Computers for the Terrified!

This beginners computer course will show you how to become completely self-sufficient on your own computer WITHIN A WEEK, even if you're starting at zero

Computers For The Terrified

Course Description

If you're completely new to computers, this beginners computer course will get you up-and-running.

It cuts through all the clutter and terminology and explains in simple terms how to customise and use your own computer.

From the basics like how to use your mouse or trackpad to finding and using programs, this course has everything to get you started.

This absolute beginners computer course is a good precursor to other introduction courses like Word, Excel, Outlook and Powerpoint. 


One session (3-4 hours for 1 person, 5 hours for a group)



Versions Taught

Our computers are set up with the latest software - currently that's Office 365 (desktop). If you have an older computer or an older version of Microsoft Office, the training will be adapted so it is relevant for you.

what you get

Here's what you'll learn in this course

Overview of Microsoft Windows

  • What are windows and why are they called that?
  • Finding your way around the screen
  • Identifying the desktop, icons, mouse, task bar, start button, start menu, system tray, and the recycle bin

Using The Mouse

  • Single-left-click
  • Double-left-click
  • Triple-left-click
  • Right-click
  • Drag and drop


  • The different places you can go for help
  • Using Cortana (using voice and typed search)
  • Using the 'Tell me what you want to do' tool
  • Searching for a program
  • Searching for a file

Working With Apps (a.k.a. 'Programs')

  • Opening and closing an app
  • Using the Start menu to start an app
  • Using the task bar to start an app
  • Using desktop icons to start an app
  • Working with more than one program at the same time
  • Switching between programs
  • How to play music
  • How to play video`

Working With Windows

  • Maximising a window
  • Minimising a window
  • Restoring and resizing a window
  • Closing a window
  • Moving a window
  • Using the Show Desktop featureRight-click

Using Dialog Boxes

  • What is a dialog box?
  • Tabbed pages
  • Text boxes
  • Drop-down lists
  • Option buttons
  • Tick boxes
  • Spinner buttons
  • Scroll bars

Basic Editing

  • Un-do and Re-do
  • Cut, copy and paste
  • Simple Word formatting
  • Printing your work

Working With Files & Folders

  • Using File Explorer
  • Hard disks, USB sticks (also called thumb drives) and backup drives
  • The Cloud
  • Places to store and retrieve files
  • Changing the file view
  • Understanding different file types
  • Understanding folder structures
  • Opening and closing a folder
  • Navigating through folders
  • Selecting, opening and closing files
  • Creating and saving files
  • Renaming and deleting files
  • Moving and copying files between folders
  • Finding files

Exploring the Internet

  • What is a browser?
  • Using Google to search websites
  • Using Google Images to search (then save) images
  • Using Google Maps to plan a journey
  • How to navigate a web page
  • How to bookmark a favourite website

Exiting Windows SAfely

  • Shut down
  • Restart
  • Log Off
  • Switch User
  • Standby

Customising the Desktop

  • Moving and organising the desktop icons
  • Adding and removing desktop shortcuts
  • Adding and removing items from the Start menu
  • Adding apps to the Task Bar
  • Changing the desktop background
  • Changing the screen saver

The Recycle Bin

  • Finding and restoring deleted items
  • Deleting specific files or folders
  • Emptying the entire bin

Transferring pictures or video from a smartphone to the computer

  • Connecting the phone to the computer
  • Choosing which pictures to download and where to store them
  • Starting the download
  • Viewing your pictures
  • How to delete pictures from your phone

Email Basics (using Microsoft Mail or Microsoft Outlook)

  • How to send and receive email
  • How to use CC and BCC
  • Replying to or forwarding a message
  • Attaching a file to a message
  • Everything you need to get started

Microsoft Word Basics

  • How to create a simple document and format the text and page layout

By the end of this beginners computer course you will be both confident and competent on your computer. You'll be able to use it with ease and customise it to work YOUR WAY and all without asking anyone for help.