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Windows 11 All-in-One For Dummies

Published 03-22-2022

Get more out of your Windows 11 computer with easy-to-follow advice

Powering 75% of the PCs on the planet, Microsoft Windows is capable of extraordinary things. And you don’t need to be a computer scientist to explore the nooks and crannies of the operating system! With Windows 11 All-in-One For Dummies, anyone can discover how to dig into Microsoft’s ubiquitous operating system and get the most out of the latest version. From securing and protecting your most personal information to socializing and sharing on social media platforms and making your Windows PC your own through personalization, this book offers step-by-step instructions to unlocking Windows 11’s most useful secrets. 

With handy info from 10 books included in the beginner-to-advanced learning path contained within, this guide walks you through how to: 

  • Install, set up, and customize your Windows 11 PC in a way that makes sense just for you 
  • Use the built-in apps, or download your own, to power some of Windows 11’s most useful features 
  • Navigate the Windows 11 system settings to keep your system running smoothly  

Perfect for anyone who’s looked at their Windows PC and wondered, “I wonder what else it can do?”, Windows 11 All-in-One For Dummies delivers all the tweaks, tips, and troubleshooting tricks you’ll need to make your Windows 11 PC do more than you ever thought possible. 

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Windows 11 For Seniors For Dummies

Published 01-26-2022

Don't call your tech guru for help—get this book and help yourself!

What do you want to do with your Windows computer? Sign up for Facebook to keep up with your friends? Watch a video taken during the latest family trip? Find your latest email messages with a single click of the mouse? Look no further than Windows 11 For Seniors For Dummies to discover how to do these tasks and others that you depend on a daily basis. With this guide to the popular operating system, you find the clear and easy instructions to checking tech tasks off your to-do list.

This book focuses on giving you the steps—with plenty of helpful illustrations—you need to complete the essential tasks that you perform throughout your day, like connecting with friends on social media, customizing your Windows 11 desktop with personal photos, and emailing the family about weekend plans. You also find out how to navigate Windows 11 and enhance it with the apps and widgets that you use. Other topics include:

  • Adding shortcuts to favorite apps
  • Personalizing your desktop
  • Creating your private Windows account
  • Setting up the email app
  • Having news delivered to your desktop
  • Chasing down lost files
  • Tweaking your digital photos
  • Setting your security and forgetting about it

Reach for Windows 11 For Seniors For Dummies whether you need a basic introduction to Windows, want a refresher on Windows 11, or have a question you want answered right away. You can then spend less time looking for help on how your computer works and more time enjoying the fun parts of life.

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Windows 11 For Dummies

Published 11-24-2021

Need Windows help? Find the latest tips and tricks in this perennial favorite on Windows

Windows 11 promises to be the fastest, most secure, and most flexible version of the Microsoft operating system yet. With a promise like that, of course you want to start using it, as quickly as possible! Windows 11 For Dummies gives you that speed, security, and flexibility by getting you up to date with the latest in Windows. Windows expert and bestselling author Andy Rathbone gives you a helping hand by showing you how to get around the newly updated Windows 11 interface, how to use the new Windows tools like Teams and widgets, and how to use Android apps.

Your tour of Windows 11 starts with the Start menu and ends with how to troubleshoot when things go wrong. In between you find out how to find files on your hard drive, connect with friends and colleagues on Microsoft Teams, transfer photos from your phone to your hard drive, or switch between your desktop and laptop. Additional topics include:

  • Navigating the Start menu
  • Finding where your files are hiding
  • Adding separate user accounts to keep your kids out of your business
  • Connecting to a WiFi network
  • Customizing your widgets
  • Switching to a laptop or tablet

You know what you want to get done. Keep Windows 11 For Dummies by your desktop, laptop, and tablet, and you can open it at any time to find out how to get your Windows computer to do what you need.

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Windows 10 All-in-One For Dummies

Published 01-27-2021

Dig into the ins and outs of Windows 10  

Computer users have been “doing Windows” since the 1980s. That long run doesn’t mean everyone knows the best-kept secrets of the globally ubiquitous operating system. Windows 10 All-in-One For Dummies, 4th Edition offers a deep guide for navigating the basics of Windows 10 and diving into more advanced features.  

Authors and recognized Windows experts Ciprian Rusen and Woody Leonhard deliver a comprehensive and practical resource that provides the knowledge you need to operate Windows 10, along with a few shortcuts to make using a computer feel less like work. 

This book teaches you all about the most important parts of Windows 10, including: 

  • Installing and starting a fresh Windows 10 installation 
  • Personalizing Windows 10 
  • Using Universal Apps in Windows 10 
  • How to control your system through the Control Panel in Windows 10 
  • Securing Windows 10 against a universe of threats 

Windows 10 All-in-One For Dummies, 4th Edition is perfect for business users of Windows 10 who need to maximize their productivity and efficiency with the operating system. It also belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who hopes to improve their general Windows 10 literacy, from the complete novice to the power-user. 

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macOS Big Sur For Dummies

Published 11-10-2020

Your "get-started" guide to the world of macOS Big Sur

Wherever you like to Mac—at home in front of your trusty iMac or over a coffee with your portable MacBook Air—macOS provides you with the seamless, efficient, and reliable user experience that makes these devices so famously a pleasure to use. macOS Big Sur For Dummies is here to heighten the experience for new users and upgraders alike by providing the very latest on the ways macOS Big Sur can enhance how you work and play.

Written in a no-jargon style by Bob LeVitus—the Houston Chronicle’s much-loved "Dr. Mac" since 1996—this guide starts with the basics, like getting set up, and explains more advanced uses, like making music and movies, exploring the expanding universe of apps and giving tips on how to save time and enhance productivity along the way. With this book, you'll learn to

  • Set up and connect your Mac
  • Get friendly with Siri
  • Enhance your world with apps
  • Work better and faster

Use the comprehensive capabilities of macOS Big Sur to do anything and everything you would like to do—and do it even better. For beginners and experts alike, macOS Big Sur For Dummies is the best way to step into the magical world of getting things done with Mac.

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Linux For Dummies

Published 09-23-2020

Your step-by-step guide to the latest in Linux 

Nine previous editions of this popular benchmark guide can’t be wrong! Whether you’re new to Linux and need a step-by-step guide or are a pro who wants to catch up with recent distributions, Linux For Dummies, 10th Edition has your back. Covering everything from installation to automation, this updated edition focuses on openSUSE and Ubuntu and includes new and refreshed material—as well as chapters on building a web server and creating simple shell scripts. 

In his friendly, no-jargon style, IT professional and tech higher education instructor Richard Blum draws on more than 10 years of teaching to show you just why Linux’s open source operating systems are relied on to run a huge proportion of the world’s online infrastructure, servers, supercomputers, and NAS devices—and how you can master them too.  

  • Study the thinking behind Linux 
  • Choose the right installation approach 
  • Pick up the basics—from prepping to desktops 
  • Get fancy with music, video, movies, and games 

Whatever your Linux needs—work, fun, or just a hobby—this bestselling, evergreen guide will get you up and coding in the open source revolution in no time at all.  

 

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Windows 10 For Dummies

Published 08-25-2020

Time-tested advice on Windows 10

Windows 10 For Dummies remains the #1 source for readers looking for advice on Windows 10. Expert author Andy Rathbone provides an easy-to-follow guidebook to understanding Windows 10 and getting things done based on his decades of experience as a Windows guru. 

Look inside to get a feel for the basics of the Windows interface, the Windows apps that help you get things done, ways to connect to the Internet at home or on the go, and steps for customizing your Windows 10 experience from the desktop wallpaper to how tightly you secure your computer.  

• Manage user accounts

• Customize the start menu

• Find and manage your files

• Connect to a printer wirelessly

Revised to cover the latest round of Windows 10 updates, this trusted source for unleashing everything the operating system has to offer is your first and last stop for learning the basics of Windows!

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Windows 10 For Seniors For Dummies

Published 08-25-2020

The easy way to get up and running with Windows 10!

With Windows 10 For Seniors For Dummies, becoming familiarized with Windows 10 is a painless process. If you’re interested in learning the basics of this operating system without having to dig through confusing computer jargon, look no further.

This book offers a step-by-step approach that is specifically designed to assist first time Windows 10 users who are over-50, providing easy-to-understand language, large-print text, and an abundance of helpful images along the way! 
   

  • Protect your computer
  • Follow friends and family online
  • Use Windows 10 to play games and enjoy media
  • Check your security and maintenance status 

Step-by-step instructions are provided to ensure that you don't get lost at any point along the way.

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macOS Catalina For Dummies

Published 11-12-2019

Get a handle on macOS Catalina

It doesn't matter if you're doing your computing on an old reliable Macbook or a brand-new Mac desktop, both rely on macOS to help you get things done. It helps to have an equally reliable guidebook to steer you through the tasks and steps that make macOS run efficiently.

This fun and friendly guide provides the direction you need to easily navigate the classic and brand new features in macOS Catalina. Longtime expert Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus shares his years of experience to help you better understand Catalina and make it a timesaving tool in your life. 

  • Take a tour of the macOS Catalina interface
  • Get organized and save time with macOS applications
  • Find pro tips on speeding up your Mac   
  • Back up your data

macOS Catalina For Dummies is perfect for new and inexperienced macOS users looking to grasp the fundamentals of the operating system.

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macOS Mojave For Dummies

Published 11-06-2018

Pro tips for macOS from “Dr. Mac”

Your shiny new iMac or trusty old MacBook both rely on macOS to help you get things done. It helps to have an equally reliable guidebook to steer you through the tasks and steps that make macOS run efficiently.

This fun and friendly guide provides the direction you need to easily navigate macOS. Longtime expert Bob "Dr. Mac" LeVitus shares his years of experience to help you better understand macOS and make it a timesaving tool in your life. 

  • Take a tour of the macOS interface
  • Get organized and save time with macOS applications
  • Get pro tips on speeding up your Mac
  • Back up your data with ease

Covering the fundamentals of the OS and offering insight into the most common functions of macOS, this is indispensable reading for new or inexperienced macOS users.

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