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Microsoft Windows 8 Digital Classroom: A Complete Training Package

ISBN: 978-1-118-39285-0
544 pages
May 2013
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The next best thing to having your own private instructor guiding you through Windows 8 is this terrific book-and-online video training tool from Elaine Marmel. Fifteen self-paced lessons show you how to customize settings, work with Internet Explorer, connect peripherals, and handle maintenance and troubleshooting. The step-by-step print book makes detailed tasks less intimidating, while video tutorials available for download at the companion website really drive home concepts and reinforce the instruction as you learn.

You'll also get thoroughly up to speed on what's new in Windows 8 and how to get the most out of the new features.

  • Features step-by-step instructions that make even the most complicated tasks easy to understand, while the video training enhances the content covered in the print book
  • Includes 15 self-paced lessons with step-by-step instruction in Windows OS basics as well as new Windows 8 features
  • Covers customizing the settings, working with Internet Explorer, connecting peripherals, handling maintenance and troubleshooting, and more

Windows 8 Digital Classroom lets you jump right into Windows 8 today with and start learning at your own pace.

Note: The supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file. These materials are available for download upon purchase

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Starting Up

About Windows 8 Digital Classroom  1

Upgrading or Starting With a New Computer  1

Windows 8 on Touchscreen Devices  1

About operating systems  1

Windows 8 versions 2

What’s New in Windows 8 5

Common Windows 8 Functions 7

System Requirements 8

Loading lesson files 8

Video tutorials  9

Additional Video Training & Windows 8 Resources 9

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Windows 8

Starting up 11

Signing in to Windows  12

Understanding Microsoft accounts and local accounts 14

Microsoft accounts 14

Local accounts 14

Registering an existing e-mail address as a Microsoft account 15

Using a Mouse and Keyboard 16

Getting back to the Start screen 17

Displaying the Charms bar 18

Switching among open apps 19

Displaying the Quick Link menu 21

Closing an app 22

Displaying the Desktop 23

Locking your computer 24

Zooming the Start screen  25

Getting Help 26

Shutting down Windows 8 30

Self study 34

Review  34

Lesson 2: Using Touch- Sensitive Screens and Tablets

Starting up 35

Determining whether your device supports Windows 8 touch gestures 36

Navigating Windows 8 native apps with gestures 38

Tapping 38

Displaying the App bar  38

Zooming 40

Scrolling 41

Displaying the Charms bar 41

Switching apps 41

Closing an app 42

Using the Desktop app with gestures 43

Double-tap 43

Tap and hold 43

Working with the touch keyboard   43

Displaying and hiding the touch keyboard   43

Using the touch keyboard in split mode 47

Writing vs typing  47

Traveling with your mobile device  52

Handling your device 52

Use password protection and data encryption  52

Consider a privacy screen 53

Invest in a laptop security device or mobile security program 53

If your device is stolen… 53

Safety and mobile computing 53

Public Wi-Fi is not safe 53

Use a firewall 54

Watch for secure sites 54

Plug in when you can 54

Use the VPN 54

Mobile computing and battery life  54

Choosing a power plan  54

Customizing a power plan 56

Creating your own power plan 57

Self study 59

Review 59

Lesson 3: Navigating and Customizing the Start Screen

Starting up 61

Reviewing navigation   62

Corner navigation 64

Redisplaying the Start screen 64

Searching 65

Working with tiles 68

Setting tile options 69

Displaying tiles in list format 71

Pinning and unpinning tiles  74

Rearranging tiles 77

Creating and managing tile groups 78

Working with the Charms bar 82

Self study 89

Review 89

Lesson 4: Working with Windows 8 Native Apps

Starting up 91

Working with the Windows Store 92

Visiting the store 93

Browsing through top apps 99

Rating an app 103

Viewing the apps on your device   106

Updating Windows 8 native apps  107

Running a Windows 8 native app 111

Searching for an app 112

Selecting from the All Apps list 113

Viewing the options for an app  114

Closing an app 115

Switching between Windows 8 apps 116

Snapping apps 118

Sharing information between Windows 8 native apps 121

Printing from a Windows 8 native app 124

Self study 125

Review 125

Lesson 5: Working with Desktop Apps

Starting up 127

Running Desktop apps 128

Getting to know the Desktop app  129

The Recycle Bin   130

The Taskbar 130

Pinned apps 130

The System Tray 131

Pinning and unpinning Desktop apps 133

To the Start screen 134

To the taskbar 135

To the Desktop 138

Viewing the contents of your computer 139

Working with the Recycle Bin 143

Deleting a file 144

Restoring a file from the Recycle Bin 146

Emptying the Recycle Bin 147

Customizing the Recycle Bin 148

Managing Desktop app windows  149

Exploring a Desktop app window  149

Resizing Desktop app windows 154

Moving a Desktop app window 155

Showing windows side by side 156

Switching between Desktop app windows  158

Using universal Desktop tools 159

Cut, copy, and paste 159

Printing 162

Self study 164

Review 164

Lesson 6: Using Files and Folders

Starting up 165

Navigating in File Explorer 166

Managing Files and Folders 169

Understanding and viewing file formats 169

Changing views 170

Creating a new folder 175

Selecting and deselecting files 179

Renaming files and folders 182

Moving files and folders  184

Copying files and folders 188

Zipping and unzipping compressed files 191

Deleting files and folders 195

Emptying the Recycle Bin  198

Working with Libraries 198

Creating a library 200

Adding folders to a library 203

Libraries and deletions 207

Searching for files in File Explorer  209

Self study 211

Review 211

Lesson 7: Surfing the Web

Starting up 213

Understanding the World Wide Web 214

Web browsers 214

Web pages 214

Web addresses 214

Websites 215

Links 215

The Two Versions of Internet Explorer 215

Using the Windows 8 native version of Internet Explorer 217

Navigating through web pages 217

Pinning a site 219

Browsing privately 221

Searching the Internet 223

Printing and sharing web pages 226

Changing your Internet settings 228

Switching to the Desktop view   230

Using the Desktop version of Internet Explorer 232

Navigating through web pages 232

Creating and managing favorites 234

Navigating using your site visit history 235

Searching the Internet 236

Browsing privately 236

Managing settings  239

Changing interface settings  239

Setting your home page 240

Adding a search engine 242

Setting your default browser 247

Housekeeping 248

Self study 251

Review 251

Lesson 8: E-mail and Contacts

Starting up 253

Running the Mail App  254

Meet the Mail app 255

Setting up an e-mail account in the Mail app 256

Changing Mail app settings 258

Receiving and reading mail 259

Creating and sending an e-mail 260

Searching through e-mail 262

Deleting e-mail 263

Using the People app   263

Importing contacts into the People app  263

Creating a contact  265

Self study 268

Review 268

Lesson 9: Networking with Windows 8

Starting up  269

The basics of networking 270

Networking and hardware 273

Setting up your router 275

Securing your wireless network 276

Connecting your router to the Internet 281

Connecting wirelessly to the router 282

Networking and sharing files 285

Setting up a HomeGroup 286

Changing the HomeGroup password 288

Connecting to a HomeGroup 291

Self study 295

Review 295

Lesson 10: Sharing Device Settings and Content

Starting up 297

Synchronizing Windows 8 settings across devices 298

The basics of cloud storage 305

Introducing SkyDrive 306

Using the Windows 8 native SkyDrive app   307

Adding a folder 308

Uploading files 310

Downloading files 314

Signing out of SkyDrive 318

Browsing with SkyDrive  319

Creating folders and documents    321

Uploading files 324

Downloading a file 328

Sharing files 331

Synchronizing and fetching files using the legacy Desktop SkyDrive app   335

Signing out of SkyDrive 340

Self study 341

Review 341

Lesson 11: Using Audio and Video in Windows 8

Starting up 343

Working with the Windows 8 Music app 344

Playing music 345

Buying music  348

Creating a playlist 349

Using the Windows 8 Video app  351

Working with Windows Media Player 352

Playing music 355

Playing a CD 355

Ripping music 355

Burning music to a CD 358

Creating and playing a playlist 361

Watching videos 366

Setting the default media player   369

Self study 371

Review 371

Lesson 12: Photos and Pictures in Windows 8

Starting up 373

The Windows 8 Photos app 374

Browsing your photos  374

Working with a photo  377

Searching for photos 379

Displaying photos by date  381

Adding photos to the Photos app  382

Using Windows Photo Gallery  383

Opening Windows Photo Gallery   386

Viewing pictures 388

Adding tags and captions 390

Rotate a picture 393

Resize a picture 394

Print a picture  396

Burn pictures to a disc  397

Self study 401

Review 401

Lesson 13: Customizing and Maintaining Windows 8

Starting up   403

Understanding how to change settings in Windows 8 404

Personalizing Windows 404

Personalizing the Start screen  404

Personalizing the Lock screen 408

Setting an account picture 410

Personalizing the Desktop 411

Date and time settings 415

Updating Windows 8 418

Setting notification options 421

Managing devices 424

Ending a misbehaving program    427

Uninstalling a program 428

Backing up your files 431

Turning on File History 431

Restoring files 434

Changing File History settings 435

System recovery options 436

Refreshing 436

Resetting 437

Using system recovery options 437

Self study 438

Review 438

Lesson 14: Keeping Your Computer Safe and Protecting Your Privacy

Starting up 441

Local user accounts and passwords 442

Creating additional user accounts  445

Changing a password   448

Using a picture password 450

Creating a PIN 452

Using the Windows Firewall 454

Optimizing privacy 456

Minimizing your Microsoft connections 456

Managing location tracking 457

Set up the Family Safety feature 461

Self study 463

Review  463

Lesson 15: Exploring Some Windows 8 Apps

Starting up  465

Native Windows 8 apps 466

Using the Weather app  466

Using the Maps app 471

Using the Travel app 475

Windows 8 Desktop Apps 478

Working with WordPad  479

Using the Snipping Tool 480

Recording your steps   483

Self study 485

Review 485

Appendix A: Upgrading to Windows 8

About Upgrading 487

The upgrade process 487

Upgrading from Windows 7 488

Running the Upgrade Assistant 489

Installing Windows 8 492

Appendix B: Windows 8 Touch Gestures

Touch gestures 499

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Elaine Marmel is President of Marmel Enterprises, LLC, an organization that specializes in technical writing and software training. She has authored more than 70 books on various software topics.

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