Laptop & Tablet Basics for the Over 50s

Windows 8 edition

By: Joli Ballew
March 2014
Pearson Education
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
ISBN: 9781292002637
258 Pages, Illustrated
$39.95 Paper original


Use your laptop or tablet with confidence

This practical book will have you achieving immediate results using:

  • a friendly, visual approach
  • simple language
  • practical, task-based examples
  • large, full-colour screenshots.

Discover everything you want to know about choosing and using your laptop or tablet in this easy-to-use guide; from the most essential tasks that you’ll want to perform, to solving the most common problems you’ll encounter.

Practical. Simple. Fast.

Get the most out of your laptop or tablet with practical tips on every page:

· ALERT: Solutions to common problems

· HOT TIP: Time-saving shortcuts

· SEE ALSO: Related tasks and information

· DID YOU KNOW? Additional features to explore

· WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Jargon explained in plain English


Top Ten Tips

Chapter 1 Getting Started

Know what kind of device you own

Explore the battery

Plug in the power cable

Recognize USB ports

Locate the Ethernet port

Connect headphones

Locate additional ports

Start Windows 8

Follow the setup instructions

Explore the Start screen

Use the touch pad

Access the desktop

Change the screen resolution

Use the Windows key

Chapter 2 Explore Windows 8’s Unique Features

Use a Microsoft Account

Understand the new jargon

Log In to Windows 8

Access the default charms

Explore the default charms

Use the Weather app

Explore an app’s toolbar

Use the Travel app

Explore an app’s default charms

Search for a location with Maps

Get the latest sports news and follow a team

View your personal calendar

Move among open apps

Chapter 3 Personalize the Start Screen

Move tiles on the Start screen

Add a tile to the Start screen

Remove a tile from the Start screen

Turn live tiles on or off

Make app tiles larger or smaller

Change the Start screen background

Name a group of apps

Create a PIN for faster access to the Start screen

Chapter 4 Use the Internet Explorer Start Screen App

Know what you get from the IE Start screen app

Explore the Internet Explorer App

Visit a Website

Manage Tabs with the Hidden Toolbar

Pin a Website to the Start Screen

Explore Settings

Chapter 5 Get your Email with the Mail app

Access e-mail

Set up a third party e-mail account

Read e-mail

Compose and send a new email

Add formatting to an email

Respond toan email

Print an email

Attach something to an e-mail

View an attachment in an e-mail

View junk e-mail

Delete e-mail in a folder

Chapter 6 Explore the Social Networking Apps

Get to know the Messaging app

Add social accounts to the Messaging app

Send an instant text message

Set up the People app

View and edit contacts

Connect with a contact

Update your Status on Facebook

View Others’ social networking updates

Get Skype

Initiate a Skype video chat

Chapter 7 Explore Media Apps

Explore the Music App

Play a Song

Explore the Photos app

View a Photo

Import Pictures from a Digital Camera

Play a Slideshow of photos

Play a Video

Chapter 8 Access and Use Available Online Stores

Explore the Store

Get a Free App

Get App Updates

Explore the Xbox Music Store

Explore the Xbox Video Store

Search across Stores

Remove or Uninstall Unwanted Apps

Chapter 9 Learn Desktop Basics

Explore the Desktop

Choose which desktop icons appear

Make desktop icons easier to see

Learn desktop techniques

Explore the taskbar

Add an item to the taskbar

Make the taskbar easier to see

Understand libraries in File Explorer

Create a shortcut for a folder

Open, close, resize the File Explorer window

Change the view in a window

Snap a window to the side of the desktop

Create a folder or subfolder

Move a folder or file

Search for a file or other item

Back up a folder to an external drive

Chapter 8 Use the Internet Explorer Desktop App

Explore the Internet Explorer Desktop app

Use tabs

Mark a favourite

Set a home page

Zoom in or out

Print a web page

Clear History

Stay Safe on the Internet

Configure the IE Desktop App as the default

Configure IE Accessibility options

Chapter 11 Explore Desktop Apps

Search for applications from the Start screen

Write a letter with WordPad

Save a letter with WordPad

Print a letter with WordPad

Use the calculator

Use the Snipping Tool

Email a snip

Play a Song in Media Player

Copy music from a CD you own

Create your own music CD

Access media on networked devices

Explore Paint

Find other desktop apps

Pin your favorite desktop apps to the taskbar

Chapter 12 Configure Network Sharing

Enable Network Discovery

Change or set network sharing status

Connect to your existing network

Create or join a homegroup

Create a new user

Share with the public folder

Share a personal folder

Share a printer

Copy data from another computer

Switch from a local account to a Microsoft account

Upload data to SkyDrive

Access data from SkyDrive

Chapter 13 Enable and Use Accessibility Options

Let Windows Suggest Ease of Access Settings

Explore PC Settings options

Use Narrator

Use the Magnifier

Set up Windows Speech Recognition

Chapter 14 Manage, Protect, and Troubleshoot your Laptop

Set a password protected screensaver

Choose the Proper Power Plan

Use ReadyBoost

Enable File History

Install Hardware

Install Software

Use the Action Center

Scan for malware with Windows Defender

Enable the Firewall

Enable Airplane Mode

Use Help and Support

Use System Restore

Refresh your laptop

Reset your laptop

Chapter 15 Tips for Over 50’s Tablet Users

Understand the limitations of Windows RT

Flick, Swipe and Pinch

Use Tap and Double Tap

Use a Long tap

Use tap, hold, and drag

Pin the on-screen keyboard to the Start screen

Type at the Start screen

Change Pen and Touch Settings

Configure a PIN

Lengthen Battery Life

Remember Wi-Fi Networks

Know when you’re on Wi-Fi and when on a Metered Data Plan

Consider a cellular data plan

Look for touch friendly apps

Enable Bluetooth and pair a device

Top Ten Problems Solved