To enter the virtual world of Second Life, you will first open a Second Life account and download the viewer to your computer. But before you do that, make sure that the computer you will use meets the minimum hardware requirements .

So, let's get started by going to the Second Life web site to open your new account. Scroll down and click the orange button that says "Join Now" and the first screen you will see is this:
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Choose an avatar (don't worry you can change the "look" later). Next, You will be asked to choose a user name. The name you select will serve as your avatar's name and your log in ID (so be sure to write it down). You can choose your own, real-life name or some other representation of you.
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Work your way through the other blanks...enter your information (note you must provide an email address where you can received your account confirmation), choose a password, and a security question, and then click "create a account".
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Once your account has been created, you will be asked if you would like a "free" or a "premium" account, choose the free option. On the next screen you will click to download the Second Life viewer. Follow the usual steps to install the viewer on your computer.
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Now you are ready to go!

Open the viewer (just as you would open Word or Excel) and, at the top of the welcome screen, enter your avatar name and password, click "Log In".
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The first time you log in, you'll be presented with a "terms of service" agreement - this is standard stuff, just check the box marked "I agree" and continue. Your avatar will appear (with its name overhead) in a welcome area for new avatars. You can explore around or try teleporting to any of the suggested locations displayed on your screen, which will look something like this:

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Check out the other pages on this wiki for help with navigation and basic skills, advice on places to see, and other online resources to support your work (and play!) in Second Life.