- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Which? Books; Windows 7 edition (16 Mar. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1844901122
- ISBN-13: 978-1844901128
- Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.5 x 1.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Computing Made Easy for the Over 50s: Windows 7 edition (Which?) Paperback – 16 Mar 2011
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I dont think this just for begineeers though. If like me you are self taught on a PC you will find lots of things you never knew that will definitely make your life easier. For example when typing letters, doing accounts and internet use tips.
My Mum just stated using a PC at the age of 72 and she said it made things very easy indeed, although we both agreed that you might still need to know the very basics first(such as how to open files, write letters, and open the internet for browing)
Its good value for money too. I realise that todays youngsters are taught quite a bit of IT technology at school, so already know a lot of this - so I'd recommend this all self taught users - not just beginers
The book is logically laid out with the early chapters concentrating on finding your way around the basics of Windows 7 and Microsoft's core accompanying programmes Word and Excel.
The largest chapter looks to getting you on-line and includes useful tips on using BBC's i-player, Facebook, e-bay and on-line banking. The following section gives an in-depth guide to setting up and using e-mail.
Working with photos, music and video are covered along with a welcome section on backing-up and security.
I found the author's tone very user-friendly and the book is amply endowed with colour screen shots and diagrams to support the text.
I have a friend who's thinking of upgrading to Windows 7 and who's a little nervous about getting to grips the a new operating system - I think a look through this book might just make his mind up for him!
Going through the book I found straight away a couple of tips I didn't know. For instance 'did you know' that the transparent rectangle on the bottom right is the show desktop button? Also 'did you know?' that if you have several windows open on the desktop you can click and shake the mouse, that then clears the other windows off the screen by minimising them?
I feel the information presented will get you started on most activities used on a PC.
Microsoft Word is explained in 22 pages this will also help get a quick tutorial on Microsoft word 7 if you've upgraded from older packages and find the new layout a bit confusing; Excel in 9 pages and it takes you through creating a basic spreadsheet.
Key functions are described that one would want to use a computer for. Surfing the Internet for instance is a mini book on its own. When you've been doing it for years you don't realise just how much there is to it. You'll learn about routers, ant-virus, spyware, etc. You'll learn what cable goes where, how its connected up to your PC.
There are plenty of pages about Surfing the Internet. Then you have a follow up chapter about online activities. Important things like buying things off the Internet. Setting up the safe way to buy online using a Paypal account. Using Ebay to buy or sell things. Also watching TV online. There is the BBC Iplayer for instance and you can catch up programs and watch them online. Find the worlds largest databank of videos via youtube.Read more ›
Bought this for an over 50 who has yet to progress beyond the first few pages - guess you can't get confidence this easily! In all fairness I think it's a good buy but only if you are dedicated in self learning in the first place.
So in essence not a book for the absolute computer novice...
Its good points are that it is very readable, a softback book of about 220 pages with an index (not something you can guarantee these days). There is also a 'jargon-buster' at the back which comes in handy. For example, a plug-in is explained as 'a small program that adds features to your web browser'. And yes, browser is briefly explained.
There are eight chapters: Getting Started, Creating Documents, Using the Internet, Communicating, Photos Video and Music, Maintaining your PC, Security, and Troubleshooting. One criticism I have is that at the very beginning, it explains the basics of your computer - a desktop. There is no illustration/explanation of a laptop, which these days are outselling desktops for domestic users. Also, as another reviewer points out, the book directs you to doing specific tasks, rather than a wider understanding of Windows 7.
But otherwise I would say that this is a very recommendable introduction to the subject.
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