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Windows 11 promises to be the fastest, most secure, and most flexible version of the Microsoft operating system yet. With a promise like that, of course you want to start using it, as quickly as possible! Windows 11 For Dummies gives you that speed, security, and flexibility by getting you up to date with the latest in Windows. Windows expert and bestselling author Andy Rathbone gives you a helping hand by showing you how to get around the newly updated Windows 11 interface, how to use the new Windows tools like Teams and widgets, and how to use Android apps.
Your tour of Windows 11 starts with the Start menu and ends with how to troubleshoot when things go wrong. In between you find out how to find files on your hard drive, connect with friends and colleagues on Microsoft Teams, transfer photos from your phone to your hard drive, or switch between your desktop and laptop. Additional topics include:
- Navigating the Start menu
- Finding where your files are hiding
- Adding separate user accounts to keep your kids out of your business
- Connecting to a WiFi network
- Customizing your widgets
- Switching to a laptop or tablet
You know what you want to get done. Keep Windows 11 For Dummies by your desktop, laptop, and tablet, and you can open it at any time to find out how to get your Windows computer to do what you need.
Title Page Copyright Page Table of Contents Introduction About This Book How to Use This Book Touchscreen Owners Aren’t Left Out And What about You? Icons Used in This Book Beyond the Book Where to Go from Here Part 1: Windows 11 Stuff Everybody Thinks you Already Know Chapter 1: What Is Windows 11? What Is Windows, and Why Are You Using It? What’s New in Windows 11? What’s Missing from Windows 11? Why Does Windows 11 Keep Changing? Can My Current PC Run Windows 11? The Different Flavors of Windows 11 Chapter 2: Starting with the Start Menu Being Welcomed to the World of Windows Understanding user accounts Keeping your account private and secure Signing up for a Microsoft account Figuring Out the Windows 11 Start Menu Launching a Start menu program or app Finding something on the Start menu Viewing, closing, or returning to open apps Getting to know your free apps Adding or removing Start menu items Customizing the Start menu Exiting from Windows Temporarily leaving your computer Leaving your computer for the day Chapter 3: The Traditional Desktop Finding the Desktop and the Start Menu Working with the Desktop Launching apps with the Start menu Jazzing up the desktop’s background Dumpster diving in the Recycle Bin Bellying Up to the Taskbar Shrinking windows to the taskbar and retrieving them Switching to different tasks from the taskbar’s Jump Lists Clicking the taskbar’s sensitive areas Seeing the Action Center and Notifications Viewing notifications Seeing Quick Settings icons Watching Widgets Customizing the taskbar Setting Up Virtual Desktops Making Programs Easier to Find Chapter 4: Basic Desktop Window Mechanics Dissecting a Typical Desktop Window Tugging on a window’s title bar Navigating folders with a window’s Address bar Figuring out your folder’s new Menu bars Quick shortcuts with the Navigation pane Moving inside a window with its scroll bar Boring borders Maneuvering Windows Around the Desktop Moving a window to the top of the pile Moving a window from here to there Making a window fill the whole desktop Closing a window Making a window bigger or smaller Neatly placing windows side by side Making windows open to the same darn size Chapter 5: Storing and Organizing Files Browsing the File Explorer File Cabinets Getting the Lowdown on Folders Peering into Your Drives, Folders, and Other Media Seeing the files on a drive Seeing what’s inside a folder Creating a New Folder Renaming a File or Folder Selecting Bunches of Files or Folders Getting Rid of a File or Folder Copying or Moving Files and Folders Seeing More Information about Files and Folders Writing to CDs and DVDs Buying the right kind of blank CDs and DVDs for burning Copying files to or from a CD or DVD Working with Flash Drives and Memory Cards OneDrive: Your Cubbyhole in the Clouds Setting up OneDrive Changing your OneDrive settings Opening and saving files from OneDrive Understanding which files live on OneDrive, your PC, or both places Accessing OneDrive from the internet Part 2: Working with Programs, Apps, and Files Chapter 6: Playing with Programs, Apps, and Documents Starting an App or Program Opening a Document Saving a Document Choosing Which Program Should Open Which File Navigating the Microsoft Store Adding new apps from the Microsoft Store app Uninstalling apps Taking the Lazy Way with a Desktop Shortcut Absolutely Essential Guide to Cutting, Copying, and Pasting The quick ’n’ dirty guide to cut ’n’ paste Selecting things to cut or copy Cutting or copying your selected goods Pasting information to another place Chapter 7: Finding the Lost Finding Currently Running Apps and Programs Finding Lost Windows on the Desktop Locating a Missing App, Program, Setting, or File Finding a Missing File inside a Folder Finding Lost Photos Finding Other Computers on a Network Chapter 8: Printing and Scanning Your Work Printing from a Start Menu App Printing Your Masterpiece from the Desktop Adjusting how your work fits on the page Adjusting your printer’s settings Canceling a print job Printing a web page Troubleshooting your printer Scanning from the Start Menu Part 3: Getting Things Done on the Internet Chapter 9: Cruising the Web What’s an ISP, and Why Do I Need One? Connecting Wirelessly to the Internet Browsing the Web with Microsoft Edge Moving from one web page to another Making Microsoft Edge open to your favorite site Revisiting favorite places Finding things on the internet Finding More Information on a Website Saving Information from the Internet Saving a web page Saving text Saving a picture Downloading a program, song, or other type of file Chapter 10: Being Social: Mail, Calendar, and Teams Chat Adding Your Accounts to Windows Understanding the Mail App Switching among the Mail app’s views, menus, and accounts Composing and sending email Reading a received email Sending and receiving files through email Managing Your Contacts in the People App Adding contacts Deleting or editing contacts Managing Appointments in Calendar Meeting Online with Teams Chat Starting Teams Chat Sending text messages Holding video chats Chapter 11: Safe Computing Understanding Those Annoying Permission Messages Staying Safe with Windows Security Avoiding and removing viruses Avoiding phishing scams Setting up controls for children Part 4: Customizing and Upgrading Windows 11 Chapter 12: Customizing Settings in Windows Finding the Right Switch Flipping Switches with the Windows Settings App Adjusting the System settings Connecting and adjusting Bluetooth and other devices Connecting to nearby Wi-Fi networks and internet Personalizing your PC’s look and feel Fixing and removing apps Creating and changing accounts for others Changing date, time, and language settings quickly Setting up for video games Adapting Windows for your special physical needs Managing your privacy and security Staying current and safe with Windows Update Chapter 13: Keeping Windows from Breaking Backing Up Your Computer with File History Finding Technical Information about Your Computer Freeing Up Space on Your Hard Drive Setting Up Devices That Don’t Work (Fiddling with Drivers) Chapter 14: Sharing One Computer with Several People Understanding User Accounts Changing or Adding User Accounts Adding an account for a family member or friend Changing existing accounts Switching Quickly between Users Changing a User Account’s Picture Setting Up Passwords and Security Signing in with Windows Hello Chapter 15: Connecting Computers with a Network Understanding a Network’s Parts Setting Up a Small Network Buying parts for a network Setting up a wireless router Setting up Windows computers to connect to a network Sharing Files with Your Networked Computers Setting your home network to private Sharing files and folders on your private network Accessing what others have shared Sharing a printer on the network Sharing with Nearby Sharing Turning on Nearby Sharing Sharing files with Nearby Sharing Part 5: Music, Photos, and Videos Chapter 16: Playing and Copying Music Playing Music with the Groove Music App Handing Music-Playing Chores Back to Windows Media Player Stocking the Windows Media Player Library Browsing the Windows Media Player Libraries Playing Music Files in a Playlist Controlling Your Now Playing Items Playing CDs Playing DVDs Playing Videos and TV Shows Creating, Saving, and Editing Playlists Ripping (Copying) CDs to Your PC Burning (Creating) Music CDs Chapter 17: Fiddling with Photos, Videos, and Phones Dumping Photos from a Phone or Camera to Your Computer Making Photos and Videos with the Camera App Grabbing Photos from Your Android Phone through the Your Phone App Viewing Photos with the Photos App Viewing your photo collection Viewing photo albums Viewing a slideshow Part 6: Help! Chapter 18: The Case of the Broken Window The Magic Fixes in Windows Resetting your computer Restoring backups with File History Windows Keeps Asking Me for Permission I Need to Retrieve Deleted Files I Need to Fix Broken Apps My Settings Are Messed Up I Forgot My Password My Computer Is Frozen Solid Chapter 19: Strange Messages: What You Did Does Not Compute Add Your Microsoft Account Calendar Notifications Choose What Happens with This Device Deleted Files Are Removed Everywhere Did You Mean to Switch Apps? Do You Want to Allow This App to Make Changes to Your Device? Do You Want to Pin This App to the Taskbar? Do You Want to Save Changes? Enter Network Credentials How Do You Want to Open This File? Keep These Display Settings? Let’s Finish Setting Up No Usable Drive Found Save to OneDrive Select to Choose What Happens with Removable Drives Threats Found USB Device Not Recognized Verify Your Identity on This PC We’re Not Allowed to Find You You Don’t Currently Have Permission to Access This Folder Your Privacy Settings Blocked Access to Your Location Chapter 20: Moving from an Old PC to a New Windows 11 PC Moving to Windows 11 the Microsoft Way Hiring a Third Party to Make the Move Buying Laplink’s PCmover program Visiting a repair shop Transferring Files Yourself Chapter 21: Help on the Windows Help System Getting Started with Windows 11 Contacting Support Microsoft’s support options Microsoft’s free support options Part 7: The Part of Tens Chapter 22: Ten Things You’ll Hate about Windows 11 (and How to Fix Them) Knowing Whether Your PC Can Upgrade to Windows 11 There’s No Backup Program! I Want the Start Button and Menu in the Lower-Left Corner! Windows 11 Keeps Changing! I Don’t Want a Microsoft Account Windows Makes Me Sign in All the Time I Can’t Line Up Two Windows on the Screen It Won’t Let Me Do Something Unless I’m an Administrator! I Don’t Know What Version of Windows I Have My Print Screen Key Doesn’t Work Chapter 23: Ten or So Tips for Tablet and Laptop Owners Using the New Touchscreen Gestures Switching to Airplane Mode Connecting to a New Wireless Internet Network Toggling Your Tablet’s Screen Rotation Adjusting to Different Locations Turning on the Traffic Widget Backing Up Your Laptop Before Traveling Accessing the Mobility Center Turning Calculator into a Road Warrior Tool Index EULA
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