Table of contents for Practical computing / Lynn Hogan.

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Chapter 1	Understanding Your Personal Computer	 1
Introducing the Personal Computers	 2
Powering On a Computer System	 5
Taking a Tour	 6
Input	 6
Output	 12
System Unit	 15
Magnetic Disk Storage	 18
Optical Disc Storage	 20
Shutting Down Your System	 23
Setting Up a New Personal Computer	23
Chapter 2	Software	 29
Understanding System Software	 30
The Operating System	 30
Windows	 33
Mac OS	 37
UNIX	 37
Linux	 39
System Utilities	 40
Antivirus Software	 40
Other System Utilities	 41
Understanding Application Software	 42
Distribution Methods	 42
Commercial	 42
Freeware	 42
Shareware	 43
Public Domain	 43
Installing Software	 43
Uninstalling Software	 46
Running Software	 47
Getting Help	 48
Legal Issues	 49
Major Categories of Application Software	 51Chapter 3	Working with Windows	 62
Understanding the Windows Concept	 63
Knowing Your Way around the Desktop	 64
Icons	 65
Taskbar	 65
The Start Menu	 67
Toolbars on the Taskbar	 68
The System Tray and Clock	 69
Working with Programs and Windows	 69
Menus	 70
Dialog Boxes	 71
Other Windows Elements	 73
Understanding User Accounts	 74
Creating a User Account	 74
Modifying a User Account	 75
Switching between Accounts	 76
Managing Windows	 77
Minimizing a Window	 77
Maximizing a Window	 78
Restoring a Window	 79
Closing a Window	 79
Moving and Resizing a Window	 80
Working with More Than One Window at a Time	 81
Customizing Windows	 83
Setting the Clock	 83
Changing Display Settings	 84
Selecting a Background	 84
Selecting a Screen Saver	 85
Adjusting Screen Resolution	 86
Adjusting Mouse Double-Click Speed	 87
Adjusting Volume	 88
Getting Help	 88
Working with a Computer That Fails to Respond	 92
Chapter 4	Understanding Files, Folders, and Disk Maintenance	 98
Understanding File and Folder Concepts	 99
Files	 99
Folders	 100
Using My Computer	 102
Viewing Contents of a Disk	 102
The View Menu	 102
File Types	 106
Maintaining Disks	 107
Using Disk Cleanup	 108
Routine Disk Maintenance	 110
Error Checking	 111
Disk Defragmenting	 112
The Scheduled Task Wizard	 114
Backing Up (Copying Files)	 115
Copying Files to a CD-R or CD-RW	 116
Chapter 5	Working with Files and Folders	 124
Introducing Windows Explorer	 125
Creating Folders	 128
Renaming Folders	 130
Creating Files	 132
Renaming Files	 133
Deleting Folders and Files	 135
Understanding the Recycle Bin	 136
Sending Files to the Recycle Bin	 136
Managing the Recycle Bin	 136
Customizing the Recycle Bin	 137
Copying and Moving Files and Folders	 137
Selecting Multiple Files and Folders	 138
Finding Files and Folders	 140
Chapter 6	The Internet	 147
Introducing the Internet	 148
Connecting to the Internet	 150
Computer Equipment	 150
Connection Type	 151
Dial-Up Modem	 151
Cable Modem	 152
Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN)	 152
Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)	 152
Wireless	 153
Internet TV	 153
Internet Service Providers	 155
Software	 156
Creating an Account with an Online Service	 157
Understanding Web Addresses	 158
Understanding Browsers	 161
Accessing Web Sites	 162
Introducing Web Sites	 164
Searching the Web	 167
Search Engines and Directories	 167
Phrasing the Search	 169
Using Favorites (Bookmarks) and the History List	 172
Understanding Societal Implications	 174
Chapter 7	Working with the Internet	 179
Downloading Software	 180
Collecting and Printing Items from the Internet	 183
Collecting Text from the Internet to Save	 184
Selectively Printing from the Internet	 186
Capturing Clip Art	 186
Managing Plug-ins	 187
Understanding Privacy and Security Concerns	 189
Viruses	 189
Avoiding a Virus	 190
Virus Symptoms	 191
Removing a Virus	 192
Firewalls	 193
Understanding Adware and Spyware	 194
Cookies	 196
Digital Signatures	 197
Chapter 8	E-mail	 202
Understanding E-mail	 203
E-mail Servers	 203
E-mail Clients	 205
Creating an E-mail Account	 205
Introducing Outlook Express	 208
Selecting Outlook Express as Your E-mail Client	 209
Sending E-mail	 209
Reading E-mail	 217
Working with Attachments	 218
Creating and Adding an Attachment to an E-mail Message	 218
Understanding File Compression Software	 220
Retrieving, Saving, and Opening Attachments	 220
Spam	 222
Practicing E-mail Etiquette	 224
Chapter 9	Creating Documents (Using Microsoft Word 2002)	 229
Introducing Word Processing	 230
Creating and Managing Documents	 230
The Word Interface	 232
Document Views	 232
Title Bar	 232
Menu Bar, Toolbars, and the Ruler Bar	 234
Task Pane	 235
Status Bar	 235
Creating a Document	 235
Word Wrap	 237
Correcting Mistakes	 237
Checking Spelling and Grammar	 237
Saving a Document	 238
Saving a Document in a Different File Format	 238
Closing a Document	 239
Opening and Editing an Existing Document	 240
Printing a Document	 240
Print Preview	 243
Print Settings	 243
Creating a Document Using a Template	 244
Formatting Text, Paragraphs, and Documents	 245
Selecting Text	 246
Changing the Appearance of Characters	 246
Formatting Paragraphs	 246
Formatting Documents	 249
Chapter 10	Creating Spreadsheets (Using Microsoft Excel 2002)	 256
Introducing Spreadsheet Software	 257
The Excel Interface	 259
Creating and Managing Workbooks	 260
Workbook Elements	 260
Navigating within a Worksheet	 262
Creating a Workbook	 262
Working with Multiple Worksheets	 263
Saving a Workbook	 265
Closing a Workbook	 265
Opening and Editing an Existing Workbook	 265
Changing Page Setup Options	 265
Printing a Workbook	 268
Selecting, Copying, and Moving Workbook Contents	 268
Selecting Ranges, Columns, and Rows	 269
Inserting and Deleting Columns and Rows	 271
Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Cell Contents	 272
Working with Formulas	 274
Creating Formulas	 275
Understanding the Order of Precedence	 277
Using Functions	 277
Working with Absolute and Relative Cell References	 278
Formatting a Workbook	 281
Using Spelling Check and AutoCorrect	 281
Aligning Data	 282
Formatting Numbers	 282
Adjusting Column Width	 283
Appendix: Checklist for Purchasing a Home Computer	 291
Interpreting Computer Advertisements	 291
Recommended Minimum Specifications	 293
Online or In-Store Purchase	 295
Glossary	297
Credits	305
Index	306

Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:

Electronic data processing.
Microcomputers.