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Product details

  • 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 (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 315,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Katfishh TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Oct. 2011
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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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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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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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I really like this book. I'm not over 50 but my parents are and having shown it to them, they can really see it being useful.

Having written computer manuals and taught groups of computer novices (from 16 up to 70, both male & female), this is the kind of book I like. It has lots of annotated and easily explained diagrams (I always make sure I do this) and it's written in a non-patronising way (try to empathise with your readers).

It's not just for Windows 7 - the majority of the Windows stuff will also apply to at least Vista and likely XP. It covers everything you would hope to expect from an introduction to computing incuding setting up webmail accounts, Paypay, eBay and Facebook! It even covers social etiquette on the web.

My complaint is that it touches Excel and Word and I'm not sure how useful that is to anyone. I write Excel manuals and this delves into Freeze Panes but glances over formulas. Now to me, that's a bit backwards. Excel is all about manipulating data. The ability to freeze panes (while useful) is not something I would bother teaching to novices.

However, when all is said and done, I think this is excellent and not just for over 50s. I think anyone of any age wanting to learn the basics of PCs, websites and the Internet could do much worse than buying this book.
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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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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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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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