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My Windows 8.1

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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1 First Look at Windows 8.1 Introducing Windows 8.1 A First Look! Touring the Start Screen Using Touch in Windows 8.1 Using Single Tap Swiping Left Swiping Right Swiping Up and Down Using Pinch Zoom Getting Around with the Mouse and Keyboard Using the Mouse Hands-Free Mode Using the (Real) Keyboard Using a Touch Keyboard Choosing a Keyboard Finding the Help You Need Using Windows 8.1 Help + Tips Get Help + Tips Displaying Windows Help and Support Printing Help Shutting Down or Putting Windows 8.1 to Sleep Goodnight, Windows 8.1 Shutting Down Windows 8 Chapter 2 Preparing Your PC and Setting Up Devices Adding Devices in Windows 8.1 Viewing Installed Devices Connecting a Device Removing a Device Troubleshooting Hardware Devices Connecting to Wireless Networks Connecting to an Available Network Managing Your PC Power Choosing a Power Management Plan Changing Power Settings Transferring Files Using Windows Easy Transfer Recovering Your Windows 8.1 Refreshing Your PC Chapter 3 Using and Tweaking the Start Screen Beginning with the Start Screen Viewing All Your Apps at Once Reordering Apps in Apps View Tweaking the Start Screen Showing More Tiles Checking Out the Charms Displaying the Charms Bar Choosing Your Charm Changing the Way Tiles Look and Behave Making Big Tiles Small (and Vice Versa) Turning Off Live Updates Choosing New App Tile Sizes Getting a Rest from Notifications Hiding Personal Information on Your Tiles Moving, Grouping, and Removing Apps Moving Apps on the Start Screen Creating an App Group Naming App Groups Removing an App from the Start Screen Searching in Windows 8.1 Finding Something Fast Searching and Finding with Bing Searching Within an App Chapter 4 Working with the Desktop Moving Between the Desktop and the Start Screen Displaying the Windows 8.1 Desktop Using the Windows 8.1 Start Button Launching to the Windows 8.1 Desktop Launching Windows 8.1 to the Desktop Getting Ready to Work with Programs Adding Shortcuts Launching File Explorer Tailoring the Taskbar Adding Apps to the Taskbar on the Desktop Pinning Apps from the Start Screen Using Jump Lists Working with Windows on the Windows Desktop Window Basics Moving a Window Resizing a Window Arranging Windows Chapter 5 Making It Your Windows 8.1 Personalizing Your Lock Screen Choosing a New Lock Screen Picture Adding a New Lock Screen Picture On-the-Fly Creating a Slide Show for the Lock Screen Changing Your Account Picture Adding Lock Screen Apps Adjusting the Look of Windows 8.1 Tweaking Start Contrast Makes the Heart Grow Fonder Magnifying Your Display Changing the Time Changing Your Windows 8.1 Desktop Selecting a New Desktop Background Chapter 6 Securing Your Computer Customizing Your Login Changing a Password Creating a Picture Password Creating a PIN Logon Working with the Action Center Reviewing Your System Status Changing Action Center Alerts Deciding What to Do with Unrecognized Apps Using Windows Defender Scanning Your PC with Windows Defender Turning on Your Windows Firewall Activating the Firewall Changing Firewall Settings Working with User Accounts Add a User Changing User Account Settings Switching Users Maintaining Your Privacy Setting Location Privacy Chapter 7 Diving In with Apps Getting Started with Apps Checking Out Your Apps Pinning Apps to the Start Menu Finding and Starting Apps Finding an App Locating an App Launching an App from the Start Screen Launching an App on the Desktop Working with Apps Exploring a Program "Window" Checking Out a Windows 8.1 App Moving Among Open Apps Closing Apps Closing Selected Apps Using the Task Manager Getting Apps from the Revamped Windows Store Introducing the Windows Store Searching for an App Installing an App Managing Your Apps Starting and Stopping an App from the Desktop Starting a Program from the Desktop Exiting the Program Repairing and Uninstalling Programs Repairing Installations Uninstalling Programs Uninstalling Apps Chapter 8 Organizing Files with File Explorer Getting Started with File Explorer Starting File Explorer Touring the File Explorer Screen Checking Out This PC Using the Ribbon Learning the Ribbon Layout Showing and Hiding the File Explorer Ribbon Managing Your Files and Folders Finding Files and Folders Selecting Files and Folders Viewing File Information Tagging Files Arranging Folder Display Copying, Moving, and Sharing Files and Folders Copying Files Solving Copy Conflicts Sharing Files Compressing and Extracting Your Files Chapter 9 Browsing with Internet Explorer 11 What's New in IE 11? Introducing Internet Explorer 11 Starting Internet Explorer A Look Around the Internet Explorer Window(s) Browsing and Searching the Web Using the Address Bar Navigating the Web Saving Your Favorites Adding a Favorite Using Navigation Tiles Searching for Information Searching in IE 11 from the Start Screen Searching in IE 11 Desktop Selecting Your Home Page Working with Tabs Using Tabs in IE 11 Displaying Tabs Side by Side Opening a New Tab in Desktop IE 11 Securing Your Browsing Experience Deleting Cookies Chapter 10 Connect and Communicate with Windows 8.1 Calling and Messaging with Skype Launching Skype Adding Skype Contacts Making a Call with Skype Answering a Call with Skype Sending Messages Getting Social with the People App Getting Started with the People App Connecting Your Social Media Accounts Viewing Status Updates Adding a New Contact Searching for a Contact Staying in Touch Through Email Adding an Email Account Checking Out the Mail Window Composing an Email Message Organizing Your Email Keeping Your Dates Straight with the Calendar App Checking Today's Appointments Adding a New Appointment Chapter 11 Media and More Organizing and Editing Your Photos Launching the Photos App Viewing Your Photos Adding a Photo Folder Organizing Photos Editing Photos Setting Photo Options Displaying a Slideshow Your Music, Your Way Getting Started with the Music App Playing Your Own Music Finding Music You Like Creating a Radio Station Finding and Watching Your Favorite Shows Exploring Video Don't Forget Your Favorite Shows Playing Games with Windows 8.1 Finding and Playing Your Favorite Games Buying a Game Chapter 12 Working in the Cloud Working with SkyDrive Launching SkyDrive Accessing Files in the Cloud Saving Files to SkyDrive Managing Files in SkyDrive Getting Started with a HomeGroup Setting Up a HomeGroup Joining a HomeGroup Using Your HomeGroup Viewing Your HomeGroup Accessing Files on Shared Computers Chapter 13 Feeding and Troubleshooting Your PC Getting Windows Updates Turning On Automatic Updates Choosing a Time for Automatic Updates Checking for Updates Manually Backing Up and Restoring Your Files Backing Up Your Files Restoring Files Optimizing Your Computer Optimizing Your Hard Disk Checking Windows Compatibility Using the Windows Compatibility Center Appendix Windows 8.1 App Gallery Exploring Your Apps Checking Out the Bing Apps Finance App Weather App Maps App News App Sports App Travel App The Windows Store Revisited Using App Categories Browsing Apps Getting App Info Reading App Reviews Installing Apps Viewing Your Apps Adding Your Own Review Purchasing an App 9780789752222 TOC 10/11/2013

About the Author

After writing about technology for more than 25 years, Katherine Murray believes there's never been a better time to be a tech enthusiast. She has seen personal computing change from big, slow, cryptic desktop-hogging machines to small, sleek smart devices we can tap our way through easily. She has worked with every version of Microsoft Windows there's been, loving some versions (such as Windows 7) and loathing others (remember Windows Vista?). But now with Windows 8.1, she feels Microsoft is in sync with the times, offering a fast, fluid, and secure option for connecting with others, enjoying media, saving to the cloud, and integrating our work across multiple devices. She started writing about technology 25 years ago and still enjoys it, specializing in Microsoft technologies and the fascinating ways in which we stay in touch with each other. In addition to writing books, she writes regularly for Windows Secrets magazine.

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