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Windows 8 For Seniors For Dummies

ISBN: 978-1-118-12028-6
384 pages
October 2012
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Help seniors get started with Windows 8 with this easy-to-understand guide!

In easy-to-follow steps, this fun and friendly guide shows you clearly how to use Windows 8. Featuring a large font that makes the book easier to read and magnified screen shots to help make the subject matter less intimidating, author Mark Justice Hinton walks you through the basics of Windows 8, so you can make the switch without a hitch.

  • Explains Windows 8 with easy-to-follow steps and tips for senior readers
  • Covers how to use the Internet, send and receive e-mail, upload and download photos, view video, listen to music, play games, use a webcam, and more
  • Uses a senior-friendly larger font for text and includes more than 150 enlarged screen shots
  • Discusses topics important to senior readers, including keeping data and personal information safe and secure

Get started using the exciting features of Windows 8 today, with Windows 8 For Seniors For Dummies.

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Introduction 1

About This Book 2

Conventions Used in This Book 2

What You’re Not to Read 3

Foolish Assumptions 4

How This Book Is Organized 4

Where to Go from Here 5

Part I: Getting to Know Windows 8  7

Chapter 1: Getting in Touch with Windows 8 9

Tell Your Computer What to Do 10

Move the Mouse 11

Touch the Screen 12

Use a Keyboard 13

View the Virtual Keyboard 15

Turn On Your Computer 19

Check Out the Start Screen 25

Shut Down Your Computer 27

Start Again on the Lock Screen 29

Chapter 2: Using the Start Screen and Apps 31

Open the Weather and Travel Apps 33

Switch between Weather and Travel 37

Use the App Switcher 38

Snap Two Apps to Display Both 40

Close the Weather and Travel Apps 44

Use the App Bar 46

Add a Location in Weather 48

Change App Settings 55

Search for the Calculator Desktop App 58

Display All Windows 8 Apps 61

Arrange Apps on the Start Screen 64

Chapter 3: Adjusting Windows 8 PC Settings 71

Access PC Settings 72

Personalize the Lock Screen 74

Change the Start Screen Background 76

Choose an Account Picture 78

Make Windows 8 Easier to Use 80

Check for Important Updates 87

Chapter 4: Working with User Accounts 91

Connect to the Internet  92

Create a New E-Mail Address for a Microsoft Account 100

Use an Existing E-Mail Address for a Microsoft Account 107

Add a New User 109

Create a Password 113

Change or Remove Your Password 114

Create a Picture Password 116

Change or Remove Your Picture Password 119

Create a PIN 120

Change or Remove Your PIN 121

Delete a User Account 122

Chapter 5: Getting Comfortable with the Desktop 125

Check Out the Desktop 126

Change the Date or Time  128

Explore the Parts of a Window 130

Resize a Window 133

Arrange Some Windows 135

Snap a Window 137

Choose a Desktop Background 140

Pin Icons to the Taskbar 143

Stop Apps with the Task Manager 145

Part II: Windows 8 and the Web  149

Chapter 6: Finding What You Need on the Web  151

Browse the Web with Microsoft Internet Explorer 152

Open Multiple Pages in Separate Tabs 157

Search for Anything 160

Work with the Reader App  163

Change Microsoft Internet Explorer Settings  166

Use Internet Explorer on the Desktop  168

Chapter 7: E-Mailing Family and Friends 173

Use the Mail App 174

Write an E-Mail Message 176

Format E-Mail 178

Read and Respond to Incoming E-Mail 181

Send E-Mail from Other Apps 184

Change Mail Settings 186

Add an E-Mail Account to Mail 189

Chapter 8: Staying in Touch with People 191

Explore the Social Networks 192

Add Contacts to the People App 193

Connect to Social Networks 197

Catch Up with People 200

Use the Messaging App to Chat 204

Add a Birthday or Anniversary to the Calendar  206

Tweak PC Settings for Social Apps 210

Part III: Having Fun with Windows 8  213

Chapter 9: Installing Apps from the Microsoft Store 215

Stroll through the Microsoft Store 216

Explore Available Apps by Category 220

Search for an App by Name 222

Install a New App 224

Examine Your Apps 229

Update Installed Apps  231

Rate and Review an App 233

Uninstall an App 235

Add Billing Information to Microsoft Store 237

Chapter 10: Taking Photos and More 241

Take Photos with Your Computer  242

Copy Photos from Your Camera  245

View Photos 249

Share Photos by E-Mail 253

Print Photos Using the Photo App 255

Edit Photos Using Paint 257

Chapter 11: Enjoying Music and Videos 261

Play and Copy Music from a CD 262

Listen to the Music App 266

Watch Videos 272

Part IV: Beyond the Basics 277

Chapter 12: Maintaining Windows 8 279

Explore System Information on the Desktop 280

Check the Action Center 283

Install Optional Updates 287

Get Updates for Other Microsoft Programs 290

Install a New Program on the Desktop 291

Remove Desktop Programs 294

Chapter 13: Connecting a Printer and Other Devices 299

Trust USB Plug and Play for Hardware 300

See All Devices 302

Connect a Printer or Other Device 304

Access Device Options on the Desktop 305

Calibrate Your Touchscreen 308

Add a Second Screen for Twice the Fun 310

Chapter 14: Organizing Your Documents 315

Find a Misplaced File 316

Use Libraries for Easy Access to Files 319

Create or Join a Homegroup  322

Browse for a Network 324

Create a Folder to Organize Your Files 326

Add a Location to Favorites 328

Use Check Boxes to Select Files 329

Add the Undo Button to File Explorer 331

Move a File from One Folder to Another 332

Rename a File or a Folder 334

Delete a File or Folder 335

Get Back a File or Folder You Deleted 336

Chapter 15: Backing Up and Restoring Files 339

Add an External Hard Drive or Flash Drive 341

Copy Files to or from a Flash Drive 343

Turn On File History 347

Restore Files with File History 350

Refresh a Misbehaving Computer 353

Reset for a Clean Start 355

Index 359

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Mark Justice Hinton maintains a tech-help blog at www.mjhinton.com/help. His expertise ranges from Windows to photography to HTML, and he teaches classes on a variety of technology topics. Mark is also the author of Windows 7 For Seniors For Dummies.

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