A computer monitor shows the picture that you see on your screen. However, for it to display what you’re doing, it needs more than just a screen. A computer monitor needs buttons and ports (holes). These help information go in and out of the monitor so that you can use it.
To use your computer monitor, follow these steps:
STEP 1. Your computer monitor has a power button on the back. Turn it on by pressing the button once with your finger. If the monitor doesn’t turn on, make sure that you are pressing hard enough and that you are using your finger to press it. You can also use the power button below or next to it to turn it on.
STEP 2. Next to the power button, you will see a button with an image of a circle inside another circle (the “halt” symbol). Press this “reset” button once with your finger or pen to start up your computer monitor. If pressing the reset button doesn’t work, try pressing it harder or use a pen. If you’re still having trouble, unplug the computer monitor and plug it back in to reset it using the power button on the back.
STEP 3. On the back of your computer monitor near where you plugged in your computer is an HDMI port (looks like a squiggly line). Plug one end of the HDMI cord into this port, and plug the other end into your computer. This will display all the pictures you look at on your computer onto the screen.
STEP 4. On one side of your monitor is a contrasting color from the rest of the body with several holes in it (ports). This is where you can plug in your headphones, microphone, and other cords. Your headphone port is a single hole on the same side as the contrast color on your monitor. Plug your headphone cord into this hole to use your headphones with your monitor.
Your microphone port is a small rectangle of four holes next to the contrast color of your monitor. To plug in a microphone, the cord will only fit in one way. To unplug it, pull on the plastic part of the microphone plug and not on wire itself.
Your monitor ports are: Headphones (single), Microphone (four holes), HDMI port (squiggly line).
STEP 5. Once everything is plugged in, you’re finished and can start using your monitor.
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When you’re done, follow these steps to put away your monitor:
STEP 1. Turn off the computer monitor by pressing the power button on the back of it once with your finger. If clicking this button doesn’t turn off the screen, make sure you’re using your finger and clicking hard enough.
STEP 2. With the power off, unplug the computer monitor from the wall by pulling on its wire, not on the end where it connects to the monitor (the part that plugs into the wall is thicker than other cords and should hang separately).
STEP 3. To put away your computer monitor, find a safe place to store it where the screen will not be damaged.
STEP 4. Make sure that you are turning off your computer monitor before putting it away!
How do I turn on the computer monitor?
A. To turn on your computer monitor, press the power button once with your finger. You can also use the power button located near or underneath it to turn it on.
I hope that this article helped you understand how computer monitors work. If you’re interested in learning more about how computers in general work, check out the links in the “For Further Reading” section below!
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