How to Do Everything with Your Palm Powered Device, Sixth Edition

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9780072263794: How to Do Everything with Your Palm Powered Device, Sixth Edition

Now you can get more out of your handheld device with help from this easy-to-follow guide. How to Do Everything with Your Palm Powered Device, Sixth Edition explains how to master the latest features, tools, and shortcuts in clear, straightforward language. Learn to configure your PDA's preferences, HotSync with your PC, schedule appointments, prioritize tasks, and view your address book. You'll also find out how to utilize different wireless options, access e-mail and the Web, turn your PDA into a mobile office, play music and movies, password-protect your PDA, and so much more. Maximize the capabilities of your Palm OS handheld and make your life not only more efficient, but also more fun.

  • Configure your PDA and enter data using Graffiti, the onscreen keyboard, Palm Desktop, or Outlook
  • Perform wired or wireless HotSyncs
  • Turn your PDA into a GPS navigation system
  • Implement foolproof security measures and safeguard your personal information
  • Access the Internet and send and receive e-mail
  • Schedule appointments and keep track of contacts, tasks, and expenses
  • Use your PDA as a full-fledged laptop replacement
  • Connect your cell phone to your handheld device
  • Play games, listen to music, take photos, download podcasts, and more
  • Troubleshoot, accessorize, and upgrade your PDA

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This guide takes the approach that handheld computers based on the Palm operating system are so user-friendly and crash-proof that it's useless to spend a lot of time telling you how to get it to work. Rather, How to Do Everything with Your Palm Handheld is more of a taskmaster, leading you through such productivity tips as tracking expenses, planning trips, and using the Palm as a business productivity software suite.

Though the book is weighted heavily toward the PalmPilot, it is targeted toward users of all devices based on the Palm OS, such as the IBM WorkPad, the Qualcomm pdQ, and the Handspring Visor, to which the authors devote an entire chapter. What Dave Johnson and Rick Broida do best is explain how to get the most out of those features you probably gave only a cursory glance to.

Most users probably create to-do lists on their Palm handhelds, but how many of them import those lists into other applications, such as Microsoft Word and Excel? Both programs build tables based on to-do list data. Palm handhelds also come with an applet called Sun Compass, which could come in handy when you're on the road.

Given that so many people use their PalmPilots as glorified address books, the tips Johnson and Broida supply are highly useful. How to Do Everything with Your Palm Handheld will show you how to make these popular devices the ultimate productivity tools. --John Frederick Moore

About the Author:

Dave Johnson is the editor of PC World magazine's Digital Focus newsletter and the voice of Gotta Gadget, an audio blog at ITWorld.com.

Rick Broida is a contributor to CNET and PC Magazine. He is the bestselling coauthor, with Dave Johnson, of all previous editions of this book.

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