arduino uno will not show up on pc.

I cannot locate the arduino port in my control center. other things, like my mouse, work in the same port.
I am on windows 10 and the board has power when it is pluged in to the usb port.

Are you sure you have a power+signal cable, and not just a power cable?

It is the power cable that was included with the arduino starter kit. I only assumed it was both. how do i make sure it is or not?

Perhaps you need the CH340 driver.

tjzumwalt:
It is the power cable that was included with the arduino starter kit. I only assumed it was both.

That's a reasonable assumption but it might be a defective cable or on a super cheap kit it's possible they might have used a charge-only cable without realizing it due to not bothering to test.

tjzumwalt:
how do i make sure it is or not?

You can use the cable with a known-working device to verify it works for data.

Or buzz the 4 leads in the cable end to end with a multimeter.

right on thanks, charging cable only. will get another.