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Easy PCs : see it done, do it yourself
Gertler, Nat.
Personal Author:
Sixth edition.
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, Ind. : Que, [1999]

Physical Description:
vii, 208 pages : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
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QA76.5 .G3998 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Covering the most commonly used features of PCs, this guide is designed for users who learn best from a visual, step-by-step approach. The screen shots in this 6th edition have been updated to Windows 98.

Author Notes

Nat Gertler writes comic books, computer books, prose fiction, magazine columns, and much more. He also freelances as a web page designer. In the past, he s been a computer programmer, quality engineer, in-house support guru, janitor, and performer on TV and on stage.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Understanding PC Basics
1 Understanding What a PC Is
2 Recognizing PC Types
3 Understanding Hardware and Software
4 Understanding Computer Processes
5 Naming the Parts of Your PC
6 Looking at the System Unit
7 Understanding What the CPU Does
8 Understanding CPU Types: Pentium and Others
9 Understanding Megahertz and CPU Speed
10 Understanding the Motherboard
11 Measuring Data
12 Using RAM and ROM
13 Using Your Hard Disk
14 Using CD-ROMs and DVDs
15 Using Your Floppy Disk
16 Understanding Larger Removable Storage Devices
17 Using Expansion Cards
18 Using Your Printer
19 Handling Sound and Pictures
20 Scanning Pictures
Part 2 Getting and setting up your PC
1 Shopping for Your PC
2 Reading a PC Ad
3 Finding a Good Place for Your PC
4 Setting Up the Pieces of Your PC
5 Connecting Your Keyboard
6 Connecting Your Mouse
7 Connecting Your Monitor
8 Connecting Your Sound System
9 Connecting Your Modem
10 Connecting Your Printer
11 Connecting Your Power Cords
12 Turning On Your PC
Part 3 Understanding Windows
1 Understanding the Windows Operating System
2 Recognizing the Parts of the Windows Screen
3 Knowing Your Drive Names
4 Understanding Files
5 Understanding Folders
6 Naming the File Path
Part 4 Getting Comfortable with Windows
1 Starting Windows
2 Recognizing the Parts of a Window
3 Moving the Pointer
4 Dragging with the Mouse
5 Clicking
6 Starting Programs from the Start Menu
7 Using a Start Submenu
8 Turning Off the Computer
9 Opening and Closing a Window
10 Selecting a Window
11 Resizing a Window
12 Moving a Window
13 Hiding a Window
14 Understanding Scrollbars
15 Scrolling Through Your Document
16 Jumping to Another Part of Your Document
17 Using the Mouse Wheel
18 Using a Menu
19 Using a Submenu
20 Using Shortcut Menus
21 Typing
22 Using Combination Keys
23 Typing Menu Commands
24 Using Caps Lock and Num Lock Keys
25 Using Cursor Keys
26 Finding Other Special Keys
27 Closing a Windows Program
Part 5 Interacting with Windows
1 Understanding Dialog Boxes
2 Selecting Options in a Dialog Box
3 Using Dialog Box Lists
4 Entering Words and Numbers in a Dialog Box
5 Using a Slider
6 Using Dialog Box Tabs
7 Closing a Dialog Box
8 Using a File Dialog Box
9 Getting Help with a Dialog Box
10 Opening Windows Help
11 Browsing the Contents of Windows Help
12 Searching the Help Index
13 Using the Help Information
14 Getting Help with a Program
15 Browsing Through Your Files
16 Opening a Document File
17 Opening a Program
18 Creating a New Folder
19 Moving a Document
20 Copying Files
21 Printing Documents
22 Deleting Documents
23 Undeleting Documents
24 Emptying the Recycle Bin
25 Creating a Shortcut
26 Playing Music CDs
27 Copying a Floppy Disk
28 Changing Your Mouse Speed
29 Setting Up for a Left-Handed User
30 Choosing Your Screen Saver
Part 6 Making Your PC Useful
1 Using a Word Processor
2 Using a Spreadsheet
3 Using a Database
4 Using Program Suites
5 Using Paint, Draw, and Other Computer Art Programs
6 Using Desktop Publishing and Other Design Programs
7 Using Financial Software
8 Using Games Software
9 Installing Programs
10 Removing Programs
Part 7 Email, the Web, and More
1 Understanding Your Modem
2 Sending a Fax
3 Using Online Services
4 Understanding the Internet
5 Setting Up for the Internet
6 Picking an Internet Service Provider
7 Choosing a Price Plan
8 Setting Up Your ISP
9 Understanding the World Wide Web
10 Understanding Web Addresses
11 Browsing the Web
12 Using Newsgroups
13 Sending and Receiving Email
14 Downloading Programs
15 Installing Downloaded Programs
16 Putting Up Your Own Web Site
Part 8 Taking Care of Your PC
1 Starting the Backup Program
2 Choosing a Full or Incremental Backup
3 Backing Up Your Files
4 Restoring a Backed Up File
5 Checking for Hard Disk Errors
6 Speeding Up Your Hard Disk
7 Cleaning Your Mouse
8 Performing Weekly Maintenance
9 Performing Monthly Maintenance
10 Restarting Windows
11 Creating a Startup Disk
12 Handling Problems
13 Solving Printer Problems
14 Saving Electricity
15 Understanding Upgrades