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Windows 8 For Dummies, Pocket Edition



Windows 8 For Dummies, Pocket Edition

Andy Rathbone

ISBN: 978-1-118-51355-2 September 2012 144 Pages

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The bestselling tech book of all time, now updated for Windows 8

Microsoft Windows is the operating system that runs nearly 90 percent of the world's computers. Windows 8 will offer new interface updates, cloud-based services, and much more. This update of Andy Rathbone's bestselling Windows guide covers all the basics, plus the enhancements unique to Windows 8. Whether you're meeting Windows for the first time or upgrading from an earlier version, this book shows you how to navigate the interface, work with files, browse the Internet, set up e-mail, manage media, and more.

  • Combined editions of this book, all by Microsoft MVP Andy Rathbone, have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, making Windows For Dummies the #1 bestselling technology book of all time
  • Covers all the basics of using Windows 8—core desktop components, managing files and folders, saving files, using Windows search, printing, and working in the cloud
  • Shows how to get online, set up and use e-mail, use the latest version of Internet Explorer, set up security and virus protection, add music to the media player, organize photos, and edit media
  • Includes coverage on using Windows 8's new start screen on both a desktop computer and a touchscreen device

Windows 8 For Dummies has what all Windows newbies need to know as well as complete coverage of the new version's bells and whistles.

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: The New Start Screen 5

What’s New in Windows 8? 5

Starting Windows 8 8

Figuring Out the New Start Screen in Windows 8 17

Exiting from Windows 30

Chapter 2: The Traditional Desktop 31

Finding the Desktop 31

Touching the Desktop on a Touchscreen 33

Working with the Desktop 34

Bellying Up to the Taskbar 46

Chapter 3: Storage: Internal, External, and in the Sky  51

Browsing the File Explorer 52

Getting the Lowdown on Folders and Libraries 54

Peering into Your Drives, Folders, and Libraries  55

Creating a New Folder 58

Renaming a File or Folder 59

Selecting Bunches of Files or Folders 60

Getting Rid of a File or Folder 61

Copying or Moving Files and Folders 62

Writing to CDs and DVDs 64

Working with Flash Drives and Memory Cards  69

SkyDrive: Your Cubbyhole in the Clouds 70

Chapter 4: Working with Apps 75

Starting a Program or App 75

Adding and Deleting Apps 79

Updating Your Apps  82

Finding Currently Running Start Screen Apps 83

Chapter 5: Engaging the Social Apps 85

Adding Your Social Accounts to Windows 8 86

Understanding the Mail App 89

Sending and Receiving Files through E-Mail 99

Managing Your Contacts in the People App 103

Managing Appointments in Calendar 107

Chatting through Messaging 110

Chapter 6: Getting Connected and Having Fun through the Start Screen 113

Why Do I Need an ISP? 114

Connecting Wirelessly to the Internet 115

Browsing Quickly from the Start Screen 118

Playing Music from the Start Screen 119

Taking Photos with the Camera App 123

Viewing Photos from the Start Screen 125

Chapter 7: Ten Things You’ll Hate about Windows 8 (And How to Fix Them) 129

I Want to Avoid the Start Screen! 129

I Want to Avoid the Desktop! 130

I Can’t Copy Music to My iPod 132

I Always Have to Sign In 132

The Taskbar Keeps Disappearing 134

I Can’t Keep Track of Open Windows 135

I Can’t Line Up Two Windows on the Screen 136

It Won’t Let Me Do Something Unless I’m an Administrator! 136

I Don’t Know What Version of Windows I Have 137

My Print Screen Key Doesn’t Work 138