Technology, computers, and the Internet used to be the domain of geeks – well, not anymore. In today’s world, even your granddad and the baby boomers can learn the basic skills of using the computer and Internet. So, if you don’t know the even the basic skills of using a computer yet, let alone the following basic tech skills, check out the tips below to learn about the ABC’s of computers and tech skills.

Basic Keyboard Shortcuts

Truthfully, the mouse has made some computer users lazy. Actually, you don’t really need keyboard shortcuts, but once you master a few, you’ll find that your work gets done a little faster.

  • Ctrl-C for copy
  • Ctrl-V for paste
  • Ctrl-X for cut (copy and delete)
  • Ctrl-Z for undo
  • Ctrl-Y for redo (brings back what you undid by mistake)
  • Ctrl-backspace (deletes the entire word instead of letter by letter)
  • WinKey-L locks your PC. Make sure you know your password before doing this

Using E-mail

You’ll never believe how many people today don’t know how to use e-mail for work. Do you know what to do when you send a mass e-mail? Do you know how to recognize spam? Can you use links and attachments comfortably? If you answered yes to all of the above, you’re okay. If you didn’t, these are things you should know how to do.

  • When emailing a group of people, enter all the addresses in the BCC field, unless you know for sure these people don’t mind if others in the group see their address. This way, everyone will receive the email, but no one will be able to see anyone’s address but yours.
  • When you get an e-mail with a link or an attachment, read it carefully to make sure you really know where it came from. Even if you recognize the name and address, you want to be 100% sure the content is safe. Not sure? Don’t open.
  • If you want to include links in your e-mail, the best way to do it is to highlight some text, find the “insert hyperlink” option, and paste the address there. This way, the email is easier to read and the links easier to follow.

Anti-Virus and Anti-Malware Protection

Don’t have an updated anti-virus program installed? Get one right now. Viruses and malware are getting ever sneakier, and you don’t want to remain unprotected. Good protection is even available for free, and is very easy to set up. Just install it, and you’re done. If you want to be really secure, check that your program is running a system scan about once a week, and configure it to update automatically.

Securing Your Wireless Network with a Password

While creating a password for your home wireless network is not complicated, it’s surprising to find a lot of unsecure networks. Secure password protection for Wi-Fi works most of the time and can’t be easily broken into. Aside from security issues, you don’t want all your cheap neighbors to be using your Internet at your expense.


This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 10:22:23 PM and is filed under Tech Tips & Tricks.

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