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Netbook basics

Netbook basics

Ballew, Joli

Discover everything you want to know about choosing and using your netbook in this easy to use guide; from the most essential tasks that you'll want to perform, to solving the most common problems you'll encounter

Book. English.
Published Harlow: Prentice Hall, 2010
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Statement of responsibility: Joli Ballew
ISBN: 027373492X, 9780273734925
Physical Description: 237 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm.
Series: In simple steps
Subject: Netbook computers.; Computers and IT.
Series Title: In simple steps.


  1. Top 10 Netbook Tips
  2. 1. Search for anything from the Start menu
  3. 2. Connect to a free hotspot
  4. 3. Download and install Windows Live Essentials
  5. 4. Use Office Live Workspace to store important data
  6. 5. Have a video conversation
  7. 6. Use Media Player to listen to music
  8. 7. Play a slide show of pictures
  9. 8. Connect to a home network
  10. 9. Import pictures from a digital camera or media card
  11. 10. Install software from the Internet
  12. – Explore your netbook
  13. Plug in the power cable
  14. Access and use USB ports
  15. Locate and use Ethernet ports
  16. Connect external speakers or headphones
  17. Locate additional ports
  18. Locate, insert or remove the battery
  19. Locate the power button and start Windows
  20. Activate Windows
  21. Use the touchpad
  22. Locate specialised keyboard keys
  23. View the Getting Started window
  24. Open Help and Support
  25. Shut down Windows safely
  26. – Locate and use public Wi-Fi networks
  27. Turn Wi-Fi on and off
  28. Connect to a free hotspot
  29. Manage wireless networks
  30. – Surf the Internet
  31. Open a website in Internet Explorer
  32. Open a website in a new tab
  33. Set a home page
  34. Mark a Favorite
  35. Change the zoom level of a webpage
  36. Print a webpage
  37. Clear history
  38. Stay safe online
  39. Obtain always-on Internet
  40. Select an ISP
  41. Obtain the proper settings
  42. Make the connection
  43. Select a network type
  44. Use the New Connection Wizard
  45. Diagnose connection problems
  46. – Get Windows Live Essentials
  47. Download and install Windows Live Essentials
  48. Get a Windows Live ID
  49. Sign in
  50. Personalise your Windows Live Home page
  51. Open Windows Live Photo Gallery
  52. – Windows Live Mail
  53. What is Windows Live Mail?
  54. Set up a Windows Live email account
  55. Set up a third-party email account
  56. View an email
  57. Change how often Mail checks for email
  58. View an attachment
  59. Recover email from the Junk email folder
  60. Reply to an email
  61. Forward an email
  62. Compose and send a new email
  63. Attach a picture to an email using Attach
  64. Attach a picture to an email using a right-click
  65. Insert a picture directly into the body of the email
  66. Add a contact
  67. Print an email
  68. Apply a junk mail filter
  69. Create a folder
  70. Move email to a folder
  71. Delete email in a folder
  72. – Explore Office Live Workspace
  73. Understand why online storage is crucial
  74. Get to know Office Live Workspace
  75. Create a workspace
  76. Add documents to your workspace
  77. Share your workspace
  78. Open a document in your workspace
  79. Install Office Live Update
  80. Create a new Word document from inside your workspace
  81. Open an Excel file saved in your workspace
  82. Save a PowerPoint Presentation to your workspace
  83. – Use your Built-in webcam
  84. Discover your webcam
  85. Get to know Windows Live Messenger
  86. Open Windows Live Messenger
  87. Sign into Windows Live Messenger
  88. Personalise Windows Live Messenger
  89. Run the Audio and Video Tuning Wizard
  90. Add a contact
  91. Have a video conversation
  92. – Work with media
  93. Open Media Player and locate music
  94. Listen to a song
  95. View pictures in Windows Live Photo Gallery
  96. Play a slide show of pictures
  97. Auto adjust picture quality
  98. Crop a picture
  99. Open Media Center
  100. Explore Internet TV
  101. View pictures in Media Center
  102. – Connect to your home network
  103. Create the connection
  104. Enable Network Discovery
  105. Verify sharing is enabled
  106. Save data to the Public folder
  107. Access the Public folder
  108. Share a personal folder
  109. Diagnose connection problems
  110. – Install and manage hardware
  111. Install a digital camera, webcam or insert a media card
  112. Import pictures from a digital camera or media card
  113. Install a printer
  114. What to do when the installation fails
  115. Locate a driver
  116. Download and install a driver
  117. Use ReadyBoost
  118. Change when your netbook sleeps
  119. Change what happens when you press the power button or close the lid
  120. Manage all connected devices
  121. – Install software on a CD or DVD
  122. Explore installation options
  123. Install software from the Internet
  124. Share a networked CD/DVD drive
  125. Install software from a shared network CD/ DVD drive
  126. Copy the installation CD to a USB flash drive
  127. Install software from a USB flash drive
  128. Install software from an external CD/DVD drive
  129. – Stay secure
  130. Add a new user account
  131. Require a password
  132. Configure Windows Update
  133. Scan for viruses with Windows Defender
  134. Enable the firewall
  135. View and resolve Security Center warnings
  136. Create a basic backup
  137. – Fix problems
  138. Use System Restore
  139. Disable unwanted start-up items
  140. Resolve Internet connectivity problems
  141. Use Device Driver Rollback
  142. View available hard drive space
  143. Delete unnecessary Media Center media
  144. Uninstall unwanted programs
  145. – Do more with Windows
  146. Learn what’s new in Windows
  147. Change the desktop background
  148. Change the screen saver
  149. Add desktop icons
  150. Create a shortcut on the desktop for a program or application
  151. Search for anything from the Start menu
  152. Add a gadget to the desktop
  153. Set the time on the clock gadget
  154. Configure the taskbar
  155. Pin icons to the taskbar
  156. Use Shake, Jump Lists, Snap, and Peek
  157. Create a homegroup
  158. Join a homegroup
  159. Explore libraries
  160. Top 10 Netbook Problems solved
  161. 1. I’m within range of a public or private wireless network, but I can’t see it and I can’t log in.
  162. 2. I’m in a coffee shop that offers free Wi-Fi, but I didn’t see any pop-up about the available network (or I was unable to click the pop-up in time). How can I join now?
  163. 3. I’ve downloaded and installed Windows Live Messenger, I have contacts, and my webcam is working. I still can’t initiate a video conversation. What’s up?
  164. 4. I have several pictures that need cropping, or are too dark, too light, or have other problems. How can I edit them?
  165. 5. Where is Outlook Express or Windows Mail? Where’s my email?
  166. 6. I installed a driver or program and now my computer isn’t behaving the way it should.
  167. 7. I was connected to the Internet and/or my local network and now I’m not.
  168. 8. My new netbook came with a lot of programs I'll never use and I want them gone!
  169. 9. I need to install software that is on a CD, but I don’t have a CD drive in my netbook. What can I do?
  170. 10. I’m online a lot and I worry about staying safe. What can I do?

Back cover copy

Use your netbook with confidence 


This practical book will have you achieving immediate results using:


a friendly, visual approach

simple language

practical, task-based examples

large, full-colour screenshots.


Discover everything you want to know about choosing and using your netbook in this easy to use guide; from the most essential tasks that you’ll want to perform, to solving the most common problems you’ll encounter.


Practical. Simple. Fast



Get the most out of your netbook with practical tips on every page:


·        ALERT:  Solutions to common problems

·        HOT TIPS: Time-saving shortcuts

·        SEE ALSO: Related tasks and information

·        DID YOU KNOW? Additional features to explore

·        WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Jargon explained in plain English