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5.0 out of 5 stars Dyslexic's dream..., 4 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Teach Yourself Visually Windows 8 (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech)) (Paperback)
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At last! What a useful book.

I bought an HP Pavilion HPE h8-1075uk Desktop a year ago (what a bad investment that turned out to be) which runs on Windows 7, then when I heard Windows 8 was coming out I always wanted to upgrade but being a bit inept at computing I was always put off by the process of change and relearning that I expected to have to go through; I'm a fairly poor learner when it comes to following text-based data in manuals, so I always considered the prospect too daunting to try, until now, and that's where this brilliant little book (340 pages) comes in...

The book is "designed for visual learners"; it's split into 14 chapters, written succinctly in a clean looking sans serif font and each subject (which they call 'lessons' and there are 160+ of them) occupies a double-page spread with limited but easy-to-follow text but amply supported by full colour pictures.

The chapters are:
1. Getting Started with Windows 8
2. Launching and Working with Apps
3. Getting Connected to the Internet
4. Using the Windows 8 Apps
5. Surfing the World Wide Web
6. Working with E-Mail and Calendars
7. Working with Images
8. Playing Music and Other Media
9. Creating and Editing Documents
10. Working with Files
11. Sharing Your Computer
12. Implementing Security
13. Customising Windows 8
14. Maintaining Windows 8

As can be surmised from the above, the information is squarely geared towards newbies (either complete beginners or those with gaps in their knowledge), so if you consider yourself a proficient user then you won't get much from this book as it's perhaps too simplistic; you'll either already know the info or can work it out easily enough.

As for me, I think it's brilliant; it definitely suits my Dyslexia/learning style (in saying that I appreciate, like everyone else's learning, not all Dyslexics learn in the same way but I feel confident enough to state; if I can follow it, I think anyone can).

The only niggle I have is that it would have been nice to have had included a 'how to install Windows 8' section too but, considering the other benefits, this isn't enough of a demerit to make it lose a star.
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