Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual

Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual

by David Pogue

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Overview

Windows 8.1 continues the evolution of the most radical redesign in Microsoft’s history. It combines the familiar Windows desktop with a new, touchscreen-friendly world of tiles and full-screen apps. Luckily, David Pogue is back to help you make sense of it—with humor, authority, and 500 illustrations.

The important stuff you need to know:

  • What’s new in 8.1. The update to 8.1 offers new apps, a universal Search, the return of the Start menu, and several zillion other nips and tucks.
  • New features. Storage Spaces, Windows To Go, File Histories—if Microsoft wrote it, this book covers it.
  • Security. Protect your PC from viruses, spyware, spam, sick hard drives, and out-of-control kids.
  • The network. HomeGroups, connecting from the road, mail, Web, music streaming among PCs—this book has your network covered.
  • The software. Media Center, Photo Gallery, Internet Explorer, speech recognition—this one authoritative, witty guide makes it all crystal clear. It’s the book that should have been in the box.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781449371623
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Pages: 950
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.

Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
Acknowledgments;
The Missing Manual Series;
Introduction;
What’s New in Windows 8;
What’s New in Windows 8.1;
The Editions of Windows 8.1—and Windows RT;
About This Book;
The Very Basics;
Part One: TileWorld;
Chapter 1: The Start Screen;
1.1 The Lock Screen;
1.2 The Accounts Screen;
1.3 The Login Screen;
1.4 The Start Screen;
1.5 Corners and Swipes;
1.6 Shutting Down;
Chapter 2: Customizing the Lock, Login & Start Screens;
2.1 Adding or Removing App Tiles;
2.2 Grouping Tiles;
2.3 More Ways to Tweak the Start Screen;
2.4 Notifications;
2.5 Customizing the Lock Screen;
2.6 Customizing the Login Process;
Chapter 3: How TileWorld Works;
3.1 The Windows Store;
3.2 Working with TileWorld Apps;
3.3 Uninstalling a TileWorld App;
3.4 The Two Task Switchers;
3.5 The Onscreen Keyboard;
3.6 Handwriting Recognition;
3.7 The File Picker;
3.8 Search;
3.9 Text: Selecting, Copying, Pasting;
3.10 The TileWorld Spelling Checker;
3.11 Help in TileWorld;
3.12 The TileWorld Apps Missing Manual;
Chapter 4: TileWorld’s Starter Apps;
4.1 Alarms;
4.2 Calculator;
4.3 Calendar;
4.4 Camera;
4.5 Desktop;
4.6 Finance;
4.7 Food & Drink;
4.8 Games;
4.9 Health & Fitness;
4.10 Help + Tips;
4.11 Internet Explorer;
4.12 Mail;
4.13 Maps;
4.14 Music;
4.15 News;
4.16 PC Settings;
4.17 People;
4.18 Photos;
4.19 Reader;
4.20 Reading List;
4.21 Scan;
4.22 OneDrive;
4.23 Skype;
4.24 Sound Recorder;
4.25 Sports;
4.26 Store;
4.27 Travel;
4.28 Video;
4.29 Weather;
Chapter 5: TileWorld Settings;
5.1 The Six Charms-Panel Settings;
5.2 Personalize;
5.3 PC and Devices;
5.4 Accounts;
5.5 OneDrive;
5.6 Search and Apps;
5.7 Privacy;
5.8 Network;
5.9 Time and Language;
5.10 Ease of Access;
5.11 Update and Recovery;
Part Two: The Windows Desktop;
Chapter 6: File Explorer, Folders & the Taskbar;
6.1 The Windows Desktop;
6.2 Return of the Start Menu;
6.3 The Complete Guide to Ignoring TileWorld;
6.4 Desktop Windows: File Explorer;
6.5 Universal Window Controls;
6.6 Window Tricks;
6.7 The Ribbon;
6.8 Explorer Window Controls;
6.9 Optional Window Panes;
6.10 Libraries;
6.11 Tags, Metadata, and Properties;
6.12 Icon and List Views;
6.13 Sorting, Grouping, and Filtering;
6.14 The “Folder Options” Options;
6.15 Taskbar 2.0;
6.16 Jump Lists;
6.17 Three Ways to Get the Taskbar Out of Your Hair;
6.18 Taskbar Toolbars;
6.19 The Run Command;
Chapter 7: Searching & Organizing Your Files;
7.1 Desktop Search;
7.2 The Search Index;
7.3 Where Windows Looks;
7.4 Customizing Search;
7.5 Saved Searches;
7.6 The Folders of Windows 8.1;
7.7 Selecting Icons;
7.8 Life with Icons;
7.9 Copying and Moving Folders and Files;
7.10 The Recycle Bin;
7.11 Shortcut Icons;
7.12 Compressing Files and Folders;
7.13 Burning CDs and DVDs from the Desktop;
7.14 ISO Disk Images;
Chapter 8: Redesigning Your Desktop World;
8.1 Turning Off the New Look;
8.2 A Gallery of Themes;
8.3 Desktop Background (Wallpaper);
8.4 Color;
8.5 Sounds;
8.6 Screen Savers;
8.7 Desktop Icons;
8.8 Mouse Makeover;
8.9 Preserving Your Tweaks for Posterity;
8.10 Monitor Settings;
8.11 Multiple Monitors;
Chapter 9: Help at the Desktop;
9.1 Navigating the Help System;
9.2 Remote Assistance;
9.3 Getting Help from Microsoft;
Chapter 10: Programs & Documents;
10.1 Opening Desktop Programs;
10.2 Exiting Desktop Programs;
10.3 When Programs Die: The Task Manager;
10.4 Saving Documents;
10.5 Closing Documents;
10.6 The Open Dialog Box;
10.7 Moving Data Between Documents;
10.8 Speech Recognition;
10.9 Filename Extensions and File Associations;
10.10 Installing Desktop Software;
10.11 Uninstalling Software;
10.12 Program Compatibility Modes;
Chapter 11: The Desktop’s Starter Programs;
11.1 Windows Essentials;
11.2 Calculator;
11.3 Character Map;
11.4 Command Prompt;
11.5 This PC;
11.6 Control Panel;
11.7 Default Programs;
11.8 File Explorer;
11.9 Help and Support;
11.10 Magnifier;
11.11 Math Input Panel;
11.12 Narrator;
11.13 Notepad;
11.14 Onscreen Keyboard;
11.15 Paint;
11.16 Remote Desktop Connection;
11.17 Run;
11.18 Snipping Tool;
11.19 Sound Recorder;
11.20 Steps Recorder;
11.21 Sticky Notes;
11.22 Task Manager;
11.23 Windows Defender;
11.24 Windows Easy Transfer;
11.25 Windows Fax and Scan;
11.26 Windows Journal;
11.27 Windows Live Mail;
11.28 Windows Live Messenger;
11.29 Windows Live Writer;
11.30 Windows Media Player;
11.31 Windows PowerShell;
11.32 Windows Speech Recognition;
11.33 WordPad;
11.34 XPS Viewer;
Chapter 12: The Control Panel;
12.1 Many Roads to Control Panel;
12.2 The Control Panel, Applet by Applet;
Part Three: Windows Online;
Chapter 13: Hooking Up to the Internet;
13.1 Connecting to a WiFi Network;
13.2 Wired Connections;
13.3 Tethering and Cellular Modems;
13.4 Dial-Up Connections;
13.5 Connection Management;
Chapter 14: Security & Privacy;
14.1 Windows Defender;
14.2 Action Center;
14.3 Windows Firewall;
14.4 Windows SmartScreen;
14.5 Privacy and Cookies;
14.6 History: Erasing Your Tracks;
14.7 The Pop-Up Blocker;
14.8 InPrivate Browsing;
14.9 Internet Security Zones;
14.10 Do Not Track;
14.11 Hotspot Security;
14.12 Protect Your Home Wireless Network;
14.13 Family Safety (Parental Controls);
Chapter 15: Internet Explorer 11;
15.1 IE11 Desktop: The Grand Tour;
15.2 The Address/Search Bar;
15.3 Tabbed Browsing;
15.4 Favorites (Bookmarks);
15.5 History List;
15.6 RSS: The Missing Manual;
15.7 Tips for Better Surfing;
15.8 The Keyboard Shortcut Master List;
Chapter 16: Windows Live Mail;
16.1 Setting Up Windows Live Mail;
16.2 Checking Email;
16.3 Composing and Sending Messages;
16.4 Reading Email;
16.5 Quick Views, Custom Views (Filters);
16.6 How to Process a Message;
16.7 Junk Email;
16.8 The World of Mail Settings;
16.9 The Contacts List;
16.10 Mail’s Calendar;
16.11 RSS Feeds;
16.12 Newsgroups;
Part Four: Pictures & Music;
Chapter 17: Windows Photo Gallery;
17.1 Photo Gallery: The Application;
17.2 Getting Pictures into Photo Gallery;
17.3 The Post-Dump Slideshow;
17.4 The Digital Shoebox;
17.5 People, Tags, Geotags, Captions, Ratings, and Flags;
17.6 Searching for Photos;
17.7 Editing Your Shots;
17.8 Finding Your Audience;
Chapter 18: Windows Media Player;
18.1 The Lay of the Land;
18.2 Importing Music Files;
18.3 Music Playback;
18.4 Playlists;
18.5 Burning Your Own CDs;
18.6 Sharing Music on the Network;
18.7 Pictures and Videos;
Part Five: Hardware & Peripherals;
Chapter 19: Printing, Fonts & Faxing;
19.1 Installing a Printer;
19.2 Printing;
19.3 Controlling Printouts;
19.4 Fancy Printer Tricks;
19.5 Printer Troubleshooting;
19.6 Fonts;
19.7 Faxing;
19.8 Scanning Documents;
Chapter 20: Hardware & Drivers;
20.1 External Gadgets;
20.2 Device Stage;
20.3 Installing Cards in Expansion Slots;
20.4 Troubleshooting Newly Installed Gear;
20.5 Driver Signing;
20.6 The Device Manager;
Part Six: PC Health;
Chapter 21: Maintenance, Speed Tweaks & Troubleshooting;
21.1 The Action Center;
21.2 Disk Cleanup;
21.3 Disk Defragmenter;
21.4 Hard Drive Checkups;
21.5 Disk Management;
21.6 Task Scheduler;
21.7 Three Speed Tricks;
21.8 Windows Update;
21.9 Reset and Refresh;
21.10 Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE);
21.11 Troubleshooting Tools;
21.12 Startup Items Revealed;
Chapter 22: Backups & File History;
22.1 System Images;
22.2 System Restore;
22.3 File History;
22.4 The USB Recovery Drive;
Chapter 23: The Disk Chapter;
23.1 Storage Spaces;
23.2 Dynamic Disks;
23.3 Compressing Files and Folders;
23.4 Encrypting Files and Folders;
23.5 BitLocker Drive Encryption;
Part Seven: The Windows Network;
Chapter 24: Accounts (and Logging On);
24.1 Local Accounts vs. Microsoft Accounts;
24.2 Accounts Central;
24.3 Adding an Account;
24.4 Editing an Account;
24.5 The Forgotten Password Disk;
24.6 Deleting User Accounts;
24.7 Disabling Accounts;
24.8 The Guest Account;
24.9 Authenticate Yourself: User Account Control;
24.10 Local Users and Groups;
24.11 Fast User Switching;
24.12 Logging On;
24.13 Profiles;
Chapter 25: Setting Up a Small Network;
25.1 Kinds of Networks;
25.2 Sharing an Internet Connection;
25.3 The Network and Sharing Center;
Chapter 26: Corporate Networks;
26.1 The Domain;
26.2 Four Ways Life Is Different on a Domain;
Chapter 27: Sharing Files on the Network;
27.1 Three Ways to Share Files;
27.2 HomeGroups;
27.3 Sharing the Public Folders;
27.4 Sharing Any Folder;
27.5 Accessing Shared Folders;
27.6 Mapping Shares to Drive Letters;
27.7 Sharing a DVD Drive;
Chapter 28: The Road Warrior’s Handbook;
28.1 Windows Mobility Center;
28.2 Offline Files and Sync Center;
28.3 Windows to Go;
28.4 Dialing In from the Road;
28.5 Virtual Private Networking;
28.6 Remote Desktop;
Part Eight: Appendixes;
Installing Windows 8.1;
Before You Begin;
Installing Windows 8.1;
Jobs Number 1, 2, 3…;
Windows Easy Transfer;
Upgrading from Windows 8;
Fun with the Registry;
Meet Regedit;
Regedit Examples;
Where’d It Go?;
Master List of Gestures & Keyboard Shortcuts;
TileWorld gestures;
Colophon;

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