Laptops & Tablets For Seniors

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For Seniors: Make Your Laptop Keyboard Easier to Use

If your hands are a bit stiff with age or you have carpal tunnel problems, you might look into changing how your keyboard works. There are a variety of options available to help make things easier on the [more…]

For Seniors: Display a Laptop's Onscreen Keyboard

Some people have problems pressing the keys on a regular keyboard. If you have a touchscreen laptop, there’s often a handy onscreen keyboard feature that appears when you tap in a text entry area that [more…]

For Seniors: Connect a Printer to Your Laptop

Read the instructions that came with your printer. Some printers require that you manually install software before connecting them, but others install the needed software automatically and can be connected [more…]

For Seniors: Connect a Wireless Printer to Your Laptop

A wireless printer connects to your laptop either through a technology called Bluetooth, which requires devices to be next to each other or, if you have access to a wireless network, using Wi-Fi [more…]

For Seniors: Set a Default Printer in Windows

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 you need to print something from your computer. [more…]

For Seniors: View Currently Installed Printers and Documents in Print Queue

Over time, you might install multiple printers; in which case, you might want to remind yourself of the capabilities of each or view the documents you have sent to be printed. [more…]

For Seniors: Remove a Printer from Your Laptop

Over time, you might upgrade to a new printer and toss the old one. When you do, you might want to also remove the older printer driver from your laptop so that your Printers window isn’t cluttered with [more…]

For Seniors: Modify Your Laptop's Scanner Settings

After you install a scanner, you might want to take a look at or change its default settings — for example, whether you usually want to scan in color or grayscale. [more…]

For Seniors: Browse Windows 8.1 Help

With so many Windows features, you’re bound to run into something that doesn’t work right or isn’t easy to figure out. That’s when you need to call on the resources that Microsoft provides to help you [more…]

For Seniors: Searching Windows 8.1 Help

The Help and Support window on your Windows 8.1 laptop provides access to a variety of topics. This is the best place to try first if you encounter a problem with your laptop. [more…]

For Seniors: Ask Other Windows Users for Help

If you want to see how other Windows users have solved a problem, you can visit the Windows Forum and read posted messages and the solutions suggested by Microsoft and others. You can also post your own [more…]

For Seniors: Get Remote Assistance for Your Windows Laptop

Remote Assistance can be a wonderful feature for new computer users because it allows you to permit somebody else to view or take control of your laptop from her own computer no matter where she is. [more…]

For Seniors: Install and Launch a Windows Program on Your Laptop

Your laptop came with Windows 8.1 or another operating system installed, as well as several other programs. For example, Windows computers usually have the Microsoft browser, Internet Explorer, pre-installed [more…]

For Seniors: Copy or Move Data between Windows Programs

It is often very helpful to get information from one Windows 8.1 program and copy it into another program. You won’t have to re-type information more than once, and can help you save time and effort. [more…]

For Seniors: Set Default Programs for Your Windows Files

To make working with files easier, you may want to control which programs are used to open files of different types. After you make the changes, they will open automatically. [more…]

For Seniors: Laptop Buying Decisions —Price Range

You can buy a laptop for anywhere from about U.S. $299 to $5,000 or more, depending on your budget and computing needs. You may start with a base model, but extras such as a larger monitor or higher-end [more…]

For Seniors: Laptop Buying Decisions —Monitor Features

Monitors are the window to your computer’s contents. A good monitor (also known as a screen) can make your computing time easier on your eyes. The crisper the image, the more impressive the display of [more…]

For Seniors: Use a Touchscreen

Although most people don’t have touchscreen computers today, Windows 8.1 was designed to work with this form of input, so here is an overview of how to use a touchscreen laptop with Windows 8.1. [more…]

For Seniors: How to View Apps on a Windows 8.1 Laptop

Windows 8.1 gives you the options of viewing all apps or just the open apps. As with most things in Windows 8.1, the place to start is the Start screen. [more…]

For Seniors: Pin Items to the Desktop Taskbar

If you use certain programs often, you might want to pin them to the jump list area in Windows 8.1, which is on the left end of the taskbar, for easy access. This will allow you to access these programs [more…]

For Seniors: Snapping Apps

You can use a Windows 8.1 feature called snapping to display an open application reduced in size, which is useful for showing two windows, such as a browser and word processor, side by side. You can also [more…]

For Seniors: Change Your User Account Type

Only users with administrator status can create and make changes to user accounts. So, before beginning this process, it’s a good idea to ensure that you have administrator status and can provide an administrator [more…]

For Seniors: Change the Cursor

Having trouble finding the mouse cursor on your screen? You might want to enlarge it or change its shape. Like many other customizable features, you can change the cursor to suit your eyesight or preference [more…]

For Seniors: Buy Video Content at the Windows Store

The Windows Store offers a wonderful selection of content that you can buy or rent and play on your computer. Purchasing video involves making your selection and providing payment information to make your [more…]

For Seniors: Remove a Program From Your Laptop

If you don’t need a program, removing it may help your laptop’s performance, which can get bogged down when your hard drive is too cluttered. It’s always a good idea to remove unneeded programs to keep [more…]

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