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Windows 8.1 For Dummies

Windows 8.1 For Dummies

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By (author) Andy Rathbone

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 231mm x 23mm | 726g
  • Publication date: 18 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118821211
  • ISBN 13: 9781118821213
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations (colour)
  • Sales rank: 68,006

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The bestselling book on Windows, now updated for the new 8.1 features Microsoft has fine-tuned Windows 8 with some important new features, and veteran author Andy Rathbone explains every one in this all-new edition of a long-time bestseller. Whether you're using Windows for the first time, upgrading from an older version, or just moving from Windows 8 to 8.1, here's what you need to know. Learn about the dual interfaces, the new Start button, how to customize the interface and boot operations, and how to work with programs and files, use the web and social media, manage music and photos, and much more. You'll even find troubleshooting tips! This edition covers the upgrades in Windows 8.1, including the dual interfaces, basic mechanics, file storage, and how to get the free upgrade to Windows 8.1 Shows how to manipulate app tiles, give Windows the look you choose, set up boot-to-desktop capabilities, connect to a network, and create user accounts Covers working with programs, apps, and files; using the Internet and social media; new apps and capabilities for working with onboard and online media; and how to move files to a new PC Written by Andy Rathbone, author of every edition of the bestselling Windows For Dummies Windows 8.1 For Dummies is exactly what you need to get going and be productive with the newest Windows update.

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Andy Rathbone is a top-selling tech author. His Windows For Dummies books have sold millions of copies since the first edition was published in 1992, becoming the bestselling computer books ever. Andy answers readers questions and shares Windows advice at www.andyrathbone.com.

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"Learn to: "Launch apps from the Start screenSend e-mail and link to social media accountsCreate music playlists, watch videos, and organize photosInstall updates that keep Windows 8.1 working smoothlyJust want to make Windows work? Here's what you need to make Windows 8.1 do what you want!This book isn't about making you a Windows guru. It's much less lofty. It tells you how to use the Start screen, snap your most-used apps to the traditional desktop, find missing files and programs, use the built-in security tools, safely surf the web, enjoy music, organize and share photos, and more. Find what you need when you need it!Movin' up -- learn how to get the free upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1Starting with Start -- use the 8.1 Start button, load apps and programs from the Start screen, find the traditional desktop, and navigate foldersIt's touching -- Windows 8.1 was made with touchscreen users in mind; see how things work on your touch deviceBe social -- integrate your social networks into Windows 8.1 along with e-mail, calendars, and messagingSetting your settings -- customize your desktop, user accounts, hardware and gadget settings, and more with the two control panelsFun stuff -- explore all the options for playing music, watching movies, and managing digital photosTo the rescue -- learn to diagnose and treat common Windows glitches with the Windows 8.1 Help systemOpen the book and find: How to switch between the Start screen and desktopTips for making the Start screen more user-friendlyAll about your built-in OneDrive accountHow to find anything with Windows 8.1's Search featureSteps for downloading and installing Windows 8.1 updatesDo-it-yourself maintenance tipsHelp deciphering error messagesWays to fix things that bug youFind exclusive Windows 8.1 articles, videos, step-by-step examples, and more at www.dummies.com/extras/windows8dot1

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Windows 8.1 Stuff Everybody Thinks You Already Know 7 Chapter 1: What Is Windows 8.1? 9 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 141 Chapter 8: Printing and Scanning Your Work 153 Part III: Getting Things Done on the Internet 167 Chapter 9: Cruising the Web 169 Chapter 10: Being Social: Mail, People, and Calendar 193 Chapter 11: Safe Computing 213 Part IV: Customizing and Upgrading Windows 8.1 227 Chapter 12: Customizing Windows with the Control Panels 229 Chapter 13: Keeping Windows from Breaking257 Chapter 14: Sharing One Computer with Several People 269 Chapter 15: Connecting Computers with a Network 281 Part V: Music, Photos, and Movies 293 Chapter 16: Playing and Copying Music 295 Chapter 17: Fiddling with Photos (and Movies) 317 Part VI: Help! 335 Chapter 18: The Case of the Broken Window337 Chapter 19: Strange Messages: What You Did Does Not Compute 353 Chapter 20: Moving from an Old PC to a New Windows 8.1 PC 363 Chapter 21: Help on the Windows Help System 369 Part VII: The Part of Tens 377 Chapter 22: Ten Things You'll Hate about Windows 8.1 (And How to Fix Them) 379 Chapter 23: Ten or So Tips for Tablet and Laptop Owners 389 Index 397