Kids Working With Computers
The Atari Basic Manual

Trillium Press 🇺🇸 1985

This 50 page book contains no Blurb, no Preface, and no Introduction, so I have reproduced Chapter 1 here.

Meet the Computer

Let's meet the computer. To start:

  1. Turn on the monitor.
  2. Make sure the BASIC cartridge is loaded in the cartridge slot.
  3. Turn on the computer, using the switch on the right side.
  4. You will see: ◻️READY

The solid white box is called the cursor.
You are now ready for your first program.

If you type a mistake, press DELETE/BACK S and type over. Or you can hold down CTRL and press ← until you reach your mistake. Then get rid of the error by typing the correct entry.

To get quotation marks, hold down the SHIFT key and press the key with the quotation marks (") at the top.

Type exactly what you see. Press RETURN at the end of each line.

10 PRINT "HELLO. MY NAME IS (type in name)." 
30 PRINT "MY TEACHER IS (type in teacher's name)." 
40 PRINT "(type something about yourself.)" 

Now that you have typed your program, type LIST and push RETURN. What happens?

Type RUN and push RETURN. What happens?

Hold down SHIFT and push CLEAR. What happens? Has your program been lost? Type LIST and push RETURN to find out.

Type NEW. Now try LIST. What happens?


What do these words do? Why are they called commands?