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Laptops Simplified


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Chapter 1 Introducing Laptops Study Laptop Anatomy 4 Review Types of Laptops 6 Explore Microprocessors 8 Explore Power Options 9 Understanding Hard Drives 10 Understanding Types of Data Storage 12 Understanding Types of Slots and Ports 14 Chapter 2 Shopping for a Laptop Choose an Operating System 18 Select a Microprocessor 20 Choose the Right Weight 21 Compare Monitor Display Sizes 22 Assess Graphics Capabilities 23 Determine Memory and Storage Needs 24 Compare Keyboard and Mouse Features 26 Consider Extra Features and Add-Ons 28 Chapter 3 Adding Peripherals and Accessories Add External Storage Devices 32 Using Cooling Pads 34 Using Docking Stations 35 Add Security Items 36 Add a Printer or Scanner 37 Add Portable Accessories 38 Add Memory 39 Chapter 4 Setting Up Your New Laptop Understanding Laptop Basic Operations 42 Connect Cables and Peripherals 43 Turn the Laptop On 45 Using a Touchpad 46 Explore a Wireless Mouse 47 Get to Know the Keyboard 48 Connect a Printer or Hardware Device from Windows 50 Chapter 5 Exploring Windows 8 Introducing Windows 8 54 Explore New Navigation Techniques 56 Log On to Windows 8 57 Get to Know the Metro Start Screen 58 Access the Metro Start Screen 59 Launch Metro Apps 60 Find an App 61 Shop for Apps 62 Work with the Charms Bar 63 Work with the App Bar 64 Access PC Settings 65 Pin Items to the Start Screen 66 Shut Down Windows 8 67 Access the Desktop 68 Get to Know the Windows Desktop 69 View Your Computer s Contents 70 Empty the Recycle Bin 71 View Mobility Settings 72 Find Help 74 CHAPTER 6 Personalizing Your Laptop Change the Screen Resolution 78 Change Your Account Picture 80 Customize the Start Screen 82 Personalize the Lock Screen 84 Customize Start Screen Tiles 86 Add a New User Account 90 Adjust Laptop Volume 92 Chapter 7 Working with Software Understanding Software 96 Install a Program 98 Open and Close a Program 100 Explore a Program Window 102 Resize and Move Program Windows 104 Work with Multiple Program Windows 106 Using a Ribbon 108 Using Menus, Buttons, and Lists 110 Work with Dialog Boxes 112 Create and Save a File 114 Open a File 116 Print a File 117 chapter 8 Performing Popular Software Tasks Schedule Dates with the Calendar App 120 Find a Location with the Maps App 122 Explore Windows Accessories 124 Enter and Edit Text in WordPad 126 Format Text in WordPad 128 Chapter 9 Managing Computer Files and Folders Understanding File Formats 134 View Files and Folders 136 Navigate Folder Windows 137 Open Files and Folders 138 Create a New Folder 140 Select Files and Folders 141 Move and Copy Files and Folders 142 Rename a File or Folder 144 Compress a File or Folder 145 Extract Compressed Files 146 Search for Files and Folders 147 Delete a File or Folder 148 CHAPTER 10 Connecting to a Network Review a Home-based Network Setup in Windows 8 152 Connect to a Wireless Network 154 Share Files and Folders via Public Folders 156 Set Up a Homegroup 158 Share Within Your Homegroup 160 Chapter 11 Exploring the Internet Understanding the Internet and the World Wide Web 164 Launch the Internet Explorer App 166 Launch the Desktop Internet Explorer Browser 167 Open a Web Page 168 Search the Web 169 Keep Track of Your Favorite Pages 170 Change Your Home Page 172 Chapter 12 Communicating Online Understanding E-Mail 176 Using the Mail App 178 Add an Account to the Mail App 180 Send an E-Mail with the Mail App 182 Reply to a Message 184 Forward a Message 185 Work with File Attachments 186 Using the People App 188 Using the Messaging App 190 Explore Video Conferencing 192 Chapter 13 Working with Digital Images View Photos with the Photos App 196 View Photos in the Pictures Library 198 View Photos with Windows Photo Viewer 200 Play a Slide Show Using Windows Photo Viewer 202 Explore Windows Live Photo Gallery 203 Import Pictures from a Camera 204 Batch-Rename Photo Files 206 Tag Photo Files 207 Auto-Adjust a Photo 208 Crop a Photo 209 Create and Publish an Online Photo Album 210 Chapter 14 Working with Audio and Video Use the Music and Video Apps 214 Open Windows Media Player 216 Build Your Media Library 218 Listen to Music 220 Watch Video Content 222 Create and Save Playlists 224 Burn CDs and DVDs 226 Chapter 15 Managing Laptop Power Understanding Power Management 230 Create a Power Plan 232 Adjust Screen Brightness 234 Check Battery Charge 235 Using Your Battery Efficiently 236 Control Power Button Function 238 Chapter 16 Maintaining Your Laptop Explore the Control Panel 242 Update Your Operating System 244 Back Up Data with File History 246 Free Up Disk Space 248 Defragment Your Hard Drive 250 Chapter 17 Keeping Your Laptop Secure Understanding Computer Security 254 Password-Protect Your Laptop 256 Set a Picture Password 258 Encrypt Your Data 262 Thwart Intruders with Windows Firewall 264

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