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Basic Computer Course

The topics listed below detail the skills you can learn under The Office Expert’s Basic Computer skills course. All of the topics below may not all be able to be delivered in a 3hr training session due to time constraints. You can however select either the most important topics or book a follow-up session with your trainer. If this course is missing vital topics you want to cover during your training appointment, feel free to suggest your topics. Remember, you can integrate any topic from any basic computer skills course, like Computer Essentials or our Beginner All-Rounder. Make sure you also subscribe to and check out our free online tutorials to resolve any popular issues.

Professional Development – Book a Basic Computer Course for your team

Enquiring about a Basic Computer Skills Course for yourself, a co-worker, a parent, client or someone else? Regardless of who, please register your interest using the form below. If you are looking for a trainer for your team, we will devise a suitable lesson plan to suit your team’s requirements. To engage these services, the next step after you contact us involves assessing your team’s current basic computer skills. This will help us to determine exactly which topics your team requires training in.

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This level includes:

The Basics

  • Ergonomics
  • OH&S hazards while working with a computer
  • Startup and shutdown
  • Navigating the desktop
  • Personalise Desktop specifically to your needs
  • Show Search Box
  • Search Icon
  • Customise font size on screen
  • Format a drive/USB memory stick
  • Storage mediums explained (CD, DVD, USB, External hard drives, Cloud)
  • USB memory sticks
  • USB 2.0 vs USB 3.0
  • Plug-n-Play a digital camera
  • SD Cards
  • CF Cards
  • Connect devices like Audio, Speakers or a Keyboard
  • Bluetooth
  • Set-up a Printer
  • Resize, move or split windows
  • Arrange or tile windows
  • Display screens beside each other while you work (vertical or horizontal)
  • Minimise, maximise, restore or close windows
  • Handle annoying pop-up windows
  • Learn Shortcuts
  • Create, rename or delete shortcuts


  • Word is used for?
  • Excel is used for?
  • Powerpoint is used for?
  • Access is used for?
  • Publisher is used for?
  • Outlook is used for?
  • Saving a file
  • Universal shortcut keys for microsoft softwares
  • Finding a saved file in your computer
  • Where does the computer automatically save your files
  • Explore menubars/ribbons
  • Explore/adding/customising toolbars
  • Overwriting a saved file
  • Copying/moving/renaming/deleting files
  • Backups
  • Copying files to a memory stick

Getting Help

  • Using windows help
  • Using program specific help
  • Accessing internet help
  • Search engines (Google)
  • Help shortcut key
  • Using wizards

Printers and Printing

  • Installing a printer
  • Setting up a default printer
  • Adjusting printer settings
  • Create a printing profile
  • Improve printing quality
  • Quick or Draft Printing
  • Clean print heads, maintain and adjust functions
  • Quickly Cancel a print job
  • Display the print queue
  • Configuring your printer to use less ink

Managing Computer Files & Folders

  • Saving files correctly
  • Naming Files correctly
  • Copy Files to another location
  • Delete Files
  • Get your Deleted Files back
  • Create/name & rename Folders
  • Move Folders and Files
  • Drag Files
  • Open & print Files

Basic Computing Functions

  • Searching for Documents or Files
  • Copy and paste information
  • Cut and paste information
  • Transfer content from one document to another
  • How to effectively use the mouse
  • Right-Click vs Left-Click
  • Double-Click
  • Drag
  • Scrolling (middle wheel)
  • Mouse exercises
  • Screen Captures, screenshots or screengrabs
  • Back-up important information

Cloud Storage

Recycle Bin

  • What is a recycle bin?
  • Frequently empty the recycle bin
  • Restore a file to its original location
  • Search for an accidentally deleted file
  • Access details of a deleted file/s
  • How long do files stay in the Recycle bin?

Control Panel

  • What you can do in the Control Panel
  • Adjust display settings
  • Adjust mouse settings
  • Left-hander mouse configurations
  • Regional and language settings
  • Adjust Date or Time settings
  • Change when your computer sleeps
  • Windows Updates
  • Hardware Driver Updates
  • Add or remove apps
  • Back-up files
  • Manage and connect devices like, Printers, scanners or faxes

Request for Training

    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Your Contact Number (required)

    Any prior experience with Computers before?

    Motivation for Training? (upskilling / applying for a job...)

    How soon do you need this Basic PC training?

    How many people require this training?