My Windows 10 Computer for Seniors

My Windows 10 Computer for Seniors

by Michael Miller

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Overview

My Microsoft® Windows® 10 Computer for Seniors is an easy, full-color tutorial on the latest operating system from Microsoft.

Veteran author Michael Miller is known for his ability to explain complex topics to everyday readers. Michael wrote this book from the 50+ point of view, using step-by-step instructions and large, full-color photos to cover all the most popular tasks. Miller will help you learn to:

• Get started with Windows 10, whether you’re experienced with computers or not
• Configure Windows 10 to work better for those with vision and physical challenges
• Explore the web with Microsoft’s Edge browser and Google Search
• Find, install, and use the best new Windows apps
• Reliably connect to the Internet, both at home and away
• Find online bargains, shop safely, and avoid online scams
• Make and receive video and voice calls with Skype
• Stay connected with friends and family on Facebook and Pinterest
• Capture, touch up, organize, and share your pictures
• Read eBooks on your PC—even enlarge text for greater comfort
• Send and receive email with Windows 10’s Email app
• Keep track of all your files, and back them up safely
• Discover great new music with Spotify and Pandora
• Fix common PC and Internet problems
• Search your computer and the Internet—and send and receive text messages—with the Cortana virtual assistant

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780789759788
Publisher: Que
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: My... Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 146,678
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Miller is a prolific and popular writer of more than 200 nonfiction books who is known for his ability to explain complex topics to everyday readers. He writes about a variety of topics, including technology, business, and music. His best-selling books for Que and AARP include My iPad for Seniors, My Social Media for Seniors, My Facebook for Seniors, My Smart Home for Seniors, My Samsung Galaxy S7 for Seniors, My Internet for Seniors, and My eBay for Seniors. Worldwide, his books have sold more than 1.5 million copies.

Find out more at the author’s website: www.millerwriter.com
Follow the author on Twitter: @molehillgroup

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Understanding Computer Basics 3

Examining Key Components 3

Hard Disk Drive 4

Memory 5

Processor 5

Display 5

Keyboard 6

Pointing Device 8

Connectors 9

Exploring Different Types of PCs 10

Desktop PCs 10

Notebook PCs 12

Which Type of PC Should You Buy? 13

Setting Up Your New Computer System 14

Set Up a Notebook PC 14

Set Up a Traditional Desktop PC 15

Set Up an All-in-One Desktop PC 18

Chapter 2 Performing Basic Operations 21

Using Windows with a Mouse or Touchpad 21

Mouse and Touchpad Operations 22

Using Windows with a Keyboard 24

Keyboard Operations 24

Chapter 3 Using Your Windows 10 PC—If You’ve Never Used a Computer Before 27

Powering Up and Powering Down 28

Turn On and Configure Your New PC—For the First Time 28

Turn On Your System—Normally 34

Turn Off Your Computer 36

Finding Your Way Around Windows 36

Use the Start Menu 37

Use the Taskbar 38

Chapter 4 Using Your Windows 10 PC—If You’ve Used Windows Before 41

Windows 10 for Windows 8/8.1 Users 41

Windows 10 for Windows 7 Users 43

Windows 10 for Windows XP Users 44

The 10 Most Important New Features of Windows 10 45

1: Back to the Desktop (Goodbye, Start Screen) 46

2: The Start Menu Returns—Better Than Ever 47

3: Things Look a Little Different 48

4: Take Control with the Action Center 49

5: Manage System Settings with the Settings Tool 50

6: Windows Apps on the Desktop 51

7: Smart Searching—and More—with Cortana 52

8: A New Way to Browse the Web 53

9: Improved Task Switching 53

10: Mobile Device Integration 54

Windows 10 Updates for Windows 10 Users 55

Anniversary Update 56

Creators Update 56

Fall Creators Update 56

Chapter 5 Connecting Printers and Other Peripherals 59

Connecting Devices via USB 59

Connect a Printer 60

Connect Other Peripherals 62

Connecting Your PC to Your TV 63

Connect via HDMI 64

Chapter 6 Personalizing Windows 67

Personalizing the Windows Desktop 67

Personalize the Start Menu 68

Change the Desktop Background 69

Change the Accent Color 71

Change the Desktop Theme 73

Personalizing the Lock Screen 74

Change the Lock Screen Background 74

Display a Slideshow on the Lock Screen 75

Add Apps to the Lock Screen 76

Change Your Account Picture 78

Configuring Other Windows Settings 79

Configure Settings from the Settings Tool 79

Working with User Accounts 80

Create a New User Account 82

Switch Users 84

Sign In with Multiple Users 85

Chapter 7 Making Windows Easier to Use 89

Employing Ease of Access Functions 89

Access Ease of Access Features 90

Enlarge the Screen 90

Improve Onscreen Contrast 92

Make the Cursor Easier to See 93

Read Text Aloud with Narrator 94

Use the On-Screen Keyboard 95

Using Alternative Input Devices 96

Replace the Touchpad 96

Attach a Different Keyboard 97

Chapter 8 Using Windows 10 on a Touchscreen Device 99

Using Windows in Tablet Mode 99

Switch to Tablet Mode 100

Use Windows 10’s Tablet Mode 101

Using Windows with Touch Gestures 102

Touchscreen Operations 102

Chapter 9 Using Windows 10 Apps 105

Launching Your Favorite Programs 105

Pin a Tile to the Start Menu 106

Pin a Program to the Taskbar 106

Create a Shortcut on the Desktop 107

Open a Program 107

Working with Apps on the Desktop 108

Maximize, Minimize, and Close a Window 108

Resize a Window 109

Switch Between Open Windows 109

Snap a Window 110

Scroll Through a Window 111

Configure App Settings 112

Using Windows 10’s Built-in Apps 113

News 113

Weather 114

Sports 114

Money 115

Maps 115

Calendar 117

Alarms & Clock 118

Calculator 120

Paint 3D 122

Shopping the Microsoft Store 124

Browse for Apps 124

Download and Install a New App 127

Chapter 10 Finding and Installing Traditional Software 129

Working with Traditional Software Programs 129

Use Pull-Down Menus 130

Use Toolbars 130

Use Ribbons 131

Finding and Installing Traditional Software Programs 132

Install Software from a Disc 132

Install Programs Online 133

Chapter 11 Connecting to the Internet—at Home or Away 137

Connecting to the Internet—and Your Home Network 137

Connect to Your Home Network 138

Access Other Computers on Your Network 140

Connecting to the Internet at a Wi-Fi Hotspot 141

Connect to a Wi-Fi Hotspot 142

Chapter 12 Browsing and Searching the Web 145

Understanding the Web 145

Using Microsoft Edge 147

Open and Browse Web Pages 147

Work with Tabs 148

Save Favorite Pages 149

Save Multiple Tabs as Favorites 150

Return to a Favorite Page 151

Set Your Start Page 151

Browse in Private 152

Read a Page in Reading View 153

Print a Web Page 154

Using Google Chrome 155

Open and Browse Web Pages 156

Work with Tabs 157

Bookmark Your Favorite Pages 158

Return to a Bookmarked Page 158

Set Your Home Page 159

Browse Anonymously in Incognito Mode 160

Print a Web Page 161

Searching the Internet 161

Search Google 162

Search Bing 163

Searching—and More—with Cortana 164

Search with Cortana 164

View News and Other Information 165

Set a Reminder 166

Search Cortana from Within Edge 168

Do Even More with Cortana 168

Chapter 13 Shopping Safely Online 173

How to Shop Online Safely 173

Shop Safely 174

Purchasing from Online Retailers 175

Discover Online Retailers 175

Search or Browse for Merchandise 176

Examine the Product 177

Make a Purchase 178

Check Out and Pay 179

Finding Bargains Online 180

Discover Price Comparison Sites 181

Using Craigslist 182

Buy Items on Craigslist 183

Sell Items on Craigslist 184

Chapter 14 Discovering Useful Websites 187

Reading Local and Community News Online 187

Find Local News 188

Find Local Weather 189

Exploring Travel Opportunities Online 190

Research a Destination 190

Make Reservations 191

Discovering Recipes Online 192

Find Tasty Recipes 193

Finding Healthcare Information Online 194

Research Medical Conditions 194

Find a Doctor 195

Order Prescription Drugs 196

Obtaining Legal Advice Online 197

Find Legal Advice and Services 198

Managing Your Finances Online 198

Do Your Banking and Pay Your Bills 199

Track Your Investments 200

Discovering Organizations Online 201

Browse Useful Organizations 202

Chapter 15 Protecting Yourself Online 205

Protecting Against Identity Theft and Phishing Schemes 205

Avoiding Phishing Scams 206

Keeping Your Private Information Private 207

Hiding Personal Information on Facebook 209

Keeping Your Facebook Posts Private 211

Protecting Against Online Fraud 212

Identifying Online Scams 212

Avoiding Online Fraud 214

Protecting Against Computer Viruses and Other Malware 215

Protecting Against Malware 216

Using Anti-Malware Software 217

Using the Windows Defender Security Center 218

Protecting Against Ransomware 220

Protecting Against Online Attacks and Intrusions 221

Employing a Firewall 221

Chapter 16 Emailing Family and Friends 225

Using the Windows Mail App 225

Set Up Your Email Account 226

View Incoming Messages 228

Reply to a Message 230

Send a New Message 230

Move a Message to Another Folder 233

Using Gmail 234

Receive and Reply to Messages 234

Send a New Message 235

Managing Your Contacts with the People App 236

View Your Contacts 237

Add a New Contact 238

Use My People 239

Chapter 17 Video Calling and Text Messaging 245

Using the Skype App 245

Choose Your Service 246

Get to Know the Skype App 246

Add a Contact 246

Communicating with Skype 248

Make a Video Call 248

Make a Voice Call 250

Conduct a Text Chat 250

Sending and Receiving Text Messages on Your PC 251

Link Your Phone to Your PC 251

Receive Texts on Your PC 257

Send New Texts from Your PC 258

Chapter 18 Connecting with Facebook and Pinterest 261

Sharing with Friends and Family on Facebook 261

Sign Up for Facebook 262

Discover New—and Old—Friends on Facebook 263

Post a Status Update 266

Find Out What Your Friends Are Up To 268

Explore Your Friends’ Profiles 270

Pinning Items of Interest to Pinterest 271

Create a New Board 271

Find and Save Interesting Items 272

Save an Item from a Web Page 273

Find People to Follow 275

Chapter 19 Storing and Sharing Your Pictures and Movies 279

Using Your Smartphone or Digital Camera with Your Windows PC 279

Transfer Photos from a Smartphone or Tablet 280

Transfer Photos from a Memory Card 281

Viewing Photos and Videos on Your PC 283

View Your Photos 283

Create and View Photo Albums 285

View Your Videos 286

Touching Up Your Photos 287

Automatically Enhance a Photo 287

Rotate a Photo 288

Crop a Photo 289

Apply a Filter 290

Remove Red Eye 290

Retouch a Photo 291

Adjust Brightness and Contrast 292

Adjust Color and Tint 293

Apply Other Effects 293

Save Your Work 294

Turning Your Photos into Videos with Story Remix 295

Create an Automatic Story Remix 295

Create a Customized Video Project 296

Edit a Story Remix 298

Sharing Your Pictures and Videos Online 298

Sharing a Photo from the Photos App 299

Attach a Photo or Video in Windows Mail 300

Upload Photos to a New Facebook Photo Album 301

Upload Pictures to an Existing Facebook Photo Album 304

Chapter 20 Watching Movies and TV Shows on Your PC 307

Watching Netflix 307

Watch a Program on Netflix 308

Watching Hulu 311

Watch a Program on Hulu 311

Watching Amazon Video 314

View a Program on Amazon Video 315

Viewing and Sharing Videos on YouTube 317

View a Video 317

Upload Your Own Video 318

Chapter 21 Listening to Music on Your PC 323

Listening to Streaming Music 323

Listen to Pandora 324

Listen to Spotify 327

Purchasing Digital Music Online 328

Purchase Music from the Amazon Digital Music Store 329

Purchase Music from Google Play Music 331

Listening to Your Own Music in Windows 10 332

Listen to Digital Music with the Groove Music App 332

Listen to CDs 333

Chapter 22 Reading Books on Your PC 335

Reading eBooks with Amazon’s Kindle App 335

Purchase eBooks from Amazon336

Read an eBook 338

Change How a Book Is Displayed Onscreen 339

Reading eBooks with Barnes & Noble’s NOOK App 341

Purchase eBooks from Barnes & Noble 341

Read an eBook 343

Change How a Book Is Displayed Onscreen 344

Chapter 23 Using Files and Folders 347

Using File Explorer 347

Navigate Folders and Libraries 348

Use the Navigation Pane 350

Change the Folder View 350

Sort Files and Folders 352

Working with Folders 352

Create a New Folder 353

Rename a Folder or File 354

Managing Files 355

Copy a File 356

Move a File 357

Delete a File or Folder 358

Restore a Deleted File 358

Empty the Recycle Bin 359

Working with Microsoft OneDrive 359

Manage OneDrive Files on the Web 360

Manage OneDrive Files with File Explorer 361

Upload a File to OneDrive 361

Download a File to Your PC 362

Synchronizing Files On-Demand 362

Chapter 24 Dealing with Common Problems 365

Performing Necessary Maintenance 365

Delete Unnecessary Files 366

Delete Unused Programs 367

Backing Up Important Files 369

Activate File History 370

Fixing Simple Problems 372

You Can’t Connect to the Internet 372

You Can’t Go to a Specific Web Page 373

You Can’t Print 373

Your Computer Is Slow 374

A Specific Program Freezes374

Your Entire Computer Freezes 375

Recovering from Serious Problems 376

Restore Your Computer to a Previous State 377

Refresh System Files 379

Reset Your System 380

Glossary 383

Index 393

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