3 basic computer skills you should have

Know how to fully utilize search engines

Using a search engine eg Google or Bing  is not just about typing in the address, putting a couple of words into the big text box, clicking search, and choosing the first result. While that may work, it won’t give you the best results much of the time.Here are a few tips to achieve better results:

  • Use more than one search engine.
  • Use quotation marks around the terms when searching for a specific phrase.
  • If you’re having trouble thinking of new search terms, you can use search suggestions instead. These will usually appear as you’re typing, and they’re a great way to find new keywords you might not have tried otherwise.
  • Use [item] vs [item] to make comparisons between 2 items eg mango vs peach


Know common keyboard shortcuts

By knowing common keyboard shortcuts you can increase your productivity and cut back on the strain caused by repetitive motions. Most shortcuts serve to eliminate additional gestures that might involve your mouse or extra steps.Listed below are a few useful keys.

  • [Windows key] + L – Lock your screen
  • CTRL + A [Select all items in a document or window]
  • CTRL + A [Select all items in a document or window]
  • CTRL + C or CTRL + INSERT [Copy the selected item]
  • CTRL + D / DELETE [Delete the selected item and move it to the Recycle Bin]
  • CTRL + R or F5 [Refresh the active window]
  • CTRL + V or SHIFT + INSERT [Paste the selected item]
  • CTRL + X [Cut the selected item]
  • CTRL + Y [Redo an action]
  • CTRL + Z [Undo an action]
  • CTRL + S [Save your work]
  • ESC [Stop or leave the current task]


Know your device

Operating System and System type / version (eg Windows 7, 64 bit or Mac OS X, 10.6.4)
An operating system is the software that runs your computer and all the programs you run on it. It’s also known as the OS.A computer comes with an OS, whether it’s a Windows OS (on a PC), a Mac OS (on an Apple computer) or  Linux OS.

Processor type and speed (eg. Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.4 GHz)
The CPU/Processor is the Central Processing Unit of your computer. It is the central brain of the machine, the hardware that does the computing called for by the software. CPUs come in different speeds and with different “coresâ€� – both of which determine how fast your computer computes . It is measured in hertz (abbreviation: Hz).  For example, programs will respond faster on a computer with a 2 GHz processor than on one with a 1.66 GHz processor.

RAM amount (eg 8.00 GB)
RAM stands for Random Access Memory. It’s like short term memory–the part of your brain that only has to remember a phone number until you’ve dialed it.It is the temporary storage space that a computer loads software applications and user data into when it is running. More RAM allows your computer to run more programs at the same time. Newer computers usually have a minimum of 4 GB of RAM.

Hard drive  (eg. 120 GB) 
The hard drive is where all your data gets stored, including programs and files. Every time you save something, it gets stored on your hard drive.  The storage capacity of hard drives is measured in bytes. The bigger your hard drive, the more files you can store. 

Graphics card
The graphics card, a.k.a GPU, processes videos and 3D content – and in fact everything you see on the screen. More powerful graphics cards will play smoother video and run more sophisticated games and other 3D applications. Although it’s called a card, sometimes its not really a separate card but is included on the motherboard of the computer.

The motherboard is a big board where everything is plugged in (CPU, RAM, Hard Drive, etc.) .This connects all the components and provides some ways to interface with the CPU (eg, with USB ports). 

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