Learn Microsoft Windows 8

Learn everything you need to know about Windows 8 including new navigation, features, tools and more!
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  • Length 4.5 hours
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Published 12/2012 English

Course Description

This windows 8 video tutorial contains 100 concentrated video lessons to take you from Newbie to Power User with Windows 8!

With Windows 8 we see Microsoft making a bold move in completely revising the user interface, expanding their stretch to include tablet devices, and enhancing existing features (while including a few new ones).  The goal of this Windows 8 Training is to help you learn all you need to know about Windows 8.

ClipTraining is relied upon by the Fortune 100 to K12 schools everywhere. Our methodology is concentrated content without all the added fluff you see in other Windows 8 Video Tutorials.  If something only takes 3 minutes to learn, that is all you should spend learning it!  100 lessons and 5 hours of concentrated learning time is all you need to master Windows 8.

Go from Newbie to Power User in no time with our lessons on subjects like navigation, personalization, the Windows Store, Essentials, security features, advanced options, Control Panel items, Networking and Administration tools with this Windows 8 Training.


What are the requirements?

  • All Internet browsers, including Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, and Firefox

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 100 lectures and nearly 5 hours of concentrated (no fluff) video content
  • Learn how to navigate Windows 8 and personalize it to suit your style
  • Later lessons cover advanced subject matter like networking, security and administrative tools
  • Complete all lessons to obtain practical knowledge to help your productivity with Windows 8 at home, at work or on the go!

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in learning Windows 8. Whether new to Windows or long time Windows users, this course will help you get up to speed fast with the latest Operating System from Microsoft.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction and Auxiliary Materials

In this lecture clip we will provide an introduction to ClipTraining and information on how to best use our training materials.

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Download this 2 page guide to help get you and your team up and running fast with Windows 8!

Section 2: Getting Started with Windows 8
Get a quick tour of the new interface including the Start screen, the Desktop and the Charms bar.  We’ll also show you hidden commands on the edges of the screen.  We’ll show you these features and more in this whirlwind tour of Windows 8.
With constantly updating live tiles filled with info, there’s a lot going on when you first log in to Windows.  Learn how to move app tiles, view basic account options and get a broader view of your apps.  Also discover how to show the Charms bar, activating it from the right upper or lower corner.
Learn how to quickly get to the Windows 8 Desktop app in this clip.  Familiar features are shown like the taskbar, notifications area, shortcuts, Libraries and the Control Panel.  We also take a brief look at the new feature File Explorer.  Overall, this is just an updated name for Windows Explorer.  One change however that is explained in this clip is the new menu system which closely resembles the tab and ribbon interface that Office 2007 and 2010 use.
Get a better understanding of how to get past the lock screen and then log in to Windows.  Make sure you know your password (if you have one) or you’ll be locked out of the system.
The left edge of your screen contains these three navigational tools.  This clips shows you how to activate them.  Using your mouse head to the upper left corner to show the Back tip or the lower left corner to show the Start tip.  Like the Charms bar, Switcher is shown when you start at either the upper or lower left corner and then slide your mouse up or down. See these features demonstrated and explained further in this clip.
5 questions

Mastered the Start Screen on Windows 8? Take this quiz to check your skills. 

Section 3: Windows 8 Navigation
With a new OS comes a new way of working with it. If y u have a touch enabled device you’ll definitely want to check out this clip which explains and demonstrates lots of touch features.  As the clip shows, you can get detailed info on touch from Windows 8 Help and Support and searching the keyword “Touch”.
If you need to learn what the Charms bar is all about, this clip is for you.  We’ll show you how to open the Charms bar and then demonstrate how to use the Start Charm.
 If you think of it that way, you’ll quickly grasp the importance of this charm.  See how to perform searches in this clip and how to locate both apps and specific content within apps.  Keep in mind the Search charm lets you locate lots of data, much more than just apps.  You can search for apps, files, settings and more.  This clip shows you how to get the most out of this charm.
One of the fastest and easiest ways to share information with others in Windows 8 is by using the Share charm.  See how easy this is to do in the short video clip.
When you’re ready to print a document or access wireless speakers or work with other devices you have connected to your Windows 8 machine, the Devices charm is the place to go.  This clip shows you exactly how to use this charm.  Note- the Devices charm cannot be used from the desktop, it only works with apps form your Start screen.
This charm is the place to go when you need to access power options such as Sleep, Shut down or Restart.  Also when you quickly want to access PC Settings, this charm will do the trick.  This clip will teach you how to access app specific (context sensitive) options as well.
Understanding Live Tiles
Learn how to customize tiles on the Start screen.  For example, some tiles have the capability to become larger or smaller.  OR you can name entire groups of tiles and then move those tiles around as a group.  See these features demonstrated in this clip.
Snap allows you to multitask between apps in Windows 8 in a entirely new way.  This feature requires your screen resolution to be set to a minimum of 1366 x768.  This clip shows various apps and even the desktop utilizing Snap.
 Here are some of new keyboard shortcuts that we demonstrate in this clip:
  • Windows Key  Use this to return to the Start Screen from an app or the Desktop.  If you are already on the Start screen and you press the Windows key, you will be taken to the last app you opened.  If you haven’t opened any apps and you press the Windows key from your Start screen, you’ll be taken to the Desktop.
  • Windows Key + Tab  Use this to open the Switcher bar and cycle through open apps by continuing to press the tab button repeatedly.
  • Windows Key + C  This shortcut will bring up the Charms bar
  • Windows Key + Q  Opens the Search Charm
  • Windows Key + H  Opens the Share Charm
  • Windows Key + I  Opens the Settings Charm
  • Windows Key + K  Opens the Devices Charm
  • Windows Key + D  Opens the Desktop app  
If your desktop contains a ton of shortcuts, you may consider utilizing Jump Lists.  This clip not only shows you how to setup items on Jump Lists, but it also teaches you how to customize Jump Lists settings.
In just a few minutes you’ll see several ways to modify the taskbar like moving its location, locking it, auto-hiding it or moving shortcuts on it.  Discover how you can add toolbars to the taskbar or view Taskbar properties in this quick clip.
After showing you where the notification are is, this clip explains how to control certain Windows 8 features from here.  Then a demonstration is provided on how to customize notification area icons.  Finally, you’ll see how to turn on or system icons.
Windows 8 on board applications such as Wordpad and Paint now come with the tab and ribbon user interface (UI).  This clip teaches you tab and ribbon basics and concludes by showing you how to utilize the quick access toolbar above the ribbon UI.
File Explorer is the main way to access files and folders and replaces Windows Explorer found in older versions of Windows.  You’ll note in this short video that File Explorer contains a new tab and ribbon interface.  This interface is displayed along with the quick access toolbar.
Libraries let you access content from various folders from one location.  We explain how this works and then set up a library in this clip.
8 questions
Done Navigating Windows 8? Come on down and test your knowledge. 
8 questions

Keep the Navigation flow going and take the second part quiz. 

Section 4: Personalizing Your Windows 8 System
Ever wonder how you can configure which notifications you receive on the Lock screen?  Discover how to customize these as well as the picture on the lock screen.
In this clip its back over to PC Settings where we look now at how to customize the background of the Start Screen.  We’ll show you how to change the background style and color in this quick clip.
You may have realized by now that you can customize your account picture in Windows 8.  But did you know that you can also set a video for your account profile as well?  Find out how to choose between either selection in this fast moving video.
One of the keys to understanding account settings is grasping what types of accounts are able to login to Windows 8.  This clip helps gt you acquainted with both, a Microsoft account and a local account.  This clip will show you how to convert one style of account to the other and what features these accounts include.
This clip focus on the following areas of PC Settings:
  • Notifications
  • Search
  • Share
  • General
  • Privacy
  • Devices
  • Ease of Access
  • Sync your Settings
  • HomeGroup
  • Windows Update

A brief overview of features in each section is provided.

Adjusting your screen and display configurations is the focus of this clip.  If you’re having trouble with Snap, you may need to change your screen resolution  and this clip shows you just how to do this.
Windows 8 gives us a chance to customize two different backgrounds –the one on the Start screen behind the tiles and the one on the desktop.  This clip takes a look at how to customize the desktop background and demonstrates changing it.  The video concludes by taking a brief look at how to modify screen saver settings.
Typically our date and time settings don’t need any adjustments.  However if a situation arises where you need to have access regularly to the time in another time zone, this clip will show you how to set this up
8 questions
Think you now know all the tricks to make a custom Windows 8 System? 

Take this quiz and "Let's get Personal-izing"

Section 5: The Windows Store, Essentials and Tools
Windows 8 has brought with it so many new features.  One of the best is the Windows Store.  This clip introduces you to the Windows Store and demonstrates the process for searching and finding apps.  Then an app installation is performed in this quick clip. 
Formerly known as Windows Live Essentials, the new Essentials 2012 offers the same applications as before but several contain refinements.  The purpose of this clip is to walk you throughout the download and installation of this free software package from Microsoft.
The snipping tool is largely unchanged from the version we saw in Windows 7.  Screenshots are easy to take with it an it’s easy to mark up screenshots with basic graphics.  The Snipping Tool will not work in Windows 8 apps, only on the desktop side and with applications.
At long last Windows ships with its very own PDF reader.  This clip shows you around the app and how to get the most out of it.
The Mail and People apps are tightly integrated into Windows 8 and are both easy to use.  This clip provides an overview of each app and shows how they can be used in conjunction with the Share charm. 
Another app that falls in the category of easy to use is the Calendar app.  The clip explains and demonstrates how to use this app including changing the calendar view from Month to week to year, advancing to different months and more.  The short video clip concludes by creating an actual appointment and saving it. 
With 7gigabytes of free storage in the cloud, Microsoft provides an easy way to access this content through Windows 8.  This clip focuses on the SkyDrive app and shows you how to manage files for this.  Discover how to add files to the SkyDrive and then open these files as well.
One of the two styles of the IE10 browser included with Windows 8 is the IE 10 app.  This short clip provides an overview of the app and teaches you basic navigation commands.
This clip opens by teaching you how to work with multiple tabs in IE10.  Also shown is how to pin webpages to the Start screen or add them to Favorites.  Also covered is how to use the View on the Desktop and Get App for this Site commands.  We also show you how to access the IE 10 app Internet Options.
The more traditional browser of the two, the desktop version of IE 10 contains a very familiar browsing interface if you have used IE 9 or IE 8.  This clip gives an overview on how to use this browser and takes a brief look at the browser menus.
10 questions
You know about the Store, the Essentials and the tools. Now here's the quiz.

No Cheating!

Section 6: Security Features and Advanced Options
Protecting your device with a password is very important.  This clip shows you how to use a picture password to protect Windows 8.  Watch how the password is setup and then tried out on the actual machine.
If something is going wrong with your machine, the Action Center might be a good first place to look for trouble.  As this clip explains, here you will find messages for security and maintenance features throughout the system.  In just a few minutes, you’ll see the scope of services that are monitored through the Action Center.
As an added layer of protection, the User Account Control defends Widows 8 against unwanted applications or commands running.  This clip serves as an introduction to the UAC and shows you how to access its controls and modify them. 
Replacing Microsoft Security Essential in Windows 8, Windows Defender is the integrated anti-virus, anti-malware  and anti-spyware protection that offers full protection of your device.  In this clip we get an overview of how this program works.  A quick scan is demonstrated.  Also shown is updating to the latest anti-virus definitions. 
Like other standard security features in Windows 8, Windows Firewall is automatically running when you connect to a network. Even so, there are times when you may need to fine tune a firewall setting.  This clip explores Firewall settings and explains configuration options.
If you need to uninstall an application, this clip will show you how it’s done.  Also learn how to repair various applications in Windows.  Next, learn how to uninstall Windows Updates if needed.  Finally, you’ll see how to add or remove features in Windows 8 like Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player or Hyper V.
If you have wondered how you can modify the way your folders look and display information, then this video is for you.  Learn how to access the various options on the Folder Options dialog box in this quick clip. 
This clip lets you see the configuration options for Autoplay.  All types of media can use Autoplay: Removable drives, Memory cards, DVD’s, Blue Ray discs and more.  Discover how to customize the settings for each of these.
From time to time, we may need to change which applications open certain files by default.  Or we may want a certain file type to open with a particular program.  In either case, Default Programs in Windows 8 can help you configure these settings and in this clip we explain and demonstrate how to do this.
Managing your hardware is made much easier when you understand how to use the Device Manager.  Learn about different management options you have for your hardware in this clip such as updating drivers, uninstalling devices or scanning for hardware changes.
Different from Device Manager, Devices and Printers offers a simplified way of managing your hardware.  In addition, you also have the chance to manage any connected printers from here as well. This quick video explores the various features of Devices and Printers.
11 questions
Get ready, get set, GO! 

GO and take this "ADVANCED" quiz. 

Section 7: Control Panel
This central location in the control panel lets you setup specific configuration settings. Learn how to access this and configure the settings for items like Magnifier, On-Screen Keyboard, Narrator, High contrast.  This clip will demonstrate some of how to use some of these features and get the most out of them.
Windows 8 provides a new tool for backing up our files called File History.  The purpose of File History is to save copies of your file so you can get them back if they are lost or damaged.   This short video demonstrates how to use File History and also restore personal files that have been lost or damaged.
In this clip we’ll provide a brief overview of the Flash Player Settings Manager.  From here you can tweak storage, camera and mic settings, playback and advanced settings as well.  Learn how to locate this manager and make changes to the settings.
Family Safety is Microsoft’s onboard protection for filtering content when on the Internet or playing games and the like.  Setting up is real easy in this clip shows you the process of doing that.  You’ll also learn how you can manage Family Safety settings from a web browser to any computer.
If you ever need to install a font, delete a font or just want to check up on the fonts that are already installed, you’ll definitely want to check out this short clip.  In it, discover how to preview fonts before you install them and then go through the process of installing them and learn how to manage them in the control panel.
 Indexing is Windows 8 way of creating any table of contents for the items on our machine, items like documents, pictures and other files and folders.  By default the whole machine is not indexed but only certain aspects of it.  If you’d like to increase what is created through the indexing then make sure you watch the short clip to find out how to do that.
It certainly important to understand how to modify your power options.  This is especially true if you’re using a mobile device. If you don’t know how to already, watch this clip so you can learn how to tweak these options and optimize your hardware for your power needs
By using Bitlocker you can encrypt an entire hard drive or removable drive using Bitlocker To Go.  Strong encryption is used providing powerful security –it’s like keeping your files under lock and key.  The process of setting this up is real easy and takes just a few moments to learn as this short clip demonstrates.
When Windows 8 is first installed on a machine a specific region is configured.  If the computer is moved from that region then you may want to reconfigure it.  You’ll see this simple process for this in just a few moments with this clip.  Also learn about other features available on the Region Dialog Box.
In a corporate environment, your administrators may configure remote applications or even remote desktops for you to access.  To gain access to these features, you can use Remote App and Desktop Connections.  Use of these features in Windows 8 requires Windows Server running on the backend. This clip shows you where to go once this is all setup and how to access these features.

If you’d like to control your computer by speech or dictate to it speech recognition in Windows 8 enables both of these possibilities.  In this clip we show you an overview of Speech Recognition and demonstrate this in the operating system.

 A brand new feature in Windows 8 is called Storage Spaces.  The purpose of this feature is to allow you to pool multiple hard disks together So that they are seen by the operating system as one single drive.  If one of the drives happens to fail in the course of time your data will still be safe because it was dispersed over multiple drives.  In this short video lesson we show you where to find storage spaces and how to set it up. 
Although it’s not new, the Sync Center is a lesser used features in Windows –some might even consider it a hidden feature.  The purpose of it is to all for the quick synchronization of files across your network or connected devices.  See where this feature is found and how it works in this short video lesson. Although it’s not new, the Sync Center is a lesser used features in Windows –some might even consider it a hidden feature.  The purpose of it is to all for the quick synchronization of files across your network or connected devices.  See where this feature is found and how it works in this short video lesson.
A new way to access user settings comes to us in PC Settings.  This quick clip explores both the new Users section as well as the traditional section for modifying user accounts in the Control Panel.
The core features of Windows Update remain largely unchanged from Windows 7.  What has changed in Windows 8 is the way we access the Update information.  In addition to the control panel, a new section of the operating system called PC Settings contains a Windows Update section.  Learn how to access this information in this short video clip.
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Section 8: Networking
If you are on the go and need to connect your Windows 8 device to the network, understanding how to work with your wireless connection settings is a must.  Fortunately Windows 8 makes this easy to manage.  In a little over two minutes, you’ll get all the info you need to make sure you are up and running on the network in  no time.
First introduced in Windows 7, HomeGroups have proven to be one of the easiest ways to network computers together. HomeGroups only work with Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines.  This lesson explains the simple steps required to setup a HomeGroup.
When you give access to other machines in your HomeGroup access to your Media, you can configure specific restrictions for either machines or content on your machines which will block access to it.  Discover what’s involved with modifying these options in this quick clip.
Slightly changed in Windows 8, the Network and Sharing Center still gives us basic network information and the ability to set up connections.  Learn more about the features here in under two minutes!
Located in the Network and Sharing Center, the link to advanced sharing settings enables you to configure specific networking features on private or public networks.  The settings revolve around network discovery, file and printer sharing and HomeGroup settings.  You’ll see how to change sharing options for these features.
This clips briefly examines configuration options for your network adapter. You can find the settings in the Network and Sharing Center.  Follow along in this clip as these options are explained in brief.
TCP/IP is the main language of communication for networked computers.  On most occasions, you won’t have to adjust these settings.  However if you are required to enter a static IP address, you’ll need to know how and where to access the settings.  This clip shows you to accomplish this in just a couple of minutes.
7 questions
Think you're a Networking Master? Here's your chance to prove it. 
Section 9: Administration
If you’ve been searching for the admin tools in Windows 8, then search no more!  This clips shows you how to turn on and access the admin tools in Windows 8.
The purpose of the computer management tool is to place the most frequently used tools in one convenient MMC (Microsoft Management Console).  The default tools are Task Scheduler, Event Viewer, Shared Folders, Local Users and Groups, Performance, Device Manager, Disk Manager and more.  See how to access this tool in this clip.
When you open the Event Viewer, you will be able to view events that have occurred on your computer.  Through log files, you can review errors, warnings or information on events and determine when it happened.  See how to access and use this tool in this short video lesson.
Each time your computer boots, lots of behind the scenes services are started.  Although you may not need to worry about these services often, it is nice to know where to go when you need to troubleshoot or manage these services.  You can follow along as Services is explained in this quick clip.
When diagnosing computer problems, particularly startup issues, the System Configuration tool can be a real asset to help you in pin pointing problems.  Each of the 5 tabs is discussed:  General, Boot, Services, Startup and Tools.  Learn how to use this tool in just a few minutes.
This tool provides an at-a-glance status of all our physical disks.  Additionally, you can reformat, partition or change the drive letter of your drives from here.  Learn more about Disk Management by watching this brief video.
You can optimize your drives to help your computer run more efficiently, or analyze them to find out if they need to be optimized.  See how this analysis and defragmentation process is run in just a couple minutes.
This short video lesson demonstrates how to access and modify your local security policy.  As you modify policies, keep an eye out for the Explain tab on the dialog box which will help you understand the purpose of the policy.

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