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Computer Skills Center (LearningExpress)
Use the materials in the Computer Skills Center to learn the basics of computers, from searching the Internet to using popular software programs for word processing, creating spreadsheets and databases, implementing design and more.
Technology Buying Guide (GCF LearnFree)
Before you use a computer or mobile device at home, you need to buy one. Let this guide show what's available and how your needs affect what you might get.
Computer Basics (GCF LearnFree)
Information on hardware, parts of a computer, types of computers and more.
How to decide when to get a new computer (GCF LearnFree)
Suggestions on when you might want to buy a new computer, regardless of age. May help some people hang on to their systems longer.
Cut, Copy, Paste (Lifehacker)
Explanation of how to cut, copy and paste between computer programs.
Tips and Tricks (GCF LearnFree)
Tips on keyboard shortcuts, taking screenshots, privacy and more.
Using a Keyboard (Learn My Way)
Video and printable guide to using a computer keyboard.
Using a Mouse (Learn My Way)
Video and text tutorial on using the screen pointing device known as a mouse.
Operating Systems - PC
Windows 10 (GCF LearnFree)
Get started with Microsoft's latest (2015) operating system.
Windows 8 (GCF LearnFree)
Microsoft's first tablet/touch oriented operating system.
Windows 7 (GCF LearnFree)
Getting started with Windows 7. This system will be on computers bought several years ago.
Linux (PC World)
Linux is an open source alternative to Windows. Might be harder for a beginner. This tutorial offers suggestions on selecting and using one of the popular Linux distributions.
Operating Systems - Apple
How Computers Work
How Computers Work is a six part series on how all computers work created by Code.org and the Khan Academy. Each video is no more than five minutes long:
Ep. 1: Introducing how computers work
Ep. 2: What makes a computer, a computer?
Ep. 3: Binary & data
Ep. 4: Circuits and logic
Ep. 5: CPU, memory, input & output
Ep. 6: Hardware and software
Cleaning Your Electronics
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