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Reading text with the Reader app

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Video: Reading text with the Reader app

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.

Reading text with the Reader app

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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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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