For Seniors: Play Minesweeper on a Windows Computer

Playing Windows' games such as Minesweeper allow you to clear your mind with a few minutes of fun. With Windows Minesweeper, the object is to flip over all the tiles without blowing up (hitting a mine).

1

Choose Start→Games, then double-click Minesweeper.

The Minesweeper window appears, and the tiles conceal the hidden mines.

If you’ve never played the game before, the Select Difficulty window appears. Click your comfort level: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced. The level controls the size of the tile grid and the number of hidden mines.

2

Click a square on the board.

A timer starts counting the seconds of your game. If a number appears, it indicates the number of mines in the eight surrounding squares. If a square is blank, there are no mines within the eight squares surrounding it.

Minesweeper is a game of deduction. If you guess where a mine is, right-click the square to place a flag on it marking it as a mine. Right-click a square twice to place a question mark on it if you think it might contain a bomb but you're not sure.

3

If you click a square and a bomb appears the game is over.

All the hidden bombs are exposed if you hit a mine. Start a new game by choosing Game→New Game. In the New Game dialog box, click Quit and Start a New Game. If you want to play a game with the same settings as the previous one, click Restart This Game.

4

To close Minesweeper, click the Close button.

Click either Save or Don’t Save in the Exit Game dialog box that appears.

If you want a bigger game board (more squares, more bombs, more fun), choose Game→Options and then click Custom and specify the number of squares across, down, and the number of bombs hidden within them.

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