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Windows 8 was a new direction for Microsoft, offering mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. But some people were unhappy with its design. Windows 8.1 answers these complaints and takes Windows a step further. In this course, David Rivers shows you all its essential features. Take a tour of the interface, review the new file and folder behaviors, and meet the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, Maps, and Music. David also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, work with external devices, and set up networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.
One app I really like that's built into Windows 8.1 is the Reader app. If you've ever worked with read only documents, whether they be PDF documents, the Adobe read only format, or XPS files, the Microsoft read only format. There is one reader that will read both of those types of files, so you can view them, but use a number of options to work with those files. That's what we're going to look at right now and the Reader app by default does not appear on your Start screen. So we'll go down to the arrow in the bottom left corner to see all apps.
There's the Reader app, we could click it to run it, or we could right click it to select it and pin it to the Start screen if it's something you're going to use on a regular basis. That takes us back to our Start screen, I'm just going to move this up to the far left hand side here under my General Apps, there we go. Lets click the Reader Tile now to launch it. If it's your first time, you're going to see what I see, a Browse option, and down below, no files have been opened recently. As you begin to work with XPS and PDF files, they'll show up on this list so you can go back to them quickly.
But until then, you'll need to open up the first one using Browse, so let's do that. Now you'll notice that by default we're looking at our Documents Library. The Documents Library contains some files because we decided our exercise files would be part of the Documents Library in a previous movie. Now, if you're not seeing that and you weren't following along with me, you can navigate. Click the drop down, go to your PC. I could go to the Desktop, find my exercise files there. Another click takes me to the only file I can work with in Reader and that is this brochure.
So I'm going to select it my clicking it and now down below, click Open to open it. I'm in the default view here, which is called a Continuous View. That's why you see a Scroll Bar over here on the right-hand side. And if I want to scroll down through this document, I can use the Scroll Bar. I could also use a wheel Mouse to go up and down. I could even use the keyboard. Use the down arrow on your keyboard to go down a line at a time. Use the up arrow to go up a line at a time. Or go down to the next page using Page Down.
Page Up will take you back up. Or if you prefer, you have many, many pages, you can zoom out. Down in the bottom right hand corner you'll see a minus and a plus sign. Click the minus sign to zoom out. Go to the page you want by selecting it, and it'll zoom you back in. Notice we're at page 2 of 2 here. Let's zoom out. Go back to page 1 with a click. And if you wanted to, you can go back to the previous page, using the Undo button. There are some other options besides just reading this.
So, for example, if you right click, you'll see at the bottom, we have a Find option and some different views. Continuous View is the default. But if we wanted to look at one page at a time and scroll horizontally as opposed to vertically, we could switch to the One Page View. Now we're not scrolling up and down, but rather, left to right. So just click anywhere in the background, and you'll see Navigation buttons, on the right, and on the left. Let's right click again and change to the other view, which is two pages.
It's a little harder to read, because we're zoomed further out, but now we're looking at two pages side by side. Let's switch back to Continuous, the default. Other things we can do, notice we can save this as, this allows us to give it a new name, maybe even a new location. We can print it from here, by clicking Print, or click More to see more options. If we wanted to rotate this, or get info about it, we could do that too. But for now, let's just see what happens if we press the Windows key on our keyboard to go back out, and go back to reader now.
Click the Reader Tile, and you'll be right where you left off. Let's right click. Notice up at the top we can click the Close button to close this up and return to our Reader Browse Area. Now we do have a recent document, we can go back to quickly or browse for another one. And that is a handy app when working with read only files.
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