Unless you are living under a rock, you can’t help but notice the changes computers make in our lives each and every day. But that doesn’t mean you have to understand how all that technology works. You just need to know the basics so you can do what you want to do.
Dealing with the basics of computers and all that entails is the focus of the “For Grandmas Who Do Windows” computer manual written for those 55 and older by grandmother Amy C. Lowenstein, now out in its third edition.
Amy’s premise for her popular manual is that you don’t have to know how an oven works to bake a cake. It follows that you don’t really need to know how a computer works to use one.
The manual features large type and, thankfully, step-by-step instructions written in easily understood language. Amy takes the fear out of computers so seniors can enjoy the wonderful capabilities they offer: “What matters is not making a mistake,” she says, because we all do, “but that when a mistake is made, you know how to correct it and move forward again.” Her book helps users do just that, without the frustration they might otherwise feel.
Covered in the book are chapters about how to use a mouse to creating and saving files to using email, which can be a great tool to keep seniors in touch with family members and friends.
In the new edition, the content has been enlarged and updated to include additional chapters on how to:
- Search the Internet by using Google, the world’s most popular search engine
- Activate visual aids
- Adjust the computer’s sound system
- Store and display photos
- Listen to radio stations
- Create a personal address data base
- Share a computer with family members by setting up individual accounts
- Use the Control Panel, which allows you to customize your version of the Windows operating system.
This manual is based on the XP version of Windows, but is applicable to all other versions of Windows, too.
For more information on the manual, email Amy at AmyPgh@aol.com. You can purchase the manual (179 pages) for $22.95 through your local bookstore or via the Internet.
By Teresa K. Flatley