Workshop Overview

Windows 8 Essentials

Welcome to the Windows 8 Essentials workshop. This workshop will give participants an introduction into the new world of Windows 8. With Windows 8 Microsoft has introduced a different environment with its new user interface and ways of navigating through your apps.


Windows 8 Essentials will show participants the great new features of Windows 8 and provide them with a great base to further their Windows 8 experiences. With Windows 8 you are able to better manage your time by providing new and more efficient tools and applications.

Windows 8 Essentials

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Workshop Objectives

  • Install Windows 8
  • Navigate the Start Screen and Apps
  • Use the Desktop, Taskbar and related features
  • Work with the Charms Bar
  • Manage your files and folders
  • Work with Settings
  • Personalize Windows 8
  • Understand Security and Maintenance

Workshop Outline

Module One: Getting Started

  • Housekeeping Items
  • The Parking Lot
  • Workshop Objectives
  • Action Plans and Evaluations

Module Two: Welcome to Windows 8

  • About Windows 8
  • Installing Windows 8 (upgrade vs. clean)
  • Setting up Windows 8 (including about your Microsoft Account)
  • Exploring the Start Screen
  • Using Windows 8 with a Touch Screen
  • Logging In and Shutting Down
  • Module Two: Review Questions

Module Three: Using Apps

  • Opening and Closing an App
  • Navigating Apps
  • About the Built-In Apps
  • Using All Apps
  • Updating and Downloading Apps from the Windows Store
  • Module Three: Review Questions

Module Four: Working with the Desktop

  • Opening the Desktop
  • About the Desktop Interface
  • Switching Between the Start Screen and the Desktop
  • Opening Desktop Apps
  • Using Desktop Effects (snap, peek, shake and flip)
  • Opening Files with Different Apps
  • Module Four: Review Questions

Module Five: Using the Task Bar

  • About the Task Bar
  • Pinning Apps to the Task Bar
  • Using Jump Lists
  • Minimizing All Open Windows
  • Module Five: Review Questions

Module Six: Working with the Charms Bar

  • Displaying the Charms
  • Using the Search Charm
  • Using the Share Charm
  • Using the Start Charm
  • Using the Device Charm
  • Module Six: Review Questions
Module Seven: Managing Your Files and Folders

  • Working with File Explorer
  • Changing File Explorer View
  • Sorting Files
  • Searching for Files
  • Working with Libraries
  • About SkyDrive
  • Module Seven: Review Questions

Module Eight: Devices, Networking and Sharing

  • - View Available Networks
  • Using a HomeGroup
  • Using Remote Desktop
  • Selecting Sharing Options
  • Adding and Removing Devices
  • Module Eight: Review Questions

Module Nine: Working with Settings and the Control Panel

  • Using the Settings Charm
  • Opening the Control Panel
  • Managing User Accounts and Parental Controls
  • Setting Default Programs
  • Removing Unwanted Programs
  • Module Nine: Review Questions

Module Ten: Personalizing Windows 8

  • Customizing the Lock Screen
  • Customizing the Start Screen
  • Customizing Tiles on the Start Screen
  • Customizing the Desktop
  • Accessing the User Screen
  • Module Ten:Review Questions

Module Eleven: Understanding Security and Maintenance

  • Understanding Security Features
  • Using Windows Update
  • Using the Action Center
  • Troubleshooting Problems
  • Using System Restore
  • Module Eleven:Review Questions

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up

  • Words from the Wise
  • Review of Parking Lot
  • Lessons Learned
  • Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations

Duration: 2 Days

Target Audience: All

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