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Windows® 8 Plain & Simple

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Your easy, colorful, SEE-HOW guide to Windows® 8! You’ll learn the quickest ways to set up and use Windows 8 with easy-to-follow steps, screenshots, and concise, straightforward language that make learning plain and simple!

Table of Contents

  1. Dedication
  2. Special Upgrade Offer
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. About the Author
  5. 1. About This Book
    1. A Quick Overview
    2. A Few Assumptions
    3. What’s New in Windows 8?
    4. The Final Word
  6. 2. Meet the Windows 8 Interface
    1. Starting Windows 8
      1. Start Your Computer and Log On to Windows 8
    2. Switching from a Local to a Microsoft Live Account
      1. Set Up to Log On by Using Microsoft Live
    3. Exploring the Start Screen and Desktop
      1. Switch Between Start Screen and the Desktop
    4. Overview of the Start Screen
    5. Understanding Tiles
    6. Using Charms
      1. Display and Use Charms
    7. Overview of the Desktop
    8. Working with Apps in Windows
      1. Navigate Within and Among Windows
    9. Adding Shortcuts to the Desktop
      1. Create Shortcuts on the Desktop
    10. Working with the Taskbar
      1. Find Out What You Can Do with the Taskbar
    11. Overview of File Explorer
  7. 3. Providing Input
    1. Understanding Input Options
      1. Perform Actions One of Three Ways
    2. Overview of Touchscreen Gestures
      1. Use Touch to Get Things Done
    3. Swiping Corners and Edges
      1. Swipe the Screen
    4. Enlarging or Reducing the Display
      1. Enlarge or Reduce the Display
    5. Snapping Apps
      1. Snap an App
    6. Using a Touchscreen Keyboard
      1. Use the Touch Keyboard
    7. Displaying Charms
      1. Display Charms
    8. Using Keystroke Shortcuts
      1. Examples of Keystroke Shortcuts
    9. Right-Clicking to Display Tools
      1. Use Right-Click
    10. Finding Recently Viewed Apps
      1. View and Open Recent Apps
  8. 4. Working with Basic Windows Settings
    1. Displaying Windows Settings
      1. Display Common Settings
    2. Connecting to a Network
      1. Connect or Disconnect from a Network
    3. Controlling Volume
      1. Adjust System Volume
    4. Adjusting Brightness
      1. Set Brightness
    5. Changing the Time and Date
      1. Change the Time Zone
      2. Adjust for Daylight Savings Time
    6. Managing Power
      1. Put to Sleep, Shut Down, or Restart Your Computer
    7. Displaying the Keyboard
      1. Display the Keyboard and Handwriting Panel
  9. 5. Customizing the Appearance of Windows
    1. Customizing the Start Screen
      1. Pin an App
      2. Unpin an App
    2. Modifying Tiles on the Start Screen
      1. Change Tile Size
      2. Move Tiles in Start Screen
    3. Changing the Start Screen Background and Color
      1. Choose a Background and Color
    4. Personalizing the Lock Screen Background
      1. Choose a Lock Screen Image
    5. Setting Up Lock Screen Apps
      1. Choose Lock Screen Apps
    6. Modifying the Account Picture
      1. Select an Account Picture
    7. Putting Shortcuts on the Desktop
      1. Create a Desktop Shortcut
    8. Choosing a Desktop Theme
      1. Choose a Theme
    9. Changing the Desktop Background
      1. Select a Different Background
    10. Changing the Desktop Color Scheme
      1. Change Windows Color and Transparency
    11. Adjusting Screen Resolution
      1. Change Screen Resolution
  10. 6. Working with Users and Privacy
    1. Enabling Windows Firewall
      1. Turn On Windows Firewall
    2. Allowing Apps to Access Your Computer
      1. Allow Access to Your Location
      2. Allow Access to Your Information
    3. Setting Up Windows Defender
      1. Set Up Virus and Spyware Protection
      2. Scan for Malware
    4. Setting Up User Accounts and Passwords
      1. Create a New User
      2. Set a User Password
    5. Creating a Password Picture
      1. Select a Picture
      2. Set Up Password Gestures
    6. Creating a PIN
      1. Set Up a PIN
    7. Switching Among User Accounts
      1. Log In as a Different User
    8. Managing User Account Control
      1. Change User Account Control Settings
    9. Turning On Family Safety
      1. Turn On Family Safety
    10. Working with Family Safety Settings
      1. Set Up Web Restrictions
      2. Set Time Limits
      3. Set Up Games
  11. 7. Working with Accessibility Settings
    1. Switching from a Right to Left-Handed Mouse
      1. Switch from Right to Left-Hand Clicking
    2. Adjusting Double-Click Speed and Indicator Motion
      1. Change Double-click Speed and Motion Setting
    3. Setting Up Snap To and Display Pointer Trails
      1. Set Up Snap To and Pointer Trails
    4. Adjusting Touch Keyboard Settings
      1. Control Touch Keyboard Settings
    5. Adjusting System Volume
      1. Adjust System Volume
    6. Controlling Contrast and Screen Size
      1. Change Contrast and Adjust Screen Size
    7. Turning On Caret Browsing
      1. Turn On Caret Browsing
    8. Working with Speech Recognition
      1. Start Speech Recognition
      2. Set Up Speech Recognition
      3. Use Speech Recognition
  12. 8. Searching
    1. Searching on the Start Screen
      1. Use Integrated Search
    2. Using the Search Charm
      1. Open the Search Charm
    3. Locating Files, Apps, and Settings
      1. Search for Items
    4. Customizing Search
      1. Customize How Search Works
    5. Setting Which Apps to Use for Searching
      1. Choose Apps for Searching
  13. 9. Working with Apps
    1. Opening Desktop Apps
      1. Open WordPad
    2. Using Menus
      1. Use the File Menu in WordPad
    3. Using Toolbars/Ribbons
      1. Explore the WordPad Ribbon
    4. Entering and Formatting Text
      1. Enter, Select, and Format Text
    5. Cutting and Copying to Windows Clipboard
      1. Use Windows Clipboard
    6. Inserting Objects
      1. Insert a Picture
    7. Printing a Document
      1. Apply Settings and Print a Document
    8. Saving a File
      1. Save a File
    9. Exploring Games
      1. Setting Up Your Avatar and Profile
    10. Closing Apps
      1. Close an App
    11. Uninstalling Apps
      1. Uninstall an App
  14. 10. File Management
    1. Using the File Explorer Ribbon
    2. Using Libraries
      1. Move Folders Between Libraries
      2. Create a New Library
    3. Navigating File Explorer
      1. Navigate Among Libraries
    4. Finding Files and Folders with File Explorer
      1. Locate a Folder in a Library
      2. Search for Files and Folders
    5. Changing Views in File Explorer
      1. Use View Tab Tools
    6. Sharing Content
      1. Share Content with Individuals
    7. Creating Folders
      1. Create a New Folder
    8. Renaming Files and Folders
      1. Rename a File or Folder
    9. Moving and Copying Files
      1. Move a File to Another Folder
      2. Copy a File to Another Folder
    10. Creating Compressed Files
      1. Create a Compressed File
    11. Extracting Files from a Compressed File
      1. Extract Compressed Files
    12. Backing Up Files
      1. Save Your File History
      2. Burn Content to a Disc
    13. Deleting Files and Folders
      1. Delete Files
      2. Retrieve Content from the Recycle Bin
  15. 11. Sharing Settings and Files
    1. Confirming Your Device
      1. Set Up Windows 8 to Sync
    2. Turning on Sync
      1. Turn On the Sync Feature
    3. Choosing What to Sync
      1. Choose Settings to Sync
    4. Sharing Files on Your Computer by Using SkyDrive
      1. Share Your Files
    5. Creating a New Folder in SkyDrive
      1. Create a New Folder
    6. Adding Files to a Folder
      1. Add Files to SkyDrive
    7. Sharing a Folder
      1. Share a Folder
  16. 12. Going Online with Internet Explorer 10
    1. Exploring Internet Explorer 10
      1. Open Internet Explorer 10
      2. Use the Address Bar
    2. Navigating Among Websites
      1. Move Among Websites
      2. Follow Links
    3. Searching on a Page
      1. Search for Content on a Page
    4. Searching with Bing
      1. Search the Internet
    5. Creating Tabs
      1. Create New Tabs
    6. Using Pinned and Frequently Visited Sites
      1. Pin a Site
      2. Visit Frequent Sites
    7. Overview of the Internet Explorer Desktop App
  17. 13. Using Mail and Messaging
    1. Setting Up an Email Account
      1. Set Up an Email Account
    2. Opening Mail in Hotmail
      1. Check Your Inbox
    3. Reading and Replying to Messages
      1. Read a Message
      2. Reply to a Message
    4. Moving Messages to Folders
      1. Move a Message to a Folder
    5. Forwarding a Message
      1. Forward a Message
    6. Opening Attachments
      1. Open and Read an Attachment
    7. Creating and Sending a Message
      1. Create and Send a Message
    8. Adding Attachments
      1. Add an Attachment to a Message
    9. Reading and Replying to Instant Messages
      1. Read and Reply to Messages
    10. Adding a Friend
      1. Invite a Friend
    11. Deleting a Thread
      1. Delete a Thread
    12. Changing Your Online Status
      1. Let People Know Whether You’re Available
  18. 14. Buying Apps at the Windows Store
    1. Searching for Apps
      1. Find an App
    2. Exploring the Windows Store
      1. Explore the Windows Store
    3. Reading App Reviews
      1. Read Reviews
    4. Installing Free Apps
      1. Get a Free App
    5. Viewing Your Apps
      1. See the Apps You Own
    6. Buying an App
      1. Buy Apps
    7. Rating and Reviewing an App
      1. Rate and Review an App
  19. 15. Managing People and Time
    1. Adding a New Contact
      1. Add a Contact
    2. Editing Contact Information
      1. Edit Contact Details
    3. Sending Messages to People
      1. Send an Email Message to a Contact
    4. Setting Up Online Accounts
      1. Set Up Accounts
      2. Apply Account Settings
    5. Pinning Contacts to the Start Screen
      1. Pin a Contact to the Start Screen
    6. Displaying Calendar Views
      1. Choose a Calendar View
    7. Adding a Calendar Event
      1. Create an Event
    8. Using Reminders
      1. Set Up a Reminder
    9. Inviting People to an Event
      1. Send an Invite
    10. Editing an Existing Event
      1. Edit Event Details
    11. Deleting an Event
      1. Delete an Event
    12. Opening Weather in Different Views
      1. Open and Explore the Weather App
    13. Setting Up Location in Weather
      1. Specify Your Location
    14. Reading Detailed Forecasts
      1. View Detailed Weather
    15. Viewing World Weather
      1. Display World Weather Maps
  20. 16. Using the Maps App
    1. Opening and Navigating the Maps App
      1. Open and Move Around Maps
    2. Choosing a Map Style
      1. Change Map Style
    3. Searching for Locations
      1. Search for a Location
    4. Displaying Information About a Location
      1. Display Location Information
    5. Showing Traffic on Maps
      1. Display Traffic
    6. Getting Directions
      1. Get Directions
  21. 17. Getting Visual
    1. Displaying a Picture Library
      1. Open a Picture Library
    2. Using a Photo as an App Tile or Lock Screen
      1. Set a Photo as an App Tile or Lock Screen
    3. Searching for a Photo
      1. Search for Photos
    4. Running a Slide Show
      1. Run a Slide Show
    5. Buying or Renting a Video
      1. Buy or Rent Videos
    6. Finding a Video
      1. Browse Your Videos
    7. Playing a Video
      1. Play a Video
    8. Using the Camera
      1. Change Camera and Camera Mode
      2. Set Camera Resolution
    9. Capturing Images
      1. Take a Photo
      2. Record a Video
  22. 18. Playing Music
    1. Navigating the Music App
      1. Navigate the Music App
    2. Finding Music to Buy
      1. Locate Music
    3. Previewing Music
      1. Preview a Selection
    4. Buying Points
      1. Buy Points
    5. Buying Music
      1. Buy a Selection
    6. Listening to Music
      1. Play Music
    7. Playing Music with Windows Media Player
      1. Play Music
    8. Organizing Music
      1. Sort Music
    9. Creating Playlists
      1. Create a Playlist
    10. Playing Playlists
      1. Play Back Your Playlists
  23. 19. Working with Devices and Networks
    1. Adding a Device
      1. Add a Device
    2. Connecting to Bluetooth Devices
      1. Make Your Computer Discoverable
      2. Connect to Bluetooth Devices
    3. Setting Up a Homegroup
      1. Join a Homegroup
    4. Connecting to a Network
      1. Connect to an Available Network
    5. Choosing What to Share on a Network
      1. Set Up Sharing
    6. Tethering Your Computer to Your Cell Phone
      1. Connect to the Internet Using Your Cell Phone
    7. Setting Up a Wireless Network
      1. Set Up a Wireless Network
  24. 20. Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Computer
    1. Setting Up Windows Updates
      1. Update Windows Automatically
    2. Checking for Updates
      1. Update Windows Manually
    3. Resetting Windows 8
      1. Reset Windows 8
    4. Using Advanced Startup
      1. Booting Your Computer from a Disc
    5. Refreshing Your PC
      1. Refresh Your PC
    6. Running Disk Cleanup
      1. Run Disk Cleanup
    7. Backing Up Data
      1. Back Up Your Data
    8. Defragmenting Your Hard Disk
      1. Run the Defragment Utility
    9. Troubleshooting with Windows Task Manager
      1. Use Windows Task Manager
    10. Restarting Your Computer
      1. Restart Your Computer
    11. Using Windows Remote Assistance
      1. Get Remote Help
  25. A. Upgrading to Windows 8
    1. Determining System Requirements
    2. Understanding Differences Among Windows 8 Versions
    3. What’s New?
    4. Using Windows Setup and Program Compatibility Troubleshooter
      1. Run the Windows Program Compatibility Troubleshooter
    5. Updating Drivers
      1. Update Drivers Manually
  26. B. Keyboard Shortcuts
  27. C. Getting Help
    1. Using Start Screen Help
      1. Read Articles About Using Start Screen
      2. Get Support at the Windows Website
    2. Using Desktop Help
      1. Choose to Use Online or Offline Help
      2. Use Featured Topics
      3. Search for Topics
  28. Glossary
  29. Index
  30. About the Author
  31. Special Upgrade Offer
  32. Copyright