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Windows 8 has some major differences from previous versions, including a new Start screen and support for touchscreen gestures. In this course veteran trainer Tim Grey will help you get oriented. After exploring the interface and the preinstalled applications, Tim shows how to add or remove applications, send and receive email, browse the web, view and share photos, play music and movies, and much more. Plus, see how to switch to the traditional desktop interface, if you prefer it, and get tips on managing, protecting, printing, and backing up your files.
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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