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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Computer Basics, 5th Edition (Complete Idiot's Guides (Computers)) Paperback – February 3, 2009

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When you first get a PC, you want to do something with it. You didn't buy it to learn about it any more than you buy a car to learn about its engine. You want to write a letter, send an email message, check out some Web sites, make a greeting card, or personalize the Windows desktop. Whatever it is you want to do, you don't want to have to read a book describing what a Pentium processor is or how your AGP adapter produces the pretty image on the screen. You want something more tangible; you want to do something practical. The only trouble is that the darn computer won't cooperate. It's just not as easy as it looks. That's the purpose of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Computer Basics. This book identifies the 20-30 tasks that you as a PC novice want to perform and then it draws a map showing you how to achieve your goal. You'll follow simple steps to print a greeting card, reconcile a checkbook balance, decorate the Windows desktop, make the PC run faster, and more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Joe Kraynak has taught hundreds of thousands of novice computer users how to master their computers and their software. His long list of computer books includes Using and Upgrading PCs, CliffsNotes Buying Your First PC, More Easy Windows 98, Easy Internet, The Complete Idiot's Guide(r) to Microsoft Office XP, and Absolute Beginner's Guide to Excel 2003.
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Product Details

  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guides (Computers)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha; 5 Original edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592578594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592578597
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,994,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Users of this book should ignore part of it's title regarding the "complete idiot." It has very useful tips for the average computer user as well. It packs a lot of information into 383 pages and has a good glossary and index. However, it would have made a great book had the publisher considered colorful graphics and reader-friendly font types!
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My sister received a computer, but had no clue how to use it. I got this book for her, because it explains things clearly without a lot of jargon. I would have preferred that it had a little more information about some aspects of the computer such as email, but this book has a lot to cover. It can't go in depth about everything (and besides that, the publisher puts out other books in this series that explains individual computer subjects). A good starter textbook for those who are totally new to the computer, however.
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Another great addition to the "Complete Idiot's guide"- series. This one covers all the neccessary basic information needed to beat the dread one might feel as an "uninitiated" in the midst of the ever-increasing media-hype about computers. Buy it for your Granny.
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Computer Basics, Fifth Edition, is an excellent resource for beginners and anyone else who needs to know the basics associated with using a PC. Recently, when neighbors asked me to help them troubleshoot a problem with their PC, I referred to my copy of Computer Basics, which assisted me in no time at all in helping solve their problem. Leaving their house with my copy of the book was a little more problematic (they wanted to keep it for themselves).

I appreciate how easy it was to find exactly what I was looking for in Computer Basics. The chapters are easy to get through, and the Index provides quick access to just the information I need. I also like that the graphics presented in the book look exactly like they do on screen, and that the call-outs to those graphics are clear and concise.

From setting up email on your PC and finding lost and misplaced items, to the basics associated with using spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation programs like MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, this book really does have it all, and it really is super easy to read and understand!
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I travel a great deal in my business and inevitably, as soon as I get away from home, my wife has an issue with our home computer. It's 5+ years old and definitely is not state-of-the-art, but still adequate for our needs; primarily e-mail, web browsing, etc. I picked up a copy of this book for her reference when she had a problem and I wasn't around to solve the issue. It's well laid-out, easy to understand and covers the basics thoroughly.

I consider myself to be reasonably computer savvy, but in thumbing through this book, I found several sections containing tips and tricks I didn't know. Chapter 31 was particularly useful; tuneup suggestions that made our old PC run much faster and with greater stability. Who knows - we might get another couple of years out of it. Thanks Joe!
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I bought this book many years ago and still keep it handy, but I found out that I had to know about a computer some before I tried to use the book. It assumed that the reader already knew a lot and I didn't.
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Joe Kraynak presents computer 'basics' here with wit, charm and plenty of helpful tips and information. Perfect for the true computer novice or even for those computer users who consider themselves PC savvy. 'The Least You Need to Know' sections at the end of each chapter do a great job of hitting the high points. Great job Joe!
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I have purchased other 'Idiot' topics for myself. My sister needed something to assist her with learning the computer so I purchased this at Amazon for her. Product shipped quickly, and I have never had a bad shippment with Amazon in all my years of shopping from them. Very pleased with the price, delivery and the product itself.
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