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The Kiwi guide to using your computer. Learn how to get the best from your computer. Computers shouldn't make people feel like idiots. Here you will find useful guides and articles as well as programs designed to help you use your computer better. The best programs for your computer. How to protect yourself online. How to protect your computer from threats.
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KiwiPlanet New Zealand Using your computer.
You interact with a computer mainly by using the keyboard and mouse, or a trackpad on laptops. Learning to use these devices is essential to learning to use a computer. Most people find it comfortable to place the keyboard on the desk directly in front of them and the mouse to one side of the keyboard.
The mouse controls the pointer on the screen. Whenever you move the mouse across the desk, the pointer will move in a similar manner. A mouse usually has two buttons, which are referred to as the left button and the right button. You interact with the computer by moving the mouse pointer over something on the computer screen, then clicking one of the buttons.
Be patient with yourself – everyone finds it difficult and frustrating to learn how to use computers
Ask for help at any time, but especially if you:
- can’t see the screen clearly
- can’t use the mouse
- haven’t used a keyboard before.
Computers are there to enhance your life. Think: what would I like to do better, do easier or do more of in my life? Then ask someone for advice on how a computer can help you achieve that goal.
Try to be selective about who you listen to. Those who are negative about computers may be scared themselves or maybe the digital world is just not for them. Don’t let your enthusiasm be dampened by them.
Go at your own pace – don’t compare yourself with anyone else. Everyone comes to computers with a different background and experience, and everyone learns to use them at a different pace.
Set yourself small, realistic goals. Better to be able to find one useful website or send one short email than to end up with a head full of instructions and no results.
Practice makes perfect: don’t shy from repeating the things you’re learning time and time again until you feel you’ve got it. And don’t be scared about making mistakes.
If you start dreaming about mice, and email, and keyboards, you probably need to take a break!
Computers are also for fun. Find out about playing games: crosswords, cards, chess, Suduko, solitaire … And look into using computers to listen to music and the radio and to watch TV and films.
Don’t panic! It really will all make sense in the end.
KiwiPlanet New Zealand How to turn ON your computer.
Firstly locate and press the power button. It's in a different place on every computer, but it will have the power button symbol as shown above. Once turned on, your computer can take anywhere from 15 seconds to several minutes to start up.
KiwiPlanet New Zealand How to turn OFF your computer.
A computer shouldn’t be turned off by pressing the same button that you pressed to turn it ‘on’.
Click the ‘Windows’ button at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. If you are using "Windows 10" right click on the start button. A box will appear showing some choices. Click on "shut down"and you are done
Useful sites that will teach you more.
KiwiPlanet New Zealand How stuff works.
Lets look inside the PC to find out about its parts and what they do. We'll also check out the basic software used to boot and run a PC. Then, we'll cover mobile PCs and examine the future for PC technology.
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KiwiPlanet New Zealand Nett Literacy.
In 2003 when a senior citizen asked a middle school student for help because the mobility-impaired neighbors living at his independent living facility could not leave their apartments to learn how to access the Internet and send emails to their grandchildren, Net Literacy was born.
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KiwiPlanet New Zealand The seniors guide to computers.
For those of you who are entering the information super highway late in life and have children or grandchildren who know more about computers, then welcome to the Senior's Guide to Computers. This web site is also perfect for computer beginners of all ages!
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BadKiwi.co.nz - The Kiwi Guide to Computers.