
413(12)
Safeguarding Your System from Computer Viruses
414(1)
Signs of Infection
414(1)
How to Catch a Virus
414(1)
Practicing Safe Computing
415(1)
Disinfecting Your System with Antivirus Software
416(1)
Hunting Down Spy ware
417(1)
Defending Against Computer Attacks
418(1)
Using the Windows Firewall
418(1)
Using Third-Party Firewall Software
419(1)
Fighting Email Spam
419(1)
Protecting Your Email Address
419(1)
Blocking Spammers in Your Email Programs
420(1)
Resisting Phishing Scams
420(1)
Shielding Your Children from Inappropriate Content
421(1)
Using Content-Filtering Software
421(1)
Kids-Safe Searching
422(1)
Encouraging Safe Computing
422(3)
32 Performing Routine Maintenance and Dealing with
Common Problems
425(1)
Maintaining Your Computer
426(1)
Cleaning Up Unused Files
426(1)
Removing Unused Programs
427(1)
Making Your Hard Disk Run Better by Defragmenting
428(1)
Performing a Hard Disk Checkup with ScanDisk
429(1)
Using the Windows Action Center
430(1)
Keeping Your Hardware in Tip-Top Condition
431(1)
System Unit
431(1)
Keyboard
431(1)
Display
432(1)
Printer
433(1)
Maintaining a Notebook PC
433(1)
Using the Windows Mobility Center
433(1)
Conserving Battery Life
434(1)
Securing Your Notebook
435(1)
How to Troubleshoot Computer Problems
435(1)
Troubleshooting in Safe Mode
436(1)
What to Do When Windows Freezes or Crashes
437(1)
What Causes Windows to Freeze?
437(1)
Dealing with Frozen Windows
438(1)
Dealing with a Frozen Program
438(1)
Dealing with a Major Crash
439(1)
Restoring, Resetting, or Refreshing Your System
440(1)
Restoring Your System to a Previous State
440(1)
Refreshing System Files
441(1)
Resetting Your System to Its Original Condition
442(3)
Index 445