Windows 8 Simplified by Paul McFedries

Windows 8 Simplified

byPaul McFedries

Paperback | September 25, 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.

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Title:Windows 8 SimplifiedFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 10 × 8.52 × 0.56 inPublished:September 25, 2012Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:111813527X

ISBN - 13:9781118135273

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Table of Contents

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