Windows 8.1 for Microsoft Office users A practical guide to the new, changed and unfamiliar in Windows 8.1 including Update 1
Windows 8.1 for Microsoft Office users
What you need to know about Windows 8.1
by Peter Deegan - Award winning Editor-in-Chief of the Office Watch newsletters and many Office related books.
Windows 8.1 for Microsoft Office users - What you need to know about Windows 8.1
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Windows 8.1 for Microsoft Office users is a focused and unvarnished look at Windows 8.1, especially written for the many people who use Microsoft Office.   Microsoft Office, Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint are where most of us spend our computer time. 

Windows 8.1 most relevant to daily use of Microsoft Office

There are many parts of Office that rely on Windows settings to control how they behave. Other Windows features that are essential for daily use of Office but often get overlooked.

In Windows 8.1 there are great new features like File History and Storage Spaces that can make a lot of difference to how Office users work and help you recover past versions of documents.

There's also familiar parts of Windows like  Explorer, Libraries and Search which deserve more attention because they have a lot more power than most of us realise. Windows 8.1 for Microsoft Office users looks into all these unappreciated parts of Windows 8 in detail. 

Saving Money, in Office 2013: the real startup guide we saved our readers thousands of dollars with advice on how to pay less for the same software.  Windows 8.1 for Microsoft Office users has a whole chapter devoted to choosing and saving money buying Windows 8.1

Configure, we have suggestions for what settings to change from the Microsoft defaults as well as useful software to add.  Setup for Office / desktop users.

Start Menu has good and bad points.  We'll show you how to make the most of the new menu and how to 'fix' it to show what you want.  Plus we'll show you how to ditch the full screen Start Menu in favor of something more familiar and appropriate for your current computer.

If you hate the Start Menu, you’re not alone, so we have a section devoted to tips for avoiding the Start Menu and Metro/Modern apps.

A lot of Windows 8.1 is hidden away with invisible corner tricks and shortcut keys.  We'll show you all the neat stuff that Microsoft has hidden from view.

Think you know Explorer?   There are plenty of tricks and shortcuts in Explorer and the Office file dialogs that we’ll cover in detail that’s often overlooked.

SkyDrive/OneDrive is fully integrated into Windows 8.1 so we've devoted a whole chapter to the cloud storage service.  How to configure,  tag files online or offline, Camera Roll, sharing files and even disable completely.  We also note the problems and traps in Skydrive with Windows 8.1

Libraries aren’t new in Windows 8.1 but aren’t used to their full potential so we’ve devoted an entire chapter to making best use of them.

Searching is an important part of Windows so we look at it in considerable detail.  The new interface has made complex searches a lot easier.  But the new 'Smart Search' is a privacy trap so we'll explain why and how to stop it.

File History is a brand new backup and versioning system in Windows 8.It’s a great way for Office users to backup their files and recover previous versions of a document.

Metered Connections are a great new feature in Windows 8 that doesn't get enough attention.  It'll save you time and money, especially when travelling. Microsoft has made it harder to use in Windows 8.1, but we'll show you how to use and configure it in a dedicated chapter.

Storage Spaces is a clever new way to manage hard drive space with more reliably and flexibility.  We’ll take you through Storage Spaces in detail with advice on the hardware best suited to the new feature.

BitLocker is a high quality disk encryption system that protects your computer and documents from theft.  It’s important for anyone with sensitive or private documents or a portable computer so we’ve devoted a long chapter to BitLocker.

Hyper-V is Microsoft’s way to run a ‘computer within a computer’.  It sounds scary and complicated but we’ll show you step-by-step.  Hyper-V is the best way to run multiple versions of Office and avoid the conflicts you get when installing Office ‘side-by-side’ on the one computer.  We’ll show you how to setup a Hyper-V machine with both Windows and Office installed.

" As with all the Office Watch ebooks and newsletters, we’ve tried to go beyond the standard software ‘how-to’ to give you practical advice and tips we’ve learnt from decades of computing experience." said author and co-founder of Office Watch, Peter Deegan.

We’ve written a practical guide with plenty of ‘step by step’ instructions and full color images throughout.

Windows 8.1 for Microsoft Office users is for all standard computer versions of Windows 8.1: the basic Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Professional and Windows 8.1 Enterprise.


Buying Windows 8.1


32-bit or 64-bit?


With a new computer

Office with a new PC

Hardware choices / Compatibility


Touch screen

Hard Drive


Date and Time

Measurement System

Explorer Options

Extras to install


Repair / Recovery

Start Menu and beyond

Apps vs Desktop

About the Start Menu

Arranging the Start Menu for Office

Replacing the Start Menu

Setup for Office / desktop users
    Start Menu – begone!
    Start or Apps?
     Add a real Start Menu

Around the corners

Multiple Monitors


Extend Displays




Across the ribbon

Office Dialogs

Explorer tricks


Simple search

Detailed searches

SkyDrive / OneDrive

In Explorer
Online or Offline
Disable SkyDrive entirely
Sending/Sharing files with SkyDrive
SkyDrive and File History
Camera Roll on other devices
Other Cloud Services


What’s in a Library

Using Libraries


Adding cloud storage

Metered Connections

What works and doesn't work

Enable / Disable connection
Configuration in various programs

Data use by application

More Network Information


New Fonts

Add Font

How many?

Storage Spaces

Spaces vs. Drives

Step by Step


File History

What is backed up


Advanced Settings

Backup of cloud storage



Encrypting File System


What is BitLocker?

Who has it?

What’s New?

System Requirements

BitLocker authentication options

The downside of BitLocker

What it won’t protect

BitLocker step by step

BitLocker ToGo


How Hyper-V can help you
Windows 8.1 changes

Installing Hyper-V

Office on a virtual machine


About the author

Peter Deegan Peter Deeganhas been the Editor-in-Chief and co-creator of the popular Office Watch ( series of free email newsletters since they started in 1996.  He has written many acclaimed computer books Office 2010: the real startup guide, Privacy and Security in Microsoft Office, Organizing Outlook EmailClever Outlook Contacts and Effective Outlook Calendars plus Eye-Catching Signs with Word and Christmas Cheer with Office (with MaryJane Almer).  He's the winner of a Computer Press Association award and nominee in another year. 

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