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About the Author ix Dedication x Acknowledgments x We Want to Hear from You! xi Reader Services xi Introduction 1 Versions of Windows 8 2 Highlights of Windows 8 3 What You'll Find in This Book 5 Let's Begin 7 Chapter 1: Wow, Windows 8! 9 Exploring Windows 8 10 Touring the Start Screen 10 Using Touch in Windows 8 13 Getting Around with the Mouse and Keyboard 18 Using the Mouse 18 Using the (Real) Keyboard 22 Shutting Down or Putting Windows 8 to Sleep 27 Finding the Help You Need 29 Chapter 2: Preparing Your Windows 8 PC and Devices 35 Adding Devices in Windows 8 36 Connecting to Wireless Networks 43 Managing Your PC Power 46 Transferring Files 49 Refreshing Your PC or Reinstalling Windows 8 53 Chapter 3: Beginning with the Start Screen 59 Exploring the Start Screen 60 Understanding Windows 8 Charms 64 Changing the Way Tiles Look and Behave 66 Moving, Grouping, and Removing Apps 71 Searching in Windows 8 75 Chapter 4: Working with the Windows 8 Desktop 81 Moving Between the Desktop and the Start Screen 82 Getting Ready to Work with Programs 83 Tailoring the Taskbar 87 Working with Windows on the Windows Desktop 89 Window Basics 89 Chapter 5: Personalizing Windows 8 97 Personalizing Your Lock Screen 97 Adding Badges 103 Adjusting the Look of Windows 8 103 Changing Your Windows 8 Desktop 107 Tweaking Your Touch Experience 110 Adjusting the Mouse 111 Choosing Your Language 114 Chapter 6: Securing Your Windows 8 Computer 117 Customizing Your Login 118 Working with the Action Center 129 Using Windows Defender 134 Turning on Your Windows Firewall 136 Working with User Accounts 139 Maintaining Your Privacy 143 Chapter 7: Exploring Windows 8 Apps 147 Getting Started with Apps 148 Finding and Starting Apps 151 Working with Apps 154 Exploring a Program Window 155 Checking Out a Windows 8 App 156 Closing Apps 160 Getting New Apps from the Windows Store 162 Starting and Stopping a Program from the Desktop 165 Repairing and Uninstalling Programs 167 Chapter 8: Managing Files with File Explorer 173 Getting Started with File Explorer 174 Starting File Explorer 174 Exploring the Explorer Screen 175 Using the Ribbon 178 Working with Windows 8 Libraries 181 Managing Your Files and Folders 188 Copying, Moving, and Sharing Files and Folders 194 Chapter 9: Always Online with Internet Explorer 10 203 Introducing Internet Explorer 10 203 Starting Internet Explorer 205 A Look Around the Internet Explorer Window(s) 206 Browsing and Searching the Web--the Windows 8 Way 209 Navigating the Web 211 Searching for Information 216 Working with Tabs 220 Securing Your Browsing Experience 223 Chapter 10: Connect and Communicate with Windows 8 227 Getting Social with the People App 228 Staying in Touch Through Email 238 Checking Out the Mail Window 240 Keeping Your Dates Straight with the Calendar App 243 Messaging: When You Need Instant Contact 247 Chapter 11: Get Entertained with Windows 8 Photos, Music, Movies, and Xbox 253 Let There Be Photos! 253 Grooving to Your Tunes 260 Watching and Sharing Video in Windows 8 269 Games in Windows 8 273 Chapter 12: Connect with Other Computers, Devices, and the Cloud 279 Setting Up a Home Network 279 Gathering Your Equipment 280 Getting Started with a HomeGroup 283 Using Your HomeGroup 286 Saving Your Files to SkyDrive 289 Chapter 13: Windows 8 Care, Feeding, and Troubleshooting 293 Getting Windows 8 Updates 293 Backing Up and Restoring Your Files 298 Using System Tools 302 Compatibility with Windows 8 305 Appendix A: Windows 8 App Gallery 309 Appreciating Your Apps 310 Checking Out the Bing Apps 312 Finance App 313 Weather App 313 Maps App 314 News App 315 Sports App 316 Travel App 317 The Windows Store Revisited 319 Getting App Info 322 Installing Apps 324 The Windows 8 App Gallery 330 Allrecip
After writing about technology for 25 years, Katherine Murray believes there's never been a better time to be a tech enthusiast. With the advent of Windows 8, technology is more connected and more integrated with our daily lives than ever before. She's worked with every version of Microsoft Windows released, marveling with the masses at Windows 3.1, swearing at Windows ME, enjoying Windows XP, and threatening to throw her computer off the roof, thanks to Windows Vista. Windows 7 was her favorite version of the operating system, followed in a close second place by Windows XP. But now with Windows 8, she feels Microsoft is in sync with the times, offering a fast, fluid, and secure option for connecting with others, enjoying media, saving to the cloud, and integrating our work across multiple devices. She started writing about technology 25 years ago and still enjoys it, specializing in Microsoft Office technologies and the fascinating ways in which we stay in touch with each other through cloud technology, blogging, social media, and more. You'll find Katherine's blog, BlogOffice, at www.murrayblogoffice.blogspot.com. In addition to writing books, she writes regularly for CNET's TechRepublic and Windows Secrets.