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  • Copyright 2013
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-4854-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-4854-6

My Surface™

Step-by-step instructions with callouts to Surface photos that show you exactly what to do

Help when you run into Surface problems or limitations

Tips and Notes to help you get the most from your Surface

Full-color, step-by-step tasks walk you through getting and keeping your Surface working just the way you want. Learn how to

• Get started quickly with Surface’s Start Screen and natural touch interface

• Safely connect to networks, the Web, and other PCs

• Use SkyDrive and your Microsoft account to access data and settings from anywhere

• Search and browse the Internet more efficiently than ever

• Do your Facebook and Twitter social networking through the People app

• Discover, manage, and play music and other media

• Watch Netflix, YouTube, and other streaming video

• Manage your appointments and your life through Calendar

• Keep up to date with the latest news

• Create documents with Word 2013

• Crunch numbers with Excel 2013

• Present on-the-go with PowerPoint 2013

• Organize your notes with OneNote 2013

• Find the best new Surface apps at the Windows Store

• Keep your Surface working reliably and securely

• Personalize Microsoft Surface so it works the way you want it to

• Get more help whenever you need it

• Make the most of Touch Cover and Type Cover

• Control your Xbox 360 through Surface’s Smartglass app


COVERS: Microsoft Surface™

USER LEVEL: Beginning-Intermediate

Sample Content

Online Sample Chapter

An Introduction to the Surface Tablet

Sample Pages

Download the sample pages (includes Chapter 1 and Index)

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 An Introduction to Surface

The Surface Device

    Ports and Controls

    The Kickstand

    Type Cover and Touch Cover

Windows RT Basics

    The Start Screen

    App Switching and Charms

    Typing in Windows RT

    Adding Devices

    Removing Devices


    The Lock Screen

Additional Settings

    Volume and Mute

    Screen Brightness and Rotation Lock

    Hiding Notifications Temporarily

    Shutting Down, Sleeping, and Restarting

    Synchronizing Settings

Moving On

Chapter 2 Connecting to Networks

Wireless Networking

    Connecting to a Wireless Network

    Connecting to a Hidden Network

    Disconnecting from a Network

    Using Airplane Mode

Network Sharing

    Turning Sharing On or Off

    Accessing Network Resources

Remoting into Other Computers

    Enabling Connections on the Remote Computer

    Connecting to Remote Computers

Chapter 3 Using and Customizing the Start Screen

Locating and Launching Apps

    Launching Apps from the Start Screen

    Searching for Apps

Switching Between Recent Apps

    Switching Between Running Apps

    Displaying a List of Running Apps

    Displaying Two Apps Simultaneously

Organizing the Start Screen

    Rearranging Tiles

    Naming Groups

    Changing or Removing a Group Name

Customizing the Start Screen

    Changing the Start Screen Color Scheme and Background Picture

    Showing Administrative Tools

    Removing Tiles from the Start Menu

    Pinning Apps to the Start Menu

    Changing Tile Sizes

    Controlling Live Tiles

    Removing Personal Information from Live Tiles

Chapter 4 Security and Windows RT

Securing Your PC

    Changing Your Password

    Locking Your PC

    Signing Out of Your PC

    Configuring Auto-Lock

Using Picture Passwords

    Creating a Picture Password

    Changing Your Picture Password

    Replaying Your Picture Password

    Removing Your Picture Password

Using PINs

    Creating a PIN

    Changing a PIN

    Removing a PIN

    Signing in with a PIN

    Using a PIN When a Picture Password Is Set

Managing User Accounts

    Adding a Local Account

    Adding a Microsoft Account

    Deleting a User Account

    Switching Accounts

    Changing from a Local Account to a Microsoft Account

    Switching to a Local Account

Chapter 5 Using Family Safety

Configuring Family Safety

    Enabling and Disabling Family Safety for a User

    Configuring Activity Reporting

Viewing Activity Reports

    Viewing Activity Reports from Control Panel

    Viewing Activity Reports from the Family Safety Website

Using Web Filtering

    Enabling Web Filtering from Control Panel

    Enabling Web Filtering from the Family Safety Website

    Modifying the Web Filter List from Control Panel

    Modifying the Web Filter List from the Website

    Blocking Sites from the Activity Report

Using Time Limits and Curfews

    Setting Time Limits and Curfews from Control Panel

    Setting Time Limits and Curfews from the Website

Configuring Windows Store and Game Restrictions

    Configuring Windows Store and Game Restrictions from Control Panel

    Configuring Store and Game Restrictions from the Website

    Changing the Rating System from Control Panel

    Changing the Rating System from the Website

Handling Requests

    Responding to a Request from the User’s PC

    Responding to a Request from the Website

Managing Users in Family Safety

    Adding a New Parent

    Making an Existing User a Parent

    Linking Accounts

Configuring Email Notifications

    Changing Frequency of Request Emails

    Changing Activity Report Email Settings

Chapter 6 Backing Up Your Data

Configuring and Starting File History

    Starting Your First Backup

    Selecting a Different Drive

    Excluding Folders

    Choosing When Backups Happen

    Controlling Local Disk Usage

    Controlling How Long Backups are Kept

    Recommending a Drive to Your HomeGroup

Restoring Files

    Restoring Files to the Original Location

    Resolving File Conflicts

    Restoring to a Different Location

Cleaning Up Files

    Performing a Clean Up

Troubleshooting File History

    Viewing File History Event History

Chapter 7 Searching and Browsing the Internet

Using the Bing App

    Exploring the Bing App

    Searching in the Bing App

    Filtering Search Results

    Controlling Search History

    Clearing Search History

Browsing Sites with Internet Explorer

    Opening a Site in the Windows 8—Style Internet Explorer

    Viewing a Site in Desktop Internet Explorer

    Pinning Web Pages to the Start Screen

    Searching a Web Page

    Setting the Zoom Level

    Using Flip Ahead

    Disallowing Location Services

Using Tabs

    Opening a Link in a New Tab

    Creating a New Blank Tab

    Closing a Tab

    Opening an InPrivate Tab

Favorites and Frequent Sites

    Adding a Favorite

    Browsing to a Favorite Page

    Opening a Favorite in a New Tab

    Deleting a Favorite

    Visiting a Frequent Site

    Opening a Frequent Site in a New Tab

    Deleting a Frequent Site Tile

Chapter 8 Connecting with People

Working with Contacts

    Adding Contacts from the Cloud

    Changing Contact Sort Order

    Filtering Your Contacts

    Linking Contacts

    Making a Contact a Favorite

    Pinning Contacts to the Start Screen

    Creating a New Contact

    Deleting a Contact

    Removing All Contacts from a Service

    Editing a Contact

    Contacting Someone from the People App

Social Networking

    Posting to Social Networks

    Viewing Updates on Social Networks

Sharing Content with People

    Sharing App Content with Social Networks

    Emailing App Content to Contacts

    Listing Share Apps in Alphabetical Order

    Clearing the List of Often-Shared Choices

    Disabling the Often-Shared Shortcut List

Using the Messaging App

    Sending a Message

    Sending a Message from a Different Account

    Inviting a Friend to Message with You

    Making Yourself Unavailable

    Changing Your Status

    Deleting a Conversation

    Reporting a Hacked Account

Chapter 9 Using Mail

Adding and Managing Email Accounts

    Adding a Hotmail Account

    Adding an Outlook Account

    Adding a Google Account

    Adding a Custom Account

    Setting When and How Much Email Is Downloaded

    Renaming an Account

    Choosing What to Sync

    Changing an Account Password

    Controlling Account Email Notifications

    Removing an Account

Reading and Organizing Email

    Reading an Email

    Viewing or Saving Email Attachments  

    Marking Emails Read or Unread

    Moving Emails to Another Folder

    Deleting Email Messages

    Undeleting Email Messages

    Pinning a Folder to the Start Screen

Composing and Sending Email

    Creating a New Email Message

    Replying to Email  

    Formatting Text in an Email  

    Adding Emoticons to Email

    Attaching Files to an Email

    Saving Email Drafts

    Continuing a Saved Draft

    Using an Email Signature

Chapter 10 Using Calendar

Connecting Calendars

    Adding a Hotmail Calendar

    Adding an Outlook Calendar

    Adding a Google Calendar

Viewing Calendars

    Hiding a Calendar

    Changing a Calendar’s Display Color

    Viewing Events in Month View

    Viewing Events in Week View

    Viewing Events in Day View

Working with Events

    Adding a Basic Event  

    Adding a Recurring Event

    Setting Reminders

    Specifying an Event Status

    Inviting Others to an Event

    Creating a Private Event

    Editing an Event

    Deleting an Event

Chapter 11 Keeping Up to Date with News

Reading the News

    Reading an Article

    Pin a Section to the Start Screen

    Viewing an Article in a Browser

    Clearing Your Viewing History

Other News Sources

    Reading News from Other Sources

    Pinning a News Source to the Start Screen

    Searching for News

Custom News

    Adding a My News Source

    Removing a My News Source

Sharing News

    Emailing a News Article

    Sharing an Article on Facebook

Chapter 12 HomeGroups and SkyDrive

Using HomeGroups

    Joining a HomeGroup

    Leaving a HomeGroup

    Accessing Shared Files

Using SkyDrive

    Browsing Files in SkyDrive

    Opening Files with a Specific App

    Creating a New Folder

    Uploading Files to SkyDrive

    Downloading Files from SkyDrive

    Deleting Files from SkyDrive

    Reviewing SkyDrive Usage

Chapter 13 Discovering and Playing Music

Browsing Music

    Logging In to Xbox Music

    Exploring an Artist

    Exploring the Xbox Music Store

    Searching for Music

Managing Your Music Library

    Adding a Network Location to My Music

    Purchasing Music

    Deleting Music from Your Library

    Requiring a Password for Purchases

    Making My Music the Default View

Using an Xbox Music Pass

    Purchasing an Xbox Music Pass

    Downloading Xbox Music Pass Music

Playing Music on Your PC and Xbox 360

    Playing Music

    Playing Music on an Xbox 360

Music Playlists

    Adding Songs to the Now Playing Playlist

    Creating a Playlist

    Adding Songs to a Playlist

    Editing a Playlist

    Deleting a Playlist

    Seeing What’s Playing

    Shuffling or Repeating Songs in a Playlist

Chapter 14 Watching Video

Managing My Videos

    Adding Videos to My Videos

    Deleting Videos from My Videos

    Making My Videos the Default View

Exploring, Buying, and Renting Videos

    Browsing the Movies Store

    Renting Movies

    Buying Movies

    Browsing the Television Store

    Buying TV Shows

    Require a Password for Purchases

    Sharing Videos with Email

    Sharing Videos on Facebook

Playing Videos

    Playing Videos on Your Surface

    Playing Videos on Your Xbox 360

Chapter 15 Pictures

Adding Pictures to the Photos App

    Populating the Pictures Library

    Connecting to the Cloud

    Importing Pictures

    Choosing Which Pictures Show in the Photos App

Viewing Pictures and Video

    Browsing Pictures

    Browsing Pictures by Date

    Watching a Slide Show

    Deleting Pictures

    Using a Picture in Your Lock Screen

    Setting the Pictures App Tile Image

    Shuffling Pictures on the App Tile

    Setting the Pictures App Background

Sharing Pictures

    Sharing a Picture with Email

    Uploading Pictures to SkyDrive

    Sharing a Picture with People  

Using the Camera App

    Taking Pictures

    Changing Photo Resolution

    Changing Picture Appearance

    Taking Video

Chapter 16 Using Maps

Exploring Maps

    Viewing and Zooming

    Using Zoom Controls

    Viewing Your Location

    Changing the Units of Measurement

    Changing the Map Style

    Using Angled View

    Showing Traffic

Searching Maps

    Searching for a Place

    Adding Pins

    Clearing or Disabling Search History

Getting Directions

    Allowing Maps to Use Your Location

    Getting Directions to a Pinned Address

    Getting Directions by Searching

Sharing Maps

    Sharing Maps with Email

Chapter 17 Creating Documents with Microsoft Word 2013

Creating, Opening, and Saving Documents

    Creating a New Blank Document

    Creating a Document from a Template

    Saving Documents to Your Tablet

    Saving Documents to SkyDrive

    Opening Documents on Your Tablet

    Opening Documents on SkyDrive

    Managing Recent Documents

    Switching Microsoft Accounts

Formatting Text

    Formatting Existing Text  

    Formatting New Text

    Formatting Text Using Styles

    Editing Styles

    Creating a New Style

Adding Pictures

    Adding Pictures from Your Tablet or Removable Media

    Adding Pictures from the Cloud

    Formatting Pictures

    Changing Picture Layout

Proofing Documents

    Correcting Misspelled Words

    Adding Words to the Dictionary

    Using the Dictionary

    Using the Thesaurus

Sharing Documents

    Sharing Documents Using Email

    Sharing Using Social Networking

Printing Documents

    Printing an Entire Document

    Printing Specific Pages

Tips and Tricks

    Using the Quick Access Toolbar

    Adjusting Input Mode

    Using the Format Painter

Chapter 18 Crunching Numbers with Microsoft Excel 2013

Creating, Opening, and Saving Workbooks

    Creating a Workbook

    Opening a Workbook

    Saving a Workbook

Entering Data

    Adding Data

    Resizing a Column

    Changing Data Formatting

    Adding Data with AutoFill

Creating Formulas and Functions

    Directly Entering a Formula

    Using the Insert Function Dialog

    Creating Formulas from Selections

Tips and Tricks

    Freezing Panes

    Creating Sheets

    Filtering Data

Chapter 19 Presenting with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013

Creating, Opening, and Saving Presentations

    Creating a Presentation

    Saving a Presentation

    Opening a Presentation

Creating Slides and Content

    Creating a New Slide

    Deleting a Slide

    Changing Slide Layout

    Adding Text to a Slide

    Adding Shapes to a Slide

    Aligning Objects

Using Themes

    Applying a Theme

    Modifying a Theme

Using Animations and Transitions

    Applying a Transition

    Customizing a Transition

    Adding an Animation

    Configuring an Animation Trigger

Presenting with PowerPoint

    Changing Slide Order

    Entering Slide Show Mode

Tips and Tricks

    Using Sections

    Using Headers and Footers

Chapter 20 Organizing Notes with Microsoft OneNote 2013

Creating and Organizing Sections

    Creating a Section

    Changing a Section’s Color

    Renaming a Section

    Merging Sections

    Moving or Copying a Section

    Deleting a Section

Creating and Editing Pages

    Creating a Page

    Adding Text to a Page

    Adding Pictures on Your Tablet to a Page

    Adding Pictures from the Cloud to a Page

    Renaming a Page

    Moving or Copying a Page

    Deleting a Page

Creating and Organizing Notebooks

    Creating a Notebook

    Switching and Opening Notebooks

    Moving and Sharing a Notebook

    Using the Recycle Bin

Using Send to OneNote  

    Capturing a Screen Clipping

    Sending Content to OneNote

    Adding a QuickNote

Chapter 21 Enhancing Windows with Apps

Browsing the Windows Store

    Browsing Categories

    Exploring Apps

    Searching for Apps

Installing and Uninstalling Apps

    Installing Apps

    Uninstalling Apps

    Reinstalling Purchased Apps

Updating Apps

    Manually Checking for Updates

    Installing App Updates

Great Apps for Your Surface



    Angry Birds Space








Chapter 22 Updating and Troubleshooting Windows RT

Updating with Windows Update

    Checking for and Installing Updates Manually

    Installing Optional Updates

Troubleshooting Windows RT

    Refreshing and Repairing Your PC

    Resetting Windows

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