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  • Spend less time reading, more time learning! Master Windows 8 visually, from start to finish - fast!
  • Windows 8 will have the biggest changes to Windows since Windows 3.1
  • Users will need help learning the new Metro interface, and the full-color visual instructional style of the On Demand series is perfectly suited to teaching Metro
  • Features real-world projects, step-by-step tutorials, and in-depth workshops in logically laid-out, 4-color pages


  • Copyright 2013
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-7897-4999-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7897-4999-4

Need answers quickly? Windows 8 on Demand provides those answers in a visual step-by-step format. We will show you exactly what to do through lots of full color illustrations and easy-to-follow instructions.

Inside the Book

• Master the Windows 8 user experience

• Perform instant searches to find what you need

• Manage files and information with the Desktop and Windows apps

• Browse the Web, search for information, and get instant updates

• Use Windows apps to get news, finance, sports, travel, and weather

• Use Windows apps to work with mail, instant messages, contacts, photos, music, and videos

• Protect your device from Internet or network intruders

• Share files and media on a HomeGroup or network

• Set multiple users and parent controls

• Customize, fine-tune, and administer Windows 8

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Table of Contents

Introduction    xvii

1  Getting Started with Windows 8    1

Introducing Windows 8    2 New!

Starting Windows 8    3 New!

Using the Mouse or Gestures    4 New!

Exploring the Start Screen    6 New!

Using the Start Bar 8 New!

Using the Charm Bar    9 New!

Working with the Desktop    10 New!

Using the Desktop Taskbar    12 New!

Managing Desktop Windows    14

Using Tabs, Menus, and Toolbars    16

Choosing Dialog Box Options    17

Using Windows Help and Support    18 New!

Switching Users    20 New!

Powering Down    22

2  Working with Windows Metro Apps    23

Displaying All Your Apps    24 New!

Searching for Apps    26 New!

Using Different Apps    28 New!

Starting and Closing Apps    29 New!

Using the Apps Bar    30 New!

Changing Apps Settings    31 New!

Working with Multiple Apps    32 New!

Working with Apps Side by Side    33 New!

Sharing Between Apps    34 New!

Installing Apps from the Store    36 New!

Updating Apps    38 New!

Uninstalling Apps    39 New!

Customizing Apps on the Start Screen    40 New!

Grouping Apps on the Start Screen    42 New!

Setting Notification Options for Apps    44 New!

Setting Search Options for Apps    45 New!

Setting Privacy Options for Apps    46 New!

3  Managing Files and Folders in the Desktop    47

Using the Explorer Window    48 New!

Changing the Explorer Window View    49 New!

Using the Ribbon    50 New!

Choosing Commands    51 New!

Opening and Viewing the Computer    52

Viewing and Opening Documents    54

Working with Libraries    56

Working with Personal Folders    58

Navigating Between Folders    59

Viewing the Folders List    60

Changing the Explorer Layout    61

Customizing the Navigation Pane    62

Organizing Files by Headings    63

Sorting and Grouping Files    64

Searching for Files and Folders    66

Saving a Search    68

Changing Search Options    69

Modifying the Index to Improve Searches    70

Adding Properties and Tags to Files    72

Creating and Renaming Files and Folders    74

Copying and Moving Files and Folders    76

Deleting and Restoring Files and Folders    78

Changing File and Folder List Views    80

Hiding Files and Folders    81

Changing Folder Options    82

Customizing Library Folders    84

Customizing Personal Folders    85

Sharing Folders or Files with Others    86

Compressing Files and Folders    88

Managing Files Using a CD or DVD    90

Creating a Shortcut to a File or Folder    92

4  Exploring the Internet    93

Starting and Viewing the Internet Explorer App    94 New!

Viewing the Internet Explorer App Window    95 New!

Navigating the Web with the IE App    96 New!

Navigating Using Tabs with the IE App    98 New!

Finding Information with the IE Apps    100 New!

Changing Internet Explorer App Settings    102 New!

Starting Internet Explorer from the Desktop    103 New!

Viewing the Internet Explorer Window    104

Changing Your Home Page    105

Browsing the Web    106

Browsing with Tabs    108

Navigating Basics    110

Browsing Privately    111

Using Compatibility View    112

Zooming the View In and Out    113

Using and Managing Accelerators    114

Getting Suggestions for Web Sites    115

Adding a Web Page to the Favorites List    116

Viewing and Maintaining a History List    118

Reading and Subscribing to Feeds    120

Searching the Web    122

Previewing and Printing a Web Page    124

Saving Pictures or Text from a Web Page    126

Saving a Web Page    128

Sending a Page or Link by Mail    129

Downloading Files from the Web    130

Connecting to the Internet    132

Creating an Internet Connection    133

Setting Up Windows Firewall    134

5  Working with Contacts and Calendars    135

Starting the People App    136 New!

Viewing the People App Window    137 New!

Adding Contacts from Online Accounts    138 New!

Viewing Contacts    140 New!

Sorting or Filtering Contacts    142 New!

Creating Favorite Contacts    143 New!

Adding or Editing Contacts    144 New!

Deleting Contacts    146 New!

Linking Contacts    147 New!

Starting the Calendar App    148 New!

Changing the Calendar View    149 New!

Scheduling Events    150 New!

Scheduling Recurring Events    152 New!

Scheduling Events with a Reminder    153 New!

Editing or Deleting Events    154 New!

Changing Calendar Options    156 New!

6  Exchanging Mail    157

Starting the Mail App    158 New!

Viewing the Mail App Window    159 New!

Adding Mail Accounts    160 New!

Modifying Account Settings    162 New!

Composing and Sending Email    164 New!

Formatting Email Messages    166 New!

Creating Email Signatures    167 New!

Reading and Replying to Email    168 New!

Sending and Retrieving a File    170 New!

Managing Email    172 New!

Deleting Email    174 New!

Searching for Email    175 New!

Using Windows Live Essentials    176

7  Exchanging Instant Messages    177

Starting the Messaging App    178 New!

Viewing the Messaging App Window    179 New!

Adding Messaging Accounts    180 New!

Modifying Account Settings    182 New!

Changing Messaging Options    184 New!

Changing My Status    185 New!

Sending and Receiving Instant Messages    186 New!

Inviting Others to Instant Messages    188 New!

Adding Emoticons to Instant Messages    190 New!

Deleting Instant Messages    191 New!

8  Working with Photos and Pictures    193

Starting and Viewing the Photos Apps    194 New!

Changing Photos App Options    196 New!

Changing Online Account Options    197 New!

Navigating in the Photos App    198 New!

Importing Photos    200 New!

Deleting Photos    201 New!

Displaying a Slide Show    202 New!

Setting a Photo as the Lock Screen or Background    203 New!

Drawing a Picture    204

Editing a Picture    206

Viewing Pictures    208

Formatting and Printing Photos    210

Ordering Photo Prints from the Web    211

Emailing a Picture    212

Installing a Digital Camera or Scanner    213

Downloading Digital Camera Pictures    214

Using Pictures as a Screen Saver    216

Using a Picture as a Desktop Background    217

Understanding File Formats    218

9  Working with Windows Media    219

Starting and Updating Windows Media Player    220

Viewing the Media Player Window    221

Playing Music from CDs    222

Playing a DVD or VCD Movie    223

Controlling the Volume    224 New!

Playing Media Files    226

Playing Media Using a Playlist    228

Ripping CD Music    230

Copying Media Files to a CD or Portable Device    232

Streaming Media    234

Enhancing the Media Player Display    236

Viewing and Playing Music Files    237

Creating a Sound File    238

Associating a Sound with an Event    239

Starting and Navigating Windows Media Center    240

Changing Windows Media Center Settings    241

Finding and Viewing Windows Media Center Files    242

10  Working with Online Media    243

Searching the Web with Bing    244 New!

Getting News Information    246 New!

Getting Financial Updates    248 New!

Getting Travel Information    249 New!

Getting the Latest Sports News    250 New!

Getting the Latest Weather    252 New!

Viewing Maps and Directions    254 New!

Managing Files with SkyDrive    256 New!

Sharing File with SkyDrive    258 New!

Capturing a Photo or Video    260 New!

Watching Videos    262 New!

Listening to Music    263 New!

Playing Games    264 New!

Using Devices with Apps    266 New!

11  Working with Windows Accessories    267

Starting and Exiting for Windows Accessories    268 New!

Changing the Way Programs Start    270

Using Windows Accessories    271

Creating a Document    272

Editing Text    274

Formatting Text    276

Setting Paragraph Tabs    277

Setting Paragraph Indents    278

Previewing and Printing a Document    279

Saving and Closing a Document    280

Sharing Information Among Programs    281

Inserting and Editing Information    282

Linking and Updating Information    284

Inserting Special Characters    286

Calculating Numbers    287

Running Commands    288

Snipping the Screen    290 New!

Recording Steps    291

Creating Sticky Notes    292

Handwriting Journal Entries    293

Using the Math Input Panel    294

Running Older Programs    295

Quitting a Program Not Responding    296 New!

12  Customizing Windows    297

Viewing Windows Settings    298 New!

Personalizing the Lock Screen    299 New!

Personalizing the Start Screen    300 New!

Syncing Options on Other Devices    301 New!

Changing General Settings    302 New!

Viewing the Control Panel    304

Changing the Desktop Background    305

Customizing the Desktop    306

Using a Screen Saver    308

Changing the Display    309

Using Multiple Monitors    310 New!

Changing the Text Size on the Screen    311

Changing the Desktop Appearance    312 New!

Setting the Date and Time    314

Changing Language Options    316

Changing Regional Options    318

Working with Fonts    319

Displaying and Arranging Toolbars    320

Customizing the Taskbar    322

Setting Default Programs    324

Changing the Way a Disc or Device Starts    326

Using Ease of Access Tools    327

Using the Ease of Access Center    328

Listening to Your System    330 New!

Recognizing Your Speech    332

Setting Ease of Access Options    334 New!

13  Setting Up User Accounts and Maintaining Security    335

Exploring Windows Security    336 New!

Changing User Account Settings    338 New!

Adding User Accounts    340 New!

Deleting User Accounts    342

Creating a Guest Account    344

Changing a User Account Type    345

Changing the Start Up Screen    346

Changing an Account Picture    347 New!

Changing a Password    348 New!

Resetting a Password    350 New!

Locking the Screen    351 New!

Managing Security in One Place    352

Defending Against Malicious Software    354 New!

Setting Family Safety Controls    356 New!

Encrypting Files for Safety    358

Encrypting Files Using BitLocker    359

Avoiding Viruses and Other Harmful Attacks    360

Understanding Security on the Internet    362

Creating Security Zones    364

Cleaning Up Internet Files and Information    366

Protecting Internet Privacy    367

Protecting an Internet Identity    368

Blocking Pop-Up Ads    369

Protecting Against Phishing    370

Blocking Content with InPrivate Filtering    372

Blocking Content with Tracking Protection    373

Managing Add-Ons    374

14  Managing Files Using a Network    375

Understanding Network Services    376

Viewing a Network    378

Viewing the Network and Sharing Center    380

Viewing Network Connections    381

Viewing Network Properties    382

Viewing Network Connection Properties    383

Joining a WorkGroup Network    384

Joining a Domain Network    386

Connecting to a Network Using a Modem    388

Connecting to a Network over the Internet    390

Connecting to a Wireless Network    392

Setting Up a Wireless Network    394

Disabling or Enabling a Wireless Network    395 New!

Managing a Wireless Connection    396

Disconnecting a Network    398

Mapping and Disconnecting a Network Drive    399

Creating a Shortcut to a Network    400

Sharing an Internet Connection    402

Setting Network Sharing Options    403

Setting HomeGroup Sharing Options    404 New!

Sharing with a HomeGroup    406

Keeping Files in Sync    408

Working with Offline Files    410

Controlling a Remote Desktop    412

Changing a Dial-Up Connection    414

15  Printing and Faxing    415

Understanding Printers    416

Viewing Printers    417 New!

Installing a Printer    418

Specifying a Default Printer    420

Renaming or Deleting a Printer    421

Sharing a Printer    422

Printing Documents    423 New!

Managing Printers and Print Jobs    424

Changing Printer Properties    426

Changing Printer Preferences    427

Creating an XPS Document    428 New!

Understanding Faxes    429

Setting Up a Fax    430

Creating a Fax Cover Page    432

Sending a Fax    434

Managing Outgoing Faxes    436

Receiving a Fax    438

Reviewing a Fax    439

Changing Fax Properties    440

16  Maintaining Your Computer    441

Understanding Disk File Systems    442

Formatting a Disk    444

Displaying Disk and Folder Information    446

Setting Disk Quotas for Users    447

Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors    448

Encrypting a Disk    449

Optimizing a Disk    450

Cleaning Up a Disk    451

Boosting Speed with a Removable Disk    452

Adding or Removing Windows Components    453

Installing and Uninstalling a Program    454

Updating Windows    456 New!

Keeping a File History    458 New!

Creating a System Repair Disc    460

Creating a System Image    461

Performing a Backup    462

Changing Backup Settings    464

Restoring Backup Files    465

Restoring System Settings    466

Setting Startup and Recovery Options    468

Starting Windows When Problems Occur    469

Improving Performance    470

17  Managing Hardware    471

Understanding Plug and Play Hardware    472

Viewing Hardware Devices    474 New!

Installing Hardware Devices    476

Viewing System Hardware Settings    477

Changing Windows Update Driver Settings    478

Changing Keyboard Settings    479

Changing Mouse Settings    480

Changing Phone Dialing Options    482

Changing Modem Options    483

Managing Storage Spaces    484 New!

Managing Color    485

Using the Windows Mobility Center    486

Adding a Secondary Monitor    487

Controlling Power Options    488

Removing Hardware Devices    490

Removing Plug and Play Hardware    491

Troubleshooting Problems    492

18  Administering Your Computer    493

Exploring Windows Administrative Tools    494 New!

Scheduling Tasks    496

Monitoring Activity with Event Viewer    497

Managing an Event Log    498

Managing All Printers    500

Checking Memory for Problems    501

Viewing and Creating Performance Charts    502 New!

Monitoring Local Security Settings    504

Viewing Computer Management Tools    506

Managing Disks    507

Managing Local Users and Groups    508

Viewing and Saving System Information    509

Setting System Configuration Options    510

A  Appendix: Installing Windows 8    511

Preparing to Install Windows 8    512 New!

Installing Windows 8    514

Updating to a Windows 8 Service Pack    516 New!

Reinstalling Windows 8    518 New!

Using Windows To Go    519 New!

Transferring Files and Settings from Another PC    520

Adding Features to Windows 8    522 New!

New Features    523 New!

Index    529


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