Windows 10 Absolute Beginner's Guide (includes Content Update Program)
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Make the most of your new Windows 10 device-without needing to be a technical expert! This book is the fastest way to take control of Windows 10, and use it to create, connect, and discover... simplify and organize your whole life... learn more, play more, do more, live better! This book will show you how to do what you want, the way you want, one incredibly clear and easy step at a time. Windows 10 has never, ever been this simple!





Who knew how simple Windows 10 could be?





This is the easiest, most practical beginner's guide to using your new Windows 10 desktop, notebook, or tablet... simple, reliable instructions for doing everything you really want to do!





Here's a small sample of what you'll learn:



Make the new Windows 10 Start menu work just the way you want
Tweak Windows to reflect your personality and maximize your security
Reliably connect to your home network or public Wi-Fi
Master the speedy new Microsoft Edge web browser
Install and use the best new Windows Store apps
Enjoy all of your digital photos, videos, movies, and music
Find whatever you're looking for-or let Cortana find it for you
Use free OneDrive cloud storage to store, sync, and back up your files
Play games and media through Xbox Live
Manage all email from one easy app: Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo!, and more
Share files and printers the easy way with Homegroups
Retrieve up-to-the-minute news, sports, weather, and financial data
Set up the notifications you want-and turn off those you don't want
Create efficient virtual desktops to get more done faster
Connect multiple monitors to one computer
Keep your computer safe and healthy-painlessly





Alan Wright has spent a decade providing IT support to enterprises, small businesses, and residential users. He holds several certifications from CompTIA and Microsoft, was technical editor on Using Windows 8 and Microsoft Project 2013 In Depth, and co-authored both Windows 8.1: Absolute Beginner's Guide and Visio 2013: Absolute Beginner's Guide.
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  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 179 x 229 x 28mm | 820g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0789754568
  • 9780789754561
  • 594,281

Table of contents

Introduction ......................................................................................................................1



What Is an Absolute Beginner? ............................................................................... 3



How This Book Is Organized .................................................................................... 3



Special Bonus Content Online ................................................................................. 4



Conventions Used in This Book ............................................................................... 4



Selects and Selecting ........................................................................................... 4



Special Elements .................................................................................................. 5



Let Me Know What You Think ................................................................................. 5












I Getting Started










1 Meet Windows 10 ....................................................................................................7



What's New in Windows 10 ..................................................................................... 8



Starting Up Windows .............................................................................................10



Signing In with an Existing Microsoft or Local Account .................................11



Signing In to a New Windows 10 Device ........................................................15



Introducing the Start Menu ....................................................................................19



Displaying All Apps ............................................................................................21



Pinning an Application to the Start Menu .......................................................23



Seeing Tiles That Are Offscreen .......................................................................23



Using the Getting Started App ..............................................................................24



Exiting Windows ......................................................................................................24



Signing Out of Windows 10 ..............................................................................25



Locking Windows 10 ..........................................................................................26



Putting Windows 10 to Sleep ...........................................................................26



Shutting Down Your Windows 10 Computer ..................................................27





2 Interacting with Windows ....................................................................................29



Getting to Know the Windows 10 Interfaces .......................................................30



Working with Continuum and Tablet Mode ....................................................30



Using the Mouse in Windows 10 ......................................................................32



Using the Keyboard in Windows 10 .................................................................33



Using Touch in Windows 10..............................................................................35



Using the Touch Keyboard................................................................................37



Using Controls .........................................................................................................40



Window ...............................................................................................................40



Button ..................................................................................................................41

Text Box ..............................................................................................................42



Check Box ...........................................................................................................42



Switch ..................................................................................................................43



Drop-Down List ...................................................................................................43



Combo Drop-Down List ....................................................................................44



Hamburger Menus .............................................................................................44





3 Optimizing the Start Menu ..................................................................................47



Organizing All Those Tiles......................................................................................48



Accessing the Context Menu of a Tile .............................................................48



Making a Tile Bigger or Smaller .......................................................................49



Controlling Live Tiles .........................................................................................50



Moving a Tile ......................................................................................................51



Show More Tiles .................................................................................................52



Personalizing Tile Groups .......................................................................................53



Creating a Tile Group ........................................................................................53



Moving Tile Groups ...........................................................................................55



Naming a Tile Group .........................................................................................55



Organizing the Navigation Menu of the Start Menu ...........................................56





4 Introducing Windows Apps ..................................................................................61



Learning About Windows Apps .............................................................................62



Shopping at the Windows Store ............................................................................66



Purchasing an App .............................................................................................69



Managing Your Windows Store Purchases ......................................................71



Uninstalling Apps .....................................................................................................74





5 Working with Windows Apps ..............................................................................77



Running Windows Store Apps ...............................................................................78



Starting a Windows Store App .........................................................................78



Stopping a Windows 10 App ............................................................................80



Using Common Windows App Menu Tools ...................................................80



Managing Windows Apps ......................................................................................82



Choosing Default Apps .....................................................................................83



Managing Storage Options for Windows Apps ..............................................84





6 Finding Your Way Around the Windows Desktop ..........................................89



Introducing the Desktop .........................................................................................90



Using the Desktop in Desktop Mode ..............................................................91



Using the Desktop in Tablet Mode .................................................................93



Using Task View .......................................................................................................94

Working with the Taskbar .......................................................................................97



Using the Action Center ....................................................................................98



Customizing the Taskbar .................................................................................100



Working with Applications from the Taskbar ................................................103



Keeping the Desktop Organized .........................................................................105



Arranging the Desktop ...................................................................................105





7 Working with Windows Desktop Applications .............................................. 109



Introducing Desktop Applications .......................................................................110



Working with Desktop Applications ....................................................................111



Starting Desktop Applications ........................................................................113



Using Run as Administrator .............................................................................115



Pinning Desktop Applications to the Taskbar ...............................................116



Saving Shortcuts for Desktop Applications to the Desktop ........................116



Exiting Desktop Programs ...............................................................................118



Working with Windows .........................................................................................118



Installing and Removing Programs ......................................................................120



Installing Programs ...........................................................................................120



Removing Windows Programs ........................................................................121












II Customizing Your Windows 10 Computer










8 Tweaking Windows to Reflect Your Personality ........................................... 125



Personalize Windows.............................................................................................126



Personalizing the Desktop Background .........................................................127



Changing the Color Scheme ...........................................................................130



Customizing the Lock Screen ..........................................................................131



Modifying the Theme ......................................................................................139



Personalizing Your Account Picture ................................................................143



Syncing Your Account Settings .......................................................................145





9 Using Search and Cortana ................................................................................. 149



Using Windows Search .........................................................................................150



Configuring Search...........................................................................................154



Getting to Know Cortana .....................................................................................156



Setting Up Cortana ..........................................................................................157



Using Cortana ...................................................................................................159



Managing Cortana ...........................................................................................163



10 Configuring Input Device Settings .................................................................. 169



The Control Panel or PC Settings? ......................................................................170



Setting Up Your Mouse or Touchpad .................................................................171



Mouse Settings .................................................................................................171



Touchpad Settings ...........................................................................................175



Setting Up Your Keyboard ...................................................................................176



Changing Keyboard Settings ..........................................................................176



Personalize Language, Keyboard, and Date Formats ..................................178





11 Configuring Display and Sound Settings ....................................................... 183



Setting Up Your Display........................................................................................184



Understanding Resolution ..............................................................................184



Setting Up Multiple Monitors .........................................................................187



Make Things Bigger on Your Display .............................................................190



Adjusting Brightness ........................................................................................192



Setting Up Sound ..................................................................................................195



Setting Up Your Speakers ...............................................................................195



Managing Sound for Windows Events ...........................................................197





12 Configuring Notifications and Advanced Settings ....................................... 201



Managing Notifications You Receive ..................................................................202



Ease of Access .......................................................................................................207



Managing Power Options .....................................................................................210



A Simple Approach to Using Power Plans ....................................................210



Common Options Related to Power ..............................................................212



The Manual Method to Manage Power Options ..........................................213





13 Connecting to Networks and the Internet ..................................................... 215



Reviewing Important Internet Connection Basics ..............................................216



Learning About Internet Service Providers ....................................................216



Checking the Hardware Required to Connect ..............................................217



Learning the Internet Connection Services Typically Available .......................217



Understanding Routers for Internet Connection Sharing ............................220



Understanding the Network Adapter.............................................................220



Connecting to the Internet ...................................................................................221



Connecting to a Wireless Network ................................................................222



Connecting Where Free Wi-Fi Is Advertised .................................................225



Connecting to Pay-as-You-Go Wi-Fi ..............................................................227



Connecting to a LAN/Wired Network ...........................................................228



Connecting After Upgrading to Windows 10 ...............................................229



Connecting After You Restart Your Device ...................................................229





III Being Productive










14 Browsing the Web .............................................................................................. 231



Introducing Microsoft Edge .................................................................................232



Surfing the Web with Cortana ........................................................................233



Using Reading View .........................................................................................236



Making Web Notes ..........................................................................................237



Using the New Tab ..........................................................................................239



Browsing the Web with Microsoft Edge .............................................................241



Entering the URL of a Site You Want to Visit ................................................241



Searching the Web ...........................................................................................242



Following a Hyperlink ......................................................................................243



Working with Favorites ...................................................................................244



Using the Hub Pane .........................................................................................246



Working with Tabs ...........................................................................................247



Enhancing Your Browsing Experience ................................................................248



Getting to Know Microsoft Edge Settings ....................................................250



Using Internet Explorer .........................................................................................251



Creating Shortcuts to Websites ......................................................................252



Opening All Links in the Desktop Browser....................................................253





15 Keeping Up with Your Contacts in the People App .................................... 255



Introducing the People App.................................................................................256



Adding Contacts to the People App ..................................................................258



Managing Your Contacts ......................................................................................261



Locating Your Contacts ...................................................................................262



Modifying or Sharing a Contact .....................................................................262



Filtering Contacts .............................................................................................263





16 Setting Up the Mail App .................................................................................. 267



Exploring the Mail App .........................................................................................268



Setting Up Your Email Accounts ..........................................................................269



Setting Up Your Outlook.com, Google, Yahoo!, iCloud, POP, or IMAP Account ..............271



Setting Up Your Exchange or Office 365 Account .......................................273



Manually Setting Up an Email Account Using Exchange, EAS, POP, or IMAP .................275



Managing Your Email Accounts ...........................................................................278



Managing Account Settings ............................................................................278



Managing Account Options ............................................................................281



17 Using the Mail App ............................................................................................. 285



Reading Your Email ...............................................................................................286



Replying to a Message ....................................................................................287



Filing a Message in a Folder ...........................................................................289



Deleting a Message .........................................................................................290



Forwarding a Message ....................................................................................291



Marking a Message as Unread .......................................................................291



Writing an Email Message ....................................................................................293



Addressing Your Message ...............................................................................294



Formatting Your Email Message.....................................................................295



Attaching a Photo, File, Table, or Hyperlink to Your Message ...................297



Checking Spelling in Your Message ...............................................................298



Managing Your Inbox............................................................................................299



Pinning Accounts to the Start Menu ..............................................................299



Flagging Messages ..........................................................................................300



Printing Emails ..................................................................................................301



Future Improvements .......................................................................................302





18 Managing Your Calendar ................................................................................... 305



Starting the Calendar App ...................................................................................306



Controlling the Calendar View ........................................................................307



Setting Calendar Colors ..................................................................................310



Synchronizing with Other Calendars ...................................................................311



Adding Events to Your Calendar .........................................................................313



Customizing the Calendar View......................................................................316





19 Sharing Your Windows Computer with Others ............................................. 319



Windows 10 Users and Account Basics ..............................................................320



Adding a New User ...............................................................................................323



Adding a New User with a Local Account .....................................................323



Adding a New User with a Microsoft Account ..............................................325



Creating a PIN or Picture Password ....................................................................328



Adding a PIN to Your Account .......................................................................329



Adding a Picture Password to Your Account ................................................329



Making Changes to User Accounts .....................................................................332



Changing a User's Type ..................................................................................332



Removing a User Account ...............................................................................334



Maintaining Security ..............................................................................................337



Windows Hello ..................................................................................................337



Using the Screensaver to Add Security .........................................................338



Two-Step Verification .......................................................................................339







20 Sharing Files and Printers .................................................................................. 343



Networking with Homegroup ..............................................................................344



Using the Windows Homegroup .........................................................................345



Creating a Homegroup ....................................................................................346



Joining a Homegroup ......................................................................................349



Leaving a Homegroup .....................................................................................350



Troubleshooting Homegroup Connections...................................................350



Setting Up Sharing ................................................................................................351



Disabling Sharing for Specific Files or Folders .............................................353



Sharing Files and Folders Only with Specific Users......................................354



Sharing Your Printer ..............................................................................................356



Seeing Stuff Shared by Others ............................................................................360





21 File and Folder Basics ........................................................................................ 363



Files and Folder Basics .........................................................................................364



Understanding Files .........................................................................................364



Understanding Folders ....................................................................................365



Exploring with File Explorer .................................................................................367



Working with Quick Access .............................................................................368



Working with Libraries .....................................................................................369



Navigating the Folder Tree .............................................................................372



Customizing the Content Pane .......................................................................375



Exploring the Preview and Details Pane ........................................................377



Folder Options .................................................................................................379





22 Working with OneDrive ..................................................................................... 383



Introducing OneDrive ...........................................................................................384



Setting Up OneDrive .......................................................................................387



Adding Files to Your OneDrive ......................................................................390



Managing Your OneDrive Files .......................................................................390



Sharing a File on Your OneDrive ...................................................................392



Viewing OneDrive Status ......................................................................................394



Configuring OneDrive Preferences .....................................................................396



Sync Settings with OneDrive ...........................................................................396



Using OneDrive in the Photo App .................................................................397



Using OneDrive with the Music App..............................................................398



Managing Metered Connections Considerations ..............................................400



Troubleshooting OneDrive Issues .......................................................................402







IV Having Fun










23 Working with Photos in Windows ................................................................... 405



Using the Photos App ...........................................................................................406



Viewing Your Collection ..................................................................................407



Using Albums ....................................................................................................412



Tweaking the Photos App with Settings ........................................................415



Editing Your Photos ..............................................................................................417



Using the Camera App .........................................................................................422



Controlling Camera Security ...........................................................................424



Organizing the Pictures Library ............................................................................426



Renaming Your Pictures ...................................................................................426





24 Using Your Microsoft Account for Purchases ................................................ 431



What Are Xbox Services? .....................................................................................432



Purchasing with Your Microsoft Account ............................................................433



Managing Your Microsoft Account .................................................................436





25 Having Fun with Movies and TV Shows ......................................................... 441



Getting Started with the Movies & TV App .......................................................442



Navigating the Movies & TV App ..................................................................442



Adding Your Videos to the Videos Library ....................................................445



Playing Videos in the Movies & TV App .............................................................448



Shopping for Videos .............................................................................................450



Making a Purchase ...........................................................................................451



Renting a Selection ..........................................................................................454





26 Enjoying Music ..................................................................................................... 457



Getting Started with the Groove Music App .....................................................458



Learning What's Where in the Groove Music App .......................................459



Adding Music to the Groove Music App ............................................................461



How to Link Your Music ...................................................................................462



How to Move Your Music ................................................................................465



Using Album View ............................................................................................466



Creating Playlists ...................................................................................................469



Purchasing Music ...................................................................................................470



Using Groove Music Pass ................................................................................470



Purchasing Music in the Windows Store ........................................................472



Importing Music and Creating Music CDs..........................................................474



Importing Music from a CD ............................................................................474



Creating a Music CD ........................................................................................476





27 Having Fun and Playing Games ....................................................................... 479



Gaming with Windows 10 ....................................................................................480



Understanding Xbox Live Services ......................................................................481



Using the Xbox App ..............................................................................................485







Index ...................................................................................................................... 491















V Online Bonus Content










BC1 These Are a Few of My Favorite Apps .................................................... online



BC2 Working with Other Windows Apps ......................................................... online



BC3 Advanced File and Folder Management .................................................. online



BC4 Keeping Your Computer Healthy .............................................................. online



BC5 Resolving Common Problems .................................................................... online
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About Alan Wright

Alan Wright has worked professionally in and around IT for more than 10 years. He has provided enterprise-level support in the Detroit, Michigan, area and now focuses on developing training materials for computer users while continuing to provide software and hardware support for small business and residential users. He holds several certifications from CompTIA and Microsoft and enjoys working with technology and teaching others how they can make technology work for them as computers and tablets continue to evolve. Alan has been the technical editor on other books from Que Publishing, including Using Windows 8, and co-authored Windows 8.1 Absolute Beginner's Guide.
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