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TitleLaptops for Dummies Quick Reference (ISBN - 0471798339)
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Table of Contents
                            Laptops For Dummies Quick Reference
	About the Author
	Contents at a Glance
	Table of Contents
	The Big Picture: The Laptop Computer
		What You See: Basic Hardware
		What You See: Input and Output
		What You See: Legacy I/O Options
		What You See: Basic Software
		Types and Models of Laptops
		The Basics: Inside the Box
		The Basics: Adding Hardware
		Operational Essentials: Windows
		Operational Essentials: The Internet
		Operational Essentials: Files, Extensions, and Folders
	Part I: Built-in Stuff
		Checking Out the Screen
		Going with an External Monitor
		Grabbing the Keyboard
		Letting Your Light Shine and Button Press
		Lighting up with Batteries
		Listening to the Sounds and Furies
		Pointing and Clicking
		Putting It in Storage
	Part II: Connecting Stuff Together: Ports
		Communicating at High Speed
		Enjoying Audio and Video
		Networking for Fun and Profit
		Pairing Up with Legacy Ports
	Part III: The Essentials of Windows
		Accessing the Desktop
		Biting into the All Programs Menu
		The Control Panel
		My Computer
		My Documents
		My Network Places
		The Recycle Bin
		The Start Button, Taskbar, and System Tray
		Start Button
		System Tray
		Taskbar
	Part IV: Managing Storage
		A Quick Understanding of Computer Math
		Driving a CD or DVD
		Ejecting and Inserting a CD or DVD
		Getting to AutoPlay
		Memories of Floppy and Flash Memory Drives
		Undeleting and Unformatting
	Part V: Folders, Subfolders, and Directories
		Adventures in Windows Explorer
		Compressing Folders
		Designing Folders
		Customizing the Appearance of a Folder
		Managing Folders
	Part VI: Working with Files
		Dissecting a File
		Associating a File with a Program
		Launching a Search Party for a Missing File
		Finding the Path to Your File
		Managing Your Files
	Part VII: Networking
		Assembling Networking Nuts and Bolts
		Being a Workgroup(ie)
		Easing into Ethernet
		Getting a Network Name and Address
		Sharing Devices and Internet Connections
		Wirelessly Network
	Part VIII: Using the Internet
		Connecting to the Internet
		Connecting via Broadband
		Connecting via Dial-up Modem
		Setting Internet Options
	Part IX: Tips and Tricks for the Road
		Be Careful Out There
		Best Practices for Laptops On the Move
		Hiding the Hardware
		Locking Down Your Data
		Making a Tough Password
		Managing Internet Safety
		Picking Up after Yourself
		Security and System Maintenance Utilities
	Part X: Keyboard Shortcuts for Laptop Users
		Dabbling in Laptop Hot Keys
		Inserting Symbols in Text
		Using General Keyboard Shortcuts
	Part XI: Microsoft Excel Shortcuts
		Getting Around
		Managing Data
		Manipulating Selections
		Printing
	Part XII: Microsoft Word Shortcuts
		Accessing General Shortcuts
		Getting into Text and Graphics
		Working with Documents
	Part XIII: Microsoft PowerPoint Shortcuts
		Accessing General Shortcuts
		Controlling a Slide Show
		Dealing with Text
		Dialog Boxes, Windows, and Text Boxes
		Looking Through Web Presentations
		Messaging via E-mail
		Seeking Help When You Need It
	Part XIV: Packing an Emergency Kit
		Looking for the Obvious and Obscure
		Recording the News You Can Use
		Troubleshooting the Common Cold Computer
	Glossary: Tech Talk
	Index
                        
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by Corey Sandler

Laptops
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My Documents

Projects

Computer books

Dummies

Upgrading Laptops

Laptops Quick Reference

Fix Your Own PC

PC Upgrade

Travel books

Econoguide

Business books

Small business

Performance Evaluation

Fiction

Archives

Published books

Financial backups

Business

Contracts

Banking

Investments

Legal

Personal

Letters

Resumes

Medical

Educational

Finding the Path to Your File 87

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The files for this very book you’re reading reside in a subfolder
called Laptops Quick Reference, which lies four levels below the
My Documents folder on the desktop. If you charted out its loca-
tion, you could use a notation called a computer path. The path to
the file (under its working title of 05 Working with Files) could be
written like this:

C:\Windows\Desktop\Projects\Computer Books\Dummies\Laptops
Quick Reference\05 Working with Files.doc

The parts of the pathname follow:

� Drive letter: The computer’s identifying letter for the physical
storage device. On nearly all computers, the first internal hard
drive is C, and a typical assignment for a CD or DVD drive is D,
although other letters can be used.

� Folder: The first folder is called the root or root folder. In my
example, the root folder is \Windows. On some systems the
root folder exists outside Windows and has a different name.

� Subfolder: Folders that are below or within a higher-level folder
are represented by a backslash followed by their name. For
example, C:\Windows\Desktop is a subfolder of the root folder
\Windows on drive C.

� Filename: The final part of the pathname is the file itself,
including a filename extension.

If your laptop is connected to a network, the drive letter may be
replaced by a computer name. For example, if you call your desk-
top computer JOHN (as in a set named John, Paul, George, and
Ringo), the file path on that machine might be this:

\\JOHN\Shared\California_Trip\itinerary.doc

The double backslash identifies the location as a network resource.
Below that is a folder and a subfolder, followed by a filename.

Managing Your Files
You are the master of your own domain, at least when it comes to
the files you keep locally on your laptop. Among the tools at your
command are save, copy, move, rename, delete, and undelete.

Saving a file
All of your work exists only in the temporary memory (RAM) of
your laptop until you instruct the computer to save a copy to a file
in storage: on the hard drive, on a memory key, on a CD or DVD, or
any other media.

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GuardianEdge
Technologies,
EncryptionPlus, 123

Kensington, 122
Microsoft Knowledge Base,

185
Symantec, 178

WEP (Wireless Encryption
Protocol), 108

WiFi adapter, 96
WiFi circuitry,

troubleshooting, 175
WiFi connection to

Internet, 110–111
WiFi module

compartment, BP-15
WiFi on-off switch, BP-3
WiFi port, BP-6, 23–24
WiFi Protected Access

(WPA), 108
window boxes, working

with, 167
Windows

application key, 7, 8
commands, keyboard

shortcuts for, 142
New Connection Wizard,

112

operational essentials,
BP-16–BP-17

Restore facility, 183
Security Center, 125

Windows Explorer
copying file from, 90–91
customizing, 66–67
file attributes and, 80–82
folder structure, 67–68
overview of, 66

Windows key, 7, 8
Windows Search utility

contents, searching by,
85–86

edit or creation date,
searching by, 86

name, searching by, 85
opening, 84–85

Windows XP
Category view, 36–37
Classic view, 36, 44–45

Wireless Encryption
Protocol (WEP), 108

wireless Internet
connection, security
issues with, 128–129

wireless network,
106–108, 110–111

Wireless Network Setup
Wizard, 108

word, computer, 54, 195
Word (Microsoft)

document shortcuts,
157–158

general shortcuts, 152–153
text and graphics shortcuts,

154–157
workgroup

creating, 96–97
naming, 103
viewing members, 97

World Wide Web, BP-18
WPA (WiFi Protected

Access), 108
writing CD or DVD, 56

X
.XLS file, 80

Z
.ZIP file, 80
Zip folder, password-

protecting, 122

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