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Surface for Dummies

Format:  Paperback,

240 pages

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

Publish Date: Feb 2013

ISBN-13: 9781118496343

ISBN-10: 1118496345

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Clear the surface and make way for the new tablet from Microsoft

As Microsoft's first foray into the tablet market, the Surface is packed with all the features you're looking for to stay entertained and get things done wherever you go. Written by bestselling veteran author Andy Rathbone, this full-color, easy-to-understand book is packed with information on how to use the new interface, figure out the operating system, navigate the new app environment, and take full advantage of this exciting new tablet device.Explains how Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT differ, and helps you decide which Surface model best meets your needsWalks you through using both the hardware and software, such as the touch cover/type cover, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro operating system, and the version of Office Home & Student 2013 that's bundled with the Surface RTExplains how to make Surface work with other devicesDetails how Office applications work on SurfaceShares tips on how to handle common challenges with tablet devices as well as suggestions for getting a better performance from yours

"Surface For Dummies" does more than just scratch the surface - it serves as a guide to navigating and enhancing your entire Surface experience

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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publish Date: Feb 2013
ISBN-13: 9781118496343
ISBN-10: 1118496345
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.03
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.03 x 0.56 x 8.99

Chapter outline

Introductionp. 1
About This Bookp. 1
How to Use this Bookp. 1
Foolish Assumptionsp. 2
How This Book Is Organizedp. 2
Icons Used in This Bookp. 4
Where to Go from Herep. 4
Which Microsoft Surface Do You Need?p. 5
Why Buy a Microsoft Surface?p. 6
Understanding the Unique Features of a Surfacep. 7
Deciding Between the Two Microsoft Surface Tabletsp. 8
Surface with Windows RTp. 8
Surface with Windows 8 Prop. 11
Summing Up the Differences Between the Versionsp. 12
Getting Started with Your Surfacep. 15
The Grand Unboxingp. 15
Charging the Batteryp. 18
Figuring Out What's Included and What's Missingp. 20
Identifying the Parts of Your Surface Tabletp. 21
Attaching the Keyboardp. 24
Positioning the Surfacep. 25
Finding Microsoft Website Support for the Surfacep. 26
Setting Up Your Surfacep. 27
Turning On Your Surface for the First Timep. 27
Downloading Updatesp. 32
Downloading updates from Windows Updatep. 33
Downloading app updates from the Windows Storep. 34
Setting Up User Accountsp. 36
Turning Off Your Surfacep. 38
The First Walkthrough of Surfacep. 39
Unlocking and Signing Inp. 40
Windows 8's New Start Screenp. 41
Opening, Closing, and Switching between Appsp. 43
Opening an appp. 43
Closing an appp. 45
Switching between appsp. 46
Installing and uninstalling an appp. 48
Understanding the Charms Barp. 48
Searchp. 49
Sharep. 51
Startp. 51
Devicesp. 52
Settingsp. 52
Organizing the Start Screenp. 54
Choosing Files with the File Pickerp. 57
Using the Start Screen with a Mouse and Keyboardp. 59
Typing, Touching, and Drawing on the Surfacep. 61
Controlling a Touchscreen with Your Fingersp. 62
Tapp. 62
Double-tapp. 62
Press and holdp. 63
Pinch and/or stretchp. 63
Rotatep. 64
Slidep. 64
Swipep. 64
Typing with the Touch and Type Coversp. 65
The Surface Touch keyboard coverp. 66
The Surface Type keyboard coverp. 67
Surface trackpad gesturesp. 68
Typing on the Onscreen Keyboardp. 69
Summoning the onscreen keyboardp. 70
Switching between the four different onscreen keyboardsp. 71
Typing special charactersp. 72
Editing Textp. 73
Drawing and Writing with a Stylusp. 75
Connecting to the Internet, Printers, Monitors, Storage, and Morep. 77
Connecting to the Internetp. 78
Connecting to Networked PCsp. 83
Connecting to a Printerp. 86
Connecting to Portable Accessoriesp. 90
Connecting a mouse or keyboardp. 90
Connecting Bluetooth accessoriesp. 90
Connecting a digital camera and importing your photosp. 92
Connecting to a Monitor, HDTV, or Digital Projectorp. 96
Connecting your Surface to a monitorp. 96
Making your monitor recognize your Surfacep. 98
Windows's four different ways of using an attached monitorp. 98
Adding Portable Storagep. 100
Connecting to built-in memory cardsp. 101
Connecting to portable hard drivesp. 102
Connecting to flash drives for file transfersp. 103
Connecting to the Cloud with SkyDrivep. 104
Installing SkyDrive for Windows and uploading files to SkyDrivep. 105
Managing files with the SkyDrive appp. 106
All About Appsp. 111
Making the Most of Appsp. 112
Customizing apps to meet your needsp. 115
Organizing your appsp. 118
Downloading new apps from the Windows Storep. 118
Uninstalling or changing an appp. 124
Installing Desktop Programsp. 125
Browsing the Webp. 127
Opening the Start Screen's Internet Explorer Appp. 128
Open the Start screen browser's menusp. 129
Navigating a website with your fingers or mousep. 131
Visiting websitesp. 133
Managing several sites in tabsp. 135
Making sites available with one tapp. 136
Sharing sites and their informationp. 137
Downloading filesp. 138
Changing settingsp. 139
Sending a site to the desktop's browserp. 141
The Desktop's Browserp. 142
Setting your Home pagep. 142
Removing unwanted sites from Search Historyp. 143
Reaching Out with Mail, People, Calendar, and Messaging Appsp. 145
Adding Your Social Accounts to Windows 8p. 146
Sending and Receiving E-Mailp. 149
Switching between the Mail app's accounts, folders, and e-mailp. 150
Composing and sending an e-mailp. 152
Reading an e-mailp. 155
Sending and receiving files through e-mailp. 156
Managing Your Contacts in the People Appp. 161
Adding contactsp. 162
Deleting or editing contactsp. 164
Managing Appointments in Calendarp. 165
Sending Messages with the Messaging Appp. 167
Photos and Moviesp. 171
Snapping Photos or Videosp. 171
Viewing Photosp. 173
Sharing or Printing Photosp. 176
Watching Moviesp. 176
Listening to Musicp. 179
Listening to Music through the Xbox Music Passp. 179
Listening to Your Own Musicp. 182
Visiting the Windows Desktopp. 187
Making the Desktop Finger-Friendlyp. 188
Managing Files and Folders by Touch with File Explorerp. 190
Selecting files and folders with a fingertipp. 192
Copying or moving files and foldersp. 194
Launching Desktop Programsp. 196
Mastering Basic Window Mechanicsp. 197
Snapping an App Alongside the Desktopp. 197
Working in Microsoft Officep. 201
Opening, Saving, and Printing in Office 2013 RTp. 201
Opening a documentp. 202
Starting from a templatep. 206
Saving your workp. 208
Printing your documentp. 209
Taking Notes with OneNotep. 210
Settings and Troubleshootingp. 213
Customizing Your Surface through PC Settingsp. 213
Personalizep. 214
Usersp. 215
Notificationsp. 216
Searchp. 216
Sharep. 216
Generalp. 217
Privacyp. 217
Devicesp. 218
Wirelessp. 218
Ease of Accessp. 218
Sync Your Settingsp. 218
Homegroupp. 218
Windows Updatep. 219
Troubleshootingp. 219
Fixing problem appsp. 219
Backing up your Surfacep. 219
Refreshing your Surfacep. 221
Resetting your Surfacep. 221
Servicing Your Surface through Microsoftp. 223
Ten Essential Tips 'n' Tricksp. 225
When Lost, Swipe in from the Screen's Left Edgep. 225
Search for Items by Typing Directly on the Start Screenp. 226
Select Start Screen Tilesp. 226
Take Screenshotsp. 227
Stop the Screen from Rotatingp. 227
Tweak Your App's Settingsp. 227
Keep Your Apps Up to Datep. 227
Make a Recovery Drivep. 228
Use the Charms Bar for Appsp. 228
Be Patientp. 228
Indexp. 229

Book description

Clear the surface and make way for the new tablet from Microsoft!

As Microsoft's first foray into the tablet market, the Surface is packed withall the features you're looking for tostay entertained and get things done whereveryougo. Written by bestselling veteran author Andy Rathbone, this full-color, easy-to-understand book is packed with information on how to use the new interface, figure out the operating system, navigate the new app environment, and take full advantage of this exciting new tablet device.

  • Explains how Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT differ, and helps you decide which Surface model best meets your needs
  • Walks you through using both the hardware and software, such as the touch cover/type cover, Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro operating system, and the version of Office Home & Student 2013 that's bundled with the Surface RT
  • Explains how to make Surface work with other devices
  • Details how Office applications work on Surface
  • Shares tips on how to handle common challenges with tablet devices as well as suggestions for getting a better performance from yours

Surface For Dummies does more than just scratch the surface - it serves as a guide to navigating and enhancing your entire Surface experience!

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