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Learn Basic Computer Skills

You can’t even work as a waiter or cashier these days without having some knowledge of how a computer works. In today’s job market, you need basic computer skills to build any career. To help you get to grips with these machines and their software, Oxbridge Academy offers a number of computer courses. And since Oxbridge Academy is a distance learning college, you can complete these courses from home, no matter where in South Africa you live.

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What are the computer basics?

Computer basics, or computer literacy, includes two areas of knowledge. These two areas are interdependent, meaning that you need to master both of them if you are to become fully computer literate. Mastering the computer basics means:


1. Learning how to use a computer system

Learning how to use a computer system is the first step in mastering the computer basics. Before being able to send e-mails, surf the internet, or type documents, you will need to learn all of the following things:

  • How to safely switch a computer on and off.
  • How to use computer hardware, such as the keyboard, screen, and mouse.
  • Basic computer terminology and concepts.
  • How to use CD-ROMs, DVDs, and other types of memory devices.
  • How to work with computer files.
  • How to use an operating system such as Windows.

Learning how a computer system works in a basic sense will enable you to learn how particular software works.


2. Learning how to use computer software

Computer literacy also means being able to use basic computer software, especially word-processing programs. Basic computer software will include:

  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Internet Explorer
  • Windows Media Player
  • Microsoft Excel

You will need to learn how to use software to perform specific functions, including:

  • Sending e-mails
  • Creating documents
  • Printing documents
  • Opening and saving documents
  • Copying and pasting
  • Browsing the internet
  • Bookmarking websites
  • Running a spell-checker
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Why is computer literacy so important?

In the current job market, computer literacy is not optional anymore, especially if you want to build a long-term career. Whether you work in an office, a grocery store, or a library, you will need basic computer skills – as almost all businesses employ some sort of computer system that employees need to be able to use. What abou