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Microsoft Windows 8: Intermediate


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If you’re looking for ways to become more productive with Windows 8, then have a look at this Microsoft Windows 8 intermediate-level training materials course.

Section One

will show you how to customize your Start screen. Topics include managing tiles, modifying the appearance of the Start screen itself, and creating advanced

passwords. You’ll also learn how to customize the Lock screen.

Section Two

explores how to have fun in Windows 8. You’ll learn how to use the Music, Video, Camera, and Games apps. We’ll also cover how to use the Windows Media

Player desktop application.

Section Three

takes an in-depth look at three basic Windows 8 desktop applications: Internet Explorer, Calculator, and Paint.

Section Four

covers the Windows 8 word processing applications: WordPad, Notepad, and Windows Journal.

Section Five

covers Windows Fax and Scan, Sticky Notes, Snipping Tool, Sound Recorder, and XPS Viewer.



Section 1: Customizing the Start Screen

Lesson 1.1: Customizing Tile Display

Moving Tiles

Resizing Tiles

Deleting Tiles

Creating Groups

Rearranging Groups

Renaming Groups


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.2: Working with Tiles

Showing and Hiding Administrative Tools

Clearing Personal Information from Tiles

Turning off Live Tiles

Pinning Apps and Folders as Tiles

Pinning Websites as Tiles

Uninstalling Apps


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.3: Modifying the Start Screen

Changing Your Account Picture

Changing the Color of the Start Screen

Adding a Background to the Start Screen

Changing the System Time

Changing the Time Zone


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.4: Customizing the Lock Screen

Choosing a New Background Image

Changing Lock Screen Apps

Changing the Detailed Status App

Testing the Lock Screen


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.5: Customizing Other Settings

Changing Search Settings

Changing Sharing Settings

Changing Privacy Settings

Creating a Picture Password

Creating a PIN

Syncing Your Settings to the Cloud


Skill Sharpener

Section 1: Case Study

Section 1: Review Questions

Section 2: Having Fun in Windows 8

Lesson 2.1: Using the Music App

Opening Music

Playing Your Music

Using the Now Playing List

Browsing Music from the Xbox Music Store

Searching for Music

Previewing and Purchasing Music from the Xbox Music Store


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.2: Using the Video App

Opening Video

Viewing Videos

Exploring Movies and TV Shows

Searching for Videos


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.3: Playing Games

Opening Games

Signing Into the Games App

Viewing Achievements

Adding Friends

Viewing Friend Details

Purchasing Games

Playing Games

Searching for Games


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.4: Using the Camera App

Opening Camera

Taking Photos

Taking Video

Setting Options

Using the Timer


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.5: Windows Media Player, Part One

Opening Windows Media Player

Setting Up Windows Media Player

Interface Overview

Closing Windows Media Player


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.6: Windows Media Player, Part Two

Playing a Media File

Using Media Controls

Playing a CD or DVD

Ripping a CD

Burning a CD or DVD


Skill Sharpener

Section 2: Case Study

Section 2: Review Questions

Section 3: The Basic Windows Desktop Applications

Lesson 3.1: The Basics of Internet Explorer (Desktop)

Opening Internet Explorer

Interface Overview

Customizing Internet Explorer

Using the Address Bar

Closing Internet Explorer


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.2: Doing More with Internet Explorer (Desktop)

Accessing a Web Site via a Hyperlink

Opening a New Window

Opening a New Tab

Using Tabs

Using Web Accelerators


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.3: Using Calculator

Opening Calculator

Interface Overview

Using the Calculator

Changing Calculator Views

Using Advanced Calculator Tools

Closing Calculator


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.4: Using Paint

Opening Paint

Interface Overview

Drawing in Paint

Saving Files

Opening Files

Closing Paint


Skill Sharpener

Section 3: Case Study

Section 3: Review Questions

Section 4: Word Processing with Windows 8

Lesson 4.1: WordPad Basics

Opening WordPad

Interface Overview

Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar

Entering Text

Editing Text

Closing WordPad


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 4.2: Doing More with WordPad

Formatting Text

Inserting Pictures

Saving Files

Opening Files


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 4.3: Using Notepad

Opening Notepad

Interface Overview

Entering Text

Formatting Text

Saving Files

Opening Files

Closing Notepad


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 4.4: Using Windows Journal

Opening Windows Journal

Interface Overview

Entering Text

Editing Text

Saving and Exporting Files

Closing Windows Journal


Skill Sharpener

Section 4: Case Study

Section 4: Review Questions

Section 5: Other Windows 8 Programs

Lesson 5.1: Using Windows Fax and Scan, Part One

Opening Windows Fax and Scan

Interface Overview

Setting up a Fax Account

Closing Windows Fax and Scan


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 5.2: Using Windows Fax and Scan, Part Two

Creating Fax Cover Pages

Creating New Faxes

Using Scan

Saving Files in Fax and Scan

Printing Files in Fax and Scan

E-mailing Files from Fax and Scan


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 5.3: Using the Snipping Tool

Opening the Snipping Tool

Interface Overview

Creating a New Snip

Using Markup Tools

Saving Your Snip

E-mailing Your Snip

Closing the Snipping Tool


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 5.4: Using Sticky Notes

Creating a New Note

Formatting Note Text

Moving Notes

Resizing Notes

Changing the Color of a Note

Deleting Notes


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 5.5: Using the XPS Viewer

Opening the XPS Viewer

Interface Overview

Opening Files

Searching a Document

Printing a Document

Closing the XPS Viewer


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 5.6: Using the Sound Recorder

Opening the Sound Recorder

Creating a Recording

Playing Clips

Closing Sound Recorder


Skill Sharpener

Section 5: Case Study

Section 5: Review Questions


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