How to Turn On a Laptop

It's happen to everyone. You go to turn on a new computer and can't find the power button. Getting a laptop for the first time can be a stressful experience. Laptops are more fragile than desktop computers and their keyboards are arranged differently and have different touch sensitivity. This initial fear or stress from encountering a mysterious new tech product can make that power button mysteriously disappear. Learn how to recognize the "power on" button on a laptop and how to press it correctly.

Pink Laptop
Sometimes that power button is hidden.
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Look at your computer. Search for the button on the top-left, top-right or the sides of the laptop. The power button is normally a dime-sized round button, and on most computers has a round circle icon.

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Press this button down once with a firm pressure, but not too hard.

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Wait a few second for the laptop to turn on.