Computer Basics Windows 7 Edition In Simple Steps

Prentice Hall
Joli Ballew  
Total pages
June 2010

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Discover everything you want to know about using your computer in this easy-to-use guide - from the most essential tasks that you'll want to perform, to solving the most common problems you'll encounter.

Table of Contents

Contents at a Glance


Top 10 Tips to Get You Started


Chapter 1 – Set Up a PC or Laptop

  • Connect a USB mouse and keyboard
  • Locate and press the power button
  • Connect and install a USB printer
  • Connect additional hardware


Chapter 2 – First Steps

  • Explore the Getting Started window
  • Open an application
  • Open a window
  • Shut down windows safely


Chapter 3 – Explore Windows 7 Applications

  • Write a letter with Notepad
  • Reopen a saved file
  • View sample pictures
  • Empty the Recycle Bin



Chapter 4 – Work with Files and Folders

  • Create a folder on the desktop
  • Open a saved file
  • Search for a lost file
  • Back up a folder (or file) to an external drive



Chapter 5 – Work with Windows

  • Change the view in a window
  • Restore a window
  • Move a window
  • Reposition a window to take up half the screen


Chapter 6 – Personalize Windows 7

  • Add desktop icons
  • Create a shortcut on the desktop
  • Search for anything from the Start menu
  • Configure the Taskbar


Chapter 7 – Surf the Internet

  • Open a Web site in Internet Explorer
  • Set a Home page
  • Mark a Favorite
  • Stay safe online


Chapter 8 – Get Windows Live Essentials

  • Download and install Windows Live Essentials
  • Get a Windows Live ID
  • Sign in
  • Open Windows Live Photo Gallery


Chapter 9 – Windows Live Mail

  • Set up a Windows Live e-mail account
  • Compose and send a new email
  • Attach something to an email using Attach
  • Add a contact


Chapter 10 – Work with Media

  • Open Media Player and locate music
  • Listen to a song
  • View pictures in Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Open Media Center


Chapter 11 – Connect to your Home Network

  • Create the connection
  • Enable Network Discovery
  • Access the Public folder
  • Diagnose Connection Problems


Chapter 12 – Manage Computer Resources and Connected Devices

  • Use ReadyBoost
  • Use Disk Defragmenter
  • Change what happens when you press the power button or close the lid
  • Manage all connected devices


Chapter 13 – Stay Secure

  • Require a password
  • Scan for viruses with Windows Defender
  • Enable the Firewall
  • Create a basic backup


Chapter 14 – Fix Problems

  • Use System Restore
  • Disable unwanted start up items
  • Resolve internet connectivity problems
  • Uninstall unwanted programs



Top Ten Problems Solved


Back Cover

Use your computer with confidence 


This practical book will have you achieving immediate results using:


  • a friendly, visual approach
  • simple language
  • practical, task-based examples
  • large, full-colour screenshots.


Discover everything you want to know about using your computer in this easy- to- use guide; from the most essential tasks that you’ll want to perform, to solving the most common problems you’ll encounter.


Practical. Simple. Fast.



Get the most out of your computer with practical tips on every page:


·        ALERT:  Solutions to common problems

·        HOT TIPS: Time-saving shortcuts

·        SEE ALSO: Related tasks and information

·        DID YOU KNOW? Additional features to explore

·        WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Jargon explained in plain English