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Basic Computer Skills

Updated on February 9, 2010

Gone are the days when a computer in an office or home was a rarity. Today almost everyone benefits from knowing basic computer skills. Computers replaced typewriters in business environments and the number of homes with personal computer use continues an upward climb. Understanding and using a list of essential basic computer skills today is no longer an option but instead is a vital necessity.


  • Word Processing

Word processing skills are necessary have when working on a computer. Every computer user will need to "keyboard" or type content into a word processor program. A simple example of this on most computers is Notepad. Instead of typing text onto a sheet of paper, the typed words go onto a blank word processing screen then are saved as a text file or a file specific to the kind of word processor used. Almost every type of career requires some word processing skills at some point.

  • Point and Click

Most computers operate by moving the curser around with a mouse. The mouse is an oval somewhat curved device alongside the computer. Moving the mouse causes the onscreen curser to move. Once the cursor is on the desired area, the user pushes or "clicks" buttons on the mouse which enables the user to complete tasks on the computer screen.

  • Copy and Paste

Copying and pasting occurs by highlighting a portion of text or images, clicking on copy then on paste to place the copied items where desired. This simple concept is much more significant than it seems as it saves time spent on projects, therefore, allowing a more cost effective or productive day.

  • Folders

Creating folders is the next step after saving a file. You will need somewhere on the computer hard drive to store the information. Knowing how to create and organize file folders is important for keeping your computer organized and efficient.


  • Drag and Drop

Drag and Drop simplifies the process of moving files from one place to another. Left click with the mouse on the desired file while continuing to hold down the left mouse button. Then just drag the file to the needed area and release the button. The file drops into the new folder or area and stays there


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