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1 Contents at a Glance Introduction... 1 Part I: First Steps with Your Laptop... 5 Chapter 1: Discovering the Laptop Advantage...7 Chapter 2: Buying a Laptop...19 Chapter 3: Setting Up Your Laptop...37 Chapter 4: Managing Power...53 Chapter 5: Opting for a Tablet Computer...63 Part II: Exploring Windows Chapter 6: Getting around the Windows 7 Desktop...75 Chapter 7: Setting Up Your Display...99 Chapter 8: Getting Help with Vision, Hearing, and Dexterity Challenges Chapter 9: Setting Up Printers and Scanners Chapter 10: Getting Help Part III: Having Fun and Getting Things Done with Software Chapter 11: Working with Software Programs Chapter 12: Working with Files and Folders Chapter 13: Using the Desktop Gadget Gallery and Gadgets Chapter 14: Using Microsoft Works Chapter 15: Getting the Most from Movies and Digital Photos Chapter 16: Playing Music in Windows Chapter 17: Playing Games in Windows Chapter 18: Dabbling with Online Programs COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL Part IV: Exploring the Internet Chapter 19: Understanding Internet Basics Chapter 20: Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer Chapter 21: Staying Safe While Online

2 Chapter 22: Keeping In Touch with Chapter 23: Connecting with People Online Chapter 24: Getting Involved in the Social Net Part V: Taking Care of Your Laptop Chapter 25: Laptop Security and Safety Chapter 26: Maintaining Windows Index

3 Table of Contents Introduction... 1 About This Book...1 Foolish Assumptions...1 Why You Need This Book...2 How This Book Is Organized...2 Get Going!...4 Part I: First Steps with Your Laptop... 5 Chapter 1: Discovering the Laptop Advantage... 7 Understand the Difference between a Desktop and Laptop...8 Get a Feel for Super Portable Netbooks and Tablets...10 Explore All You Can Do with Your Laptop...11 Appreciate the Portability Factor...14 Understand Types of Laptops and Tablets...15 Chapter 2: Buying a Laptop Understand Hardware and Software...20 Select a Type of Laptop...22 Decide Whether a Tablet Would Work...24 Choose a Version of Windows...25 Determine a Price Range...26 Select a Monitor...28 Opt for Longer Battery Life...29 Choose an Optical Drive...30 Understand Processor Speed and Memory...31 Determine How You ll Connect to the Internet...33 Buy a Customized Laptop...34 Get Accessories for Your Laptop...35

4 Laptops & Tablets For Seniors For Dummies, 2nd Edition Chapter 3: Setting Up Your Laptop Install and Charge the Battery...37 Turn On Your Laptop and Log On and Off Windows Use the Touchpad, Your Laptop s Built-In Mouse...41 Use the Function Keys...44 Set the Date and Time...44 Create a New User Account...46 Switch User Accounts...48 Change Your User Account Picture...49 Shut Down Your Laptop...50 Chapter 4: Managing Power Choose a Power Plan...54 Create a Customized Power Plan...55 Adjust Display Settings...57 Change How Quickly the Computer Goes to Sleep...58 Define Power Button Functions...60 Chapter 5: Opting for a Tablet Computer Know the Advantages of a Tablet...63 Understand Tablet Operating Systems...65 Compare Tablet Features and Prices...66 Explore Touchscreens...67 Use an Onscreen Keyboard...68 Choose How to Connect to the Internet...69 Discover the World of Apps...70 Part II: Exploring Windows Chapter 6: Getting around the Windows 7 Desktop Understand the Desktop...75 Work with the Start Menu...78 Work with Frequently Used Programs...81 Arrange Icons on the Desktop...82 Empty the Recycle Bin...83 x

5 Table of Contents Find a File with Windows Explorer...85 Create a Shortcut to a File or Folder...86 Start a Program...88 Resize Windows...90 Switch between Programs...92 Use the Shake Feature...92 Use the Snap Feature...93 Use the Peek Feature...94 Close a Program...95 Chapter 7: Setting Up Your Display Customize Windows Appearance Set Your Screen s Resolution Change the Desktop Background Use Your Own Picture as a Background Choose a Desktop Theme Set Up a Screen Saver Change the Color and Appearance of Windows Modify Windows Transparency Chapter 8: 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 Touchpad Behavior Change the Cursor Chapter 9: Setting Up Printers and Scanners Install a Printer Set Up a Wireless Printer xi

6 Laptops & Tablets For Seniors For Dummies, 2nd Edition Set a Default Printer Set Printer Preferences View Currently Installed Printers Remove a Printer Install a Scanner Modify Scanner Settings Chapter 10: Getting Help Explore the Help Table of Contents Search for Help Post a Question in Windows Communities Access Windows Online Help Connect to Remote Assistance Change Windows Help and Support Display Options Contact Microsoft Customer Support Part III: Having Fun and Getting Things Done with Software Chapter 11: Working with Software Programs Install a Program Launch a Program Move Information between Programs Start a Program Automatically Set Program Defaults Access a Program Online Remove a Program Chapter 12: Working with Files and Folders Understand How Windows Organizes Data Access Recently Used Files Locate Files and Folders in Your Laptop Search for a File Move a File or Folder Rename a File or Folder xii

7 Table of Contents Create a Shortcut to a File or Folder Delete a File or Folder Compress a File or Folder Add a File to Your Favorites List Understand File Storage Options Back Up Files to a Read/Writable CD or DVD Chapter 13: Using the Desktop Gadget Gallery and Gadgets Open the Gadget Gallery and Add Gadgets to the Desktop Check the Time Display a Continuous Slide Show Use the Windows Calendar Play with Puzzles Convert Currency Use the Feed Headlines Gadget Monitor Your CPU Check the Weather Find More Gadgets Online Chapter 14: Using Microsoft Works Open a New Document and Enter and Edit Text Save a Document Open an Existing Document Cut, Copy, and Paste Text Format Text Check Spelling Change Page Setup Print a Document Explore the Structure of a Spreadsheet Open Works Spreadsheet and Enter Data Format Numbers Apply AutoFormats to Cells Perform Simple Calculations xiii

8 Laptops & Tablets For Seniors For Dummies, 2nd Edition Chapter 15: Getting the Most from Movies and Digital Photos Work with Media Software Play Movies with Windows Media Player Upload Photos from Your Digital Camera View a Digital Image in the Windows Photo Viewer Add a Tag to a Photo a Photo Burn a Photo to a CD or DVD Create and Play a Slide Show Watch Movies Online Chapter 16: Playing Music in Windows Set Up Speakers Adjust System Volume Create a Playlist Burn Music to a CD/DVD Sync with a Music Device Play Music Make Settings for Ripping Music Chapter 17: Playing Games in Windows Play Solitaire Play FreeCell Play Spider Solitaire Play Minesweeper Play Hearts Play Chess Titans Play Checkers Online Chapter 18: Dabbling with Online Programs Understand the Cloud Use Google Docs Exchange Files Using SkyDrive xiv

9 Table of Contents Open Attachments in Office Online Share Photos and Videos Online Play Online Games Part IV: Exploring the Internet Chapter 19: Understanding Internet Basics Understand What the Internet Is Explore Different Types of Internet Connections Set Up an Internet Connection Compare Popular Browsers Navigate the Web Use Tabs in Browsers Set Up a Home Page Chapter 20: Browsing the Web with Internet Explorer Search the Web Find Content on a Web Page Add a Web Site to Favorites Organize Favorites View Your Browsing History Customize the Internet Explorer Toolbar Add RSS Feeds Print a Web Page Play Podcasts Get Advice about Finances Online Bank Online Invest Online Chapter 21: Staying Safe While Online Understand Technology Risks on the Internet Download Files Safely Turn on InPrivate Browsing and Filtering Use SmartScreen Filtering Change Privacy Settings xv

10 Laptops & Tablets For Seniors For Dummies, 2nd Edition Enable the Content Advisor Understand Information Exposure Keep Your Information Private Spot Phishing Scams and Other Fraud Create Strong Passwords Chapter 22: Keeping In Touch with Set Up an Internet-Based Account Manage Accounts in Windows Live Get to Know Windows Live Hotmail Open and Receive Windows Live Hotmail Create and Send Send an Attachment Read a Message Reply to a Message Forward Create and Add a Signature Format Messages Apply a Theme and Add a Picture Add People to the Contact List Customize the Reading Pane Layout Create Message Folders Organize Messages in Folders Chapter 23: Connecting with People Online Use Discussion Boards Participate in Chat Send and Receive Instant Messages (IMs) Use Webcams Use Skype to Make Calls Online Schedule Events Send E-greeting Cards Recommend a Site to Others xvi

11 Table of Contents Chapter 24: Getting Involved in the Social Net Overview of Collaborative and Social Networking Sites Compare Popular Services Sign Up for a Social Networking Service Create a Profile Invite Friends See How Online Dating Works Select a Dating Service Explore Twitter Get Involved in Video and Photo Sharing Part V: Taking Care of Your Laptop Chapter 25: Laptop Security and Safety Understand Laptop Security Understand Windows Update Options Run Windows Update Set Up Trusted and Restricted Web Sites Enable the Windows Firewall Set Up a Password for Your Laptop Check Your Laptop s Security Status Use a Lock to Deter Thieves Utilize a Fingerprint Reader Protect Your Laptop from Damage Use a Service to Find a Lost Laptop Chapter 26: Maintaining Windows Shut Down a Nonresponsive Application Start Windows in Safe Mode Create a System Restore Point Restore the Windows System Defragment a Hard Drive Free Your Disk Space xvii

12 Laptops & Tablets For Seniors For Dummies, 2nd Edition Delete Temporary Internet Files by Using Internet Explorer Schedule Maintenance Tasks Troubleshoot Software Problems Index xviii

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