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Top 100 Tips for Windows 8 [Kindle Edition]

Tim Sievers
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)

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Go beyond the basics and discover the Secrets of Windows 8. This straight forward guide is full of practical step-by-step visual instructions. Full color screen shots help you learn visually and quickly become productive.

From the best selling author of the Kindle Fire Tips & Tricks.
 
Hello, I’m Tim Sievers. I’ve used every Microsoft Operating System (OS) since the days of MS-DOS in the 1980’s and over the years I’ve seen huge improvements in usability and design. However, looking back only one previous version of the OS stands out in my mind as a truly radical re-think of its predecessors, until now. In its day, Windows 95 was a game changer, users no longer had to deal with the dreaded DOS command-line because the user-friendly graphical Desktop was at the forefront of the user experience.

After 17 years, Microsoft has dared to re-imagine Windows again. The promotion of the new “Modern User Interface” (Modern UI) ahead of the Desktop and Microsoft’s push for developers to focus on building web-based touch-enabled apps for a new generation of tablets, laptops and PC’s is a major change. I can still see the Desktop remaining a big part of the user experience for a long time to come, but like Windows 95 all those years ago, Windows 8 stands out as a radical redesign.

Recently updated for Windows 8.1, this guide is a collection of the best 100 tips that I have found for Windows 8. Designed to help you get up to speed quickly, this guide covers both the new Modern UI and the improved features of the Desktop. Because Windows 8 is built for both touchscreen and traditional computing devices I have included both touchscreen gesture and keyboard/mouse instructions.

Also, as a bonus extra, I have included a list of the most common Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts. This handy reference is divided into several categories to help you quickly find the shortcut you need, when you need it. So, whether you’ve just started using Windows 8 or you’ve been using it for a while, I’m sure you’ll find some useful tips here that will improve your Windows 8 experience.

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Tim Sievers is a bestselling author of several ebook titles, including the Kindle Fire Tips & Tricks and the Top 100 Tips for iPad. A Certified Microsoft & Apple support professional, Tim has been using computers since the 1980’s and providing professional technical support since the 1990’s.

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book for beginners 6 Feb. 2013
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If starting with windows 8, this is an excellent reference book to help along the way. I got this within a day or two of getting my new windows 8 laptop. At first windows 8 was so different, the book seemed to have only limited appeal because what it was saying was almost as puzzling as windows 8 itself. Then little by little it got clearer and easier to use, and the book opened and expanded on what I had found. To me, now having lived with XP then Vista (no Windows 7), it gets better everyday. Now each time I refer back to the book, things fall in place and it shows you how you can expand on what you have learnt. All I can say is that it takes time. Be patient, keep at it, and you should find it to be a very good operating system, especially with the help and tips within this bargain of a book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helped me get a better start 19 July 2013
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Looks like most folk find getting started with Windows 8 quite difficult. It's quite a different way of working, especially if, like me, it's on my laptop rather than a tablet. This book is reasonably logically laid out, and I found more than a few tips to provide more efficient usage. I doubt if I would have found several of them without looking specifically as a result of reading that section of this book. I don't need all the "bells and whistles" of the capabilities of any Operating System, and while the book does eventually cover some of the more complex techniques, it covered the basics very well indeed. It keeps a clear distinction between how you use Windows 8 on a tablet or using a mouse, and what can be quite hard to describe finger or mouse movements are described well, such that you very soon learn how to perform the various techniques. It certainly got me through the first period of "Aarrgh! Give me back Windows 7" reaction. Not that it has entirely gone away either, but that's not the fault of this useful little primer!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Windows 8 Bible, Common sense in a book 16 Jun. 2013
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Just got a new windows 8 pc, been looking everywhere for a book to ease me through it and found this little gem. As its on me kindle i can have it on my desk without the pages turning over themselves. 'Happy Days' . Now just gotta learn how to use the pc :-). Revised 30th July, Even better now Ive got used to it, open the Kindle Ap from your tiles & snap it in place Left or Rt of the page you need help on then you can read the advice you need without using your kindle or a book, :-) , it does sound a little difficult but if i can get my head round it anyone can.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A ENLIGHTNING READ 25 Jan. 2013
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Being new to windows 8 and not having a clue what to press click or download once I had turn on the computer, I bought this book in the hope it would enlighten me as what to do with windows 8. Having read this book cover to cover I'm now pretty good at the basics of windows 8. A great Book to start you off using Windows 8.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand 17 April 2013
By jodante
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So pleased with this book, simply explanations on how to use windows 8. As a silver surfer find it invaluable.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good little book 27 Dec. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I do like the book I just personally don't think it was detailed enough for me
but in fairness I like to be intensive for a normal customer the tips are excellent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy 18 April 2013
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The tips, especially the short-cut tips in the first few pages, are good but it would be a better volume if it was spiral-bound to make it easier to handle. I had to make notes!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars explains some of this strange os 9 Nov. 2013
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I have also programmed computers since before dos. Win 8 with its 60 or so keyboard short cuts, many of which are the only way to access commands, is surely more complicated to use than dos ever was. This book explains many of the problems of using the new Gui. It does not tell you how to set up GMail as your default mail application, so that clicking send (from Word) will send your file by email. All other email services seem to be covered except GMail. Can Firefox be installed on Win 8? How does the illogical file system work? The book is great as far as it goes, but having watched an intelligent teacher struggling with this hard to use Os for hours today, I reckon that it needs another hundred tips to make it complete.
Buy it as it will help a lot.
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