Beginners Computer Course (basics for the terrified!)
Basic Microsoft Computer Courses

The Perfect Computer Course For Beginners

(Computers For The Terrified!)

Duration: 1 day


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 computers work.

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


There are no pre-requisites, as long as you can find the power button on the computer.

Versions Taught

Windows 10 with Office 2019 / Office 365 (desktop)


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


      • 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 feature

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
      • Other relevant topics (such as contacts, calendar etc.) as appropriate 

Microsoft Word Basics

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

By the end of this beginners computers course you will know your way around a computer and feel more confident .