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Windows 8 For Dummies

Andy Rathbone

ISBN: 978-1-118-13461-0 October 2012 432 Pages


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

Part I: Windows 8 Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know  9

Chapter 1: What Is Windows 8? 11

Chapter 2: The Mysterious New Start Screen 19

Chapter 3: The Traditional Desktop 51

Chapter 4: Basic Desktop Window Mechanics 71

Chapter 5: Storage: Internal, External, and in the Sky 87

Part II: Working with Programs, Apps, and Files  117

Chapter 6: Playing with Programs, Apps, and Documents 119

Chapter 7: Finding the Lost 139

Chapter 8: Printing Your Work 153

Part III: Getting Things Done on the Internet  167

Chapter 9: Cruising the Web 169

Chapter 10: Being Social: Mail, People, Calendar, and Messaging 191

Chapter 11: Safe Computing 215

Part IV: Customizing and Upgrading Windows 8  227

Chapter 12: Customizing Windows 8 with the Control Panel 229

Chapter 13: Keeping Windows from Breaking 255

Chapter 14: Sharing One Computer with Several People 269

Chapter 15: Connecting Computers with a Network 285

Part V: Music, Photos, and Movies  299

Chapter 16: Playing and Copying Music in Media Player 301

Chapter 17: Fiddling with Photos (and Movies) 323

Part VI: Help!  341

Chapter 18: The Case of the Broken Window 343

Chapter 19: Strange Messages: What You Did Does Not Compute 359

Chapter 20: Moving from an Old PC to a New Windows 8 PC 369

Chapter 21: Help on the Windows 8 Help System 377

Part VII: The Part of Tens  383

Chapter 22: Ten Things You’ll Hate about Windows 8 (and How to Fix Them) 385

Chapter 23: Ten or So Tips for Touchscreen Owners 393

Index  399