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Basic Steps to Learning How to Use a Computer

Using the computer is an easy task and almost everybody exposed to it can use it with ease, right? No, that is not the case.

There are very many ways in which you can use the computer, and it may range from the physical handling of the computer to the technical and professional use of the computer.

The computer has numerous functions with many twists and turns, and no single person can know how to operate all services of the computer comprehensively.

The reason for this argument is that there is much software made to run in the computer for different functions, they may range from marketing, coding, games, among other functions run through the computer.

The use of a computer can be classified into different sections from how a beginner can use the Windows program, how to handle the computer physically, and the way to take care of the internal running of a computer, to how a long-time user can optimize the functions of the computer.

This article is aimed at providing some in-depth information on some of the different aspects of how one can use a computer.

Basic Information

To understand how to use a computer as a beginner, there are some basic information that you need to understand.

Different kind of computers

In this era of technology, many devices are easily classified as a computer because many of their functions derived from a computer.

Even Smartphones are considered as a computer in different circles because of their nature of tasks. In this article, the devices in perspective are a desktop computer, hybrid computer, laptop, and netbook.

Computer Setup

In case you have recently bought or received a computer before using it, you must set it up and connect it appropriately.

To have the knowledge and ability to do this, you need to know the different parts of the computer and its accessories.

Keyboard and mouse

All computers have a keyboard except a tablet and a Smartphone. Alternatively, a touchpad is used in place of a mouse/keyboard as an input device.

If you are new to the computer world, you need to know that a mouse is an accessory of the computer and it has to be connected.

A mouse may be connected to the computer via USB cable or wirelessly. To connect the mouse using the cable, insert the USB cable in the USB port in the computer.

For wireless connection, you have to insert the wireless receiver to the USB port on the PC.

Most PC will automatically download the drive allowing you to automatically use the device.

A touchpad is mostly integrated in the laptops and is connected internally by the maker of the device.

Operating system

The operating system is in basic terms the program that runs the computer. The computer is functionless without a processor, and software that runs in a computer is hosted by the operating system.

The most common operating systems are Mac, Windows, and Ubuntu. Most computers are sold with software while others are sold without them.

If you purchase a computer without an OS, it is up to you to buy and install one.

You can buy one from a store sold as either compact disks or as a soft copy. Whichever one you buy, you will have to install it on your computer

To find the best software for you, you can seek knowledge from other users, but if you do not have someone to refer to, the latest version of windows is always the most preferred choice.

An operating system allows for the communication between the software and hardware within the computer.

Creating a user account

Each computer nowadays allows the creation of many user accounts. The user accounts allow for a different user to access their personalized information with ease and at the same time securing their data.

On the initial setup, you may create your computer user account as the Administrator then later you can add an account for the other people who may use your computer.

Installing, Running, and Uninstalling of Software

Every computer runs and carries out all its functions courtesy of a program. A computer may come with some preinstalled software such as games, applications and other software.

Your browser, for instance, is part of the software on the computer. To install the software you need, you need to run it. If you are no longer interested in a program, you can delete it by uninstalling it.

Saving and opening files

Saving and opening files is one of the everyday tasks performed on a computer. To create a file, you need to go to the place you wish to create the file, for instance, the desktop.

Right click, and hover over the new tab on the menu located toward the end. you will find a list of options to choose from.

You can then click on the type of file you want to create. That will automatically create that type of file, and you can rename it to whatever you like.  

From then on, you can save that file in a folder by using the copy and paste option.

Changing text within a file

The files created are either music, videos or documents. Documents are created using computer programs such as word and excel document.

The information on how to use these programs are quite technical, and you might have to go through some basic computer training. However, most operations are quite self-explanatory, and you can carry them out on your own.

Highlighting, Copying and moving of files

When you create a file and save them in a certain folder; you can change its location. The functions of copy, cutting, and pasting enables this task. To copy a file, press Ctrl+C, and to paste to your desired location press Ctrl+V.

Changing Settings

There are numerous settings in the computer that can work for you depending on how you want your computer to operate.

The settings are changed through the Control Panel. Which can be access by searching for it in the windows search bar. 

Ones in the Control Panel, you can change the computer setting to your preference whether it is the appearance and personalization, Network and Internet, Programs, Hardware and sound, and the rest of the options.

For the settings of the individual programs in the computer, you have to change those as per the settings within the software because the programs operate differently with the software.

Connecting Peripherals

Peripheral hardware is any input or output device connected to the computer to enhance its operation and functionality.

Examples of peripherals are a webcam, joystick, printer, and game-pad among other external devices.

These devices have to first be installed before being used. At first, you have to connect the devices physically through cable or a wireless receiver. The computer will normally download the drive, or you might have to download the drive yourself.

Nowadays, most computer peripherals are connected to the computer either wirelessly or through Bluetooth.

Connecting to the Internet

Today, the internet is the most used feature of the computer, and it is becoming a necessity for everyone.

With the connection of the web moving everywhere including the far-flung regions of the world, the internet is fast becoming an essential commodity for most households. To connect to the internet, you can either use Ethernet cable or WiFi.

Using the Internet

The use of the internet is enabled by browsers which help users to navigate through the vast web.

Therefore, you have to install the browser program of your choice, and then start to search for information by typing on the search box and clicking search.

Computer Safety

The safety of your computer is paramount as the computer is a significant investment for you.

Therefore, you have to take all the necessary measures to prevent any damages, malfunctions or misplacing.

The computer may face risks both physically and internally, and there are measures you can take to avoid both occurrences.

Physical safety

The computer may face the risk of being stolen, damage or overheat. All these risks should be handled in equal measure because they are all bad for your computer.

These are some of the necessary steps you can take to prevent these occurrences.

Purchase a good laptop bag with sturdy straps and protective cushion. When carrying the bag, you should protect it at all times and carry it with care.

You should not leave the laptop everywhere especially in places you are not familiar with. Even at the office, you need to lock it safely to avoid any cases of theft.

Avoid throwing the computer or placing it at the edges as it risks falling.

Clean your computer regularly to avoid accumulation of dust and dirt on the screen. This involves wiping the screen with a soft cloth and blowing your computer at different instances to prevent the dust from blocking the ventilation channels.

Prevent any falling objects from falling at or near the computer as it may crack the screen or broke the keyboard.

Keep any liquid away from the computer. That cup of coffee or bottle of water may slip and pour its contents on the screen. It may cause an electrical malfunction that will cost a fortune to repair.

Keep the computer away from the reach of children because they may tamper with it and it may get damaged.

Internal safety

The internal security needs protection from malware and other things that could damage your file or Operating system. Therefore, there are a few pointers you should follow that could prevent your computer from crashing or slowing down.

Install a robust antivirus program-The program will prevent your computer from cyber and malware attack, an effect that could cause devastating damage.

Close every application that is not in use-Your processor needs to be spared from carrying out unnecessary functions, and therefore, it is recommended that you close every program you are no longer using.

Free up your hard disk space-The functions of the computer depend on the computer space especially when some programs are running. The disk space allows faster speeds and lesser processor functions. If you have significant relevant data to retain, it is essential to invest in larger disk space or an SSD.

Always switch off your computer when it is not in use-The computer just like animals needs to rest, and continuous use encourages wear and tear. When the computer is in constant use, it risks getting worn out fast.

Prevent unauthorized computer access-You need to create a password for your computer to prevent any unwarranted guests from accessing the computer. When unwanted people access your computer, a lot of your information risks being exposed or used to your disadvantage.

Final Thoughts

The information provided in the article is essential for every user as it entails most of the basic information needed in using a computer. Even as a pro, you may find some information you have not heard of before, and you may want to use it for abetter computer experience.

About the author

Lamin

Lamin

Geek Life Activated is my little corner on the web. I'm very passionate about tech, and i aim to use this blog to express that. I currently work as a System Administrator, and i love every second of it. I'm still new at it, so i'm learning something new everyday. I'm pretty open to learning new things, so please feel free to correct me if i'm wrong about anything, and you can contact me anytime you want. I'm a very easy person to talk to. :)

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