Brilliant Laptops for the Over 50s Windows

Prentice Hall
Joli Ballew  
Total pages
April 2010

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Aimed at people over the age of 50 and written by an expert in the field, Joli Ballew, this book covers the topic of laptop computers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Introduction to laptops

  • Laptop advantages
  • Access media and games
  • Use the web to find your way
  • Entertain your grandchildren
  • Tablet PC support
  • Use your laptop ergonomically
  • Get started

Chapter 2 – Choosing and using a laptop

  • Things to consider when shopping for a laptop
  • Shopping checklist
  • Choosing a rugged laptop
  • Extended warranties

Chapter 3 – Exploring the outside of the laptop

  • Locate and use various features
  • Explore additional ports

Chapter 4 – Exploring the inside

  • Basic functionality
  • Keys common to most keyboards

Chapter 5 – Windows Vista

  • Starting and activating Windows Vista
  • Explore the Welcome Center
  • About Vista editions
  • Explore the desktop
  • Explore Vista
  • Explore the taskbar
  • Explore the Sidebar
  • Instant search
  • Shut down Windows

Chapter 6 – Tweaking the look of Windows Vista

  • Personalise the desktop with Aero
  • Windows backgrounds
  • Screen savers
  • Changing desktop icons
  • Screen resolution
  • Mouse/screen pointers
  • Font size

Chapter 7 – Configuring accessibility options

  • Configure the Narrator
  • Working with the Magnifier
  • Using the on-screen keyboard
  • Make the keyboard easier to use
  • Explore keyboard shortcuts
  • Explore additional ease of access options
  • Using speech recognition

Chapter 8 – Safety and security

  • User accounts and passwords
  • Protecting your laptop
  • Protecting your family and your data
  • Staying safe online
  • Help and support

Chapter 9 – Connecting to the Internet

  • Choose among dial-up, broadband, mobile, wireless, satellite
  • Configuring your home Internet connection
  • Creating a wireless satellite connection
  • Viewing and managing network connections
  • Using free WiFi hotspot

Chapter 10 – Working with media and media applications

  • Rip a CD in Media Player
  • Playing music in Media Player
  • Burn a CD in Media Player
  • Import pictures
  • Edit photos
  • Share photos
  • Watch DVDs
  • Burn a data DVD
  • Movie Maker basics
  • Watching live television
  • Record television

Chapter 11 – Instant and video messaging

  • Get  Live Messenger
  • Configure Live Messenger
  • Messaging
  • Voice and video communications

Chapter 12 – The Mobility Center

  • Explore Mobility Center
  • Extend battery life
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Exploring presentation settings
  • Sync Center
  • Using an external display

Chapter 13 – Maintaining and upgrading your laptop

  • Maintain your laptop
  • Upgrading your laptop

Chapter 14 - Avoiding laptop disasters

  • Commonsense precautions
  • Health precautions
  • Laptops and physical precautions Commonsense precautions
  • Health precautions
  • Laptops and physical precautions


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Troubleshooting guide

Back Cover

Everything you need to know to get the most out of your laptop.

Brilliant Laptops for the Over 50s, Windows 7 edition shows you everything that you will need to get up and running on your laptop in no time. Learn how to…

  • Make Microsoft Windows 7 work for you and customise it to suit your needs
  • Get the most out of Windows 7 applications, including Windows Aero
  • Manage your files and information
  • Perform searches to find your files and programs quickly
  • Browse the web
  • Enjoy your photos, videos and music using Windows Live Essentials
  • Protect your laptop from Internet or network intruders
  • Share files and media on a HomeGroup or network

Brilliant books provide quick and easy-to-access information. Features include:

Numbered step-by-step tasks

Visual screenshots

Expert tips, tricks and advice

Practical troubleshooting guide

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