Windows 10 Field Guide
Windows 10 Field Guide (Book + Printable Posters)
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Windows 10 Field Guide

Last updated on 2019-08-06

About the Book

Windows 10 Field Guide is a full-length e-book about the latest version of Microsoft Windows, aimed at those users who will upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, or acquire Windows 10 with a new PC.

Windows 10 Field Guide is...

Self-published. We wrote this book ourselves and there's no publishing company to get in the way. Because it's electronic, not paper, we can and will keep it up to date regularly going forward.

Transparent. This book is written and updated transparently and publicly, over time, so you can follow along, download updates, and provide feedback as it is updated. That is, unlike a book that is published traditionally and left to sit (rot?) on a book store's shelves, Windows 10 Field Guide is a living, breathing entity. And it will continue to grow and evolve as Windows 10 does over the coming weeks, months, and years. You get updates for free, at least through the end of 2018 and to include Windows 10 version 1809.

Inexpensive. A traditional technical book about Windows 10 typically retails for $29.99 to $49.99 and is made available in print and e-book formats. But the authors receive only a very small portion of that price. With Windows 10 Field Guide, we are using the pricing model popularized by mobile apps, but with a twist: we're letting you, the reader, pick your price so you can pay more than our recommended price of $9.99.

Available in multiple formats. So what does $9.99 buy you these days? In this case, it provides you with one or more electronic versions of the book in the following formats: PDF, MOBI and EPUB. Get one, get them all. And get updates as they come out.

Not available directly from Kindle or other e-book platforms.Thanks to our previous experiences dealing with these organizations, we are only offering this book directly to you, the reader. No worries: it will always work properly with Kindle, Nook, or whatever other e-book software you use. We're just cutting out the middleman. Again.

A how-to and a reference. This book provides tips, how-to's and reference information about Windows 10, and assumes only that you have used some version of Windows previously. But rather than cover every single little checkbox and option in all apps and features, this book focuses on the important stuff, on what's new and what's changed in Windows 10, so you can quickly get up to speed and master this new OS version and be productive as quickly as possible.

Interactive. You're a part of this, too, or at least you can be. We want to hear from you while we're updating the book, and if you have any feedback about what's already written, the topic coverage, the formatting, or whatever, we're listening.

Windows 10 Field Guide is the only Windows book you'll ever need. And if it isn't, tell us. We'll fix it.

Thanks for reading. Seriously, we couldn't---and wouldn't---have done this without you.

--- Paul Thurrott, Rafael Rivera and Martin McClean

About the Authors

Paul Thurrott
Paul Thurrott

Paul Thurrott is an award-winning technology journalist and blogger with over 20 years of industry experience and the author of over 25 books. He is the News Director for the Petri IT Knowledgebase, the major domo at Thurrott.com, and the co-host of three podcasts: Windows Weekly with Leo Laporte and Mary Jo Foley, What the Tech with Andrew Zarian, and First Ring Daily with Brad Sams. He was formerly the senior technology analyst at Windows IT Pro and the creator of the SuperSite for Windows. You can reach Paul via email or on Twitter at @thurrott.

Rafael Rivera
Rafael Rivera

Rafael Rivera is a software developer for a VAR 500 company where he works on mission critical systems for the United States Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. He is also a certified reverse engineering analyst and takes Windows apart for fun in his free time.

Martin McClean
Martin McClean

Martin McClean is a computer scientist, electronic engineer and writer. He works as a program manager developing mobile software. He is a huge fan of all things Windows and he loves creating visual content, especially technical posters.

Table of Contents

  • About the Book
    • Trademarks and disclaimers
    • Publication history
    • We want your feedback!
    • Meet the authors
    • Thanks!
  • Introduction
  • Get to Know Windows 10
    • Start: Menu or full-screen
    • Taskbar: Manage apps and windows
    • Search: Find what you need
    • Cortana: Speak and you shall receive
    • Desktop: Your scratch space
    • File Explorer: Manage documents and files
    • The Microsoft Store: Apps, games, and more
    • Action Center and notifications: Find out what’s new
    • Multitasking: Manage multiple windows at once
    • Take a screenshot: Capture an image of the screen
    • Settings: Customize and configure Windows
    • Windows Update: Keep Windows up-to-date
    • Shutdown, Restart, Sleep, Lock and Sign-Off
    • Quick Access: A menu for power users
  • Install Windows 10
    • Can you install Windows 10 on your PC?
    • Things to consider before installing Windows 10
    • Create Windows 10 Setup media
    • Clean install Windows 10
    • Upgrade from Windows 7 or 8.1 to Windows 10
    • Post-install tasks
    • Upgrade from one Windows product edition to another
  • Personalize
    • Get to know the Settings app
    • Eliminate the biggest annoyances first
    • Customize your privacy settings
    • Customize the display
    • Customize the desktop
    • Configure and customize Start
    • Configure and customize the taskbar
    • Customize the lock screen and sign-in screen
  • Files and Storage
    • Get to know File Explorer
    • Configure or disable Quick access in File Explorer
    • Share pictures and other files from File Explorer
    • Use OneDrive to sync files between the cloud and your PC
    • Manage your PC’s storage
    • Back up and recover documents and other personal files with File History
  • System Recovery
    • Get to know the system recovery options
    • Create a Recovery drive
    • Reinstall Windows and start fresh
    • Perform advanced recovery tasks with the Windows Recovery Environment
  • Devices
    • Get to know Devices settings
    • Connect a device
    • Configure a mouse or touchpad
    • Configure a keyboard
    • Configure removable storage
    • Configure a printer
    • Configure a second display
  • Phone
    • Get to know the Your Phone app
    • Link your phone with your PC
    • Access your Android phone’s key features from your PC
    • Use Continue on PC to pick up where you left off
    • Explore more PC and phone integration features
  • Accounts
    • Get to know Accounts settings
    • You should sign-in to Windows with a Microsoft account
    • Microsoft account security first steps
    • Manage your sign-in account
    • Manage sign-in account security
    • Manage other sign-in accounts
    • Configure email accounts
    • Configure app accounts
  • Security
    • Get to know the Windows Security app
    • Use Windows Update to keep Windows 10 up-to-date
    • Use Windows Defender to protect your PC from threats
    • Find your PC if it’s lost or stolen
    • Use BitLocker to secure your personal data
  • Networking
    • Get to know Windows networking
    • Understand network profiles
    • Use a Wi-Fi network
    • Use an Ethernet network
    • Use a cellular data network
    • Share your Internet connection
    • Connect to known-safe public wireless connections automatically
  • Microsoft Store and Apps
    • Get to know the Microsoft Store
    • Before you start
    • Find and install apps and games
    • Update apps
    • Manage app notifications
    • Uninstall an app
    • Configure default apps
    • Configure where apps are located
  • Mail
    • Get to know the Mail app
    • Manage your accounts
    • Read and send email messages
    • Use Mail more efficiently
    • Customize Mail
  • People
    • Get to know the People app
    • Manage accounts
    • Manage contacts with the People app
    • Access your contacts from outside the People app
    • Configure People
  • Calendar
    • Get to know the Calendar app
    • Manage accounts and calendars
    • Manage events and meetings
    • Create and manage meetings
    • Access events from outside the Calendar app
    • Customize Calendar
  • Skype
    • Get to know Skype
    • Configure Skype for the first time
    • Manage your Skype profile
    • Manage your contacts
    • Send and receive Skype messages
    • Send and receive audio and video calls
    • Call land lines and smartphones
    • Configure Skype
  • Microsoft Edge
    • Get to know Microsoft Edge
    • Configure Microsoft Edge
    • Manage your favorite web pages
    • Read on the web
    • Add notes to a web page
    • Read and manage PDF files
    • Read and manage E-PUB files
    • Manage tabs
    • Manage downloads
    • Do more with Microsoft Edge extensions
    • Get help from Cortana
    • Manage Flash content in websites
    • Cast media to a bigger screen
  • Maps
    • Get to know the Maps apps
    • Navigate and change the view
    • Find and explore places
    • Save and manage places
    • Get directions
    • Explore 3D city views
    • Write on your maps with Ink
    • Configure Maps
  • OneNote
    • Get to know OneNote
    • Create and manage notebooks and sections
    • Create and manage pages
    • Share a page
    • Pin a notebook, section, or page to Start
  • Photos
    • Get to know the Photos app
    • Configure Photos
    • Edit a photo
    • View, create, and edit video projects
    • Import photos from a phone, camera or other device
    • Access premium Photos features with an Office 365 account
  • Groove Music
    • Get to know the Groove Music app
    • Tweak music playback with the equalizer
    • Find music on your PC or home network
    • Pin your favorite music to Start
  • Movies & TV
    • Get to know the Movies & TV app
    • Configure Movies & TV
    • Play and control a video
    • Rent a movie from Microsoft
    • Purchase a movie or TV show from Microsoft
    • Watch movies you’ve purchased from other services
    • Use subtitles
    • Wirelessly cast a video to an HDTV or other display
  • Xbox and Games
    • Get to know Windows gaming
    • Configure your PC to play games
    • Find and buy games
    • Play a game
    • Capture and broadcast your game play content with the Xbox Game Bar
    • Use the Xbox Console Companion app to interact with the Xbox Live community
  • Windows Ink
    • Get to know Windows Ink Workspace
    • Configure Windows Ink and your pen
    • Use Sticky Notes to take notes and set reminders
    • Use Sketchpad to create a digital sketch
    • Use Snip & Sketch to draw on the screen
  • Revision History
  • Quick Reference Sheets

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