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Windows 10 For Dummies

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The fast and easy way to get up and running with Windows 10

Windows 10 For Dummies covers the latest version of Windows and gets you up and running with the changes and new features you'll find in this updated operating system. Packed with time-saving tips to help you get the most out of the software, this helpful Windows 10 guide shows you how to manage Windows tasks like navigating the interface with a mouse or touchscreen, connecting to the web, and troubleshooting problems and making quick fixes.

Assuming no prior knowledge of the software, Windows 10 For Dummies addresses the updates to Windows and shows you how to get things accomplished. Focusing on the features you'll go to again and again, this new edition of this bestselling tech book will have you quickly finding files, connecting to the Web, gathering your email and social accounts in one spot, managing apps, creating and managing accounts, using online tools, customizing your settings, and so much more—making you a Windows whiz in no time.

  • Helps you navigate the twists and turns of the updated Windows interface

  • Provides easy-to-follow answers to all of your Windows questions

  • Illustrates the new features of Windows 10

  • Quickly gets you up to speed on figuring out the changes to the latest version of Windows

  • Whether you're new to Windows or just looking to get up to speed on what's changed in its latest release, this is the only resource you'll need.

    Table of Contents

      1. Cover
      2. Introduction
        1. About This Book
        2. How to Use This Book
        3. Touchscreen Owners Aren’t Left Out
        4. And What about You?
        5. Icons Used in This Book
        6. Beyond the Book
        7. Where to Go from Here
      3. Part I: Windows 10 Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know
        1. Chapter 1: What Is Windows 10?
          1. What Is Windows, and Why Are You Using It?
          2. What’s New in Windows 10?
          3. Should I Bother Upgrading to Windows 10?
          4. What’s So Different About Windows 10?
          5. Can My Current PC Still Run Windows 10?
          6. The Seven Flavors of Windows 10
        2. Chapter 2: Starting with the Start Menu
          1. Being Welcomed to the World of Windows
          2. Figuring Out the New Windows 10 Start Menu
          3. Exiting from Windows
        3. Chapter 3: The Traditional Desktop
          1. Finding the Desktop and the Start Menu
          2. Working with the Desktop
          3. Bellying Up to the Taskbar
          4. Setting Up Multiple Desktops
          5. Making Programs Easier to Find
        4. Chapter 4: Basic Desktop Window Mechanics
          1. Dissecting a Typical Desktop Window
          2. Maneuvering Windows Around the Desktop
        5. Chapter 5: Storage: Internal, External, and in the Cloud
          1. Browsing the File Explorer File Cabinets
          2. Getting the Lowdown on Folders
          3. Peering into Your Drives, Folders, and Other Media
          4. Creating a New Folder
          5. Renaming a File or Folder
          6. Selecting Bunches of Files or Folders
          7. Getting Rid of a File or Folder
          8. Copying or Moving Files and Folders
          9. Seeing More Information about Files and Folders
          10. Writing to CDs and DVDs
          11. Working with Flash Drives and Memory Cards
          12. OneDrive: Your Cubbyhole in the Clouds
      4. Part II: Working with Programs, Apps, and Files
        1. Chapter 6: Playing with Programs, Apps, and Documents
          1. Starting a Program or an App
          2. Opening a Document
          3. Saving a Document
          4. Choosing Which Program Should Open Which File
          5. Navigating the Windows Store
          6. Taking the Lazy Way with a Desktop Shortcut
          7. Absolutely Essential Guide to Cutting, Copying, and Pasting
        2. Chapter 7: Finding the Lost
          1. Finding Currently Running Apps and Programs
          2. Finding Lost Windows on the Desktop
          3. Locating a Missing App, Program, Setting, or File
          4. Searching with Cortana
          5. Finding a Missing File inside a Folder
          6. Finding Lost Photos
          7. Finding Other Computers on a Network
        3. Chapter 8: Printing and Scanning Your Work
          1. Printing from a Start menu App
          2. Printing Your Masterpiece from the Desktop
          3. Scanning from the Start menu
      5. Part III: Getting Things Done on the Internet
        1. Chapter 9: Cruising the Web
          1. What’s an ISP, and Why Do I Need One?
          2. Connecting Wirelessly to the Internet
          3. Browsing the Web with Microsoft Edge
          4. Finding More Information with Cortana
          5. Saving Information from the Internet
        2. Chapter 10: Being Social: Mail, People, and Calendar
          1. Adding Your Accounts to Windows
          2. Understanding the Mail App
          3. Managing Your Contacts in the People App
          4. Managing Appointments in Calendar
        3. Chapter 11: Safe Computing
          1. Understanding Those Annoying Permission Messages
          2. Avoiding Viruses with Windows Defender
          3. Avoiding Phishing Scams
          4. Setting Up for Children Controls
      6. Part IV: Customizing and Upgrading Windows 10
        1. Chapter 12: Customizing Windows with the Control Panels
          1. Finding the Right Switch
          2. Setting the Stage with the Settings App
          3. Bringing out the Big Guns: The Desktop’s Control Panel
          4. System and Security
          5. User Accounts
          6. Network and Internet
          7. Changing the Appearance of Windows (Appearance and Personalization)
          8. Hardware and Sound
          9. Time and Language
          10. Adding or Removing Apps or Programs
          11. Modifying Windows for the Physically Challenged
        2. Chapter 13: Keeping Windows from Breaking
          1. Tuning Up Windows with Built-In Maintenance Tools
        3. Chapter 14: Sharing One Computer with Several People
          1. Understanding User Accounts
          2. Changing or Adding User Accounts
          3. Switching Quickly between Users
          4. Changing a User Account’s Picture
          5. Setting Up Passwords and Security
        4. Chapter 15: Connecting Computers with a Network
          1. Understanding a Network’s Parts
          2. Setting Up a Small Network
          3. Setting Up or Connecting with a Homegroup
      7. Part V: Music, Photos, and Movies
        1. Chapter 16: Playing and Copying Music
          1. Playing Music with the Music App
          2. Handing Music-Playing Chores Back to Windows Media Player
          3. Stocking the Windows Media Player Library
          4. Browsing Windows Media Player’s Libraries
          5. Playing Music Files in a Playlist
          6. Controlling Your Now Playing Items
          7. Playing CDs
          8. Playing DVDs
          9. Playing Videos and TV Shows
          10. Creating, Saving, and Editing Playlists
          11. Ripping (Copying) CDs to Your PC
          12. Burning (Creating) Music CDs
        2. Chapter 17: Fiddling with Photos (and Videos)
          1. Dumping a Camera’s Photos into Your Computer
          2. Taking Photos with the Camera App
          3. Viewing Photos with the Photos App
          4. Viewing Photos from the Desktop with Windows Photo Viewer
      8. Part VI: Help!
        1. Chapter 18: The Case of the Broken Window
          1. The Magic Fixes in Windows
          2. Windows Keeps Asking Me for Permission
          3. I Need to Retrieve Deleted Files
          4. My Settings Are Messed Up
          5. I Forgot My Password
          6. My Computer Is Frozen Solid
        2. Chapter 19: Strange Messages: What You Did Does Not Compute
          1. Could Not Enable File History. The System Cannot Find the Path Specified.
          2. Do You Want to Allow This App to Make Changes to This Computer?
          3. Do You Want to Save Changes?
          4. How Do You Want to Open This Type of File?
          5. Let This App Use Your Location?
          6. Malware Detected: Windows Defender Is Taking Action
          7. Removable Disk: Choose What to Do with Removable Drives
          8. Sign In with a Microsoft Account
          9. There Is No Email Program Associated to Perform the Requested Action
          10. You Don’t Currently Have Permission to Access This Folder
          11. We’re Sorry, But You Can’t Go Back
        3. Chapter 20: Moving from an Old PC to a New Windows 10 PC
          1. Hiring a Third Party to Make the Move
          2. Transferring Files Yourself
        4. Chapter 21: Help on the Windows Help System
          1. Getting Started with Windows 10
          2. Contacting Support
      9. Part VII: The Part of Tens
        1. Chapter 22: Ten Things You’ll Hate about Windows 10 (And How to Fix Them)
          1. I Want to Avoid the Apps!
          2. I Want to Avoid the Desktop!
          3. I Don’t Want a Microsoft Account
          4. Windows Makes Me Sign In All the Time
          5. The Taskbar Keeps Disappearing
          6. I Can’t Line Up Two Windows on the Screen
          7. It Won’t Let Me Do Something Unless I’m an Administrator!
          8. I Don’t Know What Version of Windows I Have
          9. My Print Screen Key Doesn’t Work
        2. Chapter 23: Ten or So Tips for Tablet and Laptop Owners
          1. Turning on Tablet Mode
          2. Switching to Airplane Mode
          3. Connecting to a New Wireless Internet Network
          4. Toggling Your Tablet’s Screen Rotation
          5. Choosing What Happens When You Close Your Laptop’s Lid
          6. Adjusting to Different Locations
          7. Backing Up Your Laptop Before Traveling
          8. Accessing the Mobility Center
      10. About the Author
      11. Cheat Sheet
      12. Connect with Dummies
      13. End User License Agreement