Laptops For Seniors For Dummies

For Dummies (Verlag)
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  • erschienen am 5. Oktober 2017
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  • 432 Seiten
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Get the most out of your laptop or tablet PC
Laptops For Seniors For Dummies makes it easier than ever for the 50+ set to enjoy a laptop or tablet PC by taking the intimidation out of working with a new device. Featuring larger text and images, this bestseller empowers you to keep up with your kids or grandkids with all the latest and greatest that technology has to offer.
Assuming no prior knowledge, this accessible guide starts from the beginning by helping you select the right laptop or tablet for your needs, shows how the various parts connect together, and illustrates how to use the keyboard and mouse. Once you've chosen your device and mastered the basics, this book will help you navigate your way around the Windows 10 operating system, show you how to use the touchscreen capabilities, and so much more. In no time at all, you'll wonder why you hadn't bought a laptop sooner!
* Keep in touch with family and friends through email and social networking sites
* Get on the internet to shop and browse your favorite sites
* Ensure your information is safe online
* Use the latest applications for work and play
Everything you love about your desktop computer can be conveniently taken on the go with a laptop. Laptops For Seniors For Dummies will help you have fun and feel successful with your new device.
5. Auflage
  • Englisch
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John Wiley & Sons
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978-1-119-42029-3 (9781119420293)
1119420296 (1119420296)
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Nancy C. Muir is the owner of a writing and consulting company that specializes in business and technology topics. She is the author of more than 100 books, and she has taught technology courses online.
  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • About This Book
  • Foolish Assumptions
  • Beyond the Book
  • Where to Go from Here
  • Part 1: Get Going!
  • Chapter 1: Buying a Laptop
  • Understand All You Can Do with Laptops
  • Overview of Hardware
  • Appreciate Software
  • Understand the Difference between a Desktop and Laptop
  • Choose a Laptop
  • Select a Version of Windows
  • Determine Your Price Range
  • Understand Displays
  • Opt for Longer Battery Life
  • Use USB Ports for Storage or DVDs
  • Choose Features for Faster Performance
  • Determine How You'll Connect to the Internet
  • Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Laptop
  • Install and Charge the Battery
  • Log on to Windows 10
  • Use the Mouse
  • Work with a Touchscreen
  • Use Shortcuts
  • Use the Function Keys
  • Set the Date and Time
  • Create a New User Account
  • Switch User Accounts
  • Shut Down Your Laptop
  • Chapter 3: Getting Around Windows 10
  • Get an Overview of Windows 10
  • Work with the Desktop
  • Display the Start Menu
  • Use Task View to See Open Apps
  • Use the Snap Feature to Organize Apps on the Desktop
  • Search for Files and Web Content with Cortana
  • Explore the Action Center
  • Find a File or Open an Application with File Explorer
  • Work with Windows 10 Using a Touchscreen
  • Create Additional Desktops
  • View All Apps in the Start Menu
  • Empty the Recycle Bin
  • Add an App to the Start Menu
  • Create a Desktop Shortcut
  • Resize Windows
  • Chapter 4: Managing Power
  • Change How Quickly the Computer Goes to Sleep
  • Change How Quickly the Display is Turned Off
  • Change the Display Brightness
  • Adjust the Battery Saver
  • Choose a Power Plan
  • Create a Customized Power Plan
  • Define Power Button Functions
  • Chapter 5: Setting Up Your Display
  • Customize the Appearance of Windows
  • Set Your Screen's Resolution
  • Change the Desktop Background and Color
  • Change the Lock Screen Picture
  • Change Your Account Picture
  • Choose a Desktop Theme
  • Set Up a Screen Saver
  • Name Tile Groups
  • Rearrange Tiles in the Start Menu
  • Resize Tiles
  • Chapter 6: Getting Help with Vision, Hearing, and Dexterity Challenges
  • Use Tools for the Visually Challenged
  • Replace Sounds with Visual Cues
  • Make Text Larger or Smaller
  • Set Up Speech Recognition
  • Modify How Your Keyboard Works
  • Use the Onscreen Keyboard Feature
  • Set Up Keyboard Repeat Rates
  • Customize Mouse Behavior
  • Change the Cursor
  • Make Your Touch Visible
  • Chapter 7: Setting Up Printers and Scanners
  • Install a Printer
  • Add a Printer Manually
  • Set a Default Printer
  • Set Printer Preferences
  • View Currently Installed Printers
  • Remove a Printer
  • Modify Scanner Settings
  • Part 2: Getting Things Done with Sof?tware
  • Chapter 8: Connecting with Cortana
  • Get an Overview of Cortana
  • Set Up Cortana
  • Set Up Cortana's Notebook
  • Interact with Cortana
  • Set Reminders
  • Search with Cortana
  • Identify Music with Cortana
  • Chapter 9: Working with Software
  • Launch Software
  • View Open Apps in Task View
  • Close Software
  • Move Information between Apps
  • Set App Defaults
  • Uninstall an App
  • Chapter 10: Working with Files and Folders
  • Understand How Windows Organizes Data
  • Access Recently Used Items
  • Locate Files and Folders in Your Laptop with File Explorer
  • Work with the View Ribbon
  • Search with Cortana
  • Move a File or Folder
  • Rename a File or Folder
  • Create a Shortcut to a File or Folder
  • Delete a File or Folder
  • Create a Compressed File or Folder
  • Add a Folder to Your Quick Access List
  • Back Up Files
  • Chapter 11: Working with Windows Apps
  • Get Up to Speed with the News App
  • Display Weather Views
  • Specify a Location in Weather
  • Add a Contact in the People App
  • Edit Contact Information
  • Send Email to Contacts
  • Add an Event to Your Calendar
  • Invite People to an Event
  • Work with Paint
  • Discover Paint 3D
  • Part 3: Going Online
  • Chapter 12: Hitting the Road with Your Laptop
  • Use the Maps App
  • Set Your Location
  • Show Traffic
  • Get Directions
  • Plan Travel Online
  • Get Travel Advice and Information
  • Chapter 13: Understanding Internet Basics
  • Understand What the Internet Is
  • Explore Different Types of Internet Connections
  • Set Up a Wi-Fi Internet Connection
  • Practice Navigation Basics with the Microsoft Edge App
  • Use Other Browsers
  • Understand Tabs in Browsers
  • Understand Start and Home Pages
  • Set Up a Home Page in Microsoft Edge
  • Chapter 14: Browsing the Web
  • Learn More about Microsoft Edge
  • Search the Web
  • Search the Web with Cortana
  • Use Reading View
  • Find Content on a Web Page
  • Add Your Own Notes to a Web Page
  • Add a Web Page to the Reading List
  • Pin a Tab
  • Add a Website to Favorites and Create a Folder
  • Use Favorites
  • View Your Browsing History
  • View Your Reading List
  • Print a Web Page
  • Adjust Microsoft Edge Settings
  • Chapter 15: Staying Safe While Online
  • Understand Technology Risks on the Internet
  • Use Suggested Content
  • Download Files Safely
  • Use InPrivate Browsing
  • Use SmartScreen Filter
  • Change Privacy Settings
  • Understand Information Exposure
  • Keep Your Information Private
  • Spot Phishing Scams and Other Email Fraud
  • Create Strong Passwords
  • Chapter 16: Keeping in Touch with Mail
  • Sign Up for an Internet-Based Email Account
  • Set Up an Email Account
  • Get to Know Mail
  • Open Mail and Receive Messages
  • Create and Send Email
  • Send an Attachment
  • Read a Message
  • Reply to a Message
  • Forward Email
  • Make Account Settings in Mail
  • Chapter 17: Working in the Cloud
  • Use Applications Online
  • Understand How OneDrive Works with the Cloud
  • Add Files to OneDrive Online
  • Share a File or Folder Using OneDrive
  • Create a New OneDrive Folder
  • Turn On the Sync Feature
  • Choose Which Settings You Want to Sync
  • Chapter 18: Connecting with People Online
  • Use Discussion Boards and Blogs
  • Participate in Chat
  • Understand Instant Messages (IMs)
  • Explore Skype and Add Contacts
  • Send and Receive Instant Messages (IMs) in Skype
  • Make a Call
  • Use a Webcam
  • Get an Overview of Collaborative and Social Networking Sites
  • Sign Up for a Social Networking Service
  • Understand How Online Dating Works
  • Select a Dating Service
  • Play Games Online
  • Part 4: Having Fun
  • Chapter 19: Getting Visual: Using Video, Photos, and Camera Apps
  • Get an Overview of Media Apps
  • Find Movies and TV Shows in the Store
  • Play Movies and TV Shows
  • Stream Videos from Other Sources
  • Upload Content from Your Digital Camera or Smartphone
  • Take Photos with the Camera App
  • Record Videos with the Camera App
  • View Photos in the Photos App
  • Edit Photos
  • Share Photos
  • Run a Slide Show in the Photos App
  • Chapter 20: Playing Music in Windows 10
  • Set Up Speakers
  • Adjust System Volume
  • Use Windows Media Player to Rip Music
  • Find Music in the Store
  • Buy Music
  • Search for Music with Cortana
  • Create a Playlist
  • Play Music
  • Part 5: Windows Toolkit
  • Chapter 21: Working with Networks
  • Join a Homegroup
  • Make a Connection to a Network
  • Specify What You Want to Share over a Network
  • Set Up a Wireless Network
  • Make Your Laptop Discoverable to Bluetooth
  • Connect to Bluetooth Devices
  • Go Online Using Your Cellular Network
  • Chapter 22: Protecting Windows
  • Understand Laptop Security
  • Use Other Software Protection
  • Understand Windows Update Options
  • Check for Windows Updates
  • Enable Windows Firewall
  • Run a Scan with Windows Defender
  • Change Your Laptop Password
  • Allow Firewall Exceptions
  • Use a Lock to Deter Thieves
  • Use a Fingerprint Reader
  • Protect Your Laptop from Damage
  • Use a Service to Find a Lost Laptop
  • Chapter 23: Maintaining Windows
  • Shut Down a Nonresponsive Application
  • Create a System Restore Point
  • Restore Your Laptop
  • Reset Your Laptop
  • Optimize Your Hard Drive
  • Free Disk Space
  • About the Author
  • Advertisement Page
  • Connect with Dummies
  • End User License Agreement

Chapter 1

Buying a Laptop


Understanding what you can do with a laptop

Getting an overview of the hardware

Appreciating software

Understanding the difference between desktops and laptops

Choosing a laptop

Selecting a version of Windows

Determining your price range

Understanding displays

Getting more out of your battery life

Using USB ports for storage or DVDs

Choosing features for faster performance

Determining how you'll connect to the Internet

If you've never owned a laptop and now face purchasing one for the first time, choosing a laptop can be a somewhat daunting experience. There are lots of technical terms to figure out and various pieces of hardware (the physical parts of your laptop such as the monitor and keyboard) and software (the programs that allow you to use the computer to get things done, such as creating documents and playing games, for example).

In this chapter, I introduce you to the world of activities your new laptop makes available to you, and I provide the information you need to choose just the right laptop for you. Remember as you read through this chapter that figuring out what you want to do with your laptop is an important step in determining which laptop you should buy. You have to consider how much money you want to spend, how you'll connect your laptop to the Internet, and how much power and performance you need from your laptop.

Understand All You Can Do with Laptops

Congratulations - in your life you've been witness to a remarkable revolution. In just a few decades, computers have moved from being expensive behemoths that lived in corporate basements to being personal productivity and entertainment tools. They empower people to connect around the world in unprecedented ways, and they make common tasks much easier to handle.

The following list walks you through some of the things your laptop will enable you to do. Depending on what activities are important to you, you can make a more-informed purchasing choice.

  • Keep in touch with friends and family. The Internet makes it possible to communicate with other people via email; share video images using built-in video recorders or webcams (tiny video cameras that capture and send your images to others); and make phone and video calls using your laptop and Internet connection with services such as Skype. You can also chat with others by typing messages and sending them through your laptop using a technology called instant messaging (IM). These text messages are exchanged in real time, so that you and your grandchild, for example, can see and reply to text or share images immediately. Part 3 of this book explains these topics in more detail.
  • Research any topic from the comfort of your home. Online, you can find many reputable websites that help you get information on anything from expert medical advice to the best travel deals. You can read news from around the corner or around the world. You can visit government websites to get information about your taxes and Social Security benefits, and go to entertainment sites to look up your local television listings or movie reviews.
  • Address greeting cards, letters, or home inventories. Whether you're organizing your holiday card list, tracking sales for your home business, or figuring out a monthly budget, computer programs can help. For example, Figure 1-1 shows the Jacquie Lawson e-greeting card site with lots of options for creating electronic cards to send to your friends' email inboxes.
  • Pursue hobbies such as genealogy or sports. You can research your favorite teams online (see Figure 1-2) or connect with people who have the same interests. The online world is full of special-interest discussion groups where you can talk about a wide variety of topics with others.
  • Play interactive games with others over the Internet. You can play everything from shuffleboard to poker and even participate in action games in virtual worlds.
  • Share and create photos, drawings, and videos. If you have a digital camera or smartphone, you can transfer photos to your laptop (called uploading) or copy photos off the Internet (if their copyright permits it) and share them in emails or use them to create your own greeting cards. If you're artistically inclined, you can create digital drawings. Many popular websites make sharing your homemade videos easy, too. If you have a digital video camera or smartphone and editing software, you can use editing tools to make a movie and share it with others via video-sharing sites such as YouTube or by email. Steven Spielberg, look out!
  • Shop online and compare products easily, day or night. You can shop for anything from a garden shed to travel deals or a new camera. Using handy shopping site features, you can easily compare prices from several stores or read customer product reviews. Websites such as list product prices from a variety of vendors on one web page, so you can find the best deals. Beyond the convenience, all this information can help you save money.
  • Manage your financial life. You can do your banking or investing online and get up-to-the-minute data about your bank account, credit card balances, and investments. And if you're online savvy, you can do this all without fear of having your financial data stolen (see Chapter 15 for more about online safety).



Overview of Hardware

Your computing experience is made up of interactions with hardware and software. The hardware is all the tangible computer equipment, such as the body of your laptop containing the monitor, central processing unit, touchpad, and keyboard.

Your laptop hardware consists of

  • A central processing unit (CPU), which is the very small, very high-tech semiconductor chip that acts as the brains of your computer. The CPU is stored in your laptop along with the other nuts and bolts of your computer.
  • A monitor, which displays images on its screen such as the Microsoft Windows screen, a video you watch from an online entertainment site, or a document in a software program. Today, more and more laptops sport touchscreen monitors, which allow you to use your finger on the screen to provide input to the computer.
  • A keyboard, which is similar to a typewriter keyboard. In addition to typing words, you can use a keyboard to give the computer commands such as selecting, copying, and pasting text.
  • A touchpad, which you also use to give your computer commands. This little device offers a more tactile way to provide input. You move a pointer on the screen by using a built-in pointing device, which might be in the form of a touchpad, or a small button. Slide your fingertip around the touchpad. This moves the pointer around onscreen. You position this pointer on an onscreen button or menu name, for example, and then click the left or right side of your touchpad, which causes an action. You can also tap and drag your fingertip to select text or an object to perform an action on it (such as deleting a file or making a line of text bold). You also have the option of attaching a physical wireless mouse to your laptop; a small transmitter that you place in a USB port on your laptop enables the mouse input.
  • Peripherals, such as a printer, speakers, webcams, wireless mouse, and headphones. These may or may not come with your laptop when you buy it. Your laptop comes with slots (called ports) where you can plug in various peripherals.

Appreciate Software

Software is what makes the hardware work or lets you get things done, such as writing documents with Microsoft Word or playing a game of solitaire. You can install software (also known as programs, applications, or apps) on your laptop or use a version from an online website. Here are a few basics about software:

  • You use software to get your work done, run entertainment programs, and browse the Internet. For example, Quicken is a financial management program you can use to balance your checkbook or plan for your retirement.
  • Software used to run your computer is called an operating system. Some examples of operating systems are Apple's OS X for Mac computers and Microsoft Windows. This book deals mainly with Windows 10 Creators Update and the programs it runs.
  • Some programs come preinstalled on your laptop; you can buy and install other programs as you need them. For example, a computer always has an operating system because the operating system runs all the other programs. Also, some programs are included with a Windows computer, such as WordPad, a simple word- processing program, and Music and Video apps.
  • You can uninstall programs you no longer need. Uninstalling unwanted programs helps to free up some space on your laptop, which helps it perform better.
  • Software programs called utilities exist to keep your laptop in shape. An antivirus program is an example of a utility used to block or spot and erase computer viruses from your system. Your operating system also includes some utilities,...

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