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Chapter 12

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.

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Share Windows Files

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 117
Share Mac Files

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 118
Keep Your Web Browser in Sync Across Computers (New in 3rd Edition!)

Level: Medium
Platform: All operating systems

You've worked hard to perfect your browser bookmark list, generate secure passwords for your logins, and cull together the best combination of browser-boosting extensions and settings. Now that you've built the greatest possible browser to fit your needs, you want those same bookmarks, passwords, extensions, and preferences available to you at work, at home, and on your laptop.

Hack 119
Share a Single Printer Between Computers

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 120
Optimize Your Dual Monitors

Level: Advanced
Platform: Windows

Studies show that the extra screen real estate afforded by multiple monitors can increase computer users' productivity. 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 121
Control Multiple Computers with a Single Keyboard and Mouse

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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