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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introduction to Windows 8, 30 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Teach Yourself Visually Windows 8 (Teach Yourself VISUALLY (Tech)) (Paperback)
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Windows 8 Visually

The book is a quite large paperback. It is well produced with glossy pages and plenty of colour screen shots. The book covers Windows 8 on Desktops, Laptops and Tablets.

Layout

The book starts with a preamble about Windows 8 can do. Logically the book goes through the basics of Windows 8 in a clear and well illustrated way. All the desktop elements are explained well and it is very easy to get Windows 8 working the way you want in chapter 1. It explains the 8 ethos and all the essential tasks like start up and shut down

The next chapter

This delves into apps and how to download and the essential ones you will need like mail. All is easy to follow and understand.

Chapter 3 is all about Net connection
This chapter takes the reader through connecting to the net via cable and wireless methods. It is easy to follow due to the copious screen shots and step by step advice when thing need a little tweaking.

Using Windows 8 apps

This section goes into detail about how to use all of Windows 8 built in a downloaded apps. This includes, internet, social media, video, music, maps, searching and sky drive storage. Everything is explained well and any reader should be able to get all of this going with the minimum of fuss.

The Web

This chapter goes through all of the web related stuff you need to know to use Windows 8 effectively on the web. There is plenty here for everyone from web novices to the seasoned web explorer. This is all very well presented.
Following this you get a tutorial on working with email and calendars. Again this is well thought out and everything you need to use this part of Windows 8 is there. The mail software in 8 is much more comprehensive than earlier versions and because of this is much more useful than before.
Images and media
Several chapters are devoted to working with Images and music. This includes organising picture and music collections. Importing data from various digital sources. Windows 8 has basic image manipulation software built in and how to access and use this is explain succinctly.

The next chapters deal with documents, their storage and management. Plenty here to help exploit all the new facilities in 8. This chapter show you how to save documents to other devices for backup etc.

The next chapter deals with sharing your computer locally and over the net. Plenty of information on home groups, security and file sharing and how to do it is presented in an easy to understand way with lots of screen shots to help the reader follow the text.

The final two chapters are on customizing Windows and maintaining the system. Essentials trouble shooting and solutions are covered here. You are also taught how to make the various screens look like the way you want. Backups and file management are introduced and the reader is shown how to use them and why it is essential to' housekeep'

Overall
This is a great book on Windows 8 aimed at new and intermediate users. It's everything you will ever need for day to day operation. The book is structured in such a way it can be used as a how to use Windows 8 or a dip in to a chapter where you need help. The text is well written and the illustration and screen shot support this well. This is a great book to get if you are new to Windows 8.
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