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Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 8.1

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 8.1

Paul McFedries

ISBN: 978-1-118-82623-2

Dec 2013

352 pages

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Description

A practical guide for visual learners eager to get started with Windows 8.1

If you learn more quickly when you can see how things are done, this Visual guide is the easiest way to get up and running on Windows 8.1. It covers more than 150 essential Windows tasks, using full-color screen shots and step-by-step instructions to show you just what to do. Learn your way around the interface and how to install programs, set up user accounts, play music and other media files, download photos from your digital camera, go online, set up and secure an e-mail account, and much more.

  • The tried-and-true format for visual learners, using step-by-step instructions illustrated with full-color screen shots to show exactly how things are done
  • Shows how to perform more than 150 Windows 8 tasks, including working with files, digital images, and media; customizing Windows; optimizing performance; and sharing a computer with multiple users
  • Covers installing and repairing applications, system maintenance, setting up password-protected accounts, downloading photos to your computer, and managing media files

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Windows 8.1 is the fastest, easiest way for visual learners to get going with the newest version of Windows.

Chapter 1 Getting Started with Windows

Start Windows 4

Explore the Windows Start Screen 6

Display the Charms Menu 7

Get to Know the Windows Apps 8

Using a Mouse with Windows 10

Connect to a Wireless Network 12

Create a Microsoft Account 14

Work with Notifications 18

Put Windows to Sleep 19

Restart Windows 20

Shut Down Windows 21

Chapter 2 Launching and Working with Apps

Explore the Windows Store 24

Install an App 26

Start an App 28

Understanding Windows 8 App Windows 30

Understanding Desktop App Windows 31

Using a Ribbon 32

Using a Pull-Down Menu 34

Using a Toolbar 35

Understanding Dialog Box Controls 36

Using Dialog Boxes 38

Using Scroll Bars 40

Switch Between Running Apps 42

Update an App 44

Uninstall an App 46

Chapter 3 Customizing Windows

Configure the Start Screen 50

Pin an App to the Start Screen 52

Open the PC Settings App 54

Change the Start Screen Background 56

Change the Lock Screen Background 58

Add an App to the Lock Screen 60

Synchronize Settings Between PCs 62

Access an App’s Features 64

Pin an App to the Taskbar 66

Adjust the Volume 68

Set the Time Zone 69

Chapter 4 Surfing the World Wide Web

Understanding the World Wide Web 72

Start Internet Explorer 73

Navigate Internet Explorer 74

Select a Link 75

Enter a Web Page Address 76

Open a Web Page in a Tab 78

Navigate Web Pages 80

Find Text on a Page 81

Save Favorite Web Pages 82

Search for Sites 84

Download a File 86

Chapter 5 Sending and Receiving E-mailpter 4

Configure an E-mail Account 90

Send an E-mail Message 92

Format the Message Text 94

Set the Message Priority 95

Add a File Attachment 96

Save a Draft of a Message 98

Receive and Read E-mail Messages 100

Reply to a Message 102

Forward a Message 104

Open and Save an Attachment 106

Delete a Message 108

Create a Folder for Saving Messages 110

Chapter 6 Getting Social with Windows

Create a Contact 114

Connect to Facebook 116

Connect to Twitter 118

Connect to LinkedIn 120

Add Your Google Account 122

View a Contact 124

View Your Contacts’ Activities 126

View Your Social Networking Activity 128

Post a Link to a Social Network 130

View Your Calendar 132

Add an Event to Your Calendar 134

Create a Recurring Event 136

Add an Event Reminder 137

Send or Respond to an Event Invitation 138

Chapter 7 Performing Day-to-Day Tasks

Search Your PC 142

Display a Location on a Map 144

Get Directions to a Location 146

Check Your Weather Forecast 148

Check Another City’s Weather Forecast 150

Plan a Trip 152

Get the Latest News 154

Track a Stock 156

Follow Your Favorite Teams 158

Chapter 8 Working with Images

Import Images from a Digital Camera 162

Navigate the Pictures Library 164

View Your Images 166

Start a Slide Show 168

Repair an Image 170

Crop an Image 172

Rotate an Image 174

Delete an Image 175

Print an Image 176

Take a Picture with Your PC Camera 178

Chapter 9 Working with Multimedia

Import Videos from a Digital Camera 182

Navigate the Videos Library 184

Watch a Video 186

Play a Music CD 188

Copy Tracks from a Music CD 192

Navigate the Music Library 194

Play Music 196

Create a Playlist 198

Create a Radio Station 200

Chapter 10 Editing Documents

Understanding Documents 204

Create a Document 205

Save a Document 206

Open a Document 208

Edit Document Text 210

Change the Text Font 214

Find Text 216

Replace Text 218

Insert Special Symbols 220

Make a Copy of a Document 222

Print a Document 224

Chapter 11 Working with Files

View Your Files 228

Select a File 230

Change the File View 232

Preview a File 233

Copy a File 234

Move a File 235

Rename a File 236

Create a New File 237

Delete a File 238

Restore a Deleted File 239

Add a File to Your SkyDrive 240

Extract Files from a Compressed Folder 242

Burn Files to a CD or DVD 244

Chapter 12 Sharing Your Computer

Display User Accounts 250

Create a User Account 252

Switch Between Accounts 254

Change Your User Account Picture 256

Change a User’s Password 258

Delete an Account 260

Create a Homegroup 262

Join a Homegroup 264

Share a Document or Folder 266

View Network Resources 268

Chapter 13 Implementing Security

Understanding Windows Security 272

Check the Action Center for Security Problems 274

Create a Picture Password 276

Lock Your Computer 280

Set Up Family Safety 282

Browse the Web Privately 286

Clear Your Private Information 288

Reset Your Computer to Preserve Privacy 290

Chapter 14 Getting More from a Tablet PC

Understanding Gestures 294

Using Gestures to Control Windows 296

Input Text with the Touch Keyboard 298

Configure the Touch Keyboard 300

Configure Your Tablet to Work with a Second Monitor 302

Adjust Screen Brightness 304

Monitor Battery Life 305

Chapter 15 Maintaining Windows

Check Hard Drive Free Space 308

Delete Unnecessary Files 310

Refresh Your Computer 312

Create a Recovery Drive 314

Keep a History of Your Files 316

Restore a File from Your History 318

Check Your Hard Drive for Errors 320

Check Your Devices for Errors 322

Defragment Your Hard Drive on a Schedule 324

Create a System Restore Point 326

Apply a System Restore Point 328

Index 330