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Using Your Windows 10 PC

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Find your away around Windows 10—what's new, where everything is, what it does, and how to do what you need to do.

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In this chapter, you find out how to turn on and start using a new Windows 10 computer.

arrow.jpg Powering Up and Powering Down

arrow.jpg Finding Your Way Around Windows

arrow.jpg What’s New in Windows 10?

arrow.jpg Switching from Windows S Mode to Windows Home

Whether you’ve been using computers forever or just purchased your first PC, there’s a lot you need to know about using the Windows operating system—such as where everything is, what it does, and how to do what you need to do.

Powering Up and Powering Down

If you’ve already read Chapter 1, “Understanding Computer Basics,” you know how to connect all the components of your new computer system. Now that you have everything connected, it’s time to turn everything on.

Turn On Your Computer

Each time (after the first) you turn on your computer, you go through pretty much the same routine—but without the initial configuration steps.

1circ.jpg Turn on your printer, monitor (for a traditional desktop PC), and other powered external peripherals.

2circ.jpg If you’re using a laptop PC, open the laptop’s case so that you can see the screen and access the keyboard.

3circ.jpg Press the power or “on” button on your computer. Windows launches automatically and displays the lock screen.

4circ.jpg Press any key or move your mouse to display the sign-in screen.

5circ.jpg Enter your password (if necessary), and then press the Enter key on your keyboard or click the next arrow key onscreen. Windows displays the desktop, ready for use.

Turn Off Your Computer

How you turn off your PC depends on what type of computer you have. If you have a laptop or 2-in-1, you can press the unit’s power (on/off) button—although that typically puts your PC into Sleep mode instead of turning it all the way off. The better approach is to shut down your system through Windows.

1circ.jpg Click the Start button at the far-left side of the taskbar (or press the Windows key on your computer keyboard) to display the Start menu.

2circ.jpg Click Power to display the submenu of options.

3circ.jpg Click Shut Down.

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