“Windows 8 Plain & Simple” is divided into sections; each sectionhas a specific focus with related tasks. To help you understandhow to move around and use the book, you might wanta quick overview of the book’s structure.Section 2, “Meet the Windows 8 Interface,” and Section 3,“Providing Input,” provide an introduction to the Windows 8interface and the basic skills you need to navigate its features.You discover how to start and shut down Windows, get help,and how to provide input with your mouse, keyboard, or fingersby using a touchscreen.
Section 4, “Working with Basic Windows Settings,” coverscommonly used Windows settings, such as setting the dateand time, connecting to an available network, and adjustingscreen brightness. Section 5, “Customizing the Appearance ofWindows,” leads you through common tasks associated withpersonalizing your computer by modifying settings for colors,backgrounds, and more. You learn how to organize and customizetiles on the Start screen, as well.
Section 6, “Working with Users and Privacy,” shows youhow to work with user accounts and security tools such asFamily Safety, Windows Firewall, and Windows Defender.Section 7, “Working with Accessibility Settings,” helps youunderstand how the Ease Of Access settings can make usingyour computer easier if you have vision, hearing, or dexteritychallenges.Section 8, “Searching,” covers all the tools Windows 8offers for searching content both on your computer andonline. In Section 9, “Working with Apps,” you learn aboutusing applications, such as finding and opening an app, zoomingin and out, and entering text. You also discover the ins andouts of saving and printing files. Section 10, “File Management,”offers valuable steps for managing those files in Windowsfolders and libraries.Section 11, “Sharing Settings and Files,” and Section 12,“Going Online with Internet Explorer 10,” get you online, connectingto the Internet and learning to use the new features ofthe Internet Explorer 10 browser to navigate the web. You alsodiscover how to sync your computer settings and content sothat you can access them from anywhere.
Section 13, “Using Mail and Messaging,” covers how touse an email account and the pre-installed Messaging app.In Section 14, “Buying Apps at the Windows Store,” you learnhow to shop at the Windows Store for apps and more.Section 15, “Managing People and Time,” provides stepsfor managing your contacts and time by using the People,Calendar, and Weather apps. Section 16, “Using the MapsApp,” introduces you to the useful Maps app to help you findyour way. Section 17, “Getting Visual” and Section 18, “PlayingMusic” are all about having fun playing music and videos, andeven taking your own videos and photos.
Section 19, “Working with Devices and Networks,” andSection 20, “Maintaining and Troubleshooting Your Computer,”provide the practical content that helps you connectwith a network, manage your security and privacy, and maintainWindows to keep it trouble-free.
Finally, Appendix A, “Upgrading to Windows 8,” providesa comparison of Windows 8 features with earlier versions ofWindows that might help you in your transition to the neweroperating system; Appendix B, “Keyboard Shortcuts,” givesyou a handy list of keystroke shortcuts; and Appendix C, “GettingHelp,” offers suggestions about how to get more help.
A Few AssumptionsIn writing any book, it’s important to make a few assumptionsabout your readers. I assume that you are basically computerliterate, meaning that you have used a computer before andknow how to turn it on and turn it off, how to use a mouse,and how to select text and objects such as drawn shapes orphotos. I also assume that you have worked with some kindof software before and know what a menu, dialog box, andtool button are. I do not assume that you have used a touchscreenbefore because this is a relatively recent addition tocomputers.I assume that you use computers either at work or athome, or both, and that you have access to an Internet connectionand have experience using one browser or another.Other than that, I try to give you all the steps you need to getthings done in an easy-to-understand way, no matter whatyour technical background.