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Connecting peripheral devices

You've probably noticed that there are a few ports on the body of your computer – these enable you to connect other devices to your computer, to help you with various tasks, from storage to printing. Some of the most common peripheral devices that can be connected to the computer are:

  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
  • Printer
  • Scanner
  • Digital Camera
  • USB Flash Drive

Today most peripherals, like the keyboard, scanner and printer, connect to your computer via external USB ports.

Some of your peripherals will need special software, which you install on your computer so that your operating system will be able to communicate with and send instructions to the device. These sorts of software are called drivers and you should receive instructions on how to install the driver when you acquire the peripheral. These are often contained in the 'Quick Start' guide.