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Computing Made Easy for the Over 50s: Windows 7 edition (Which?) [Paperback]

Which? , Terrie Chilvers
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16 Mar 2011
Starting from the very beginning and assuming no prior computing knowledge, Computing Made Easy for the Over 50s: Windows 7 Edition teaches you what you need to know to help you gain confidence using your PC.

Easy-to-follow step-by-step tutorials show you how to complete common computing tasks, including sending emails, finding information on the internet, using Microsoft Word and Excel to create documents, as well as editing and organising photos, staying safe online, and how to upgrade from Windows XP or Windows Vista.

Written in straightforward language and fully illustrated throughout, Computing Made Easy for the Over 50s: Windows 7 Edition will help you master the basics and get to grips with your computer and with Windows 7.



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  • 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I'd had this book years ago 12 Oct 2011
By Babs TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a jargon free easy guide for PC users. It does what is says on the tin and is jargon free with easy to follow steps and is well illustrated.

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
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good in the right hands! 14 Nov 2011
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A good manual for beginners and the not so 'newbies'. I have used Windows for years now and still found parts of this book useful, if only to find quicker ways of doing things. Sometimes I found myself thinking "Ah, so that's how that's done.."

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars computing made easy 3 Sep 2011
By j.wilko
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This is a great book to have by your side when using your computer. I would say it is suitable for anyone of any age, not just us oldies! I have set myself up on itunes and now have a music library, all following the instructions in this book. A very useful, worthwhile buy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars My silver surfer Mother quite liked it! 21 Dec 2011
By Ms. Sophy Friend VINE VOICE
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My Mother who is well within the age bracket found this an easy-to-follow guide as it is well illustrated and has step-by-step. However she felt she wanted even more information such as how to actually start up her computer and navigate around all aspects of her desktop in addition to using Windows 7.

So in essence not a book for the absolute computer novice...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for the over 50's 3 Oct 2011
By M. J. Hunter VINE VOICE
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Having already obtained the 'which' guide to laptops & portable computers I had a rough idea as to how this book would be presented, and I was not disappointed. Although titled 'Computing Made Easy For The Over 50's - Windows 7 Edition' I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking to migrate to Microsoft's latest operating system.
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!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy or not???? 8 July 2011
This was bought for my dad who is over 70 and just starting a computers course. He's used it as a good reference to any problems he's encountered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Stephen Luff TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I got this book for a couple of reasons. One is my friend and flatmate knows very little about computers, and the other is I feel there is always room for learning new things. Plus I turned 50 in May so I qualify to read this book.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 19 days ago by keithmgibb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wellworth the money!!
Published 27 days ago by francis lovelock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another excellent reference book
Published 1 month ago by daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Which? Computing made easy (Windows 7)
An excellent book which has revealed to me many things which can be done, easily, and many more about which I had forgotten. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Retired JP-T
4.0 out of 5 stars Computing made easy for over 50's
satisfied, gives the information without too much jargon. xxx nnn bbb ,,, nnn ddd AAA BBB CCC DDD EEE FFF?
Published 6 months ago by ann mguire
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
got this book for a friend and she loved it and said it helped her and so for that reason I was happy with the book.
Published 6 months ago by JJ 102
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheaper than the shops
Bought for my father and he has found it good to use. He has found it has helped him using a computer for the first time.
Published 9 months ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy, accessible and simple.
I purchased this for my Dad who was buying a computer for the first time, he found it really helpful and broke things down into simple elements that helped him do the basic things... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alex Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive
found it difficult to understand and relate to my PC with new Windows 7. Wish I had bought it in a shop where I could have looked through it before purchasing.
Published 14 months ago by Ewe
5.0 out of 5 stars computer book
this was a well described,well thought out book, im no computer wizard and its helped a lot, thank you! great!
Published 14 months ago by mrs e price
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