Laptops & Tablets For Seniors

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For Seniors: Choosing an E-Mail Account

Your Internet service provider (ISP) — whether that’s your cable or phone company, or a small local provider — probably offers you a free e-mail account along with your service. You can also get free accounts [more…]

For Seniors: Set Up a Windows 8.1 Mail App

You can set up the Windows 8.1 Mail app to manage Hotmail and other accounts so you can receive all your e-mail messages in one place. This can be handy if you have separate accounts for different purposes [more…]

For Seniors: Allow Firewall Exceptions

When you have a firewall active, you can allow certain programs to communicate through that firewall. For example, you might want to allow live apps such as Weather or Video to send information or content [more…]

For Seniors: Change Account Settings in Windows Mail

Each account that you set up in Mail has its own settings. Therefore, you can configure your work e-mail to have different settings than your personal e-mail. To change setting, follows these easy steps [more…]

For Seniors: Use a Service to Find a Lost Laptop

Laptops are lost or stolen on a frighteningly regular basis. The biggest concern, aside from having to buy a new laptop (which may or may not be covered by your insurance), is what a thief might do with [more…]

For Seniors: Create and Send Windows Mail

Creating e-mail is as simple as filling out a few fields in a form. If you’re using Windows 8.1, sending mail is simpler than ever. Just follow these quick steps: [more…]

For Seniors: Send an Attachment in Windows Mail

It’s very convenient to be able to attach a document or image file to an e-mail that the recipient can open and view on his end. To do this, just follow these steps. [more…]

For Seniors: Read a Windows Mail Message

When you receive an e-mail on your Windows laptop, your next step is usually to read it. There are many options for what can come in or attached to an email these days, so look for those as you read. [more…]

For Seniors: Reply or Forward a Windows Mail Message

If you receive a Windows Mail e-mail message and want to send a message back, use the Reply feature. You can also use the Forward feature if you want to send an e-mail to someone that you received. [more…]

For Seniors: Connect to People Through Discussion Boards and Blogs

A discussion board, also sometimes referred to as a forum, is a place where you can post written messages, pictures, and videos on a topic. Others can reply to you, and you can reply to their postings. [more…]

For Seniors: Participate in an Online Chat

A chat room is an online space where groups of people can talk back and forth via text, audio, web camera, or a combination of media. In chat, you're having a conversation with one or more people in real [more…]

For Seniors: Use Webcams

Webcams are small video cameras you can use to transmit your picture to somebody in an online conversation or meeting. They are relatively inexpensive, and most laptops now come with webcams embedded in [more…]

For Seniors: Use Skype to Make Calls Online

Skype is a popular site for making phone calls using your Internet connection and a technology called VoiP (Voice over Internet Protocol). There are several benefits to using Skype to make phone calls, [more…]

For Seniors: Schedule Events Using the Internet

You know what an annoyance it can be to schedule a meeting or party? You can use the internet to avoid the hassle of scheduling events. One person can make it, but another can’t. You leave phone messages [more…]

For Seniors: Send Electronic Greeting Cards

Electronic cards can save the day. Who hasn’t had the experience of suddenly realizing a dear friend or relative’s birthday is tomorrow and you forgot to get and mail a card? The Internet to the rescue [more…]

For Seniors: Recommend a Website to Others

A phenomenon called social bookmarking allows you to share your likes and dislikes for online sites and content with others. Websites that sport icons from services such as Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious [more…]

For Seniors: Understand Social Networking

Although you may think kids are the most active group using social networking, statistics prove that isn't the case. In fact, people 35–54 years old make up a large segment of social networkers. [more…]

For Seniors: Sign Up for Facebook

Here’s where you can walk through the signup process for Facebook, one of the most popular social networking sites, to see the kinds of information they ask for. Follow these instructions to get your Facebook [more…]

For Seniors: Invite Friends to Your Social Network

One of the great things about social networks is that they are social! You wouldn’t be on here unless you wanted to connect with people. These steps tell you how to invite those that you want to connect [more…]

For Seniors: Create a Social Network Profile

When signing up for a social network service, understand what is required information and what is optional. You should clearly understand why a web service needs any of your personally identifiable information [more…]

For Seniors: Explore Online Dating

Many seniors are making connections with others via online dating services. In fact, finding a possible partner online can be a good way to gradually get to know somebody [more…]

For Seniors: Explore Twitter

Twitter is a microblogging service, which means you can share your thoughts with others in text, but with a limit of 140 characters. When you join Twitter, you can create a profile and gain followers who [more…]

For Seniors: Laptop Security and Safety

Your computer contains valuable items in the form of data, and it’s important that you protect it from thieves and damage. You wouldn’t hand over a credit card to a stranger, and you want to protect information [more…]

For Seniors: Options for Keeping Windows Updated

When a new operating system such as Windows 8 is released, it has been thoroughly tested; however, when the product is in general use, the manufacturer finds a few problems or security gaps that it couldn’t [more…]

For Seniors: Manually Run Windows Update

You can run a manual Windows update on your laptop to help keep it updated. This is always recommended because it will help protect your computer from the latest viruses and malware. [more…]

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