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How to Set Low Battery Warnings on a Windows XP Laptop

All Windows laptops can be configured to provide you with various low-battery warnings. Furthermore, you can configure Windows to automatically hibernate or shut down your laptop when the battery gets [more…]

How to Swap Batteries on a Laptop

Laptops don’t share a common battery size and shape. So, although you cannot swap batteries with another laptop user (unless they have exactly the same kind of battery), you can buy your laptop a second [more…]

How to Prolong Usage Time on a Laptop

There are a number of things you can do to get the most usage time out of your laptop’s battery. Here are suggestions for prolonging the laptop’s battery life: [more…]

How to Remove Cookies in Internet Explorer

Cookies are not the digital evil that some believe them to be. Nonetheless, a lot of people prefer to delete their cookies as they travel the Internet. Here’s how to purge those digital biscuits in Internet [more…]

External Devices to Get for a Laptop

The types of devices you can buy for your laptop can be lumped into two categories: portable and stationary. Portabledevices go with you on the road. For the laptop at home, consider some devices that [more…]

How to Clean Your Laptop’s Case, Screen, and Keyboard

All computers require cleaning, and laptops require more cleaning than desktops. That’s because you end up handling a laptop more than you do a normal computer. Here’s how to clean your laptop case, screen [more…]

Your Laptop and Airport Security

The airport security situation is becoming increasingly complex. Travelling with a laptop presents a special issue in the airport security line. Here’s what you need to know and do to get through airport [more…]

How to Use Your Laptop on a Plane

The most important thing you need to do when using your laptop in the air is to disable the wireless network. That is, unless the airplane offers wireless network access. Some airlines offer free wireless [more…]

How to Disable Wireless Access on Your Windows Laptop

Turning off the wireless network is cinchy on most laptops ― specifically, the type that features a hardware On-Off switch for wireless networking. In that case, slide the switch to the Off position. [more…]

How to Clean a Laptop Monitor

Laptop monitors need cleaning more often than regular desktop monitors and tablet monitors need cleaning even more often. Cleaning the laptop screen is easy, but be sure to do it right or you will cause [more…]

How to Clean a Laptop Keyboard

All computers require cleaning, and laptops require cleaning even more than desktops. That’s because you end up handling a laptop more than you do a normal computer. The keyboard can get particularly dirty [more…]

How to Troubleshoot Windows 7 Internet Connection Issues

Windows 7 features a slew of troubleshooters and one of them just happens to be an Internet Connection troubleshooter. Many of the Windows 7 troubleshooters are very helpful. The Internet Connection one [more…]

How to Test Broadband Internet Connection

Connecting to the Internet is taken for granted. Until something goes wrong. Don’t panic. Test and troubleshoot. Check these items when you experience problems getting or staying online: [more…]

How to Use Ping to Check Internet Availability

Something leads you to believe that the Internet is not “up”. Although the problem may not be something you can fix, it’s something you can check by using the ping command. [more…]

How to Set Default Browser and E-Mail Programs in Windows 7 and Vista

You can browse the Internet or pick up your email in more than one way. There are several web browsers available and a number of different local email readers. To specify which programs are set up in Windows [more…]

How to Set Default Browser and E-Mail Programs in Windows XP

You can browse the Internet or pick up your email in more than one way. There are several web browsers available and a number of different local email readers. To specify which programs are set up in Windows [more…]

How to Remove Browsing History in Internet Explorer 8

All web browser programs come with a History feature. It details the websites and pages you visited for the past week or two. That way, you can quickly return to where you once were, but others using the [more…]

How to Purge Temporary Files in Internet Explorer

As you surf the web, your web browser picks up all sorts of stuff. Primarily, it collects media — pictures, sounds, videos — but also other information you see on any web page. All those items are known [more…]

How to Disable AutoComplete in Your Web Browser

The AutoComplete feature is the handy Windows tool. Whenever you type an internet address or fill in a form, AutoComplete displays a list of previously typed text. The feature is a blessing, but it can [more…]

How to Manage Toolbars in Internet Explorer

The dawn of the 21st century also saw the dawn of the overabundance of Internet Explorer toolbars. Simultaneously, Microsoft decided to dispense of one of its toolbars — the menu bar — in several of its [more…]

How to Manage Add-Ons in Internet Explorer

Add-ons are designed to enhance your browsing experience, but sometimes they don’t. In that case you need to know how to get rid of them or turn them on and off as you please. An [more…]

How to Reset Internet Explorer

Just as restarting your computer often fixes minor software ills, you can attempt to repair Internet Explorer problems by performing a reset of the Internet Explorer software. Here’s how: [more…]

How to Restrict ActiveX Controls in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer automatically installs ActiveX controls from the websites you visit. If you prefer a higher level of security, you can restrict this access. Follow these steps: [more…]

How to Disable ActiveX Controls in Internet Explorer

ActiveX controls, like other add-ons, are designed to enhance your browsing experience. And, like other add-ons, sometimes they don’t. The good news is that you can disable them. If the only reason you [more…]

How to Avoid Pop-ups in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer is configured to block all pop-up windows by default. If you don’t like the blocker warning or its associated beep, you can control the pop-up blocker’s settings. [more…]

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