Enhance your work and personal life with technology
Use a computer, smart phone, or digital camera
Browse the web and understand the cloud
Become a digital citizen
It’s a digital world—don’t let it pass you by!
Do you wish you knew more about the latest technologies that everyone else seems to be enjoying, but aren’t sure where to start? Written in plain English for beginners just like you, this friendly guide makes it easy to get a grip on computer basics, the Internet, the latest in digital lifestyle services and devices, and so much more.
Begin at the beginning — get the lowdown on different types of computers and how they connect, the components that make up a computer system, and how operating systems generally work
Get up and running — find out how easy it is to get connected to the Internet, search for what you need on the Web, send and receive email, and work with the cloud
How suite it is — discover easy-to-follow instructions for working with the four essential applications in the Microsoft® Office 2013 suite: Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, and Access®
Safety first — get trusted, expert guidance on protecting your computer and data from harm—and safeguarding your privacy
Kick it up a notch — take your newly-acquired skills to the next level and try your hand at tablets, smartphones, and digital TVs, cameras, and photography
Open the book and find:
How software can make everyday tasks easier and more fun
Guidance on choosing a computer that’s best for your needs
How to set up a new computer and get online
Word processing, spreadsheet, and database basics
The latest features of Windows® 8.1
Everything you need to know about online communications
Faithe Wempen, M.A., is an adjunct instructor of Computer Technology at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, and the author of many books on PC hardware and software. She also develops Web sites for businesses and non-profit organizations, and writes and teaches online computer training courses for corporate clients.