Synopses & Reviews
Get a real feel for Windows 8 with a wealth of tips in this step-by-step guide. After using Windows 7 or XP, learning Microsofts latest operating system takes some adjustment. Never fear. Windows expert Mike Halsey starts with the basics and then takes you through the trickier parts of Microsofts latest operating system. Youll quickly learn how to make the most of Windows 8 for work and entertainment, whether you use a touchscreen tablet, a laptop, or a PC with a keyboard and mouse.
- Easily navigate the intuitive Windows 8 interface
- Use email and the Internet—and keep your family safe
- Share files online or with other devices in your home
- Download and use all kinds of of apps and programs
- Watch movies and listen to music
- Import, view, and edit your own photos and videos
- Learn how to use extra hardware and older software
- Use expert tips to keep your computer running smoothly
- Discover cool stuff that makes computer use really easy
Windows 8: Out of the Box gives those with little experience using tablets and computers a simple and straightforward guide to using Windows 8. Mike Halsey starts with the basics of getting your computer online and takes you step by step through the trickier parts of set up, using the new Windows 8 interface, and sharing your experiences with family and friends.
Topics covered include:
- Connecting to the Internet
- Sharing files
- Downloading apps from the Windows Store
- Keeping your computer secure
- Viewing and Editing photos and videos
And more like troubleshooting tips and how to play music and videos.
About the Author
Mike Halsey is the author of several Windows books including Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out and the Windows 8 Power Users Guide. He is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) awardee and a recognized Windows expert.He regularly makes help, how-to and troubleshooting videos and holds live webcasts on the first Thursday of every month for O'Reilly.Other previous roles have included spending several years as a club-singer and working as a photographer.Mike has an open mailbag and always welcomes questions and comments from readers. He sincerely hopes you have enjoyed this book and that you will consider reviewing it online.He lives in an eco-home in Sheffield (Yorkshire, UK) with his rescue border collie, Jed.
Table of Contents
Preface; Audience; Assumptions This Book Makes; Contents of This Book; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; Safari® Books Online; How to Contact Us; How to Contact the Author; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Using Windows 8; 1.1 Top Tips from This Chapter; 1.2 The Start Screen Versus the Desktop: What You Need to Know; 1.3 Starting Windows 8; 1.4 Finding Your Way Around the New Start Screen; 1.5 Using the Charms Menu; 1.6 Using the App Bar; 1.7 Finding All the Apps in Windows 8; 1.8 Switching Between Running Apps in Windows 8; 1.9 Logging Out Of and Locking Windows 8; 1.10 Using Touch Gestures in Windows 8; 1.11 Using Windows 8 with a Keyboard and Mouse; 1.12 Using the On-Screen Keyboard; 1.13 Shutting Down and Restarting Windows 8; 1.14 Summary; Chapter 2: Using Email and the Internet; 2.1 Top Tips from This Chapter; 2.2 Getting Online with Windows 8; 2.3 Getting Quick Access to Your Email; 2.4 Using the Internet Explorer 10 App; 2.5 Using Windows Live Mail; 2.6 Summary; Chapter 3: Sharing Your Files, Photos, Music, and Video; 3.1 Top Tips from This Chapter; 3.2 The Windows 8 Sharing Tool; 3.3 Sharing with Other People in Your Home; 3.4 Connecting Windows 8 and Your Xbox 360; 3.5 Connecting to Other Devices in Your Home; 3.6 Summary; Chapter 4: Downloading and Using Apps and Programs; 4.1 Top Tips from This Chapter; 4.2 Using the Windows Store; 4.3 Updating Apps in Windows 8; 4.4 Organizing App Icons on the Start Screen; 4.5 Viewing All Your Installed Apps and Programs; 4.6 Switching Between Running Apps and Programs; 4.7 Viewing Two Apps Side by Side; 4.8 Viewing Two Desktop Windows Side by Side; 4.9 Uninstalling Apps and Programs in Windows 8; 4.10 Summary; Chapter 5: Watching and Listening to Your Videos and Music; 5.1 Top Tips from This Chapter; 5.2 Watching Your Videos in Windows 8; 5.3 Playing Your Music in Windows 8; 5.4 Using Windows Media Player; 5.5 Summary; Chapter 6: Importing, Viewing, and Editing Your Photographs and Videos; 6.1 Top Tips from This Chapter; 6.2 Importing Photos and Video from Your Digital Camera; 6.3 Advanced Photo and Video Import Using Windows Photo Gallery; 6.4 Viewing Your Photos in Windows 8; 6.5 Editing Your Photos in Windows Photo Gallery; 6.6 Summary; Chapter 7: Connecting To and Using Extra Hardware with Your Computer; 7.1 Top Tips from This Chapter; 7.2 Attaching and Using a Printer; 7.3 Setting the Default Printer; 7.4 Connecting to Network Storage and Devices; 7.5 Using a Second Screen with Your Computer; 7.6 Summary; Chapter 8: Using Windows 8 for Work; 8.1 Top Tips from This Chapter; 8.2 Using Microsoft Office in Windows 8; 8.3 Using the Desktop in Windows 8; 8.4 Maximizing Battery Life on Your Laptop or Tablet; 8.5 Summary; Chapter 9: Using Older Software and Programs; 9.1 Top Tips from This Chapter; 9.2 Windows Tablets and Desktop Programs; 9.3 Installing Desktop Programs in Windows 8; 9.4 Running Programs on the Windows Desktop; 9.5 Uninstalling Desktop Programs in Windows 8; 9.6 Summary; Chapter 10: Keeping You and Your Family Safe; 10.1 Top Tips from This Chapter; 10.2 Setting Up Additional Users on Your Computer; 10.3 Viruses, Malware, and Phishing Explained; 10.4 Using Windows Defender to Keep Your Computer Safe; 10.5 Browsing Safely with Internet Explorer 10; 10.6 Setting Up and Using Family Safety; 10.7 Summary; Chapter 11: Keeping Your Computer Running Smoothly; 11.1 Top Tips from This Chapter; 11.2 How to Keep Your Files Backed Up; 11.3 Restoring Your Files from a Backup; 11.4 Restoring Windows 8 from a Backup; 11.5 Refreshing Windows 8; 11.6 Creating a Recovery Drive; 11.7 Using System Restore to Rescue Windows; 11.8 Maintaining Windows 8; 11.9 Summary; Chapter 12: More Top Tips for Using Windows 8; 12.1 Use a Picture Password; 12.2 Use a Secure Password; 12.3 Get Extra Information from the Start Screen; 12.4 Make Sure You Keep Regular Backups; 12.5 Create a Custom Refresh Image; 12.6 Using the Calendar and Clocks on the Desktop Taskbar; 12.7 Choosing the Programs that Open Files; 12.8 Managing Your Default Sound Devices; 12.9 Turn It Off and On Again; 12.10 Summary;