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For Seniors: How to Know What You Can Do with Your Computer

If you’ve never owned a computer and now have one for the first time, figuring out what your computer can and can't do may be a somewhat daunting experience. The following list walks you through some things [more…]

For Seniors: How to Distinguish between Computer Hardware and Software

You may have heard the words hardware and software before and wondered what the difference was. The hardware is all the tangible computer equipment, such as the keyboard and mouse. The software is what [more…]

For Seniors: How to Choose a Computer

You can find several styles of computers on the market, and you may be wondering how you’ll ever choose which one to buy. Some computers, such as laptops, are small and portable. Other computers use different [more…]

For Seniors: How to Determine a Price Range When Buying a Computer

Buying a computer can be confusing, especially because of the amount of choices and the large price range. You can buy a computer for anywhere from $299 to [more…]

For Seniors: How to Turn On and Log On to Your New Computer

After you connect your monitor, keyboard, and mouse to your new computer and your computer is plugged into an electrical outlet or strip, you’re ready to turn it on and then log on. Simply press the power [more…]

For Seniors: How to Use the Computer Mouse

With a computer, you use both a keyboard and a mouse to enter text and give commands to the computer. Though you may have used a keyboard of some type, a mouse may be new to you, and frankly, it takes [more…]

For Seniors: How to Use the Touchpad, Your Laptop’s Built-In Mouse

Though you may have used a keyboard of some type or a traditional mouse attached to a desktop computer, a laptop pointing device, called a touchpad, may be new to you. Frankly, a laptop touchpad, which [more…]

For Seniors: How to Turn Off Your Computer

To turn off your computer when you’re done using it, you need to initiate a shut down sequence in your operating system instead of simply turning off the power. Choose Start and then click the Shut Down [more…]

For Seniors: How to Install a Printer for Your Computer

To use a printer, your computer has to have software installed — a printer driver — and use certain settings to tell your computer how to find the printer and what to print. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Clean Up Your Computer’s Hard Drive

The best repair is the one you don’t have to make. If you can keep your computer up to date and in tune, you and your PC will live a happier, more productive life. Start by making sure that your computer’s [more…]

For Seniors: How to Take Care of Your Computer Monitor

Your computer’s monitor displays images on its screen, such as the Microsoft Windows7 desktop or a document in a software program. Because you’ll be looking at the monitor every time you use your computer [more…]

For Seniors: How to Install Memory on Your Computer

Adding memory (up to your machine’s specific limit) is generally the most cost-efficient way to increase its speed. Fortunately, installing memory is one of the most basic operations you can perform inside [more…]

For Seniors: How to Take Care of Your Computer Mouse and Keyboard

The good news is that mice, trackballs, and keyboards make computing easy. The bad news is that because they’re mechanical, these computer gizmos eventually wear out. Here’s the lowdown on caring for these [more…]

For Seniors: How to Fix a Computer Printer

You try to print a document from your computer, but nothing happens. Or worse yet, the printer jams or flashes its lights. In these situations, you need the know-how to fix your printer. Fortunately, here [more…]

For Seniors: How to Install an Internal Hard Drive on Your Computer

The process of adding or replacing your computer’s hard drive isn’t as hard as you may think. You may want to consider replacing your hard drive if your hard drive fails and there’s no cost-efficient way [more…]

For Seniors: How to Set Printer Preferences

You can set printer preferences, such as being able to print in color or black and white, print in draft quality (which uses less ink) or high quality [more…]

For Seniors: How to View Currently Installed Printers

Over time, you may install multiple printers, in which case you may want to remind yourself of the capabilities of each or view the documents you have sent to be printed. You can also cancel existing print [more…]

For Seniors: How to Set a Default Printer

You can set up a default printer that will be used every time you print so that you don’t have to select a printer each time. Here’s how to make a printer the default from your computer: [more…]

For Seniors: How to Remove a Printer

Over time, you may want to upgrade to a new printer and get rid of your old one. When you do, you also may want to remove the older printer driver from your computer so that your Printers window isn’t [more…]

For Seniors: How to Change Scanner Settings

After you install a scanner, you may want to take a look at its default settings or even change them. Fortunately, modifying the scanner settings is an easy task. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Install a Scanner

Before you can scan documents into your computer with a scanner, you need to install the scanner driver so that your scanner and computer can communicate. Start by connecting the scanner to your computer’s [more…]

For Seniors: How to Troubleshoot Basic Computer Hardware Problems

Although there are unlimited possible combinations of hardware settings, you can trace most hardware problems to a relatively small number of causes. Here are some tips for troubleshooting some of the [more…]

For Seniors: How to Fix Your Computer Hard Drive

The hard disk drive in your computer has a limited life expectancy. If you’re unlucky, your drive will die suddenly. If you’re lucky, it will break down slowly over a long period. Make no mistake, though [more…]

For Seniors: How to Save Battery Life in a Laptop

Battery life, or the length of time it takes your laptop battery to run out of juice, is constantly improving, with some recent laptop batteries getting as much as nine hours on one charge. Other laptop [more…]

For Seniors: How to Repair a Windows Operating System Installation

If you’re having problems with your computer, you may need to repair an existing installation of Windows. Keep in mind, though, that Startup Repair can’t correct hardware failures, such as a failing hard [more…]


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