Synopses & Reviews
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
"A great boon for the laptop buyer." (Good Book Guide
, January 2007)
“Using plenty of insight laced with humour, Gookin explains the benefits of laptops and shows how to solve problems" (Good Book Guide, May 2007)
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, 3rdEdition, a convenient and handy guide!
A revised manual addresses questions and problems particular to laptops--the number one choice of computer buyers, surpassing even desktop PCs--especially those involving security, networking, and coordinating the laptop with a desktop, with updates on the latest technology, interfaces between accessories, wireless communication, available add-ons, and more. Original. (Beginner).
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.
Are you thinking about buying a laptop, but you’re not sure what to look for, how to choose one, or how to use it? Or maybe you already have a laptop and just want to learn more about its features, functions, and capabilities. Dan Gookin, the author of the best-selling Dummies
series, shows you the ins and outs of owning and operating your portable PC with Laptops for Dummies, 2nd Edition
This fun-and-easy guide covers all the laptop necessities, from managing the battery and other hardware to going wireless. It’ll provide you with advice on shopping for a laptop and using it wherever you go—at home, in class, or on the road! This handy, updated reference will give you the tools you need to:
- Determine what you need and don’t need in a laptop
- Clean and maintain your computer
- Navigate using Windows
- Expand your laptop with USB ports, PC cards, and more
- Connect to the Internet
- Travel with your laptop and keep it safe
- Link your laptop to your desktop
- Operate using Windows Vista
This book provides tips and tricks for keeping your battery healthy and working. It also suggests accessories and expansions that are well worth the money, as well as things you should always take with you in your laptop case. With Laptops for Dummies, 2nd Edition, you’ll get the most out of your new, portable computer—and have fun too!
Understand your laptop, power it up, and play it safe
Follow Dan's plan for picking the perfect laptop and hit the road
You hold in your hands the next-best thing to a laptop itself — the complete fun-and-easy guide to choosing and using the laptop that fits your needs. Here's Dan Gookin's should-be-patented five-step process for buying a computer plus the complete laptop lowdown — power management, wireless access, special security issues, and more.
Discover how to
- Decide what you want and shop accordingly
- Use Windows Vista on your laptop
- Connect external devices via USB ports
- Hook up with a wireless network
- Protect your laptop and your data
About the Author
Dan Gookin started the Dummies phenomenon with DOS For Dummies in 1991. More than 11 million copies of his books are now in print, translated into 32 languages.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Your Very Own Laptop.
Chapter 1: Sometimes You Can Take It with You.
Chapter 2: Buying a Laptop Just for You.
Part II: Discover Your Laptop.
Chapter 3: Out of the Box and into Your Lap.
Chapter 4: An Entire Chapter About Turning a Laptop On and Off.
Chapter 5: Basic Laptop Hardware.
Chapter 6: Exploring Windows on Your Laptop.
Chapter 7: Expanding Your Laptop’s Universe.
Chapter 8: Power Management Madness.
Part III: Yesterday Your Lap,Today the World.
Chapter 9: All That Networking Nonsense.
Chapter 10: Laptop to Internet, Hello?
Chapter 11: A Very Merry Modem.
Chapter 12: Internet Security.
Chapter 13: Portable Web Browsing and E-Mail Tips.
Chapter 14: The Desktop-Laptop Connection.
Part IV: Hit the Road, Jack.
Chapter 15: On the Road Again . . . .
Chapter 16: Laptop Security.
Chapter 17: Giving a Presentation.
Part V: Troubleshooting.
Chapter 18: Major Trouble and General Solutions.
Chapter 19: Upgrading Your Laptop.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Battery Tips and Tricks.
Chapter 21: Ten Handy Laptop Accessories.
Chapter 22: Ten Thing to Throw in Your Laptop Case.