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    • Meridian Career Institute presents
    • Basic Computer Skills Seminar
    • Objectives:
      • Learn basic parts of a computer
      • Practice Mouse skills
      • Learn about and practice “Internet surfing”
      • Learn about different Microsoft products
    • Basic parts of a computer Monitors Central Processing Unit (CPU) Mouse All of these parts are known as hardware.
    • Basic parts of a computer, continued. Keyboard Hard Drive (storage device) Power Cord
    • Operating System An operating system is a program that actually “runs” the computer; it manages the drives, takes input from the keyboard and mouse, keeps track of where data is stored, and makes sure all applications work together. It OPERATES THE SYSTEM!
      • At Meridian, we use
      • Windows XP.
    • What is software? Software is a set of instructions that makes a computer perform a certain task. You can’t see it or feel it – it’s a computer program!
    • Input Devices The mouse is one way to control the cursor. The keyboard is another. Can you see why this is called a “qwerty” keyboard?
    • Here are a couple of ways to hold the mouse.
    • Now it’s time to Learn Mouse Skills
    • Keep your finger on the left button, but don’t press down on it. Move the mouse around on the desk. To move the cursor:
    • To click on something, move the mouse until it is over the area you wish to select. Click ONCE. Clicking or Selecting
    • To open, move the mouse until it is over the area you wish to open. Click TWICE. Opening Documents
    • How to Drag using the mouse
      • Put the cursor over the object you wish to move. Hold the left button down, then move the mouse where you want to move it.
      • Release the button. The object should be moved to the new location.
    • Right-clicking the mouse will give you a menu. The menu will differ depending on the program you are using. This is the menu that appears in Microsoft Word.
    • This is the menu that appears in PowerPoint.
    • Play Solitaire to improve your mouse skills. 2. Click on All Programs 1. Click on Start
    • 1. Click on Games 2. Click on Solitaire
    • Click on the square to enlarge
    • Play the game by moving the cards to their proper places.
    • Take a few minutes to practice your Mouse skills
    • When you are finished, click on the red x to close the window.
    • What is the Internet?
    • To understand what the Internet is, you need to know what a computer network is. A computer network consists of at least 2 computers that can “talk” to each other.
    • The Internet is a global network consisting of MILLIONS of business, government, academic, and private networks.
      • The Internet does NOT exist in one place, and belongs to NO single nation, business, or entity.
      • What is the World Wide Web?
      • The World Wide Web is part of the Internet that allows users to access Websites. It also includes email, IM, and chat rooms.
    • It’s time to surf the Web!
    • 2. Double click on the “E” 1. Go to the Desktop.
    • Another way to get on the Internet is to click on start and look for the Internet browser.
    • In the LRC, Internet Explorer should open to the LRC’s homepage.
    • How can I find Websites? This is the URL or address bar. If you know where you want to go, you can type the Website’s address here.
    • If you need to search for a Website, try a search engine, like Google.
    • Let’s search for a museum using the Google search engine.
    • Type the word museum in the search box.
    • There are far too many results. Besides, you want to go to a nearby museum. Type Tampa in the search box.
    • Several different museums appear, but you want a science museum. Type science in the search box and click search.
    • There are still many results, but almost all of them are referring to the Museum of Science and Industry in Tampa.
    • Yahoo.com is another commonly used search engine.
    • Ask.com is a popular search engine.
    • msn.com is favored by many.
    • Take a few minutes now to surf the Internet!
    • Microsoft Products Let’s take a look at some Microsoft products and what you can do with them.
    • Use Microsoft Word to create documents, such as a letter, resume, or an essay.
    • Microsoft Excel is an electronic spreadsheet (for accounting purposes) that can also create charts.
    • Use Microsoft Publisher to create newsletters, signs, calendars, cards, etc.
    • Use Microsoft PowerPoint to create presentations, such as this one!
      • To learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint, please sign up for the LRC’s seminars!
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