Author(s): Michael Miller
This year, millions of casual computer users will buy new Windows 8 mobile devices, notebooks, and desktop PCs. They'll want to know how to find their way around, get comfortable, and get the job done - without jargon, complexity, or hassle. There's a book for them: Michael Miller's Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics, Windows 8 Edition. It's the one book that covers everything today's beginners and near-beginners need to know: not just about Windows, but also about software, hardware, and the Internet. Through 100+ books, author Michael Miller has established an unparalleled track record in explaining complicated concepts simply and clearly, and empowering beginners. Now, he's thoroughly updated his best-selling Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics to cover today's user experience - with Windows 8, Internet Explorer 8, and today's hottest online tools, from craigslist and Facebook to Twitter, Wikipedia, and Google Docs. The latest edition of Absolute Beginner's Guide to Computer Basics is updated with coverage of Windows 8, which introduces the totally new Metro user interface.
Given Metro's genesis as a mobile interface, and Microsoft's push towards a new breed of touchscreen computing devices, this new edition will include more hardware coverage than previous editions. In addition, this book will cover Windows 8's new Metro interface in depth, as well as feature increased coverage of social networking and cloud computing applications.
Part I: Getting Started 1. How Personal Computers Work 2. Getting to Know Desktop Computers 3. Getting to Know Notebook and Netbook Computers 4. Getting to Know Tablet Computers Part II. Keeping Your System Up and Running 5. Working with Printers 6. Setting Up a Home Network 7. Adding Storage and Backup 8. Connecting Your PC to Your TV 9. Performing Routine Maintenance 10. Dealing with Common Problems 11. Protecting Against Computer Attacks, Malware, and Spam Part III: Using Windows 12. Getting to Know Windows 8 13. Personalizing Windows 14. Working with Files, Folders, and Disks Part IV: Using the Internet 15. Connecting to the Internet -- at Home and On the Road 16. Surfing the Web -- Safely and Securely 17. Researching Online 18. Buying and Selling Online 19. Banking and Paying Bills Online 20. Watching TV and Movies Online Part V: Communicating Online 21. Sending and Receiving Email 22. Sending and Receiving Instant Messages 23. Social Networking with Facebook 24. More Social Networking with Google+, LinkedIn, and Twitter 25. Exploring the Blogosphere Part VI: Working with Apps and Software 26. Finding New Apps in the Windows App Store 27. Installing Traditional Computer Software 28. Finding Applications in the Cloud 29. Doing Office Work 30. Staying Organized 31. Playing CDs and DVDs 32. Playing and Storing Digital Music 33. Editing and Sharing Digital Photos 34. Making and Sharing Home Movies