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Getting connected

From: Windows 8.1 Essential Training

Video: Getting connected

These days computing's all about being connected, and if you're on a Windows PC, you're likely connected to the Internet using a modem of some kind. You might be on a network at home or at the office, even on the road using a tablet or smartphone. It's all about being connected and having access to the information you need when you need it. So, in this chapter, we're gong to talk about getting connected, beginning with a look at your network connections here from the start screen. Windows really does a great job of recognizing connections and setting them up for you.

Getting connected

These days computing's all about being connected, and if you're on a Windows PC, you're likely connected to the Internet using a modem of some kind. You might be on a network at home or at the office, even on the road using a tablet or smartphone. It's all about being connected and having access to the information you need when you need it. So, in this chapter, we're gong to talk about getting connected, beginning with a look at your network connections here from the start screen. Windows really does a great job of recognizing connections and setting them up for you.

For example, my computer is plugged into a modem connected to the Internet. I didn't have to do any setup. I install Windows 8.1, it was recognized and connected for me, and I was ready to go. But I can take a look at those connections and make adjustments if I need to. Let's do that from the start screen. We'll just start to type in the word, network, NET. And over here in the search pane you'll notice, we can connect to a network manually if we needed to, or just view our network connection settings and maybe adjust a couple of things. Let's go there.

This takes us to our PC settings and directly to the network category with Connections highlighted. You'll see your current connection, if you have one. Mine is just defaulted to network and you can see the status here is connected. All of that was done for me. I didn't do any of the work. But we can click this to get some information. There's the properties for our network. So if we needed to provide that to a support person, for example, maybe it's IT, or your ISP, your internet service provider.

Also up here, you'll notice a slider that we can turn on to find any other PCs, devices and content that might also be on this same network. So, for example, if you're at work or at home where multiple computers are on a network, and there's a printer connected to that network, you might want to be able to use it from this computer. Turn this on, and automatically Windows 8.1 is going to find those devices. I'm going to leave that turned on. We'll need it turned on later on when we talk about home groups as well.

Let's go back, and in fact, let's press the Windows key on our keyboard to go back to the start screen and type in NET one more time. Remember, we could also connect to a network from here. Clicking connect to a network will show us our current connections and networks that we might not be connected to, and we can select and connect to where you would be provided with the information you need to connect. But as you can see, there's only one here for me, I'm already connected, there's nothing to do here, so I'm just going to click in the background of my start screen.

Now, we can also get to all of our network connections and information in the old desktop environment, like we always did. So let's go there. We'll click the Desktop tile. We'll go to our network connections, right from the Start button down below. We'll right-click to bring up the menu, and you'll see Network Connections right there. We could go through the control panel as well, but we have a nice shortcut to it. By clicking Network Connections, you'll see your current connections. And there's what it looks like here in the old desktop environment, my ethernet network. When you click it, options appear across the top now, so you could disable the network device if you wanted to, diagnose this connection, so if you're having problems you could potentially find what the issue is using this.

Rename the connection. Looks like I have a couple more that aren't fitting here. Clicking the double arrow, here we go. Maybe I want to view the status of this connection. Give it a click, and you can see, my connectivity, it's enabled. There's the speed. Everything seems to be working properly, and from here I can also diagnose if I was having issues, disable, and go into the properties for this network connection from here as well. I'm going to click Close, and I'm going to close this up as well, and return to my start screen with the Windows key, and we'll continue from here.

Another way to stay connected with other computers is to set up a Home Group. We'll talk about that next.

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Windows 8.1 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 23s
    1. Welcome
      47s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 32m 40s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8.1 versions
      2m 43s
    2. Getting familiar with the user interface
      8m 11s
    3. Exploring the Windows 8.1 desktop
      6m 13s
    4. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 8s
    5. Switching between apps with Switcher
      3m 50s
    6. Personalizing Windows 8.1
      7m 33s
    7. Creating tile groups
      2m 2s
  3. 43m 58s
    1. Using the ribbon in File Explorer
      10m 21s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      6m 22s
    3. Customizing folder behavior
      5m 28s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      7m 22s
    5. Creating easy access to files and folders
      4m 56s
    6. Using SkyDrive
      4m 29s
    7. Copying files in a single window
      5m 0s
  4. 1h 11m
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      7m 46s
    2. Keeping dates with the Calendar app
      6m 59s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      9m 55s
    4. Communicating with contacts using Skype
      10m 13s
    5. Working with photos
      10m 58s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      4m 14s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      8m 29s
    8. Locating places with Maps
      8m 29s
    9. Timing things with Alarms
      4m 19s
  5. 28m 18s
    1. Typing text with Sticky Notes, Notepad, and WordPad
      10m 30s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 18s
    3. Performing calculations with the Calculator
      2m 55s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 35s
  6. 31m 17s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      4m 4s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      7m 36s
    3. Removing unwanted applications
      2m 55s
    4. Setting default programs
      5m 26s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      8m 45s
    6. Navigation settings for desktop lovers
      2m 31s
  7. 20m 34s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 1s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      6m 29s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 44s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      3m 54s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      3m 26s
  8. 40m 48s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 26s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 28s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      4m 52s
    4. Controlling user account access
      3m 53s
    5. Secure your account with passwords and PINs
      5m 51s
    6. Using Parental Controls
      10m 8s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      4m 22s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS)
      3m 48s
  9. 12m 2s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      4m 53s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 42s
  10. 20m 43s
    1. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      4m 10s
    2. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      4m 40s
    3. Backing up with File History
      5m 57s
    4. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 21s
    5. Reseting your Windows 8.1 installation
      2m 35s
  11. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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