IT Help Desk – An Easy Way to Find your Bates ATag Number (IT Training Tip)

When contacting the Bates College IT Help Desk, A Technology Support Specialist will often ask you for your “Bates ATag Number” to accurately identify your computer. The “ATag” or “Asset Tag” is the blue and silver “Property of Bates College” label that is placed on your computer as part of the receiving and inventory process. This label includes a classification letter and a unique identification number that has become known to the Bates Community as the “Bates ATag Number.”

Sometimes, trying to locate the ATag on your computer can be a real challenge! Your computer may be hard to access; the ATag may be located on the bottom or on a side of your computer that isn’t easily accessible, it may be covered up, or may have even been peeled off. Rather than physically struggling to find the Bates ATag number for your computer, you can easily find it with just a few mouse clicks.

When your computer was added to the Bates Network, a unique computer name was required. To make your computer name unique, the Bates ATag number from your computer was used. So take advantage of your computer’s name to find its Bates ATag number, rather than having to hunt around for it!

To Find Your Computer Name/Bates ATag Number:Microsoft Windows 7:

  • Click on the Windows Start button
  • From the Windows Start menu, right-click on Computer, and then click on Properties
  • This will bring up a window with information about your computer
    • Look for the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings section, and you will see the Computer name which is also your Bates ATag number

Microsoft Windows 10:

  • Right-click on the Windows Start button
  • Click on System from the menu
  • This will bring up a window with information about your computer
    • Look for the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings section, and you will see the Computer name which is also your Bates ATag number

Mac OS:

  • Click on the Apple menu located on the top-left corner of your Desktop
  • Click on System Preferences…
  • Click on the Sharing icon
  • Your Computer Name is located at the top of the window which is also your ATag number

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