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Basic Computer Skills

  1. 1. Basic ComputerSkills<br />Austin Public Library<br />Little Walnut Creek Branch Library<br />Computer Learning Center<br />Schedule of Free Computer Classes<br />835 W Rundberg Lane<br />Phone: 512 974-9860<br />www.cityofaustin.org/library<br />Raquel Merlo<br />
  2. 2. Basic ComputerSkills<br /><ul><li>Agenda- ComputerComponent - Hardware and Software- Typesof Computers- My Computer- Bit/Byte– Definition- Microsoft Office – Overview- TheWeb- ISP – Internet ServiceProvider- Browser- Webpages- SettingUp an E-Mail account- Usefullinks </li></li></ul><li>Hardware X SoftwareComputerComponent<br />
  3. 3. 2/15/2010<br />4<br />Monitor and Keyboard<br />This device allows visual interaction with the system, and user can see how the command are being processed. <br />This is where the user enters text commands into the computer.<br />
  4. 4. Cabinet<br /><ul><li>On/off switch for power
  5. 5. Device where: hard drive, CD-ROM, diskette drive
  6. 6. Contains connection ports
  7. 7. For the monitorcable
  8. 8. For the mouse and keyboard
  9. 9. For the internet cable
  10. 10. For the printer cable </li></ul>2/15/2010<br />5<br />
  11. 11. That is the place where information (files) and software programs are stored.<br />One of the most important parts of the computer.<br />2/15/2010<br />6<br />TheHard Disk<br />
  12. 12. 2/15/2010<br />7<br />Mouse<br />A point and click interface for entering commands.<br />
  13. 13. Hard Disk Drives<br />Local Disk “C”<br />Devices with Removable Storage<br />3 ½ Floppy “A”<br />CD Drive “E”<br />Network Devices<br />2/15/2010<br />8<br />My Computer<br />C:<br />D:<br />
  14. 14. 2/15/2010<br />9<br />Types of Computers<br />Portable and Desktop<br /><ul><li>Laptop
  15. 15. handheld
  16. 16. PC</li></li></ul><li>2/15/2010<br />10<br />Bit<br />0<br />1<br />On<br />Off<br />A bit is the smallest piece of data that a computer can manipulate.<br />
  17. 17. A byte is a grouping of 8 bits. <br />The storage capacity of the computer is specified in bytes. <br />One Kilobyte (1 K) equals 1024 bytes.<br />One Megabyte (1 Mb) is the same as a thousand "K" bytes, or athousand x 1024bytes.<br />One Gigabyte is the same as a thousand Megabytes.<br />2/15/2010<br />11<br />Byte<br />
  18. 18. Folders<br />File Names<br />View options<br />2/15/2010<br />12<br />My Documents<br />C:Documents and SettingssmithjeMy Documents<br />
  19. 19. Word<br />Text Processor<br />Excel<br />Spreadsheet<br />Outlook <br />E-mail, calender, contacts and personal information <br />2/15/2010<br />13<br />Microsoft Office<br />
  20. 20. 2/15/2010<br />14<br />The Web<br />
  21. 21. Security – Does the ISP use encryption?<br />Privacy – Read the ISP’s published privacy policy.<br />Services – Does the ISP provide the services you want with adequate support?<br />Cost<br />Reliability<br />2/15/2010<br />15<br />ISP – Internet Service Provider<br />
  22. 22. User Support <br />Are there published methods for contacting customer support?<br />Prompt friendly service?<br />Hours of availability<br />Do consultants have the appropriate knowledge base?<br />Speed<br />Recommendations<br />2/15/2010<br />16<br />Others aspects to be considered:<br />
  23. 23. ISP (Internet Service Provider)<br />Some examples:<br />AT&T DSL Service<br />Sprint<br />Verizon DSL<br />Comcast<br />Earthlink<br />Time Warner Road Runner<br />2/15/2010<br />17<br />
  24. 24. To access the internet you need a browser<br />Internet Explorer and Firefox are two popular browsers<br />2/15/2010<br />18<br />Browser<br />
  25. 25. Each web page has a unique address, called a URL, that identifies its location on the server<br />URL: Uniform Resource Locator<br />For example: www.google.com<br />Access web pages using your browser<br />2/15/2010<br />19<br />Web Pages<br />
  26. 26. 2/15/2010<br />20<br />Electronic Mail (e-mail)<br />
  27. 27. Two parts: name@domain.com<br />User name <br />Addressee’s mailbox <br />@ - separates user name from domain name<br />Domain or host name <br />Mail server, the destination computer that holds the electronic mail <br />Usually it’s the name of a company or an organization (yahoo.com) <br />2/15/2010<br />21<br />Electronic Mail Addresses<br />
  28. 28. Shutdown Menu<br />Shutdown<br />Restart<br />Standby<br />Powering Off/On Computer<br />2/15/2010<br />22<br />Power On/Shutdown<br />
  29. 29. Learn the Net.com<br />www.learnthenet.com<br />Desktop Computer Buying Tips www.computerhope.com/btips/desktop.htm<br />PC/Hardware Reviews compreviews.about.com<br />2/15/2010<br />23<br />Useful links<br />
  30. 30. Learn the Net (www.learnthenet.com) Copyright 1996-2008.Michael Lerner Productions.<br />2/15/2010<br />24<br />Bibliography<br />
  31. 31. 2/15/2010<br />25<br />

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