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Microsoft Windows 8: Advanced


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Take your Windows knowledge to the next level with this Microsoft Windows 8 Advanced course and training materials. Here’s an overview of what our courseware has in store for you.

Section One

is all about File Explorer. You’ll learn how to use and customize File Explorer, change folder options, and manage the Recycle Bin.

Section Two

will help you get organized with libraries and various search tools.

Section Three

is all about creating, managing, and editing files. Administrative file tools are also covered.

Section Four

continues the theme of file management, with a look at how to share, send, and zip files and folders.

Section Five

is all about Windows 8 security. The Action Center, Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and Family Safety Center are all covered in depth.



Section 1: Using File Explorer

Lesson 1.1: Using File Explorer

Opening File Explorer

Interface Overview

About Standard Tabs

About Contextual Tabs

About the File Menu

Using the Quick Access Toolbar

Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.2: Customizing File Explorer

Customizing the Navigation Pane

Showing and Hiding the Preview Pane and Details Pane

Choosing a Layout

Sorting and Grouping Items

Showing and Hiding File Elements


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.3: Changing Folder and Search Options

Accessing Folder Options

Changing General Options

Changing View Options

Changing Search Options


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.4: Working with the Recycle Bin

Opening the Recycle Bin

Emptying the Recycle Bin

Restoring Items

Viewing Recycle Bin Properties

Permanently Deleting Items


Skill Sharpener

Section 1: Case Study

Section 1: Review Questions

Section 2: Getting Organized

Lesson 2.1: Customizing Libraries

Understanding the Default Libraries

Using the Library Tools - Manage Tab

Adding Folders to a Library

Removing Folders from a Library

Pinning a Library to the Start Screen

Restoring Default Settings


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.2: Creating a New Library

Creating a New Library

Setting the Library Type

Customizing the Library Icon

Deleting a Library


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.3: Searching from the Charms Bar

Searching Apps

Searching Settings

Searching Files

Working with Search Results


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.4: Searching from the Desktop

Understanding Search Indexing

Using the Search Box

Using the Search Tools - Search Tab

Searching Tips and Tricks

Searching By Other Properties

Setting Search Options


Skill Sharpener

Section 2: Case Study

Section 2: Review Questions

Section 3: Managing Files and Folders

Lesson 3.1: Creating Files and Folders

Creating and Naming Folders

Renaming Folders

Deleting Folders

Creating and Naming Files

Renaming and Deleting Files


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.2: Managing Files and Folders

Selecting Files and Folders

Cutting and Pasting Files and Folders

Copying Files and Folders

Moving Files and Folders


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.3: Working with Files

Opening and Editing Files

Viewing File and Folder Properties

Enabling File History

Viewing File History

Copying File Paths

Pasting File and Folder Shortcuts


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.4: Making a File or Folder Easy to Access

Pinning Folders to the Start Screen

Including a Folder in a Library

Adding a Folder to Favorites

Mapping a Folder as a Drive

Setting Offline Options


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.5: Using Administrative File Tools

Using Command Prompt

Using Windows PowerShell

Accessing the Run Dialog


Skill Sharpener

Section 3: Case Study

Section 3: Review Questions

Section 4: Sharing Files and Folders

Lesson 4.1: Sharing Files from the Charms Bar

Choosing What to Share

Sharing with People

Sharing with Mail

Sharing with SkyDrive


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 4.2: Sending Files from File Explorer

Burning Files and Folders

E-mailing Files

Printing Files

Faxing Files


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 4.3: Sharing Files from File Explorer

Choosing Who to Share With

Customizing File Sharing

Stopping Sharing

Setting Advanced Permission Options


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 4.4: Using Zipped Folders

Zipping Files and Folders

Using the Compressed Folder Tools - Extract Tab

Extracting a Folder


Skill Sharpener

Section 4: Case Study

Section 4: Review Questions

Section 5: Staying Safe with Windows 8

Lesson 5.1: Using the Action Center

Opening the Action Center

Action Center Overview

Viewing Security Information

Viewing Maintenance Information

Resolving Problems

Changing Action Center Settings


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 5.2: Using Windows Defender

Opening Windows Defender

Interface Overview

Performing a Scan

Removing Malicious Objects

Using Quarantine

Setting Defender Options


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 5.3: Using Windows Firewall

Opening Windows Firewall

Interface Overview

Understanding Rule Types

Enabling or Disabling the Firewall


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 5.4: Keeping Your Family Safe, Part One

Opening Family Safety

Interface Overview

Choosing Accounts to Monitor

Turning Activity Reporting On or Off

Changing User Settings

Viewing Activity Reports


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 5.5: Keeping Your Family Safe, Part Two

Configuring Web Filtering

Managing the Allow and Block Lists

Setting Games Ratings

Restricting Windows Store and Games

Setting Time Limits

Restricting Applications


Skill Sharpener

Section 5: Case Study

Section 5: Review Questions

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