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Mobile is magnificent!
Here's how to choose, use, and love your laptop
Life is out there waiting — who wants to be stuck behind a desk? Laptops offer freedom, and if you've been wary of them, fear no more. Here's what you do and don't need in a laptop and how to set it up, use all its features, deal with its oddities, protect it, and more, in the plain English you expect from For Dummies and Dan Gookin.
Starting at Start — decide what you need in a laptop, understand the parts, and set it up for action
Windows view — learn how Windows Vista® and SP1 work with your laptop
More power — monitor and recharge your battery and learn to manage your laptop's power
Get connected — safely add your laptop to an existing network or configure a wireless connection
Ah, memory — store your stuff securely on PC cards, Secure Digital cards, and other devices
Pain-free Tablets — explore an entire chapter devoted to the often-overlooked Tablet PC
Hit the road — travel safely with your laptop, protect your data, and outwit laptop thieves
Shoot down trouble — follow this simple and reassuring advice when something goes wrong
Open the book and find:
What's different about the laptop keyboard, and why
Safe ways to collect your e-mail on the road
Why saving Web pages is smart
What to do with a cranky battery
How (and when) to run System Restore
How to make your laptop hard to steal
Things you can add to make laptops more fun
How to sync your laptop with your desktop
In business, laptops are essential to providing mobility to workers. Many business laptops spend much of their time in a desktop docking station and are always available to hit the road. In the home, laptops are most often purchased as a second PC. And now that laptops offer larger displays, longer battery power and speeds equal to desktop computers, some users have sworn off desktops altogether. This trend is likely to continue. The laptop makes a natural second PC.
Laptops For Dummies, 3rd Edition covers the many issues unique to laptops include synchronizing with the desktop, coordinating email pickup between two machines, remote access to the desktop, networking, power management, storage, and especially laptop security. The 3rd Edition provides a general update to cover new technology, current processors available, and steps to update memory and hard drive capacities; includes more information on connectivity and communication; interfaces between laptops; add-ons; networking procedures; information specific to professionals working on the road; and more. The 3rd Edition also features Windows Vista as the operating system, with updates to SP1.
"Laptops For Dummies" covers the many issues unique to laptops including synchronizing with the desktop, coordinating e-mail pickup between two machines, and remote access to the desktop. The third edition provides a general update to cover new technology.
Laptops For Dummies, 3rd Edition
shows you how to use your laptop to its fullest potential, from how to purchase a laptop and what to do when you first open the box to how to keep your laptop safe and running smoothly.
You will discover how to choose and purchase the right laptop for you, how to set up and maintain your laptop, customize user accounts, adding your laptop to networks, printing, and connecting to the Internet. In this updated and revised edition, find information about synchronizing with the desktop, coordinating email pickup between two machines, remote access to the desktop, networking, power management, storage, and especially laptop security. You’ll find out how to:
- Navigate all your laptop’s components
- Use keyboard shortcuts and a mouse
- Organize and manage files and accounts
- Print files and add your laptop to a network
- Properly equip your laptop carrying case with tools and resources
- Manage the power supply
- Add software tools to synchronize and update files between a laptop, a PDA, and a desktop or office server
In addition to the basics, find lists of ten battery tips and tricks, ten handy laptop accessories, and ten things you should keep in your laptop carrying case in Laptops for Dummies, 3rd Edition, a convenient and handy guide!
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Your Very Own Laptop.
Chapter 1: The Quest for Portable Computing.
Chapter 2: A Laptop Just for You.
Part II: Discover Your Laptop.
Chapter 3: Out of the Box and into Your Lap.
Chapter 4: The Chapter about Turning a Laptop On and Off.
Chapter 5: Around Your Laptop in 18 Pages.
Chapter 6: Windows on Your Laptop.
Chapter 7: Behold the Tablet PC.
Chapter 8: You and Your Laptop.
Chapter 9: Power Management Madness.
Chapter 10: Expanding Your Laptop’s Universe.
Part III: Your Laptop Talks to the World.
Chapter 11: Fear Not Networking.
Chapter 12: Doing the Internet.
Chapter 13: That Modem Thing.
Chapter 14: Internet Security.
Chapter 15: Portable Internet Stuff.
Chapter 16: The Desktop–Laptop Connection.
Part IV: Hit the Road, Jack.
Chapter 17: On the Road Again . . .
Chapter 18: Laptop Security.
Chapter 19: Meeting Expectations.
Part V: Troubleshooting.
Chapter 20: Major Trouble and General Solutions.
Chapter 21: Upgrading Your Laptop.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 22: Ten or So Battery Tips and Tricks.
Chapter 23: Ten Handy Laptop Accessories.
Chapter 24: Ten Things to Throw in Your Laptop Case.
Chapter 25: Ten Tips from a PC Guru.