Microsoft Windows

Most computer users have at least one email account if not several. You may have one for your work and one or more personal email accounts. You most likely even have some accounts that you never use or don’t remember signing up for. If you have a Google account for example, you will have a Gmail email address even if you have never used it. And if you log into your computer with your Microsoft account, you will have an email address for that as well.


There are several ways to access your email account such as online using what is called a webmail account or using an email client such as Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird. But if you want an easy to use yet very functional email client, you can use the one that has been built into Windows since 2015 called Windows Mail.


If you are used to using Microsoft Outlook which comes with a built in calendar and contact feature, don’t worry because you can also use the built in Calendar and contact list that comes with Windows Mail to get a handle on your day to day tasks. You won’t get quite the same amount of functionality with Windows Mail as you do with Outlook, but for many home users and even those at the office, it should do the job just fine.


The goal of this book is to get you up and running with Windows Mail and get your email account configured so you can start sending and receiving emails right away. I will also show you how to use the calendar to keep yourself organized and also how to create contacts to make sending emails even easier. Plus I will go over the handy To Do list feature so you can keep track of all the tasks you need to get finished.

These days everyone has a desktop computer, laptop, or at least a device such as a smartphone or a tablet that they use to do things such as go online, send emails, and so on. And for the people who use a personal computer at home or at work, then there is a very good chance that it is running Microsoft Windows and if it’s not, then you are most likely using a Mac and are reading the wrong book!


When Windows 10 first came out, Microsoft has said that it would be the last version of their desktop operating system and that they would just continue to update it and add new features rather than come out with new versions. But now that Windows 11 is out, that proves what many of us always believed, that there would eventually be a replacement for Windows 10. And when a company releases new software, they feel the need to change things around to make it look like it has been “upgraded” but many times, they are making changes just to justify calling it new!


The goal of this book is to help you get the most out of your Windows 11 computer and make you a more proficient computer user. I will cover the basics (in detail) to better help you understand how to do things like open programs, locate your files, customize your desktop, install apps and games, browse the internet, navigate the Windows Start menu and more.


I always like to take a step-by-step approach so users at any skill level will be able to follow along. I will also include many screenshots to help you see what I am discussing in case you want to follow along on your own computer.

If you use a computer at home or at work on a regular basis then you should be familiar with the concept of files and folders and how you have both of them stored on the hard drive of your desktop or laptop, and without access to these files and folders, it’s hard to get your work done.


Knowing how to manage these files and folders is essential if you want to become a proficient computer user and if you can’t easily find them or know how to properly maniple them, then becoming a so called computer expert will not be possible. You would be surprised at how many people are really skilled at using programs like Excel or Photoshop yet can’t find their files when they need them.


Once you learn the basics of how the Windows file structure works and how to do things like copy files and search for files and folders on your computer, you will realize how it makes almost all of your other computer tasks easier. Since almost every program you use involves opening files except for maybe using your web browser, it’s essential to know where your files and folders are located and what files are associated with which program.


The goal of this book is to make you a file managing expert without confusing you in the process. I will go through the material step by step and keep things simple while providing you with the information you need to be able to master the topics at hand. Even though the subject of this book is fairly specific, there is still a lot of information to cover. So on that note let’s start showing our files and folders who’s the boss!

These days everyone has a desktop computer, laptop, or at least a device such as a smartphone or a tablet that they use to do things such as go online, send emails, and so on. And for the people who use a personal computer at home or at work, then there is a very good chance that it is running Microsoft Windows, especially at the office where Windows has a much larger market share than other operating systems such as Apple’s Mac OS.


When Windows 10 first came out, Microsoft has said that it would be the last version of their desktop operating system and that they would just continue to update it and add new features rather than come out with new versions. But now that Windows 11 is out, that proves what many of us always believed, that there would eventually be a replacement for Windows 10.


The goal of this book is to help you get the most out of your Windows 11 computer and make you a more proficient computer user. I will cover the basics (in detail) to better help you understand how to do things like configure and customize Windows, use the great built-in features and software as well troubleshoot issues that you may run into while using your computer. A lot of this content will apply to previous versions of Windows, so you will be able to apply your newfound knowledge to older computers as well. Also keep in mind that since Microsoft is constantly updating Windows that if you come across something in this book that doesn’t match up with what your computer shows, it’s most likely that Microsoft has changed how you do that procedure, so be warned.



Thanks to the invention of the smartphone, we can now record all the special moments of our lives, and even the not so special ones as I am sure you have seen if you have ever gone on a website such as YouTube or have an Instagram account! Of course smartphones are not the only device you can use to record video and many people still use video cameras to record things such as weddings, graduations and other special events.


One thing that is pretty common with people who record videos is that many times the video ends up being shown with all the footage that really doesn’t need to be seen, or the video ends up not being seen at all because the person doesn’t have the means to edit out all the unwanted footage to make a watchable video.


Microsoft has included video editing software with Windows for many years which used to be called Windows Movie Maker. Now with Windows 10, they have integrated their video editing software with their Photos app and have renamed it the Windows Video Editor.


The goal of this book is to get you comfortable using the Windows Video Editor without confusing and irritating you at the same time. I find that if you explain things like someone is a total beginner, even if they are not, it makes that topic much easier to understand, and that is the way this book was written—so that anyone can make sense of the content without feeling lost.


This book will cover a wide variety of topics such as the Editor interface, editing and cropping your video clips, adding audio and images, using effects, exporting your videos and so on.


These days everyone has a desktop computer, laptop, or at least a device such as a smartphone or a tablet that they use to do things such as go online, send emails, and so on. And for the people who use a personal computer at home or at work, then there is a very good chance that it is running Microsoft Windows. And unless your IT department is way behind on their upgrades, then there is a very good chance it’s running Windows 10.


Microsoft has said that Windows 10 will be the last version of their desktop operating system and that they will just continue to update it and add new features rather than come out with new versions. Time will tell if they will stick with this strategy or if they will feel the pressure to come out with something new just for the sake of generating some hype and, of course, more sales.


The goal of this book is to help you get the most out of your Windows 10 computer and make you a more proficient computer user. I will cover the basics (in detail) to better help you understand how to do things like configure and customize Windows, use the great built-in features and software as well troubleshoot issues that you may run into while using your computer. Also keep in mind that since Microsoft is constantly updating Windows 10 that if you come across something in this book that doesn’t match up with what your computer shows, it’s most likely that Microsoft has changed how you do that procedure, so be warned.


So, on that note, let’s get things started and turn you into a Windows 10 expert—or at least get you a few steps closer!

If you use a computer at home or at work on a regular basis then you should be familiar with the concept of files and folders and how you have both of them stored on the hard drive of your desktop or laptop, and without access to these files and folders it’s hard to get your work done.


Knowing how to manage these files and folders is essential if you want to become a proficient computer user and if you can’t easily find them or know how to properly maniple them, then becoming a so called computer expert will not be possible. You would be surprised at how many people are really skilled at using programs like Excel or Photoshop yet can’t find their files when they need them.


Once you learn the basics of how the Windows file structure works and how to do things like copy files and search for files and folders on your computer, you will realize how it makes almost all of your other computer tasks easier. Since almost every program you use involves opening files except for maybe using your web browser, it’s essential to know where your files and folders are located and what files are associated with which program.


The goal of this book is to make you a file managing expert without confusing you in the process. I will go through the material step by step and keep things simple while providing you with the information you need to be able to master the topics at hand. Even though the subject of this book is fairly specific, there is still a lot of information to cover. So on that note let’s start showing our files and folders who’s the boss!