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Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Windows® 8!

Here’s WHAT you’ll learn:

  • Run your apps, and manage your calendar and contacts
  • Explore the web, and send and receive email and messages
  • Organize your files on the PC and in the cloud with Microsoft® SkyDrive®
  • View, share, and store your own photos and videos
  • Play games, manage your music, and watch movies
  • Use maps to find directions and set your location

Here’s HOW you’ll learn it:

  • Jump in wherever you need answers
  • Easy-to-follow STEPS and SCREENSHOTS show exactly what to do
  • Handy TIPS teach new techniques and shortcuts
  • Quick TRY THIS! exercises help apply what you learn right away
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735664036
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2012
  • Series: Plain & Simple Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy C. Muir is the author of more than 50 technology books, including several bestsellers on Office PowerPoint. She has worked as a trainer and university instructor, and she has a certificate in distance learning design.

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Table of Contents

About the Author;
Chapter 1: About This Book;
1.1 A Quick Overview;
1.2 A Few Assumptions;
1.3 What’s New in Windows 8?;
1.4 The Final Word;
Chapter 2: Meet the Windows 8 Interface;
2.1 Starting Windows 8;
2.2 Switching from a Local to a Microsoft Live Account;
2.3 Exploring the Start Screen and Desktop;
2.4 Overview of the Start Screen;
2.5 Understanding Tiles;
2.6 Using Charms;
2.7 Overview of the Desktop;
2.8 Working with Apps in Windows;
2.9 Adding Shortcuts to the Desktop;
2.10 Working with the Taskbar;
2.11 Overview of File Explorer;
Chapter 3: Providing Input;
3.1 Understanding Input Options;
3.2 Overview of Touchscreen Gestures;
3.3 Swiping Corners and Edges;
3.4 Enlarging or Reducing the Display;
3.5 Snapping Apps;
3.6 Using a Touchscreen Keyboard;
3.7 Displaying Charms;
3.8 Using Keystroke Shortcuts;
3.9 Right-Clicking to Display Tools;
3.10 Finding Recently Viewed Apps;
Chapter 4: Working with Basic Windows Settings;
4.1 Displaying Windows Settings;
4.2 Connecting to a Network;
4.3 Controlling Volume;
4.4 Adjusting Brightness;
4.5 Changing the Time and Date;
4.6 Managing Power;
4.7 Displaying the Keyboard;
Chapter 5: Customizing the Appearance of Windows;
5.1 Customizing the Start Screen;
5.2 Modifying Tiles on the Start Screen;
5.3 Changing the Start Screen Background and Color;
5.4 Personalizing the Lock Screen Background;
5.5 Setting Up Lock Screen Apps;
5.6 Modifying the Account Picture;
5.7 Putting Shortcuts on the Desktop;
5.8 Choosing a Desktop Theme;
5.9 Changing the Desktop Background;
5.10 Changing the Desktop Color Scheme;
5.11 Adjusting Screen Resolution;
Chapter 6: Working with Users and Privacy;
6.1 Enabling Windows Firewall;
6.2 Allowing Apps to Access Your Computer;
6.3 Setting Up Windows Defender;
6.4 Setting Up User Accounts and Passwords;
6.5 Creating a Password Picture;
6.6 Creating a PIN;
6.7 Switching Among User Accounts;
6.8 Managing User Account Control;
6.9 Turning On Family Safety;
6.10 Working with Family Safety Settings;
Chapter 7: Working with Accessibility Settings;
7.1 Switching from a Right to Left-Handed Mouse;
7.2 Adjusting Double-Click Speed and Indicator Motion;
7.3 Setting Up Snap To and Display Pointer Trails;
7.4 Adjusting Touch Keyboard Settings;
7.5 Adjusting System Volume;
7.6 Controlling Contrast and Screen Size;
7.7 Turning On Caret Browsing;
7.8 Working with Speech Recognition;
Chapter 8: Searching;
8.1 Searching on the Start Screen;
8.2 Using the Search Charm;
8.3 Locating Files, Apps, and Settings;
8.4 Customizing Search;
8.5 Setting Which Apps to Use for Searching;
Chapter 9: Working with Apps;
9.1 Opening Desktop Apps;
9.2 Using Menus;
9.3 Using Toolbars/Ribbons;
9.4 Entering and Formatting Text;
9.5 Cutting and Copying to Windows Clipboard;
9.6 Inserting Objects;
9.7 Printing a Document;
9.8 Saving a File;
9.9 Exploring Games;
9.10 Closing Apps;
9.11 Uninstalling Apps;
Chapter 10: File Management;
10.1 Using the File Explorer Ribbon;
10.2 Using Libraries;
10.3 Navigating File Explorer;
10.4 Finding Files and Folders with File Explorer;
10.5 Changing Views in File Explorer;
10.6 Sharing Content;
10.7 Creating Folders;
10.8 Renaming Files and Folders;
10.9 Moving and Copying Files;
10.10 Creating Compressed Files;
10.11 Extracting Files from a Compressed File;
10.12 Backing Up Files;
10.13 Deleting Files and Folders;
Chapter 11: Sharing Settings and Files;
11.1 Confirming Your Device;
11.2 Turning on Sync;
11.3 Choosing What to Sync;
11.4 Sharing Files on Your Computer by Using SkyDrive;
11.5 Creating a New Folder in SkyDrive;
11.6 Adding Files to a Folder;
11.7 Sharing a Folder;
Chapter 12: Going Online with Internet Explorer 10;
12.1 Exploring Internet Explorer 10;
12.2 Navigating Among Websites;
12.3 Searching on a Page;
12.4 Searching with Bing;
12.5 Creating Tabs;
12.6 Using Pinned and Frequently Visited Sites;
12.7 Overview of the Internet Explorer Desktop App;
Chapter 13: Using Mail and Messaging;
13.1 Setting Up an Email Account;
13.2 Opening Mail in Hotmail;
13.3 Reading and Replying to Messages;
13.4 Moving Messages to Folders;
13.5 Forwarding a Message;
13.6 Opening Attachments;
13.7 Creating and Sending a Message;
13.8 Adding Attachments;
13.9 Reading and Replying to Instant Messages;
13.10 Adding a Friend;
13.11 Deleting a Thread;
13.12 Changing Your Online Status;
Chapter 14: Buying Apps at the Windows Store;
14.1 Searching for Apps;
14.2 Exploring the Windows Store;
14.3 Reading App Reviews;
14.4 Installing Free Apps;
14.5 Viewing Your Apps;
14.6 Buying an App;
14.7 Rating and Reviewing an App;
Chapter 15: Managing People and Time;
15.1 Adding a New Contact;
15.2 Editing Contact Information;
15.3 Sending Messages to People;
15.4 Setting Up Online Accounts;
15.5 Pinning Contacts to the Start Screen;
15.6 Displaying Calendar Views;
15.7 Adding a Calendar Event;
15.8 Using Reminders;
15.9 Inviting People to an Event;
15.10 Editing an Existing Event;
15.11 Deleting an Event;
15.12 Opening Weather in Different Views;
15.13 Setting Up Location in Weather;
15.14 Reading Detailed Forecasts;
15.15 Viewing World Weather;
Chapter 16: Using the Maps App;
16.1 Opening and Navigating the Maps App;
16.2 Choosing a Map Style;
16.3 Searching for Locations;
16.4 Displaying Information About a Location;
16.5 Showing Traffic on Maps;
16.6 Getting Directions;
Chapter 17: Getting Visual;
17.1 Displaying a Picture Library;
17.2 Using a Photo as an App Tile or Lock Screen;
17.3 Searching for a Photo;
17.4 Running a Slide Show;
17.5 Buying or Renting a Video;
17.6 Finding a Video;
17.7 Playing a Video;
17.8 Using the Camera;
17.9 Capturing Images;
Chapter 18: Playing Music;
18.1 Navigating the Music App;
18.2 Finding Music to Buy;
18.3 Previewing Music;
18.4 Buying Points;
18.5 Buying Music;
18.6 Listening to Music;
18.7 Playing Music with Windows Media Player;
18.8 Organizing Music;
18.9 Creating Playlists;
18.10 Playing Playlists;
Chapter 19: Working with Devices and Networks;
19.1 Adding a Device;
19.2 Connecting to Bluetooth Devices;
19.3 Setting Up a Homegroup;
19.4 Connecting to a Network;
19.5 Choosing What to Share on a Network;
19.6 Tethering Your Computer to Your Cell Phone;
19.7 Setting Up a Wireless Network;
Chapter 20: Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Computer;
20.1 Setting Up Windows Updates;
20.2 Checking for Updates;
20.3 Resetting Windows 8;
20.4 Using Advanced Startup;
20.5 Refreshing Your PC;
20.6 Running Disk Cleanup;
20.7 Backing Up Data;
20.8 Defragmenting Your Hard Disk;
20.9 Troubleshooting with Windows Task Manager;
20.10 Restarting Your Computer;
20.11 Using Windows Remote Assistance;
Upgrading to Windows 8;
Determining System Requirements;
Understanding Differences Among Windows 8 Versions;
What’s New?;
Using Windows Setup and Program Compatibility Troubleshooter;
Updating Drivers;
Keyboard Shortcuts;
Getting Help;
Using Start Screen Help;
Using Desktop Help;

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