Janet Elizabeth's computer help
Helpful tips for using computers
Are you an absolute beginner with computers?
Training your Mouse ( or Touch Pad)
As with most skills, the best way to learn is to play a game. With a game, you should find that as you start to concentrate on the game itself you stop worrying about your hand movements. There is a wide range of mouse-training games online at Palm Beach County Library's Mousing Around Games web page. Choose a game there by tapping (sometimes called clicking) on its picture or the corresponding blue clickie. Read the instructions carefully before you begin a game. If you don't like it, return to the games page and choose a different game (as it's american, checkers means draughts).
Finding your Keys
There is an excellent introduction to computer keyboards within the Digital Unite web site:
Or you can Learn to touch type, using BBC Schools' Dance Mat Typing Level 1.
It is well worth practising with mouse and keyboard for a while; you cannot do any harm and it will give you confidence.
Using the web
The Internet is a network (think of it as a road network) with different things travelling along it to and from your computer. As well as email and tele-conferencing, there are web pages. Individual web pages are displayed by your browser, like Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari or Firefox. If you know the exact address of a web site, like BBC.co.uk, you can go straight there by typing that in, or you can search for suitable web pages using Google, Bing, or Duckduckgo. The best guide to doing this safely is on the Digital Unite web site, specifically the page Searching the Internet.
)In case you are interested, Digital Unite's web site address is https://www.digitalunite.com/ and that parrticular page's web address is https://www.digitalunite.com/technology-guides/using-internet/searching-browsing/how-search-internet)
Make your computer easier to use
Accessibility is not just for older people or disabled people - everyone can benefit from having a screen that is easier to read from and a computer that is easier to handle.
The best place to learn how to train your computer, whether Windows or Mac, is to use AbilityNet's excellent advice at My computer my way.
You can try my own JE page as well, Janet Elizabeth's page about making your computer easier to use: Training your computer.
Web sites particularly useful for beginners
Digital Unite - Technology Guides
Digital Unite provide a wide range of basic technology guides which you can print. Topics include smartphones and tablets (the basics),
Skype for keeping in touch,
shopping online, and various UK government services.
The Common Craft Show
This offers a series of short, explanatory videos in easy-to-follow plain english by Lee and Sachi LeFever, including
To see the full list, visit CommonCraft.com and tap on "Browse Videos". Then choose the one you want. To start a video, tap on the button that looks like a "Play" button on a normal video or DVD player.
Learn My Way
Take lessons in how to use the Internet with free courses at Learn My Way. There are courses on using a computer, browsing the web, sending an email and finding work online.
Janet Elizabeth's U3A documents for beginners
You might also like to try the pages of useful documents and videos I prepared for my Beginners' Computing U3A group. The latest set was for Windows 10 in 2016-17.
Age UK - Work and Learning - Technology and Internet
Getting online in later life opens up a world of cost savings, says Age UK, and for many the internet can provide an invaluable way to stay in touch with friends and family around the world.
Age UK's Work and Learning section has helpful web pages about technology and the Internet. Their Making the most of the internet contains instructions for using email, joining facebook or twitter, sharing your photographs on flickr, or using skype to talk to friends and family over the internet - whether they're down the road on the other side of the world.
Specifically Windows 10
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