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  • Copyright 2013
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-5013-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-5013-6

See it done. do it yourself.

It’s that Easy! Easy Windows 8 teaches you the fundamentals to help you get the most from Windows 8. Fully illustrated steps with simple instructions guide you through each task, building the skills you need to perform the most common tasks with Windows. No need to feel intimidated; we’ll hold your hand every step of the way.

In Full Color

Learn how to…

• Use the new Windows Start screen, tiles, and touch interface

• Connect with everyone you care about, through Windows 8’s free apps

• Speed web browsing with new Internet Explorer 10 tools and tips

• Enjoy and organize all your music, videos, and photos

• Get free apps at the new Windows Store

• Share what you want to share—and nothing else

• Network your home safely, reliably, and painlessly

• Play free Windows 8 games and connect to your Xbox 360

• Fix problems and keep your computer running fast

Category: Windows Operating System

Covers: Windows 8

User Level: Beginner

The Least You Need to Know

Windows 8’s new tile-based interface and improved desktop provide a great balance of easy

access to media and news and robust system management. To discover some of the most useful

features included in Windows 8, see the suggestions below.

Start Screen with Live Tiles

Windows 8’s new Start screen puts you just a click away from your favorite media, web browsing, games, messaging, and more. Live tiles display current weather, top news headlines,

your favorite photos, and more. Whether you use a mouse, touchpad, or touch screen, Start screen makes work and play easier.

Instant, Intelligent Search

Want to find an app, setting, or file? Just start typing. Windows 8 instantly displays the results. Click Apps, Settings, or Files to filter the results.

The Windows Store Is Open for Business

Get free and paid apps made especially for Windows 8 from the Windows Store online. Easy updates and reinstallation as needed.

Supercharged File Management

The new File Explorer makes file management easier than ever before. It runs from the Windows desktop and includes enhanced file copy/move and new pinned location features.

Easy File Protection with File History

The new File History feature makes it easy to back up your files and restore a file if it’s lost, damaged, or replaced by a different version.



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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 What’s New in Windows 8

Windows 8 Start Screen

Live Tiles

Enhanced Desktop Search

Settings Menu


Internet Explorer 10

Windows Store for Apps

Integrated Apps

Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

Chapter 2 Upgrading to Windows 8

Starting the Installation

Completing the Installation

Chapter 3 Essential Windows 8 Tasks

Logging In to Windows 8

Using the On-Screen Keyboard to Log In

Moving Around the Start Screen

Opening the Windows 8 Charms Bar

Using the Touch Keyboard

Entering Emoticons and Special Symbols

Using a Stylus for Handwriting

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Locking and Unlocking Your PC

Choosing Sleep, Shut Down, or Restart

Using the Touch Keyboard with Desktop Apps (online)

More Windows Keyboard Shortcuts (online)

Chapter 4 Using the Windows 8 User Interface

The Windows 8 Start Screen

Opening an App

Switching Between Apps

Comparing Apps with Desktop Programs

Viewing All Apps

Zooming the Start Screen

Moving App Tiles

Working with the Charms Bar

Searching for Apps and Programs

Searching for Files

Viewing Settings

Finding Help with Windows 8

Chapter 5 Browsing the Web in the New UI

Starting IE10 from the Start Screen

Entering a Website Address (URL)

Working with Tabs in IE10

Creating a New Tab in IE10

Using InPrivate Browsing

Reopening a Frequently Used Web Page

Removing an Entry from the Frequent List

Pinning a Page to the Start Screen

Unpinning a Page from the Start Screen

Closing a Tab in IE10

Closing IE10

Viewing a Page on the Windows Desktop

Chapter 6 Enjoying Media with the Windows 8 UI

Playing Music

Viewing Video

Buying Music and Videos

Viewing Pictures

Uploading Photos with SkyDrive

Grabbing Photos with Your Webcam

Chapter 7 Staying Connected with Windows 8 Apps

Setting Up Email Accounts

Reading and Replying to Emails

Creating a New Email Message

Attaching a File to a Message

Chatting with the Messaging App

Adding Contacts with the People App

Viewing Your Calendar

Scheduling Appointments with Calendar

Finding Locations with the Maps App

Checking Weather with the Weather App

Chapter 8 Customizing the Windows 8 Start Screen

Pinning a Website to the Start Screen

Pinning a Folder to the Start Screen

Relocating Tiles on the Start Screen

Unpinning an Object from the Start Screen

Adjusting the Size of Start Screen Tiles

Turning Live Tiles Off and On

Personalizing the Lock Screen

Personalizing the Start Screen

Changing Time Zone Settings

Choosing a Photo for Your Account Picture

Turning Off Notifications (online)

Selecting Lock Screen Apps (online)

Chapter 9 Using the Windows 8 Store

Going to the Store

Installing an App

Removing an App

Searching for an App

Rating an App

Updating Apps

Adding a Payment Method to Your Account

Chapter 10 Playing Games with Windows 8

Shopping for Games in the Microsoft Store

Using the Games App

Adding an Xbox Game

Playing a Game

Finding Game Options

Chapter 11 Running Desktop Apps

Opening the All Apps Screen

Searching for “Hidden” Apps

Starting a Desktop App from the All Apps Screen

Pinning a Desktop App to the Start Screen

Switching Between the Windows 8 UI and Desktop Apps

Using WordPad

Using Paint


Adding an App to the Desktop Taskbar

Chapter 12 Managing Storage with File Explorer

Starting File Explorer

Introduction to File Explorer

Introduction to Ribbon Menus

Managing Libraries

Copying and Moving Files or Folders

Dealing with File/Folder Name Conflicts

Burning Data Discs

Selecting, Viewing, and Grouping Options

Creating Zip Files with the Share Tab

Using Frequent Places

Viewing File Properties

Chapter 13 Networking Your Home with HomeGroup

Connecting to an Unsecured Public Wireless Network

Connecting to a Secured Private Network

Disconnecting and Other Network Options

Connecting to a Hidden Network

Creating a HomeGroup from the Start Screen

Viewing the Password for Your HomeGroup

Joining a HomeGroup from the Start Screen

Opening the Network and Internet Window in Control Panel

Setting Up a HomeGroup from Network and Internet

Joining a HomeGroup from Network and Internet

Opening HomeGroup Files

Customized Sharing for Folders You Choose

Viewing a Folder’s Sharing Settings

Leaving a HomeGroup from the PC Settings Screen

Changing File Sharing Settings (online)

Adjusting Streaming Media Settings (online)

Chapter 14 Working with Photos from Your Desktop

Adding Pictures to Your Pictures Library

Importing Pictures

Selecting Import Options

Changing Picture Settings

Making a Copy of a Photo

Using Windows Photo Viewer

Printing Photos with Windows Photo Viewer

Installing Microsoft SkyDrive

Copying Files to SkyDrive

Sharing Photos on SkyDrive

Adding RAW Image Support (online)

Chapter 15 Working with Music from Your Desktop

Starting Windows Media Player

Playing an Audio CD

Using Playback Controls in Windows Media Player

Ripping (Copying) an Audio CD

Selecting and Playing Albums and Individual Tracks

Using Visualizations

Setting Up Playlists

Syncing Files to a Media Player

Burning (Creating) a Music CD

Chapter 16 Browsing the Internet from Your Desktop

Starting IE10 from the Desktop

Entering a Website Address (URL)

Working with Tabs

Setting Your Home Page

Opening a Link

Using Page Zoom

Previewing and Printing a Web Page

Opening the Favorites Center

Adding Favorites to the Favorites Bar

Adding Favorites to the Favorites Center

Organizing Favorites

Saving a Tab Group as a Favorite

Opening a Favorite Website or Tab Group

Using Accelerators

Using InPrivate Browsing from the Desktop

Managing Popups

Setting Internet Privacy Features

Deleting Selected Items from Your History List

Deleting All Items from Your History List

Saving a Web Page

Chapter 17 Adding and Using Multimedia Features

Adding Windows Essentials 2012

First-Time Startup of Windows Essentials 2012 Programs

Displaying Your Photos by Folder and Date

Creating a Movie from Your Slide Show with Movie Maker

Adding Audio to Your Video or Slide Show

Adding Windows Media Center

An Overview of Windows Media Center

Chapter 18 Advanced Configuration Options

Adding and Using an Additional Display

Personalizing Your Desktop Background

Selecting a Standard Window Color

Creating a Customized Window Color

Selecting a Screen Saver

Saving a Desktop Theme

Snapping Apps

Managing Devices and Printers from the Windows Desktop

Changing Default Settings for Media and Devices

Viewing and Removing Devices from the Start Screen (online)

Turning Windows Features On and Off (online)

Chapter 19 User Accounts and System Security

Setting Up an Additional User with Windows 8

Changing an Account Type

Setting Up PIN Number Access

Enabling Parental Controls with Family Safety

Reviewing Parental Controls (Family Safety) Logs

Setting Up and Using a Picture Password

Creating a Local Account (online)

How Family Safety Works (online)

Chapter 20 Protecting Your System

Looking at User Account Control

Configuring Windows Update

Protecting Your Files with File History

Recovering Files with File History

Checking Security Settings with Windows Action Center

Checking for Viruses and Spyware with Windows Defender

Setting Windows Defender Options

Checking for Windows Updates (online)

Creating a System Image with Windows File Recovery (online)

Restoring a System Image (online)

Creating a Restore Point (online)

Chapter 21 System Maintenance and Performance

Displaying System Information

Selecting a Power Scheme

Using ReadyBoost

Viewing Disk Information

Checking Drives for Errors

Testing Memory

Scheduling Tasks

Using Windows Troubleshooters

Opening the Troubleshoot Startup Menu

Using System Restore

Using Refresh

Customizing a Power Plan (online)

Cleaning Up Unnecessary Files (online)

Running Task Manager (online)


Appendix A: Windows Essentials 2012 (online)

Appendix B: Windows Media Center (online)

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