Computing Fundamentals: Introduction to Computers
By: Faithe Wempen (author)Paperback
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The absolute beginner's guide to learning basic computer skills Computing Fundamentals, Introduction to Computers gets you up to speed on basic computing skills, showing you everything you need to know to conquer entry-level computing courses. Written by a Microsoft Office Master Instructor, this useful guide walks you step-by-step through the most important concepts and skills you need to be proficient on the computer, using nontechnical, easy-to-understand language. You'll start at the very beginning, getting acquainted with the actual, physical machine, then progress through the most common software at your own pace. You'll learn how to navigate Windows 8.1, how to access and get around on the Internet, and how to stay connected with email. Clear instruction guides you through Microsoft Office 2013, helping you create documents in Word, spreadsheets in Excel, and presentations in PowerPoint. You'll even learn how to keep your information secure with special guidance on security and privacy. Maybe you're preparing for a compulsory computing course, brushing up for a new job, or just curious about how a computer can make your life easier.
If you're an absolute beginner, this is your complete guide to learning the essential skills you need: * Understand the basics of how your computer works * Learn your way around Windows 8.1 * Create documents, spreadsheets, and presentations * Send email, surf the Web, and keep your data secure With clear explanations and step-by-step instruction, Computing Fundamentals, Introduction to Computers will have you up and running in no time.
Faithe Wempen, M.A., is a Microsoft Office Master Instructor and A+ certified computer technician, and the author of more than 120 books on computer hardware and software. An adjunct instructor of Computer Information Technology at Purdue University, she has also written and taught online technology courses that have educated over a quarter of a million students for corporate clients including Hewlett-Packard, CNET, and Sony.
Introduction 1 Part I: Computer Basics and Hardware 7 Chapter 1: Computer Basics 9 Chapter 2: The System Unit 31 Chapter 3: Input, Output, and Storage 63 Part II: Software 105 Chapter 4: Operating System Basics 107 Chapter 5: Introduction to Windows 8.1 137 Chapter 6: Windows 8.1 Administration and Maintenance 175 Chapter 7: Understanding Application Software 211 Part III: Microsoft Office 243 Chapter 8: Understanding Microsoft Office 2013 245 Chapter 9: Word Processing with Microsoft Word 277 Chapter 10: Creating Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel 327 Chapter 11: Managing Databases with Access 373 Chapter 12: Creating Presentation Graphics with PowerPoint 405 Part IV: Connectivity and Communication 441 Chapter 13: Networking and Internet Basics 443 Chapter 14: Online Communication 475 Chapter 15: Web Basics 511 Chapter 16: Network and Internet Privacy and Security 545 Chapter 17: Legal, Ethical, Health, and Environmental Issues in Computing 577 Appendix A: Customizing Windows 8.1 601 Answers to Chapter Questions 637 Glossary 645 Index 673
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