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Chapter 1 What's New and Improved in Windows

Tablet Mode

Voice and Text Search with Cortana

Touchscreen-Optimized Menus

Easy App (Task) Switching with Task View

Microsoft Edge Web Browser

Improved Camera and Photo Apps

New Xbox One Gaming Support

Easier Management with Settings

New Notification and Quick Actions

New Battery Saver Feature

Chapter 2 Upgrading to Windows

Opening Windows Update in Windows 7

Opening Windows Update in Windows 8.1

Starting the Installation

Finishing Up and Launching Windows 10

Chapter 3 Logging In, Starting Up, and Shutting Down Windows with a Touchscreen

Logging In to Windows 10 with a Touchscreen

The Start and All Apps Menus in Tablet Mode

Enabling Tablet Mode

Starting and Closing a Universal or Modern UI App

Locking Your PC

Choosing Sleep, Shut Down, or Restart

Using Handwriting Recognition

Chapter 4 Logging In to Windows and Customizing the Start Menu

Logging In to Windows 10

Opening and Using the Start Menu

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

Resizing Tiles on the Start Menu

Changing Tile Positions on the Start Menu

Removing an App from the Start Menu

Locking Your System

Choosing Sleep, Shut Down, or Restart

Chapter 5 Using Cortana Search

Enabling Cortana

Configuring Cortana Voice Search

Searching with Cortana

Discovering Cortana Features

Searching for Files, Apps, and Settings

Improving Web Searches with Cortana

Teaching Cortana to Recognize Your Voice

Using Cortana's Reminders

Viewing a Reminder

Turning Off Cortana

Search Without Cortana

Chapter 6 Running Apps

Opening and Closing the All Apps Menu

Starting an App from the Start Menu

Opening an App from All Apps

Opening a File from Within an App

Maximizing an App Window

Starting an App from Search

Switching Between Apps with the Taskbar

Switching Between Apps with a Touchscreen

Switching Between Apps with the Keyboard

Resizing an App

Saving Your File

Making the Desktop Visible

Using Desktop Shortcuts

Adding an App to the Taskbar

Working with Taskbar Jump Lists

Snapping and Closing an App Window

Chapter 7 Web Browsing with Microsoft Edge

Starting Microsoft Edge

Entering a Website Address (URL)

Working with Tabs

Setting Your Home Page

Opening a Link

Using Cortana in Microsoft Edge

Copying and Pasting a Link

Using Zoom

Using Reading View

Printing or Creating a PDF of a Web Page

Switching to Internet Explorer View

Adding a Web Page as a Favorite

Adding a Web Page to the Reading List

Viewing and Opening Favorites

Using Reading List

Using Downloads

Using the Web Notes Pen Tool

Using the Web Notes Text Tool

Using the Web Notes Highlighter Tool

Using the Web Notes Clip Tool

Saving a Web Note

Sharing a Web Note

Reading View Settings

Setting Privacy, Services, and Platform Controls

Chapter 8 Playing and Creating Music and Audio

Starting the Groove Music App

Viewing Options for Your Music Collection

Playing Your Music Collection

Searching for Your Favorite Music

Creating a Playlist

Playing a Playlist

Buying Music

Recording Audio with Voice Recorder

Playing and Renaming a Recording

Editing Recorded Audio

Chapter 9 Enjoying Videos

Starting the Movies & TV App

Adding a Location to Look for Videos

Playing a Video, Movie, or TV Show

Using Search to Find Local and Windows Store Media

Buying or Renting a Movie or TV Show

Using Settings to Review Billing

Chapter 10 Viewing and Taking Photos with Camera

Starting the Camera App

Switching Between Cameras and Taking Pictures

Selecting Camera Settings

Using Video Mode

Changing Camera App Settings

Opening the Photos App from Camera

Viewing Your Photo and Video Collection

Basic Options for Your Photos

Viewing Your Videos with Photos

Cropping a Picture with Photos

Brightness and Adding Effects

Comparing Edited and Original Versions

Saving Changes

Chapter 11 Connecting with Friends

Using the People App

Connecting to Facebook with the Facebook App

Starting Mail

Adding an Email Account

Composing and Sending a Message

Reading and Replying to Messages

Forwarding Messages

Flagging Messages

Deleting Messages

Creating an Email Signature

Using the Calendar App

Scheduling an Appointment with Calendar

Scheduling an All-Day Event

Scheduling a Recurring Appointment

Setting an Appointment Reminder

Hiding and Displaying Calendar's Folders Pane

Starting Skype

Adding Contacts with Skype

Placing a Video Call with Skype

Receiving a Call with Skype

Text Messaging with Skype

Controlling Notifications

Chapter 12 News and Information

Using the News App

Customizing News Sources

Checking Weather with the Weather App

Getting Directions with Maps

Trip Planning with Maps

Chapter 13 Tracking Money and Sports News

Using the Money App

Look Up a Stock

View Your Watchlist

Using the Sports App

Chapter 14 Storing and Finding Your Files

Opening File Explorer

Using the View Tab

Using Copy To

Renaming Files

Selecting Files

Deleting Files

Retrieving Files from the Recycle Bin

Moving Files or Folders

Dealing with File Name Conflicts

Burning Data Discs

Sorting and Grouping Files

Creating Zip Files with the Share Tab

Syncing a Folder with OneDrive

Configuring OneDrive

Chapter 15 Discovering and Using Windows 10's Tools and Accessories

Finding Accessories and Tools from the Start Menu

Setting Alarms with the Alarms & Clock App

Converting Number Values with Calculator

Enabling Word Wrap in Notepad

Capturing Screens with Snipping Tool

Chapter 16 Using the Windows Store

Going to the Store

Searching for Apps by Name

Reviewing an App

Browsing for Apps by Category

Installing an App

Rating an App

Uninstalling an App from the Start Screen

Chapter 17 Gaming

Finding Games with the Store App

Starting the Xbox App

Creating a New Xbox Account

Connecting to Xbox One

Viewing Gaming Clips

Chapter 18 Printing and Scanning

Printing a Document

Selecting a Different Printer

More Printer Settings

Photo Printing Settings

Using Scan

Adjusting Scan Settings

Selecting Color, Grayscale, or Black-and-White Modes

Opening the Scans Folder

Chapter 19 Managing Windows 10

Adjusting System Volume

Accessing the Settings Menu

Settings Overview

Adjusting Display Brightness and Rotation

Adding a Second Display

Extending Your Desktop

Adjusting Screen Resolution

Adjusting Screen Position

Changing Quick Actions

Configuring the Taskbar

Configuring System Icons

Configuring App-Specific Notifications

Apps & Features

Configuring Snap

Configuring Tablet Mode

Using Battery Saver

Power & Sleep

Checking Drive Capacity with Storage

Changing File Locations with Storage

Making Maps Available Offline

Changing Default Apps

Adding a Device, Printer, or Scanner

Removing a Device

Working with Bluetooth Devices

Configuring Mouse & Touchpad

Changing Typing Settings

Changing Pen Settings

Changing AutoPlay Settings

General Privacy Settings

Configuring Location Settings

Changing Privacy Settings for Camera, Microphone, Contacts, Messaging, Radios, and Account Info

Changing Speech, Ink, and Typing Privacy Settings

Managing Personal Information with Bing

Chapter 20 Networking Your Home with Homegroup

Starting the Wireless Network Connection Process

Connecting to an Unsecured Wireless Network

Connecting to a Secured Private Network

Disconnecting a Wireless Connection

Using Airplane Mode

Managing Networks

Disabling and Enabling Wi-Fi

Managing Wi-Fi Sense

Managing Wireless Connections

Creating a Homegroup

Joining a Homegroup

Chapter 21 Customizing Windows

The Personalization Menu

Changing the Screen Background

Choosing Your Own Picture

Choosing a Picture Fit

Changing Accent Colors

Changing Taskbar and Start Menu Colors

Changing Start Menu Transparency and Color Settings

Changing Start Menu Settings

Selecting a Screen Saver

Configuring a Time Zone

Customizing the Taskbar

Chapter 22 Adding and Managing Users

Preparing to Add a User

Adding a Child as a Family Member

Adding Another User Who Has a Windows Account

Adding a User Who Needs a Microsoft Account

Adding a Local User

Selecting an Account to Log In To

Changing an Account Type

Setting Up PIN Access

Chapter 23 Protecting Your System

Checking for Windows Updates

Protecting Your Files with File History

Recovering Files with File History

Using Windows Notifications

Configuring and Starting Windows Defender

Checking for Malware with Windows Defender

Chapter 24 System Maintenance and Performance

Checking Charge Level

Selecting a Power Scheme

Viewing Disk Information

Checking Drives for Errors When Connected

Checking Drives for Errors with This PC

Using Windows Troubleshooters

Using Reset

Starting Task Manager with a Mouse or a Touchscreen

Starting Task Manager from the Keyboard

Viewing and Closing Running Apps with Task Manager


Online Content

Closing an App from the Taskbar

Adjusting Exposure

Managing Drives

Viewing Drive Properties

Viewing Folder Properties

Viewing Picture File Properties

Viewing Music Track Properties

Connecting to a Hidden Network

Installing a Homegroup Printer

Opening Homegroup Files

Putting a Slide Show on the Lock Screen

Advanced Slide Show Settings

Changing Status Items on the Lock Screen

Overview of the Themes Menu

Configuring Ease of Access's Narrator

Configuring Ease of Access's Magnifier

Configuring Ease of Access's High Contrast

Configuring Ease of Access's Closed


Configuring Ease of Access's Keyboard Settings

Configuring Ease of Access's Mouse Settings

Configuring Other Ease of Access Settings

Setting Up and Using a Picture Password

Managing Child Users with Microsoft Family

Viewing Child Activity with Microsoft Family

Logging in After Curfew with Microsoft Family

Blocked Websites with Microsoft Family

Blocked Searches with Microsoft Family

Scheduling Tasks

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About the Author

Mark Edward Soper has been using Microsoft indows since version 1.0, and since 1992 he has taught thousands of computer troubleshooting and network students across the country how to use Windows as part of their work and everyday lives. Mark is the author of Easy Windows 8.1, Easy Windows 8, Easy Microsoft Windows 7, Teach Yourself Windows 7 in 10 Minutes, and Using Microsoft Windows Live. Mark also has contributed to Que's Special Edition Using series on Windows Me, Windows XP, and Windows Vista, as well as Easy Windows Vista and Windows 7 In Depth. He has also written two books about Windows Vista: Maximum PC Microsoft Windows Vista Exposed and Unleashing Microsoft Windows Vista Media Center.

When he's not teaching, learning, or writing about Microsoft Windows, Mark stays busy with many other technology-related activities. He was written three books on computer troubleshooting, including The PC and Gadget Help Desk. He is a longtime contributor to Upgrading and Repairing PCs, working on the 11th through 18th, 20th, and subsequent editions. Mark has co-authored Upgrading and Repairing Networks, Fifth Edition, written several books on Comp-TIA A+ Certification (including two titles covering the 2012 exams), an occasional column on certification for, and has written two books about digital photography: Easy Digital Cameras and The Shot Doctor: The Amateur's Guide to Taking Great Digital Photos. Mark also has become a video content provider for Que Publishing and InformIT and has posted many blog entries and articles at,, and other websites. He has also taught digital photography, digital imaging, and Microsoft Office for Ivy Tech Corporate College's southwest Indiana campus in Evansville, Indiana, and Windows and Microsoft Office for the University of Southern Indiana's continuing education department.

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