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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 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 Connect the Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse

After you unpack your new computer, you may need help with its setup. Your computer comes with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. You should connect these items before you turn on your new computer. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Choose Computer Processor Speed and Memory

When you shop for a computer, you’ll want to pay attention to both processor speed and memory before you buy. Your computer contains a processor contained on a computer chip. The speed at which your computer [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 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 Protect Your Laptop from Damage or Theft

Your laptop’s portability is probably the feature that appealed to you most when you bought it, but that feature can also be its worse downfall. Thieves can steal your laptop, or you can drop it in an [more…]

For Seniors: Shut Down Your Laptop with Windows 7

To shut down your laptop safely, you must log off Windows 7 properly. Windows lets you log off normally, or by hibernating, sleeping, restarting, or switching users. [more…]

For Seniors: Log Onto Your Laptop with Windows 7

Logging onto Windows is a process that typically involves turning on the laptop and typing in your password. Logging onto Windows the very first time is slightly different, but no more difficult. [more…]

For Seniors: Set the Date and Time in Windows 7

Windows 7 normally keeps good track of the current date and time, but often with a new computer, you have to change the Windows time zone to match your location so it can maintain time accurately. [more…]

For Seniors: Create a Windows 7 User Account

Windows 7 allows you to create different user accounts so each person who uses the computer can work with his or her personal Windows environment. After multiple user accounts are created, each user of [more…]

Checklist for Purchasing a Computer

When you're shopping for a new computer, check for the following features to make sure it will serve you well into the future as software and graphics become more powerful and complex: [more…]

Tips for Efficient Searching from Your Computer

Whether you're searching your computer for a file or the Internet for a document or website, here are some tips that can help you get appropriate results faster. [more…]

Ten Windows 8 Keystroke Shortcuts

Repeatedly taking your hands off the keyboard to select commands with the mouse can get tedious. Use these Windows 8 keystroke shortcuts to handle common activities, such as cutting and pasting text, quickly [more…]

Ten Useful Web Sites for Seniors

As you begin to use your computer, you might find the following sites to be good starting points for various types of online activities that you might want to do every day. [more…]


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