Using Your First PC (Cliffs Notes) by Jim McCarter

By Jim McCarter

The shrinking cost of a house machine made you run out and purchase one. yet how do you utilize it? This consultant takes the phobia and frustration out of having your workstation up and operating, with no lot of technical mumbo-jumbo. desktops are meant to make lifestyles simpler, and Cliff's indicates you ways in transparent, easy-to-follow language and routines.

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4. Use the spinner controls — the up and down arrows — to select the year. Clicking the up arrow increases the value in the adjacent box. Clicking the down arrow decreases the value in the adjacent box. 40 CliffsNotes Using Your First PC 5. Click on the appropriate day of the month. 6. To set the time, double-click on the hour, minute, sec- ond, or AM/PM indicator and type the new value, or use the spinner controls to reset the value. 7. Click OK to finish setting the date and time. Look in the lower-right corner of the screen to verify that you have set the time correctly.

Windows works as the liaison between you and your computer’s hardware. You tell Windows what you want the computer to do — such as launching a program — and Windows tells the hardware what to do. To start Windows, all you have to do is turn on the computer. Make sure you turn on the monitor and any external peripherals before you turn on the computer. After a few moments of whirring and clicking, Windows leaps to the screen and you see the Windows desktop, as shown in Figure 4-1. Figure 4-1: The Windows desktop on your screen.

Chapter 4: Getting to Know Microsoft Windows 41 If you don’t want to browse through the Help Contents window, you may elect to click the Index tab and search through an alphabetically indexed list of Help topics. Here’s how to find a specific topic in the index: 1. Click the Index tab to display the Help index. 2. Type the word that describes the topic on which you would like help. As soon as you start typing, the Help system automatically starts scrolling through the index to find the letter you type.

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