Computer Basics: Setting Up a Desktop Computer

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are you having trouble putting your

computer together

are you feeling overwhelmed don't worry

take a deep breath we're going to show


step by step how to set up a desktop


first unpack everything from the box and

remove any plastic covering or

protective tape

think about where you want your

workspace to go and how you want to

arrange the different components before

you start plugging things in

next let's connect the monitor if you

have an all-in-one computer where

everything is built in

for example an imac you can skip this


otherwise locate your monitor cable

newer monitors often use hdmi or usbc


while older monitors may use vga dvi

or another type of connection it just


now find the monitor port on the back of

your computer case

and plug the cable in most cables are

designed to fit a certain way

so if it's not working don't force it

when you're done connect the other end

to your monitor

now it's time to plug in your keyboard

and mouse

if they're wired they most likely have a

usb connector

so you can use any of the ports you see


you could also plug your mouse into the

usb port on your keyboard

if it has one if you have a wireless

mouse or keyboard

it's going to work a little differently

some wireless devices connect

using technology that's built into your


while others need an adapter you'll also

need to pair the device with your

computer before you can use it

you may want to read the instructions

that came with your wireless device

to learn more about pairing at this

point you can plug in your speakers or

headphones if it uses a typical audio


look for the green audio port on the

front or back of your computer case

however some speakers headphones and


use usb connectors finally it's time to

connect the power supply cables and plug

the computer in

you should have two cables one goes with

your monitor

and the other plugs into the back of

your computer case

now plug both cables into a power outlet

we recommend using a surge protector to

keep your equipment safe

in the event of a power surge when

you're ready

plug the surge protector into a regular


if it has a power switch you may need to

switch it on

that's all there is to it now take a

minute to make sure you're happy with

your workspace


then turn your computer on


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