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Chapter 7. Energy Saver and Fax Tidbits for Traveling

Chapter 7. Energy Saver and Fax Tidbits for Traveling

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ImportantEnergySaverSettings

YoucancustomizeyourEnergySaversettingssoyourlaptop's

powermanagementisoptimizedforbatterypower,whichlets

yougetasmuchcomputingtimeaspossibleoutofyourlimited

powersupply.Whenyou'reonthego,thesesettingscanmake

adifferenceinwhetherornotyourunoutofpowerbeforeyou

getachancetopluginorrecharge.

TocustomizeyourEnergySaversettings,openSystem

Preferences(fromtheApplemenu),thenclickthe"Energy

Saver"icontoopenthewindowshownbelow.



TheOptionsPane

Clickthe"Options"tabtoshowsettingsthataffectpower

consumptionandperformance.

Tooptimizeyourlaptopformaximumbatterylife:

"Settingsfor"pop-upmenu.Choose"Battery."

"optimization"pop-upmenu.Choose"BetterBattery

Life."



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WhenBatteryisselectedin"Settingsfor,"the

"Optimization"menucontainspresetsthatoptimizeenergy

settingsasBetterBatteryLife,Normal,BetterPerformance,

orCustom.



Whenyoumovethesliders(shownonthenextpage)to

changeanyofthedefaultSleepsettings,the"Optimization"

pop-upmenuautomaticallychangesto"Custom."

"Showbatterystatusinthemenubar"checkbox.



Whenthisoptionisselected,thebatteryicon(shown

below)appearsinyourmenubar.Clicktheicontoopena

menuofusefulEnergySavercommands.

Hoveryourpointeroverthe"Show"optiontoseeasubmenufromwhichyoucanchoosehowtodisplaythebattery

status.

Youcanalsochooseto"OpenEnergySaver..."fromthe

bottomofthemenuforquickandeasyaccesstothese

settings.



TheSleepPane

Clickthe"Sleep"tab(circledbelow)toshowsettingsthatcan

lengthenthelifeofyourbatteryandofyourscreen.Sleepisa

low-powermodethatconservesthebatterypower.

Inactivitysliders.Usethetopslidertosethowlongthe

computerwillbeinactivebeforeitputstheharddriveto

sleep.

Usethebottomslidertodeterminehowlongbeforethe



display(thescreen)goestosleep.Settingthedisplaytogo

tosleepafterashortperiodofinactivitynotonlysavesalot

ofbatterypower,butitprolongsthelifeofthescreen.

Puttheharddisk(s)tosleepwhenpossible.Checkthe

boxatthebottom-leftofthewindowtomaketheharddisk

spindownwheneveritfeelsaneedto.Forinstance,while

workingonaproject,theharddrivecangotosleepuntil

youdecidetosavethefile.Ittakesacoupleofsecondsto

spinbackupwhenyouwakethecomputer(bymovingthe

mouse,tappingakey,orsavingafile).Thiscanbe

inconvenient,butit'snotasinconvenientashavingyour

batteryfail.



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SetaSchedule

YourMaclaptopletsyousetatimetoautomaticallystartupor

shutdownyourlaptop.Usethepop-upmenustotellyour

laptopwhentostartup,wakeup,shutdown,orsleep.Ifyou

keepaprettyregularschedule,youcanhaveyourMacwakeup

everymorningat,say6A.M.,sobythetimeyou'reupand

showeredandhavehadyourcoffee,yourMaciswaitingfor

you.AndyoucanbeassuredyourMacwillshutdownforyouat

nightnomatterhowlateyou'reout.

Ofcourse,thelaptopscreenmustbeopen(notnecessarily

awake)forthescheduletotakeeffectappropriately.



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MaximizeYourBatteryLife

InadditiontotheEnergySaversettingsonthepreviouspages,

thereareseveralotherstepsthathelpmaximizethelifeofyour

battery.

Keyboardillumination.Ifyourlaptopprovidesit,turnoff

keyboardillumination:OpenSystemPreferences,choose

"Keyboard&Mouse,"thenclickthe"Keyboard"tab.

Uncheck"Illuminatekeyboardinlowlightconditions."

OrtaptheF8keyonyourkeyboard.



Bluetooth.TurnoffBluetoothwhenit'snotbeingused:

Ifyou'vesetBluetoothstatustoshowinthemenubar,click

theBluetoothiconandchoose"TurnBluetoothOff."

OropenSystemPreferences,choose"Bluetooth,"thenclick

the"Settings"tab.IfBluetoothison,clickthebuttonto

"TurnBluetoothOff."



Dimthescreen.Dimthebrightnessofyourscreen:

TaptheF1keyonyourkeyboard.



OropenSystemPreferences,choose"Displays,"thenuse

the"Brightness"slidertodimthescreen.







FaxontheGo

Occasionallyyoumayneedtosendadocumenttosomeoneas

afaxoryoumightneedhardcopyofafile,sayforhandoutsat

ameeting.Thisagingfaxtechnologymaynotquitemeasureup

totheadvantagesofemailingaPDF,butitworks,andnoone

hastroublingopeningafax.Anddarnit,somepeoplejustwant

afax.



AnotherfaxoptionistosignupforanonlinefaxservicesuchaseFax.com.See

page210.



Faxinghasoccasionallycomeinhandyinourtravelswhena

printerwasn'tavailablewefaxedtothehotelbusinessoffice

fromtheMac.

Anydocumentthatyoucanprintfromyourcomputercanalso

befaxedfromyourcomputer,butyoumustuseadial-up

modemconnectiontosendafax.TheMacBookProlaptopsdo

nothavebuilt-ininternalmodems,soifyouplantosendor

receivefaxes,youmustbuyanexternalmodem(Applesellsa

USBmodemintheironlinestore).



Tosendafax

1. Openadocumentthatyouwanttofax.

2. FromtheFilemenu,choose"Print..."orpressCommandP.



ThePrintsheetdropsdownfromthedocument'stitlebar

(below).

3. Clickthe"PDF"button,thenchoose"FaxPDF..."(also

below).



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4. Enterafaxnumberinthe"To"field(below).

OrclicktheAddressBookbuttontotherightofthe"To"

field,thenchooseafaxcontactfromyourAddressBook.

5. Clickthe"Fax"button.Ifthemodemisbusy(withan

Internetconnection,forexample),thefaxissentassoonas

themodemisavailable.



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Toscheduleafax:

Ifaphonelineisn'tavailableatthemoment,youcanschedule

afaxtobeginatacertaintime.

1. Openadocumentthatyouwanttofax.

2. PressCommandPtoopenthePrintdialogsheet(opposite

page).

3. Fromtheunnamedpop-upmenu(itusuallydisplays"Copies

&Pagesinthemenu),choose"Scheduler."



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