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Course description+

Provide your students with the skills they need to master Windows 8.1. Velsoft’s Upgrading to Windows 8.1 course will help users of Windows 8, or those
moving up from Windows 7, to get the most out of this state-of-the-art operating system from Microsoft.

The course covers many topics, including: the basics of Windows 8.1; searching in Windows 8.1, the Windows 8.1 desktop; updated Windows 8.1 apps (including
Internet Explorer 11, Mail, Skype, and OneDrive); the new Reading List app; plus gestures and keyboard shortcuts.

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Section 1: Getting Started

Lesson 1.1: The Basics of Windows 8.1

What is Windows 8.1?

What’s New in Windows 8.1?

Getting the Update

Logging In and Logging Out


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.2: Interface Basics

Understanding the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

Understanding the Windows 8.1 Desktop

Viewing the Charms Bar

Viewing Running Apps


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.3: Common Gestures and Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows Key Shortcuts

Tapping and Swiping Basics

Pinch Zoom

Swiping to Show or Switch Apps

Using the Help + Tips App


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 1.4: Exiting Windows 8.1

Switching Users

Locking and Unlocking the Computer

Putting the Computer to Sleep

Restarting the Computer

Turning Off the Computer


Skill Sharpener

Section 1: Case Study

Section 1: Review Questions

Section 2: Working with the New Start Screen

Lesson 2.1: Using the New Start Screen

Viewing All Apps

Turning Live Tiles On or Off

Working with Notifications

Customizing Notifications

Changing the Start Screen Background to Match the Desktop


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.2: Working with Windows 8.1 Apps

Pinning Apps to the Start Screen

Pinning Apps to the Taskbar

Displaying the Taskbar

Moving and Resizing Tiles

Multitasking with Apps

Closing and Minimizing Apps


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.3: Searching in Windows 8.1

Searching for Apps

Using Bing Smart Search

Searching by Category

Changing Search Settings


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.4: Customizing PC Settings

Opening PC Settings

Changing Display Settings

Changing Mouse Settings

Disabling Hotspots


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 2.5: Using the Windows Store

Launching the Store

Searching for Apps

Downloading Apps

Launching Recently Installed Apps

Toggling Automatic Update for Apps

Uninstalling Apps


Skill Sharpener

Section 2: Case Study

Section 2: Review Questions

Section 3: Working with the Windows 8.1 Desktop

Lesson 3.1: Introducing the Windows 8.1 Desktop

Switching to the Desktop

Using the Desktop

Using the Taskbar

Using the System Tray

Using the Start Button


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.2: Using Desktop Features

Using Snap

Using Peek

Using Shake


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.3: Desktop Application Basics

Starting a Program

Opening Files from the Desktop

Launching Help from Within an Application

Ending a Frozen Program

Exiting a Program


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 3.4: Using File Explorer on the Desktop

Opening and Closing File Explorer

Understanding the Locations in the Navigation Pane

Customizing the Favorites Section of the Navigation Pane

Using File Explorer with OneDrive

Displaying Libraries


Skill Sharpener

Section 3: Case Study

Section 3: Review Questions

Section 4: Updated Windows 8.1 Apps

Lesson 4.1: Using Internet Explorer 11, Part One

Opening Internet Explorer

Navigating in Internet Explorer

Refreshing the Page

Moving Back and Forward


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 4.2: Using Internet Explorer 11, Part Two

Opening Tabs

Closing Tabs

Pinning a Page to the Start Screen

Side-By-Side Browsing

Customizing Internet Explorer 11

Switching to Internet Explorer Desktop


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 4.3: Using Mail

Starting Mail

Viewing Mail Messages

Composing Mail Messages

Replying to Messages

Deleting Messages

Organizing Mail


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 4.4: Using Skype

Starting Skype

Logging into Skype

Finding and Adding Contacts

Starting a Call

Changing Your Status


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 4.5: Using Reading List

Starting Reading List

Sharing Items to Reading List

Viewing Items

Searching Your Reading List

Removing Items


Skill Sharpener

Lesson 4.6: Using OneDrive

Opening and Configuring OneDrive

Viewing Files

Creating Folders

Adding Files

Syncing Files

Deleting Files


Skill Sharpener

Section 4: Case Study

Section 4: Review Questions

Answer Key

Section 1

Section 2

Section 3

Section 4


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Student Manual

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Quick Reference Guide

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