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Welcome to my review of Windows Made Easy. This is a very good magazine for anyone wanting to learn a bit more about computers & Windows in particular. You’ll learn about hardware & software, upgrading & getting better use out of your PC. Each month WME focuses on the popular software packages that are used by many Windows users. They cover the likes of MS Word, Lotus Word Pro, MS Office & many more popular programs & tools. A typical issue, costing £3.95, would contain about 130 pages, of which very few are advertising & if you read the magazine from cover to cover you’d be quite pleased at how much you’ve probably learnt! Each issue is broken down into sections & then sub-sections, which make quite a lot of very interesting & informative reading! A typical issue would have the likes of: Internet: This seems to focus on teaching you how to use the likes of Internet Explorer & Outlook Express. You will also find articles on the likes of AOL & other popular ISPs. Finally you get a ‘top 10 tips’ article which could be about using your e-mail, searching, browsing or anything else to do with the Internet. In all a very good & informative section that may teach you a lot! The Basics: This part is great for PC novices & is very useful as a whole! ‘The Basics’ is split into sub-sections, which are in-depth, but easy to use, read & understand. Three of the sections are generally: Identifying PC Bits ~ This is exactly what it says & for any PC user to use & learn from. Being able to identify all the bits & bobs of your PC is very important, especially when it comes to upgrading & repairs. Do’s & Don’ts ~~ Again, exactly what it says. Simply put, here’s a nice list of do’s & don’ts for using your PC & it’s peripherals. These do’s & don’ts range from your mouse to your modem & beyond.
Further Reading ~~ Once you’ve mastered the basics, it’s a good idea to keep reading & keep learning. Further Reading will help you find more stuff to read & learn from. These sections are very useful to any PC novice & will go a long way to enhance your PC usage & knowledge. There are more sections that those that I’ve mentioned in The Basics section, but I think that I’ve given you the general idea of what’s on offer. Buyer’s Guide: This section is split into sub-sections that try to give you some very sound advice on buying PC peripherals. It’ll try to teach you about what to look for when buying a monitor, printer, modem, digital camera, scanner & much more. It’s a very useful guide that may help you to get a better deal & product. You may find that the salesperson can’t dupe you into buying a load of crap anymore! In all, Windows Made Easy is a magazine that’s aimed at PC novices, but could be used by any PC user. All of the articles are written in easy to understand, use & follow English. The articles don’t try to confuse you with technical jargon. On each page you’ll find a graphical help & tips section, which will make things even easier for you! You’ll find very comprehensive Help, Questions & Answers & Letters sections. They don’t devote just a couple of pages to these sections like most magazines do! You’ll find plenty of pages for each section! There’s also a very good Hardware section that will try to teach you about upgrading your PC & connecting external devices to your PC. This is a very useful section for most PC users. The long & short of my review of Windows Made Easy is that, for £3.95, you get a brilliant magazine that’s packed solid with very useful & easy to use articles. You should learn quite a lot from this magazine & any PC user can buy it & enj
oy reading it! …Anyone can learn! Thanks for reading.
There are a vast number of computer magazines available, making the choice very difficult in many cases. Most of them have developed a strategy of enticing purchasers with the offer of a free CD containing selected software programs. I have found very few of these free CDs offering really worthwhile software, although I have acquired the odd piece of usable material. Windows Made Easy is a publication that does not need to make such an offer because the content alone is enough to sell it. Every issue contains a good cross section of tutorials explaining in great detail and with pictures how to perform specific tasks or use particular software. I have found the tutorials of great help on many occasions, often explaining uses of Windows that Microsoft do not include in the help files. Using the easy step by step instructions, many newcomers will benefit vastly from the knowledge and practice gleaned over the months. So if you have the desire to find out how to make proper use of your computer, then this is a magazine that you must buy.
Windows made easy is one of the most useful magazines for the beginner and intermediate computer literate people. In this magazine you will find out how to use numerous software packages, windows itself and how to set up various items on your PC. Instructions are in easy to understand language and simple to follow pictures showing you what your screen should look like. It will show you how to use software such as Microsoft Works & Office, Lotus SmartSuite, PaintShop Pro 6 and many others and how to use the Internet, and hardware such as digital cameras and MP3 players. What this magazines gives that others do not is the Office Challenge where you can put into practice what you learn. Each month you are given one or two challenges to test your computer skills, the solution to which will be given the following month. This is a good way to test your skills and find out if you have the knowledge to achieve the best way to utilise your programmes. You will also be shown certain projects such as how to keep your image files in order or how to make your own newsletter. I would recommend this magazine to anyone who wants a hands on method of learning, even if you think you know it all you will be surprised at how much more there is to know, including many short cuts.