Synopses & Reviews
Windows 8.1 continues the evolution of the most radical redesign in Microsofts history. It combines the familiar Windows desktop with a new, touchscreen-friendly world of tiles and full-screen apps. Luckily, David Pogue is back to help you make sense of it—with humor, authority, and 500 illustrations.
The important stuff you need to know:
- Whats new in 8.1. The update to 8.1 offers new apps, a universal Search, the return of the Start menu, and several zillion other nips and tucks.
- New features. Storage Spaces, Windows To Go, File Histories—if Microsoft wrote it, this book covers it.
- Security. Protect your PC from viruses, spyware, spam, sick hard drives, and out-of-control kids.
- The network. HomeGroups, connecting from the road, mail, Web, music streaming among PCs—this book has your network covered.
- The software. Media Center, Photo Gallery, Internet Explorer, speech recognition—this one authoritative, witty guide makes it all crystal clear. Its the book that should have been in the box.
Pogue, a technology columnist and creator of the Missing Manualseries, explains the features of Windows 8.1. He describes the tile interface and the start screen, customizing screens, apps, andsettings; the desktop, including the file explorer, folders, the taskbar, searching and organizing files, redesigning the desktop,help, programs and documents, starter programs, and the control panel; the internet, security and privacy, Internet Explorer 11, andWindows Live Mail; Windows Photo Gallery and Windows Media Player; printing, fonts, faxing, hardware, and drivers; maintenance, speedtweaks, troubleshooting, backups and file history, and disks; and the Windows network, including accounts, setting up a small network, corporate networks, sharing files, and remote access.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
With Windows 8, Microsoft completely reimagined the graphical user interface for its operating system, which now runs on both desktop PCs and tablets. Now, thanks to the free Windows 8.1 update, those of you who have finally gotten used to the revamped Windows will need to learn all-new features and workflows all over again. Thankfully, Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual will be there to help.
Written by New York Times columnist, bestselling author, and Missing Manuals creator David Pogue, this jargon-free book clearly explains Windows 8.1 features and fixes, such as tighter integration of SkyDrive, new apps such as Movie Moments, and the return of the popular and sorely missed Start button.
Like other books in the Missing Manuals series, Windows 8.1: The Missing Manual illuminates its subject with technical insight, plenty of wit, and hardnosed objectivity. Its the ideal guide for beginners, experienced PC users, new tablet owners, and those who know their way around a network.
About the Author
David Pogue, Yale '85, is the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times and an Emmy award-winning tech correspondent for CBS News. His funny tech videos appear weekly on CNBC. And with 3 million books in print, he is also one of the world's bestselling how- to authors. In 1999, he launched his own series of amusing, practical, and user-friendly computer books called Missing Manuals, which now includes 100 titles.
Table of Contents
The Missing Credits; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgments; The Missing Manual Series; Introduction; What's New in Windows 8; What's New in Windows 8.1; The Editions of Windows 8.1--and Windows RT; About This Book; The Very Basics; Part One: TileWorld; Chapter 1: The Start Screen; 1.1 The Lock Screen; 1.2 The Accounts Screen; 1.3 The Login Screen; 1.4 The Start Screen; 1.5 Corners and Swipes; 1.6 Shutting Down; Chapter 2: Customizing the Lock, Login and Start Screens; 2.1 Adding or Removing App Tiles; 2.2 Grouping Tiles; 2.3 More Ways to Tweak the Start Screen; 2.4 Notifications; 2.5 Customizing the Lock Screen; 2.6 Customizing the Login Process; Chapter 3: How TileWorld Works; 3.1 The Windows Store; 3.2 Working with TileWorld Apps; 3.3 Uninstalling a TileWorld App; 3.4 The Two Task Switchers; 3.5 The Onscreen Keyboard; 3.6 Handwriting Recognition; 3.7 The File Picker; 3.8 Search; 3.9 Text: Selecting, Copying, Pasting; 3.10 The TileWorld Spelling Checker; 3.11 Help in TileWorld; 3.12 The TileWorld Apps Missing Manual; Chapter 4: TileWorld's Starter Apps; 4.1 Alarms; 4.2 Calculator; 4.3 Calendar; 4.4 Camera; 4.5 Desktop; 4.6 Finance; 4.7 Food and Drink; 4.8 Games; 4.9 Health and Fitness; 4.10 Help + Tips; 4.11 Internet Explorer; 4.12 Mail; 4.13 Maps; 4.14 Music; 4.15 News; 4.16 PC Settings; 4.17 People; 4.18 Photos; 4.19 Reader; 4.20 Reading List; 4.21 Scan; 4.22 OneDrive; 4.23 Skype; 4.24 Sound Recorder; 4.25 Sports; 4.26 Store; 4.27 Travel; 4.28 Video; 4.29 Weather; Chapter 5: TileWorld Settings; 5.1 The Six Charms-Panel Settings; 5.2 Personalize; 5.3 PC and Devices; 5.4 Accounts; 5.5 OneDrive; 5.6 Search and Apps; 5.7 Privacy; 5.8 Network; 5.9 Time and Language; 5.10 Ease of Access; 5.11 Update and Recovery; Part Two: The Windows Desktop; Chapter 6: File Explorer, Folders and the Taskbar; 6.1 The Windows Desktop; 6.2 Return of the Start Menu; 6.3 The Complete Guide to Ignoring TileWorld; 6.4 Desktop Windows: File Explorer; 6.5 Universal Window Controls; 6.6 Window Tricks; 6.7 The Ribbon; 6.8 Explorer Window Controls; 6.9 Optional Window Panes; 6.10 Libraries; 6.11 Tags, Metadata, and Properties; 6.12 Icon and List Views; 6.13 Sorting, Grouping, and Filtering; 6.14 The "Folder Options" Options; 6.15 Taskbar 2.0; 6.16 Jump Lists; 6.17 Three Ways to Get the Taskbar Out of Your Hair; 6.18 Taskbar Toolbars; 6.19 The Run Command; Chapter 7: Searching and Organizing Your Files; 7.1 Desktop Search; 7.2 The Search Index; 7.3 Where Windows Looks; 7.4 Customizing Search; 7.5 Saved Searches; 7.6 The Folders of Windows 8.1; 7.7 Selecting Icons; 7.8 Life with Icons; 7.9 Copying and Moving Folders and Files; 7.10 The Recycle Bin; 7.11 Shortcut Icons; 7.12 Compressing Files and Folders; 7.13 Burning CDs and DVDs from the Desktop; 7.14 ISO Disk Images; Chapter 8: Redesigning Your Desktop World; 8.1 Turning Off the New Look; 8.2 A Gallery of Themes; 8.3 Desktop Background (Wallpaper); 8.4 Color; 8.5 Sounds; 8.6 Screen Savers; 8.7 Desktop Icons; 8.8 Mouse Makeover; 8.9 Preserving Your Tweaks for Posterity; 8.10 Monitor Settings; 8.11 Multiple Monitors; Chapter 9: Help at the Desktop; 9.1 Navigating the Help System; 9.2 Remote Assistance; 9.3 Getting Help from Microsoft; Chapter 10: Programs and Documents; 10.1 Opening Desktop Programs; 10.2 Exiting Desktop Programs; 10.3 When Programs Die: The Task Manager; 10.4 Saving Documents; 10.5 Closing Documents; 10.6 The Open Dialog Box; 10.7 Moving Data Between Documents; 10.8 Speech Recognition; 10.9 Filename Extensions and File Associations; 10.10 Installing Desktop Software; 10.11 Uninstalling Software; 10.12 Program Compatibility Modes; Chapter 11: The Desktop's Starter Programs; 11.1 Windows Essentials; 11.2 Calculator; 11.3 Character Map; 11.4 Command Prompt; 11.5 This PC; 11.6 Control Panel; 11.7 Default Programs; 11.8 File Explorer; 11.9 Help and Support; 11.10 Magnifier; 11.11 Math Input Panel; 11.12 Narrator; 11.13 Notepad; 11.14 Onscreen Keyboard; 11.15 Paint; 11.16 Remote Desktop Connection; 11.17 Run; 11.18 Snipping Tool; 11.19 Sound Recorder; 11.20 Steps Recorder; 11.21 Sticky Notes; 11.22 Task Manager; 11.23 Windows Defender; 11.24 Windows Easy Transfer; 11.25 Windows Fax and Scan; 11.26 Windows Journal; 11.27 Windows Live Mail; 11.28 Windows Live Messenger; 11.29 Windows Live Writer; 11.30 Windows Media Player; 11.31 Windows PowerShell; 11.32 Windows Speech Recognition; 11.33 WordPad; 11.34 XPS Viewer; Chapter 12: The Control Panel; 12.1 Many Roads to Control Panel; 12.2 The Control Panel, Applet by Applet; Part Three: Windows Online; Chapter 13: Hooking Up to the Internet; 13.1 Connecting to a WiFi Network; 13.2 Wired Connections; 13.3 Tethering and Cellular Modems; 13.4 Dial-Up Connections; 13.5 Connection Management; Chapter 14: Security and Privacy; 14.1 Windows Defender; 14.2 Action Center; 14.3 Windows Firewall; 14.4 Windows SmartScreen; 14.5 Privacy and Cookies; 14.6 History: Erasing Your Tracks; 14.7 The Pop-Up Blocker; 14.8 InPrivate Browsing; 14.9 Internet Security Zones; 14.10 Do Not Track; 14.11 Hotspot Security; 14.12 Protect Your Home Wireless Network; 14.13 Family Safety (Parental Controls); Chapter 15: Internet Explorer 11; 15.1 IE11 Desktop: The Grand Tour; 15.2 The Address/Search Bar; 15.3 Tabbed Browsing; 15.4 Favorites (Bookmarks); 15.5 History List; 15.6 RSS: The Missing Manual; 15.7 Tips for Better Surfing; 15.8 The Keyboard Shortcut Master List; Chapter 16: Windows Live Mail; 16.1 Setting Up Windows Live Mail; 16.2 Checking Email; 16.3 Composing and Sending Messages; 16.4 Reading Email; 16.5 Quick Views, Custom Views (Filters); 16.6 How to Process a Message; 16.7 Junk Email; 16.8 The World of Mail Settings; 16.9 The Contacts List; 16.10 Mail's Calendar; 16.11 RSS Feeds; 16.12 Newsgroups; Part Four: Pictures and Music; Chapter 17: Windows Photo Gallery; 17.1 Photo Gallery: The Application; 17.2 Getting Pictures into Photo Gallery; 17.3 The Post-Dump Slideshow; 17.4 The Digital Shoebox; 17.5 People, Tags, Geotags, Captions, Ratings, and Flags; 17.6 Searching for Photos; 17.7 Editing Your Shots; 17.8 Finding Your Audience; Chapter 18: Windows Media Player; 18.1 The Lay of the Land; 18.2 Importing Music Files; 18.3 Music Playback; 18.4 Playlists; 18.5 Burning Your Own CDs; 18.6 Sharing Music on the Network; 18.7 Pictures and Videos; Part Five: Hardware and Peripherals; Chapter 19: Printing, Fonts and Faxing; 19.1 Installing a Printer; 19.2 Printing; 19.3 Controlling Printouts; 19.4 Fancy Printer Tricks; 19.5 Printer Troubleshooting; 19.6 Fonts; 19.7 Faxing; 19.8 Scanning Documents; Chapter 20: Hardware and Drivers; 20.1 External Gadgets; 20.2 Device Stage; 20.3 Installing Cards in Expansion Slots; 20.4 Troubleshooting Newly Installed Gear; 20.5 Driver Signing; 20.6 The Device Manager; Part Six: PC Health; Chapter 21: Maintenance, Speed Tweaks and Troubleshooting; 21.1 The Action Center; 21.2 Disk Cleanup; 21.3 Disk Defragmenter; 21.4 Hard Drive Checkups; 21.5 Disk Management; 21.6 Task Scheduler; 21.7 Three Speed Tricks; 21.8 Windows Update; 21.9 Reset and Refresh; 21.10 Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE); 21.11 Troubleshooting Tools; 21.12 Startup Items Revealed; Chapter 22: Backups and File History; 22.1 System Images; 22.2 System Restore; 22.3 File History; 22.4 The USB Recovery Drive; Chapter 23: The Disk Chapter; 23.1 Storage Spaces; 23.2 Dynamic Disks; 23.3 Compressing Files and Folders; 23.4 Encrypting Files and Folders; 23.5 BitLocker Drive Encryption; Part Seven: The Windows Network; Chapter 24: Accounts (and Logging On); 24.1 Local Accounts vs. Microsoft Accounts; 24.2 Accounts Central; 24.3 Adding an Account; 24.4 Editing an Account; 24.5 The Forgotten Password Disk; 24.6 Deleting User Accounts; 24.7 Disabling Accounts; 24.8 The Guest Account; 24.9 Authenticate Yourself: User Account Control; 24.10 Local Users and Groups; 24.11 Fast User Switching; 24.12 Logging On; 24.13 Profiles; Chapter 25: Setting Up a Small Network; 25.1 Kinds of Networks; 25.2 Sharing an Internet Connection; 25.3 The Network and Sharing Center; Chapter 26: Corporate Networks; 26.1 The Domain; 26.2 Four Ways Life Is Different on a Domain; Chapter 27: Sharing Files on the Network; 27.1 Three Ways to Share Files; 27.2 HomeGroups; 27.3 Sharing the Public Folders; 27.4 Sharing Any Folder; 27.5 Accessing Shared Folders; 27.6 Mapping Shares to Drive Letters; 27.7 Sharing a DVD Drive; Chapter 28: The Road Warrior's Handbook; 28.1 Windows Mobility Center; 28.2 Offline Files and Sync Center; 28.3 Windows to Go; 28.4 Dialing In from the Road; 28.5 Virtual Private Networking; 28.6 Remote Desktop; Part Eight: Appendixes; Installing Windows 8.1; Before You Begin; Installing Windows 8.1; Jobs Number 1, 2, 3...; Windows Easy Transfer; Upgrading from Windows 8; Fun with the Registry; Meet Regedit; Regedit Examples; Where'd It Go?; Master List of Gestures and Keyboard Shortcuts; TileWorld gestures; Colophon;