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Windows 8 Step by Step

Book Description

Experience learning made easy—and quickly teach yourself how to use Windows® 8. With Step by Step, you set the pace—building and practicing the skills you need, just when you need them!

Table of Contents

  1. Microsoft® Windows® 8 Step by Step
  2. A Note Regarding Supplemental Files
  3. Introducing Windows 8
    1. Windows 8 Features by Edition
      1. Windows 8 Features by Edition
      2. Minimum System Requirements
      3. What’s Different from Windows 7?
      4. Which Edition of Windows 8 Should I Buy?
    2. Let’s Get Started
      1. Who This Book Is For
      2. What This Book Is About
      3. Acknowledgments
    3. Modifying the Display of the Ribbon in File Explorer
      1. Dynamic Ribbon Elements
      2. Changing the Width of the Ribbon
      3. Adapting Exercise Steps
  4. Conventions and Features in This Book
  5. Downloading and Using the Practice Files
    1. Getting Support and Giving Feedback
      1. Errata
      2. We Want to Hear from You
      3. Stay in Touch
  6. 1. Introducing Windows 8
    1. Setting Up Windows 8
    2. Using the Lock Screen
    3. Exploring the Start Screen
    4. Moving Around in the Start Screen
    5. Moving Tiles on the Start Screen
    6. Customizing the Start Screen with Live Tiles
    7. Using Charms
    8. Searching for Data, Programs, Files, and Settings
    9. Accessing the Traditional Desktop
    10. Using the Taskbar and Start Button
    11. Working with Multiple Windows and Apps
    12. Working with PC Settings and Control Panel
    13. Ending a Computing Session
    14. Key Points
  7. 2. Making Windows Look and Sound the Way You Want
    1. Personalizing the Start Screen
    2. Personalizing the Lock Screen
    3. Changing Your User Account Type
    4. Customizing Your User Account Settings
    5. Personalizing the Desktop
    6. Changing How the Taskbar Looks
    7. Changing the Sound Scheme
    8. Accessing and Exploring Advanced Settings
    9. Switching to a Different Power Plan
    10. Key Points
  8. 3. Using Apps on the Start Screen
    1. Using the Photos App
    2. Using the Music App
    3. Using the Video App
    4. Using the Maps App
    5. Exploring the Other Apps
    6. Managing Apps for the Long Term
    7. Exploring Accessories and Tools
    8. Key Points
  9. 4. Saving, Browsing, and Organizing Files and Folders
    1. Understanding Files, Folders, and Libraries
    2. Explaining the Most Common File Types
    3. Accessing Your User Folders
    4. Understanding User Folders
    5. Saving Files Effectively
    6. Understanding Libraries
    7. Navigating the File Explorer Ribbon Interface
    8. Organizing Files and Folders
    9. Renaming Files
    10. Sharing Files with the Share Tab
    11. Customizing File Explorer with the View Tab
    12. Searching in File Explorer
    13. Customizing Libraries
    14. Working with Deleted Files and the Recycle Bin
    15. Key Points
  10. 5. Using Internet Explorer 10
    1. What Is New about Internet Explorer 10
    2. Launching Internet Explorer
    3. Using the Internet Explorer App
    4. Using the Internet Explorer Desktop Application
    5. Pinning Websites to the Start Screen
    6. Browsing the Web Using the InPrivate Mode
    7. Downloading Files from the Internet
    8. Setting the Default Internet Explorer Version
    9. Key Points
  11. 6. Using SkyDrive
    1. Using SkyDrive
    2. Browsing SkyDrive from the SkyDrive App
    3. Uploading a File with the SkyDrive App
    4. Downloading a File with the SkyDrive App
    5. Accessing SkyDrive from a Web Browser
    6. Synchronizing Your Windows 8 Settings
    7. Key Points
  12. 7. Using the Social Apps
    1. Using the Mail App
    2. Adding a Hotmail Account to the Mail App
    3. Sending an Email with a SkyDrive Attachment
    4. Using the People App
    5. Connecting to Your Facebook Account Using the People App
    6. Adding a New Contact to the People App
    7. Using the Calendar App
    8. Adding an Event to Your Calendar
    9. Using the Messaging App
    10. Starting a Conversation with the Messaging App
    11. Using the Camera App
    12. Key Points
  13. 8. Shopping in the Windows Store
    1. Exploring the Landing Page
    2. Browsing the Store by Category and Top Free
    3. Searching the Store
    4. Exploring an App’s Listing Page
    5. Obtaining and Installing an App
    6. Using Apps
    7. Updating Apps
    8. Reacquiring Apps
    9. Write a Review
    10. Understanding Subscriptions and In-App Purchases
    11. Key Points
  14. 9. Having Fun with Multimedia
    1. Exploring the Windows Media Player Interface
    2. Ripping Your CD Collection
    3. Creating and Burning Playlists
    4. Sharing Media with a Network
    5. Obtaining Windows Media Center
    6. Learn About Windows Media Center Features
    7. Key Points
  15. 10. Playing Games
    1. What’s Required for Playing Games
    2. Where to Find Games
    3. Calculating Your Windows Experience Index
    4. Connecting Windows 8 to Your Xbox
    5. Key Points
  16. 11. Connecting to a Network and the Internet
    1. Understanding the Jargon: Router, ISP, Network Adapter, and Other Terminology
    2. Using the Networking and Sharing Center
    3. Connecting to a Wireless Network
    4. Connecting to a Hidden Wireless Network
    5. Connecting to the Internet through a Mobile Modem
    6. Changing the Network Profile of a Network
    7. Key Points
  17. 12. Allowing Others to Use the Computer
    1. What Is a User Account and How Many Do I Need?
    2. Introducing the Microsoft Account (Windows Live ID)
    3. Accessing the User Accounts Settings
    4. Adding a New User Account
    5. Switching between User Accounts
    6. Changing the Password for Your User Account
    7. Creating a Picture Password for Your User Account
    8. Creating a PIN for Your User Account
    9. Changing a User Account Picture
    10. Changing a User Account Name
    11. Changing a User Account Type
    12. Deleting a User Account
    13. Key Points
  18. 13. Sharing Files and Folders with My Network
    1. Understanding the Default Network Sharing Settings
    2. Setting Up a Homegroup
    3. Joining a Homegroup
    4. Finding Your Homegroup Password
    5. Changing the Password of a Homegroup
    6. Accessing Homegroup Computers and Devices
    7. Leaving a Homegroup
    8. Using the Sharing Wizard to Share with the Homegroup
    9. Using the Sharing Wizard to Share with Specific People
    10. Sharing a Printer with Computers on Your Network
    11. Sharing a Printer with Your Homegroup
    12. Enabling the Sharing Wizard
    13. Key Points
  19. 14. Keeping Windows 8 Safe and Secure
    1. Understanding the User Account Control (UAC)
    2. Changing the UAC Level
    3. Using the Windows Firewall
    4. Turning Windows Firewall Off or On
    5. Customizing the List of Allowed Programs
    6. Adding New Apps to the Allowed List
    7. Removing Apps from the Allowed List
    8. Restoring the Windows Firewall Default Settings
    9. Using Windows Defender
    10. Removing Quarantined Files
      1. Don’t Ignore the Warnings and Recommendations from SmartScreen Filter
    11. Improving Your Password Habits
    12. Reasons to Consider Commercial Security Solutions
    13. Key Points
  20. 15. Preventing Problems
    1. Keeping Your System Up to Date with Windows Update
    2. Checking for and Installing Available Updates
    3. Using File History in Windows 8
    4. Turning On File History
    5. Restoring Files with File History
    6. Using System Restore
    7. Launching System Restore
    8. Restoring to a Previous State with System Restore
    9. Using the Action Center
    10. Configuring the Messages Action Center Shows
    11. Key Points
  21. 16. Supervising a Child’s Computer Use
    1. Turning on Family Safety
    2. Setting Time Limits and Application Restrictions
    3. Setting Restrictions for Games and Windows Store Apps
    4. Setting Restrictions for Websites and Downloads
    5. Understanding Messages Family Safety Shows
    6. Managing Family Safety Settings and Viewing Activity Reports
    7. Key Points
  22. 17. Making My Computer Accessible
    1. Accessing the Ease of Access Center
    2. Letting Windows Suggest Ease of Access Settings
    3. Using the Magnifier
    4. Using Narrator
    5. Using the On-Screen Keyboard
    6. Set Up and Use Windows Speech Recognition
    7. Key Points
  23. 18. Using Windows 8 at Work
    1. Using the Windows Mobility Center
    2. Turning On Presentation Mode
    3. Using BitLocker to Encrypt Drives
    4. Encrypting the Operating System Drive with BitLocker
    5. Encrypting Removable Data Drives with BitLocker
    6. Accessing an Encrypted Removable Drive
    7. Decrypting a BitLocker-Protected Drive
    8. Key Points
  24. 19. Using Windows 8 on Touch-Compatible Devices
    1. Setting Up Touch Hardware
    2. Learning General Touch Gestures
    3. Using Multi-Touch Gestures
    4. Changing Touch-Input Settings
    5. Using the Math Input Panel
    6. Key Points
  25. 20. 20 Tips for Improving Your Windows 8 Computing Experience
    1. Adding Shut Down, Restart, Sign Out, and Other Shortcuts to the Start Screen
    2. Adding a Show Start Shortcut to the Desktop
    3. Adding a Control Panel Shortcut to the Start Screen
    4. Naming Groups of Shortcuts on the Start Screen
    5. Adding Clocks and Time Zones to the Windows Taskbar
    6. Adding the Recycle Bin to the Windows Taskbar
    7. Using the Hidden System Menu
    8. Logging On to Windows 8 Automatically, Without Entering Your Password Each Time
    9. Running an Application as Administrator
    10. Adding or Removing Windows Features
    11. Turning Off Notifications for Windows 8 Apps
    12. Defragmenting a Disk Drive Manually
    13. Freeing Up Disk Space with Disk Cleanup
    14. Changing the Location of the Downloads Folder and Other User Folders
    15. Burning a Disc with File Explorer
    16. Accessing SkyDrive from the Desktop and File Explorer
    17. Using Shortened URLs When You Want to Share Files from SkyDrive
    18. Five Ways to Launch Task Manager in Windows 8
    19. Optimizing Startup Items with Task Manager
    20. Changing the Defaults for Programs, File Extensions, and AutoPlay Dialog Boxes
    21. Key Points
  26. 21. Troubleshooting Problems
    1. Resolve Most Problems with Common Solutions
    2. Letting Windows Fix Problems for You
    3. Using Help and Support
    4. Asking for Remote Assistance
    5. Exploring Advanced Troubleshooting Tools
    6. Refreshing Your PC
    7. Resetting Your PC
    8. Key Points
  27. A. Using Keyboard Shortcuts and Touch Gestures in Windows 8
    1. Learning Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 8
    2. Exploring Touch Keyboard Shortcuts
    3. Using Touch Gestures in Windows 8
    4. Key Points
  28. B. Enhancements for Using Multiple Displays in Windows 8
    1. Using Windows 8 with a Dual-Monitor Setup
    2. Key Points
  29. C. Installing and Upgrading to Windows 8
    1. Installing Windows 8
    2. Dual-booting Windows 8 and Other Windows Versions
    3. Upgrading to Windows 8
    4. Key Points
  30. D. Moving Your Data and Settings to Windows 8
    1. Transferring Your Data to Windows 8 with Windows Easy Transfer
    2. Key Points
  31. Glossary
  32. Index
  33. About the Authors
  34. Copyright