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PCs For Dummies


Errata / Corrections

13th Edition, back cover
The second sentence on the back cover states, "Dan Gookin, tech expect extraordinaire..." should read "expert" instead of "expect." I don't know how many people reviewed the cover copy.
12th Edition, Page 176
In the section "Updating and upgrading," the third paragraph, third sentence should read:

On the other hand, upgrades are necessary only when you desperately need the new features or modifications, or when the upgrade addresses security issues.

Windows 7 Edition, Page 115
In Step 4, the command should be Eject, not Safely Remove. Apparently the menu changed between the pre-release version I used to write the book and the final release.
Internet Explorer History List Pruning
In the book I explain how to disable the History List. Alas, Internet Explorer still keeps "today's" visited pages in the list. So despite all the well-wishing, following the steps in the book does not utterly reset the history list to zero. Don't blame me! That's how Microsoft designed it.

Supplemental Material

Generating Accented Characters
Keyboard shortcuts for accented characters exist in Microsoft Office, but not elsewhere in Windows, such as in your email program. You can use the old Alt+Keypad trick to generate those characters, if you can stand how awkward it is. Read more . . .
Using the Beauty Mark
There is this cute little hole on the front of your PC's optical drive. Find out what it's for and how best to use it. Read more...
E-mail Hoax Warning and Guideline
My observations of how they fool you and help on how to spot various tricks the bad guys use to separate you from your cash and important information. Read more . . .
Disabling StickyKeys
The StickyKeys feature helps out folks who have trouble using the keyboard, which is great. But it can also interfere with your word processing, which is not great. Happily, the StickyKeys shortcut feature can be disabled. Read more...
Copying Floppy Disks
Yup, I finally got an e-mail message from someone who wanted these instructions. Back in the days of DOS this was a popular pastime. But since the dawn of Windows, I've not written about copying floppy disks...until now!
PC Monitor Aspect Ratio Information
There is an interesting relationship between a monitor's diagonal size and its aspect ratio. Just because you buy a 23-inch monitor doesn't mean you're getting a lot of monitor for your dollar.
OCR Tutorial
Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software lets a computer scanner "read" a document and translate it into text inside the computer. Not having room to put this in any book, I crafted a tutorial for this web site.
Pop-up Blocker Test
Visit this special Wambooli page to test your web browser's pop-up blocking abilities. If you see the pop-up window appear, then your web browser needs to have better pop-up blocking abilities. Try it out...
Funny Pictures
Here are some illustrations from older versions of the book that didn't make the final cut. Read more...

PC Blog Posts

Here are some recent posts taken from my Wambooli Blog which relate to a PC:

May 24, 2019 I was so impressed, I bought two of them. Link
Time For Some PC Upgrading, Part III
Apr 19, 2018 Just a minor hiccup keeps my upgrade plans from running smoothly. Link
Time For Some PC Upgrading, Part II
Apr 16, 2018 Updating PC hardware is often fun and easy, except when it's not. Link
Time For Some PC Upgrading, Part I
Apr 12, 2018 The PC isn't old, but it can sure use some quick (and inexpensive) hardware improvements. Link
Getting Sound Into the PC
Mar 15, 2018 This audio issue is becoming more common as newer PCs and Laptops lack a line-in jack. Link
Your PC has Many Fans
Feb 22, 2018 There's nothing better than getting a hot new computer, unless that computer isn't cool. Link
Make the Switch to IMAP
Jan 25, 2018 Time to reconfigure your email account. Link
2018 Technology Buyer's Guide
Jan 15, 2018 How to select your computer, laptop, or mobile device for the 17th year of the 21st century. Link
How to Send a Screenshot
Dec 4, 2017 I believe that nearly everyone knows what a screenshot is. I just overheard someone say, "Send me a screenshot." That direction is understood, but the process can get ugly. It doesn't have to be. Link
Chrome and Web Security
Oct 16, 2017 The web browser's new secure page warning. Link

For all blog posts related to the topic of PCs, click here.