Learning more about your computer can be as easy as you want it to be. Many people fear their computers. This stops them from trying to get inside the computer’s brain to figure out what it’s all about and how to fix simple problems.
Here are some simple tips to help you learn more about your computer:
Explore- Don’t be afraid of your computer. It is more difficult to “break” it than you think. You can explore to your hearts content. Look inside files that you wouldn’t normally look at. If you don’t know what a button does, Google it. The more you understand about your computer, the more at ease you will be with it.
For instance, do you know how to defrag your computer? That word is a little scary if you don’t know what it means. Defragmenting your hard drive is one of the easiest things in the world to do, but many people don’t know how to do it. It’s a button in your computer software that helps keep the hard drive in good shape.
Click on buttons, double click on buttons, do whatever it takes to learn. Your computers brain is all over your monitor. Dig deep but don’t delete anything unless you know what it is. Most computer programs will ask you questions before it lets you do anything anyway. Computers do not explode or blow up just because you click on a button.
Basic Understanding- Grasping the basic understanding of one program can help you get through the others. Although different software is never exactly alike, there are features that are very similar. Once you have gotten a grasp on one software package, all the others will be much easier. That doesn’t mean that you will automatically know everything about a program because you know so much about another one. It just means you will know better what to look for.
For instance, if you know the Microsoft Word program fairly well and you look at Google Docs, you will see there are very close similarities. You should be able to work well within each program with little to no major problems. The same goes with all of your other software. It’s a matter of exploring and practicing in one program and applying what you know in others.
Don’t Give Up- Learning about your computer can be very frustrating at times. It is sometimes very easy to figure something out. Other times, well, it seems impossible. If you can’t figure it out on your own, don’t forget to look it up. There is usually an answer to your question somewhere on the internet. All you have to do is type what you want to know in the Google query bar and select search. Google loves to give you answers so don’t be afraid to ask it.
The best place to start your learning experience is in the control panel. You will find things there that pertain to your computer. You can remove programs that you no longer want in your computer. You can change your desktop picture to better suit your personality. You can turn some things off and some things on. Once you have gotten used to navigating around in the control panel, you will begin to feel more at ease about your computer in general.
Take note of things that interest you the most so you can go back there when necessary. Experiment with different things to see what they do. Right click on icons to see what information it gives. For instance, going to the start menu, click on the “computer” option. That will open up a folder. If you want to know more about the C drive, right click on that icon. A menu will appear and the option “properties” will come up. Click on that. You can find out exactly how much hard drive space you have, how much you have used and how much you have left to use. There is other information there, but this one often comes in handy.
Don’t be afraid of your computer. It is a machine that is meant to be run by humans, not the other way around. You can soon be classified as a computer geek if you use the above information as a guide.