Basic Computer Skills

We now offer tailor–made courses in basic computer skills. Whether you are a complete beginner who has never even touched a computer before, or an experienced user who is simply unsure about certain aspects of using a computer, we can teach you what you need to know.

Because individual levels of knowledge vary greatly, the range of topics dealt with will vary too. Here are some of the topics we can cover, depending on your requirements:

Using the Machine
Turning the computer on and off
Using the mouse
Using the keyboard
Copying and pasting
Opening and closing a program
Installing software
Using a printer
Document Organisation
Naming and saving a file
File extensions
Moving a file
Creating a folder
Creating a back–up
Varieties of back–up media
Avoiding infections from email
Avoiding infections from websites
Avoiding infections from installing software
Deleting cookies
Using anti–virus software
The Web
Varieties of browser software
Using browser software:
  • Typing a web address
  • Bookmarking favourite pages
  • Finding words on a web page
  • History of visited web pages
  • Using multiple tabs
  • Changing the text size
  • Adding features to the browser
URLs and file types
Using a search engine
Printing a page
Using a credit card online safely
Different types of email software
User names and passwords
Creating an account
Reply and reply–all
Backing up emails
Spam emails — how to spot them and what to do with them

We can also include basic skills as part of our Excel, Word and Powerpoint courses.

Further Information

Training Schedule

Daily courses at our premises start at 10am and finish at 4pm, with an hour for lunch, and a break in mid–morning and mid–afternoon.

Refreshments are included in the price of the courses, but students should provide their own lunch.


All equipment required for training will be supplied, although you may of course use your own laptop if you prefer.


Handouts and examples of exercises given during the training will be available for you to take away on a CDR for future use.