Laptop computers are so named because they fit right in your lap. They are also called notebook or portable computers, which is probably a better term, especially since laptop computers are not always easy to use in your lap. Using a laptop is not very different than using a desktop computer, but there are some key things to keep in mind to use your laptop in the best way.
Take your laptop out of the box and make sure it turns on. Laptops can turn on by pushing a button inside the computer or on the side of the computer. The battery also is not shipped connected on a new laptop; you will have to slide the battery into place on the back of the laptop until it clicks.
Plug the laptop in and make sure it is fully charged. There will be an icon on the bottom right taskbar showing if the laptop is plugged in and how much battery life is left. It will probably look like a plug. Click on the icon for more information.
Newer laptops use lithium ion batteries that can be charged at any point. Older laptops have batteries that should be fully used and then fully charged or the battery will lose its ability to charge completely.
Protect your laptop by always keeping it in a laptop bag or, when you're using it, keep it away from small children, liquids and other environmental hazards. Be careful not to leave your laptop sitting anywhere that it will be stepped on or sat on. The screens are fragile and can easily break.
Be ergonomic with your laptop. Use your laptop at a desk when you can and put it at a level that is comfortable for you to reach and read at eye level. Connect an external keyboard through one of the USB connections if that helps. You can also attach an external monitor directly to the back of the laptop.
Install programs you want and use them the same way you would use them on a regular desktop computer. Install antivirus software and firewall software to keep your computer safe from viruses and hackers. This is especially important because laptops are more likely to connect to open WiFi networks. McAfee is a popular antivirus program and Zone alarm is popular firewall software.