Windows 8 Visual Quick Tips


Would you like to customize Windows 8 to suit the way you work, increase your computer and Internet security and privacy, and find great ways to have fun with Windows media tools? Then this Visual Quick Tips book is for you. This book ...

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Would you like to customize Windows 8 to suit the way you work, increase your computer and Internet security and privacy, and find great ways to have fun with Windows media tools? Then this Visual Quick Tips book is for you. This book will increase your productivity by providing you with shortcuts, tricks, and tips to help you work smarter and faster.

Straightforward task descriptions

Succinct explanations

Full-color screen shots

Numbered steps

Learn how to:

  • Play, edit, and create media
  • Synchronize settings between devices
  • Maximize Windows 8 performance
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118135303
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 225,069
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Optimizing the Start Screen and Taskbar

Pin an Item to Your Start Screen 4

Remove an Item from Your Start Screen 5

Rearrange Start Screen Tiles 6

Resize Start Screen Tiles 7

Show the Administrative Tools on the Start Screen 8

Create an App Group 10

Add a Shutdown Tile to the Start Screen 12

Control App Notifications 16

Restore the Start Menu to the Taskbar 18

Pin a Program to the Taskbar 20

Pin a Destination to a Taskbar Icon 22

Display a Clock for Another Time Zone 24

Control Taskbar Notifications 26

Chapter 2 Configuring Windows 8 to Suit the Way You Work

Change Your User Account Picture 30

Disable the Lock Screen 32

Configure Windows 8 to Work with a Second Monitor 34

Remove Apps from Search 36

Turn Off Notifications for an App 38

Add an App to the Lock Screen 40

Add Another Administrator Account 42

Activate the Guest User Account 46

Customize the Explorer Quick Access Toolbar 48

Synchronize Settings between Multiple Devices 50

Chapter 3 Boosting Your Computer's Security and Privacy

Switch to Advanced Sharing to Improve Security 54

Protect a File or Folder with Permissions 56

Clear Personal Data from the Start Screen 58

Turn Off Recent App Switching 60

Configure Action Center Messages 62

Configure User Account Control Settings 64

Require Ctrl+Alt+Delete Before Signing In 66

Lock Your Computer to Prevent Others from Using It 68

Automatically Lock Your Computer 70

Prevent Others from Starting Your Computer 72

Create a Picture Password 74

Chapter 4 Getting More Out of Files and Folders

Turn On File Extensions 80

Specify a Different Program When Opening a File 82

Store File History on an External Drive 84

Exclude a Folder from Your File History 86

Restore a Previous Version of a File 88

Protect a File by Making It Read-Only 90

Restore Folder Windows When You Log On 92

Mount an ISO File 94

Mount a Virtual Hard Disk 96

Create a Virtual Hard Disk 98

Combine Multiple Drives into a Storage Pool 100

Assign a Different Letter to a Disk Drive 102

Hide Disk Drive Letters 104

Split a Hard Drive into Two Partitions 106

Chapter 5 Enriching Your Windows 8 Media Experience

Create Custom Names for Imported Images 112

Repair a Digital Photo 114

Open Images in Photo Gallery by Default 116

Open an Image Type for Editing by Default 118

Compress Your Image Files 120

Play Music Files in Windows Media Player by Default 122

Create an Automatic Playlist 124

Adjust Rip Settings 126

Customize the Data Displayed by Windows Media Player 128

Share Your Media Library with Others 130

Customize the Windows Media Player Navigation Pane 132

Add Sounds to Windows 8 Events 134

Chapter 6 Maximizing Windows 8 Performance

Learn Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts 138

Start Faster by Logging On Automatically 140

Automatically Move the Mouse to the Default Button 142

Open Files Faster by Using Metadata Searches 144

Search Files Faster by Adding a Folder to the Index 146

Run a Program with Elevated Privileges 148

Run a Program in Compatibility Mode 150

Boost Performance with a USB Flash Drive 152

Terminate a Rogue App 154

Refresh Your Computer's System Files 156

Chapter 7 Tapping Into the Power of Internet Explorer

Add a Website to the Start Screen 162

Always Open Links in Desktop Internet Explorer 163

Disable an Internet Explorer Add-on 164

Automatically Switch to New Tabs 166

Open Multiple Pages When You Start Internet Explorer 168

Open Previous Tabs When You Start Internet Explorer 170

Reset the Zoom Level for New Tabs 172

Navigate Tabs in the Order You Use Them 174

Improve Searching by Adding More Search Engines 176

Save Websites Longer to Surf More Efficiently 178

Always Check for Newer Versions of Web Pages 180

View Pop-Ups from a Specific Website 182

Turn On the Menu Bar by Default 184

Customize the Favorites Bar for Easier Surfing 186

Chapter 8 Making E-Mail Easier

Leave Your Messages on the Server 190

Change Your Message Priority 191

E-Mail Multiple People Using a Contact Category 192

Protect Your Contacts by Creating a Backup Copy 194

E-Mail an Electronic Business Card 196

Change the Location of Your Message Store 198

Activate the Spell Checker to Eliminate Message Errors 200

Change How Often You Check for Messages 201

Perform an Action When a Person Sends You a Message 202

Change Your Outgoing Mail Port to Ensure Messages Are Sent 204

Receive E-Mail Notification for an Incoming Fax 206

Chapter 9 Enhancing Internet Security and Privacy

Remove a Saved Website Password 210

Delete Your Browsing History to Ensure Privacy 212

Turn On Private Browsing 214

Prevent Ad Sites from Tracking You Online 216

Enable and Configure Tracking Protection 218

Prevent Sites from Requesting Your Location 220

Play Web Page Media Safely and Privately 222

Thwart E-Mail Viruses by Reading Messages in Text 224

Thwart Web Bugs by Blocking Images in Messages 225

Eliminate Spam by Using the Safe Senders List 226

Add a Person to Your Blocked Senders List 228

Block Messages from a Country to Reduce Spam 230

Automatically Move Phishing Messages to the Junk Mail Folder 232

Prevent Mail from Sending a Read Receipt 234

Chapter 10 Getting More Out of Windows 8 Networking

View the Current Status of Your Network 238

Run the Network Diagnostics Tool to Repair Problems 240

Display a Network Folder as a Disk Drive 242

Change the Homegroup Password 244

Configure a PC for a Remote Desktop Connection 246

Connect to a Remote PC's Desktop 248

Share a Folder with Other Users on the Network 250

Protect Your Shared Files with Advanced File Permissions 252

Manually Connect to a Hidden Wireless Network 254

Share an Internet Connection 256

Hide a Computer on the Network 258

Chapter 11 Maximizing PC Maintenance

Schedule Automatic Maintenance 262

Change the Defragmentation Schedule 264

Free Up Disk Space by Deleting Unneeded Files 266

Reset Your Computer 268

Create a USB Recovery Drive 272

Safeguard Your Computer with a System Image Backup 274

Create a System Restore Point 276

Revert to an Earlier Restore Point 278

Access the Recovery Tools 280

Index 284

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