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How do you find a Windows 8 tutorial for seniors?

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Sites such as Skillful Senior, Golden Years Geek and The Senior's Guide to Computers feature simple, straightforward, completely free Windows 8 tutorials geared specifically toward older people. Specially designed user guides provide easy-to-follow instructions for setting up a Microsoft account; customizing personal settings and preferences; configuring system safety options and maximizing security against viruses, Trojans, malware and other intruders; successfully establishing an Internet connection; and easily and enjoyably working, surfing and otherwise spending time online.

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As an alternative to online learning, tech site InformIT lists their top recommended books on working with Windows 8 for older folks. "My Windows 8 Computer for Seniors" ($24.99) helps make valuable information easier to take in with larger pages, bigger print and plentiful amounts of more sizable graphics. "Easy Windows 8" ($24.99) is loaded with jumbo-size, four-color illustrations which create a clear, comprehensive visual reference that's easy to manage and can serve as an empowering educational boost for more intimidated students. Additionally, Amazon offers "Windows 8.1 for Seniors for Dummies" on sale for less than $20, as of late 2015.

For older learners more comfortable with in-person assistance, the non-profit support service SeniorNet provides a network of study centers across the United States dedicated to age-appropriate tech tutoring, with a focus on creating a comfort level with computers for anyone in need age 50 or above.

Similarly, Best Buy's Geek Squad tech support team offers a spin-off service, Geek Squad Tech Support and Guidance for AARP Members. A year's subscription allows unlimited access to Best Buy’s support team pros in-store, online or over the phone. In-home visits are also offered, for an additional charge.

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