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Windows® 8 On Demand, Second Edition

Book Description

Need answers quickly? Windows 8 on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

Inside the Book

• Master the Windows 8 user experience

• Perform instant searches to find what you need

• Manage files and information with the Desktop and Windows apps

• Browse the Web, search for information, and get instant updates

• Use Windows apps to get news, finance, sports, travel, and weather

• Use Windows apps to work with mail, instant messages, contacts, photos, music, and videos

• Protect your device from Internet or network intruders

• Share files and media on a HomeGroup or network

• Set multiple users and parent controls

• Customize, fine-tune, and administer Windows 8

Bonus Online Content

Register your book at queondemand.com to gain access to:

• Workshops and related files

• Keyboard shortcuts

Visit the author site: perspection.com

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Acknowledgments
    1. Perspection, Inc.
    2. Acknowledgments
    3. About The Author
    4. We Want To Hear From You!
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
    1. How This Book Works
    2. What’s New
    3. Keyboard Shortcuts
    4. Step-by-Step Instructions
    5. Real World Examples
    6. Workshops
    7. Get More on the Web
  6. 1. Getting Started with Windows 8
    1. Introduction
    2. Introducing Windows 8
    3. Starting Windows 8
    4. Using the Mouse or Gestures
    5. Exploring the Start Screen
    6. Using the Start Bar
    7. Using the Charm Bar
    8. Exploring the Windows Desktop
    9. Using the Desktop Taskbar
    10. Managing Desktop Windows
    11. Using Tabs, Menus, and Toolbars
    12. Choosing Dialog Box Options
    13. Using Windows Help and Support
    14. Switching Users
    15. Powering Down
  7. 2. Working with Windows Metro Apps
    1. Introduction
    2. Displaying All Your Apps
    3. Searching for Apps
    4. Using Different Apps
    5. Starting and Closing Apps
    6. Using the Apps Bar
    7. Changing App Settings
    8. Working with Multiple Apps
    9. Working with Apps Side by Side
    10. Sharing Between Apps
    11. Installing Apps from the Store
    12. Updating Apps
    13. Uninstalling Apps
    14. Customizing Apps on the Start Screen
    15. Grouping Apps on the Start Screen
    16. Setting Notification Options for Apps
    17. Setting Search Options for Apps
    18. Setting Privacy Options for Apps
  8. 3. Managing Files and Folders
    1. Introduction
    2. Using the Explorer Window
    3. Changing the Explorer Window View
    4. Using the Ribbon
    5. Choosing Commands
    6. Opening and Viewing the Computer
    7. Viewing and Opening Documents
    8. Working with Libraries
    9. Working with Personal Folders
    10. Navigating Between Folders
    11. Viewing the Folders List
    12. Changing the Explorer Layout
    13. Customizing the Navigation Pane
    14. Organizing Files by Headings
    15. Sorting and Grouping Files
    16. Searching for Files and Folders
    17. Saving a Search
    18. Changing Search Options
    19. Modifying the Index to Improve Searches
    20. Adding Properties and Tags to Files
    21. Creating and Renaming Files and Folders
    22. Copying and Moving Files and Folders
    23. Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders
    24. Changing File and Folder List Views
    25. Hiding Files and Folders
    26. Changing Folder Options
    27. Customizing Library Folders
    28. Customizing Personal Folders
    29. Sharing Folders or Files with Others
    30. Compressing Files and Folders
    31. Managing Files Using a CD or DVD
    32. Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder
  9. 4. Exploring the Internet
    1. Introduction
    2. Starting the Internet Explorer App
    3. Viewing the Internet Explorer App Window
    4. Navigating the Web with the IE App
    5. Navigating Using Tabs with the IE App
    6. Finding Information with the IE App
    7. Changing IE App Settings
    8. Starting Internet Explorer from the Desktop
    9. Viewing the Internet Explorer Window
    10. Changing Your Home Page
    11. Browsing the Web
    12. Browsing with Tabs
    13. Navigating Basics
    14. Browsing Privately
    15. Using Compatibility View
    16. Zooming the View In and Out
    17. Using and Managing Accelerators
    18. Getting Suggestions for Web Sites
    19. Adding a Web Page to the Favorites List
    20. Viewing and Maintaining a History List
    21. Reading and Subscribing to Feeds
    22. Searching the Web
    23. Previewing and Printing a Web Page
    24. Saving Pictures or Text from a Web Page
    25. Saving a Web Page
    26. Sending a Page or Link by E-mail
    27. Downloading Files from the Web
    28. Connecting to the Internet
    29. Creating an Internet Connection
    30. Setting Up Windows Firewall
  10. 5. Working with Contacts and Calendars
    1. Introduction
    2. Starting the People App
    3. Viewing the People App Window
    4. Adding Contacts from Online Accounts
    5. Viewing Contacts
    6. Sorting or Filtering Contacts
    7. Creating Favorite Contacts
    8. Adding or Editing Contacts
    9. Deleting Contacts
    10. Linking Contacts
    11. Starting the Calendar App
    12. Changing the Calendar View
    13. Scheduling Events
    14. Scheduling Recurring Events
    15. Scheduling Events with a Reminder
    16. Editing or Deleting Events
    17. Changing Calendar Options
  11. 6. Exchanging Mail
    1. Introduction
    2. Starting the Mail App
    3. Viewing the Mail App Window
    4. Adding Mail Accounts
    5. Modifying Account Settings
    6. Composing and Sending Email
    7. Formatting Email Messages
    8. Creating Email Signatures
    9. Reading and Replying to Email
    10. Sending and Retrieving a File
    11. Managing Email
    12. Deleting Email
    13. Searching for Email
    14. Using Windows Live Essentials
  12. 7. Exchanging Instant Messages
    1. Introduction
    2. Starting the Messaging App
    3. Viewing the Messaging App Window
    4. Adding Messaging Accounts
    5. Modifying Account Settings
    6. Changing Messaging Options
    7. Changing My Status
    8. Sending and Receiving Instant Messages
    9. Inviting Others to Instant Messages
    10. Adding Emoticons to Instant Messages
    11. Deleting Instant Messages
  13. 8. Working with Photos and Pictures
    1. Introduction
    2. Starting and Viewing the Photos App
    3. Changing Photos App Options
    4. Changing Online Account Options
    5. Navigating in the Photos App
    6. Importing Photos
    7. Deleting Photos
    8. Displaying a Slide Show
    9. Setting a Photo as the Lock Screen or Background
    10. Drawing a Picture
    11. Editing a Picture
    12. Viewing Pictures
    13. Formatting and Printing Photos
    14. Ordering Photo Prints from the Web
    15. Emailing a Picture
    16. Installing a Digital Camera or Scanner
    17. Downloading Digital Camera Pictures
    18. Using Pictures as a Screen Saver
    19. Using a Picture as a Desktop Background
    20. Understanding File Formats
  14. 9. Working with Windows Media
    1. Introduction
    2. Starting and Updating Windows Media Player
    3. Viewing the Media Player Window
    4. Playing Music from CDs
    5. Playing a DVD or VCD Movie
    6. Controlling the Volume
    7. Playing Media Files
    8. Playing Media Using a Playlist
    9. Ripping CD Music
    10. Copying Media Files to a CD or Portable Device
    11. Streaming Media
    12. Enhancing the Media Player Display
    13. Viewing and Playing Music Files
    14. Creating a Sound File
    15. Associating a Sound with an Event
    16. Starting and Navigating Windows Media Center
    17. Changing Windows Media Center Settings
    18. Finding and Viewing Windows Media Center Files
  15. 10. Working with Online Media
    1. Introduction
    2. Searching the Web with Bing
    3. Getting News Information
    4. Getting Financial Updates
    5. Getting Travel Information
    6. Getting the Latest Sports News
    7. Getting the Latest Weather
    8. Viewing Maps and Directions
    9. Managing Files with SkyDrive
    10. Sharing Files with SkyDrive
    11. Capturing a Photo or Video
    12. Watching Videos
    13. Listening to Music
    14. Playing Games
    15. Using Devices with Apps
  16. 11. Working with Windows Accessories
    1. Introduction
    2. Starting and Exiting Windows Accessories
    3. Changing the Way Programs Start
    4. Using Windows Accessories
    5. Creating a Document
    6. Editing Text
    7. Formatting Text
    8. Setting Paragraph Tabs
    9. Setting Paragraph Indents
    10. Previewing and Printing a Document
    11. Saving and Closing a Document
    12. Sharing Information Among Programs
    13. Inserting and Editing Information
    14. Linking and Updating Information
    15. Inserting Special Characters
    16. Calculating Numbers
    17. Running Commands
    18. Snipping the Screen
    19. Recording Steps
    20. Creating Sticky Notes
    21. Handwriting Journal Entries
    22. Using the Math Input Panel
    23. Running Older Programs
    24. Quitting a Program Not Responding
  17. 12. Customizing Windows
    1. Introduction
    2. Viewing Windows Settings
    3. Personalizing the Lock Screen
    4. Personalizing the Start Screen
    5. Syncing Options on Other Devices
    6. Changing General Settings
    7. Viewing the Control Panel
    8. Changing the Desktop Background
    9. Customizing the Desktop
    10. Using a Screen Saver
    11. Changing the Display
    12. Using Multiple Monitors
    13. Changing Text Size on the Screen
    14. Changing the Desktop Appearance
    15. Setting the Date and Time
    16. Changing Language Options
    17. Changing Regional Options
    18. Working with Fonts
    19. Displaying and Arranging Toolbars
    20. Customizing the Taskbar
    21. Setting Default Programs
    22. Changing the Way a Disc or Device Starts
    23. Using Ease of Access Tools
    24. Using the Ease of Access Center
    25. Listening to Your System
    26. Recognizing Your Speech
    27. Setting Ease of Access Options
  18. 13. Setting Up Accounts and Maintaining Security
    1. Introduction
    2. Exploring Windows Security
    3. Changing User Account Settings
    4. Adding User Accounts
    5. Deleting User Accounts
    6. Creating a Guest Account
    7. Changing a User Account Type
    8. Changing the Start Up Screen
    9. Changing an Account Picture
    10. Changing a Password
    11. Resetting a Password
    12. Locking the Screen
    13. Managing Security in One Place
    14. Defending Against Malicious Software
    15. Setting Family Safety Controls
    16. Encrypting Files for Safety
    17. Encrypting Files Using BitLocker
    18. Avoiding Viruses and Other Harmful Attacks
    19. Understanding Security on the Internet
    20. Creating Security Zones
    21. Cleaning Up Internet Files and Information
    22. Protecting Internet Privacy
    23. Protecting an Internet Identity
    24. Blocking Pop-Up Ads
    25. Protecting Against Phishing
    26. Blocking Content with InPrivate Filtering
    27. Blocking Content with Tracking Protection
    28. Managing Add-Ons
  19. 14. Managing Files Using a Network
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Network Services
    3. Viewing a Network
    4. Viewing the Network and Sharing Center
    5. Viewing Network Connections
    6. Viewing Network Properties
    7. Viewing Network Connection Properties
    8. Joining a Workgroup Network
    9. Joining a Domain Network
    10. Connecting to a Network Using a Modem
    11. Connecting to a Network over the Internet
    12. Connecting to a Wireless Network
    13. Setting Up a Wireless Network
    14. Disabling or Enabling a Wireless Network
    15. Managing a Wireless Connection
    16. Disconnecting a Network
    17. Mapping and Disconnecting a Network Drive
    18. Creating a Shortcut to a Network
    19. Sharing an Internet Connection
    20. Setting Network Sharing Options
    21. Setting Homegroup Sharing Options
    22. Sharing with a Homegroup
    23. Keeping Files in Sync
    24. Working with Offline Files
    25. Controlling a Remote Desktop
    26. Changing a Dial-Up Connection
  20. 15. Printing and Faxing
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Printers
    3. Viewing Printers
    4. Installing a Printer
    5. Specifying a Default Printer
    6. Renaming or Deleting a Printer
    7. Sharing a Printer
    8. Printing Documents
    9. Managing Printers and Print Jobs
    10. Changing Printer Properties
    11. Changing Printer Preferences
    12. Creating an XPS Document
    13. Understanding Faxes
    14. Setting Up a Fax
    15. Creating a Fax Cover Page
    16. Sending a Fax
    17. Managing Outgoing Faxes
    18. Receiving a Fax
    19. Reviewing a Fax
    20. Changing Fax Properties
  21. 16. Maintaining Your Computer
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Disk File Systems
    3. Formatting a Disk
    4. Displaying Disk and Folder Information
    5. Setting Disk Quotas for Users
    6. Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors
    7. Encrypting a Disk
    8. Optimizing a Disk
    9. Cleaning Up a Disk
    10. Boosting Speed with a Removable Disk
    11. Adding or Removing Windows Components
    12. Installing or Uninstalling a Program
    13. Updating Windows
    14. Keeping a File History
    15. Creating a System Repair Disc
    16. Creating a System Image
    17. Performing a Backup
    18. Changing Backup Settings
    19. Restoring Backup Files
    20. Restoring System Settings
    21. Setting Startup and Recovery Options
    22. Starting Windows When Problems Occur
    23. Improving Performance
  22. 17. Managing Hardware
    1. Introduction
    2. Understanding Plug and Play Hardware
    3. Viewing Hardware Devices
    4. Installing Hardware Devices
    5. Viewing System Hardware Settings
    6. Changing Windows Update Driver Settings
    7. Changing Keyboard Settings
    8. Changing Mouse Settings
    9. Changing Phone Dialing Options
    10. Changing Modem Options
    11. Managing Storage Spaces
    12. Managing Color
    13. Using the Windows Mobility Center
    14. Adding a Secondary Monitor
    15. Controlling Power Options
    16. Removing Hardware Devices
    17. Removing Plug and Play Hardware
    18. Troubleshooting Problems
  23. 18. Administering Your Computer
    1. Introduction
    2. Exploring Windows Administrative Tools
    3. Scheduling Tasks
    4. Monitoring Activity with Event Viewer
    5. Managing an Event Log
    6. Managing All Printers
    7. Checking Memory for Problems
    8. Viewing and Creating Performance Charts
    9. Monitoring Local Security Settings
    10. Viewing Computer Management Tools
    11. Managing Disks
    12. Managing Local Users and Groups
    13. Viewing and Saving System Information
    14. Setting System Configuration Options
  24. A. Appendix: Installing Windows 8
    1. Introduction
    2. Preparing to Install Windows 8
    3. Installing Windows 8
    4. Updating to a Windows 8 Service Pack
    5. Reinstalling Windows 8
    6. Using Windows To Go
    7. Transferring Files and Settings from Another PC
    8. Adding Features to Windows 8
  25. New! Features
    1. Microsoft Windows 8
  26. Index
  27. Online Workshop
    1. Bonus Online Content
    2. Here Are Some Of The Workshops You’ll Find