Windows 8.1 Plain & Simple

Windows 8.1 Plain & Simple

by Joli Ballew, Nancy Muir


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735681279
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Publication date: 12/02/2013
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

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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