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Learn the simplest ways to get things done with Windows 8.1

Get the full-color, visual guide that makes learning Windows 8.1 plain and simple! Follow the book’s easy steps and screenshots and clear, concise language to learn the most expedient way to perform tasks and solve problems in Windows 8.1.

Here’s WHAT You’ll Learn:

  • Personalize your Start screen in cool new ways
  • Use apps such as Mail, People, Calendar, Skype, and Paint
  • Surf the web, and send and receive email and messages
  • Explore redesigned apps for Music, Video, and Windows Store
  • Search your files, media, and the web—all at once
  • Access your files from the cloud with Microsoft SkyDrive

Here’s HOW You’ll Learn It

  • Jump in wherever you need answers
  • Follow easy steps and screenshots to see exactly what to do
  • Get handy tips for new techniques and shortcuts
  • Use Try This! exercises to apply what you learn right away
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735683365
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 11/29/2013
  • Series: Plain & Simple
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 173,940
  • File size: 26 MB
  • Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

Meet the Author

Joli Ballew is a Microsoft MVP (Windows Expert-Consumer), MCSE, MCTS (Project 2007 and Windows 7 Configuring), and MCDST. She is a professional writer, technology trainer, and network consultant. She has written or co-authored nearly 40 books, including Windows 8 Step by Step.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: About this book;
1.1 A quick overview;
1.2 A few assumptions;
1.3 What’s new in Windows 8.1?;
1.4 The final word;
Chapter 2: Meet the Windows 8.1 interface;
2.1 Starting Windows 8.1;
2.2 Exploring the Start screen;
2.3 Accessing Apps view;
2.4 Understanding tiles;
2.5 Using charms;
2.6 Overview of the desktop;
2.7 Using the Start button;
2.8 Overview of File Explorer;
2.9 Booting to the Apps view;
2.10 Booting to the desktop;
2.11 Switching from a local to a Microsoft Live account;
Chapter 3: Providing input;
3.1 Understanding input options;
3.2 Overview of touchscreen gestures;
3.3 Swiping edges;
3.4 Zooming in and out of 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 and the long tap;
3.10 Finding recently viewed apps;
Chapter 4: Managing a computing session;
4.1 Exploring the Settings charm;
4.2 Controlling volume;
4.3 Adjusting brightness;
4.4 Changing the time and date;
4.5 Managing power;
4.6 Displaying a touch keyboard;
4.7 Connecting to a network;
Chapter 5: Customizing the appearance of Windows;
5.1 Customizing the Start screen;
5.2 Modifying tiles on the Start screen;
5.3 Personalizing the lock screen background;
5.4 Setting up lock screen apps;
5.5 Modifying the account picture;
5.6 Putting shortcuts on the desktop;
5.7 Choosing a desktop theme;
5.8 Changing the desktop background;
5.9 Adjusting screen resolution;
Chapter 6: Searching for anything;
6.1 Searching from the Start screen;
6.2 Searching for files;
6.3 Searching for web images;
6.4 Using the Search charm;
6.5 Locating Windows settings using Search;
6.6 Customizing Search;
6.7 Searching inside an app;
Chapter 7: Using the Maps app;
7.1 Opening and navigating the Maps app;
7.2 Choosing a map style;
7.3 Searching for locations;
7.4 Displaying information about a location;
7.5 Showing traffic on maps;
7.6 Getting directions;
7.7 Adding a pin;
7.8 Marking a favorite;
Chapter 8: Going online with Internet Explorer 11;
8.1 Exploring the Internet Explorer 11 app;
8.2 Navigating among websites;
8.3 Searching on a page;
8.4 Searching with Suggestions;
8.5 Creating tabs;
8.6 Clearing your history;
8.7 Marking and accessing a favorite;
8.8 Pinning a site to the Start screen;
8.9 Starting a new InPrivate session;
8.10 Switching to the Internet Explorer desktop app;
8.11 Overview of the Internet Explorer desktop app;
Chapter 9: Using Calendar and People;
9.1 Displaying calendar views;
9.2 Adding a calendar event;
9.3 Using reminders;
9.4 Inviting people to an event;
9.5 Editing an existing event;
9.6 Deleting an event;
9.7 Adding additional calendars;
9.8 Working with additional calendars;
9.9 Exploring the People app;
9.10 Incorporating online accounts;
9.11 Adding a new contact;
9.12 Communicating with a contact;
9.13 Culling and sorting contacts;
9.14 Viewing What’s New;
Chapter 10: Using Mail and Skype;
10.1 Setting up an email account;
10.2 Opening your email inbox(es);
10.3 Reading and replying to messages;
10.4 Forwarding a message;
10.5 Formatting text in a message;
10.6 Opening attachments;
10.7 Creating and sending a new message;
10.8 Adding attachments;
10.9 Moving messages to folders;
10.10 Setting up Skype;
10.11 Adding a contact;
10.12 Saving a phone number;
10.13 Messaging with Skype;
10.14 Making a phone call with Skype;
10.15 Initiating a Skype video call;
Chapter 11: Buying apps at the Windows Store;
11.1 Searching for apps;
11.2 Exploring search options;
11.3 Reading app reviews;
11.4 Installing free apps;
11.5 Viewing your apps in the Windows Store;
11.6 Buying an app;
11.7 Rating and reviewing an app;
11.8 Configuring Windows Store preferences;
Chapter 12: Playing music;
12.1 Navigating the Music app;
12.2 Listening to music;
12.3 Searching for music;
12.4 Creating a playlist in the Music app;
12.5 Listening to radio;
12.6 Finding music to purchase by browsing;
12.7 Finding music to purchase by searching;
12.8 Buying music;
12.9 Configuring music in the cloud;
12.10 Playing music with Windows Media Player;
12.11 Sorting and viewing music;
12.12 Creating playlists;
12.13 Ripping music you own;
12.14 Burning music to a CD;
Chapter 13: Viewing pictures and video;
13.1 Displaying pictures;
13.2 Searching for pictures;
13.3 Creating folders for your pictures;
13.4 Moving pictures to new folders;
13.5 Setting a picture on the Photos tile or lock screen;
13.6 Cropping a picture;
13.7 Editing a picture;
13.8 Playing a slide show;
13.9 Exploring the Video app;
13.10 Playing a personal video;
13.11 Buying or renting a video;
13.12 Using the camera;
Chapter 14: Working with desktop apps;
14.1 Opening and closing desktop apps;
14.2 Using menus;
14.3 Using ribbons;
14.4 Formatting text;
14.5 Using the Clipboard;
14.6 Inserting objects;
14.7 Printing a document;
14.8 Saving a file;
14.9 Exploring other desktop apps;
Chapter 15: Working with devices and networks;
15.1 Adding a device;
15.2 Troubleshooting device installations;
15.3 Connecting to a Bluetooth device;
15.4 Connecting to a private network;
15.5 Sharing with a homegroup;
15.6 Troubleshooting network connectivity;
15.7 Connecting to a public network;
15.8 Changing network settings;
15.9 Using Airplane Mode;
Chapter 16: Working with users and privacy;
16.1 Enabling Windows Firewall;
16.2 Allowing apps to access your personal information or location;
16.3 Using Windows Defender;
16.4 Creating new users;
16.5 Creating a picture password;
16.6 Creating a PIN;
16.7 Switching among user accounts;
16.8 Managing User Account Control settings;
16.9 Turning on Family Safety;
16.10 Working with Family Safety settings;
Chapter 17: Sharing settings and files in the cloud;
17.1 Choosing settings to sync to SkyDrive;
17.2 Choosing files to save to SkyDrive;
17.3 Saving files to SkyDrive;
17.4 Creating a new folder in SkyDrive;
17.5 Adding files to a folder;
17.6 Sharing a folder;
17.7 Managing SkyDrive storage;
17.8 Creating a folder and adding data to it from the SkyDrive app;
Chapter 18: Managing data;
18.1 Using the File Explorer ribbon;
18.2 Navigating File Explorer;
18.3 Locating files with File Explorer;
18.4 Changing views in File Explorer;
18.5 Creating folders;
18.6 Renaming files and folders;
18.7 Moving and copying files;
18.8 Creating and extracting compressed files;
18.9 Sharing content;
18.10 Using File History;
18.11 Backing up data manually;
18.12 Deleting files and folders;
18.13 Working with the Recycle Bin;
Chapter 19: Working with Accessibility settings;
19.1 Switching from a right-handed to left-handed mouse;
19.2 Adjusting double-click speed and indicator motion;
19.3 Adjusting keyboard settings;
19.4 Enabling High Contrast;
19.5 Letting Windows suggest Ease of Access settings;
19.6 Using Magnifier;
19.7 Using Narrator;
19.8 Working with speech recognition;
Chapter 20: Maintaining and troubleshooting your computer;
20.1 Creating a recovery drive;
20.2 Using ReadyBoost;
20.3 Configuring Windows Update;
20.4 Exploring the Action Center;
20.5 Running Disk Cleanup;
20.6 Restarting your computer;
20.7 Using troubleshooting wizards;
20.8 Using Microsoft Fix It;
20.9 Asking for Windows Remote Assistance;
20.10 Troubleshooting with Windows Task Manager;
20.11 Using Advanced Startup;
20.12 Refreshing your PC;
20.13 Resetting your PC;
Chapter 21: Upgrading to Windows 8.1;
21.1 Upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1;
21.2 View basic information about your computer;
21.3 Using the Upgrade Assistant;
21.4 Using the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter;
21.5 Updating drivers;
Chapter 22: Getting help;
22.1 Using the Help + Tips app;
22.2 Getting support at the Microsoft Support website;
22.3 Using desktop help;
22.4 Accessing specific desktop help;
Windows 8.1 keyboard shortcuts;
Editing shortcuts;
File Explorer shortcuts;
Accessibility shortcuts;
Desktop shortcuts;
Dialog box keyboard commands;

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