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Time
12 hours 9 minutes
Difficulty
Beginner
CEU/CPE
12
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>> This is less than 14.2 Laptop Features.
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Using configure laptop features.
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Let's go ahead and get started our lesson for today.
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In this lesson, what we're going to do
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is we're going to go over common
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laptop features that you would find on various laptops.
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These features may vary depending
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on the model of laptop that you have,
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but for the most part,
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they would be the same or similar to these features.
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Some of the features we're going to go over
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would be the dual display,
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the wireless on-off keys,
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cellular on and off the volume settings, brightness,
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Bluetooth, keyboard backlight,
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touchpad, the screen orientation,
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docking station, port replicator,
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a physical lock and rotating or removable screens.
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Let's go ahead and look at some of
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these common features found in most laptops.
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Generally, you'll see a laptop keyboard
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is structurally similar to a desktop keyboard,
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but because it's smaller,
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it's compacted in a little smaller size.
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Therefore, some of the keys
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that you may be familiar with are not
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located in the areas that you may be familiar with.
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The function keys will go across the top just like on
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a normal full-size keyboard.
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Some of the keys off to the right will
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be like on top like the page up, page down,
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those are found on the top of
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the keyboard for a laptop in some places,
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sometimes you may find them at the bottom.
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Generally, the keys are
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still there but rearranged in different places.
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The function keys are keys that turn
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on and also allow you to
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use different functions of the laptop.
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We're going to go over several of those.
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The function keys in
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correlation with the button that you're choosing,
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you'll have to press the function key
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along with that button to
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start or turn off
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that particular feature that you're trying to activate.
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Dual displays is a common feature
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that's on the function keys.
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You'll find again, the function key,
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and you'll see a key with
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a little monitor on it and that toggles it
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for your projector mode or
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your extended monitors whenever
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you have a monitor plugged into your laptop.
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You toggle that key plus that function key.
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You can toggle between an LCD,
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which is the monitor on the keyboard,
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or an external monitor, or both.
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In this display right here, you can have computer only,
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you can get duplicate
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whatever's on your screen to the monitor,
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or you can extend having a secondary monitor to
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share whatever is on the screen over to a second monitor.
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Or you can project on a monitor
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only or if it's for a projector,
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project everything on a laptop to the projector.
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Generally, on a laptop,
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when you close the lid down,
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there's other function keys or
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other settings that you can toggle or
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change to let that laptop
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stay powered on when
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you close the lid because generally,
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when you close it, it'll shut off
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your display and you can
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make those changes in Windows or there's
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a software utility to make those changes.
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The wireless switch on laptops.
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Generally, this is found on a physical switch on
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a laptop or a button on the laptop.
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This switch allows you to turn off
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your wireless and turn your laptop into airplane mode.
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If you're on airplane, it turns off the wireless,
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so there will be no interference there.
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There's also a status light or
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status indicator there that you will see.
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Again, it's a physical switch
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or you have a function sequence,
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a function, and a wireless key.
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Now, on some models,
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it will allow you to
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change or turn off the 80211 wireless,
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the Bluetooth, and cellular if
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that particular laptop is
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capable of having cellular service to it.
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Symbols you should look for will be these symbols,.
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Audio settings. A lot of laptops have
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buttons to control your audio without using your mouse.
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Sometimes these buttons are stand-alone.
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They would include a mute option as well.
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You'll see a visual indicator.
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As you turn the volume up,
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you'll see it displayed on your screen,
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or when you turn it down, you'll see
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that visual indicator as well.
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You can control the volume of
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your laptop from the keyboard without using your mouse.
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Same way with the screen brightness.
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You control the brightness of
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your screen with your keyboard.
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It will vary depending on models
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as far as the buttons, but here in this image,
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you can see that there is a brightness or a
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dimmer between the two buttons
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for this particular laptop.
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Again, you'll see a visual indicator here when
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you push those buttons along with the function key.
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Oftentimes, this will control
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the backlit keyboard as well.
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The brighter screen, the more battery is being used.
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Keep that in mind as well.
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Backlit keyboard, this is a function on some laptops.
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Backlit keys are a good way for you to see
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your keys better if you're in a darkened room.
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It's a secondary function,
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can also control intensity,
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duration, or disable and turn it off. A touchpad.
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Most laptops will have a touchpad in addition to
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an attachable mouse or
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a mouse in the middle of the keyboard as well.
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This feature allows you to turn off the touchpad to stop
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from inadvertently making mouse clicks or movements.
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Screen orientation, you'll find a lot of
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this on our newer tablets nowadays.
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Allows you to use your laptop
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in landscape or portrait mode.
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This is usually a function key or a hotkey
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to switch modes in-between them. Media controls.
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A lot of our newer laptops nowadays have
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media controls built right into
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the functionality of the keyboard.
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This way, you don't have to use the mouse.
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To interact with the media controls,
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you can use them right for buttons.
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It allows you to play,
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stop, fast-forward, and rewind.
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Generally, you will see a mute
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and a volume button as well.
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Docking station. Docking station
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extends the functionality of your laptop.
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Use external devices like a monitor, keyboard, mouse,
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and other peripherals that you can plug right into
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the docking station and use it
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like a full-blown desktop computer.
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Also, you'll see that some of them have
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PCI expansion cards as well.
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Now, a smaller version of this
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will be called the port replicator.
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A port replicator again is
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a smaller version of this, but however,
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it doesn't have the expansion cards,
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but it does expand the functionality
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of your laptop to include other ports.
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Laptop locks for security
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prevents them from being stolen.
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If you have a laptop that's going to be physically
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located in a place
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that's going to be used over and over again,
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and it doesn't move from that area,
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you may want to put a laptop,
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a lock on it, especially if
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that area is going to be prone to heavy traffic.
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Laptops locks includes a metal-reinforced locking slot
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on your laptop,
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and that's where you'll put the laptop lock into.
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You connect to the lock and you
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connect that cable to a solid object,
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maybe a table leg or a plane on a wall,
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but a sub-object where it will
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stop that laptop from being removed from that area.
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Rotating or removable screens.
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This is another feature
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that's found in our newer laptops,
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and you'll generally see these called
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as a two-in-one laptop.
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Screens will rotate or flip down to make it to a tablet.
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Great for presentations.
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We step to a lot of
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the common features that you'll find in a laptop.
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Common features are on newer laptops that you'll
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find nowadays and these are features
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that will be on the CompTIA A+.
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That is it for this lesson and we
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will see you in the next lesson.
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