Laptops & Tablets For Seniors

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For Seniors: Laptop Buying Decisions —Processor Speed and Memory

Your laptop contains a processor stored on a computer chip. The speed at which your laptop runs programs or completes tasks is determined in great measure by your computer processor speed. Processor speed [more…]

For Seniors: Laptop Buying Decisions —Internet Connection

You have to decide how you’ll connect to the Internet. You can use a dial-up connection over a standard phone line or pay a fee to get a broadband connection such as DSL. [more…]

For Seniors: Install and Charge a Laptop Battery

Your laptop comes with a battery that you should insert and charge when you first take the laptop out of the box. The battery is a rectangular affair that slips into the bottom of your laptop. [more…]

For Seniors: Use a Laptop's Touchpad

Unlike using a typewriter, with a non-touchscreen computer, you use both a keyboard and a mouse or touchpad to enter text and give commands to the computer. On a laptop, the mouse device is in the form [more…]

For Seniors: Use a Laptop's Function Keys

On a laptop computer, you might find that in order to save space, some shortcut functions, such as muting sound or brightening your screen, are accessible by using function keys. Here are the basics of [more…]

For Seniors: Create a Windows 8.1 User Account

One of the first things you’ll need to do on your new laptop is create a Windows 8.1 User Account. You can set up several user accounts for your computer, which helps you save and access specific user [more…]

For Seniors: Switch Windows 8.1 User Accounts

If you have set up your computer to have multiple user accounts, you can switch user accounts in Windows 8.1 when necessary. Having multiple user accounts allows you to keep information safe if several [more…]

For Seniors: Change Your User Account Picture

Windows 8.1 allows you to assign a unique picture to each user account you create. When you perform these steps, you should be logged in as the user for whom you want to change the account picture. [more…]

For Seniors: Managing Power on a Windows 8.1 Laptop

One of the big differences between a desktop computer and your laptop is that your laptop can run off of a battery. Battery life, or the length of time it takes your laptop battery to run out of juice, [more…]

For Seniors: Power Plans for a Windows 8.1 Laptop

One of the great things about a laptop is its ability to run from a battery. However, you should be aware of the power plans that are available to you. There may be times when you need to prolong the life [more…]

For Seniors: Customize a Windows 8.1 Power Plan

Your Windows 8.1 laptop will offer you a variety of preset power plans to choose from, but you may want to customize instead. If the preset power plans don’t appeal to you, you can modify one and save [more…]

For Seniors: Change When a Laptop Goes to Sleep

After a certain period of inactivity, your computer goes to sleep, which can save battery power. If you decide that you need to save more, or less for that matter, you can change when your laptop goes [more…]

For Seniors: Use a Laptop's Windows 8.1 Start Screen

The Start screen is you will begin a session on your Window’s 8.1 laptop. Most things you will use on a regular basis will be available to you from this screen. [more…]

For Seniors: Search for Files, Settings, and Apps on a Windows 8.1 Laptop

Windows 8.1 has an integrated search feature that you access by simply typing on the Start screen. Typing part of the name of any file, setting, or app brings up the Search screen and any search results [more…]

For Seniors: Arrange Icons on Your Laptop's Desktop

Everyone has their own list of things to do and places to be. Arranging the icons on your desktop can make you faster and help you get the most out of your computer. [more…]

For Seniors: Create Windows 8.1 Shortcuts on a Laptop

Shortcuts are handy little icons you can put on your Windows 8.1 Desktop for quick access to items you use on a frequent basis. This allows you to open the program directly from the shortcut without having [more…]

For Seniors: Resize Windows

When you open a Desktop application window, it can be maximized to fill the whole screen, restored down to a smaller window, or minimized to an icon on the taskbar. [more…]

For Seniors: Switch between Programs on a Windows Laptop

These days, almost everyone is a multi-tasker. Windows 8.1 helps you with multi-tasking by allowing you to easily switch between programs and work in more than one program simultaneously. Just follow these [more…]

For Seniors: Customize Your Windows 8.1 Laptop’s Display

When you take your computer out of the box, Windows 8.1 comes with certain preset, or default, settings such as the appearance of the Desktop and a color scheme for items you see on your screen. During [more…]

For Seniors: Windows 8.1 Tutorials

If you need a basic tutorial on how to use Windows 8.1, consider using the Getting Started section of the Windows website. Here you can find videos, blogs, and articles to help you get started. Press the [more…]

For Seniors: Set Up a Screen Saver for Your Laptop

If you want an animated sequence to appear when your Windows 8.1 computer isn't in use for a period of time to protect your data from prying eyes, set up a screen saver. [more…]

For Seniors: Improve Visibility on a Windows Laptop

You can set up Windows on your computer to use higher screen contrast to make things easier to see, read descriptions to you rather than make you read text, and much more. [more…]

For Seniors: Replace Windows Sounds with Visual Cues

Sometimes Windows alerts you to events with sounds. If you have hearing challenges, you might prefer to get visual cues. It’s a fairly simple process to change this on your laptop. [more…]

For Seniors: Make Text on Your Laptop Larger

If you have problems with eyesight, you may want to consider changing the size of the display text on your laptop. You can change the size of items and/or text on the Desktop. [more…]

For Seniors: Set Up Speech Recognition on a Laptop

If you have dexterity challenges from a condition such as arthritis, you might prefer to speak commands using a technology called speech recognition rather than type them. If your laptop doesn’t have a [more…]

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