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Windows 8.1 Introduction Course Outline

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Version 8.1

Welcome to Introduction to Personal Computers Using Microsoft® Windows® 8.1. Whether you’re new to computers or have used them in the past, this class will help you become more comfortable using a personal computer (PC) and, more specifically, the Windows 8.1 interface. This course will help you to define what a PC is, and familiarize you with the Windows 8.1 user interface and its basic capabilities. In this course, you will explore Windows 8.1 and learn how to create documents, send email, browse the Internet, and share information between applications and with other users.

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to perform basic work-related tasks on a PC running the Windows 8.1 operating system.
You will:
Get to know PCs and the Windows 8.1 user interface.
Use Windows Store apps and navigation features.
Work with Desktop applications.
Use Internet Explorer 11.
Customize the Windows 8.1 environment.
Use Windows 8.1 security features.

Target Student
This course is designed for any end user, especially an individual new to computing, who needs to use the features and functionality of the Windows 8.1 operating system for personal and/or professional reasons.

This course is intended for new computer users who want to use the basic tools and features of Windows 8.1. No particular prerequisite skills are required, but any previous exposure to personal computers and the Internet is helpful.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Getting to Know PCs and the Windows 8.1 User Interface
Topic A: Identify Components of a Personal Computer
Topic B: Sign In to Windows 8.1
Topic C: Navigate the Start Screen

Lesson 2: Using Windows Store Apps and Navigation Features
Topic A: Access and Identify the Charms
Topic B: Windows Store Apps and Common Navigation Features
Topic C: Multitask with Apps

Lesson 3: Working with Desktop Applications
Topic A: Navigate the Desktop
Topic B: Manage Files and Folders with File Explorer
Topic C: Elements of a Desktop Window
Topic D: Create and Modify Files with Desktop Applications

Lesson 4: Using Internet Explorer 11
Topic A: Navigate Internet Explorer 11
Topic B: Browse the Web
Topic C: Use Internet Explorer 11 on the Desktop

Lesson 5: Customizing the Windows 8.1 Environment
Topic A: Customize the Start Screen
Topic B: Customize the Desktop

Lesson 6: Using Windows 8.1 Security Features
Topic A: Set Privacy Levels and Passwords
Topic B: Use Windows Defender
Topic C: Store and Share Files with SkyDrive

Appendix A: Other Windows 8.1 Features

Appendix B: Help+Tips App

Appendix C: Windows 8.1 Navigation Summary
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