Annotations for Computer Basics Absolute Beginner's Guide, Windows 8 Edition

Baker & Taylor
Guides beginning users through basic PC operations in Microsoft Windows, demonstrating such tasks as personalizing Windows 8, connecting to the Internet, using social networks, working with apps, playing music, and performing routine maintenance.

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This textbook teaches basic computer usage updated for use with a Windows 8 operating system. It addresses basic issues such as setting up a printer or using iTunes. The text begins with a brief explanation of how personal computers work in general and then goes on to give step-by-step instructions on how one would set up a home computer. The book is Windows 8 specific, and many of the directions apply to Windows only. The book also contains chapters explaining current popular social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook. There are a tutorials concerning photo sharing, watching shows and video online, and routine maintenance. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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