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A step-by-step visual guide to choosing and using a laptop
Laptops continue to outsell desktop computers. Whether you’re thinking of purchasing a laptop or already own one, this colorful, visual guide is packed with information you need to know. Large, full-color screen shots and step-by-step instructions show you how to choose the right laptop for your needs and how to use Windows 7 and Office 2010, connect to wireless networks, stay safe online, extend battery life, connect mobile devices, and so much more.
- Laptops are rapidly becoming the computer of choice; this easy-to-follow visual guide covers everything new laptop users need to know
- Visual learners will quickly grasp the “read less-learn more” approach, with large, full-color screen shots and numbered, step-by-step instructions for dozens of common tasks
- Covers various types of laptops and points to consider when choosing one, how to use Windows 7 and Office 2010, and connecting to 3G and Wi-Fi networks
- Explores maintenance and battery life issues, security, working with cameras and mobile devices, and troubleshooting
If you appreciate visual learning, you’ll find Laptops Simplified is the quickest and easiest way yet to start being productive with your laptop.
Choose the Right Weight Determine Memory and Storage Needs Understand Drives and Data Storage Select a Microprocessor Review Graphics Capabilities Explore Wireless Capabilities Choose the Best Battery Explore a Laptop Laptop computers are very similar to their desktop counterparts. Both contain a hard drive and other hardware. Both use an operating system, run software, and save files. And both can be connected to peripheral devices such as printers.
operating system has received all the necessary updates from Microsoft, that your files are backed up, that unnecessary files have been deleted in order to free up disk space, that your hard drive is not overly fragmented, that your hard drive is not experiencing errors, and that your laptop screen and keyboard are clean and protected. You access many of the tools needed for system maintenance from the Windows 7 Control Panel. Explore the Windows 7 Control Panel Update Your Windows 7
information public. Submit information or purchase items online only at sites that you trust. Do not post personal information on a public blog or other site. Information about your location, your family, your income, or your activities can provide what a predator needs to locate,stalk, or rob you. Password You can set up your laptop to require a password to log in. By setting a password, you prevent others who do not know your password from logging in to your Windows 7 laptop
should make sure that it includes the hardware components necessary to use a wireless network. You will quickly find that a laptop without this capability is much less useful than one that has it! How Wireless Works A special piece of equipment called a wireless router broadcasts a radio-based signal, which is received by computers in the router’s vicinity (assuming those computers have the appropriate hardware installed). Specifically, computers need to have a wireless card
electrical outlet and run off of electricity all the time. This has the added benefit of recharging your battery and keeping it fully charged. If you lose your adapter, damage it, or it simply stops working, you can buy a replacement. Note, though, that you must find an adapter designed to work with your make and model of laptop. Add a Second Battery The easiest way to stretch the time you have to work on your laptop with a battery is to double your battery power by carrying a