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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 8 Tablets

ISBN: 978-1-118-37485-6
336 pages
October 2012
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A visual guide to all the features of the new Windows 8 Tablet

This must-have resource features visually rich, step-by-step instructions that show you how to get the most enjoyment from your Windows 8 tablet. Learn about the exciting new Metro UI, optimized specifically for touch devices. The most popular and commonly used apps and functions are covered too, along with the basics of syncing with a network, setting up e-mail, watching videos, listening to music, and common productivity tasks. This book provides all the guidance needed to enjoy all the best the new Windows 8 tablets have to offer.

  • Includes information on Microsoft's Windows 8 and the new Metro UI in a clear and easy-to-navigate visual manner
  • Contains over 125 Windows tablet tasks, illustrated with full-color screenshots
  • Offers clear, step-by-step instructions
  • Consistent placement of information makes learning fast and efficient

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 8 Tablet offers concise, step-by-step instruction that's perfect for visual learners.

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Chapter 1 Getting Started with Windows 8

Start Windows 8  4

Explore the Windows 8 Start Screen  6

Display the Charms Menu  7

Get to Know the Windows 8 Apps  8

Understanding Gestures  10

Using Gestures to Control Windows 8  12

Input Text with the Touch Keyboard  14

Connect to a Wireless Network  16

Create a Microsoft Account  18

Work with Notifications  22

Put Windows 8 to Sleep  23

Restart Windows 8  24

Shut Down Windows 8  25

Chapter 2 Working with Apps

Explore the Windows Store  28

Install an App  30

Start an App  32

Understanding App Screens  34

Close an App  35

Switch between Apps  36

Update an App  38

Uninstall an App  40

Chapter 3 Customizing Windows 8

Configure the Start Screen  44

Pin an App to the Start Screen  46

Open the PC Settings App  48

Change the Start Screen Background  50

Change the Lock Screen Background  52

Add an App to the Lock Screen  54

Synchronize Settings between PCs  56

Access an App’s Features  58

Pin an App to the Taskbar  60

Adjust the Volume  62

Set the Time Zone  63

Chapter 4 Surfing the Web

Understanding the World Wide Web  66

Start Internet Explorer  67

Navigate Internet Explorer  68

Select a Link  69

Enter a Web Page Address  70

Open a Web Page in a Tab  72

Navigate Web Pages  74

Find Text on a Page  75

Save Favorite Web Pages  76

Search for Sites  78

Chapter 5 Sending E-mail and Messages Create a Contact 108

Configure an E-mail Account  82

Send an E-mail Message  84

Format the Message Text  86

Set the Message Priority  87

Add a File Attachment  88

Save a Draft of a Message  90

Receive and Read E-mail Messages  92

Reply to a Message  94

Forward a Message  96

Open and Save an Attachment  98

Delete a Message 100

Send an Instant Message 102

Respond to an Instant Message 104

Chapter 6 Getting Social with Your Tablet

Create a Contact 108

Connect to Facebook 110

Connect to Twitter 112

Connect to LinkedIn 114

Add Your Google Account 116

View a Contact 118

View Your Contacts’ Activities 120

View Your Social Networking Activity 122

Post a Link to a Social Network 124

View Your Calendar 126

Add an Event to Your Calendar 128

Create a Recurring Event 130

Add an Event Reminder 131

Send or Respond to an Event Invitation 132

Chapter 7 Working with Multimedia

Import Images from a Digital Camera 136

Navigate the Pictures Library 138

View Your Images 140

View Your Facebook Photos 142

View Your Flickr Photos 144

Start a Slide Show 146

Delete an Image 148

Take a Picture 150

Navigate the Videos Library 152

Watch a Video 154

Buy or Rent a Movie 156

Buy a TV Episode 158

Navigate the Music Library 160

Play Music 162

Buy Music 164

Buy a Game166

Connect Your Tablet to Your Xbox 168

Chapter 8 Performing Day-to-Day Tasks

Search Your Tablet 172

Display a Location on a Map 174

Get Directions to a Location 176

Check Your Weather Forecast 178

Check Another City’s Weather Forecast 180

Plan a Trip 182

Get the Latest News 184

Track a Stock 186

Follow Your Favorite Teams 188

Chapter 9 Configuring Your Tablet

Display Mobility Settings 192

Display Power Options 194

Define an Action for the Tablet Power Button 196

Adjust Screen Brightness 198

Monitor Battery Life 199

Set a Battery Alarm to Avoid Running Out of Power 200

Create a Custom Power Plan to Improve Battery Life  202

Configure the Touch Keyboard 204

Configure Your Tablet to Work with a Second Monitor 206

Calibrate the Screen for Accurate Tapping 208

Chapter 10 Creating and Editing Documents

Understanding Documents 212

Create a Document 213

Save a Document 214

Open a Document 216

Edit the Document Text 218

Change the Font Formatting 222

Find Text 224

Replace Text 226

Insert Special Symbols 228

Make a Copy of a Document 230

Print a Document 232

Chapter 11 Working with Files

View Your Files 236

Select a File 238

Change the File View 240

Preview a File 241

Copy a File 242

Move a File 243

Rename a File 244

Create a New File 245

Delete a File 246

Restore a Deleted File 247

Zip Up and Extract Compressed Files 248

Add a File to Your SkyDrive 250

Share a File with Friends 252

Chapter 12 Sharing Your Tablet with Others

Display User Accounts 256

Create a User Account 258

Switch between Accounts 260

Change Your User Account Picture 262

Change a User’s Password 264

Delete an Account 266

Create a Homegroup 268

Join a Homegroup 270

Share a Document or Folder 272

Chapter 13 Implementing Security

Understanding Windows 8 Security 276

Check the Action Center for Security Problems 278

Create a Picture Password 280

Lock Your Tablet 284

Set Up Family Safety 286

Browse the Web Privately 290

Clear Your Private Information 292

Reset Your Tablet to Preserve Privacy 294

Chapter 14 Maintaining Windows 8

Check Hard Drive Free Space 298

Delete Unnecessary Files 300

Check Your Hard Drive for Errors 302

Refresh Your Tablet 304

Create a Recovery Drive 306

Keep a Backup History of Your Files 308

Restore a File from Your History 310

Index  312

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