My Windows Phone 8 [NOOK Book]


Friendly, quick, and 100% practical, My Microsoft Windows Phone 8 is the must-have companion for every Windows Phone 8 user. Written by ten-time Microsoft MVP Brien Posey, it walks new users through every task they'll want to perform, including:
* Navigating the Windows Phone 8 interface
* Using audio, video, photos, and other media
* ...

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Friendly, quick, and 100% practical, My Microsoft Windows Phone 8 is the must-have companion for every Windows Phone 8 user. Written by ten-time Microsoft MVP Brien Posey, it walks new users through every task they'll want to perform, including:
* Navigating the Windows Phone 8 interface
* Using audio, video, photos, and other media
* Connecting to the Internet, surfing the Web with Internet Explorer, and searching with Bing
* Getting productive with Windows Phone 8's version of Microsoft Office
* Downloading great apps and games in the Marketplace
* Storing content in the cloud, on SkyDrive
* Social networking via Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
* Managing email, IM, contacts, and calendars
* Customizing and troubleshooting Windows Phone 8

Every task is presented step by step, using carefully annotated, full-color screenshots, all numbered so there's no chance of getting lost or confused. Readers needn't wade through paragraphs of theory to get usable help, or to find practical answers. Throughout, the book is packed with helpful tips, tidbits, and quick solutions to the problems users are most likely to encounter. Everything's clearly organized to help readers get started fast, and keep their Windows Phone 8 devices working just the way they want.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780133157123
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 5/14/2013
  • Series: My...
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 375,957
  • File size: 149 MB
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Meet the Author

Brien Posey is a ten-time Microsoft MVP with two decades of IT experience. Prior to becoming a freelance technical writer, Brien served as CIO for a national chain of hospitals and healthcare facilities. He has also worked as a network administrator for some of the nation’s largest insurance companies and for the Department of Defense at Fort Knox.

Since going freelance in 2001, Brien has become a prolific technical author. He has published many thousands of articles and numerous books on a wide variety of topics (primarily focusing on enterprise networking). In addition to his writing, Brien has provided consulting services to clients and speaks at IT events all over the world.

When Brien isn’t busy writing, he enjoys traveling to exotic places around the world with his wife Taz. Together they have visited more than sixty different countries. In fact, portions of this book were written while visiting Panama, Guatemala, and Columbia.

Some of Brien’s other personal interests include scuba diving, aviation, flying RC helicopters, and shredding waves in his Cigarette boat. Brien’s most recent endeavor has been to pursue his lifelong aspiration of becoming an astronaut.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Getting Started with Windows Phone 8 3
Minimum Hardware Specifications 3
The Phone’s External Features 4
Getting Started with Your Phone 6
Configuring the Phone Using the Recommended Settings 6
Installing the Windows Phone Software 9
Setting Up the Windows Phone Software 10
Updating the Phone 10
Accessing the Phone’s Settings 11
Configuring How Windows Phone Updates 12
The Windows Phone 8 Interface 13
The Lock Screen 13
Other Common Indicators 14
Customizing the Lock Screen 15
The Start Screen 20
Touch Gestures 24
Using the Phone’s Hardware Buttons 25
The Back Button 25
The Start Button 25
The Search Button 25
The Power Button 25
The Volume Buttons 26
The Camera Button 26
The Soft Keyboard 26
Resetting Your Phone 29
Restoring Factory Settings 29

Chapter 2 Configuring Basic Device Settings 31
Accessing the Device Settings Screen 31
Changing the Device Theme 32
Wi-Fi Networking 33
Enabling or Disabling Wi-Fi 33
Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network 34
Removing Known Networks 35
Passwords and Screen Timeouts 36
Setting the Screen Timeout 37
Enabling a Password 38
Changing Your Password 39
Disabling a Password 40
Date and Time 40
Setting the Date and Time 41
Changing Time Zones 42
Using Military Time 42
Screen Brightness 43
Automatically Adjusting the Screen Brightness 43
Manually Adjusting the Screen Brightness 44
Controlling the Keyboard’s Behavior 44
Setting the Keyboard Language 45
Removing a Keyboard Language 46
Clearing Custom Suggestions 46
Customizing the Keyboard’s Behavior 47
Configuring Regions and Languages 48
Accessibility 50
Adjusting the Text Size 50
Enabling High Contrast 51
Enabling the Screen Magnifier 51
Using Speech for Phone Accessibility 52
Find My Phone 53
Finding Your Phone 54
Other Location Options 55
About Your Phone 56
Providing Feedback 57
Backing Up Your Phone 58
Backing Up App Lists and Settings 59
Removing Your Backup 60
Backing Up Text Messages 61
Determining Backup Quality for Your Photos and Videos 62
Restoring Your Backups 63
Battery Saver 64
Phone Storage 65

Chapter 3 Messaging 69
Accessing Email Settings and Configuring Accounts 70
Connecting Your Microsoft Account 71
Setting Up Exchange Email 72
Connecting to Yahoo! Mail 76
Connecting to Google Mail 77
Setting Up POP3/IMAP4 Messaging 78
Removing Mail Accounts 80
Microsoft Outlook Mobile 81
The Outlook Mobile Interface 82
The Anatomy of a Message 83
Opening a Message 84
Opening an Attachment 85
Replying to a Message 86
Forwarding a Message 87
Viewing New Mail 88
Viewing Urgent Mail 88
Viewing Flagged Messages 89
Deleting a Message 90
Marking a Message as Read 93
Marking a Message as Unread 93
Marking Multiple Messages as Read or Unread 94
Moving a Message 95
Performing a Bulk Move 96
Viewing Folders 97
Flagging a Message 97
Clearing a Message Flag 98
Flagging or Unflagging Multiple Messages 98
Marking a Message as Complete 99
Marking Multiple Messages as Complete 100
Composing a New Message 100
Writing a Message 101
Canceling a New Message 102
Adding Message Attachments 103
Setting Message Priority 106
Adding Recipients Through CC and Blind CC 106
Adding Emoticons and Clip Art 107
Checking for New Mail 108
Configuring Mailbox Settings 108
Linking Mailboxes 108
Unlinking Mailboxes 110
Conversation View 110
Message Signatures 111
Blind CCing Yourself 111
Lightening the Display 112
Changing the Mailbox Sync Settings 113
Configuring Automatic Replies 115

Chapter 4 The Multimedia Experience 117
Working with the Windows Phone Software 117
Adding Photos to Your Phone 119
Adding Videos to Your Phone 120
Adding a Song to Your Phone 121
Adding an Album to Your Phone 121
Adding a Musical Artist to Your Phone 122
Adding Content from Nonstandard Locations 123
Using the Photo Interface 124
Removing Multimedia Content 125
Copying Phone Content to Your PC or Tablet 127
Working with File Explorer 127
Adding Media to Your Phone 128
Removing Media from Your Phone 130
Copying Multimedia Content to Your PC 131
Xbox Music Pass 132
Connecting Your Phone to Xbox Music Pass 132
Playing Music from the Xbox Music Pass 133
Playing Music Through the Phone 134
Playing Songs 134
Using Jump Lists 135
The Play Screen 135
Playing an Album 137
Playing a Music Genre 137
Playing a Specific Artist 138
Playing Music in the Background 138
Sharing Music 140
Playing Music Using Smart DJ 140
Accessing Playlists 141
Playing Videos 142
History 144
Displaying New Content 145

Chapter 5 Windows Phone 8 Apps 147
Searching for an App 147
Alarms 148
Setting an Alarm 149
Disabling an Alarm 150
Deleting an Alarm 150
Calculator 150
Calendar 152
Calendar Views 153
Appointments 157
Enabling, Organizing, and Disabling Calendars 163
The To-Do List 164
Displaying Tasks on Your Calendar 168
Camera 169
Adjusting Photo Settings 170
Adjusting the Camera’s Configuration Settings 171
Controlling the Camera’s Flash 172
Changing the Camera’s Behavior with Lenses 173
Using the Front Camera 173
Activating Video Mode 174
Adjusting Video Settings 175
Using the Video Light 176
Photo 176
Viewing Your Pictures 177
Adding a Picture to Your Favorites 178
Viewing Your Favorite Pictures 178
Deleting a Picture 179
Uploading a Picture to SkyDrive 179
Sharing Your Pictures 180
Editing a Photo 180
Using a Photo on the Lock Screen 183
Playing a Video 184
Internet Explorer 185
Using Custom Settings 186
Browsing the Web 187
Zooming a Page 187
Adding a Page to Your Favorites 188
Accessing Your Favorites List 189
Removing a Page from Your Favorites 189
Accessing Your Browsing History 190
Tabbed Browsing 190
Sharing a Web Page 192
Adding a Page to the Start Screen 193
Internet Explorer Settings 194
Finding an Item on a Web Page 197
Store 198
Downloading App Updates 199
Finding New Applications 200
Searching for an App 201
Viewing an Application 202
Installing an Application 203
Removing an App 204
Xbox Music Downloads 205
Podcasts 207
Kid’s Corner 208
Setting Up Kid’s Corner 209
Launching Kid’s Corner 210
Modifying Kid’s Corner Permissions 212
Wallet 213
Adding a Payment Method 214
Editing a Payment Method 216
Removing a Payment Method 217
Pinning Payment Information 218
The Wallet PIN 218
Deals 221

Chapter 6 Microsoft Office Mobile 229
Accessing Microsoft Office 230
The Recent Screen 231
The Places Screen 232
Office Mobile Settings 236
Excel 237
Creating a New Spreadsheet 237
Working with the Excel Interface 238
Adding a Comment to a Cell 239
Changing the Comment Author 240
Viewing and Navigating Comments 241
Searching a Spreadsheet 241
Selecting Multiple Cells 242
Viewing Cell Text 243
Freezing a Pane 243
Applying Formatting Options 244
Sorting a Column 245
Filtering 246
Undo and Redo 247
Charting 247
Accessing Charts and Sheets 248
Saving a Spreadsheet 248
Sharing a Spreadsheet 249
Fitting and Hiding Text 249
Entering Formulas 251
AutoSum 252
Word 253
Creating a New Word Document 253
The Microsoft Word Interface 254
Copy and Paste 255
Applying Text Effects 255
Locating Text Within a Document 256
Adding a Comment 257
Viewing and Navigating Comments 257
Deleting a Comment 258
Sharing the Document 259
Saving the Document 259
Correcting Spelling Errors 260
PowerPoint 261
Opening a PowerPoint Document 261
Viewing PowerPoint Slides 262
Viewing a Specific Slide 263
Adding Notes to a Slide 264
Editing a Slide 265
Moving a Slide 266
Saving the PowerPoint Presentation 267
Sharing Your PowerPoint Presentation 268
OneNote 268
Opening a Note 271
Searching for Notes 272
Deleting a Note 272
Closing Notebooks 273
Pinning a Document to the Start Screen 273
Creating a Note 274
Creating a List 275
Adding Pictures to a Note 276
Adding Audio 277
Adding a To-Do List 277
Formatting Text 278
Sharing a Note 279

Chapter 7 Gaming 281
The Games Hub 281
Games Hub 283
Joining Xbox Live 284
Installing Xbox Extras 286
Customizing Your Avatar 286
Modifying Your Xbox Live Bio 288
Achievements 290
Configuring Games Hub Settings 291
Adjusting Your Privacy Settings 291
Friends 294
Adding a Friend 297
Removing a Friend 298
Sending Messages to Friends 299
Beacons 300
Setting a Beacon 300
Removing a Beacon 301
Finding Games 302
Using the Spotlight 302
Browsing for New Games 303
Finding Games by Genre 304
Searching for a Game 304
Installing a Game 305
Playing a Game 306
Rating and Reviewing a Game 307
Uninstalling a Game 308
Xbox SmartGlass 308
Installing Xbox SmartGlass 309
Interacting with the SmartGlass Interface 310
Accessing the Xbox Guide 312
Using Your Phone as an Xbox Controller 313

Chapter 8 The Phone 315
Making and Taking Phone Calls 315
Making a Phone Call 316
Calling Your Contacts 317
Ending a Call 318
The Speaker Phone 318
Muting a Call 319
Accessing the Keypad 319
Returning a Missed Call 320
Accessing Voicemail 320
Configuring Your Voicemail 321
Conference Calling 322
Answering a Call 323
Call Waiting 324
Call Settings 324
Changing Your Ringtones 325
Enabling Vibrate 325
Using Custom Ringtones 326
Enabling Talking Caller ID 327
Using International Assist 328
Enhancing SIM Security 328
Enabling Airplane Mode 329
Enabling Bluetooth 330
SMS Text Messaging 331
Reading a New Text Message 333
Replying to a Text Message 334
Sending a Text Message 334
Sending Long Text Messages 336
Sending an Attachment with a Text Message 337
Deleting a Conversation 339
Deleting a Message 339
Forwarding a Text Message 340
Copying a Text Message 340
Text Messaging Backup 341
Group Text 341

Chapter 9 Search 343
Bing and the Search Button 343
Searching with Bing 344
The Bing Interface 345
Configuring Bing Settings 346
Searching by Voice 348
Searching with Bing Music 350
Searching with Bing Vision 351
Searching with Internet Explorer 353
Pinning a Search Engine to the Start Screen 355
Turning Suggested Sites On and Off 355
Maps 356
Getting Directions 358
Clearing a Map 359
Displaying Aerial View 359
Showing Traffic Patterns 360
Searching for a Destination 361
Finding Locations with Local Scout 362
Clearing Map History 368
Downloading Maps 369
Updating Downloaded Maps 370
More Ways to Search 370
Call History 370
Contact Search 372
Searching for OneNote Notes 372
Searching for Microsoft Office Documents 373
Searching Email 373
Setting the Search Language 374
Deleting Search History 375

Chapter 10 Working with People 377
The People Hub 377
Viewing a Profile 379
Adding a Contact 379
Editing a Profile 381
Deleting a Contact 382
Searching for a Contact 382
Using Jump Lists to Find a Contact 383
Pinning a Contact to the Start Screen 384
Linking Contacts 384
Configuring Social Network Settings 385
Groups 387
Creating a New Group 388
Adding a Contact to a Group 389
Removing a Group Member 390
Renaming a Group 391
Pinning a Group to the Start Screen 391
Deleting a Group 392
Sending an Email Message to Group Members 393
Sending a Text Message to Group Members 394
Rooms 394
Creating a Room 395
Accessing a Room 396
Adding Members to a Room 396
Deleting a Room Member 397
Choosing a Room Background 397
Pinning a Room to the Start Screen 398
Renaming a Room 399
Deleting a Room 399
Using Group Chat 400
Sharing Photos and Videos 401
Viewing Shared Photos and Videos 402
Viewing the Shared Calendar 402
Adding an Appointment to the Shared Calendar 403
Creating a New Shared Note 403
Viewing Shared Notes 404
Facebook Integration 405
Connecting to Facebook 405
Viewing a Wall Post 406
Writing on a Friend’s Facebook Wall 409
Viewing Facebook Photos 409
The Me Tile 412
Viewing Your Own Social Networking Wall 412
Posting Status Updates 413
Checking In 414
Uploading a Photo 415
Chatting with Friends 416
Setting Your Chat Status 417
Notifications 417
Twitter 418
Configuring Your Twitter Account 418
Sending a Tweet 419
Checking for Tweets 420
Responding to a Tweet 420
Checking Twitter Notifications 420
LinkedIn 421
Configuring Your LinkedIn Account 421
Accessing LinkedIn Content 422
Responding to a LinkedIn Post 423
Posting a Message 424
The Feeds Filter 425

Index 426
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    For absolute beginners

    This book is good for absolute beginners to WinPhone8. It does not have advanced topics.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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