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Brilliant Computer Basics By P. Macbride

Brilliant Computer Basics
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Brilliant Computer Basics by P. Macbride

When you are working on your PC and come up against a problem that you are unsure how to solve or want to accomplish something in application that you aren't sure how to do, where do you look? Manuals and traditional training guides are too unwieldy and make it hard to get to the info you need right away, and help-lines are rarely that helpful ! Brilliant guides allow you to find the info you need easily and without fuss and guide you through the task using a highly visual, step-by-step approach providing exactly what you need to know when you need it !! Brilliant guides provide with the quick, easy-to-access information that you need, using . *Detailed index and troubleshooting guide to help you find exactly what you need to know *Each task is presented on one or two pages *Numbered steps guide you through each task or problem *Numerous screenshots illustrate each step * See Also boxes point you to realted tasks and information in the book * Did you know ?...sections alert you to relevant expert tips, tricks and advice

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About P. Macbride

Matt Powell is Technical Editor on GigaHz magazine, a publication aimed at experienced computer users, which he helped to conceive and launch. He is responsible for commissioning and writing news, games and hardware reviews and ensuring that readers are kept informed of all the latest trends and developments. He joined Highbury Entertainment (formerly Paragon Publishing) three years ago when he worked on PC First Aid - a beginners guide to PCs, covering both hardware and software with an emphasis on tutorials. He was also responsible for compiling the cover disc for each issue acquiring a vast and comprehensive knowledge of the free and shareware applications available to UK readers. He then moved to work on PC Home where he did everything from hardware reviews to step-by-step guides and features. In addition, he has freelanced for Internet User, Ebuyer, Windows XP Made Easy, PC Basics, Digital Creative Arts, Digital Photographer, PC Essentials, Digital Photography Made Easy and Practical Internet.

Table of Contents

1) Introduction to your computer (6) Introduction/chapter summary BOXOUT: diagram(s) identifying common hardware components - CPU - Memory - Hard disk - Graphics card - CD/DVD drive - BIOS - Peripherals BOXOUT: Power supply and chassis, storage space ") Welcome to Windows Introduction/chapter summary The Windows desktop (18) TASK: Moving and arranging icons (1) TASK: Adding and removing toolbars (2) TASK: Taskbar properties (1) TASK: System tray icons (1) TASK: Using Quick Launch (1) TASK: Managing the Start Menu (4) TASK: Folders and editing folder options (4) TASK: Searching (4) Windows components (10) Task: My Computer (2) Task: My Documents (2) Task: My Network Places (2) Task: Registry (4) Boxout: diagram illustrating the Control Panel Boxout: Hidden registry settings Customising Windows (24) TASK: Windows themes (1) TASK: Customizing the desktop (background, icons) (6) TASK: Changing the screensaver (2) TASK: Choosing power options (4) TASK: Choosing a colour scheme (4) TASK: Setting display settings, (4) TASK: Choosing folder options (3) Boxout: Nvidia and ATi control panels Managing files (14) TASK: Moving and copying files (2) TASK: Deleting files (2) TASK: Creating new folders and shortcuts (2) TASK: Using the recycle bin (2) TASK: Searching (4) TASK: Selecting file types (2) Boxout: permanently deleting files 3) Security and Privacy Introduction/Chapter summary Securing Windows (8) TASK: Windows Update (4) TASK: Controlling services and background applications (6) TASK: Configure directory sharing (2) TASK: Windows Security Centre (4) Boxout: disable Security Centre Controlling User Access (10) TASK: Creating user accounts (2) TASK: Editing user accounts (2) TASK: Changing logon and log-off settings (2) TASK: Restricting access (4) Anti-Virus (8) TASK: Installing an anti-virus application (4) TASK: Configuring anti-virus (4) TASK: Scanning for viruses (2) TASK: What to do if a virus is found (2) Firewall (14) TASK: Windows firewall (4) TASK: Installing a firewall (2) TASK: Configuring a firewall (6) TASK: Blocking and allowing connections (2) Spyware (14) TASK: Installing anti-spyware tools (2) TASK: Configuring your spyware application (4) TASK: Scanning for spyware (4) TASK: Manually removing spyware (4) Boxout: Spam Protecting files and drives (18) TASK: Encrypting files (6) TASK: Encrypting and hiding drives (6) TASK: How to securely remove files (6) Boxout: Physical security 4) Software Introduction/Chapter summary Windows tools (10) TASK: Notepad (2) TASK: WordPad (2) TASK: Paint (2) TASK: Calculator (2) TASK: Address Book (2) Managing applications (22) TASK: Downloading software (2) TASK: How to install programs (6) TASK: Configuring applications (4) TASK: Applying patches and updates (4) TASK: Removing software (6) Boxout: Freeware and shareware Boxout: Free alternatives 5) Hardware Introduction/Chapter summary Installing new hardware (26) TASK: Installing a graphics card (6) TASK: Upgrade your memory (4) TASK: Fit a new hard disk (6) TASK: Install a CD or DVD drive (6) TASK: Change the PSU (4) Boxout: Safety Tips Boxout: Drivers Configuring hardware (18) TASK: How to use Device Manager (6) TASK: Configuration and tweaking (8) TASK: Computer Management (4) 6) Internet Introduction/Chapter summary Getting online (16) TASK: Choosing a service provider (4) TASK: Installing a modem (6) TASK: Connecting (6) Browsing the web (10) TASK: Installing a web browser (2) TASK: Navigating web sites (4) TASK: Using a search engine (4) Boxout: website security Email (26) TASK: Configuring an email application (6) TASK: Using web mail (6) TASK: Sending email (6) TASK: Receiving email (4) TASK: Deal with Spam (4) Instant Messaging (14) TASK: Register for IM (2) TASK: Download and configure a client (6) TASK: Using IM (6) 7) Multimedia Introduction/Chapter summary Images (16) TASK: Viewing pictures (2) TASK: Editing images (4) TASK: Transfer digital camera photos (4) TASK: Create a photo slideshow (6) Music (18) TASK: Listening to music (2) TASK: Internet radio stations (4) TASK: Ripping CDs (6) TASK: How to create audio CDs (6) Boxout: Codecs Video (22) TASK: Watching videos (4) TASK: Streaming Internet video (4) TASK: Ripping DVD video (6) TASK: How to make a DVD (8) 8) Maintenance Introduction/chapter summary Safeguard your files (18) Task: File compression and archiving (8) Task: Backing up your files (4) Task: Using System Restore (6) Windows maintenance tools (18) TASK: Safe Mode (4) TASK: Defragmenting (4) TASK: Scandisk (4) TASK: Recovery Console (6) Boxout: Saving Energy Boxout: Hardware maintenance tips Glossary (6) Troubleshooting Guide (6)

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Brilliant Computer Basics by P. Macbride
P. Macbride
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Pearson Education (US)
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