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A Movable Feast: Windows XP and Your Notebook Computer 4. 186 5. If you made changes in step 3 and you want to save those changes under a different scheme name, click Save As, enter a new name for the scheme, and then click OK to return to the Power Options dialog box. Click Apply or OK. Configuring Your Notebook's Power Buttons Most newer notebooks enable you to configure three "power buttons": closing the lid, the on/off button, and the sleep button. When you activate these buttons, they put your system into standby or hibernate mode, or turn it off altogether. On some notebooks, there isn't a separate sleep button. Instead, you tap the on/off button quickly. Follow these steps to configure these buttons for power management: 1. 2. 3. Display the Power Options dialog box, as described earlier. Select the Advanced tab. In the Power buttons group, use the three lists to set a power management option (Do nothing, Ask me what to do, Stand by, Hibernate, or Shut down) for closing the lid, pressing the on/off (power) button, or pressing the sleep button. Click Apply or OK. 4. Using a Briefcase to Synchronize Files Do you have to deal with both a notebook computer and a desktop computer? If so, then I'm sure you know all too well the problems that arise when you try to share files between them. For example, if you transport a few files to the notebook and you end up changing a couple of those files, it's crucial to be sure that the desktop machine gets a copy of the updated files. In other words, you want to be sure that the notebook and the desktop remain synchronized . To help you do this, Windows XP offers a feature called Briefcase. To understand how it works, let's examine how you use a real briefcase to do some work at home. You begin by stuffing your briefcase full of the files and documents you want to work with. You then take the briefcase home, take out the papers, work on them, and put them back in the briefcase. Finally, you take the briefcase back to work and then remove the papers. Windows XP's Briefcase feature works in much the same way, except that you don't work with the original documents. Instead, you work with special copies called sync copies . A Briefcase is really a special type of folder. The basic idea is that you place the documents you want to work with inside a Briefcase, and then lug around the Briefcase using a floppy disk, Zip disk, or some other removable disk. You can then copy the documents from the Briefcase to the notebook and work on them. The key thing is that the Briefcase "remembers" where the documents came from originally, and it au- tomatically tracks which ones have changed. You can update the original files with just a couple of mouse clicks. Before getting started, you need to create a Briefcase. The best place to create the Briefcase is on the removable disk you'll be using to transport the files. Here are the steps to follow to create a Briefcase: 1. Insert the disk you want to use.