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At Home Computer Beginners Course.

Free Computer Course For Beginners.

Free beginner’s computer course that will guide you through the basics of using a Windows PC.
Start using it today and learn everything you need to know, at home and at your own speed.

Personalise Your Computer.

As a computer beginner you’re probably unaware of the wealth of customisations that you can make to Windows. So to start off the course, we’re going to look at jut a few to make your PC easier to use.

Starting first and foremost with the mouse and keyboard. Even more advanced users often don’t realise that they can easily make that tiny mouse pointer larger. easier to see, easier to find. And while we’re on the subject of the mouse, slow down the double click speed. Make things happen first time.

Next we’ll look at the screen, start menu, taskbar and desktop. How to remove what you don’t need, what you don’t use, and add what you do use.
It just makes using your computer so much easier if you can find what you’re looking.

1

Mouse & Keyboard

Keyboard and mouse basics.
2

Screen Size

How to make your computer screen easier to see. Scale up icons and text.
3

The Start Menu

How to setup the Windows Start menu.
4

Taskbar

How to pin, unpin, move and arrange items on taskbar.
5

Desktop

How to arrange your desktop icons.

At Home Computer Course – Basic Tasks Everyone Should Know.

These are the basic tasks that every computer course for beginners should cover. And here At Home Computer, I think it’s these skills that are often overlooked or simply taken for granted that people can do them.

Moving and resizing a program window is something that the more senior computer users amongst us will often struggle with. The same is often true for using File Explorer. Just finding or saving a file becomes very difficult to do.

Take your time working through these tutorials. Practice them on your home computer. You might find that you have to visit the same page several times, but that’s fine. This is a starter course after all.

1

Resize It

How to move and resize a computer program window.
2

File Explorer

How to use Windows File Explorer.
3

All About Folders

How to create, name, rename & delete folders on Windows computers.
4

Save It

How to save files in Windows.
5

Open It

How to open files in Windows

Copy, Cut, Paste & Selecting Files.

Most of you that have used a PC for some time will be familiar with Copy & Paste and Cut & Paste. But when you’re new to computers, maybe not so much.

We’re also going to look at copying to a USB drive and selecting multiple files at the same time. Saving your pictures or documents to a USB stick really is the most basic form of backup, but it’s also extremely effective.

1

Copy & Paste

How to Copy and Paste in Windows.
2

Cut & Paste

How to cut & paste in Windows.
3

Copy Text

How to copy & paste text between documents.
4

Multiple Selections

How to select multiple files/folders.
5

USB Drive

How to copy and paste to a USB drive.

Windows.

Windows is the name of the operating system that runs your computer. As you’re using a Windows computer, you have to have some knowledge about the OS.

Currently the At Home Beginners Computer Course covers both Windows 10 & Windows 11. If Windows 12 is released, then I’ll cover that too.

If you’re using any other version, then I’m really sorry, but I simply can’t cover anything earlier than Windows 10. It would just take up too much time.

We’ll start by looking at Windows user accounts because, quite honestly, it can get confusing.

1

User Accounts?

Explaining the different Windows user accounts.
2

New Account

How to create a new user account in Windows 10 and 11.
3

Remove Account

How to delete a user account from a Windows PC.
4

Preinstalled.

What programs are installed with Windows?
5

Install It

How to install new programs and apps on Windows PC
6

Uninstall It

How to uninstall programs and apps.
7

Recycle Bin

What is the Windows Recycle Bin?
8

Sleep Mode

Change PC sleep settings.
9

Zip It

How to zip and unzip files and folders in Windows.
10

Thumbnails

How to see thumbnails of images instead of file names in Windows.

At Home Computer Beginners Guides To Email.

Love it or loathe it, email is everywhere. It’s a constant intrusion into our daily lives. And since this is a computer course for beginners, we simply have to include email.

We start by looking at the very basics of email. How to enter the address and subject lines. carbon copies and blind carbon copies, replying & forwarding.

Then it’s printing and attachments in emails. How to print an email. How to open, add, view, print an attachment.

1

Email Basics

Introduction to using email.
2

Printing Emails

How to print emails in Gmail, Yahoo mail and Outlook.com
3

Email Attachments

Email attachments. How to print, add, open & save attachments.

Email Clients

An email client is a program that’s installed on to your computer. Once it’s been setup, it will fetch all your emails for you. You simply start the program up and it does the rest. Email clients have all the functionality of webmail and maybe more.

Windows comes with an email client ready built in called the Windows mail app. Currently it is being replaced by the Outlook app, but that’s another story.

1

Setting Up

How to setup the Windows Mail app.
2

Use It

How to use the Windows Mail app.

Back To Webmail.

If you have several email accounts, you can have them all deliver messages to one inbox. It saves you having to log in and out of each one individually.

When you want to attach several files to an email, you could just drop them into a folder and attach that.

Temporary (or burner) email addresses can help protect your privacy and finally beware of phishing emails. Scams are on the rise. Email scams in particular.

1

Forwarding Email

How to setup email forwarding in Gmail, Outlook and Yahoo
2

Attach Folders

How to attach a folder to an email.
3

Burners

How to use burner email addresses.
4

Phishing

How do phishing emails work?

At Home Computer Course Guides To The Internet.

The Internet is probably the main reason most of us even have a home computer. Just about everything has moved online plus more besides.

As a beginners course we have to start this chapter by looking at web browsers. A browser is the program that you’ll use to “Get on the ‘net”. And there are lots of them. The two most popular are Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.

1

Microsoft Edge

How to setup Microsoft Edge. set the Start page, Home page, save Favourites.
2

Favourites

How to manage Favourites in Microsoft Edge.
3

Google Chrome

How to setup Google Chrome. Set Home page, Start page & Bookmarks
4

Bookmarks

How to organise bookmarks in Google Chrome.

The Internet.

Now that you’ve got your browser setup, it’s time to look at some of the basic things you can do on the Internet.

Downloading is something that everyone will have to do at some point. The there’s the matter of privacy. Private browsing and clearing your search history can help.

A reverse image search is where you upload a picture to a search engine to see if it can identify the image. And next, just how do you send files between computers over the ‘net?

5

Download It

How to download from the Internet using Chrome and Edge.
6

Who’s Looking?

Computer screen with Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge logos. Text reads "How to use private browsing in Chrome and Edge".
7

Delete It

Chrome and Edge logos. Text reads "How to delete your web search history".
8

What Is It?

How to do a reverse image search.
9

Send It

How to send files over the Internet.

Computer Security Guides.

Should you pay for antivirus or go with the free options? Windows has its own antivirus, why not use it.

1

AntiVirus

2

Use It

2

Update It

Backing Up Your PC

By far the best defence against any sort of virus/malware/ransomware attack is a decent, up to date backup.

1

Backups

2

File Backups

2

Save It

1

Windows Backup

2

Recovery

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