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Windows 10 : Step by Step (Microsoft) - Joan Lambert

Windows 10

Step by Step (Microsoft)


Published: 9th November 2015
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The quick way to learn Windows 10 This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Windows 10. Jump in wherever you need answers--brisk lessons and colorful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step.

  • Discover fun and functional Windows 10 features!
  • Work with the new, improved Start menu and Start screen
  • Learn about different sign-in methods
  • Put the Cortana personal assistant to work for you
  • Manage your online reading list and annotate articles with the new browser, Microsoft Edge
  • Help safeguard your computer, your information, and your privacy
  • Manage connections to networks, devices, and storage resources
About the Authors

Joan Lambert has worked closely with Microsoft technologies since 1986, and in the training and certification industry since 1997. As President and CEO of Online Training Solutions, Inc. (OTSI), Joan guides the translation of technical information and requirements into useful, relevant, and measurable resources for people who are seeking certification of their computer skills or who simply want to get things done efficiently.

Joan is the author or coauthor of more than three dozen books about Windows and Office (for Windows, Mac, and iPad), video-based training courses for SharePoint and OneNote, and three generations of Microsoft Office Specialist certification study guides. She provides certification development consulting services to software companies, universities, and certification vendors, and enjoys communicating about the benefits of technology at onsite training events.

Joan is a Microsoft Certified Professional, Microsoft Office Specialist Master (for all Office versions since Office 2007), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (for Windows and Windows Server), Microsoft Certified Technology Associate (for Windows), Microsoft Dynamics Specialist, and Microsoft Certified Trainer.

Joan currently lives in a small town in Texas with her simply divine daughter, Trinity; an ever-growing menagerie of dogs, cats, and fish (and the occasional frog, lizard, or vole); and the DeLonghi Gran Dama super-automatic espresso machine that runs the house.

Joan’s first publishing collaboration with her father, Steve, was the inclusion of her depiction of Robots in Love in one of his earliest books, Presentation Graphics on the Apple Macintosh.

Steve Lambert started playing with computers in the mid-1970s. As computers evolved from wire-wrap and solder to consumer products, he evolved from hardware geek to programmer and writer.

Steve has written or co-written more than 20 books on developing technologies, including Presentation Graphics on the Apple Macintosh, Creative Programming in Microsoft Basic, the CD-ROM The New Papyrus, and Internet Basics: Your Online Access to the Global Electronic Superhighway. Steve is also the author of Built by Anhalt, a biographical exploration into the life and architecture of the famed Seattle architect Fred Anhalt.

Steve has specialized for many years in the conversion of content from one format to another, including projects such as the Microsoft Programmer’s Library in 1988 and the conversion of the 25-volume Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia for the initial Microsoft Encarta CD-ROM. He has created several content authoring and delivery systems, including those used by the Microsoft Mastering Series, the Quick Course Series, and numerous pubStudio titles that are published by Microsoft and several US government agencies. He is a strong advocate of good template design and of using Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) automation to smooth out the conversion, assembly, formatting, and validation of content for delivery via print, ebook, or web.

Introduction     xi
Who this book is for     xi
What this book is (and isn’t) about     xi
The Step by Step approach     xii
Download the practice files     xii
Sidebar: Adapt procedures for your environment     xiv
Ebook edition     xv
Get support and give feedback     xv
Errata and support     xv
We want to hear from you     xv
Stay in touch     xv
Part 1: The Windows 10 environment
Chapter 1: Get started using Windows 10     3

Start a computing session     4
Sidebar: Use a Microsoft account or local account     4
Explore the desktop     9
Explore the taskbar     12
Sidebar: Hey, Cortana!     18
Explore the Start screen and Start menu     21
Explore computer settings     27
Update Windows system files     35
Manage content and app windows     37
Resize, hide, and close windows     37
Move and arrange windows     40
End a computing session     44
Skills review     46
Practice tasks     47
Chapter 2: Personalize your working environment     51
Configure the Start screen and Start menu     52
Set the Start screen size     53
Configure Start menu content     55
Manage Start screen tiles     58
Set the desktop background and system colors     64
Set the desktop background     65
Set an accent color     69
Configure the taskbar     73
Change taskbar appearance     73
Change taskbar behavior     78
Display and manage toolbars on the taskbar     80
Apply and manage themes     84
Skills review     91
Practice tasks     92
Chapter 3: Manage folders and files     97
Understand files, folders, and libraries     98
Folders     98
Libraries     100
Get to know File Explorer     102
Work with the standard ribbon tabs     105
Work with the tool tabs     109
Work with the Navigation And Search bar     111
Work with libraries     112
Change the File Explorer display options     117
Display and hide panes     117
Display different views of folders and files     118
Group folder content     122
Sort and filter folder content     124
Change folder options     126
Create and rename folders and files     129
Compress folders and files     130
Move and copy folders and files     132
Delete and recover folders and files     135
Sidebar: Recycle Bin size     137
Work with folder and file properties     138
View folder properties     138
Remove file properties     140
Find specific files     142
Windows Search     142
File Explorer Search     143
Skills review     145
Practice tasks     146
Chapter 4: Work with apps and notifications     151
Locate and start apps     152
Explore built-in apps     157
Productivity and information management apps     157
Web browsers     158
Media management apps     158
Live information apps     160
Accessories     161
Utilities for geeks     162
Install Store apps     163
Shop at the Windows Store     163
Manage your Store account and settings     166
Install, reinstall, and uninstall apps     171
Manage app shortcuts     175
Manage Start screen shortcuts     175
Sidebar: Touchscreen tile management     176
Sidebar: Manage apps from the taskbar     178
Manage taskbar shortcuts     180
Manage desktop shortcuts     181
Sidebar: Configure desktop system icons     187
Manage app startup     188
Manage app notifications     190
Skills review     195
Practice tasks     196
Chapter 5: Safely and efficiently browse the Internet     201
Sidebar: About Microsoft Edge     202
Display websites in Edge     203
Find, save, and share information     207
Manage Edge settings     214
Sidebar: Manage default apps     225
Sidebar: Anatomy of a website address     226
Configure browser security settings     228
Protect yourself from phishing and malicious sites     229
Block pop-up windows     231
Sidebar: Educate kids about online safety     233
Maintain browsing privacy     233
Troubleshoot browsing issues     235
Skills review     239
Practice tasks     240
Part 2: Devices and resources
Chapter 6: Manage peripheral devices     249

Understand peripheral devices     250
Peripheral device terminology     250
Install peripheral devices     251
Locate device information     252
Sidebar: Boost your memory     253
Display your desktop on multiple screens     256
Sidebar: Expand your portable computer with peripheral devices     263
Set up audio devices     264
Change the way your mouse works     271
Change the way your keyboard works     278
Manage printer connections     280
Skills review     287
Sidebar: Virtual printers     288
Practice tasks     289
Chapter 7: Manage network and storage resources     293
Manage network connections     294
Connect to a network     294
Sidebar: Network vs. Internet connections     296
Display information about networks and connections     300
Configure network connection security     305
Sidebar: Wireless network security     310
Troubleshoot network connections     312
Manage homegroup connections     316
Share files on your network     326
Skills review     337
Sidebar: Change the computer name     338
Practice tasks     340
Part 3: Behind the scenes
Chapter 8: Manage user accounts and settings     345

Understand user accounts and permissions     346
User profiles     347
User account permissions     348
Family accounts     349
User Account Control     350
Create and manage user accounts     353
Sidebar: Manage user accounts in the Computer Management console     355
Sidebar: Manage and monitor family safety settings     356
Create and manage family user accounts     357
Create and manage non-family user accounts     362
Manage settings for any user account     365
Manage account pictures and passwords     369
Customize your sign-in options     375
Skills review     382
Practice tasks     383
Chapter 9: Manage computer settings     385
Manage date and time settings     386
Manage regional and language settings     396
Sidebar: Install supplemental font features     403
Manage speech settings     408
Customize device display settings     413
Skills review     421
Practice tasks     422
Chapter 10: Manage power and access options     425
Configure power options     426
Sidebar: System power settings     434
Sidebar: Make your battery last longer     435
Customize the lock screen     436
Set the lock screen background     436
Display app status information on the lock screen     440
Sidebar: Configure a screen saver     442
Configure Windows accessibility features     444
High-contrast settings     447
Magnifier settings     449
Narrator and Audio Description settings     453
Keyboard and mouse settings     455
Skills review     458
Practice tasks     459
Chapter 11: Work more efficiently     463
Configure Quick Action buttons     464
Get assistance from Cortana     469
Initialize Cortana     470
Configure Cortana settings     474
Sidebar: Add reminders     478
Search your computer and the web     479
Search storage locations and the web     480
Manage Bing content filters     484
Manage File Explorer search processes     485
Specify default apps     489
Organize apps on multiple desktops     497
Monitor system tasks     501
Skills review     506
Practice tasks     507
Chapter 12: Protect your computer and data     511
Configure update options     512
Configure privacy settings     515
Restore computer functionality     519
Set and use restore points     519
Refresh or reset your computer     522
Back up data to OneDrive     524
Back up data by using File History     530
Back up and restore your system     535
Skills review     541
Sidebar: Two-factor authentication     542
Practice tasks     543

Appendix A: Install or upgrade to Windows 10     547
Appendix B: Keyboard shortcuts and touchscreen tips     559

Glossary     567
Index     583
About the authors     607

ISBN: 9780735697959
ISBN-10: 0735697957
Series: Step by Step (Microsoft)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 9th November 2015
Publisher: Microsoft Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 18.9  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.99
Edition Number: 1