Here’s a quick tip for beginners using Windows 10. The default set-up of your desktop looks like this.

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A square Windows button to the far left.

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And a circle inside the search box next to Type here to search.

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You access the Start menu by clicking on the square.

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Clicking on the circle activates Cortana.

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To search for something, just start typing in the box.