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How to Omit Your E-mail Password

When you are traveling with your laptop, you can make your e-mail more secure by omitting your password. At home or in your office, having Windows remember your Internet and e-mail passwords is handy — [more…]

Understanding What a Computer File Is

When you use your computer to create things, those things are stored in units of information called files. A computer file can be a document you write with your word processor. A computer file can also [more…]

How to Add a USB Hub to Your PC

There never seem to be enough USB ports when you need them. Fortunately, when you need more USB ports, you can quickly add them by plugging a USB hub into your computer system. A USB hub allows you to [more…]

What to Do When Your Laptop Gives You an Error Message

When your laptop gives you an error message, don’t panic. Write down the error message, including any code numbers. Then write down as much as you remember about what you were doing on the laptop just [more…]

How to Set Up Your Console

The console is the main computer box, the locus of all the PC’s activities, so you should set the console up first. Put your new console on the desktop or in the location where you you’ve always dreamed [more…]

Label Printers

The personal label printer, like the DYMO LabelWriter, might look a little like a toy — it’s not much bigger than the label tape it uses — but a label printer can make printing labels for all kinds of [more…]

What to Do When Your Laptop Gets a Virus

If you think your laptop is infected by a virus, what you do next depends on whether you already have antivirus software installed.

First of all, you should already be running a current antivirus program [more…]

Choosing between a Photo Printer or Inkjet Printer

Photo printers are specifically designed to create photographs that rival any 35mm film print. Photo printers use inkjet or dye-sublimation (dye-sub) technology [more…]

How to Establish Keyboard Ergonomics

To keep yourself happy and healthy while using your PC’s keyboard, establish some keyboard ergonomics. It's important to observe proper posture and sitting position when using the keyboard, especially [more…]

How to Locate the Power Button on Your Laptop

Laptop designers have grown adept at hiding or masking the power button. The most recent trend is to put the power button under the laptop's lid; you must open up the laptop to find and press the power [more…]

Your Computer Printer’s Control Panel

Every printer has a control panel somewhere on its body. The fancy printers have LCD control panels that display text, or preview and select photos for printing. Less fancy printers may have a control [more…]

How to Add Paper to Your Computer Printer

It should be pretty straightforward to add paper to your printer. But like feeding a baby, there’s a right end and a wrong end to feed paper into your printer. The paper goes into a feeder tray either [more…]

How to Forward Your E-mail When You Travel

E-mail servers have the option of forwarding all incoming e-mail if you know that you're going to be traveling with your laptop for a while and want to pick up your e-mail messages at another e-mail address [more…]

How to Disable the Modem in Your Laptop

When you aren’t using your laptop’s modem, you can turn it off or disable it. That way, the laptop isn't supplying power to a device that you don't use. The easiest way to do this is to click the Power [more…]

How to Access Your E-mail from an Outside Network Using Your Laptop

If you have a laptop, and you’re visiting friends or relatives that have their own network, it's easy to hook into their network and use your laptop to access your e-mail [more…]

How to Prepare for a Laptop Inspection at the Airport

Thanks to the takeover of airport inspections by the Transportation Security Administration, the security-screening procedures for laptop computers are pretty standard all over the United States. Here's [more…]

How to Store and Use Your Laptop on an Airplane

When you take your laptop on a plane with you, think about where you store it and where to sit so you can use with someprivacy when you’re airborne. Try to store the laptop under the seat in front of you [more…]

How to Power Your Laptop on an Airplane

The airlines have heard your cries for help, and many of them now offer AC power so you can use your laptop on many flights. Three power plans are now available: [more…]

The Design of a Basic PC Mouse

Your PC’s mouse finds its home to the right or left of the keyboard (depending on your dominant hand). The mouse needs a clear swath of desk space so that you can move it around. A typical computer mouse [more…]

How to Create a Dialing Location for Your Laptop’s Modem

If you plan to return to a location, such as a hotel or city, creating a dialing location in Windows saves time when you need to use your laptop's dialup modem. [more…]

What to Do When a Burning Smell Comes from Your Laptop

A burning smell from your laptop is not good news, but it may not be fatal. Don’t panic. Quickly shut down the computer and then allow it to cool for half an hour or so. In the meantime, survey the exterior [more…]

How to Control Your Laptop's Temperature During Travel

One reason that your laptop doesn't have the latest, fastest microprocessor is heat. Even in a desktop PC, cutting-edge technology generates lots of heat. Controlling the temperature in a desktop PC is [more…]

How to Get a Web-based E-mail Account

If you leave home with your laptop, you can subscribe to one of the many free Web-based e-mail services, which makes e-mail available to you anywhere you can find Internet access. The good news is that [more…]

The Parts of a Computer Printer

All printers share some common components, regardless of the specific printer type and manufacturer. Take a moment to examine your printer and look for some handy items, as labeled in this figure: [more…]

Do’s and Don’ts of Home Computer Recycling

To stop the growing problem of e-waste (illegally discarded computers), use the green practice of recycling. The following list outlines what you can and can't do with your old home computer: [more…]

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