Laptop Basics Windows 7 Edition In Simple Steps

Prentice Hall
Joli Ballew  
Total pages
July 2010

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Table of Contents

Top 10 Laptop Tips

1.      Change the background

2.      Use Flip 3D

3.      Turn on and off WiFi

4.      Upload digital photos and view a slideshow

5.      Join a network

6.      Listen to a music CD or watch a DVD

7.      Watch, pause and rewind live TV

8.      View and reply to an email

9.      Change AutoPlay settings

10.  Back up data to an external drive


Chapter 1 – Explore your laptop

·        Plug in the power cable

·        Access and use USB ports

·        Locate and use Ethernet ports

·        Connect external speakers or headphones

·        Locate additional ports

·        Locate, insert or remove the battery

·        Locate the power button and start Vista

·        Activate Windows Vista

·        Use the touchpad

·        Locate specialised keyboard keys

·        Access configurable keyboard keys

·        View the Welcome Center

·        Watch demonstration videos

·        Shut down Windows safely



Chapter 2 – Computing essentials

·        Use the Start button

·        Open your personal folder

·        Close a folder or window

·        Minimise a window

·        Restore a window

·        Maximise a window

·        Move a window

·        Resize a window

·        Change the view in a window

·        Use Help and Support

·        Open an application

·        Search for a program with the Start menu



Chapter 3 – Vista essentials

·        View computer details

·        Change the screen saver

·        Change the background

·        Add desktop icons

·        Use Flip

·        Use Flip 3D

·        Enable the Sidebar

·        Enable Aero

·        Set the time on the clock gadget

·        Add or remove a Sidebar gadget

·        Close the Sidebar



Chapter 4 – Mobility essentials

·        Open the Mobility Center

·        Adjust screen brightness

·        Change the volume

·        View battery life and change battery status

·        Turn on and off WiFi

·        Connect to an external display

·        Turn on Presentation Settings

·        View the Sync Center

·        Change when the computer sleeps

·        Change what happens when you press the power button or close the laptop’s lid

·        Train a tablet PC

·        Connect to a free hotspot



Chapter 5 – Install hardware

·        Install a digital camera or webcam

·        Install a printer

·        Install other hardware

·        Locate a driver

·        Download and install a driver

·        Use ReadyBoost

·        Install software



Chapter 6 – Pictures, music and media

·        Upload digital photos

·        Open Photo Gallery and view a picture

·        Import pictures from a media card

·        View a slideshow of pictures

·        Auto adjust picture quality

·        Open Media Player

·        Listen to a song

·        Copy music files to a CD

·        Copy a CD to your hard drive

·        Watch a DVD

 ·        Open Media Center

·        Set up Media Center

·        Watch, pause and rewind live TV

·        Obtain programme information

·        View your pictures

·        Watch a DVD

·        Listen to music



Chapter 7 – Getting online and surfing the Internet

·        Select an ISP

·        Check for a wireless network card

·        Obtain the proper settings

·        Create a connection

·        Enable network discovery

·        Diagnose connection problems

·        Join a network

·        Open a website in Internet Explorer

·        Open a website in a new tab

·        Set a home page

·        Mark a favourite

·        Clear history

·      &mail folder

· and Sharing Center

·        Turn on file sharing

·        Turn on printer sharing

·        Share a printer

·        Turn on password-protected sharing

·        Share a personal folder



Chapter 10 – Change system defaults

·        Change AutoPlay settings

·        Change the date and time

·        Change language settings

·        Change folder options

·        Change touchpad and mouse settings


Chapter 13 – Stay secure

·        Add a new user account

·        Require a password

·        Configure Windows Update

·        Scan for viruses with Windows Defender

·        Enable the firewall

·        View and resolve Security Center warnings

·        Create a basic back–up



Chapter 12 – Travelling with a laptop

·        Back up your laptop before you leave

·        Clean up your laptop before going on a trip

·        Be sure you need your laptop

·        Move sensitive data off the laptop

·        Pack your laptop

·        Prepare for airline travel

·        Account for time zone differences

·        Change the default language

·        Stay safe online



Chapter 13 – Maintain your laptop

·        Clean the outside

·        Clean the keyboard and monitor

·        Apply surge protection

·        Back up a folder to an external drive



Chapter 14 – Fix problems

·        Enable System Restore

·        Use System Restore

·        Resolve Internet connectivity problems

·        Use Device Driver Rollback

·        Reconnect loose cables

·        View available hard drive space

·        Uninstall unwanted programs



Top 10 Laptop Problems Solved

1.      I can’t start my laptop

2.      I’m at a free wireless hotspot but I don’t see any network that I can connect to

3.      I can’t upload photos from my digital camera

4.      I can’t connect to the Internet

5.      I’m getting way too much junk email (spam). What can I do?

6.      Windows Mail is getting slower and slower. What can I do?

7.      My computer doesn’t do what I want it to do when I insert a blank CD, a DVD movie or a music CD

8.      The touchpad on my laptop moves the cursor too fast or too slow. How can I change the speed of the touchpad response time?

9.      I think I have a virus. How can I find out?

10.  I want to be safe while travelling with my laptop, but I’m not sure what I can do