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Computer Basics for the Simple Beginner

A guide for new computer users or those who want to know more to get started with the basics!
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Created by Patrick Frank
Last updated 8/2016
English
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Description

Do you or someone you know understand little to nothing about how to use a computer? Ever wonder what computer terms like virus, mouse, keyboard and antivirus mean? What about all of this downloading and the internet? If you are not sure about those terms or think you may want to know more, this is for you!

You hear people talking about all of these weird terms like the Windows Desktop, the start menu and the dreaded virus! You will learn what all of that means in simple, easy to understand terms and actual demonstrations.

We will learn the basics of using a computer bit by bit. Each section will be a different computer topic and there will be several lessons in each section. We will learn about using your computer, computer parts such as the mouse, monitor, keyboard, USB and Ethernet as well as topics such as computer security, the internet, problems and troubleshooting as well as a few more advanced topics!

Who is the target audience?
  • Computer Beginners
  • Want to learn more about using your computer
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What Will I Learn?
Know what Windows is
How to operate Windows
Common Terms
The Correct Names of Computer Components
Basic Understanding of the Internet
Basic Computer Security
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Requirements
  • A Windows PC Computer (Not a MAC)
Curriculum For This Course
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About this Course
3 Lectures 08:49
Questions for you to answer in this section.
Preview 1 page

What should you expect from this course? What not?

Preview 04:58

Understand what I expect from you while participating in this course. Understand how to prepare yourself to learn in this course!

Preview 03:51
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The Beginning - Let's get started!
10 Lectures 35:58
The Beginning Questions
1 page

An overview of what you will be learning in Section 2 - The Beginning!

About: The Beginning
00:59

Why you should not fear your computer!

The Evil Computer
01:50

What is the difference among the three and what would best work for you?

Desktop, Laptop or Tablet?
02:54

Learn the compnents, ports and buttons on the front of your computer!

Parts of the Computer - Part 1 - The Front
07:26

Understand what all those crazy ports and antenna are on the back of the computer and what you can plug into them!

Parts of the Computer - Part 2 - The Back
11:07

Where to (and not to) place your computer!

Computer Placement
04:20

Sooooo many wires, what do I do?

Wires, wires, WIRES!
02:06

Learn about your computer mouse, what it looks like, the different types of mice and its main functions.

The Mouse
02:57

Learn about the computer keyboard, what it looks like, the different types and functions.

The Keyboard
02:19
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Operating Your Computer - What is Windows
5 Lectures 13:05
What is Windows Questions
1 page

An Overview of the things you will learn about Windows in this sections!

About: What is Windows?
00:34

You have heard the name many times, but what is Windows?

What is Windows?
01:54

The different versions of Windows.

Preview 09:13

UPDATE: Different Windows Versions: Windows 10

A brief overview of Microsoft's newest Operating System.. Windows 10.

Preview 01:24
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Moving Forward - Exploring Windows
20 Lectures 01:06:58
Exploring Windows Questions
1 page

An Overview of the Exploring Windows section

About: Exploring Windows
01:04

The CORRECT methods for turning your computer power on and off

Power On, Power Off
02:48

A demonstration of the power features!
Power Demo
01:11

What is the restart feature / button and how to use it!
Restart Button
02:42

A demonstration of the Restart feature / button.
Restart Demo
01:05

The Windows Desktop and the basic features

The Windows Desktop
03:46

Changes to the Windows 8 / 8.1 Desktop

Changes in Windows 8
04:12

A demonstration covering the desktop and changes in Windows 8
Windows 8.1 Desktop Demo
02:46

A brief description of some changes / features of the Windows 10 desktop

Basics of the Windows 10 Desktop
04:22

That bar on the bottom of the screen that contains the start button, the clock and your running tasks. It is more than just a bar to look at!

The Taskbar
02:52

A demonstration showing the taskbar and it's features!
Taskbar Demo
01:35

These have important power saving functions

Screen Savers, Sleeping and Hibernation
02:38

A brief overview of the word "windows" and its many meanings!

Working with "Windows"
04:49

A demonstration on how windows work
Working with Windows Demo
07:03

The hierarchy of the Windows system is made of folders with files or more folders in them.. learn how it works and how to navigate your way around them!

Folders and Files
06:21

A demonstration of files and folders
Files and Folders Demo
05:16

What is the recycle bin and how to use it!

Delete and the Recycle Bin
03:57

Basic applications that come with windows

Common Windows Applications
02:42

A demonstration of the common Windows applications
Windows Applications Demo
05:49
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The Control Panel
15 Lectures 55:48
The Control Panel Questions
1 page

What is it and what will we learn in Section 5: Control Panel?
The Control Panel
02:02

A brief demonstration of the control panel!
Control Panel Demo
00:52

Learn how to verify or cancel changes you have made!
Making Changes - Apply OK Cancel
02:11

How to adjust your display and settings from the control panel

Adjusting Your display
04:12

This video will go over your date and time settings from the control panel

Date and Time
03:45

How to make changes to your keyboard settings: Changing the repeat delay and repeat speed.

Keyboard Settings
05:23

Making changes to your mouse settings, click speed, reversing buttons and more!

Mouse Settings
06:53

How to remove unneeded or unwanted programs from your computer

Programs and Features
02:33

What the regional settings are and how to use the settings from the control panel.
Regional Settings
05:26

If a technician asks what your system information is, how will you find it? In the system section of the control panel!
System Information
03:05

Taskbar settings from the control panel
Taskbar Settings
08:03

How to adjust, add and remove computer user accounts from the control panel
User Accounts
02:04

What are windows updates and how to adjust the settings from the control panel
Windows Updates
05:07

Additional settings you can find from the control panel
Other Settings
04:12
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Start Doing Something - Computer Software
5 Lectures 09:12
Computer Software Questions
1 page

What we will learn in this short section!
About: Computer Software
00:31

What is software and what are the different types of software?
What is Software?
03:41

How to get and install software
How to Install Software
02:11

A demonstration on extracting compressed files
Zip Extraction Demo
02:49
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Connect to the World - The Internet
11 Lectures 42:24
The Internet Questions
1 page

What we will learn about the internet and internet functions!
About: The Internet
00:34

What is the internet?
What is the Internet
04:26

What are web browsers and how to use them!
Browsers and Websites
06:19

Links
02:15

How to find something on the internet!
Searching the Internet
03:05

What is email and the basics on using it!
Email
11:09

A Quick demonstration using my yahoo account
Email Demonstration
03:23

What is chat and why do people use it?
Chat
02:11

The common problem of people believing internet hoaxes are real and how to avoid being one of those people!
Internet Hoaxes
05:12

What is downloading and why is it useful?
Downloading
03:50
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Staying Safe - Computer Security
10 Lectures 44:46
Computer Security Questions
1 page

What we will be learning about computer security!
About: Computer Security
02:08

Who cares and why is it so important?
Why is Security Important?
05:21

Adding User accounts and setting their access permissions!
Adding Accounts
03:57

Why are passwords so important regardless of what you do on your computer? How do you make a secure password?

Passwords
07:34

There are some dangerous places on the internet! How to identify potentially harmful websites, emails and scams!!
Internet dangers and Identifying them!
10:41

The dreaded virus! What is it and what are other types of bad things?
Viruses, Malware and Spam
06:48

How to help protect yourself with an antivirus!
The Antivirus
04:17

Keep your information safe when you walk away from your computer for a short duration!
Lock your computer when away!
01:38

What is windows defender and how to use it!
Using Windows Defender and Windows Firewall
02:22
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What Happened - Problems, Troubleshooting and Maintenance
7 Lectures 20:29
Problems, Troubleshooting & Maintenance Questions
1 page

What we will learn about computer problems, how to troubleshoot them and maintaining your computer!
About: Problems, Troubleshooting and Maintenance
00:43

What to do when you receive an error messge!

Error Messages!
03:01

Basic maintenance tips for your computer!
Basic Maintenance
07:00

Some common computer problems and what to do about them!
Basic Computer Problems
03:49

What is the Action Center and what does it do?
The Action Center
02:27

Uh Oh! You have a virus? What to and not to do!
Infected!
03:29
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Want More - More Advanced Topics
5 Lectures 18:11
What we will learn in this section!
About: More Advanced Topics
00:42

What are Bytes? Kilobytes, Megabytes, Gigabytes and Terabytes??
Bytes
07:25

The inside parts of the computer!
Internal Computer Components
04:10

What are device drivers and why are they needed?
Device Drivers
03:08

How to add a USB printer to your computer
Adding A USB Printer
02:46
1 More Section
About the Instructor
4.3 Average rating
31 Reviews
188 Students
2 Courses
Technology Professional & Weather Enthusiast

Patrick is an I.T. professional that has been in the field for over 15 years. Growing up during the dawn of the computer age, he quickly took hold of all things technology. Patrick is a Comptia A+ and Network + certified professional that focuses on computer hardware, networking, computer security as well as helping others break the fear of technology.

Patrick attended technical school and college in Florida while also maintaining his own personal computer maintenance and repair shop. Eventually obtaining technical positions working with cities and corporate environments.

Aside from technology, Patrick also studies weather and frequently observes weather anomalies, especially during the spring storm season. He is also a trained weather spotter.

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