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My Windows? 8.1


instructions with callouts to Windows 8.1 photos that show you exactly what to do.


when you run into Windows 8.1 problems or limitations.

Tips and Notes

to help you get the most from your Windows 8.1 computer.

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My Windows® 8.1


instructions with callouts to Windows 8.1 photos that show you exactly what to do.


when you run into Windows 8.1 problems or limitations.

Tips and Notes

to help you get the most from your Windows 8.1 computer.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Windows® 8.1 computer working just the way you want. Learn how to

• Master Windows innovations you like, and keep the older techniques you’re comfortable with

• Adjust the Start screen so it works the way you want (not the other way around!)

• Get more productive with touch gestures, live tiles, and Charms

• Browse the Web faster and easier with Internet Explorer 11 tabbed browsing

• Find, download, install, and work with the best new Windows Store apps

• Copy, move, and share files using File Explorer

• Use the built-in Skype app to make super-easy free video calls

• Master the major improvements in Windows 8.1’s Photos and Music apps

• Stream movies on your computer, and share media with your Xbox

• Use cloud features to access your files everywhere, on any device you choose

• Keep your files and computer safe, secure, backed up, and working reliably

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789752222
  • Publisher: Que
  • Publication date: 11/11/2013
  • Series: My... Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 111,370
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

After writing about technology for more than 25 years, Katherine Murray believes there’s never been a better time to be a tech enthusiast. She has seen personal computing change from big, slow, cryptic desktop-hogging machines to small, sleek smart devices we can tap our way through easily. She has worked with every version of Microsoft Windows there’s been, loving some versions (such as Windows 7) and loathing others (remember Windows Vista?). But now with Windows 8.1, she feels Microsoft is in sync with the times, offering a fast, fluid, and secure option for connecting with others, enjoying media, saving to the cloud, and integrating our work across multiple devices. She started writing about technology 25 years ago and still enjoys it, specializing in Microsoft technologies and the fascinating ways in which we stay in touch with each other. In addition to writing books, she writes regularly for Windows Secrets magazine.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 First Look at Windows 8.1

Introducing Windows 8.1

A First Look!

Touring the Start Screen

Using Touch in Windows 8.1

Using Single Tap

Swiping Left

Swiping Right

Swiping Up and Down

Using Pinch Zoom

Getting Around with the Mouse and Keyboard

Using the Mouse

Hands-Free Mode

Using the (Real) Keyboard

Using a Touch Keyboard

Choosing a Keyboard

Finding the Help You Need

Using Windows 8.1 Help + Tips

Get Help + Tips

Displaying Windows Help and Support

Printing Help

Shutting Down or Putting Windows 8.1 to Sleep

Goodnight, Windows 8.1

Shutting Down Windows 8

Chapter 2 Preparing Your PC and Setting Up Devices

Adding Devices in Windows 8.1

Viewing Installed Devices

Connecting a Device

Removing a Device

Troubleshooting Hardware Devices

Connecting to Wireless Networks

Connecting to an Available Network

Managing Your PC Power

Choosing a Power Management Plan

Changing Power Settings

Transferring Files

Using Windows Easy Transfer

Recovering Your Windows 8.1

Refreshing Your PC

Chapter 3 Using and Tweaking the Start Screen

Beginning with the Start Screen

Viewing All Your Apps at Once

Reordering Apps in Apps View

Tweaking the Start Screen

Showing More Tiles

Checking Out the Charms

Displaying the Charms Bar

Choosing Your Charm

Changing the Way Tiles Look and Behave

Making Big Tiles Small (and Vice Versa)

Turning Off Live Updates

Choosing New App Tile Sizes

Getting a Rest from Notifications

Hiding Personal Information on Your Tiles

Moving, Grouping, and Removing Apps

Moving Apps on the Start Screen

Creating an App Group

Naming App Groups

Removing an App from the Start Screen

Searching in Windows 8.1

Finding Something Fast

Searching and Finding with Bing

Searching Within an App

Chapter 4 Working with the Desktop

Moving Between the Desktop and the Start Screen

Displaying the Windows 8.1 Desktop

Using the Windows 8.1 Start Button

Launching to the Windows 8.1 Desktop

Launching Windows 8.1 to the Desktop

Getting Ready to Work with Programs

Adding Shortcuts

Launching File Explorer

Tailoring the Taskbar

Adding Apps to the Taskbar on the Desktop

Pinning Apps from the Start Screen

Using Jump Lists

Working with Windows on the Windows Desktop

Window Basics

Moving a Window

Resizing a Window

Arranging Windows

Chapter 5 Making It Your Windows 8.1

Personalizing Your Lock Screen

Choosing a New Lock Screen Picture

Adding a New Lock Screen Picture On-the-Fly

Creating a Slide Show for the Lock Screen

Changing Your Account Picture

Adding Lock Screen Apps

Adjusting the Look of Windows 8.1

Tweaking Start

Contrast Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Magnifying Your Display

Changing the Time

Changing Your Windows 8.1 Desktop

Selecting a New Desktop Background

Chapter 6 Securing Your Computer

Customizing Your Login

Changing a Password

Creating a Picture Password

Creating a PIN Logon

Working with the Action Center

Reviewing Your System Status

Changing Action Center Alerts

Deciding What to Do with Unrecognized Apps

Using Windows Defender

Scanning Your PC with Windows Defender

Turning on Your Windows Firewall

Activating the Firewall

Changing Firewall Settings

Working with User Accounts

Add a User

Changing User Account Settings

Switching Users

Maintaining Your Privacy

Setting Location Privacy

Chapter 7 Diving In with Apps

Getting Started with Apps

Checking Out Your Apps

Pinning Apps to the Start Menu

Finding and Starting Apps

Finding an App

Locating an App

Launching an App from the Start Screen

Launching an App on the Desktop

Working with Apps

Exploring a Program “Window”

Checking Out a Windows 8.1 App

Moving Among Open Apps

Closing Apps

Closing Selected Apps

Using the Task Manager

Getting Apps from the Revamped Windows Store

Introducing the Windows Store

Searching for an App

Installing an App

Managing Your Apps

Starting and Stopping an App from the Desktop

Starting a Program from the Desktop

Exiting the Program

Repairing and Uninstalling Programs

Repairing Installations

Uninstalling Programs

Uninstalling Apps

Chapter 8 Organizing Files with File Explorer

Getting Started with File Explorer

Starting File Explorer

Touring the File Explorer Screen

Checking Out This PC

Using the Ribbon

Learning the Ribbon Layout

Showing and Hiding the File Explorer Ribbon

Managing Your Files and Folders

Finding Files and Folders

Selecting Files and Folders

Viewing File Information

Tagging Files

Arranging Folder Display

Copying, Moving, and Sharing Files and Folders

Copying Files

Solving Copy Conflicts

Sharing Files

Compressing and Extracting Your Files

Chapter 9 Browsing with Internet Explorer 11

What’s New in IE 11?

Introducing Internet Explorer 11

Starting Internet Explorer

A Look Around the Internet Explorer Window(s)

Browsing and Searching the Web

Using the Address Bar

Navigating the Web

Saving Your Favorites

Adding a Favorite

Using Navigation Tiles

Searching for Information

Searching in IE 11 from the Start Screen

Searching in IE 11 Desktop

Selecting Your Home Page

Working with Tabs

Using Tabs in IE 11

Displaying Tabs Side by Side

Opening a New Tab in Desktop IE 11

Securing Your Browsing Experience

Deleting Cookies

Chapter 10 Connect and Communicate with Windows 8.1

Calling and Messaging with Skype

Launching Skype

Adding Skype Contacts

Making a Call with Skype

Answering a Call with Skype

Sending Messages

Getting Social with the People App

Getting Started with the People App

Connecting Your Social Media Accounts

Viewing Status Updates

Adding a New Contact

Searching for a Contact

Staying in Touch Through Email

Adding an Email Account

Checking Out the Mail Window

Composing an Email Message

Organizing Your Email

Keeping Your Dates Straight with the Calendar App

Checking Today’s Appointments

Adding a New Appointment

Chapter 11 Media and More

Organizing and Editing Your Photos

Launching the Photos App

Viewing Your Photos

Adding a Photo Folder

Organizing Photos

Editing Photos

Setting Photo Options

Displaying a Slideshow

Your Music, Your Way

Getting Started with the Music App

Playing Your Own Music

Finding Music You Like

Creating a Radio Station

Finding and Watching Your Favorite Shows

Exploring Video

Don’t Forget Your Favorite Shows

Playing Games with Windows 8.1

Finding and Playing Your Favorite Games

Buying a Game

Chapter 12 Working in the Cloud

Working with SkyDrive

Launching SkyDrive

Accessing Files in the Cloud

Saving Files to SkyDrive

Managing Files in SkyDrive

Getting Started with a HomeGroup

Setting Up a HomeGroup

Joining a HomeGroup

Using Your HomeGroup

Viewing Your HomeGroup

Accessing Files on Shared Computers

Chapter 13 Feeding and Troubleshooting Your PC

Getting Windows Updates

Turning On Automatic Updates

Choosing a Time for Automatic Updates

Checking for Updates Manually

Backing Up and Restoring Your Files

Backing Up Your Files

Restoring Files

Optimizing Your Computer

Optimizing Your Hard Disk

Checking Windows Compatibility

Using the Windows Compatibility Center

Appendix Windows 8.1 App Gallery

Exploring Your Apps

Checking Out the Bing Apps

Finance App

Weather App

Maps App

News App

Sports App

Travel App

The Windows Store Revisited

Using App Categories

Browsing Apps

Getting App Info

Reading App Reviews

Installing Apps

Viewing Your Apps

Adding Your Own Review

Purchasing an App

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