Microsoft® Windows 8: Illustrated Essentials, 1st Edition



Designed to meet the needs of users from a broad range of experience levels, Microsoft Windows 8 Illustrated Essentials equips your students with Windows 8 basics using its hallmark 2-page spread format. This practical, user-friendly design makes learning accessible by allowing students to see an entire task in one view. Streamlined into two units, Microsoft Windows 8 Illustrated Essentials gets students up and running with the latest features of Windows 8, including the new user interface, working with the Charms bar, starting an app, working with windows, and managing files.

Additional Product Information

Features and Benefits

  • Unique 2-page spread keeps learners of all levels engaged and on track by presenting an entire lesson in a single view.
  • Makes concepts relevant with end-of-chapter Independent Challenges and Visual Workshops.
  • Helps students learn the essentials of navigating and using Windows 8--including step-by-step instructions on navigating the new user interface, starting and exiting apps, working with windows, and using file management features.
  • Predicts commonly made mistakes and offers "Quick Tips" within the step-by-step directions to help students avoid typical errors and pitfalls.
  • Serves as a great reference both during and after the course.

Table of Contents

Unit A: Getting Started with Windows 8.
Unit B: Understanding File Management.

What's New

  • Covers essential Windows 8 skills including using the new user interface, working with the Charms bar, starting an app, working with windows, and managing files.
  • Helps students understand Cloud storage and its advantages, using Microsoft SkyDrive as an example.
  • New! Learning outcomes for each 2-page lesson mapped to assessments.
  • New! Helpful new table describes how to move around a computer hierarchy using the Navigation pane, the Address bar, the File list, and the keyboard.
  • New! Design improvements help keep students engaged and on track.
  • Now all instructor materials are available online. Motivate and enhance student learning with text-specific ancillaries, including data and solution files, syllabi, and PowerPoint presentations.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: Computer Concepts: Illustrated Brief, 9th + Microsoft® Word 2013: Illustrated Brief + Microsoft® Windows 8: Illustrated Essentials

ISBN-10: 1285927982 | ISBN-13: 9781285927985

List Price = $146.95  | CengageBrain Price = $146.95

Efficacy and Outcomes


"I like the very user-friendly approach and layout of the Illustrated book, as well as the pedagogy – the review skills and concepts. The students are reading and using the extra tips and information in the margins, which is a surprise to me because with the previous book I used they were overwhelmed by too much information. This 'hits it'."

— Linda Baier, Mayville State University

"My custom Illustrated books cover the material well. My students tell me that they are written in a way they can understand. The books give excellent material but leaves the instructor room for innovative projects. The exercises are great learning tools. When the students tell me they are reading the text, I know we have made a good choice."

— Melisa "Joey" Bryant, Forsyth Technical Community College

"Very user-friendly for students. Good graphics and activities. Provides the concepts in a way students understand."

— Deborah Peairs, Clark State Community College

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Barbara Clemens

Barbara Clemens has been a software product manager, editor, writer, and instructor for more than 25 years, working with Addison-Wesley Publishing, Course Technology, and Cengage Learning. She has edited and written many Microsoft® Office textbooks, and has created instructional videos and online courses on Office.