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Complete Idiot's Guide to Computer Basics [Paperback]

Joseph Kraynak
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28 Feb 2004 Complete Idiot's Guide to
The computer how-to that's actually coherent... Now in its third edition, this book puts the reader in charge of the computer, rather than the other way around. It identifies practical uses for the computer, and shows how to get the most out of your machine, simply and step-by-step.
? New information on going digital with music, photos, and video
? Updates for Windows XP
? Updates for soon-to-be-released Microsoft Office 2003
? Step-by-step instructions for backing up data
? Advice for troubleshooting common problems
? Latest info on upgrades, components, and accessories
? Ideal for any new user, including the large numbers of senior citizens teaching themselves how to use the computer

Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha Books; 3rd New edition edition (28 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592571689
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592571680
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When you first get a PC, you want to do something with it. You didn't buy it to learn about it any more than you buy a car to learn about its engine. You want to write a letter, send an email message, check out some Web sites, make a greeting card, or personalize the Windows desktop. Whatever it is you want to do, you don't want to have to read a book describing what a Pentium processor is or how your AGP adapter produces the pretty image on the screen. You want something more tangible; you want to do something practical. The only trouble is that the darn computer won't cooperate. It's just not as easy as it looks. That's the purpose of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Computer Basics. This book identifies the 20-30 tasks that you as a PC novice want to perform and then it draws a map showing you how to achieve your goal. You'll follow simple steps to print a greeting card, reconcile a checkbook balance, decorate the Windows desktop, make the PC run faster, and more.

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About the Author

Joe Kraynak has taught hundreds of thousands of new computer users how to make the most of their PCs with his easy-to-read books. Joe has been writing and editing successful computer books for consumers for over 12 years. His long list of computer books includes "The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to PCs, The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Microsoft Office 2000," and "The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Upgrading Your PC."

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plain easy to understand details 9 Oct 2000
By A Customer
I have many books on computing, including readers digest, which are generally pretty good, but when Ipicked this up I found immediately how easy it was to understand and follow. An essential for beginners and higher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Good Purchase 19 July 2013
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This was a nicely packed and presented book, it is as it says an idiots guide and serves its purpose Daisy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 25 Nov 2012
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I was shown this book many years ago by a friend and when I read it,
it was so funny but very helpful and when I saw it was on Amazon I
had to buy it as it is written to help you and make you laugh at the
same time
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing. 13 Sep 2011
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Well packed and arrived in good time. The fun started when I opened the package. First printing of this book was in 2000. The latest operating system it works with is Windows 98. Needless to say, it's a bit behind the times. The screens shown bear little or no resemblance to what i'm looking at on my laptop. This makes learning from the text very difficult at times, as that doesn't relate either. I'm still trawling through it,and bits of it make sense, but I don't think it's going to be that much help. A pity, as I was hoping for much more.
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