Chapter 4. Flip It Open and Click Start: Basic Notebook Operation

In the previous chapter, we walked through what you’re likely to experience the first time you turn on a new notebook PC. Now let’s discuss how to use your new notebook—how to turn it on and off, work your way around the keyboard and any special function buttons, understand and personalize the Windows desktop, and just generally learn how to use a typical notebook PC.

Turning On and Off Your Notebook

We’ll start with the apparently simplest thing—turning your notebook on and off. I say “apparently” simplest, because in Windows Vista, turning off your notebook isn’t near as straightforward as you might suspect.

Powering Up

Turning your notebook on is an uncomplicated process—sort ...

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