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The first screen you will see when you power on your computer is the lock screen.

 

This screen shows your chosen Picture, Slideshow or Windows spotlight (a series of images from Bing which are overlayed with location information and useful facts).

 

It also shows the date / time, status of your internet/network connection, battery level (if using a laptop/tablet) and can also include other notifications such as calendar alerts, mail or weather.

 

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To access your computer click anywhere on the screen, press a key, or swipe upwards if using a tablet and you will then be presented with the log-in screen (show below), where you can enter your password or PIN to access your computer.

 

If you have multiple users setup on the same computer then you will see icons for each user down the bottom left corner, click on the relevant user and then enter password or PIN to login.

 

If you have a device with a camera then you can also swipe downwards on the lock screen to use it without having to log-in first.

 

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This screen also contains various icons in the bottom right hand corner which are explained below:-

 

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Keyboard Language

If you have multiple languages configured on your computer then you can click this icon to change the keyboard language.

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Internet

This icon indicates if you are connected to the internet and you can click on it to connect to a wireless network.

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Accessibility

Use this icon to access Windows accessibility settings such as Narrator (reads all text on screen for visually impaired users), Magnifier (enlarges areas of the screen for visually impaired users), On-Screen Keyboard (for tablet users or if keyboard not working), High Contrast (for visually impaired), Sticky Keys or Filter Keys.

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Power

This icon can be used to Shut down or Restart your computer.

 

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