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Windows 8.1 For Dummies Paperback – 18 October 2013

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  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 432 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1118821211
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1118821213
  • Customer reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 439 ratings

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From the Back Cover

Learn to:

  • Launch apps from the Start screen
  • Send e-mail and link to social media accounts
  • Create music playlists, watch videos, and organize photos
  • Install updates that keep Windows 8.1 working smoothly

Just 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 8.1
  • Starting with Start -- use the 8.1 Start button, load apps and programs from the Start screen, find the traditional desktop, and navigate folders
  • It's touching -- Windows 8.1 was made with touchscreen users in mind; see how things work on your touch device
  • Be social -- integrate your social networks into Windows 8.1 along with e-mail, calendars, and messaging
  • Setting your settings -- customize your desktop, user accounts, hardware and gadget settings, and more with the two control panels
  • Fun stuff -- explore all the options for playing music, watching movies, and managing digital photos
  • To the rescue -- learn to diagnose and treat common Windows glitches with the Windows 8.1 Help system

Open the book and find:

  • How to switch between the Start screen and desktop
  • Tips for making the Start screen more user-friendly
  • All about your built-in OneDrive account
  • How to find anything with Windows 8.1's Search feature
  • Steps for downloading and installing Windows 8.1 updates
  • Do-it-yourself maintenance tips
  • Help deciphering error messages
  • Ways to fix things that bug you

Find exclusive Windows 8.1 articles, videos, step-by-step examples, and more at www.dummies.com/extras/windows8dot1

About the Author

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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