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Windows 8.1 on Demand by Perspection, Inc.

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Master the Windows 8.1 user experience
  • Manage files and information with the Desktop and Windows apps
  • Share files and media on a SkyDrive, HomeGroup, or network
  • Browse the Web, search for information, and get instant updates
  • Use Windows apps to get news, finance, sports, travel, weather, food, and health from Bing
  • Use Windows apps to work with mail, instant messages, calls, contacts, photos, music, videos, and games
  • Get more apps using the Windows Store
  • Protect your device from Internet or network intruders
  • Set multiple users and parent controls
  • Customize, fine-tune, and administer Windows 8.1
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    About Perspection, Inc.


    Steve Johnson has written more than 90 books on a variety of computer software, including Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe Dreamweaver CS6, Adobe Edge Animate, Adobe Flash Professional CS5, Microsoft Windows 8, Microsoft Office 2013 and 2010, Microsoft SharePoint 2013, Microsoft Office 2008 for the Macintosh, and Apple OS X Mavericks. In 1991, after working for Apple Computer and Microsoft, Steve founded Perspection, Inc., which writes and produces software training. When he is not staying up late writing, he enjoys coaching baseball, playing golf, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Holly, and three children, JP, Brett, and Hannah. Steve and his family live in Northern California, but can also be found visiting family all over the western United States.

    Table of Contents


    Introduction xvii

    1 Getting Started with Windows 8.1 1

    Introducing Windows 8.1 2 New!

    Starting Windows 8.1 3

    Using the Mouse or Gestures 4

    Exploring the Start Screen 6 New!

    Using the Start Bar 8 New!

    Using the Charms Bar 9

    Exploring the Windows 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

    Switching Users 20 New!

    Powering Down 22 New!

    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 App Bar 30 New!

    Changing Apps Settings 31

    Working with Multiple Apps 32

    Working with Apps Side by Side 33 New!

    Sharing Between Apps 34

    Installing Apps from the Store 36 New!

    Updating Apps 38

    Uninstalling Apps 39

    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

    Using the Ribbon 50

    Choosing Commands 51

    Opening and Viewing This PC 52 New!

    Viewing and Opening Documents 54

    Working with Libraries 56 New!

    Working with Personal Folders 58 New!

    Navigating Between Folders 59

    Viewing the Folders List 60 New!

    Changing the Explorer Layout 61 New!

    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 New!

    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 the Internet Explorer App 94 New!

    Viewing the Internet Explorer App Window 95

    Navigating the Web with the IE App 96 New!

    Navigating Using Tabs with the IE App 98 New!

    Searching the Web with the IE App & Bing 100 New!

    Changing IE App Settings 102 New!

    Starting Internet Explorer from the Desktop 103

    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 E-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

    Adding Contacts from Online Accounts 138 New!

    Viewing Contacts 140 New!

    Sorting or Filtering Contacts 142

    Creating Favorite Contacts 143 New!

    Adding or Editing Contacts 144

    Deleting Contacts 146 New!

    Linking Contacts 147

    Starting the Calendar App 148

    Changing the Calendar View 149 New!

    Scheduling Events 150

    Scheduling Recurring Events 152

    Scheduling Events with a Reminder 153

    Editing or Deleting Events 154

    Changing Calendar Options 156 New!

    6 Exchanging Mail 157

    Starting the Mail App 158

    Getting Around the Mail Window 159 New!

    Adding Mail Accounts 160

    Modifying Account Settings 162 New!

    Composing and Sending Email 164 New!

    Formatting Email Messages 166 New!

    Creating Email Signatures 167

    Reading and Replying to Email 168 New!

    Sending and Retrieving a File 170 New!

    Managing Email 172 New!

    Removing Unwanted Email 174 New!

    Searching for Email 175

    Using Windows Live Essentials 176

    7 Exchanging Calls and Instant Messages 177

    Starting the Skype App 178 New!

    Viewing the Skype App Window 179 New!

    Modifying Skype Profile Settings 180 New!

    Changing Skype Options 182 New!

    Adding Skype Contacts 184 New!

    Making Phone Calls 186 New!

    Sending and Receiving Instant Messages 188 New!

    Working with Contacts 190 New!

    8 Working with Photos and Pictures 191

    Starting and Viewing the Photos App 192

    Navigating in the Photos App 193 New!

    Importing Photos 194

    Deleting Photos 195

    Editing Photos 196 New!

    Displaying a Slide Show 198

    Setting a Photo as the Lock or Start Screen Tile 199

    Drawing a Picture 200

    Editing a Picture 202

    Viewing Pictures 204

    Formatting and Printing Photos 206

    Ordering Photo Prints from the Web 207

    Emailing a Picture 208

    Installing a Digital Camera or Scanner 209 New!

    Downloading Digital Camera Pictures 210

    Using Pictures as a Screen Saver 212

    Using a Picture as a Desktop Background 213

    Understanding Picture File Formats 214

    9 Working with Windows Media 215

    Starting and Updating Windows Media Player 216

    Viewing the Media Player Window 217

    Playing Music from CDs 218

    Playing a DVD or VCD Movie 219

    Controlling the Volume 220

    Playing Media Files 222

    Playing Media Using a Playlist 224

    Ripping CD Music 226

    Copying Media Files to a CD or Portable Device 228

    Streaming Media 230

    Enhancing the Media Player Display 232

    Viewing and Playing Music Files 233

    Recording a Sound File 234

    Associating a Sound with an Event 236

    Starting and Navigating Windows Media Center 237

    Changing Windows Media Center Settings 238

    10 Working with Online Media 239

    Getting News Information 240 New!

    Getting Financial Updates 242 New!

    Getting Travel Information 243

    Getting the Latest Sports News 244 New!

    Getting the Latest Weather 246 New!

    Getting Food & Drink Information 248 New!

    Getting Health & Fitness Information 249 New!

    Viewing Maps and Directions 250 New!

    Creating Reading Lists 252 New!

    Reading Documents 253

    Managing Files with SkyDrive 254

    Sharing Files with SkyDrive 256 New!

    Changing SkyDrive Settings 258 New!

    Setting Alarms 259 New!

    Capturing a Photo or Video 260

    Watching Videos 262

    Playing Games 263

    Listening to Music 264 New!

    Using Devices with Apps 266

    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

    Inserting Special Characters 281

    Inserting and Editing Information 282

    Linking and Updating Information 284

    Calculating Numbers 286 New!

    Running Commands 288

    Snipping the Screen 290

    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

    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

    Changing the Desktop Appearance 306 New!

    Starting with the Desktop 307 New!

    Customizing the Desktop 308

    Using a Screen Saver 310

    Changing the Text Size on the Screen 311 New!

    Changing the Screen Display 312

    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 New!

    Using Ease of Access Tools 327

    Using the Ease of Access Center 328

    Listening to Your System 330

    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

    Resetting a Password 350

    Locking the Screen 351 New!

    Managing Security in One Place 352

    Defending Against Malicious Software 354

    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 New!

    Blocking Content with Tracking Protection 372

    Managing Add-Ons 373

    Protecting Privacy with IE App 374 New!

    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 New!

    Connecting to a Wireless Network 392

    Setting Up a Wireless Network 394

    Disabling or Enabling a Wireless Network 395

    Managing a Wireless Connection 396 New!

    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

    Sharing with a Homegroup 406

    Keeping Files in Sync 408

    Working with Offline Files 410

    Controlling a Remote Desktop 412

    Syncing Files at a Workplace Network 414 New!

    Connecting Devices to a Workplace Network 416 New!

    15 Printing, Faxing, and Scanning 417

    Understanding Printers 418 New!

    Viewing Printers 419

    Installing a Printer 420 New!

    Specifying a Default Printer 422

    Renaming or Deleting a Printer 423

    Printing Documents 424 New!

    Managing Printers and Print Jobs 426

    Changing Printer Properties 428

    Changing Printer Preferences 429

    Sharing a Printer 430

    Creating an XPS Document 431

    Understanding Faxes 432

    Setting Up a Fax 433

    Creating a Fax Cover Page 434

    Sending a Fax 436

    Managing Outgoing Faxes 438

    Receiving a Fax 439

    Reviewing a Fax 440

    Changing Fax Properties 441

    Scanning a Document 442 New!

    16 Maintaining Your Computer 443

    Understanding Disk File Systems 444

    Formatting a Disk 446

    Displaying Disk and Folder Information 448

    Setting Disk Quotas for Users 449

    Detecting and Repairing Disk Errors 450

    Encrypting a Disk 451

    Optimizing a Disk 452

    Cleaning Up a Disk 453

    Boosting Speed with a Removable Disk 454

    Adding or Removing Windows Components 455

    Installing and Uninstalling a Program 456

    Updating Windows 458 New!

    Updating and Refreshing Windows 460 New!

    Keeping a File History 462 New!

    Restoring a File History 464

    Creating a System Image 465

    Restoring System Settings 466

    Creating a System Recovery Drive 468

    Setting Startup and Recovery Options 469

    Starting Windows When Problems Occur 470

    17 Managing Hardware 471

    Understanding Plug and Play Hardware 472

    Viewing Hardware Devices 474

    Installing Hardware Devices 476

    Viewing System Hardware Settings 477

    Changing Windows Update Driver Settings 478

    Changing Keyboard Settings 479

    Changing Mouse Settings 480 New!

    Changing Phone and Modem Options 482

    Managing Storage Spaces 483

    Managing Color 484

    Using the Windows Mobility Center 485

    Adding a Secondary Monitor 486

    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

    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 8.1 511

    Preparing to Install Windows 8.1 512 New!

    Installing Windows 8.1 514 New!

    Updating Windows 8.1 516 New!

    Reinstalling Windows 8.1 518

    Using Windows To Go 519

    Transferring Files and Settings from Another PC 520

    Getting Help+Tips for Windows 8.1 522 New!

    New Features 523 New!

    Index 529

    Additional information

    GOR007004198
    Windows 8.1 on Demand by Perspection, Inc.
    Perspection, Inc.
    Used - Very Good
    Paperback
    Pearson Education (US)
    2013-11-12
    576
    078975228X
    9780789752284
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    Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
    This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.