Windows 8 All in one For Dummies

By Woody Leonhard

  • Genre : Information Technologies
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  • ISBN : 1118119207
  • Year : 2012
  • Language: English

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Windows 8 ALL-IN-ONE FOR DUMmIES Windows 8 ALL-IN-ONE FOR DUMmIES by Woody Leonhard Windows 8 All-in-One For Dummies Published by John Wiley Sons Inc 111 River Street Hoboken NJ 07030-5774 www wiley com Copyright 2012 by John Wiley Sons Inc Hoboken New Jersey Published by John Wiley Sons Inc Hoboken New Jersey Published simultaneously in Canada No part of this publication may be reproduced stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic mechanical photocopying recording scanning or otherwise except as permitted under Sections 107 or 108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act without either the prior written permission of the Publisher or authorization through payment of the appropriate per-copy fee to the Copyright Clearance Center 222 Rosewood Drive Danvers MA 01923 978 750-8400 fax 978 646-8600 Requests to the Publisher for permission should be addressed to the Permissions Department John Wiley Sons Inc 111 River Street Hoboken NJ 07030 201 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and most ambitious computer book takes on both sides of the Windows 8 interface then branches out to cover the ways Windows interacts with all sorts of products iPads to Google Apps Facebook to Mac networks VPNs to Android Woody s unique reader-first approach ensures that you get the best advice about solving your problems whether Microsoft likes it or not Woody is best known online as a Senior Contributing Editor for Infoworld and Contributing Editor of Windows Secrets Newsletter He also runs AskWoody com the web s leading source of news about Microsoft updates He tweets frequently on tech topics from woodyleonhard He s a Microsoft MVP one of the first Microsoft Consulting Partners and a charter member of the Microsoft Solutions Provider organization He delights in being a constant thorn in Microsoft s side Along with several coauthors and editors Woody has won an unprecedented six Computer Press Association awards and two American Business Press awards Woody moved to Phuket Thailand in 2000 with his teenage son His dad joined them in 2006 Woody married a southern Thai lady yes they met in Starbucks and now have a toddler who keeps life running a mile a minute Dedication To George L Leonard Jr 1924-2012 And to Add and Andy and Justin the lights of my life Author s Acknowledgments I m very lucky to have an outstanding editorial dream team at Wiley with Becky Huehls in the thick of it once again This book is by far the thickest book I ve ever written covering a topic that s enormously complex and Becky and crew led the charge to keep it accurate timely and directed squarely at the features Windows users need most Thanks also to Claudette Moore and Ann Jaroncyk at Moore Literary Agency the best agents in the biz My thanks to Rob Oppenheim for his research on Windows search As you can see in Book VI Chapter 8 Windows search is a complex topic that s barely documented elsewhere and much of the published documentation is wrong Rob s show-me attitude brought many oddities to light I also want to thank the people at TechSmith for keeping their screen-capture program Snagit working through the Windows 8 versions I ve use Snagit for all the screen shots in all my books going back as far as I can remember Snagit is a workhorse one of the most reliable pieces of software I ve ever encountered Publisher s Acknowledgments We re proud of this book please send us your comments at http dummies custhelp com For other comments please contact our Customer Care Department within the U S at 877-762-2974 outside the U S at 317-572-3993 or fax 317-572-4002 Some of the people who helped bring this book to market include the following Acquisitions and Editorial Composition Services Sr Project Editor Rebecca Huehls Project Coordinator Katherine Crocker Acquisitions Editor Amy Fandrei Layout and Graphics Carrie A Cesavice Jennifer Creasey Corrie Niehaus Copy Editors Jen Riggs Debbye Butler Technical Editor Ryan Williams Sr Editorial Manager Leah Michael Editorial Assistant Leslie Saxman Sr Editorial Assistant Cherie Case Proofreaders John Greenough Evelyn Wellborn Indexer BIM Indexing Proofreading Services Special Help Jean Nelson Cover Photo Veer Blend Images Photography Cartoons Rich Tennant www the5thwave com Publishing and Editorial for Technology Dummies Richard Swadley Vice President and Executive Group Publisher Andy Cummings Vice President and Publisher Mary Bednarek Executive Acquisitions Director Mary C Corder Editorial Director Publishing for Consumer Dummies Kathleen Nebenhaus Vice President and Executive Publisher Composition Services Debbie Stailey Director of Composition Services Contents at a Glance Introduction 1 Book I Starting Windows 8 9 Chapter 1 Windows 8 4 N00bs 11 Chapter 2 Windows 8 for the Experienced 41 Chapter 3 Which Version 55 Chapter 4 Upgrades and Clean Installs 63 Book II Personalizing Windows 79 Chapter 1 Getting around Windows 81 Chapter 2 Changing the Lock and Logon Screens 101 Chapter 3 Working with Charms and Notifications 113 Chapter 4 Controlling Users 125 Chapter 5 Microsoft Account To Sync or Not to Sync 141 Chapter 6 Privacy Control 153 Book III Navigating the Start Screen 163 Chapter 1 Controlling the Start Screen 165 Chapter 2 Searching in and with the Start screen 187 Chapter 3 Sharing Among Tiled Apps 199 Chapter 4 Settings Settings More Settings and Devices 207 Chapter 5 Taking Control of the Windows Store 217 Chapter 6 How Do I Turn Off This Thing 227 Book IV Maximizing Tiled Windows 8 Apps 233 Chapter 1 The Tiled Internet Explorer 235 Chapter 2 Windows 8 Mail People and Calendar Apps 255 Chapter 3 The Windows 8 Photos App 283 Chapter 4 Using SkyDrive in Windows 8 299 Chapter 5 The Windows 8 Messaging App 317 Chapter 6 Xbox Music and Video 329 Book V Connecting Online with Tiled Apps 341 Chapter 1 Getting Started with Facebook 343 Chapter 2 Getting Started with Twitter 367 Chapter 3 Getting Started with Flickr and Pinterest 379 Chapter 4 Getting Started with LinkedIn 393 Chapter 5 Bing News Finance Travel and Sports 403 Chapter 6 Games Games and Games 423 Book VI Working on the Desktop 433 Chapter 1 Running the Desktop from Start to Finish 435 Chapter 2 Personalizing the Desktop 467 Chapter 3 Start Screen Mods for Desktop Users 493 Chapter 4 Maintaining Your System 507 Chapter 5 Using Windows Live Essentials 525 Chapter 6 Choosing and Using a Desktop Web Browser 551 Chapter 7 Music on the Desktop 595 Chapter 8 Searching on the Desktop 633 Book VII Controlling Your System 645 Chapter 1 Controlling Control Panel 647 Chapter 2 Troubleshooting and Getting Help 669 Chapter 3 Working with Libraries 693 Chapter 4 Storing in Storage Spaces 701 Chapter 5 Getting the Most from HomeGroups 711 Chapter 6 Running the Built-In Desktop Applications 731 Chapter 7 Working with Printers 743 Book VIII Maintaining Windows 8 757 Chapter 1 File History Backup Data Restore and Sync 759 Chapter 2 A Fresh Start Restore and Reset 775 Chapter 3 Using and Avoiding Windows Update 791 Chapter 4 Monitoring Windows 811 Chapter 5 Using System Tools 835 Book IX Securing Windows 8 853 Chapter 1 Spies Spams Scams They re Out to Get You 855 Chapter 2 Fighting Viri and Scum 887 Chapter 3 Running Built-In Security Programs 901 Chapter 4 Top Security Helpers 925 Book X Enhancing Windows 8 939 Chapter 1 Using Your iPad and iPhone with Windows 941 Chapter 2 Kindle Nook Android and Windows 8 961 Chapter 3 Getting Started with Gmail Google Apps and Drive 975 Chapter 4 Using Hotmail and Outlook com 991 Chapter 5 Windows Best Free Add-Ons 1003 Index 1015 Table of Contents Introduction 1 About This Book 1 Foolish Assumptions 3 What You Don t Have to Read 3 How This Book Is Organized 4 Conventions 5 Icons 6 Where to Go from Here 7 Book I Starting Windows 8 9 Chapter 1 Windows 8 4 N00bs 11 Hardware and Software 13 Why Do PCs Have to Run Windows 14 A Terminology Survival Kit 16 What Exactly Is the Web 19 Getting inside the Internet 21 What is the World Wide Web 22 Who pays for all this stuff 24 Buying a Windows 8 Computer 25 Inside the big box 27 Inside a touch-sensitive tablet 30 Screening 31 Managing disks and drives 32 Making PC connections 35 Futzing with video sound and multitudinous media 38 Netbooks and Ultrabooks 39 Chapter 2 Windows 8 for the Experienced 41 What s New for the XP Crowd 44 Improved performance 45 Better video 45 Sizing up other improvements 46 What s New for Windows 7 and Vista Victims 47 Getting the hang of the tiled Start screen 48 What s new in the old-fashioned desktop 48 What s New for All of Windows 50 Security improvements 51 What s new in the cloud 52 What you lose 52 Do You Need Windows 8 54 xii Windows 8 All-in-One For Dummies Chapter 3 Which Version 55 Roll an 8 Any 8 56 Buying the right version the first time 57 Narrowing the choices 58 Choosing 32-Bit versus 64-Bit 60 Chapter 4 Upgrades and Clean Installs 63 Deciding Whether to Upgrade Your Old PC 64 Choosing Your Upgrade Path 65 Upgrading to Windows 8 online 66 Installing Win8 from a DVD or USB drive 72 Cleaning the Gunk Off New PCs 76 What If the Wheels Fall Off 77 Book II Personalizing Windows 79 Chapter 1 Getting around Windows 81 Windows Jekyll and Hyde Personality 82 A tale of two homes 82 Switching from the Start screen to the old-fashioned desktop and back 85 Navigating around a Touchscreen 86 Navigating with a Mouse and Keyboard 94 Keying Keyboard Shortcuts 96 Working with the App Bar 98 Shutting Down Apps 98 How Do You Turn This Thing Off 98 Chapter 2 Changing the Lock and Logon Screens 101 Working with the Lock Screen 101 Using your own picture 103 Adding and removing apps on the lock screen 104 Logging In Uniquely 106 Using a picture password 106 Creating a PIN 110 Bypassing passwords and logon 110 Chapter 3 Working with Charms and Notifications 113 Bringing on the Charms 113 Search charm 115 Share charm 118 Start charm 118 Devices charm 119 Settings charm 120 Setting and Responding to Notifications 121 Table of Contents xiii Chapter 4 Controlling Users 125 Why You Need Separate User Accounts 126 Choosing Account Types 127 What s a standard account 127 What s an administrator account 128 Choosing between standard or administrator accounts 128 What s Good and Bad about Microsoft Accounts 130 Adding Users 131 Enabling the Guest Account 134 Changing Accounts 136 Changing other users settings 136 Changing your own settings 140 Switching Users 140 Chapter 5 Microsoft Account To Sync or Not to Sync 141 What Exactly Is a Microsoft Account 142 Deciding Whether You Want a Microsoft Account 143 Setting Up a Microsoft Account 144 Setting up a Hotmail Outlook com account 146 Making any e-mail address a Microsoft account 148 Taking Care of Your Microsoft Account 149 Controlling Sync 150 Chapter 6 Privacy Control 153 Why You Should Be Concerned 154 Knowing What Connections Windows Prefers 155 Controlling Location Tracking 156 Blocking all location tracking 159 Blocking location tracking in an app 160 Minimizing Privacy Intrusion 161 Book III Navigating the Start Screen 163 Chapter 1 Controlling the Start Screen 165 Touring the Start Screen 166 Changing Tiles on the Start Screen 172 Changing the Start screen Background 174 Organizing Your Start Screen 175 Changing your picture 175 Adding apps to the Start screen 178 Organizing with Semantic Zoom 180 Working with Tiled Snap 182 xiv Windows 8 All-in-One For Dummies Chapter 2 Searching in and with the Start Screen 187 General Approaches to Searching 188 Searching for Programs Apps 190 Searching for Settings 193 Searching for Files 194 Searching for Other Tiled Things 196 Removing Apps from the Search List 197 Chapter 3 Sharing Among Tiled Apps 199 Sharing the Easy Way 200 Stepping Through a Photo Share 203 What Can You Share 204 Controlling Share 205 Chapter 4 Settings Settings More Settings and Devices 207 Using the Settings Charm 207 Changing PC Settings 209 Touring the Start Screen Settings 212 Doing the Devices Charm 213 Chapter 5 Taking Control of the Windows Store 217 Checking Out What a Tiled App Can Do 217 Browsing the Windows Store 220 Searching the Windows Store 222 Adjusting Your Store Accounts and Preferences 223 Chapter 6 How Do I Turn Off This Thing 227 Turning Off Your PC 227 Understanding the new windows sleep state 229 Adjusting sleep settings 230 Turning Off Individual Apps 231 Book IV Maximizing Tiled Windows 8 Apps 233 Chapter 1 The Tiled Internet Explorer 235 Introducing the Two Faces of IE 236 Navigating the Tiled Internet Explorer 239 Surfing with the address bar and navigation buttons 240 Tapping Tiled IE s recently visited sites 242 Navigating with Flip Ahead 243 Flipping to the desktop IE 243 Sharing and Printing Web Pages 244 Sorting Out Your Settings 245 Charming tiled IE settings 245 Changing your default search engine 246 Table of Contents xv Settings and whitelists for Adobe Flash 246 Managing passwords 247 Choosing and Setting a Default Browser 247 Setting the default Windows browser 248 Setting the default IE browser 249 Exploring IE under the Hood Flash and HTML5 250 Chapter 2 Windows 8 Mail People and Calendar Apps 255 Choosing a Mail Contacts Calendar app 256 Comparing e-mail programs 256 Comparing calendar apps 258 Checking out contact apps 259 Choosing the right package 259 Drilling Down on Windows 8 Mail 260 Navigating the Windows 8 Mail screen 261 Adding a new account 262 Creating a new message 264 Searching for e-mail in Windows 8 Mail 267 MIA in Windows 8 Mail 267 Putting All Your Contacts in the Win8 People App 268 Adding accounts to Win8 People 268 Navigating the Windows 8 People app 270 Editing a contact 274 Adding people in Windows 8 People 275 Avoiding Windows 8 Calendar App Collisions 277 Adding Calendar Items 280 Struggling with Calendar shortcomings 281 Chapter 3 The Windows 8 Photos App 283 Discovering What Windows 8 s Photos App Can Do 283 Touring Photos 284 Adding Photos 288 Connecting Photos to SkyDrive 289 Connecting to Facebook or Flickr 289 Importing pictures from a camera or external drive 294 Pinning Photos within the Photos App 298 Chapter 4 Using SkyDrive in Windows 8 299 What Is SkyDrive 300 Using the Windows 8 Tiled SkyDrive 302 Running SkyDrive on Your Desktop 305 Installing SkyDrive The legacy program 305 Using the SkyDrive program on the desktop 308 Running SkyDrive on the Web 309 Fetching 312 xvi Windows 8 All-in-One For Dummies Chapter 5 The Windows 8 Messaging App 317 Getting Started with the Windows 8 Messaging App 318 The differences between MS Messaging and SMS 318 The differences between MS Messaging and Skype 319 Whom you can message 319 How Messaging works 320 Fishing for Messaging Friends 321 Running a Windows 8 Messaging Chat 324 Using Messaging Effectively 326 Chapter 6 Xbox Music and Video 329 Why You Might Want Xbox Music or Video 330 Playing Your Music with Xbox Music 331 Viewing Your Videos with Xbox Video 335 Managing Playlists 337 Turning Off the Tiled Apps as Default Media Players 339 Book V Connecting Online with Tiled Apps 341 Chapter 1 Getting Started with Facebook 343 Signing Up for a Facebook Account 344 Choosing basic Facebook settings 348 Interpreting the Facebook interface lingo 352 Choosing basic Facebook security settings 353 Building a Great Timeline 355 Locking Down Your Facebook Info 360 Connecting to Windows 364 Chapter 2 Getting Started with Twitter 367 Understanding Twitter 368 Setting Up a Twitter account 371 Tweeting for Beginners 374 Beware hacking 374 Using the sign and Reply 375 Re-tweeting for fun and profit 376 Hooking Twitter into Windows 377 Chapter 3 Getting Started with Flickr and Pinterest 379 Using Flickr with Windows 8 381 Signing up for Flickr 381 Getting around Flickr 383 Sharing and licensing your photos 385 Pinning with Pinterest 387 Signing up for Pinterest 387 Getting around Pinterest 388 Table of Contents xvii Chapter 4 Getting Started with LinkedIn 393 Signing Up for LinkedIn 393 Hooking LinkedIn into Windows 398 Using LinkedIn for Fun and Profit 400 Chapter 5 Bing News Finance Travel and Sports 403 Recognizing the Bing in Everyone 404 Reading the News with Bing 404 Getting around Bing News 404 Customizing Bing News 409 Pinning Finance for Fun and Profit 413 Traveling with Your Tablet 417 Sports Fans Everywhere Take Note 420 Chapter 6 Games Games and Games 423 Searching the Store for Games 424 Cutting the Rope with Style 426 Tapping Pirates Love Daisies 428 Starting with Sudoku 429 Beating Birzzle 431 Book VI Working on the Desktop 433 Chapter 1 Running the Desktop from Start to Finish 435 Getting Around 436 Knowing the desktop s hot spots 436 Snapping windows into place 439 Changing the mouse 441 Exploring Files and Folders 442 Nailing the basic terminology 443 Navigating 445 Viewing and filename extensions 447 Previewing 448 Creating files and folders 449 Copying moving and modifying files and folders 451 Sharing Folders in the Public Folder 456 Touching on the Taskbar 459 Recycling 460 Creating Shortcuts 461 Sleep Perchance to Dream 464 Chapter 2 Personalizing the Desktop 467 Recognizing Desktop Levels 467 Setting Color Schemes on the Desktop 469 Picking a Background 470 xviii Windows 8 All-in-One For Dummies Controlling Icons 473 Selecting Screen Savers 475 Using Desktop Themes 477 Seeing Your Desktop Clearly 478 Setting the screen resolution 478 Activating and adjusting ClearType 480 Showing larger fonts 481 Using magnification 482 Tricking Out the Taskbar 482 Anatomy of the taskbar 483 Jumping 484 Changing the taskbar 486 Making your own little toolbars 487 Working with the taskbar 489 Controlling the Notification Area 489 Chapter 3 Start Screen Mods for Desktop Users 493 Installing New Programs and Dealing with Their Tiles 495 Finding and Adding Programs to the Start Screen 497 Sorting through the Default Tiles 500 Organizing the Start Screen for a Lean Mean Desktop 503 Chapter 4 Maintaining Your System 507 What s the Difference Between Restore System Repair Recovery Mode Refresh and Restart 507 Using a Password Reset Disk 508 Creating a Password Reset Disk 510 Resetting your password 511 Maintaining Drives 513 What is formatting 514 Introducing hard-drive maintenance tools 514 Running an error check 515 Defragmenting a drive 516 Maintaining Solid State Drives 517 Zipping and Compressing 518 Compressing with NTFS 521 Zipping the easy way with Compressed zipped Folders 522 Chapter 5 Using Windows Live Essentials 525 Introducing the Applications and How They ve Changed 526 Getting the Windows Essentials Apps 528 Using Windows Live Mail 530 Choosing an e-mail program 530 Running Windows Live Mail 532 Adding e-mail accounts 534 Creating a message 536

Author Woody Leonhard Isbn 1118119207 File size 78 9 MB Year 2012 Pages 1083 Language English File format PDF Category Information Technologies This is a very good book for those who are looking to learn Windows 8 Pro The book takes you from the very beginning with an excellent overview of the radical new operating system from Microsoft It has a number of very funny illustrations and presents the material in an understandable step by step process If you have an Amazon Kindle that is able

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