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Computer Basics: The Basic-Basics

Turning on the Computer

While all computers are different, one thing stays the same: the ON button.

To turn on the computer, look for a button on the hard drive with this symbol and press it. 

Signing in to the Computer

If using a home computer, a SIGN-IN SCREEN will appear after you turn it on. Enter the password created during computer setup.

Trinity campus computers do not require you to sign in.

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The Desktop and Cursors

Once you sign in, you will be at the DESKTOP. The Desktop is the main hub to access everything on the computer. On Windows 10, it will look similar to this:


Use your mouse to move the CURSOR around on the Desktop. The Cursor will look like a small arrow. At other times, it can look like the other symbols shown below: