MCCJC’S Microsoft Windows PC Basic Computer Training


Basic Skills

  • We use a non-technical way to introduce the basic skills that are needed to become comfortable with accessing and using a computer.  We concentrate on skills that will apply to many commonly used programs.  Topics covered include hardware basics, Windows basics, and working with emails and texts.
  • We cover the basics of proper powering on and off.  We encourage participants to get comfortable in using the computer and to overcome their fears of using a computer. 

  • We explain that in most cases there are many ways to do the same task and they need to find what is most comfortable to them.

  • We cover the basic functions of the keyboard and function keys.

  • We allow participants to determine if they are more comfortable using an external mouse or a touchpad on the laptop.  We cover the different ways to use a mouse, the mouse buttons, left and right and their basic functions, double-click, click and drag.


Hardware vs. Software

  • Hardware includes the parts of a computer system that you actually can touch, like the keyboard, mouse, monitor, central processing unit (CPU) and a laptop.
  • Software refers to the programs that you use on your computer, like Word, Excel, Power Point, etc. as well as the programs that make your computer work, also known as applications.


Windows Basics 

  • Microsoft Windows is the operating system that is installed on computers; therefore, this is what is covered in our introductory class.
  • We introduce users to Microsoft Word by allowing them to use a resume template or, if they prefer, to create their own resume.
  • We cover basic shortcuts and how to save their work to the hard drive as well as an external flash drive.
  • We assist participants with setting up an email account, creating contacts, and how to create and send emails.  We also cover how to attach files to emails, such as their resume, in an effort to assist them with their career goals.  We also assist participants with printing their resume to mail to potential employers.