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How to Connect a Second Monitor to Your Laptop

Most modern laptops are automatically equipped to connect an external monitor in addition to the laptop's own LCD. This is because many laptops are often used for storing and showing presentations, and [more…]

How to Use the Fn Key on Your Laptop

To make up for a lack of keys, early laptops came with a special function key, the Fn key. This was used in combination with other keys like a Shift key, giving those keys multiple purposes. [more…]

How to Hook up Your Laptop to a Video Projector

You can easily connect your laptop to a video projector. Using your laptop with a video projector is great if you want to display your PowerPoint presentation on a large screen at the end of a meeting [more…]

The General Keyboard Layout on a Laptop

A typical laptop keyboard layout has typewriter keys, shift keys, function keys, and cursor control keys.

The below figure illustrates a typical laptop keyboard layout, where all the common keys found on [more…]

How to Use the Scanner and Camera Wizard in Windows XP

The Scanner and Camera Wizard in Windows XP allows you to scan in old photos or other documents to make them digital. Scanning is simple, and once you make files digital, you can e-mail them or share them [more…]

The Math Symbols on Your PC Keyboard

Clustered around the numeric keypad, like yuppies lurking near Starbucks, are various math-symbol keys. You find these math keys come in handy, especially if you’re dabbling with a spreadsheet or other [more…]

The Hidden Numeric Keypad on Your Laptop

The numeric keypad that exists on standard keyboards still exists on laptops. The key to finding a laptop’s numeric keypad is to use the Num Lock key. Follow these steps to see an example of using the [more…]

How to Clean Inkjet Printer Cartridges

You need to clean your inkjet cartridge nozzles about once every three months or whenever the output from your printer suddenly starts streaking. You don’t need a scrub brush to clean your printer cartridges [more…]

The Types of PC Expansion Slots

You can expand your PC internally by adding additional circuitry boards. Those boards, or expansion cards, plug directly into expansion slots on the motherboard [more…]

Looking Inside a PC Console

You may want to see the components that make up your PC console, the PC’s guts. For a peek inside a PC (without having to dissect your own), look no further. A PC’s insides are shown in this figure, which [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…]

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 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…]

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 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 Make a Dialup Connection on Your Laptop Using Windows Vista

Unlike a broadband connection, which is always on, a dialup connection requires you to dial in to your ISP whenever you want to use it. Before you try making a dialup connection, ensure that your laptop [more…]

How to Add an External Keyboard to Your Laptop

If you miss the full size and action of a real PC keyboard, get one! Just plug it into your laptop, either into the keyboard port or a USB port, whichever is available. You can start using the keyboard [more…]

How to Use a Scanner

Scanners are nifty little devices that work like photocopiers. Rather than make a copy, the scanner takes the original and creates a graphics image that’s then stored in your computer. So, the scanner [more…]

How to Connect a USB Printer to Your Laptop

Because most laptops lack a printer port, USB printers are the way to go. You can connect your USB printer by following a few easy steps: [more…]

Configure a Router

Configure your router to make your network complete. You need to configure the router so that it can communicate with your network components. Fortunately, the configuration steps are rather straightforward [more…]

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