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Windows® 8.1 on Demand

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Inside the Book

  • Master the Windows 8.1 user experience

  • Manage files and information with the Desktop and Windows apps

  • Share files and media on a SkyDrive, HomeGroup, or network

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

  • Use Windows apps to get news, finance, sports, travel, weather, food, and health from Bing

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

  • Get more apps using the Windows Store

  • Protect your device from Internet or network intruders

  • Set multiple users and parent controls

  • Customize, fine-tune, and administer Windows 8.1

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    Table of Contents

    1. About This eBook
    2. Title Page
    3. Copyright Page
    4. Acknowledgments
      1. Perspection, Inc.
      2. Acknowledgments
      3. About the Author
      4. We Want to Hear from You!
    5. Contents
    6. 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
      8. Transition Helpers
      9. Productivity Tools
      10. More Content
    7. 1. Getting Started with Windows 8.1
      1. Introduction
      2. Introducing Windows 8.1
      3. Starting Windows 8.1
      4. Using the Mouse or Gestures
      5. Exploring the Start Screen
      6. Using the Start Bar
      7. Using the Charms 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
    8. 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 App 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
    9. 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 This PC
      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
    10. 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. Searching the Web with the IE App & Bing
      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
    11. 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
    12. 6. Exchanging Mail
      1. Introduction
      2. Starting the Mail App
      3. Getting Around the Mail 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. Removing Unwanted Email
      13. Searching for Email
      14. Using Windows Live Essentials
    13. 7. Exchanging Calls and Instant Messages
      1. Introduction
      2. Starting the Skype App
      3. Viewing the Skype App Window
      4. Modifying Skype Profile Settings
      5. Changing Skype Options
      6. Adding Skype Contacts
      7. Making Phone Calls
      8. Sending and Receiving Instant Messages
      9. Working with Contacts
    14. 8. Working with Photos and Pictures
      1. Introduction
      2. Starting and Viewing the Photos App
      3. Navigating in the Photos App
      4. Importing Photos
      5. Deleting Photos
      6. Editing Photos
      7. Displaying a Slide Show
      8. Setting a Photo as the Lock or Start Screen Tile
      9. Drawing a Picture
      10. Editing a Picture
      11. Viewing Pictures
      12. Formatting and Printing Photos
      13. Ordering Photo Prints from the Web
      14. Emailing a Picture
      15. Installing a Digital Camera or Scanner
      16. Downloading Digital Camera Pictures
      17. Using Pictures as a Screen Saver
      18. Using a Picture as a Desktop Background
      19. Understanding Picture File Formats
    15. 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. Recording a Sound File
      15. Associating a Sound with an Event
      16. Starting and Navigating Windows Media Center
      17. Changing Windows Media Center Settings
    16. 10. Working with Online Media
      1. Introduction
      2. Getting News Information
      3. Getting Financial Updates
      4. Getting Travel Information
      5. Getting the Latest Sports News
      6. Getting the Latest Weather
      7. Getting Food & Drink Information
      8. Getting Health & Fitness Information
      9. Viewing Maps and Directions
      10. Creating Reading Lists
      11. Reading Documents
      12. Managing Files with SkyDrive
      13. Sharing Files with SkyDrive
      14. Changing SkyDrive Settings
      15. Setting Alarms
      16. Capturing a Photo or Video
      17. Watching Videos
      18. Playing Games
      19. Listening to Music
      20. Using Devices with Apps
    17. 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. Inserting Special Characters
      13. Inserting and Editing Information
      14. Linking and Updating Information
      15. Calculating Numbers
      16. Running Commands
      17. Snipping the Screen
      18. Recording Steps
      19. Creating Sticky Notes
      20. Handwriting Journal Entries
      21. Using the Math Input Panel
      22. Running Older Programs
      23. Quitting a Program Not Responding
    18. 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. Changing the Desktop Appearance
      10. Starting with the Desktop
      11. Customizing the Desktop
      12. Using a Screen Saver
      13. Changing Text Size on the Screen
      14. Changing the Screen Display
      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
    19. 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 Tracking Protection
      27. Managing Add-Ons
      28. Protecting Privacy with IE App
    20. 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. Syncing Files at a Workplace Network
      27. Connecting Devices to a Workplace Network
    21. 15. Printing, Faxing, and Scanning
      1. Introduction
      2. Understanding Printers
      3. Viewing Printers
      4. Installing a Printer
      5. Specifying a Default Printer
      6. Renaming or Deleting a Printer
      7. Printing Documents
      8. Managing Printers and Print Jobs
      9. Changing Printer Properties
      10. Changing Printer Preferences
      11. Sharing a Printer
      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. Scanning a Document
    22. 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. Updating and Refreshing Windows
      15. Keeping a File History
      16. Restoring a File History
      17. Creating a System Image
      18. Restoring System Settings
      19. Creating a System Recovery Drive
      20. Setting Startup and Recovery Options
      21. Starting Windows When Problems Occur
    23. 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 and Modem Options
      10. Managing Storage Spaces
      11. Managing Color
      12. Using the Windows Mobility Center
      13. Adding a Secondary Monitor
      14. Controlling Power Options
      15. Removing Hardware Devices
      16. Removing Plug and Play Hardware
      17. Troubleshooting Problems
    24. 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
    25. Appendix: Installing Windows 8.1
      1. Introduction
      2. Preparing to Install Windows 8.1
      3. Installing Windows 8.1
      4. Updating Windows 8.1
      5. Reinstalling Windows 8.1
      6. Using Windows To Go
      7. Transferring Files and Settings from Another PC
      8. Getting Help+Tips for Windows 8.1
    26. New! Features
      1. Microsoft Windows 8.1
      2. Only New Features
      3. What’s New
      4. Windows 8.1
      5. What Happen To ...
    27. Index