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March 24 2000 The Complete Idiot's Guide

When you first get a PC, you want to do something with it. You didn't buy it to learn about it any more than you buy a car to learn about its engine. You want to write a letter, send an email message, check out some Web sites, make a greeting card, or personalize the Windows desktop. Whatever it is you want to do, you don't want to have to read a book describing what a Pentium processor is or how your AGP adapter produces the pretty image on the screen. You want something more tangible; you want to do something practical. The only trouble is that the darn computer won't cooperate. It's just not as easy as it looks. That's the purpose of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Computer Basics. This book identifies the 20-30 tasks that you as a PC novice want to perform and then it draws a map showing you how to achieve your goal. You'll follow simple steps to print a greeting card, reconcile a checkbook balance, decorate the Windows desktop, make the PC run faster, and more.

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Joe Kraynak has taught hundreds of thousands of new PC users how to make the most of their PCs with his easy-to-read books for more than 10 years. In addition to writing six editions of The Complete Idiot's Guide® to PCs, he has authored The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Microsoft® Office 2000, Big Basics of Microsoft Windows® 98, and many more.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good on computer tips, but poor on graphical illustration! Sept. 8 2000
By Emmanuel T. Nwaimah - Published on
Users of this book should ignore part of it's title regarding the "complete idiot." It has very useful tips for the average computer user as well. It packs a lot of information into 383 pages and has a good glossary and index. However, it would have made a great book had the publisher considered colorful graphics and reader-friendly font types!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For Everybody Dec 21 2001
By Hillari Hunter - Published on
My sister received a computer, but had no clue how to use it. I got this book for her, because it explains things clearly without a lot of jargon. I would have preferred that it had a little more information about some aspects of the computer such as email, but this book has a lot to cover. It can't go in depth about everything (and besides that, the publisher puts out other books in this series that explains individual computer subjects). A good starter textbook for those who are totally new to the computer, however.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Getting briefed on the basics March 29 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Another great addition to the "Complete Idiot's guide"- series. This one covers all the neccessary basic information needed to beat the dread one might feel as an "uninitiated" in the midst of the ever-increasing media-hype about computers. Buy it for your Granny.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Computer Basics and More May 5 2009
By Mikal E. Belicove - Published on
Computer Basics, Fifth Edition, is an excellent resource for beginners and anyone else who needs to know the basics associated with using a PC. Recently, when neighbors asked me to help them troubleshoot a problem with their PC, I referred to my copy of Computer Basics, which assisted me in no time at all in helping solve their problem. Leaving their house with my copy of the book was a little more problematic (they wanted to keep it for themselves).

I appreciate how easy it was to find exactly what I was looking for in Computer Basics. The chapters are easy to get through, and the Index provides quick access to just the information I need. I also like that the graphics presented in the book look exactly like they do on screen, and that the call-outs to those graphics are clear and concise.

From setting up email on your PC and finding lost and misplaced items, to the basics associated with using spreadsheet, word processing, and presentation programs like MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, this book really does have it all, and it really is super easy to read and understand!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy for all types of computer users! March 3 2009
By Savannah - Published on
Joe Kraynak presents computer 'basics' here with wit, charm and plenty of helpful tips and information. Perfect for the true computer novice or even for those computer users who consider themselves PC savvy. 'The Least You Need to Know' sections at the end of each chapter do a great job of hitting the high points. Great job Joe!

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