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24 Windows Mobility Center and Tablet PC Support

Windows Mobility Center and Tablet PC support provides for a better mobile computing experience. Windows Mobility Center is a one-stop shop for settings and preferences related to mobile computing, available on laptops running on all Windows Vista editions except Home Basic.

This center provides access to power management settings, which can help you save battery life and customize your Power buttons. It also contains settings for multiple monitors so you can use an external display for a presentation or extend your desktop among multiple monitors. In addition, specific presentation and network projection features are included to give you a quicker and seamless presentation experience.

Windows HotStart is another feature gained from the Windows Mobility Center. This allows you to specify HotStart buttons on your mobile computer to open particular media files or applications. HotStart buttons can even be used when the computer is sleeping, hibernating, or off, enabling quick access to media and applications, while saving battery life.

Here's how to access the Windows Mobility Center:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Double-click the Windows Mobility Center icon.

Windows Vista provides better Tablet PC support with enhanced handwriting error detection and automatic learning. By using your mouse to write or using an onscreen keyboard, you can enter text without using a standard keyboard. As shown in Figures 3.25 and 3.26, these Tablet PC tools emulate the feel of real keyboarding with Tablet PCs.

Figure 3.25

Figure 3.25 Tablet PC keyboard.

Figure 3.26

Figure 3.26 Tablet PC handwriting to text device.

You can access the Tablet PC tools on the Start menu:

  1. Open the Start menu.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. Click Accessories.
  4. Click the Tablet PC directory.
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