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How to Lock Windows on Your Laptop

If you plan on leaving your laptop for a moment, Windows has a unique locking command that you can use to keep out anyone who doesn't know your password. That way, even if you trust the other folks with [more…]

How to Add a Port Replicator or Docking Station to Your Laptop

The way to expand your laptop's options is to add special nonportable options, such as a port replicator or docking station.

Port replicator: A port replicator snaps on to a special expansion slot or connector [more…]

Your PC Keyboard’s Lock Keys

The three Lock keys are special keys designed to change the way other keys on the keyboard behave. You press a Lock key once to activate it, and you press that Lock key again to deactivate it: [more…]

Uses for Your Laptop’s USB Port

Your laptop’s USB port can expand its capabilities to include much more than external storage and printers. You can also connect a mouse and keyboard, game controller, speakers, Bluetooth devices, and [more…]

How to Receive a Fax on Your Laptop

When you're aware of a thundering fax speeding toward your laptop, you can prepare for it by visiting Fax Central in Windows. [more…]

How to Use the Real-Time Clock and Backup Batteries in Your Laptop

Most laptops have, in addition to the main battery, two other much smaller batteries buried deep within the box: the real-time clock battery and the backup battery. [more…]

How to View a Digital Image in Windows XP’s Picture and Fax Viewer

You can use Picture and Fax Viewer For Windows XP to not only view your digital images, but also you can use Picture and Fax Viewer to make minor modifications to your digital images, such as rotating [more…]

Add External Storage to Your PC

To add external storage media to your computer, such as an external disk drive or a flash drive, simply plug it in to a USB port. The external storage media may also require power, and if so, plug the [more…]

How to Get a Mouse for Your Laptop

The best solution for using a mouse on a laptop is to get a real mouse. Now you can readily use a desktop computer mouse on your laptop instead of or along with the touch pad. Yes, it's one more thing [more…]

Choosing between an Inkjet or Laser Printer

In the digital days of yore, choosing between an inkjet and a laser printer was easy. Laser printer cost and lack of color capabilities led every home PC owner to get an inkjet printer. These days, however [more…]

What to Do When the LCD Won’t Display

Although the LCD on your laptop can fail, it’s unusual for this to happen. Modern laptop displays are surprisingly durable, unless you manage to drop your laptop to the floor with its lid open, or if you [more…]

The Various Types of PCs

There is no such thing as a typical PC, just as there is no such thing as a typical car. Although both PCs and cars have common parts, different manufacturers arrange and design PCs [more…]

Power Management in Windows Vista

Power management is controlled in the Power Options window. To get to the power management controls from the Control Panel Home, choose System and Maintenance and then choose Power Options. From the Control [more…]

Power-Button Symbols on a Laptop

Laptops use a variety of power-button symbols, some common and some obscure. Blessed is the laptop owner whose laptop's power button has a symbol on it. And wise is he who recognizes the symbol as that [more…]

The Different Types of PC Monitors

PC monitors come in two different flavors, each of which is known by a popular TLA (three-letter acronym): LCD and CRT. [more…]

How to Connect a USB Device to Your PC

USB devices plug into the USB port — any USB port. The USB cable may be attached directly to the gizmo, or you may have to use (or buy) a separate USB cable. Fortunately, the USB cable has unique ends [more…]

What to Do When You Spill Something on Your Laptop's Keyboard

If you spill coffee, water, or some other liquid on your laptop’s keyboard, the first thing to do is not panic. The second thing to do is to turn off the power, because water and electricity are an unpleasant [more…]

Proper Storage of Your Laptop

Laptop computers can go anywhere or be put anywhere. With a fully charged battery, your laptop has a home wherever you go! Beyond that, you can place your laptop anywhere you like: on the kitchen table [more…]

How to Set Up Your Computer Printer

Printers are one of the easiest devices to set up and configure. With some printers, you can set up your printer by simply connecting the printer to your PC and a power supply. Other printers require a [more…]

Different Types of PC Game Controllers

Because modern computer-game players want a lot more than a joystick and one button, the PC game controller has arrived. Game controllers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A game controller for just [more…]

How to Create an Effective Password for Your Laptop

If you travel a lot with your laptop or use it in an unsecured area, you should definitely add a secure password to your account in Windows, and change it regularly. [more…]

The Front of Your Computer Console

The front of the computer console is for you, dear computer user. You use the front of the console to interact with the computer system directly. From the front of the console, you can add or remove disks [more…]

How to Disable Automatic Checking in Outlook Express

When your laptop is connected to the Internet all the time, especially at the office, you probably have your e-mail program configured to check for new messages every so often. On a laptop with a dial-up [more…]

How to Confirm that Your Laptop Uses the NTFS File System

The NTFS file format is more secure than older methods of formatting a hard drive. You should make sure that your laptop's hard drive is formatted using the NTFS formatting scheme. The how’s and why’s [more…]

Explaining I/O

Computers are obsessed over the two letters I and O. I/O stands for Input and Output, which are the two things a computer does best. Really, I/O is pretty much the only thing a computer does. You get this [more…]

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