9780789742278

Easy Computer Basics, Windows 7 Edition

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  • Copyright: 9/1/2009
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Summary

Millions of beginner-to-intermediate-level PC users will be searching for the easiest possible way to master their new Windows 7 computers - and, with Easy Computer Basics, Windows 7 Edition, you'll find exactly what you're looking for. This full-color, utterly simple, step-by-step book has been carefully crafted to provide instant access to the tasks they every novice or casual computer user needs to master.

Like all textbooks in the Easy series, it's designed to teach visually: you never have to work your way through lengthy text explanations. This easy-to-use guide teaches users the fundamentals to help them get the most from their computer hardware and software. Fully illustrated steps with simple instructions guide readers through each task, building the skills they need to perform the most common computer tasks.

Author Biography

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 90 best-selling books over the past two decades. His books for Que include Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics, Absolute Beginner’s Guide to eBay, How Microsoft Windows Vista Works, Speed It Up: A Non-Technical Guide to Speeding Up Slow Computers, Your First Notebook PC, and Googlepedia: The Ultimate Google Resource. 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.

 

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Understanding How Your Computer Works.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . 1

    The Parts of Your Computer System.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

    Getting to Know Your Computer.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

    Connectors.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

    Memory Card Reader.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

    Keyboard.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

    Touchpad.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

    Hard Disk Drives: Long-Term Storage.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

    CD and DVD Drives.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

    Sound. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

    Video.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

    Printers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

    Scanners.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

CHAPTER 2 Setting Up and Using Your PC .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

    Typical Desktop PC Connections.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

    Setting Up a Desktop PC.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

    Setting Up a Notebook PC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

    Powering On.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

    Logging On to Windows 7.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

    Shutting Down.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

    Running on Batteries.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

    Adding New Devices to Your System.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25

CHAPTER 3 Using Microsoft Windows 7.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

    Exploring the Windows 7 Desktop.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

    Using the Mouse.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

    Scrolling a Window.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

    Maximizing, Minimizing, and Closing a Window.. . . . . 32

    Using Aero Snaps.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

    Using the Windows Start Menu.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

    Opening a Program.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

    Displaying and Peeking at the Desktop. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

    Switching Between Programs.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

    Managing the Windows Taskbar.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

    Working with Gadgets.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

    Managing Drives with Computer Explorer.. . . . . . . . . . . 42

    Using Menus.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

    Using Toolbars and Ribbons.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

    Managing Windows with the Control Panel.. . . . . . . . . . 45

    Changing Desktop Themes.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

    Changing the Color Scheme.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

    Using a Screensaver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

    Personalizing the Desktop Background.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

    Creating a Desktop Slideshow.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

    Setting Up Additional Users.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

    Downloading Windows Live Applications.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

    Getting Help in Windows.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

CHAPTER 4 Working with Files and Folders.. . . . . . . . 57

    Windows Explorer.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

    Changing the Way Files Are Displayed.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

    Sorting Files and Folders.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

    Navigating Folders.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

    Navigating with the Navigation Pane.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

    Creating a New Folder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

    Renaming a File or Folder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

    Copying a File or Folder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

    Moving a File or Folder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

    Deleting a File or Folder.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67

    Restoring Deleted Files.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

    Emptying the Recycle Bin.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69

    Working with Libraries.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70

    Creating a New Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71

    Compressing a File.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

    Extracting Files from a Compressed Folder.. . . . . . . . . . 74

CHAPTER 5 Using Microsoft Word.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75

    The Word 2007 Workspace.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76

    Navigating Word 2007.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

    Creating a New Document. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79

    Saving a Document.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81

    Opening an Existing Document.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

    Entering Text.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83

    Cutting/Copying and Pasting Text.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84

    Formatting Text.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85

    Formatting Paragraphs.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87

    Applying Styles.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

    Checking Your Spelling.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91

    Printing a Document.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

CHAPTER 6 Connecting to the Internet.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93

    How the Internet Works.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94

    Connecting a Broadband Modem.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

    Setting Up a New Home Internet Connection.. . . . . . . 97

    Connecting to an Internet WiFi Hotspot.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

CHAPTER 7 Browsing the Web.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101

    Internet Explorer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102

    Surfing the Web with Internet Explorer.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103

    Saving Your Favorite Pages.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107

    Returning to a Favorite Page.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108

    Revisiting History.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109

    Searching the Web with Google.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110

    Finding News and Other Information Online.. . . . . . . . . 111

    Shopping for Bargains at Shopping.com.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115

    Bidding for Items on eBay.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117

    Buying Items on craigslist.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119

    Selling Items on craigslist.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121

    Watching Web Videos on YouTube.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

    Uploading Your Own YouTube Videos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125

CHAPTER 8 Communicating Online. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127

    Gmail.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128

    Setting Up a Gmail Account.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129

    Reading an Email Message.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131

    Replying to an Email Message.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 132

    Composing a New Email Message.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133

    Sending a File via Email.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 134

    Managing Gmail Messages.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

    Adding Gmail Contacts.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 136

    Downloading AOL Instant Messenger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137

    Instant Messaging with AOL Instant Messenger..                                             . 138

    Adding Buddies in AOL Instant Messenger. . . . . . . . . . 139

    Micro-Blogging with Twitter.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140

    Following Other Twitter Users. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141

    Setting Up a Facebook Account.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143

    Managing Your Facebook Profile Page. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144

CHAPTER 9 Setting Up a Wireless Home Network.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  . . . . 145

    How a Wireless Network Works. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146

    Setting Up Your Network’s Main PC.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147

    Connecting Additional PCs to Your Wireless

    Network.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 149

    Managing Your Network with the Network and

    Sharing Center.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150

    Enabling Public Folder and Printer Sharing.. . . . . . . . . . 151

    Adding a Computer to a HomeGroup.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153

    Accessing Other Computers on Your Network. . . . 155

    Installing a Network Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157

    Printing to a Network Printer.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160

CHAPTER 10 Playing Mu sic and Movies.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

    Windows Media Player.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

    Playing a CD with Windows Media Player.. . . . . . . . . . . . 163

    Ripping a CD to Your Hard Disk.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 165

    Creating a Playlist. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167

    Playing a Playlist.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

    Burning a Music CD.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170

    Connecting an iPod to Your PC.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171

    Creating iPod Playlists.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

    Downloading Music from the iTunes Store.. . . . . . . . . . . 175

    Playing a DVD.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177

    Creating a Home Movie DVD.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

CHAPTER 11 Working with Digital Photos.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 181

    Windows Photo Gallery.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182

    Transferring Pictures from a Digital Camera.. . . . .                                 . . 183

    Transferring Pictures from a Memory Card.. . . . . .                                        . . . 185

    Scanning a Picture.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189

    Viewing Photos with Windows Live Photo  Gallery.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193

    Cropping a Photo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 195

    Removing Red Eye.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196

    Adjusting Brightness and Contrast.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 197

    Adjusting Color and Hue. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198

    Printing a Photo.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199

    Ordering Prints Online.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201

CHAPTER 12 Protecting Your Computer.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203

    How a Firewall Works. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204

    Defending Against Computer Attacks with

    Windows Firewall.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205

    Removing Spyware with Windows Defender.. . . . . . 207

    Protecting Against Computer Viruses.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

    Protecting Against Phishing Scams.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210

    Reducing Email Spam. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 211

    Configuring User Account Control.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213

CHAPTER 13 Taking Care of Your Computer.. . . . . . . . 215

    Windows Action Center.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 216

    Backing Up Important Files.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217

    Restoring Your Computer After a Crash.. . . . . . . . . . . . . 219

    Deleting Unnecessary Files.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221

    Deleting Unused Programs.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222

    Defragmenting Your Hard Disk.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223

    Checking Your Hard Disk for Errors.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

    Managing Your Notebook’s Mobility Settings.. . . . . . 227

    Keeping Your Computer in Tip-Top Shape.. . . . . . . . . . . 228

G lossary.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229

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