how do u learn the basics of operating a computer?

United States
June 4, 2009 8:07pm CST
my husband & i didn't have computer's in school & i don't know very much about them but i luv to be on the internet. i had rather be on my computer than watch TV!!!!! haha i am a 57 yr old grandma of 2 boys so i need some help here. how do u learn how to sucessfully operate ur computer & learn the internet? thanks everybody for giving me some tips on how to learn this successfully.
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@CJscott (4182)
• Canada
5 Jun 09
I learned a little bit in school. The rest was trial and error. There will be much free information on the internet, and WAY to much for anyone person to answer all your questions. I would highly recommend asking specific questions. I can tell, that you know how to type, how to open a browser, how to navigate the web, how to check email. But, what else do you need to know? I will answer any question that I can. And those I can't some one else on MyLot, surely could. Cheers.
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• United States
5 Jun 09
thank u for offering to help me. i need to learn how to scan & send documents. i don't have a digital camera & don't know how to upload a picture. that would be a nice start.
@CJscott (4182)
• Canada
5 Jun 09
This will vary slightly from brand name to brand name. Kind of like, a car. You know how all things are done the same, but differently on cars eh. Like, where to turn on the lights, or the windshield wipers etc. But the basics are still the basics. So, you need to find the software program that installed when you hooked up your scanner/printer. It will most likely be the same name as what is on your printer/scanner. I have an Epson Scanner. I open up the program Epson Scan. Then I follow the directions. I remember you have to be sure to have your document or picture in a specific corner, again, it depends on the brand name. Some scanners, you just pop it in, and press a button on the scanner, and it will start stuff on your computer, others you have to start manually. This is way harder to teach when typing, I could show you in about 5 minutes. LOL. Anyways, that should get it onto your computer. I know I didn't help too much, your manual that came with your scanner, should be able to help you better. Cheers.
@greenline (14848)
• Canada
5 Jun 09
I had to go to a computer school here in the City I live, and take some basic computer courses. As a beginner, it was really very exciting. Once you have made the start, it goes quite easy !
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• United States
5 Jun 09
thanks for the info. my husband & i have discussed calling our vocational school & finding out abt it. do u know how long it has been since we have been in school? i don't even want to go there. haha but i know u r never to old to go back to school.
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@rtslvtwy (1088)
• Malaysia
5 Jun 09
In fact I guess you should just learn from your experience. It's a better way of learning but slower. Maybe you can take-up a basic computer course and then practice it at home everyday and go on the internet everyday and try it out. In fact I learned computers when I was rather young. Probably at the age of 15. Then I explored myself and tried many things and fiddle with it everyday. Same thing when I learned on using the internet and setting up the internet connections and stuffs like that.
• Philippines
5 Jun 09
Just use the computer everyday and keep in mind the things you encounter and how you solved it. Nothing beats experience over personal tutorial.
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@x_revenge (285)
• Greece
5 Jun 09
Just spend time on it and you'll get used to it and how it works, at least its what I did, school doesn't teach you much about it unless you're going to become a programmer or do a job easily done on the computer like sketching and painting and stuff. If you have any question feel free to ask.
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@tpayne33 (52)
• United States
5 Jun 09
On of the basic thing I tell people that you are never too old to learn. I would success that you take a class at you local vocational school. By doing that you will get a better understanding of how the computer works and all the fun thing you can do on it. Now if taking at class isn't your best option, go to your local library or book store. They will have a lot of books for beginners that help them understand computers.
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• India
12 Jun 09
First, I started in my own about learning the functional keys, which one for what and then after learning that, I started using internet, and later on I joined the course on the basics of computers. Still,there are lot to learn on computers because it is too interesting.
• United States
8 Jun 09
I've only learned to operate a computer in two ways: 1. By hands-on experience without a manual. If I were born a few years earlier, then computers would've given me a VERY, VERY hard time. After all, I was born in 1985 around the time of early GUI computers. Command-line types of computers are very difficult to master, but at least i've learned a bit of them for when I shutdown my computer. 2. Reading manuals. I'm a bookworm type, so I read manuals just to learn more of how to use computers more effectively. I still have computer textbooks and manuals until I find them in ebook form, but only because I can find and learn many of the tips and tricks of computers.
@dogsnme (1265)
• United States
7 Jun 09
My advice is to just jump in there and do it. I'm no expert but I would definitely say that my computer skills are of an intermediate level. And I've learned all I know on my own. I've collected my share of computer books over the years but most of what I've learned came from getting in there and just playing around with it. I even built a computer a couple of years ago for the first time. If you're one of those who would be lucky to find the "ON" button...and let's face it, we all are in the beginning...then the cheapest advice I can give you is to go buy a COMPUTERS FOR DUMMIES and an INTERNET FOR DUMMIES book. They are only around 20-25 dollars a piece and they will give you plenty of information to get started and then as you get more comfortable with the machine and the terminology, if you want, you can move up to more advanced books. But, believe me, you'll be surprised at how much and quickly you can learn by just getting a little hands-on experience on a daily basis. And don't worry about making a mistake. You practically have to go out of your way with today's computers to really mess things up. You just want to be sure you don't get too adventurous with the stuff you're not familiar with. Good luck and have fun.
@rosdimy (3935)
• Malaysia
6 Jun 09
In order to learn something new we need to have an interest or an open receptive mind and some free time. You seem to have both. I learned computing on my own, through some reading and mostly trial and error. This included troubleshooting and repairing computer systems. Now I am learning more on the intricacies of wireless network, since there is a wireless router at home. all the best, rosdimy
@happy6162 (3009)
• United States
5 Jun 09
I took classes at my local Community College. I learn the basic classes such as Word, Windows, and how to surf the internet and more. I still do not know everything though.
@May2k8 (11341)
• Indonesia
5 Jun 09
I learn from school also take some course, and try by myself to practice the computer with reading a book. If not sure what I'm doing then go to internet to see how the computer is works.
@hsofyan (3447)
• Jakarta, Indonesia
5 Jun 09
Don't worry, Pamfloyd. Gradually you can be sure. Learn from the mistakes. Cancel if an error occurred and repeat again until correct. I also autodidact. My computer is not smart, but I want to be your tutor, if you find it difficult. Now you are active in myLot. Means that you have a smart computer and internet.