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How to Set Your PC’s Power Button Function

You can tell your PC’s power button exactly how you want it to act when you press it by specifying the button’s function. The power button’s possible functions vary. To change your PC power button's function [more…]

How to Restart Windows on Your PC

You need to reset or restart Windows in two instances: You restart whenever Windows tells you to restart (usually after you install something new or make some change), and you restart whenever Something [more…]

How to Access Network Printers from Your Laptop

Printers can be connected to other computers on the network, or they can dwell on the network directly. Either way, after your laptop is on the network, it can access those other computers. [more…]

Add More Memory to Your PC

Adding more memory, or RAM, is the best thing you can do for your PC. More memory provides an instant boost to the system.

Adding memory to your computer is simple. However, adding memory isn’t something [more…]

Transfer Images from a Digital Camera to Your PC

When you use a digital camera, eventually you’ll want to transfer the images from the camera onto your PC. To transfer images from a digital camera to your computer, you have two choices: [more…]

Basic PC Hardware

Your PC is made up over pieces of hardware. Although you’ve probably seen all of this hardware before, you need to know which computer hardware piece is which and what the proper hardware terms are: [more…]

How to Install Wireless PC Network Hardware

All manufacturers of wireless adapter cards (for desktops) and wireless PC Cards (for laptops) include their own installation and setup programs — which also create the necessary wireless connection automatically [more…]

How to Connect Your Modem

Depending on what kind of modem you have, you connect it to your PC differently. An internal dialup modem needs only a connection to your phone line. If you have an external modem, you have to connect [more…]

How to Run a Diagnostics Program on Your Laptop

Many laptop manufacturers provide diagnostics programs as part of the basic software that comes with the laptop. This helps both the user and the company because it pinpoints problems with the hope that [more…]

How to Use the Numeric Keypad on Your Laptop

The first thing the laptop designers decided to sacrifice on their keyboards was the numeric keypad. Rather than just saw off that end of the keyboard, laptops since the Model 100 have used a combination [more…]

How to Adjust Your PC Monitor’s Display

If you have the time, you can spend the better part of a day adjusting various features of your computer monitor’s display. How you adjust your monitor’s display depends on the type of monitor you have [more…]

How to Keep Your Laptop Operating at a Safe Temperature

Keeping your laptop operating at a safe temperature ensures that the components continue to function and that your laptop leads a long life. To maintain a safe temperature, most laptops do not have cutting-edge [more…]

Create a Windows Media Player Playlist

Organize your music into playlists (groups of songs with a particular theme) using Windows Media Player. To create a playlist, follow these steps: [more…]

How to Insert a Memory Card into Your PC

To use a memory card, just plug that memory card into the proper card slot, located either directly on the PC's console or via a memory card adapter attached to a USB port. Windows instantly recognizes [more…]

The Back of Your Computer Console

The console’s backside is its busy side. On the back of a computer console, you find various connectors for the many other devices in your computer system: the console’s back also has a place to plug in [more…]

How to Disconnect the Wireless Connection from Your Laptop

When you want to disconnect your laptop from a wireless connection, you can do so using the hardware or the software. The choice as to how you disconnect your laptop from the wireless connection is yours [more…]

What Type of Computer Memory You Need

If you want to upgrade your computer’s memory, you need to know what kind of memory it needs. Here are two methods to determine which type of memory modules your current motherboard requires and which [more…]

How to Connect Your Keyboard and Mouse to Your PC

Connecting your keyboard and mouse to your PC is a breeze. Before you connect your keyboard and mouse to your computer, you need to decide where to place both the keyboard and mouse in relation to the [more…]

How to Dial Out with Your Laptop on the Road

When you’re away from your broadband connection, you can dial out using your laptop’s modem. But before you can dial out, you must create a dialing location in Windows. [more…]

How to Use the Laptop Mouse Pad

It took laptop developers years to come up with the current solution: the mouse pad. Originally called a touch pad, the mouse pad allows you to control the mouse by gliding a thumb or finger along a flat [more…]

How to Disable the Windows Vista Guest Account on Your Laptop

The Windows Vista Guest account allows anyone to use your laptop. Even considering that the Guest account is highly limited, that's just enough for a data thief to get a foothold and start hacking away [more…]

How to Lock Your PC

Consider locking your computer, rather than logging out. You can lock your computer if you need to go do something else but don’t want to shut everything down, like when you log out. To lock your computer [more…]

How to Clean the Laptop Keyboard

It’s a good idea to clean your laptop keyboard regularly. However, to avoid damaging it, there are some things you need to keep in mind when you are removing dust and particles, or cleaning the keys. [more…]

Before You Buy: Finding Service and Support for Your Laptop

When you buy a laptop, service and support are part of the price tag. Please don't make the mistake of shopping for the cheapest laptop in the world. You'll find it, of course! The same laptop may also [more…]

How to Clean the Laptop LCD Screen

The techniques used for cleaning a laptop LCD screen, whether it’s for a desktop or laptop computer, are filled with controversy! Generally, no one recommends using any liquids because they can damage [more…]

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