Computer basics - Getting Started with using a Computer

Ronewa Sivhaga

Ronewa Sivhaga

E-learning Manager - TechWays

Computer basics -

Getting started with using a computer

What is a computer?

 Here is a step-by-step guide on using a computer for a complete beginner:

1. Turning on the computer

Find the power button on the computer case or on the keyboard and press it.
Wait for the computer to boot up and load the operating system.

2. Navigating the desktop

Once the computer has been turned on, you will see the desktop, which is the main screen of your computer.

You can access files, programs (e.g. Google Chrome ), and settings from the desktop.
To open a program, double-click on its icon.

3. Using the mouse

The mouse is a device used to move the cursor on the screen and select items.
To move the cursor , simply move the mouse. 
To select an item, position the cursor over it and click the left mouse button.


4. Using the keyboard

The keyboard is used to type text and enter commands.
You can open programs, create documents, and perform many other tasks using the keyboard.
To type a letter or number, simply press the corresponding key.

5. Browsing the internet

To browse the internet, open a web browser such as Google Chrome  or Mozilla Firefox.
Type in the address of the website (e.g. you want to visit in the address bar and press Enter button on the keyboard.
Use the mouse to click on links and navigate the website.

6. Shutting down the computer

To shut down the computer, click on the Start button , then click on the power button and select Shut Down.

Congratulations, you have just learned the basics of using a computer! Remember, practice makes perfect, so don’t be afraid to experiment with different programs and settings to discover what your computer is capable of.

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