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Using the Reader

From: Up and Running with Windows 8

Video: Using the Reader

If you read PDF or XPS documents such as for electronic magazines, e-books or other documents, then you can take advantage of the Reader application that's included as part of Windows 8 to view those documents. Let's take a look at how we can use the Reader application within Windows 8. I don't have the reader application as a tile on the start menu. So, in order to access it I would have to swipe up from the bottom of the screen or right-click on the start screen and then click all apps. I can then find the reader application, but since I anticipate using the reader application a fair amount I would like to have it on the start screen.

Using the Reader

If you read PDF or XPS documents such as for electronic magazines, e-books or other documents, then you can take advantage of the Reader application that's included as part of Windows 8 to view those documents. Let's take a look at how we can use the Reader application within Windows 8. I don't have the reader application as a tile on the start menu. So, in order to access it I would have to swipe up from the bottom of the screen or right-click on the start screen and then click all apps. I can then find the reader application, but since I anticipate using the reader application a fair amount I would like to have it on the start screen.

So here with a list of all applications I'll right-click on the reader application or flick it if I'm on a touch screen device and then choose the pin to start option. I'll go ahead and go back to the start screen and then scrolling over to the far right you will see that I have the reader application added to the start screen. I'll go ahead, and bring that all the way over to the far left of the start screen into the productivity section of applications that I have created. And then I'll go ahead and click the tile for the Reader application in order to bring up the Reader app.

I don't have any recently viewed documents. Those would appear here under the recent label, of course. But I can browse to locate a PDF document. I happen to have one in my documents folder. So I'll click the Browse button, and you'll notice that the documents folder is active by default. But I can also click the Files popup and navigate to a particular location, including my SkyDrive. But in this case, the document that I'm looking for is right here in my Documents folder. I'll go ahead and click on that document and then click Open in order to open up this document. If I right-click or swipe up from the bottom of the screen, I can change the display option.

For example, I can switch to a one page view so that I'm able to see an entire page all at once. And then I can navigate across the document, going from page to page for example. I can also set the view to two pages if I want to see two pages across at any given time. And when I'm in the Two Page View, I can also go back to the Cover Page if I'd like, but in this case, I'll switch to a One Page View. In addition to being able to navigate page by page, I can also use the Continuous Option. Now that will zoom in the document, but then I can scroll through the document so that I don't really have any page breaks.

I don't have to go page by page. I simply see a slight gap in between each of the pages. But in most cases, if I have a display with an adequate resolution, I prefer to use the one page option. Note that I also have options to open another document or to save this document in a different location or with a different file name. And if you click the More button, you'll see that we can also rotate the document, view information about the document, or close the file altogether. If I'd like to have this document available to me on other devices, for example, on a mobile device running Windows 8 RT, then I can also post this document to my Skydrive. To do so I'll bring up the charm bar and then click the Share button, and I can choose the SkyDrive option.

I also have of course the e-mail option if I prefer, but I'll go ahead and choose SkyDrive, and then I'll store this particular document in my documents folder on the SkyDrive. And then I'll just click the Upload button, and this file then will be uploaded into my Documents folder on SkyDrive so that I can access it from my other devices associated with the same account. I'll go ahead and close this document by choosing Close File from the More pop-up, and then notice that now in the Reader application I have that document in the list of recently opened documents and that list will remain there.

So, in the future, if I want to look at that same document, I'll be able to get to it very, very easily. So, obviously, a very straight forward and simple application, but one that provides you with good utility as well.

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Up and Running with Windows 8

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  1. 2m 3s
    1. Welcome
      2m 3s
  2. 31m 6s
    1. A Windows 8 overview
      3m 53s
    2. Changing your environment
      3m 5s
    3. Customizing live tiles
      4m 14s
    4. Helpful keyboard shortcuts
      3m 41s
    5. Using gestures
      4m 18s
    6. Handwriting recognition on a tablet
      3m 7s
    7. Creating and using a picture password
      3m 25s
    8. Working with your account
      3m 0s
    9. Power options
      2m 23s
  3. 1h 2m
    1. Basics of Metro applications
      3m 24s
    2. Working with a typical application
      4m 10s
    3. Updating applications
      2m 27s
    4. Browsing with Internet Explorer 10
      5m 58s
    5. Managing contacts with People
      4m 29s
    6. Configuring and using Mail
      5m 41s
    7. Connecting with Messenger
      4m 16s
    8. Staying organized with Calendar
      6m 7s
    9. Finding places with Maps
      6m 3s
    10. Getting more applications in the Windows Store
      3m 43s
    11. Purchasing applications
      2m 54s
    12. Organizing the Start screen
      2m 59s
    13. Accessing all applications
      2m 47s
    14. Running applications side by side
      3m 28s
    15. Closing applications
      2m 11s
    16. Unpinning or removing applications
      2m 4s
  4. 28m 0s
    1. Working with photos
      5m 56s
    2. Sharing photos
      3m 29s
    3. Copying videos to your computer
      3m 36s
    4. Watching movies and TV shows
      2m 23s
    5. Playing music
      4m 9s
    6. Using the Reader
      3m 59s
    7. Sharing with SkyDrive
      4m 28s
  5. 28m 13s
    1. Accessing and personalizing the desktop
      4m 55s
    2. Using desktop applications
      2m 23s
    3. Window sizing
      2m 57s
    4. Creating a desktop shortcut
      3m 8s
    5. Working with the File Explorer
      6m 11s
    6. Safely removing a device
      2m 51s
    7. Using the Recycle Bin
      3m 12s
    8. Snipping for screen captures
      2m 36s
  6. 18m 7s
    1. Changing Windows settings
      4m 20s
    2. Protecting your PC with Windows Defender
      5m 20s
    3. Adding devices
      2m 56s
    4. Printing
      2m 53s
    5. Backing up your files
      2m 38s

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