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At Home Computer Course

The Handbook You Didn’t Get With Your Computer

Learn how to use your computer the easy Way.

At Home Beginners Computer Course is the best and easiest way to begin using your PC.

If you’re new to computers or maybe just not that confident with them, then this is the website for you.

You really don’t have to know anything to get started here, complete beginners are what this course is about. We all have to start somewhere.

At Home Computer Beginners Course

At Home Beginners Computer Course is the best and easiest way to begin using your PC.

If you’re new to computers or maybe just not that confident with them, then this is the website for you.

You really don’t have to know anything to get started here, complete beginners are what this course is about. We all have to start somewhere.

At Home Computer Course Chapters

At Home Computer CourseChapter 1.

Essential Basic Computer Skills

The very first chapter of the At Home Computer Course for Beginners. I’m sure that many of you will already know some of this, but perhaps not all of it. This first chapter is all about getting started with your PC, getting accustomed to how computers work.

Page 1

Mouse & Keyboard Basics

Computer mouse, keyboard & mouse pointer. Text reads "Mouse and Keyboard basics".

How to change your mouse settings to make it easier to use, and keyboard keys you need to find.

Page 2

Those Desktop Icons

Windows desktop with extra large icons. Text reads "Windows desktop icons, Auto Arrange, Show/Hide icons, Shortcuts"

Sort and organise your Desktop. Make it easier to use.

Page 3

The Start Menu

The Windows 10 & Windows 11 Start menus. Text reads "The Windows Start menu".

How to set up, optimise and use your Windows Start Menu.

Page 4

The Taskbar

Windows taskbar highlighted on desktop PC screen. Text reads "Beginners guide to the Windows taskbar".

Clean up, clear out and organise your Taskbar.

Page 5

Window Size & Position

Computer screen with 3 program windows open. Text reads "How to resize and move program windows".

Programs open inside a window. You can control the size and position of that window.

Page 6

Finding Your Files

Clipart folder. Text reads "How to create, name, rename and delete folders".

Finding all your pictures, documents etc can be difficult.
But once you’ve mastered Windows File Explorer, you’re laughing.

Page 7

It’s all About Folders

A Windows computer folder. Text reads "How to create, name, rename and delete folders".

A place for everything and everything in its place. Using folders just makes sense.

Page 8

Saving Files

A Hand placing a file into a folder. Text reads "How to save a file".

How to save files on your PC. Save them where you want them to be.

Page 9

How To Open Files

A folder with a file rising out of it. Text reads "How to open a file"

Sounds easy right? just double left click and you’re done….
Hmmm, could be interesting.

Page 10

How To Copy & Paste

Image copied and pasted. Text reads "How to copy and paste in Windows 10 and 11

Copy and Paste is one of those skills that you’ll use over and over again.

Page 11

Cut & Paste

Computer file being cut with scissors and pasted with a brush. Text reads "How to Cut & Paste files and folders"

Similar to Copy & Paste but with one big difference. Another essential skill to have.

Page 12

get more Done

Multiple files selected. Keyboard with CTRL and letter A indicated.

Speed up mundane tasks by selecting multiple files/folders at once.

At Home Computer Course – Chapter 2.

Windows.

Windows is the operating system that makes your computer work. It sits between you, the user and the hardware of the computer. Basically you tell Windows what you want to do (by clicking or typing) and Windows tells the computer to make it happen.

Windows User Accounts

Clipart man sitting at computer.

Create separate accounts for all the people that use your home computer.
Explaining Microsoft, Local, Administrator and Standard user accounts.

How To Change Your User Account Name

We’ve all done it, a silly typo when creating a Windows account. It’s an easy fix.

How To Delete A Windows Account

User avatar with cross indicating its been deleted

Have you got old, unused user accounts on your computer? It’s rather easy to delete them out of the way.

How To Update Windows

Mouse cursor clicking on the Windows logo. Text reads "How to update Windows"

Keep your computer running smoothly by making sure you have the latest updates.

Removing Unwanted Software

Angry clip art man sitting at computer. Text reads "Go Away. How to uninstall a program or app in Windows 10 & 11".

How to remove programs and apps from your computer.

Take A Screenshot Of Your PC

Computer desktop. Text reads "How to screenshot your computer".

Sometimes, grabbing an image of the computer’s screen is just the best way of recording some information.

Show Image Thumbnails

Two computer windows open. One shows images as filenames, the other shows images as thumbnails. Text reads "How to show thumbnails instead of file names".

When your computer shows your pictures as file names rather than thumbnails…

How To Tag Your Photos

Image of people sat at cafe table. Parcel tag has been added with their names. Text reads"How to tag you photos in Windows"

Organise your pictures by adding tags to them. Tags work like keywords, letting you use Windows search features to find the pics you want quickly.

At Home Computer Course – Chapter 3.

The Internet.

Access to the Internet is probably the single biggest reason for most of us even having a computer. Whether your streaming videos or music, catching up with friends, searching for jobs and opportunities, researching, finding, shopping or whatever, the ‘net has it all.

How To Use Google Chrome

Google Chrome logo. Text reads "How to set your Start page, Home page, Bookmarks etc in Chrome".

The way in which you access the ‘net is through a web browser.
If you’re using Google Chrome, you need to read this.

How To Download From The Internet.

Cloud above laptop computer with a file moving between them. Text reads "How to download from the Internet".

Downloading is synonymous with computers & the Internet. And since your connected to the ‘net, you’ll have to know what you’re doing when it comes to downloading.

About Anti Virus Software

A shield with a tick on it. Text reads "About anti virus programs".

You’re gonna need protection in this here town pardner.
Looking at Anti Virus programs, both free and paid for.

Why You Should Be Using Strong Passwords

Clipart man standing at lectern. Speech bubble reads "There has been a data breach".

They’re looking for you. They’re after your accounts. It’s personal.
Stop making it easy for them.

Google Chrome Password Manager

Google Chrome logo. Text reads "How to use Google Chrome password manager".

Use your browser to look after your complex passwords and logins.

How To Send Large Files Over The Internet

Computer file being moved from one computer to another through a cloud. Text reads "How to send large files over the Internet".

How to send large files and folders over the Internet to someone else.

At Home Computer Course – Chapter 4

We All Love Email.

Email, where would we be without it. Countless billions of messages sent every day. In this chapter we’re going to look at how it works and how to use it.

Introducing E-Mail

An email message flying through the air. Text reads "Introducing email".

E-Mail, what can I say. It’s at once brilliant and a burden. We’ll look at how it works.

Yahoo Mail

Yahoo logo. Text reads "add pictures, links, attachments, emojis & animated GIFs to yahoo emails".

Do more with your emails. How to add pictures, links & attachments to Yahoo E-Mails.

Gmail Email

Gmail icon. Text reads "How to add pictures, links, attachments, emojis and animated GIFs to Gmail"

How to add pictures, links & attachments to Gmail E-Mails.

Outlook.Com Email

Outlook.com logo.Text reads "Add picitures, links, attachments, emojis and animated GIFs to outlook.com emails"

How to add pictures, links & attachments to Outlook.com E-Mails.

How To Email A Folder

Folder attached to an email message. Text Reads "How to email a folder"

Sometimes it’s just better to send everything in a folder. But just how do you attach a folder to an email?

Disposable “Burner” Email Addresses

Email being burned in flames. Text reads "How to use burner email addresses".

If your not sure you want to hand over your real Email address, use a temporary one.

Forward Emails Between Your Accounts

Clipart man sitting at computer. Emails flying from outlook to Gmail and then to his PC. Text reads "How to forward emails to another account".

If you’ve got several email accounts, you can set up email forwarding to have them all delivered to just one inbox.

At Home Computer Course – Chapter 5

Computer Security

Keeping your computer safe. Keeping yourself safe.

Clean up Google Chrome

Google Chrome icon. Text reads "How to clear cache, cookies and extensions in Google Chrome".

Spring clean Chrome for a better Internet experience. Clear cache, delete extensions and more.

Scan your PC for Malware

Spy and a phishing hook. Text reads "How to scan your PC for malware".

Use the free version of the powerful malware scanner to check your computer for viruses, trojans, hijackers etc.

Backing Up Your PC

Computer with arrow pointing toward a safe. Text reads "Types of PC backup".

We need to talk about backing up. What is it? How can you do it?

Backup To A USB Stick

Computer with an arrow pointing towards a USB stick. Text reads "Backup to a USB stick".

No matter how good your defences, or how vigilant you are, it only takes a moment to get infected. Protect yourself from losing your most precious stuff by backing it up to a USB stick.

Using Google Drive For Backups

Laptop computer with an arrow pointing to the Google Drive logo. Text reads "Backup to Google Drive".

Save your most precious pictures into the cloud for safekeeping. It’s easy to do and a lot better than losing them.

Windows File History

A computer folder with an arrow pointing toward another folder. "text reads "Windows File History".

You can use Windows own backup tool, File History, to create ongoing backups of your files

Back Up Your Entire Computer

Laptop computer with an arrow pointing towards an external USB hard drive. Text reads "Windows System Image".

How to create a Windows system image. Back up everything on your computer.

How To Restore Files From Backups

External USB drive with an arrow pointing towards a computer. Text reads "Restore files from a backup".

Lost something? If you’ve been using Windows backup, you can restore it.

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