Windows 8 For Dummies Quick Reference
Publisher: Wiley / For Dummies
Released: October 2012
Pages: 264

Quick, up-to-date answers about using the web, the interface, apps, and peripherals

Windows 8 is all new, designed to work equally well on desktops or touchscreen tablets. If you're familiar with earlier versions or new to Windows, this streamlined guide will help you master your everyday tasks. Discover the steps for moving between the new and traditional interfaces, accessing the Control Panel, securing your data, doing routine maintenance, and more.

  • Getting started — conquer the new Start screen, find the Desktop, and access and work with the interface you prefer
  • Apps and Gadgets — use built-in apps, locate your Windows 7 apps, handle compatibility issues, and take shortcuts with Gadgets
  • Safety first — configure your system and the enhanced Internet Explorer browser to take advantage of new safety features
  • Connect devices — set up Windows 8 to interact with printers, scanners, and cameras
  • About the network — create a network connection, join a workgroup, access remote resources, and configure a firewall

Open the book and find:

  • An overview of what you see and what you can do
  • Why you need a Windows Live account
  • How to place a Start menu on the Desktop
  • A list of keyboard shortcuts
  • Steps for configuring old applications for Windows 8
  • Help with personalizing your system
  • Tips on performing administrative tasks
  • A glossary of terms you'll encounter

Learn to:

  • Use the new Start screen
  • Download apps from a single store for all Windows 8 devices
  • Work with the Ribbon interface in File Explorer
  • Customize the taskbar and integrate with Windows Live
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