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Getting Started with Windows 8
Lesson 1:  What is Windows 8?

What is Windows 8?

Get a quick tour of the new interface including the Start screen, the Desktop and the Charms bar.  We’ll also show you hidden commands on the edges of the screen.  We’ll show you these features and more in this whirlwind tour of Windows 8. 

Lesson 2:  Working with the Start Screen

Working with the Start Screen

With constantly updating live tiles filled with info, there’s a lot going on when you first log in to Windows.  Learn how to move app tiles, view basic account options and get a broader view of your apps.  Also discover how to show the Charms bar, activating it from the right upper or lower corner. 

Lesson 3:  Accessing the Windows Desktop

Accessing the Windows Desktop

 Learn how to quickly get to the Windows 8 Desktop app in this clip.  Familiar features are shown like the taskbar, notifications area, shortcuts, Libraries and the Control Panel.  We also take a brief look at the new feature File Explorer.  Overall, this is just an updated name for Windows Explorer.  One change however that is explained in this clip is the new menu system which closely resembles the tab and ribbon interface that Office 2007 and 2010 use.

Lesson 4:  Logging in to Windows

Logging in to Windows

Get a better understanding of how to get past the lock screen and then log in to Windows.  Make sure you know your password (if you have one) or you’ll be locked out of the system. 

Lesson 5:  Using the Start Tip, Back Tip and Switcher

Using the Start Tip, Back Tip and Switcher

The left edge of your screen contains these three navigational tools.  This clips shows you how to activate them.  Using your mouse head to the upper left corner to show the Back tip or the lower left corner to show the Start tip.  Like the Charms bar, Switcher is shown when you start at either the upper or lower left corner and then slide your mouse up or down. See these features demonstrated and explained further in this clip. 

Windows 8 Navigation
Lesson 6:  Exploring Touch Navigation Features

Exploring Touch Navigation Features

With a new OS comes a new way of working with it. If y u have a touch enabled device you’ll definitely want to check out this clip which explains and demonstrates lots of touch features.  As the clip shows, you can get detailed info on touch from Windows 8 Help and Support and searching the keyword “Touch”. 

Lesson 7:  Understanding the Charms Bar

Understanding the Charms Bar

 If you need to learn what the Charms bar is all about, this clip is for you.  We’ll show you how to open the Charms bar and then demonstrate how to use the Start Charm. 

Lesson 8:  Working with the Search Charm

Working with the Search Charm

 If you think of it that way, you’ll quickly grasp the importance of this charm.  See how to perform searches in this clip and how to locate both apps and specific content within apps.  Keep in mind the Search charm lets you locate lots of data, much more than just apps.  You can search for apps, files, settings and more.  This clip shows you how to get the most out of this charm.

Lesson 9:  Working with the Share Charm

Working with the Share Charm

One of the fastest and easiest ways to share information with others in Windows 8 is by using the Share charm.  See how easy this is to do in the short video clip. 

Lesson 10:  Working with the Devices Charm

Working with the Devices Charm

When you’re ready to print a document or access wireless speakers or work with other devices you have connected to your Windows 8 machine, the Devices charm is the place to go.  This clip shows you exactly how to use this charm.  Note- the Devices charm cannot be used from the desktop, it only works with apps form your Start screen. 

Lesson 11:  Working with the Settings Charm

Working with the Settings Charm

This charm is the place to go when you need to access power options such as Sleep, Shut down or Restart.  Also when you quickly want to access PC Settings, this charm will do the trick.  This clip will teach you how to access app specific (context sensitive) options as well.  

Lesson 12:  Understanding Live Tiles

Understanding Live Tiles

 A great innovation in Windows 8 are the constantly updating live tiles which are enabled by default in Windows 8.  This clip will show you how to turn off this feature for specific apps. 

Lesson 13:  Modifying Tiles on the Start Screen

Modifying Tiles on the Start Screen

Learn how to customize tiles on the Start screen.  For example, some tiles have the capability to become larger or smaller.  OR you can name entire groups of tiles and then move those tiles around as a group.  See these features demonstrated in this clip. 

Lesson 14:  Understanding Snap

Understanding Snap

Snap allows you to multitask between apps in Windows 8 in a entirely new way.  This feature requires your screen resolution to be set to a minimum of 1366 x768.  This clip shows various apps and even the desktop utilizing Snap. 

Lesson 15:  Keyboard Shortcut Tricks

Keyboard Shortcut Tricks

 Here are some of new keyboard shortcuts that we demonstrate in this clip:

  • Windows Key  Use this to return to the Start Screen from an app or the Desktop.  If you are already on the Start screen and you press the Windows key, you will be taken to the last app you opened.  If you haven’t opened any apps and you press the Windows key from your Start screen, you’ll be taken to the Desktop. 
  • Windows Key + Tab  Use this to open the Switcher bar and cycle through open apps by continuing to press the tab button repeatedly. 
  • Windows Key + C  This shortcut will bring up the Charms bar 
  • Windows Key + Q  Opens the Search Charm 
  • Windows Key + H  Opens the Share Charm 
  • Windows Key + I  Opens the Settings Charm 
  • Windows Key + K  Opens the Devices Charm 
  • Windows Key + D  Opens the Desktop app   
Lesson 16:  Using Jump Lists

Using Jump Lists

 If your desktop contains a ton of shortcuts, you may consider utilizing Jump Lists.  This clip not only shows you how to setup items on Jump Lists, but it also teaches you how to customize Jump Lists settings.

Lesson 17:  Modifying the Taskbar

Modifying the Taskbar

In just a few minutes you’ll see several ways to modify the taskbar like moving its location, locking it, auto-hiding it or moving shortcuts on it.  Discover how you can add toolbars to the taskbar or view Taskbar properties in this quick clip. 

Lesson 18:  Exploring the Notification Area

Exploring the Notification Area

After showing you where the notification are is, this clip explains how to control certain Windows 8 features from here.  Then a demonstration is provided on how to customize notification area icons.  Finally, you’ll see how to turn on or system icons. 

Lesson 19:  Using Ribbon UI applications

Using Ribbon UI applications

Windows 8 on board applications such as Wordpad and Paint now come with the tab and ribbon user interface (UI).  This clip teaches you tab and ribbon basics and concludes by showing you how to utilize the quick access toolbar above the ribbon UI. 

Lesson 20:  Working with File Explorer

Working with File Explorer

File Explorer is the main way to access files and folders and replaces Windows Explorer found in older versions of Windows.  You’ll note in this short video that File Explorer contains a new tab and ribbon interface.  This interface is displayed along with the quick access toolbar. 

Lesson 21:  Understanding Libraries

Understanding Libraries

Libraries let you access content from various folders from one location.  We explain how this works and then set up a library in this clip.  

Personalizing Your Windows 8 System
Lesson 22:  Lock Screen Personalization

Lock Screen Personalization

Ever wonder how you can configure which notifications you receive on the Lock screen?  Discover how to customize these as well as the picture on the lock screen. 

Lesson 23:  Start Screen Personalization

Start Screen Personalization

In this clip its back over to PC Settings where we look now at how to customize the background of the Start Screen.  We’ll show you how to change the background style and color in this quick clip.   

Lesson 24:  Account Picture Personalization

Account Picture Personalization

You may have realized by now that you can customize your account picture in Windows 8.  But did you know that you can also set a video for your account profile as well?  Find out how to choose between either selection in this fast moving video. 

Lesson 25:  Understanding Account Settings

Understanding Account Settings

One of the keys to understanding account settings is grasping what types of accounts are able to login to Windows 8.  This clip helps gt you acquainted with both, a Microsoft account and a local account.  This clip will show you how to convert one style of account to the other and what features these accounts include. 

Lesson 26:  Advanced Personalization Settings

Advanced Personalization Settings

This clip focus on the following areas of PC Settings:

  • Notifications
  • Search
  • Share
  • General
  • Privacy
  • Devices
  • Ease of Access
  • Sync your Settings
  • HomeGroup
  • Windows Update

A brief overview of features in each section is provided. 

Lesson 27:  Modifying Display Settings

Modifying Display Settings

Adjusting your screen and display configurations is the focus of this clip.  If you’re having trouble with Snap, you may need to change your screen resolution  and this clip shows you just how to do this. 

Lesson 28:  Changing your Background and Screen Saver

Changing your Background and Screen Saver

Windows 8 gives us a chance to customize two different backgrounds –the one on the Start screen behind the tiles and the one on the desktop.  This clip takes a look at how to customize the desktop background and demonstrates changing it.  The video concludes by taking a brief look at how to modify screen saver settings. 

Lesson 29:  Modifying Date and Time Settings

Modifying Date and Time Settings

Typically our date and time settings don’t need any adjustments.  However if a situation arises where you need to have access regularly to the time in another time zone, this clip will show you how to set this up. 

The Windows Store, Essentials and Tools
Lesson 30:  Exploring the Windows Store

Exploring the Windows Store

Windows 8 has brought with it so many new features.  One of the best is the Windows Store.  This clip introduces you to the Windows Store and demonstrates the process for searching and finding apps.  Then an app installation is performed in this quick clip.  

Lesson 31:  Installing Essentials 2012

Installing Essentials 2012

Formerly known as Windows Live Essentials, the new Essentials 2012 offers the same applications as before but several contain refinements.  The purpose of this clip is to walk you throughout the download and installation of this free software package from Microsoft. 

Lesson 32:  Using the Snipping Tool

Using the Snipping Tool

The snipping tool is largely unchanged from the version we saw in Windows 7.  Screenshots are easy to take with it an it’s easy to mark up screenshots with basic graphics.  The Snipping Tool will not work in Windows 8 apps, only on the desktop side and with applications. 

Lesson 33:  Understanding Reader

Understanding Reader

At long last Windows ships with its very own PDF reader.  This clip shows you around the app and how to get the most out of it.

Lesson 34:  Exploring the Mail and People Apps

Exploring the Mail and People Apps

The Mail and People apps are tightly integrated into Windows 8 and are both easy to use.  This clip provides an overview of each app and shows how they can be used in conjunction with the Share charm. 

Lesson 35:  Working with the Calendar App

Working with the Calendar App

Another app that falls in the category of easy to use is the Calendar app.  The clip explains and demonstrates how to use this app including changing the calendar view from Month to week to year, advancing to different months and more.  The short video clip concludes by creating an actual appointment and saving it.  

Lesson 36:  Using the SkyDrive App

Using the SkyDrive App

With 7gigabytes of free storage in the cloud, Microsoft provides an easy way to access this content through Windows 8.  This clip focuses on the SkyDrive app and shows you how to manage files for this.  Discover how to add files to the SkyDrive and then open these files as well. 

Lesson 37:  Exploring the IE10 App

Exploring the IE10 App

One of the two styles of the IE10 browser included with Windows 8 is the IE 10 app.  This short clip provides an overview of the app and teaches you basic navigation commands. 

Lesson 38:  Advanced Features of the IE10 app

Advanced Features of the IE10 app

This clip opens by teaching you how to work with multiple tabs in IE10.  Also shown is how to pin webpages to the Start screen or add them to Favorites.  Also covered is how to use the View on the Desktop and Get App for this Site commands.  We also show you how to access the IE 10 app Internet Options.

Lesson 39:  Using the IE10 Desktop

Using the IE10 Desktop

The more traditional browser of the two, the desktop version of IE 10 contains a very familiar browsing interface if you have used IE 9 or IE 8.  This clip gives an overview on how to use this browser and takes a brief look at the browser menus.

Security Features and Advanced Options
Lesson 40:  Utilizing a Picture Password

Utilizing a Picture Password

Protecting your device with a password is very important.  This clip shows you how to use a picture password to protect Windows 8.  Watch how the password is setup and then tried out on the actual machine. 

Lesson 41:  Understanding the Action Center

Understanding the Action Center

 If something is going wrong with your machine, the Action Center might be a good first place to look for trouble.  As this clip explains, here you will find messages for security and maintenance features throughout the system.  In just a few minutes, you’ll see the scope of services that are monitored through the Action Center. 

Lesson 42:  Working with User Account Control

Working with User Account Control

As an added layer of protection, the User Account Control defends Widows 8 against unwanted applications or commands running.  This clip serves as an introduction to the UAC and shows you how to access its controls and modify them.  

Lesson 43:  Managing Windows Defender

Managing Windows Defender

Replacing Microsoft Security Essential in Windows 8, Windows Defender is the integrated anti-virus, anti-malware  and anti-spyware protection that offers full protection of your device.  In this clip we get an overview of how this program works.  A quick scan is demonstrated.  Also shown is updating to the latest anti-virus definitions.  

Lesson 44:  Understanding Windows Firewall

Understanding Windows Firewall

Like other standard security features in Windows 8, Windows Firewall is automatically running when you connect to a network. Even so, there are times when you may need to fine tune a firewall setting.  This clip explores Firewall settings and explains configuration options. 

Lesson 45:  Customizing Windows Programs and Features

Customizing Windows Programs and Features

If you need to uninstall an application, this clip will show you how it’s done.  Also learn how to repair various applications in Windows.  Next, learn how to uninstall Windows Updates if needed.  Finally, you’ll see how to add or remove features in Windows 8 like Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player or Hyper V. 

Lesson 46:  Configuring Folder Options

Configuring Folder Options

If you have wondered how you can modify the way your folders look and display information, then this video is for you.  Learn how to access the various options on the Folder Options dialog box in this quick clip.  

Lesson 47:  Customizing Autoplay

Customizing Autoplay

This clip lets you see the configuration options for Autoplay.  All types of media can use Autoplay: Removable drives, Memory cards, DVD’s, Blue Ray discs and more.  Discover how to customize the settings for each of these. 

Lesson 48:  Configuring Default Programs

Configuring Default Programs

From time to time, we may need to change which applications open certain files by default.  Or we may want a certain file type to open with a particular program.  In either case, Default Programs in Windows 8 can help you configure these settings and in this clip we explain and demonstrate how to do this. 

Lesson 49:  Working with the Device Manager

Working with the Device Manager

 Managing your hardware is made much easier when you understand how to use the Device Manager.  Learn about different management options you have for your hardware in this clip such as updating drivers, uninstalling devices or scanning for hardware changes. 

Lesson 50:  Connecting Devices and Printers

Connecting Devices and Printers

Different from Device Manager, Devices and Printers offers a simplified way of managing your hardware.  In addition, you also have the chance to manage any connected printers from here as well. This quick video explores the various features of Devices and Printers. 

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