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Windows 8 in Easy Steps

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Windows 8 is probably the most revolutionary version yet of the popular operating system from Microsoft. With a brand-new interface, new ways of getting around and accessing items and new possibilities for mobile devices, Windows 8 really does take the computing experience to the next level. But with Windows 8 In Easy Steps you need not worry about being left behind as the book shows you everything you need to know to get up to speed with Windows 8.

It begins by showing you how ...

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Overview

Windows 8 is probably the most revolutionary version yet of the popular operating system from Microsoft. With a brand-new interface, new ways of getting around and accessing items and new possibilities for mobile devices, Windows 8 really does take the computing experience to the next level. But with Windows 8 In Easy Steps you need not worry about being left behind as the book shows you everything you need to know to get up to speed with Windows 8.

It begins by showing you how to get started with Windows 8 and how to get to grips with the new Metro interface. It deals with the basics (everything you could do from the Start screen in previous versions), accessing items, arranging your screen and using additional controls that are available from the sides of the screen. Much of the functionality of Windows 8 is aimed at touchscreen devices, whether they are desktop computers, laptops or tablets. This is dealt with in depth, as well as showing how everything can still be done with a traditional mouse and keyboard.

Windows 8 in easy steps offers a swift and smooth transition. It’s useful for newbies and for those upgrading from earlier versions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840785388
  • Publisher: In Easy Steps Limited
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Series: In Easy Steps
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 963,151
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Vandome is an IT writer and trainer who specializes in digital imaging and web authoring subjects. In addition to his writing, he also works designing websites and runs training courses. Before he started working with computers he wrote books about working and traveling abroad.

Nick is an established In Easy Steps author with several successful guides to his credit.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction Windows 8 7

What is Windows? 8

About Windows 8 9

Windows 8 Interface 10

Navigating Windows 8 12

PC Requirements 16

32-Bit versus 64-Bit 17

Installing Windows 8 18

2 Getting Started 19

Using a Microsoft Account 20

Sign-in Options 22

Adding Users 24

The Start Screen 26

Around the Start Screen 28

Charms 30

Default Settings 34

Personalize Settings 36

Organizing the Start Screen 46

Naming Groups 50

Snapping 51

The Desktop 52

The Control Panel 53

Security Options 54

Help and Support Center 55

Adding Devices 56

Turning Off 58

Switching Users 60

3 Working with Apps 61

Starting with Apps 62

Windows 8 Apps 64

Using Windows 8 Apps 66

Viewing All Apps 67

Closing Windows 8 Apps 68

Searching for Apps 69

Pin to Start Screen 70

Pin to Taskbar 71

Using the Windows Store 72

Buying Apps 75

Viewing Your Apps 76

Using Live Tiles 77

Apps on the Desktop 78

Install and Uninstall 80

Task Manager 82

Resource Monitor 84

4 Basic Controls 85

Menus 86

Dialog Boxes 87

Structure of a Window 88

Moving a Window 89

Restoring a Window 90

Resizing a Window 91

Arranging Windows 92

Aero Snaps 94

Switching Windows 96

Arranging Icons 97

Closing a Window 98

5 Customizing Windows 99

Personalize Your Desktop 100

Change Color and Sound 102

Screen Saver 104

Desktop Icons 105

Screen Resolution 106

Display Settings 107

Ease of Access Center 108

Date and Time Functions 110

6 File Explorer 111

Opening File Explorer 112

The Taskbar 113

Libraries 114

Scenic Ribbon 115

Computer Folder 117

Exploring Drives 118

Address Bar 120

Navigation Panes 122

Changing Views 124

Sorting 125

Filtering 126

Grouping 127

Folder Options 128

7 Managing Files & Folders 129

Select Files and Folders 130

Copy or Move Files or Folders 132

File Conflicts 136

Open Files 137

Delete Files and Folders 138

The Recycle Bin 139

Create a File or Folder 142

Rename a File or Folder 143

Backtrack File Operations 144

File Properties 145

Search for Files and Folders 146

Compressed Folders 147

Fonts Folder 49

Character Map 150

8 Digital Lifestyle 151

Importing Photos 152

Viewing Photos 154

Photo Options 158

Using Online Services 159

Playing Music 160

Copying Music 162

Viewing Videos 163

Playing Games 164

Sharing with SkyDrive 165

9 Internet Explorer 10 167

Internet Connection 168

IE 10 in Windows 8 Mode 170

Navigating Pages 172

Pinning a Web Page 173

Tabs in Windows 8 Mode 174

IE 10 Windows 8 Settings 175

Sharing in IE 10 176

Printing in IE 10 177

Searching in IE 10 178

Flip Ahead in IE 10 179

IE 10 on the Desktop 180

Bookmark Favorites 182

RSS Feeds 183

History 184

Home Page 185

Tabbed Browsing 186

Zoom 187

Print 188

10 Keeping in Touch 189

Setting Up Mail 190

Working with Mail 192

Sharing with Mail 194

Searching within Mail 195

Finding People 96

Chatting with Messaging 200

Using the Calendar 202

11 Networking 205

Network Components 206

Set Up Your Network 207

Internet Connection 208

Discover Networks 210

Network and Sharing Center 211

Join the HomeGroup 212

Sharing Files and Folders 214

Sharing Settings 215

Sharing a Printer 216

View Network Components 217

Network Troubleshooting 218

12 System and Security 219

System Properties 220

Performance Information 222

Clean Up Your Disk 223

Back Up and Recover Data 225

System Restore 226

Action Center 228

Windows Firewall 229

Malware Protection 230

Windows Update 231

Change Settings 232

Index 233

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