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Windows 8.1: Out of the Box, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Get a real feel for Windows 8.1 with a wealth of tips in this step-by-step guide. After using Windows 7 or XP, learning Microsoft’s latest operating system takes some adjustment. Never fear. Windows expert Mike Halsey starts with the basics and then takes you through the trickier parts of Microsoft’s latest operating system. You’ll quickly learn how to make the most of Windows 8 for work and entertainment, whether you use a touchscreen tablet, a laptop, or a PC with a keyboard and mouse.

  • Easily navigate the intuitive Windows 8.1 interface
  • Use email and the Internet—and keep your family safe
  • Share files online or with other devices in your home
  • Download and use all kinds of of apps and programs
  • Watch movies and listen to music
  • Import, view, and edit your own photos and videos
  • Learn how to use extra hardware and older software
  • Get expert tips to keep your computer running smoothly
  • Discover cool stuff that makes computer use really easy

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
    1. Audience
    2. Assumptions This Book Makes
    3. Contents of This Book
    4. Conventions Used in This Book
    5. Safari® Books Online
    6. How to Contact Us
    7. How to Contact the Author
    8. Acknowledgments
  2. Dedication
  3. 1. Using Windows 8.1
    1. Top Tips from This Chapter
    2. The Start Screen Versus the Desktop: What You Need to Know
    3. Starting Windows 8.1
    4. Finding Your Way Around the Start Screen
    5. Using the Charms
    6. Using the App Bar
    7. Finding All the Apps in Windows 8.1
    8. Switching Between Running Apps in Windows 8.1
      1. Docking Apps to the Left or Right of the Screen
    9. Logging Out Of and Locking Windows 8.1
    10. Using Touch Gestures in Windows 8.1
    11. Using Windows 8.1 with a Keyboard and Mouse
    12. Using the On-Screen Keyboard
    13. Shutting Down and Restarting Windows 8.1
    14. Summary
  4. 2. Using Email and the Internet
    1. Top Tips from This Chapter
    2. Getting Online with Windows 8.1
      1. Step by Step: Connecting to a Wireless Network
    3. Getting Quick Access to Your Email
    4. Using the Internet Explorer 11 App
      1. Saving Your Favorite Websites to the Start Screen
      2. Internet Explorer on the Desktop
    5. Using Outlook on the Desktop in Windows RT
    6. Summary
  5. 3. Sharing Your Files, Photos, Music, and Video
    1. Top Tips from This Chapter
    2. The Windows 8.1 Sharing Tool
    3. Sharing with Other People in Your Home
      1. Sharing with Other Media Devices
      2. Creating and Joining HomeGroups
    4. Connecting Windows 8.1 and Your Xbox
      1. Connecting to Your Xbox Using the Xbox SmartGlass App
    5. Connecting to Other Devices in Your Home
      1. Connecting to Devices from the Charms
      2. Connecting to Devices from File Explorer
    6. Summary
  6. 4. Downloading and Using Apps and Programs
    1. Top Tips from This Chapter
    2. Using the Windows Store
      1. Making Tiles Smaller and Larger
    3. Organizing App Icons on the Start Screen
      1. Arranging the Start Screen Step by Step
      2. Arranging Groups of Tiles
    4. Viewing All Your Installed Apps and Programs
    5. Switching Between Running Apps and Programs
    6. Viewing Apps Side by Side
    7. Viewing Two Desktop Windows Side by Side
    8. Uninstalling Apps and Programs in Windows 8.1
    9. Summary
  7. 5. Watching and Listening to Your Videos and Music
    1. Top Tips from This Chapter
    2. Watching Your Videos in Windows 8.1
    3. Playing Your Music in Windows 8.1
    4. Using Windows Media Player
    5. Summary
  8. 6. Importing, Viewing, and Editing Your Photographs and Videos
    1. Top Tips from This Chapter
    2. Importing Photos and Video from Your Digital Camera
    3. Advanced Photo and Video Import Using Windows Photo Gallery
      1. Review, Organize, and Group Items to Import
      2. Import All New Items Now
    4. Viewing Your Photos in Windows 8.1
    5. Editing Your Photos in Windows Photo Gallery
    6. Using Your Lock Screen as a Digital Photo Frame
    7. Summary
  9. 7. Personalizing your Windows 8.1 Experience
    1. Top Tips from this Chapter
    2. Personalizing the Start screen
    3. Personalizing the Desktop
    4. Making Things on Your Screen Larger or Smaller
    5. Making Windows 8.1 Easier to Use
    6. Personalizing the Lock Screen
    7. Start Your PC Direct to the Desktop
    8. Summary
  10. 8. Connecting To and Using Extra Hardware with Your Computer
    1. Top Tips from This Chapter
    2. Attaching and Using a Printer
    3. Setting the Default Printer
    4. Printing in Windows 8.1
    5. Connecting to Network Storage and Devices
    6. Using a Second Screen with Your Computer
      1. Customizing Your Multiscreen Display
    7. Summary
  11. 9. Using Windows 8.1 for Work
    1. Top Tips from This Chapter
    2. Using Microsoft Office in Windows 8.1
      1. Microsoft Office Web Apps
      2. Using Microsoft Office on Windows RT
      3. The Ribbon Explained
      4. Being Productive with Office
    3. Using the Desktop in Windows 8.1
      1. Connecting and Using Projectors and Second Screens
    4. Maximizing Battery Life on Your Laptop or Tablet
      1. The Windows Mobility Center
    5. Summary
  12. 10. Using Older Software and Programs
    1. Top Tips from This Chapter
    2. Windows Tablets and Desktop Programs
    3. Installing Desktop Programs in Windows 8.1
      1. Installing a Program in Compatibility Mode
      2. Troubleshooting Program Compatibility
    4. Running Programs on the Windows Desktop
    5. Uninstalling Desktop Programs in Windows 8.1
    6. Summary
  13. 11. Keeping You and Your Family Safe
    1. Top Tips from This Chapter
    2. Setting Up Additional Users on Your Computer
    3. Viruses, Malware, and Phishing Explained
    4. Using Windows Defender to Keep Your Computer Safe
    5. Browsing Safely with Internet Explorer 11
    6. Setting Up and Using Family Safety
      1. Windows Web Filter
      2. Time Limits
      3. Games
    7. Summary
  14. 12. Keeping Your Computer Running Smoothly
    1. Top Tips from This Chapter
    2. How to Keep Your Files Backed Up
    3. Refreshing Windows 8.1
    4. Creating a Recovery Drive
    5. Refreshing Windows 8.1 from a Recovery Drive
    6. Using System Restore to Rescue Windows
    7. Maintaining Windows 8.1
    8. Summary
  15. 13. More Top Tips for Using Windows 8
    1. Use a Picture Password
    2. Use a Secure Password
    3. Use Libraries in Windows 8.1
    4. Reinstall all Your Apps in One Go
    5. Get Extra Information from the Start Screen
    6. Bookmark Web Pages and App Information to Read Later
    7. Make Sure You Keep Regular Backups
    8. Start Your PC Directly to the Desktop
    9. Create a Custom Refresh Image
    10. Using the Calendar and Clocks on the Desktop Taskbar
    11. Choosing the Programs that Open Files
    12. Managing Your Default Sound Devices
    13. Turn It Off and On Again
    14. Summary
  16. About the Author
  17. Colophon
  18. Copyright