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Windows 8 Simplified - Paul McFedries


Published: 7th September 2012
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The easiest way for visual learners to get started with Windows 8.

The popular Simplified series makes visual learning easier than ever, and with more than 360,000 copies sold, previous Windows editions are among the bestselling Visual books. This guide goes straight to the point with easy-to-follow, two-page tutorials for each task. With full-color screen shots and step-by-step directions, it gets beginners up and running on the newest version of Windows right away. Learn to work with the new interface and improved Internet Explorer, manage files, share your computer, and much more.

  • Perfect for the absolute beginner, with easy-to-follow instructions and colorful illustrations that show what's happening on the screen
  • Covers Windows basics, navigating the interface, creating accounts to share a computer, customizing Windows, and working with files
  • Demonstrates how to browse the web with the new version of Internet Explorer, how to use media features, and much more
The bestselling Simplified series is designed to make it easy for visual learners to start using new technologies right away Windows 8 Simplified gives visual learners confidence as they start using the new version of Windows quickly and easily.

About the Author

Paul McFedries runs Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company, and has been writing computer books for more than 17 years. He is the author or coauthor of more than 60 books that have sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. Paul is also the proprietor of Wordspy, a website that tracks new words and phrases as they enter the language.


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      Chapter 1. Getting Started with Windows 8

      Start Windows 8                                              4

      What You Can Do with Windows 8                              5

      The Windows 8 Start Screen                                    6

      The Windows 8 Desktop                                       7

      Using a Mouse with Windows 8                                  8

      Using Windows 8 on a Tablet PC                               10

      Restart Windows 8                                           12

      Shut Down Windows 8                                        13

      Chapter 2. Launching and Working with Apps

      Install an App                                                16

      Install Windows Live Essentials Programs                         18

      Start an App                                                 20

      Understanding Windows 8 App Windows                         22

      Understanding Desktop App Windows                           23

      Using a Ribbon                                               24

      Using a Pull-Down Menu                                       26

      Using a Toolbar                                              27

      Understanding Dialog Box Controls                             28

      Using Dialog Boxes                                           30

      Using Scrollbars                                              32

      Switch between Running Apps                                  34

      Uninstall an App                                             36

      Chapter 3. Getting Connected to the Internet

      Understanding Internet Connections                             40

      Set Up a Wireless Broadband Connection                        42

      Connect a Broadband Modem                                  44

      Create a Broadband Internet Connection                         46

      Connect a Dial-Up Modem                                     48

      Create a Dial-Up Internet Connection                            50

      Create a Microsoft Account

      Chapter 4. Using the Windows 8 Apps

      Surf the Web                                                58

      Send an E-Mail Message                                        60

      Reply to an E-Mail Message                                     62

      Create a Contact                                             64

      Add Social Network Contacts                                  66

      View Your Photos                                            68

      Watch a Video                                               70

      Play Music                                                  72

      View Your Calendar                                          74

      Add an Event to Your Calendar                                 76

      Search Your Computer                                        78

      Chapter 5. Surfing the World Wide Web

      Understanding the World Wide Web                            82

      Start Internet Explorer                                        83

      Navigate Internet Explorer                                     84

      Select a Link                                                 85

      Enter a Web Page Address                                     86

      Open a Web Page in a Tab                                     88

      Navigate Web Pages                                          90

      Change Your Home Page                                      92

      Save Favorite Web Pages                                      94

      Search for Sites                                              96

      Chapter 6. Working with E-Mail, Contacts, and Appointments

      Open and Close Mail                                         100

      Configure an E-Mail Account                                  102

      Send an E-Mail Message                                       104

      Add Someone to Your Contacts                               106

      Create a Contact Category                                   108

      Select a Contact Address                                     110

      Add a File Attachment                                        112

      Receive and Read E-Mail Messages                              114

      Reply to a Message                                          116

      Forward a Message                                          118

      Open and Save an Attachment                                 120

      Switch to Calendar                                          122

      Navigate the Calendar                                        123

      Display a Different Date                                      124

      Create an Event                                             126

      Chapter 7. Working with Images

      Open the Pictures Library                                     130

      Preview an Image                                            131

      View Your Images                                           132

      Scan an Image                                              134

      Import Images from a Digital Camera                           136

      Repair a Digital Image                                        138

      Crop an Image                                              140

      Rotate and Straighten an Image                                142

      Chapter 8. Playing Music

      Open and Close Windows Media Player                         146

      Navigate the Media Player Window                             147

      Using the Library                                            148

      Play an Audio File                                           150

      Adjust the Volume                                           151

      Play a Music CD                                            152

      Copy Tracks from a Music CD                                 156

      Create a Playlist                                             158

      Burn Music Files to a CD                                     160

      Chapter 9. Creating and Editing Documents

      Understanding Documents                                    164

      Create a Document                                         165

      Save a Document                                            166

      Open a Document                                          168

      Edit Document Text                                         170

      Change the Text Font                                        174

      Find Text                                                  176

      Replace Text                                               178

      Chapter 10. Working with Files

      View Your Files                                             182

      Select a File                                                184

      Change the File View                                         186

      Preview a File                                               187

      Copy a File                                                 188

      Move a File                                                 189

      Rename a File                                               190

      Create a New File                                           191

      Delete a File                                                192

      Restore a Deleted File                                       193

      Chapter 11. Implementing Security

      Understanding Windows 8 Security                             196

      Check Action Center for Security Problems                      198

      Display User Accounts                                       200

      Create a User Account                                       202

      Protect an Account with a Password                            204

      Lock Your Computer                                        206

      Set Up Family Safety                                         208

      Delete Your Browsing History                                 212

      Browse the Web Privately                                    214

      Set the Junk E-Mail Protection Level                             216

      Chapter 12. Customizing Windows 8

      Configure the Start Screen                                    220

      Pin an App to the Start Screen                                 222

      Open the PC Settings App                                    224

      Change the Start Screen Background                            226

      Change the Lock Screen Background                            228

      Add an App to the Lock Screen                                230

      Synchronize Settings between PCs                              232

      Access an App’s Features                                     234

      Pin an App to the Taskbar                                    236

      ISBN: 9781118135273
      ISBN-10: 111813527X
      Series: Simplified
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 272
      Published: 7th September 2012
      Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
      Dimensions (cm): 25.2 x 21.8  x 2.2
      Weight (kg): 0.79
      Edition Number: 1