Laptops For Dummies

Laptops For Dummies

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The fast and easy way to get up and running with a laptop
Are you new to the world of laptops? You've come to the right place! Laptops For Dummies covers the many topics and issues unique to laptops, including synchronizing with the desktop, coordinating email pick-up between two machines, remotely accessing the desktop, networking, power management, storage, security, and more. This new edition also provides updates to cover the latest technology, current processors, and steps to update memory and hard drive capacities.

In business while they spend most of their time in a desktop docking station laptops are absolutely essential for providing mobility to professionals. In the home, they've begun to replace desktop PCs, as they now offer larger displays, longer battery power, and speeds equal to desktop computers. Plus, you can do just about everything with a laptop that you can do with a traditional desktop, minus the big, bulky machine and multiple cords. If you're just making the switch over to a laptop, this hands-on, easy-to-follow guide makes the transition easy!

Covers the latest hardware and technology updates you need to get up and running with your laptop
Includes updates on the new Windows 10 operating system, wireless networking, smartphone tethering, and using productivity applications on laptops
Walks you through everything you need to deal with add-ons, networking procedures, and connectivity and communication
Presents complex material in a way that makes it simple and accessible

Whether you've never logged onto a laptop or are just looking to stay up-to-date with the latest information on operating systems and software, Laptops For Dummies has you covered.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 188 x 233 x 17mm | 458g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 6th Edition
  • 1119041805
  • 9781119041801
  • 367,001

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Learn to: Use the newest features of Windows(R) 10 Connect to the Internet and browse safely anywhere Sync your files with other devices using wireless networking Secure your laptop and extend its battery life

Get the scoop on laptops and take your technology wherever you go

Talk about the best of all worlds! Laptops can do virtually everything that a bulky desktop can do, and go wherever you go. PC guru Dan Gookin tells you how to choose one, set it up, find your way around Windows 10, store files, play movies, protect your stuff, and even (if you must) do some work. Choose the right one -- check different options and know what to look for when picking out a laptop Start here -- set up your laptop for the first time, discover all its features, and learn to handle the keyboard and touchpad Take a tablet -- for tablet fans, there's a whole chapter devoted to unique tablet features like the digital pen, touch keyboard, and tablet software Open the Windows -- create your user profile, tour Windows 10, get familiar with the Start menu, find programs, learn where to store your files, and migrate files from an old computer Hit the road -- connect to a network, manage battery power, and get safety tips for using Wi-Fi in the air or at a café The happy laptop -- get maintenance and troubleshooting tips and learn to secure your laptop

Open the book and find: Some intriguing laptop history Essential laptop software How to set what the laptop does when you close its lid Ways to print from your laptop What to look for in a laptop bag Tips on giving presentations from your laptop How to upload photos from a smartphone or camera Hints for a longer battery life How to keep your files synchronized Where to find secret power sources when you're traveling How to keep your files synchronized Tricks for using a touchscreen
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Table of contents

Introduction 1

Part I: This Laptop Thing 5

Chapter 1: The Portable Computing Quest 7

Chapter 2: A Laptop of Your Own 21

Part II: Say Hello to Your Laptop 31

Chapter 3: From Laptop Box to Lap 33

Chapter 4: To Turn On a Laptop 43

Chapter 5: To Turn Off a Laptop 55

Chapter 6: Traditional Laptop Tour 67

Chapter 7: The Tablet PC Tour 79

Chapter 8: Your Laptop and Windows 93

Part III: Out and About with Mr. Laptop 109

Chapter 9: You and Your Laptop 111

Chapter 10: Portable Power 129

Chapter 11: The Printing Chapter 141

Chapter 12: Expanding Your Laptop s Universe 153

Chapter 13: O the Places You ll Go 165

Chapter 14: Presentation Information 177

Chapter 15: A Laptop at Play 187

Part IV: Laptop Networking 203

Chapter 16: The Networking Thing 205

Chapter 17: Network Life in Laptop Land 215

Chapter 18: Your Files from Afar 227

Part V: Security and Maintenance 237

Chapter 19: Internet Safety 239

Chapter 20: A More Secure Laptop 255

Chapter 21: Laptop Troubleshooting 269

Chapter 22: Laptop Maintenance and Upgrading 279

Part VI: The Part of Tens 285

Chapter 23: Ten Battery Tips and Tricks 287

Chapter 24: Ten Handy Laptop Accessories 293

Chapter 25: Ten Things to Throw in Your Laptop Bag 299

Index 303
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About Dan Gookin

Dan Gookin has penned a plethora of computer books?more than 130?with 12 million copies in print, translated into more than 30 languages. His DOS For Dummies, published in 1991, launched the For Dummies series and became the world's fastest-selling computer book. Visit Dan at
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