TI-84 Plus CE Graphing Calculator For Dummies, 3rd Edition
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You need two things to enable your TI-84 Plus calculator to communicate with your computer: TI Connect Software and either a USB computer cable or a USB Silver Edition Cable. TI Connect is free, and the cable came bundled with your calculator. If you are no longer in possession of the cable, you can purchase one through the Texas Instruments online store.

Downloading TI Connect software

The following steps explain how to download the current version of TI Connect from the Texas Instruments website, as it existed at the time this book was published:

  1. Go to the Texas Instruments website.

  2. Locate the Downloads drop-down menu and select Apps, Software & Updates.

  3. Under the Technology drop-down menu, select TI-84 Plus Family, TI-83 Plus Family.

  4. Click the Find button, scroll down, and select TI Connect Software.

  5. Select the appropriate language.

  6. Follow the directions given during the downloading process. Make a note of the directory in which you save the download file.

You can download an extensive TI Connect Help document (more than 100 pages) by clicking the Help icon in the bottom-right corner of the TI Connect Home screen.

Installing and running TI Connect

After you’ve downloaded TI Connect, you install it by double-clicking the downloaded TI Connect file you saved on your computer. Then follow the directions given by the TI Connect Installation Wizard.

When you start the TI Connect program, you see the many subprograms it contains.

A USB driver is automatically installed on your computer when you download and install TI Connect software. Now, you can recharge the battery on the TI-84 Plus C when you use the USB computer cable to connect your calculator with a computer.


Here is a short description of the TI Connect software tools:

  • TI Device Explorer: Transfer files between your calculator and a computer.

  • TI Screen Capture: Capture screenshots from your calculator.

  • Backup: Back up the files stored on your calculator.

  • Restore: Restore calculator files that have been previously backed up.

  • TI Data Editor: Create or edit data variables.

  • TI Device Info: Find information about connected calculators.

  • Explore My TI Data: Opens Windows Explorer to work with calculator files.

  • Send to TI Device: Opens a dialog box you can use to transfer files to your calculator.

Would you like to have the most current version of TI Connect? If so, click the Options icon on the TI Connect Home screen and select the box that says, “Check for new software on every startup.”

About This Article

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About the book author:

Jeff McCalla is a mathematics teacher at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis, TN. He cofounded the TI-Nspire SuperUser group, and received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science & Mathematics Teaching.

C.C. Edwards is an educator who has presented numerous workshops on using TI calculators.

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