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Laptops for Seniors for Dummies


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Introduction 1 About This Book 1 Foolish Assumptions 1 Beyond the Book 2 Where to Go from Here 2 Part 1: Get Going! 3 Chapter 1: Buying a Laptop 5 Understand All You Can Do with Laptops 6 Overview of Hardware 9 Appreciate Software 10 Understand the Difference between a Desktop and Laptop 11 Choose a Laptop 14 Select a Version of Windows 17 Determine Your Price Range 18 Understand Displays 19 Opt for Longer Battery Life 20 Use USB Ports for Storage or DVDs 21 Choose Features for Faster Performance 21 Determine How You'll Connect to the Internet 23 Chapter 2: Setting Up Your Laptop 25 Install and Charge the Battery 26 Log on to Windows 10 27 Use the Mouse 29 Work with a Touchscreen 31 Use Shortcuts 31 Use the Function Keys 32 Set the Date and Time 33 Create a New User Account 34 Switch User Accounts 37 Shut Down Your Laptop 37 Chapter 3: Getting Around Windows 10 39 Get an Overview of Windows 10 40 Work with the Desktop 42 Display the Start Menu 44 Use Task View to See Open Apps 45 Use the Snap Feature to Organize Apps on the Desktop 46 Search for Files and Web Content with Cortana 48 Explore the Action Center 49 Find a File or Open an Application with File Explorer 50 Work with Windows 10 Using a Touchscreen 51 Create Additional Desktops 52 View All Apps in the Start Menu 53 Empty the Recycle Bin 54 Add an App to the Start Menu 56 Create a Desktop Shortcut 56 Resize Windows 57 Chapter 4: Managing Power 59 Change How Quickly the Computer Goes to Sleep 60 Change How Quickly the Display is Turned Off 62 Change the Display Brightness 63 Adjust the Battery Saver 64 Choose a Power Plan 65 Create a Customized Power Plan 67 Define Power Button Functions 68 Chapter 5: Setting Up Your Display 71 Customize the Appearance of Windows 72 Set Your Screen's Resolution 73 Change the Desktop Background and Color 74 Change the Lock Screen Picture 76 Change Your Account Picture 77 Choose a Desktop Theme 79 Set Up a Screen Saver 81 Name Tile Groups 82 Rearrange Tiles in the Start Menu 83 Resize Tiles 83 Chapter 6: Getting Help with Vision, Hearing, and Dexterity Challenges 85 Use Tools for the Visually Challenged 86 Replace Sounds with Visual Cues 89 Make Text Larger or Smaller 91 Set Up Speech Recognition 92 Modify How Your Keyboard Works 95 Use the Onscreen Keyboard Feature 96 Set Up Keyboard Repeat Rates 98 Customize Mouse Behavior 99 Change the Cursor 101 Make Your Touch Visible 102 Chapter 7: Setting Up Printers and Scanners 105 Install a Printer 106 Add a Printer Manually 107 Set a Default Printer 110 Set Printer Preferences 112 View Currently Installed Printers 114 Remove a Printer 116 Modify Scanner Settings 116 Part 2: Getting Things Done with Software 119 Chapter 8: Connecting with Cortana 121 Get an Overview of Cortana 122 Set Up Cortana 123 Set Up Cortana's Notebook 126 Interact with Cortana 127 Set Reminders 128 Search with Cortana 130 Identify Music with Cortana 131 Chapter 9: Working with Software 133 Launch Software 134 View Open Apps in Task View 136 Close Software 137 Move Information between Apps 137 Set App Defaults 140 Uninstall an App 141 Chapter 10: Working with Files and Folders 145 Understand How Windows Organizes Data 146 Access Recently Used Items 149 Locate Files and Folders in Your Laptop with File Explorer 150 Work with the View Ribbon 152 Search with Cortana 153 Move a File or Folder 154 Rename a File or Folder 156 Create a Shortcut to a File or Folder 157 Delete a File or Folder 158 Create a Compressed File or Folder 159 Add a Folder to Your Quick Access List 161 Back Up Files 163 Chapter 11: Working with Windows Apps 165 Get Up to Speed with the News App 166 Display Weather Views 170 Specify a Location in Weather 171 Add a Contact in the People App 173 Edit Contact Information 175 Send Email to Contacts 176 Add an Event to Your Calendar 178 Invite People to an Event 181 Work with Paint 182 Discover Paint 3D 184 Part 3: Going Online 187 Chapter 12: Hitting the Road with Your Laptop 189 Use the Maps App 190 Set Your Location 190 Show Traffic 191 Get Directions 192 Plan Travel Online 194 Get Travel Advice and Information 196 Chapter 13: Understanding Internet Basics 199 Understand What the Internet Is 200 Explore Different Types of Internet Connections 202 Set Up a Wi-Fi Internet Connection 205 Practice Navigation Basics with the Microsoft Edge App 207 Use Other Browsers 209 Understand Tabs in Browsers 210 Understand Start and Home Pages 212 Set Up a Home Page in Microsoft Edge 212 Chapter 14: Browsing the Web 215 Learn More about Microsoft Edge 216 Search the Web 218 Search the Web with Cortana 220 Use Reading View 221 Find Content on a Web Page 222 Add Your Own Notes to a Web Page 224 Add a Web Page to the Reading List 225 Pin a Tab 226 Add a Website to Favorites and Create a Folder 227 Use Favorites 228 View Your Browsing History 229 View Your Reading List 231 Print a Web Page 232 Adjust Microsoft Edge Settings 233 Chapter 15: Staying Safe While Online 235 Understand Technology Risks on the Internet 236 Use Suggested Content 239 Download Files Safely 241 Use InPrivate Browsing 243 Use SmartScreen Filter 244 Change Privacy Settings 245 Understand Information Exposure 246 Keep Your Information Private 249 Spot Phishing Scams and Other Email Fraud 251 Create Strong Passwords 253 Chapter 16: Keeping in Touch with Mail 255 Sign Up for an Internet-Based Email Account 256 Set Up an Email Account 258 Get to Know Mail 261 Open Mail and Receive Messages 263 Create and Send Email 265 Send an Attachment 267 Read a Message 269 Reply to a Message 270 Forward Email 272 Make Account Settings in Mail 273 Chapter 17: Working in the Cloud 277 Use Applications Online 278 Understand How OneDrive Works with the Cloud 280 Add Files to OneDrive Online 282 Share a File or Folder Using OneDrive 284 Create a New OneDrive Folder 285 Turn On the Sync Feature 286 Choose Which Settings You Want to Sync 288 Chapter 18: Connecting with People Online 289 Use Discussion Boards and Blogs 290 Participate in Chat 292 Understand Instant Messages (IMs) 294 Explore Skype and Add Contacts 296 Send and Receive Instant Messages (IMs) in Skype 298 Make a Call 299 Use a Webcam 301 Get an Overview of Collaborative and Social Networking Sites 303 Sign Up for a Social Networking Service 304 Understand How Online Dating Works 307 Select a Dating Service 308 Play Games Online 309 Part 4: Having Fun 311 Chapter 19: Getting Visual: Using Video, Photos, and Camera Apps 313 Get an Overview of Media Apps 314 Find Movies and TV Shows in the Store 316 Play Movies and TV Shows 318 Stream Videos from Other Sources 321 Upload Content from Your Digital Camera or Smartphone 321 Take Photos with the Camera App 322 Record Videos with the Camera App 324 View Photos in the Photos App 325 Edit Photos 327 Share Photos 328 Run a Slide Show in the Photos App 330 Chapter 20: Playing Music in Windows 10 331 Set Up Speakers 332 Adjust System Volume 333 Use Windows Media Player to Rip Music 335 Find Music in the Store 337 Buy Music 339 Search for Music with Cortana 340 Create a Playlist 341 Play Music 343 Part 5: Windows Toolkit 347 Chapter 21: Working with Networks 349 Join a Homegroup 350 Make a Connection to a Network 351 Specify What You Want to Share over a Network 353 Set Up a Wireless Network 354 Make Your Laptop Discoverable to Bluetooth 356 Connect to Bluetooth Devices 357 Go Online Using Your Cellular Network 358 Chapter 22: Protecting Windows 361 Understand Laptop Security 362 Use Other Software Protection 363 Understand Windows Update Options 364 Check for Windows Updates 365 Enable Windows Firewall 367 Run a Scan with Windows Defender 369 Change Your Laptop Password 370 Allow Firewall Exceptions 372 Use a Lock to Deter Thieves 374 Use a Fingerprint Reader 375 Protect Your Laptop from Damage 376 Use a Service to Find a Lost Laptop 377 Chapter 23: Maintaining Windows 379 Shut Down a Nonresponsive Application 380 Create a System Restore Point 381 Restore Your Laptop 383 Reset Your Laptop 385 Optimize Your Hard Drive 387 Free Disk Space 389 Index 391

About the Author

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.

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