You will find how to download your purchase online, explained simply and in more detail at The Newbie Club for newcomers to the internet. Not every purchase you make online will be in a digital format, but soon many (or most!) will be. It is well worth your time to learn this handy and often-needed skill. Downloading is really easy!
Don't rush off though, for we can go over simple download your purchase instructions right here;
An e-book is a computer file, the document for a book, not a physical, paper or hardcover thing at all. Of course, it is the ready-to-print file, so once you've downloaded an e-book, you can print and bind it yourself, and it will look and feel like a book. If that's important to you. If you are just eager to read the content, printing is not necessary.
1. After you have paid for the e-book, you will be taken to the download page. Click on the underlined link pointed out as the e-book download link. It will likely have a period/dot and three letters at the end. Those letters could be; .pdf or .zip or .exe (Here's an example of these options on a download page on another site of mine - Yes, the e-books are free there!)
2. Your computer will pop up a little File Download window asking you if you want to download. (That's what it's called on a Windows PC; if you have an Apple it may have another name, but the same function). Make sure there is a dot or check by "save this file to disk," Then click OK.
3. A "Save As" window pops up, and you can go up and down your file ladder to find the folder where you would like to store this e-book. When you are in the folder where you want it, click on Open. This will download your purchase.
(If you have never done this before, may I suggest you create a folder and call it Library. Lots of people just save to Desktop; but that can get messy, eventually you'll have trouble finding things there because of the clutter. Since you will find other free e-books on the internet, or purchase some, you may as well collect them all in one place on your computer. A Download Library makes sense, right? Just an extra tip.)
4. The download of your purchase starts immediately and you can watch in the next window the speed and time change. Do not be startled if it says at first it will take 30 minutes or more. Once it is downloading the data to your computer it will pick up speed. (Yes, on dial-up too). Some larger e-books condensed into the zip version will take about 7-8 minutes, at an average (read, old) computer's speed. If you have a high speed computer, it will be zap, in less than a minute!
5. Do not feel you are stuck waiting. Feel free to go visit other pages on the Internet. That will not affect the download. If the window disappears, and it will when you click somewhere else, you can always, click on the grey File Download button on the Desktop bar at the bottom of your screen to make it pop up again. When it is finished it will disappear. (Unless you have changed your settings to say it should stay open).
6. At that time, or whenever it suits you, you can use "My Computer" or your file manager to find your Library folder, (or if you didn't bother, go to Desktop) and the name of the e-book should show up there. Double click on the filename. You have downloaded your purchased e-book!
a. If the e-book is a .pdf file it will spring open in your PDF reader, likely Acrobat Reader. It's ready to read, or print, as you wish.
b. If it is a zipped file (.zip) this will bring up your Unzip window. Again, just click Open or Unzip. That will open it in your Unzip program, and there you will have to click to "extract" the e-book file. Now the e-book may appear as a .doc file, or perhaps .rtf, or .odt, or even .exe.
c. If the e-book is an .exe file double-clicking on it will open it's very own reader that is installed with it, and it will open like a browser software program and the e-book embedded like a series of web pages. (These were popular in the 1990s, but I don't see them as often now. PDF has become more popular).
Use the toolbars in Acrobat to move the pages in your e-book so you can see and read them. (If you are using a linux operating system, you will have several programs that can read PDF files. They go by different hames. Use your favourite.)
Instead of an e-book, you may want to download your purchase of software, or get access to a membership site or your new web hosting site's control panel. There are some similarities to e-books, but let's go over the basic instructions. After a time or two you'll forget there was ever a time you didn't know how to download your purchases.
1. Download your software - Click on the link pointed out on the page after you paid, as the software package download link. It will likely have a period/dot and three letters at the end. They could be .zip or .exe (or even .rpm, .yum, .bzip, etc).
2. Your computer will pop up a little File Download window asking you if you want to download, or open the file. On a Windows system computer make sure there is a selection dot or checkmark by "save this file to disk," Then click OK. (On a Linux system you can click "install with Yast," or Yum, or whatever your installer program is called. Wonderfully easy!)
3. A "Save As" window pops up, and you can go up and down your file lists to find the folder where you would like to store this downloaded software program. (If you have never done this before, may I suggest you create one called Downloads? Lots of people just save to Desktop. Which is okay, but that can get messy and you'll have trouble finding things there. Because you will find other software on the internet, or purchase some, you may as well collect them all in one place on your computer). Now click on Open.
4. To install the new software you will have to double-click on that new file, and close all other programs on your computer. The software usually comes with its own installer program and it will place it on your computer in a way that will allow it to work.
Here's another helpful tip; save your downloaded software in a folder and then copy it to the folder from where it is to be installed. That way, if the program ever goes "fooey" on you and messes up, you can uninstall it and start over again from the original download software file.
If you have just paid for membership in a private area of a website, or maybe hosting so you can set up a website of your own, then you don't have to download anything, but now you want to get into that priviledged area.
Once your payment has been processed you may be taken directly to a login page, and if you had to choose a username and password as part of your purchase process, you would use those to login now. On the other hand, they may send you automatically generated password information and a private or secret link to which you must go to login.
The vital thing is that you want that precious Welcome email with the exact instructions. If you email program filters out emails that are from a new source, that have extra links in them, and could be mistaken for spam, then you need to check in your junk or spam folder to look for that Welcome email
Once you have your access information, I HIGHLY recommend that you put that information in a very safe place. The most obivious answer is to print, or to memorize it, but if you have as many passwords to memorize as I do, you no longer trust your memory. So you need to be clever to find ways to put the login information somewhere where you can find and read it, but others will not.
Because anyone who can login to your private membership area can go make changes to your profile or account or do things in your name and serious mess up your life. Sometimes if you are injured or unable to get to your membership area, you may want to trust someone to access it for you. It cannot be helped otherwise. Still, choose that trusted person carefully.
Some memberships can be passed down to your heirs in your will, so you will need to include your login information in that package of papers, or they will have a hard time proving to the owners of that website that you have authorized them to get in.
If you are the only one using your computer or laptop, you will want to bookmark the login page so you can go in and out of there freely as often as you like. If others use that computer too, such as children or friends or strangers, then do NOT bookmark it. They might try to login with whatever they guess as your username and password, and if they know you well enough they may even be able to figure it out. Or guess and guess until they guess right!
On some sites, once you close the active browser window you are logged out. But there are some sites that will leave your profile open until you log out properly. If some devious hacker tries to attack that site, they might be able to see that you left without logging off properly and since your account door is still wide open, they waltz right in. So just like learning to always lock your car doors when you leave it, learn to always log out of a private membership site, or your private control area for your blog or your website, or when you do your banking online. That way, you never have to worry whether you did or not. Make it an automatic habit.
Now, I'll stop being so super-cautious and give you permission to enjoy your purchased membership privileges! May you never regret paying for and downloading your purchase online.
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It is not that hard; you CAN shop securely online, and have fun saving too!