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Practical Computing

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Edition:
1st
ISBN13:

9780131441330

ISBN10:
0131441337
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2005
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

Appropriate for all beginning-level courses in personal computing. Practical Computing has been crafted to address the unique challenges novices face in mastering PCs. It combines user-friendly design, creative multimedia tools, and a focus on useful skills students can apply immediately, either at home or in the workplace. Lynn Hogan helps you ease students into computing, building their confidence as they learn about hardware, software, and the Internet. The book is organized to reflect the way new users typically explore their personal computers. Hogan first explains what computers do and how they function. She introduces the concept of software; then explains what Microsoft Windows does and how to work with it. Because many new users are frustrated by lost or missing files, Hogan carefully addresses managing files and folders. Next, students begin exploring the Internet and emailwith coverage of skills, concepts, and ethical issues. The book contains a full section on creating documents, spreadsheets, simple databases, graphics, and presentations with Microsoft Office. Throughout, Hogan draws upon her extensive experience teaching beginners, as well as the input of many other computer literacy instructors. Instructors have access to a comprehensive CD-ROM containing Instructors Manuals in Word and PDF formats; solutions to all questions and exercises; multiple, customizable PowerPoint slide presentations; Computer Concepts animations; TechTV videos, and all image files displayed in the text.

Table of Contents

Understanding Your Personal Computer
1(28)
Introducing the Personal Computers
2(3)
Powering On a Computer System
5(1)
Taking a Tour
6(17)
Input
6(6)
Output
12(3)
System Unit
15(3)
Magnetic Disk Storage
18(2)
Optical Disc Storage
20(3)
Shutting Down Your System
23(1)
Setting Up a New Personal Computer
23(6)
Software
29(33)
Understanding System Software
30(12)
The Operating System
30(3)
Windows
33(4)
Mac OS
37(1)
UNIX
37(2)
Linux
39(1)
System Utilities
40(1)
Antivirus Software
40(1)
Other System Utilities
41(1)
Understanding Application Software
42(20)
Distribution Methods
42(1)
Commercial
42(1)
Freeware
42(1)
Shareware
43(1)
Public Domain
43(1)
Installing Software
43(3)
Uninstalling Software
46(1)
Running Software
47(1)
Getting Help
48(1)
Legal Issues
49(2)
Major Categories of Application Software
51(11)
Working with Windows
62(36)
Understanding the Windows Concept
63(1)
Knowing Your Way around the Desktop
64(5)
Icons
65(1)
Taskbar
65(2)
The Start Menu
67(1)
Toolbars on the Taskbar
68(1)
The System Tray and Clock
69(1)
Working with Programs and Windows
69(5)
Menus
70(1)
Dialog Boxes
71(2)
Other Windows Elements
73(1)
Understanding User Accounts
74(3)
Creating a User Account
74(1)
Modifying a User Account
75(1)
Switching between Accounts
76(1)
Managing Windows
77(6)
Minimizing a Window
77(1)
Maximizing a Window
78(1)
Restoring a Window
79(1)
Closing a Window
79(1)
Moving and Resizing a Window
80(1)
Working with More Than One Window at a Time
81(2)
Customizing Windows
83(5)
Setting the Clock
83(1)
Changing Display Settings
84(1)
Selecting a Background
84(1)
Selecting a Screen Saver
85(1)
Adjusting Screen Resolution
86(1)
Adjusting Mouse Double-Click Speed
87(1)
Adjusting Volume
88(1)
Getting Help
88(4)
Working with a Computer That Fails to Respond
92(6)
Understanding Files, Folders, and Disk Maintenance
98(26)
Understanding File and Folder Concepts
99(3)
Files
99(1)
Folders
100(2)
Using My Computer
102(5)
Viewing Contents of a Disk
102(1)
The View Menu
102(4)
File Types
106(1)
Maintaining Disks
107(8)
Using Disk Cleanup
108(2)
Routine Disk Maintenance
110(1)
Error Checking
111(1)
Disk Defragmenting
112(2)
The Scheduled Task Wizard
114(1)
Backing Up (Copying Files)
115(9)
Copying Files to a CD-R or CD-RW
116(8)
Working with Files and Folders
124(23)
Introducing Windows Explorer
125(3)
Creating Folders
128(2)
Renaming Folders
130(2)
Creating Files
132(1)
Renaming Files
133(2)
Deleting Folders and Files
135(1)
Understanding the Recycle Bin
136(1)
Sending Files to the Recycle Bin
136(1)
Managing the Recycle Bin
136(1)
Customizing the Recycle Bin
137(1)
Copying and Moving Files and Folders
137(1)
Selecting Multiple Files and Folders
138(2)
Finding Files and Folders
140(7)
The Internet
147(32)
Introducing the Internet
148(2)
Connecting to the Internet
150(7)
Computer Equipment
150(1)
Connection Type
151(1)
Dial-Up Modem
151(1)
Cable Modem
152(1)
Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN)
152(1)
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
152(1)
Wireless
153(1)
Internet TV
153(2)
Internet Service Providers
155(1)
Software
156(1)
Creating an Account with an Online Service
157(1)
Understanding Web Addresses
158(3)
Understanding Browsers
161(1)
Accessing Web Sites
162(2)
Introducing Web Sites
164(3)
Searching the Web
167(5)
Search Engines and Directories
167(2)
Phrasing the Search
169(3)
Using Favorites (Bookmarks) and the History List
172(2)
Understanding Societal Implications
174(5)
Working with the Internet
179(23)
Downloading Software
180(3)
Collecting and Printing Items from the Internet
183(4)
Collecting Text from the Internet to Save
184(2)
Selectively Printing from the Internet
186(1)
Capturing Clip Art
186(1)
Managing Plug-ins
187(2)
Understanding Privacy and Security Concerns
189(13)
Viruses
189(1)
Avoiding a Virus
190(1)
Virus Symptoms
191(1)
Removing a Virus
192(1)
Firewalls
193(1)
Understanding Adware and Spyware
194(2)
Cookies
196(1)
Digital Signatures
197(5)
E-mail
202(27)
Understanding E-mail
203(2)
E-mail Servers
203(2)
E-mail Clients
205(1)
Creating an E-mail Account
205(3)
Introducing Outlook Express
208(1)
Selecting Outlook Express as Your E-mail Client
209(1)
Sending E-mail
209(8)
Reading E-mail
217(1)
Working with Attachments
218(4)
Creating and Adding an Attachment to an E-mail Message
218(2)
Understanding File Compression Software
220(1)
Retrieving, Saving, and Opening Attachments
220(2)
Spam
222(2)
Practicing E-mail Etiquette
224(5)
Creating Documents (Using Microsoft Word 2002)
229(27)
Introducing Word Processing
230(1)
Creating and Managing Documents
230(15)
The Word Interface
232(1)
Document Views
232(1)
Title Bar
232(2)
Menu Bar, Toolbars, and the Ruler Bar
234(1)
Task Pane
235(1)
Status Bar
235(1)
Creating a Document
235(2)
Word Wrap
237(1)
Correcting Mistakes
237(1)
Checking Spelling and Grammar
237(1)
Saving a Document
238(1)
Saving a Document in a Different File Format
238(1)
Closing a Document
239(1)
Opening and Editing an Existing Document
240(1)
Printing a Document
240(3)
Print Preview
243(1)
Print Settings
243(1)
Creating a Document Using a Template
244(1)
Formatting Text, Paragraphs, and Documents
245(11)
Selecting Text
246(1)
Changing the Appearance of Characters
246(1)
Formatting Paragraphs
246(3)
Formatting Documents
249(7)
Creating Spreadsheets (Using Microsoft Excel 2002)
256(35)
Introducing Spreadsheet Software
257(3)
The Excel Interface
259(1)
Creating and Managing Workbooks
260(8)
Workbook Elements
260(2)
Navigating within a Worksheet
262(1)
Creating a Workbook
262(1)
Working with Multiple Worksheets
263(2)
Saving a Workbook
265(1)
Closing a Workbook
265(1)
Opening and Editing an Existing Workbook
265(1)
Changing Page Setup Options
265(3)
Printing a Workbook
268(1)
Selecting, Copying, and Moving Workbook Contents
268(6)
Selecting Ranges, Columns, and Rows
269(2)
Inserting and Deleting Columns and Rows
271(1)
Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Cell Contents
272(2)
Working with Formulas
274(7)
Creating Formulas
275(2)
Understanding the Order of Precedence
277(1)
Using Functions
277(1)
Working with Absolute and Relative Cell References
278(3)
Formatting a Workbook
281(10)
Using Spelling Check and AutoCorrect
281(1)
Aligning Data
282(1)
Formatting Numbers
282(1)
Adjusting Column Width
283(8)
Appendix: Checklist for Purchasing a Home Computer 291(1)
Interpreting Computer Advertisements 291(2)
Recommended Minimum Specifications 293(2)
Online or In-Store Purchase 295(2)
Glossary 297(8)
Credits 305(1)
Index 306


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