Handy Tech Manuals

Takoma Park Library

Handy Tech Manuals

Guides for Beginners

Create something and want to share it online? Have a new digital device and want to learn more about how it works? Check out these handy tech guidebooks to get started! Copies are available to check out from the library system.

Adobe Creative Cloud All-in-One for Dummies, 3rd edition by Jennifer Smith and Christopher Smith
Adobe Creative Cloud allows users to create and share their work online or in print. This comprehensive book contains six mini books about Creative Cloud, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe XD, and Adobe Bridge. You can go to any of the six sections that you're interested in. You'll get tips and step-by-step instructions to make the most of each Adobe Creative product. A mix of full color and black and white illustrations accompany the text.

My Video Chat for Seniors by Michael Miller
There are a number of chat platforms for seniors to connect with family and friends online. In this book, learn about Facetime, Whatsapp, Google Duo and Meet, Zoom, and other popular platforms. You'll get tips about how to make the most of your chats, find out what equipment you'll need, how to keep your sessions safe while online, and more. There are step-by-step instructions to guide you through using common features. Full color photos and illustrations accompany the text. A glossary is included.

YouTube Channels for Dummies, 2nd edition by Rob Ciampa et al.
Want to show off your creative side or promote your business/non-profit organization on YouTube? In this book, learn how to start a YouTube channel, develop and maintain a production studio, reach your target audience, maintain your YouTube channel, and more! You'll also learn what to avoid doing and how copyright applies for videos.

My iPad for Seniors, 8th edition by Michael Miller
Got a new iPad as a gift or bought one for yourself? Discover how to make the most of your iPad and its features such as video chatting, texting, social media platforms, playing games, and more! Step-by-step instructions show you how to use applications on your iPad. You'll also learn how to keep yourself safe while online. A section about troubleshooting common problems and glossary is included. Full color photos and illustrations accompany the text. This new eighth edition covers iPads running iPadOS14.

Alexa for Dummies, 2nd edition by Paul McFedries
Did you get one of Amazon's service devices with Alexa on it? How does Alexa work anyways? In this book, discover how to make the most of your Alexa enabled device including playing music, shopping, voice commands, home security, and more. You'll get step-by-step instructions and tips for setting up and using Alexa. The final section covers troubleshooting and privacy and security settings.
~Elisa Babel, Adult Librarian