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My Windows® 8.1

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My Windows® 8.1


instructions with callouts to Windows 8.1 photos that show you exactly what to do.


when you run into Windows 8.1 problems or limitations.

Tips and Notes

to help you get the most from your Windows 8.1 computer.

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Windows® 8.1 computer working just the way you want. Learn how to

  •  Master Windows innovations you like, and keep the older techniques you’re comfortable with

  •  Adjust the Start screen so it works the way you want (not the other way around!)

  •  Get more productive with touch gestures, live tiles, and Charms

  •  Browse the Web faster and easier with Internet Explorer 11 tabbed browsing

  •  Find, download, install, and work with the best new Windows Store apps

  •  Copy, move, and share files using File Explorer

  •  Use the built-in Skype app to make super-easy free video calls

  •  Master the major improvements in Windows 8.1’s Photos and Music apps

  •  Stream movies on your computer, and share media with your Xbox

  •  Use cloud features to access your files everywhere, on any device you choose

  •  Keep your files and computer safe, secure, backed up, and working reliably

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Table of Contents

  1. About This eBook
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents at a Glance
  5. Table of Contents
  6. About the Author
  7. Dedication
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. We Want to Hear from You!
  10. Reader Services
  11. Introduction
    1. Versions of Windows 8.1
    2. Highlights of Windows 8.1
    3. What You’ll Find in This Book
    4. Let’s Begin
  12. 1. First Look at Windows 8.1
    1. Introducing Windows 8.1
    2. Using Touch in Windows 8.1
    3. Getting Around with the Mouse and Keyboard
    4. Finding the Help You Need
    5. Using Windows 8.1 Help + Tips
    6. Shutting Down or Putting Windows 8.1 to Sleep
  13. 2. Preparing Your PC and Setting Up Devices
    1. Adding Devices in Windows 8.1
    2. Connecting to Wireless Networks
    3. Managing Your PC Power
    4. Transferring Files
    5. Recovering Your Windows 8.1
  14. 3. Using and Tweaking the Start Screen
    1. Beginning with the Start Screen
    2. Tweaking the Start Screen
    3. Checking Out the Charms
    4. Changing the Way Tiles Look and Behave
    5. Moving, Grouping, and Removing Apps
    6. Searching in Windows 8.1
  15. 4. Working with the Desktop
    1. Moving Between the Desktop and the Start Screen
    2. Launching to the Windows 8.1 Desktop
    3. Getting Ready to Work with Programs
    4. Tailoring the Taskbar
    5. Working with Windows on the Windows Desktop
  16. 5. Making It Your Windows 8.1
    1. Personalizing Your Lock Screen
    2. Adjusting the Look of Windows 8.1
    3. Changing Your Windows 8.1 Desktop
  17. 6. Securing Your Computer
    1. Customizing Your Login
    2. Working with the Action Center
    3. Using Windows Defender
    4. Turning on Your Windows Firewall
    5. Working with User Accounts
    6. Maintaining Your Privacy
  18. 7. Diving In with Apps
    1. Getting Started with Apps
    2. Finding and Starting Apps
    3. Working with Apps
    4. Closing Apps
    5. Getting Apps from the Revamped Windows Store
    6. Starting and Stopping an App from the Desktop
    7. Repairing and Uninstalling Programs
  19. 8. Organizing Files with File Explorer
    1. Getting Started with File Explorer
    2. Using the Ribbon
    3. Managing Your Files and Folders
    4. Copying, Moving, and Sharing Files and Folders
  20. 9. Browsing with Internet Explorer 11
    1. What’s New in IE 11?
    2. Introducing Internet Explorer 11
    3. Browsing and Searching the Web
    4. Saving Your Favorites
    5. Working with Tabs
    6. Securing Your Browsing Experience
  21. 10. Connect and Communicate with Windows 8.1
    1. Calling and Messaging with Skype
    2. Getting Social with the People App
    3. Staying in Touch Through Email
    4. Keeping Your Dates Straight with the Calendar App
  22. 11. Media and More
    1. Organizing and Editing Your Photos
    2. Your Music, Your Way
    3. Finding and Watching Your Favorite Shows
    4. Playing Games with Windows 8.1
  23. 12. Working in the Cloud
    1. Working with SkyDrive
    2. Getting Started with a HomeGroup
    3. Using Your HomeGroup
  24. 13. Feeding and Troubleshooting Your PC
    1. Getting Windows Updates
    2. Backing Up and Restoring Your Files
    3. Optimizing Your Computer
    4. Checking Windows Compatibility
  25. A. Windows 8.1 App Gallery
    1. Exploring Your Apps
    2. Checking Out the Bing Apps
    3. The Windows Store Revisited
  26. Index