Help Yourself: Tech Tips

Course by: Dan Gookin
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    For basic IT issues, most users prefer to help themselves. If you are interested in troubleshooting your own computer issues, this series is the answer. The tips are equally useful to end users, small businesses that perform their own IT, and enterprise IT help desks that want to reduce Level 1 service tickets. Instructor Dan Gookin focuses on the Windows PC, covering topics related to hardware, networking, security, and the operating system itself. No pre-existing knowledge is required.


    • Dan Gookin

      Dan Gookin

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      Dan Gookin is the author of more than 120 titles. He has been writing about technology for over 20 years.

      Dan combines his love of writing with his gizmo fascination to create books that are informative, entertaining, and not boring. Because his 120 titles have 12 million copies in print that have been translated into over 30 languages, Dan can attest that his method of crafting computer tomes seems to work.

      Perhaps his most famous title is the original DOS For Dummies, published in 1991. It became the world's fastest-selling computer book, at one time moving more copies per week than the New York Times #1 bestseller (though as a reference, it could not be listed on the NYT Bestseller list). From that book spawned the entire line of For Dummies books, which remains a publishing phenomena to this day.

      Dan's most popular titles include PCs For Dummies, Word For Dummies, Laptops For Dummies, and Droid X For Dummies. He also maintains the vast and helpful website,

      Dan holds a degree in communications/visual arts from the University of California, San Diego. Presently, he lives in the Pacific Northwest, where he enjoys spending time with his sons playing video games inside while they watch the gentle woods of Idaho.

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    Skills covered in this course

  • Word: Centering a page

    - [Instructor] Here you see a document zoomed out to show the title page centered in the worse possible way. Now, I'm going to activate the show-hide feature here on the home tab, this icon here. And you can see the enter key presses. And zoom in a bit. These paragraphs that were added to center the title on the page. This technique works but it's sloppy and it can lead to trouble later. Here's another example with paragraphs added to center the title and a hard page break to keep the title on its own page. This approach is only marginally better but it's fixable. And you start by removing everything but the title. So that would be all these paragraphs. Select them and delete them. And delete the hard page break as well. Now, at the end of the title paragraph add a new page section break so the cursor's right here. And from the layout tab, choose breaks, section break, next page. And I'll clean up this new line there.…

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