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Laptops For Dummies, 6th Edition

Laptops For Dummies, 6th Edition

Dan Gookin

ISBN: 978-1-119-04181-8 October 2015 336 Pages




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.

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