At Home Computer Course For Beginners.

At Home Free 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.

Learning How To Use Your Computer.

Each page of the course builds on the previous page and leads on to the next one.

It's a gradual, step by step process. There's no rush and no sudden jumps. Just a steady building of knowledge and skills.

Through the course, I'll show you how to actually use your computer. How to do the things other people just seem to know how to do.

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Chapter 1.

Essential 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.

With the Essential Computer Skills we're building a solid foundation. Filling in the gaps in your knowledge and skills.

An Introduction.

Allow me to introduce you to this website. To show you around.
How to use the pictures, for instance, playing the videos, printing from the site etc.

Keyboard and Mouse Basics

Here I'd like to take you through a few of the basics of using a keyboard and mouse.
How to change your mouse settings to make it easier to use, and keyboard keys you need to find.

The Windows Desktop.

Since every time we turn on the computer, we end up at the Desktop, we'll take a tour & see how to set it up.

Take Control Of Window Sizes.

Programs open inside what's called a window. It's how Windows gets its name. The clever thing is you can control the size & position of these windows.

Navigating Your Computer.

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

It's All About Folders

A place for everything and everything in it's place. Using folders just makes sense

How To Save Files On A PC.

How to save files, where you want them, so you can find them again later.

Save Or Save As.

Should you use Save or Save As to save your files?

What is the difference between them?

How To Open Files.

How to open files. Sounds easy right? Just double left click and you're done.

But what about those times when you need the file to open in a different program or app.

Hmmm, could be interesting.

How To Copy And Paste.

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

How To Cut And Paste.

Sounds like Copy & Paste, and it is, but with one big difference. We'll look at how to Cut & Paste, and how it differs from Copy & Paste. It can be a real time saver.

How To Select More Than 1 File At A Time.

Now your copying & cutting, you'll want to speed things up by selecting more than one file/folder at a time.

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Chapter 2.

The Internet.

Chapter two and we're on the 'net.

Introducing The Internet.

Welcome to the World Wide Web. Things will never be the same.

How To Use Google Chrome.

If you're using Google Chrome, you need to read this.

How To Download.

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.

Anti Virus Software.

You're gonna need protection in this here town pardner.

Looking at Anti Virus programs, both free and paid for.

Do You Need A VPN Service?

Do you need a virtual private network service? We'll look at the 3 main reasons that people are signing up.

How To Send Large Files Over the Internet.

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

Why You Need To Use Strong Passwords.

They're looking for you. They're after your accounts. It's personal.

Your Browser Can Manage Your Passwords.

Chrome, Edge and Firefox all have built-in password managers. Use them.

Chapter 3.

E-Mail.

Chapter three already? Yes and we're sending emails by the billion everyday.

Introducing E-Mail.

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

Yahoo Mail.

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

Outlook.com E-Mail.

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

Gmail E-Mail.

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

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.

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

Forwarding Emails Frome 1 Account To Another.

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

Chapter 4.

Backing Up.

You know you should. We all know we should. But how many of us backup our computers. Do it now.

Types Of Backups.

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

Backing Up 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.

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.

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

Back Up Your Entire Computer.

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

How To Restore Files From Backups.

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

Chapter 5.

Windows.

All the stuff you need to know about Windows.

Windows User Accounts.

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.

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

You Can remove Your Computer Password.

Fed up of having to log on to your computer every time you start it up.
You can remove the password easily.

How To Update Windows.

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

Take A Screenshot Of Your PC.

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

Show Image Thumbnails.

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

Tag Your Photos.

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.

Chapter 6.

Computer Security.

Keeping your computer safe. Keeping yourself safe.

Clean Up Google Chrome.

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

Scan Your PC For Malware.

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

So What Is Phishing?

Have you heard of phishing? What exactly is it? How does it work?

The more you know, the better protected you are.

Chapter 7.

Networking.

Networking is all about connecting your computers together. Sharing files and folders from one PC to another.

Share Your Files Between Computers.

Network your home computers to view, edit, copy and delete files that are on one computer from another.

How To Sync Your Files.

Need to keep your files up to date between computers automatically? It's called syncing.

Not The End.

If you've got this far, then you've finished the At Home Computer Course and I'd like to thank you for sticking around.

On the course, every page has to build on the previous and lead to the next, but not every computer guide can work like that.

Which is why I have created the At Home Computer Guides.

The guides are pretty much stand a lone guides for getting just one job done.

Give it a go and see if you can find something that interests you.

At Home Computer Guides.

Non techie guides to getting stuff done on your computer.

If you've just completed the course, then you're more than qualified to take this on.