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Windows 8: Visual Quickstart Guide

Book Description

With Windows 8, Microsoft reimagines its popular OS for a connected and mobile world.  In the Windows 8: Visual QuickStart Guide, author Barrie Sosinsky shows you how to work with live tiles, navigate the Windows 8 touch interface, and take advantage of the cloud-connected Calendar, People, Mail, and Messages apps. You'll learn about:

  • The Charms bar

  • Using the Desktop

  • The new Windows Search functionality.

  • How to add a printer and print from the Start screen.

  • Internet Explorer 10

  • Windows Explorer

  • Working with Settings in the new touch interface

  • How to synchronize settings and back up to the Cloud

  • The New Task Manager

  • The Windows Store

And more.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Table of Contents
  6. Introduction
    1. Is This Book for You?
    2. What This Book Will Teach You
    3. What’s Not in This Book
    4. How This Book Works
    5. Conventions Used in This Book
  7. 1. Getting Started
    1. Windows 8 Versions
    2. Features by Version
    3. System Requirements
    4. Installing Windows 8
    5. Upgrading to Windows 8
    6. Sleep, Shut Down, and Restart
    7. Getting Help
    8. Putting It All Together
  8. 2. The Start Screen
    1. The Lock Screen
    2. Sign In
    3. Passwords, Picture Passwords, and PINs
    4. Start Screen
    5. Tiles
    6. Tile Groups
    7. Live Tiles
    8. Putting It All Together
  9. 3. Touch and Gestures
    1. Touch Navigation
    2. Corner Hotspots
    3. Edge Gestures
    4. Touch Keyboards
    5. Touch Mice
    6. Putting It All Together
  10. 4. The Classic Interface
    1. Start Me Up
    2. Desktop Elements
    3. The Taskbar
    4. Notifications
    5. Desktop Operations
    6. Personalization
    7. Windowing
    8. Putting It All Together
  11. 5. Settings and Customization
    1. Control Panels
    2. Settings
    3. Windows Features
    4. Modifying Startup Programs and Services
    5. The Registry
    6. Policies
    7. Putting It All Together
  12. 6. Applications
    1. Launching an Application
    2. Program Shortcuts and Compatibility
    3. Installing or Removing a Program
    4. Switching Apps
    5. The Run Dialog Box
    6. Snapping
    7. Closing a Program
    8. Putting It All Together
  13. 7. Windows 8 Tile-Based Apps
    1. People
    2. Cloud Service Connections
    3. Calendar
    4. Mail and Messaging
    5. Photos
    6. Music
    7. Video
    8. Reader
    9. Maps
    10. Putting It All Together
  14. 8. Managing Content
    1. Media Types
    2. The Picker
    3. Libraries
    4. Homegroups
    5. Search
    6. Jump Lists
    7. Sharing Content
    8. Putting It All Together
  15. 9. Printers and Devices
    1. Desktop Printer and Device Installation
    2. Desktop Printing
    3. Start Screen Device Management
    4. Printing in Modern Apps
    5. Device Manager
    6. Windows Update
    7. Putting It All Together
  16. 10. Windows 8 Explorer
    1. The Explorer Interface
    2. The File System
    3. Moving Around
    4. Working with Files
    5. Properties
    6. Searches
    7. Putting It All Together
  17. 11. Diagnosis and Recovery
    1. Task Manager
    2. The Processes Tab
    3. The Performance and App History Tabs
    4. The Startup, Users, Details, and Services Tabs
    5. Refresh and Reset
    6. Windows Recovery Environment
    7. System Images
    8. Putting It All Together
  18. 12. Disks and Storage Devices
    1. Simple Volumes
    2. Dynamic Disks
    3. Drive Properties and Tools
    4. Disk Cleanup and Check Disk
    5. Defragment and Optimize Drives
    6. Solid-State Drives
    7. Storage Spaces
    8. Optical Discs
    9. USB Flash Drives
    10. Putting It All Together
  19. 13. Networking
    1. Network and Sharing Center
    2. Network Connections
    3. Set Up a Connection or Network
    4. The Network Folder
    5. Wireless Connections
    6. Sharing Settings
    7. Bluetooth
    8. Putting It All Together
  20. 14. Internet Explorer 10
    1. Tile-based IE10
    2. Working with Content
    3. Working with Tabs
    4. The Address Bar
    5. Tiles and Pinning
    6. Page Tools
    7. Settings
    8. Desktop IE10
    9. Options and Tools
    10. Putting It All Together
  21. 15. Mobile Computing
    1. Windows Phone 8 Features
    2. Windows Mobility Center
    3. Data Synchronization
    4. Smart Network Switching
    5. Managing Power Consumption
    6. Putting It All Together
  22. 16. Security
    1. Safe Computing
    2. Windows Firewall
    3. Windows Defender
    4. Action Center
    5. BitLocker Drive Encryption
    6. Encrypting File System
    7. Securing Internet Explorer
    8. Putting It All Together
  23. 17. Cloud Connections
    1. Windows Store
    2. Microsoft Account
    3. Windows Live
    4. Windows Essentials
    5. SkyDrive
    6. Office 2013
    7. Putting It All Together
  24. Index
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