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Chapter 11

Manage Multiple Computers

You use more computers on a regular basis than any previous generation did. You've got your computer at work, your PC at home, your spouse's laptop, and the family Mac to take care of, and getting simple tasks done between them can be tedious.

Hack 109
Share Windows Files (New in 2nd Edition!)

Level: Medium
Platform: Windows and Mac OS X

"All versions of Windows come with built-in support for sharing folders and opening and saving files to them from other computers on the network. This hack shows you how to share a Windows folder of family photos to all the other computers in the house, whether they're also PCs or even Macs."

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Hack 110
Share Mac Files (New in 2nd Edition!)

Level: Medium
Platform: Windows and Mac OS X

"Just as you can share folders from Windows, Mac OS X also has built-in sharing that works with other Macs as well as PCs. Here's how to share a folder from your Mac and access it from other computers in your home or on any local network."

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Hack 111
Synchronize Folders Between Computers (New in 2nd Edition!)

Level: Medium
Platform: Windows and Mac OS X

"When you want two computers to always have the most updated version of a set of files, you can waste time manually copying changes as you make them between machines, or you can automatically sync your files across computers using free software."

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Hack 112
Synchronize Your Browser Bookmarks Between Computers

Level: Medium
Platform: All operating systems with Firefox

"You've worked hard to perfect your browser bookmark list. You've organized all the sites and bookmarklets you use regularly into folders and on your bookmarks toolbar on your primary computer, and you want those same links available to you at work, at home, and on your laptop."

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Hack 113
Share a Single Printer Between Computers (New in 2nd Edition!)

Level: Medium
Platform: Windows and Mac OS X

"Sharing a printer connected to a PC on your home network and printing to it from any other computer, even over a wireless connection, is a breeze."

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Hack 114
Have Your Mac and Windows, Too, with Boot Camp (New in 2nd Edition!)

Level: Advanced
Platform: An Intel-based Macintosh

"You can have both a Mac and a PC on a single computer, using Apple's new Boot Camp software."

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Hack 115
Optimize Your Dual Monitors (New in 2nd Edition!)

Level: Advanced
Platform: Windows

"Studies show that multiple monitors increase computer users' productivity.1 Now that you've added another monitor to your computer setup, you've got double the screen real estate to get things done — but are you putting all that space to good use?"

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Hack 116
Control Multiple Computers with a Single Keyboard and Mouse (New in 2nd Edition!)

Level: Advanced
Platform: Windows

"If you have two or more computers at one desk, you don't want two or more sets of keyboards and mice cluttering up the tabletop, too. You can buy a hardware gadget that lets you share a single keyboard and mouse with several computers (which involves a mess of tangled wires), or you could use a free software solution called Synergy."

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