Microsoft Windows 8 - Foundation Course Outline

Microsoft Windows 8 - Foundation



Section 1: Getting Started

Lesson 1.1: The Basics of Windows 8

What's New in Windows 8?

Windows 8 Versions

Logging In

Understanding the Windows 8 Start Screen

Understanding the Windows 8 Desktop

Using Hotspots


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Lesson 1.2: Interacting with the Computer Using a Mouse and Keyboard

Pointing the Mouse

Using Click and Double-Click

Using Click and Drag

Using Right-Click

Using the Keyboard

Windows Key Shortcuts


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Lesson 1.3: Interacting with the Computer Using Touch Gestures, Part One

The Basics of Tapping and Swiping

Swiping to View Charms

Swiping to Show, Switch, or Snap Apps

Pinch Zooming


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Lesson 1.4: Interacting with the Computer Using Touch Gestures, Part Two

Selecting and Sliding Items

Opening Menus

Moving Back and Forward in Internet Explorer

Closing Apps


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Lesson 1.5: Exiting Windows 8

Locking and Unlocking the Computer

Signing Out of Your Account

Switching Users

Putting the Computer to Sleep

Restarting the Computer

Turning off the Computer


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Section 1: Case Study

Section 1: Review Questions

Section 2: Working with the Windows 8 Start Screen

Lesson 2.1: Introducing the Windows 8 Start Screen

Anatomy of the Start Screen

Working with App Tiles

Viewing all Apps

Using Charms


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Lesson 2.2: Using the Windows 8 Start Screen

Changing Icon Display

Switching Between Apps

Working with Notifications

Customizing Notifications

Viewing System Information at a Glance


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Lesson 2.3: Working with Windows 8 Apps

Starting an App from the Start Screen

Pinning Apps to the Start Screen

Snapping and Resizing Apps

Returning to the Start Screen

Closing Apps


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Lesson 2.4: Using the Charms Bar

Searching for Apps

Sharing App Content

Viewing Connected Devices

Modifying Settings

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Lesson 2.5: Using the Windows Store

Launching the Store

Searching for Apps

Downloading Apps

Launching Installed Apps

Uninstalling Apps


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Section 2: Case Study

Section 2: Review Questions

Section 3: The Basic Windows 8 Applications, Part One

Lesson 3.1: Getting Started

About Local Accounts and Microsoft Accounts

Converting Your Account

Adding a Password

Adding Users


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Lesson 3.2: Managing Accounts

Viewing Accounts

Editing Accounts

Removing an Account


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Lesson 3.3: Using Mail

Opening Mail

Configuring Mail Accounts

Viewing Mail Messages

Composing Mail Messages

Replying to Messages

Deleting Messages


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Lesson 3.4: Using Calendar

Opening and Configuring Calendar

Adding Events

Editing Events

Deleting Events


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Lesson 3.5: Using People and Messaging

Opening People and Messaging

Configuring the People App

Viewing Social Network Information

Viewing Contacts

Configuring Facebook Messaging

Chatting with Messenger and Facebook


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Lesson 3.6: Using Photos

Starting Photos

Choosing a Source

Viewing Photos

Importing Photos

Set As Options

Deleting Photos


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Section 3: Case Study

Section 3: Review Questions

Section 4: The Basic Windows 8 Applications, Part Two

Lesson 4.1: Using Windows 8 Internet Explorer, Part One

Opening Internet Explorer (Windows 8)

Navigating in Internet Explorer

Refreshing the Page

Moving Back and Forward


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Lesson 4.2: Using Windows 8 Internet Explorer, Part Two

Opening Tabs

Closing Tabs

Pinning a Page to the Start Screen

Switching to Internet Explorer (Desktop)


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Lesson 4.3: Using News Apps

Viewing General News

Viewing Bing

Viewing Finance News

Viewing Travel News

Viewing Sports News


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Lesson 4.4: Using Maps

Starting Maps

Navigating in the Map

Showing Traffic

Choosing a Map Style

Viewing Your Location

Getting Directions


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Lesson 4.5: Using SkyDrive

Opening and Configuring SkyDrive

Viewing Documents

Uploading Documents

Deleting Documents

Creating Folders


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Section 4: Case Study

Section 4: Review Questions

Section 5: Working with the Windows 8 Desktop

Lesson 5.1: Introducing the Windows 8 Desktop

Switching to the Desktop

Anatomy of the Desktop

Using the Desktop

Using the Taskbar

Using the System Tray


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Lesson 5.2: Managing Desktop Windows

Using Minimize, Maximize, and Restore

Scrolling in a Window

Moving a Window

Switching Between Windows

Resizing Windows

Cascading and Arranging Windows


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Lesson 5.3: Using Desktop Features

Using Snap

Using Peek

Using Shake

Quickly Viewing the Desktop


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Lesson 5.4: Using Jump Lists

Viewing a Jump List

Pinning and Unpinning Applications

Using Recent Items in Jump Lists

Using Frequent Tasks in Jump Lists


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Lesson 5.5: Desktop Application Basics

Starting a Program

Parts of the Application Window

Moving Around in a Program

Launching Help from Within an Application

Ending a Frozen Program

Exiting a Program


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Lesson 5.6: Interface Basics

Using Menus and Toolbars

Using Ribbon Tabs

Using Shortcut Menus

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

About the Shortcut Key and Windows Keys


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Section 5: Case Study

Section 5: Review Questions

Section 6: Working with Files and Folders

Lesson 6.1: The Basic Components

Understanding Files, Folders, and Libraries

Opening File Explorer

Interface Overview

Understanding the Locations in the Navigation Pane

Customizing the Favorites Section of the Navigation Pane

Navigating Through Folders


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Lesson 6.2: The File Explorer Tabs

File Menu

Home Tab

Share Tab

View Tab


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Lesson 6.3: Customizing File Explorer

Customizing the Navigation Pane

Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar

Moving the Quick Access Toolbar

Minimizing and Expanding the Ribbon


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Lesson 6.4: Using the Recycle Bin

Opening the Recycle Bin

Using the Recycle Bin Tools - Manage Tab

Searching for Items

Restoring Items

Emptying the Recycle Bin


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Lesson 6.5: Getting Help in Windows 8

Opening Help and Support

Searching Help and Support

Navigating in Help and Support

Customizing Help and Support


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Section 6: Case Study

Section 6: Review Questions


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