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Installing Python/Idle on your Windows computer
Start by going to Python's download page. In the left hand column, under "Stable Releases", the third entry is "Download Windows x86-64 executable installer". Choose this one. When the download completes, either choose it to run from your browser download icon, or go to the Downloads directory and double click on the downloaded file. The installer should begin installation.
Follow the instructions on the installer. It is handy to check the box to create a desktop icon, and also check the box to add Python to your path. You may need to reboot your computer.
The Python shell (called Idle) will come up when you double click the icon. If you want to test code interactively, you can type it in here. If you want to edit a file, you can choose the edit button on the Python shell window, and an editor window will open.
Page last updated: June 26, 2020