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Every upgrade needs a good user’s manual

“Excel 2013: The Missing Manual,” by Matthew MacDonald, introduces expert Excel users to the UI changes that permeate Office 2013 applications.

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If you want to write Windows 8 apps

If you’re ambitious to write applications for Windows 8, Getting Started with Windows 8 Apps by Ben Dewey is good preparation for the challenging changes in the development approach that Windows Runtime (WinRT) represents.

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Making yourself at home with Windows 8

Preston Gralla’s Windows 8 Hacks: Tips & Tools for Unlocking the Power of Tablets and Desktops is for users who want to make Windows 8 work their way.

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Understanding Elements’ photo-editing tools

Despite their often passionate opinions regarding work flow and editing tools, many photographers concur in respecting Adobe Photoshop Elements — an excellent photo-editing program.

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Headlong history of electronic invention

“Hacker” manages to be a term of opprobrium and approval. The reissue of a classic book about digital-age innovators reminds us of the dual nature and ambiguous effects of computer hacking. Steven Levy’s Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution tells of the free thinkers who pushed computing in unexpected directions.

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A book to help you think — effectively

Many people enjoy puzzles as a means of entertaining themselves while exercising their minds. V. Anton Spraul uses puzzles to illustrate the ways real problems are solved by programmers.

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Bonus helps you get to know Windows 8

Some Windows 8 differences from its predecessors are more than skin-deep. Among these are security enhancements that bolster your computing safety — especially when you’re behaving prudently.

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Getting a jump on Microsoft Windows 8

Windows 8: Out of the Box, by Mike Halsey, is written to get Win8 users quickly up to speed. This month, Windows Secrets subscribers can download Chapter 10, “Keeping You and Your Family Safe.”

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A deep and wide reference to Office work

Microsoft Office 2010 On Demand, by Steve Johnson, can prod your memory for those simple — but infrequently used — Office tasks. But it also has the depth to help prepare you to become a Microsoft Certified Applications Specialist (for which you must pass an exam).

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Facebook is almost everywhere: you might be, too

This month, all Windows Secrets subscribers can download Chapter 13: “Playing It Safe: Facebook Privacy.”

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