Some guidance notes
Anyone needing help with starting from
scratch on using a PC may find the following short guides of
Note, these are in PDF (Portable Document
Format). You will need Adobe Reader to open these
resources. This is free and you can get it by clicking
on the button here.
Getting started on using the mouse
If you have yet to use a mouse, or need some help with
getting the hang of it, then this useful download will help
you to get to the pointer.
access, save or print Using the mouse.
Getting started on using the keyboard
You'll find a short tour around a standard keyboard here,
plus some useful keystrokes for using with Microsoft Word.
There are also some tips on where to go to improve your
access, save or print Using the keyboard.
Some basic PC house-keeping tips
If you need help with clearing the junk out of your machine -
and more than just the Recycle bin - then take a read of the
Click to access,
save or print Some Housekeeping tips.
Some great open-source software for Windows
You can get all four of the following really useful
programs from Piriform, and, as they are open-source, download
for free - although I would encourage you to pay to help the
continued development of these wonderful programs.
CCleaner is the number-one
tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It helps protects
your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more
secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.
Defraggler to defrag your entire hard drive
- to get all those bits of files back into wholes again - or
defrag individual files. This is unique in the
industry. This compact and portable Windows application
supports NTFS and FAT32 file systems. It will help
speed up your system.
an important file? Lost something important when your
computer crashed? No problem!
Recuva recovers files deleted from
your Windows computer, Recycle Bin, digital camera card, or
MP3 player. And it's free!
Speccy is an advanced System
Information tool for your PC. Need to find out what's
inside your computer? No problem! Speccy will give you
all the information you need.
Housecall - here's another tip for maintaining a clean
bill of health on your PC
Sometimes it makes sense to get a second opinion on the
health of your PC - other than from your own anti-virus
software. You can actually do this quickly by using
Housecall, an online anti-virus program from
Trend Micro. This software basically visits your computer and
checks it out for viruses and spyware. It is easy to
use, it's free to use and completely safe. I use this
software on my own machine, and have often used it for a quick second
opinion when delivering training on home machines that have not been checked
for viruses as regularly as they should be. To use or
find out more, visit Trend Micro,
Looking for free anti-virus software!?
If you are looking for very reliable anti-virus software
that is easy to use and free, then look into downloading
Microsoft Security Essentials onto your
machine. This program will help 'defend your computer
against spyware, viruses, worms, Trojans, and other malicious
software.' It also runs quietly in the background, is
unobtrusive, so unobtrusive (it does not drain memory when
compared with other anti-virus software that I have used)
that it is very easy to forget it is there. If you
schedule your weekly scan and updates (easy to do in the settings),
you can in fact leave it to get on
with its job and not be bothered by it. To
use or find out more, visit
MS Security Essentials. Note,
you must have a legal copy of Windows for it to run.
Bidford Community Library Training Notes
22/05/2013 Click to
access, save or print, Intro to Windows notes.
More to follow...