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About this Course

This course is designed for people who are not familiar with PCs and want to know more. For instance, if you want a career change, or are returning to work after a break, or just want to understand why and when to use the available functions. This course will gives you the confidence to start effectively and efficiently using a computer, identify and use key components and gain valuable skills to explore further. The course is highly interactive with plenty of hands-on exercises.

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Module 1 - Getting Started

  • Topic A - Switch On, Log On and Password Constraints
  • Topic B - Identify the Desktop, Icons and use the Start Menu
  • Topic C - How to use the Mouse
  • Topic D - Configure the Mouse
  • Topic E - Work with Applications in the Start Menu

Module 2 - Software, Operating Systems, Simple Use of Applications and the Keyboard

  • Topic A - Software
  • Topic B - Operating Systems
  • Topic C - Applications
  • Topic D - The Keyboard and using Applications
  • Topic D: Screen Layout and Terminology
  • Topic E - Create a New File
  • Topic F - Enter and Edit Text
  • Topic G - Simple Formatting
  • Topic H - Navigation
  • Topic I - Dialog Boxes

Module 3 - Working with Windows

  • Topic A - Maximize, Minimize and Restore
  • Topic B - Resize Windows
  • Topic C - Arrange and Move Windows

Module 4 - Simple Use of Excel

  • Topic A - Enter Text
  • Topic B - Simple Formatting
  • Topic C - Add a Column of Figures

Module 5 - Manage Files

  • Topic A - Save a Newly Created File
  • Topic B - Save Files to an External Drive
  • Topic C - Close Files
  • Topic D - Close Applications
  • Topic E - Folders
  • Topic F - Local and Network Drives

Module 6 - Hardware and Peripherals

  • Topic A - Hardware
  • Topic B - Peripherals

Module 7 - Spell Check, Print Preview and Print

  • Topic A - Spell Check
  • Topic B - Print and Print Preview
  • Topic C - Print

Module 8 - Copy and Paste

  • Topic A - Copy and Paste Text in the Same Document
  • Topic B - Copy Text between Files
  • Topic C - Copy Text between Applications

Module 9 - Locating Files and Different File Types

  • Topic A - Use Recent Documents and Places
  • Topic B - Access Documents
  • Topic C - Locating Documents using Computer
  • Topic D - Files and File Extensions
  • Topic E - Organise files in Computer
  • Topic F - Rename Files and Folders
  • Topic G - Delete Files or Folders
  • Topic H - The Recycle Bin
  • Topic I - Search for Files and Folders
  • Topic J - WinZip

Module 10 - Simple Troubleshooting and Help

  • Topic A - Troubleshooting
  • Topic B - Help

Module 11 - Restart, Log Off, Stand By, Hibernate, and Shut Down

  • Topic A - Restart, Log Off, Stand By, Hibernate and Shut Down

Time permitting

Module 12 - Appendix A: Internet Explorer

  • Topic A - Use Internet Explorer

Module 13 - Appendix B: The Control Panel

  • Topic A - Change the Date and Time
  • Topic B - Display Options

Delegates are not expected to have gained any prior knowledge of PCs before they attend this course. However, it is strongly recommended that they have some keyboard and mouse experience. We suggest the following as a minimum:

  • Type text and press key combinations using a PC keyboard
  • Mouse actions (point, click, double-click, and alt-click)

Delegates without this experience should be given an extra day of instruction to build their ability. Alternatively, there are a number of self-study packages available to teach delegates basic keyboard and mouse skills.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Switch on and log on/off
  • Use and configure the mouse
  • Use the keyboard and perform simple tasks and formatting within Word and Excel
  • Work with Windows
  • Manage files and folders
  • Explain the difference between hardware, software and peripherals
  • Use Spell Check, Print and Print Preview
  • Locate files and identify file types
  • Perform simple troubleshooting tasks

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