The bestselling tech book of all time, now updated for Windows 8 Microsoft Windows is the operating system that runs nearly 90 percent of the world's computers. Windows 8 will offer new interface updates, cloud-based services, and much more. This update of Andy Rathbone's bestselling Windows guide covers all the basics, plus the enhancements unique to Windows 8. Whether you're meeting Windows for the first time or upgrading from an earlier version, this book shows you how to navigate the interface, work with files, browse the Internet, set up e-mail, manage media, and more. Combined editions of this book, all by Microsoft MVP Andy Rathbone, have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide, making Windows For Dummies the #1 bestselling technology book of all time Covers all the basics of using Windows 8--core desktop components, managing files and folders, saving files, using Windows search, printing, and working in the cloud Shows how to get online, set up and use e-mail, use the latest version of Internet Explorer, set up security and virus protection, add music to the media player, organize photos, and edit media Includes coverage on using Windows 8's new start screen on both a desktop computer and a touchscreen device Windows 8 For Dummies has what all Windows newbies need to know as well as complete coverage of the new version's bells and whistles.
Introduction 1 Part I: Windows 8 Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know 9 Chapter 1: What Is Windows 8? 11 Chapter 2: The Mysterious New Start Screen 19 Chapter 3: The Traditional Desktop 51 Chapter 4: Basic Desktop Window Mechanics 71 Chapter 5: Storage: Internal, External, and in the Sky 87 Part II: Working with Programs, Apps, and Files 117 Chapter 6: Playing with Programs, Apps, and Documents 119 Chapter 7: Finding the Lost 139 Chapter 8: Printing Your Work 153 Part III: Getting Things Done on the Internet 167 Chapter 9: Cruising the Web 169 Chapter 10: Being Social: Mail, People, Calendar, and Messaging 191 Chapter 11: Safe Computing 215 Part IV: Customizing and Upgrading Windows 8 227 Chapter 12: Customizing Windows 8 with the Control Panel 229 Chapter 13: Keeping Windows from Breaking 255 Chapter 14: Sharing One Computer with Several People 269 Chapter 15: Connecting Computers with a Network 285 Part V: Music, Photos, and Movies 299 Chapter 16: Playing and Copying Music in Media Player 301 Chapter 17: Fiddling with Photos (and Movies) 323 Part VI: Help! 341 Chapter 18: The Case of the Broken Window 343 Chapter 19: Strange Messages: What You Did Does Not Compute 359 Chapter 20: Moving from an Old PC to a New Windows 8 PC 369 Chapter 21: Help on the Windows 8 Help System 377 Part VII: The Part of Tens 383 Chapter 22: Ten Things You’ll Hate about Windows 8 (and How to Fix Them) 385 Chapter 23: Ten or So Tips for Touchscreen Owners 393 Index 399
Andy Rathbone is an expert on PC operation and repair, home theater and entertainment technologies, and tablet computing. In addition to all editions of Windows For Dummies, he is the author of Upgrading & Fixing Computers Do-It-Yourself For Dummies and Motorola XOOM For Dummies.
Just want to get going with Windows 8? This book was made for you! Windows 8 looks and acts differently than previous Windows versions. The touch-friendly Start screen and new apps can confuse even the most experienced Windows user. This book helps you master Windows 8 by getting you started using the new interface, finding that missing file, creating a network, using Windows 8 on your tablet, and more. The big changes — tour the Start screen, where you load apps and programs, see where the desktop went, and use the Control Panel to customize Windows 8 Touch and go — get acquainted with the many features designed for touchscreen devices Tour the web — use Internet Explorer, set up and use e-mail, access your social networks, and do it all with more security When you have to share — discover how to protect everyone's privacy and how to set up a network The magic of media — play CDs, digital music, and movies, or work with photos transferred from your camera Open the book and find: Straightforward explanations of unique features Which version of Windows 8 is right for you Tips for touchscreen users Whether you should upgrade to Windows 8 Easy, do-it-yourself maintenance tips How to download apps from the Windows Store The easy way to back up your PC Ten things that will drive you crazy and how to fix them Learn to: Use the Start screen to launch apps Send e-mail and link to social media accounts Create music playlists, watch videos, and organize photos Troubleshoot common problems
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