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Table of Contents
                            Computers For Seniors FOR DUMMIES®, 2nd Edition
	About the Author
	Author’s Acknowledgments
	Dedication
	Table of Contents
	Introduction
		About This Book
		Foolish Assumptions
		Why You Need This Book
		How This Book Is Organized
		Get Going!
	Part I: First Steps with Your Computer
		Chapter 1: Buying a Computer
			Understand All You Can Do with Computers
			Understand Hardware and Software
			Explore Types of Computers
			Choose a Version of Windows
			Choose a Price Range
			Select a Monitor
			Choose an Optical Drive
			Understand Processor Speed and Memory
			Determine How You’ll Connect to the Internet
			Buy a Customized Computer
		Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Computer
			Connect the Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse
			Log On and Off Windows 7
			Use the Mouse
			Set the Date and Time
			Create a New User Account
			Switch User Accounts
			Change Your User Account Picture
			Shut Down Your Computer
		Chapter 3: Getting Around the Windows 7 Desktop
			Understand the Desktop
			Work with the Start Menu
			Work with Frequently Used Programs
			Arrange Icons on the Desktop
			Empty the Recycle Bin
			Find a File with Windows Explorer
			Create a Shortcut to a File or Folder
			Start a Program
			Resize Windows
			Switch between Programs
			Close a Program
		Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Display
			Customize Windows’ Appearance
			Set Your Screen’s Resolution
			Change the Desktop Background
			Choose a Desktop Theme
			Set Up a Screen Saver
			Change the Color and Appearance of Windows
			Modify Windows Transparency
		Chapter 5: Getting Help with Vision, Hearing, and Dexterity Challenges
			Use Tools for the Visually Challenged
			Replace Sounds with Visual Cues
			Make Text Larger or Smaller
			Set Up Speech Recognition
			Modify How Your Keyboard Works
			Use the On-screen Keyboard Feature
			Set Up Keyboard Repeat Rates
			Customize Mouse Behavior
			Change the Cursor
		Chapter 6: Setting Up Printers and Scanners
			Install a Printer
			Set a Default Printer
			Set Printer Preferences
			View Currently Installed Printers
			Remove a Printer
			Install a Scanner
			Modify Scanner Settings
		Chapter 7: Getting Help
			Explore the Help Table of Contents
			Search for Help
			Post a Question in Windows Communities
			Access Windows Online Help
			Connect to Remote Assistance
			Change Windows Help and Support Display Options
			Contact Microsoft Customer Support
	Part II: Having Fun and Getting Things Done with Software
		Chapter 8: Working with Software Programs
			Launch a Program
			Move Information between Programs
			Start a Program Automatically
			Set Program Defaults
			Remove a Program
		Chapter 9: Working with Files and Folders
			Understand How Windows Organizes Data
			Access Recently Used Items
			Locate Files and Folders in Your Computer
			Search for a File
			Move a File or Folder
			Rename a File or Folder
			Create a Shortcut to a File or Folder
			Delete a File or Folder
			Create a Compressed File or Folder
			Add a File to Your Favorites List
			Back Up Files to a Read/Writable CD or DVD
		Chapter 10: Using the Desktop Gadget Gallery and Gadgets
			Open the Gadget Gallery and Add Gadgets to the Desktop
			Check the Time
			Display a Continuous Slide Show
			Use the Windows Calendar
			Play with a Puzzle
			Convert Currency
			Use the Feed Headlines Gadget
			Monitor Your CPU
		Chapter 11: Creating Documents with Works Word Processor
			Open a New Document and Enter and Edit Text
			Save a Document
			Open an Existing Document
			Cut, Copy, and Paste Text
			Format Text
			Insert a Table
			Add Graphics
			Resize Objects
			Check Spelling
			Change Page Setup
			Print a Document
		Chapter 12: Working with Numbers and Finances
			Explore the Structure of a Spreadsheet
			Open Works Spreadsheet and Enter Text
			Format Numbers
			Apply AutoFormats to Cells
			Perform Simple Calculations
			Complete a Series with Fill
			Insert a Chart
			Get Advice about Finances Online
			Bank Online
			Invest Online
		Chapter 13: Getting the Most from Movies and Digital Photos
			Work with Media Software
			Play Movies with Windows Media Player
			Upload Photos from Your Digital Camera
			View a Digital Image in the Windows Photo Viewer
			Add a Tag to a Photo
			E-Mail a Photo
			Burn a Photo to a DVD
			Create and Play a Slide Show
		Chapter 14: Playing Music in Windows 7
			Set Up Speakers
			Adjust System Volume
			Create a Playlist
			Burn Music to a CD/DVD
			Sync with a Music Device
			Play Music
			Make Settings for Ripping Music
		Chapter 15: Playing Games in Windows 7
			Play Solitaire
			Play FreeCell
			Play Spider Solitaire
			Play Minesweeper
			Play Hearts
			Play Chess Titans
			Play Online Games
	Part III: Exploring the Internet
		Chapter 16: Understanding Internet Basics
			Understand What the Internet Is
			Explore Different Types of Internet Connections
			Set Up an Internet Connection
			Navigate the Web
			Use Tabs in Browsers
			Set Up a Home Page
		Chapter 17: Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer
			Search the Web
			Find Content on a Web Page
			Add a Web Site to Favorites
			Organize Favorites
			View Your Browsing History
			Customize the Internet Explorer Toolbar
			View RSS Feeds
			Print a Web Page
			Play Podcasts
		Chapter 18: Staying Safe While Online
			Understand Technology Risks on the Internet
			Use Suggested Sites
			Download Files Safely
			Turn on InPrivate Browsing and Filtering
			Use SmartScreen Filter
			Change Privacy Settings
			Enable the Content Advisor
			Understand Information Exposure
			Keep Your Information Private
			Spot Phishing Scams and Other E-mail Fraud
			Create Strong Passwords
		Chapter 19: Keeping In Touch with E-Mail
			Set Up an Internet-Based E-Mail Account
			Manage Accounts in Windows Live
			Get to Know Windows Live Mail
			Open Windows Live Mail and Receive Messages
			Create and Send E-Mail
			Send an Attachment
			Read a Message
			Reply to a Message
			Forward E-Mail
			Create and Add a Signature
			Format E-Mail Messages
			Apply a Theme
			Add People to the Contact List
			Customize the Reading Pane Layout
			Create Message Folders
			Organize Messages in Folders
		Chapter 20: Connecting with People Online
			Use Discussion Boards
			Participate in Chat
			Send and Receive Instant Messages ( IMs)
			Use Web Cams
			Overview of Collaborative and Social Networking Sites
			Sign Up for a Social Networking Service
			How Online Dating Works
			Select a Dating Service
	Part IV: Taking Care of Your Computer
		Chapter 21: Protecting Windows
			Understand Computer Security
			Understand Windows Update Options
			Run Windows Update
			Set Up Trusted and Restricted Web Sites
			Enable the Windows Firewall
			Set Up a Password for Your Computer
			Check Your Computer’s Security Status
		Chapter 22: Maintaining Windows
			Shut Down a Nonresponsive Application
			Start Windows in Safe Mode
			Create a System Restore Point
			Restore the Windows System
			Defragment a Hard Drive
			Free Disk Space
			Delete Temporary Internet Files by Using Internet Explorer
			Schedule Maintenance Tasks
			Troubleshoot Software Problems
	Index
                        
Document Text Contents
Page 1

Nancy C. Muir
Coauthor of Using the Internet Safely
For Seniors For Dummies

Learn to:
• Choose the right computer, get set

up, and get online

• Exchange e-mails and photos with
family and friends

• Work with files and folders, and
create and print documents

• Simplify your finances and be
safer online

Computers
For Seniors

2nd EditionMaking Everythin
g Easier!



Open the book and find:

• How to use the keyboard and
mouse

• Tips for making the computer
do what you want

• How to install a printer

• Advice for interacting with a
computer if you have vision,
hearing, or dexterity challenges

• How to create and edit
documents

• Directions for organizing your
photos

• Internet safety tips

• How to chat online

Nancy C. Muir owns a writing and consulting company that
specializes in business and technology topics. She is the author
of over 50 books including all editions of Computers For Seniors
For Dummies. Nancy provides free online safety tips through
the Web site ilookbothways.com and contributes columns on
www.RetireNet.com.

Hardware/Personal Computers/PCs

$24.99 US / $29.99 CN / £17.99 UK

ISBN 978-0-470-53483-0

Go to Dummies.com®
for videos, step-by-step photos,

how-to articles, or to shop!

With this friendly, hassle-free
guide, you can finally benefit from
all the Internet has to offer
If you’d like to be able to exchange e-mails with your
grandchildren, share photos with friends far away, and
enjoy the convenience of shopping and paying bills
online without checks and stamps, this book is just the
ticket. It explains what you need, where to get it, how
to use it, and how to stay safer, with plenty of examples
and illustrations.

• Choose wisely — investigate different types of computers,
price ranges, and how to set up the computer when you get
it home

• Learn about Windows® 7 — practice all the basics from
turning on the computer to managing files and using the
Help system

• Get things done — use Microsoft® Works software to create
documents, plan budgets with spreadsheets, and get
organized

• Photos, music, and more — work with photos from your
digital camera, listen to music, and play games

• The world online — connect to the Internet, set up an
e-mail account, read and write blogs, and shop more safely

• Enlarge your circle — explore social networking sites
like Facebook and Eons and meet people who share your
interests

• Keep your computer happy — use routine maintenance,
virus protection, and updates

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Chapter 12: Working with Numbers and Finances

Bank Online
Many people today are banking online because it’s convenient. You
can typically make account transfers, check your balance, and even
download your account activity to a program such as Quicken to
manage your financial records or work with your taxes.

Consider this information when banking online:

• Most online banks, such as Barclays in the United
Kingdom (see Figure 12-13), have very strong
security measures in place; however, you should
be sure that you’re using a secure Internet connec-
tion to go online. If you use a wireless home net-
work that isn’t protected, for example, it’s possible
for someone to tap into your online transactions,
so you should have whoever sets up your network
enable security and a firewall. (See Chapter 21 for
an introduction to basic security.) Also, if you use
a public wireless network such as those in airports
or hotels, unless you can ask somebody in author-
ity if it is secure, don’t log on to any financial
accounts.

• You may need to set things up with your bank so
that you can access your account online and make
transfers among your different accounts. Talk to
your bank about what they require.

• Be careful to choose strong passwords (random
combinations of letters, numbers, and punctuation
are best) for accessing your bank accounts. If you
write the passwords down, put them someplace
safe. See Chapter 18 for advice about strong
passwords.

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Part II: Having Fun and Getting Things Done with Software











• Be aware of your financial rights, such as how
credit cards and bank accounts are protected by
law. The FDIC Web site offers lots of information
about your banking and financial life at www.
fdic.gov. It’s specific to the United States, but
some of the advice about online financial dangers
is pertinent no matter where you live.

Figure 12-13

Invest Online
Every major broker has an online presence. Investing online is conve-
nient, and online brokers enable you to place buy or sell orders very
quickly and inexpensively. In addition, you can manage investment
accounts online.

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Computers For Seniors For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Windows Photo Viewer
adding tags to photos, 215–217
deleting photos, 215
described, 208, 209
playing slide shows, 215
rotating photos, 215
viewing photos in, 214–215

Windows 7
customizing appearance of, 60–71
shutting down, 35–36
starting and logging on, 26–27
starting in Safe Mode, 387–389
switching user accounts, 28, 33–34
system requirements for, 22
versions of, 15

Windows Task Manager, 386
Windows Update
described, 371
running, 373–375
settings for, 371–373

Windows Vista, 15–16
Windows XP, 15–16
wireless Internet connection, 22, 259,

260. See also Internet connection
wireless printers, 94. See also printers
Works Spreadsheet
AutoFormats for cells, 194–195
basics, 190–191
calculations using, 195–197
cost of Works, 171

entering text, 191–192
filling out a series, 197–199
formatting numbers, 193–194
inserting a chart, 199–201
opening a new blank spreadsheet,

193
opening the program, 191
saving documents, 173–174

Works word processor
adding graphics, 181–182
cost of Works, 171
cutting or copying and pasting text,

175–176
editing text in, 172–173
entering text in, 172
formatting text, 176–179, 180
inserting a table, 179–181
opening an existing document,

174–175
opening the program, 172
page setup options, 185–187
printing a document, 187–188
resizing objects, 182–183
resizing text, 178
saving documents, 173–174
Spell Checker, 184–185

World Wide Web, defined, 256

• Y •
Yahoo! Messenger, 351

Page 435

Nancy C. Muir
Coauthor of Using the Internet Safely
For Seniors For Dummies

Learn to:
• Choose the right computer, get set

up, and get online

• Exchange e-mails and photos with
family and friends

• Work with files and folders, and
create and print documents

• Simplify your finances and be
safer online

Computers
For Seniors

2nd EditionMaking Everythin
g Easier!



Open the book and find:

• How to use the keyboard and
mouse

• Tips for making the computer
do what you want

• How to install a printer

• Advice for interacting with a
computer if you have vision,
hearing, or dexterity challenges

• How to create and edit
documents

• Directions for organizing your
photos

• Internet safety tips

• How to chat online

Nancy C. Muir owns a writing and consulting company that
specializes in business and technology topics. She is the author
of over 50 books including all editions of Computers For Seniors
For Dummies. Nancy provides free online safety tips through
the Web site ilookbothways.com and contributes columns on
www.RetireNet.com.

Hardware/Personal Computers/PCs

$24.99 US / $29.99 CN / £17.99 UK

ISBN 978-0-470-53483-0

Go to Dummies.com®
for videos, step-by-step photos,

how-to articles, or to shop!

With this friendly, hassle-free
guide, you can finally benefit from
all the Internet has to offer
If you’d like to be able to exchange e-mails with your
grandchildren, share photos with friends far away, and
enjoy the convenience of shopping and paying bills
online without checks and stamps, this book is just the
ticket. It explains what you need, where to get it, how
to use it, and how to stay safer, with plenty of examples
and illustrations.

• Choose wisely — investigate different types of computers,
price ranges, and how to set up the computer when you get
it home

• Learn about Windows® 7 — practice all the basics from
turning on the computer to managing files and using the
Help system

• Get things done — use Microsoft® Works software to create
documents, plan budgets with spreadsheets, and get
organized

• Photos, music, and more — work with photos from your
digital camera, listen to music, and play games

• The world online — connect to the Internet, set up an
e-mail account, read and write blogs, and shop more safely

• Enlarge your circle — explore social networking sites
like Facebook and Eons and meet people who share your
interests

• Keep your computer happy — use routine maintenance,
virus protection, and updates

C
o

m
p

u
ters Fo

r Sen
io

rs

Muir

2nd Edition

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