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Table of Contents

Introduction xvii 1 Getting Started with Windows 8 1

Introducing Windows 8 2 New!

Starting Windows 8 3 New!

Using the Mouse or Gestures 4 New!

Exploring the Start Screen 6 New!

Using the Start Bar 8 New!

Using the Charm Bar 9 New!

Working with the Desktop 10 New!

Using the Desktop Taskbar 12 New!

Managing Desktop Windows 14

Using Tabs, Menus, and Toolbars 16

Choosing Dialog Box Options 17

Using Windows Help and Support 18 New!

Switching Users 20 New!

Powering Down 22

2 Working with Windows Metro Apps 23

Displaying All Your Apps 24 New!

Searching for Apps 26 New!

Using Different Apps 28 New!

Starting and Closing Apps 29 New!

Using the Apps Bar 30 New!

Changing Apps Settings 31 New!

Working with Multiple Apps 32 New!

Working with Apps Side by Side 33 New!

Sharing Between Apps 34 New!

Installing Apps from the Store 36 New!

Updating Apps 38 New!

Uninstalling Apps 39 New!

Customizing Apps on the Start Screen 40 New!

Grouping Apps on the Start Screen 42 New!

Setting Notification Options for Apps 44 New!

Setting Search Options for Apps 45 New!

Setting Privacy Options for Apps 46 New! 3 Managing Files and Folders in the Desktop 47

Using the Explorer Window 48 New!

Changing the Explorer Window View 49 New!

Using the Ribbon 50 New!

Choosing Commands 51 New!

Opening and Viewing the Computer 52

Viewing and Opening Documents 54

Working with Libraries 56

Working with Personal Folders 58

Navigating Between Folders 59

Viewing the Folders List 60

Changing the Explorer Layout 61

Customizing the Navigation Pane 62

Organizing Files by Headings 63

Sorting and Grouping Files 64

Searching for Files and Folders 66

Saving a Search 68

Changing Search Options 69

Modifying the Index to Improve Searches 70

Adding Properties and Tags to Files 72

Creating and Renaming Files and Folders 74

Copying and Moving Files and Folders 76

Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders 78

Changing File and Folder List Views 80

Hiding Files and Folders 81

Changing Folder Options 82

Customizing Library Folders 84

Customizing Personal Folders 85

Sharing Folders or Files with Others 86

Compressing Files and Folders 88

Managing Files Using a CD or DVD 90

Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder 92

4 Exploring the Internet 93

Starting and Viewing the Internet Explorer App 94 New!

Viewing the Internet Explorer App Window 95 New!

Navigating the Web with the IE App 96 New!

Navigating Using Tabs with the IE App 98 New!

Finding Information with the IE Apps 100 New!

Changing Internet Explorer App Settings 102 New!

Starting Internet Explorer from the Desktop 103 New!

Viewing the Internet Explorer Window 104

Changing Your Home Page 105

Browsing the Web 106

Browsing with Tabs 108

Navigating Basics 110

Browsing Privately 111

Using Compatibility View 112

Zooming the View In and Out 113

Using and Managing Accelerators 114

Getting Suggestions for Web Sites 115

Adding a Web Page to the Favorites List 116

Viewing and Maintaining a History List 118

Reading and Subscribing to Feeds 120

Searching the Web 122

Previewing and Printing a Web Page 124

Saving Pictures or Text from a Web Page 126

Saving a Web Page 128

Sending a Page or Link by Mail 129

Downloading Files from the Web 130

Connecting to the Internet 132

Creating an Internet Connection 133

Setting Up Windows Firewall 134

5 Working with Contacts and Calendars 135

Starting the People App 136 New!

Viewing the People App Window 137 New!

Adding Contacts from Online Accounts 138 New!

Viewing Contacts 140 New!

Sorting or Filtering Contacts 142 New!

Creating Favorite Contacts 143 New!

Adding or Editing Contacts 144 New!

Deleting Contacts 146 New!

Linking Contacts 147 New!

Starting the Calendar App 148 New!

Changing the Calendar View 149 New!

Scheduling Events 150 New!

Scheduling Recurring Events 152 New!

Scheduling Events with a Reminder 153 New!

Editing or Deleting Events 154 New!

Changing Calendar Options 156 New! 6 Exchanging Mail 157

Starting the Mail App 158 New!

Viewing the Mail App Window 159 New!

Adding Mail Accounts 160 New!

Modifying Account Settings 162 New!

Composing and Sending Email 164 New!

Formatting Email Messages 166 New!

Creating Email Signatures 167 New!

Reading and Replying to Email 168 New!

Sending and Retrieving a File 170 New!

Managing Email 172 New!

Deleting Email 174 New!

Searching for Email 175 New!

Using Windows Live Essentials 176

7 Exchanging Instant Messages 177

Starting the Messaging App 178 New!

Viewing the Messaging App Window 179 New!

Adding Messaging Accounts 180 New!

Modifying Account Settings 182 New!

Changing Messaging Options 184 New!

Changing My Status 185 New!

Sending and Receiving Instant Messages 186 New!

Inviting Others to Instant Messages 188 New!

Adding Emoticons to Instant Messages 190 New!

Deleting Instant Messages 191 New! 8 Working with Photos and Pictures 193

Starting and Viewing the Photos Apps 194 New!

Changing Photos App Options 196 New!

Changing Online Account Options 197 New!

Navigating in the Photos App 198 New!

Importing Photos 200 New!

Deleting Photos 201 New!

Displaying a Slide Show 202 New!

Setting a Photo as the Lock Screen or Background 203 New!

Drawing a Picture 204

Editing a Picture 206

Viewing Pictures 208

Formatting and Printing Photos 210

Ordering Photo Prints from the Web 211

Emailing a Picture 212

Installing a Digital Camera or Scanner 213

Downloading Digital Camera Pictures 214

Using Pictures as a Screen Saver 216

Using a Picture as a Desktop Background 217

Understanding File Formats 218

9 Working with Windows Media 219

Starting and Updating Windows Media Player 220

Viewing the Media Player Window 221

Playing Music from CDs 222

Playing a DVD or VCD Movie 223

Controlling the Volume 224 New!

Playing Media Files 226

Playing Media Using a Playlist 228

Ripping CD Music 230

Copying Media Files to a CD or Portable Device 232

Streaming Media 234

Enhancing the Media Player Display 236

Viewing and Playing Music Files 237

Creating a Sound File 238

Associating a Sound with an Event 239

Starting and Navigating Windows Media Center 240

Changing Windows Media Center Settings 241

Finding and Viewing Windows Media Center Files 242

10 Working with Online Media 243

Searching the Web with Bing 244 New!

Getting News Information 246 New!

Getting Financial Updates 248 New!

Getting Travel Information 249 New!

Getting the Latest Sports News 250 New!

Getting the Latest Weather 252 New!

Viewing Maps and Directions 254 New!

Managing Files with SkyDrive 256 New!

Sharing File with SkyDrive 258 New!

Capturing a Photo or Video 260 New!

Watching Videos 262 New!

Listening to Music 263 New!

Playing Games 264 New!

Using Devices with Apps 266 New! 11 Working with Windows Accessories 267

Starting and Exiting for Windows Accessories 268 New!

Changing the Way Programs Start 270

Using Windows Accessories 271

Creating a Document 272

Editing Text 274

Formatting Text 276

Setting Paragraph Tabs 277

Setting Paragraph Indents 278

Previewing and Printing a Document 279

Saving and Closing a Document 280

Sharing Information Among Programs 281

Inserting and Editing Information 282

Linking and Updating Information 284

Inserting Special Characters 286

Calculating Numbers 287

Running Commands 288

Snipping the Screen 290 New!

Recording Steps 291

Creating Sticky Notes 292

Handwriting Journal Entries 293

Using the Math Input Panel 294

Running Older Programs 295

Quitting a Program Not Responding 296 New! 12 Customizing Windows 297

Viewing Windows Settings 298 New!

Personalizing the Lock Screen 299 New!

Personalizing the Start Screen 300 New!

Syncing Options on Other Devices 301 New!

Changing General Settings 302 New!

Viewing the Control Panel 304

Changing the Desktop Background 305

Customizing the Desktop 306

Using a Screen Saver 308

Changing the Display 309

Using Multiple Monitors 310 New!

Changing the Text Size on the Screen 311

Changing the Desktop Appearance 312 New!

Setting the Date and Time 314

Changing Language Options 316

Changing Regional Options 318

Working with Fonts 319

Displaying and Arranging Toolbars 320

Customizing the Taskbar 322

Setting Default Programs 324

Changing the Way a Disc or Device Starts 326

Using Ease of Access Tools 327

Using the Ease of Access Center 328

Listening to Your System 330 New!

Recognizing Your Speech 332

Setting Ease of Access Options 334 New! 13 Setting Up User Accounts and Maintaining Security 335

Exploring Windows Security 336 New!

Changing User Account Settings 338 New!

Adding User Accounts 340 New!

Deleting User Accounts 342

Creating a Guest Account 344

Changing a User Account Type 345

Changing the Start Up Screen 346

Changing an Account Picture 347 New!

Changing a Password 348 New!

Resetting a Password 350 New!

Locking the Screen 351 New!

Managing Security in One Place 352

Defending Against Malicious Software 354 New!

Setting Family Safety Controls 356 New!

Encrypting Files for Safety 358

Encrypting Files Using BitLocker 359

Avoiding Viruses and Other Harmful Attacks 360

Understanding Security on the Internet 362

Creating Security Zones 364

Cleaning Up Internet Files and Information 366

Protecting Internet Privacy 367

Protecting an Internet Identity 368

Blocking Pop-Up Ads 369

Protecting Against Phishing 370

Blocking Content with InPrivate Filtering 372

Blocking Content with Tracking Protection 373

Managing Add-Ons 374

14 Managing Files Using a Network 375

Understanding Network Services 376

Viewing a Network 378

Viewing the Network and Sharing Center 380

Viewing Network Connections 381

Viewing Network Properties 382

Viewing Network Connection Properties 383

Joining a WorkGroup Network 384

Joining a Domain Network 386

Connecting to a Network Using a Modem 388

Connecting to a Network over the Internet 390

Connecting to a Wireless Network 392

Setting Up a Wireless Network 394

Disabling or Enabling a Wireless Network 395 New!

Managing a Wireless Connection 396

Disconnecting a Network 398

Mapping and Disconnecting a Network Drive 399

Creating a Shortcut to a Network 400

Sharing an Internet Connection 402

Setting Network Sharing Options 403

Setting HomeGroup Sharing Options 404 New!

Sharing with a HomeGroup 406

Keeping Files in Sync 408

Working with Offline Files 410

Controlling a Remote Desktop 412

Changing a Dial-Up Connection 414

15 Printing and Faxing 415

Understanding Printers 416

Viewing Printers 417 New!

Installing a Printer 418

Specifying a Default Printer 420

Renaming or Deleting a Printer 421

Sharing a Printer 422

Printing Documents 423 New!

Managing Printers and Print Jobs 424

Changing Printer Properties 426

Changing Printer Preferences 427

Creating an XPS Document 428 New!

Understanding Faxes 429

Setting Up a Fax 430

Creating a Fax Cover Page 432

Sending a Fax 434

Managing Outgoing Faxes 436

Receiving a Fax 438

Reviewing a Fax 439

Changing Fax Properties 440

16 Maintaining Your Computer 441

Understanding Disk File Systems 442

Formatting a Disk 444

Displaying Disk and Folder Information 446

Setting Disk Quotas for Users 447

Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors 448

Encrypting a Disk 449

Optimizing a Disk 450

Cleaning Up a Disk 451

Boosting Speed with a Removable Disk 452

Adding or Removing Windows Components 453

Installing and Uninstalling a Program 454

Updating Windows 456 New!

Keeping a File History 458 New!

Creating a System Repair Disc 460

Creating a System Image 461

Performing a Backup 462

Changing Backup Settings 464

Restoring Backup Files 465

Restoring System Settings 466

Setting Startup and Recovery Options 468

Starting Windows When Problems Occur 469

Improving Performance 470

17 Managing Hardware 471

Understanding Plug and Play Hardware 472

Viewing Hardware Devices 474 New!

Installing Hardware Devices 476

Viewing System Hardware Settings 477

Changing Windows Update Driver Settings 478

Changing Keyboard Settings 479

Changing Mouse Settings 480

Changing Phone Dialing Options 482

Changing Modem Options 483

Managing Storage Spaces 484 New!

Managing Color 485

Using the Windows Mobility Center 486

Adding a Secondary Monitor 487

Controlling Power Options 488

Removing Hardware Devices 490

Removing Plug and Play Hardware 491

Troubleshooting Problems 492

18 Administering Your Computer 493

Exploring Windows Administrative Tools 494 New!

Scheduling Tasks 496

Monitoring Activity with Event Viewer 497

Managing an Event Log 498

Managing All Printers 500

Checking Memory for Problems 501

Viewing and Creating Performance Charts 502 New!

Monitoring Local Security Settings 504

Viewing Computer Management Tools 506

Managing Disks 507

Managing Local Users and Groups 508

Viewing and Saving System Information 509

Setting System Configuration Options 510

A Appendix: Installing Windows 8 511

Preparing to Install Windows 8 512 New!

Installing Windows 8 514

Updating to a Windows 8 Service Pack 516 New!

Reinstalling Windows 8 518 New!

Using Windows To Go 519 New!

Transferring Files and Settings from Another PC 520

Adding Features to Windows 8 522 New! New Features 523 New! Index 529

About the Author

Steve Johnson has written more than 60 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, Adobe InDesign CS6, Adobe Illustrator CS6, Adobe Flash CS5, Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and 2007, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple OS X Mountain Lion. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Pleasanton, California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.

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