Personal Computer Fundamentals

Personal Computer Fundamentals


Total Run Time: 7.5 hrs

Computers are part of our everyday world. Those who have never used one can be intimidated. Those who use one every day have often not been provided basic instructions. In this course, we take away the fear and mystery of the PC. We introduce the parts, terminology and basic skills everyone needs to know to be comfortable using a computer in a visual, easy-to-understand way.


  1. Learn about hardware, software and operating systems and how they interact with each other
  2. Discover the concepts of logging on and off a computer, network and the Internet
  3. Explore how to access programs and how to create and manage files and folders
  4. Learn how to work with Windows, including basic configuration of user accounts and settings

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Want to know what the Windows operating system actually does or why you should care about RAM? How about what actually happens when you log on? With Total Training, you’ll master the fundamentals of the PC so you can enjoy and benefit from it without frustration or fear.

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Course outline

Chapter 1: PC COMPONENTS (48 min)

  1. What This Course Covers & PC Overview
  2. The Basic PC System Parts
  3. Computer Memory
  4. Buttons & Lights & Ports, Oh My!
  5. The Boot Process
Chapter 2: THE MOUSE (32 min)

  1. Mouse Basics
  2. Moving the Cursor
  3. Mouse Techniques
  4. Adjusting Mouse Settings
Chapter 3: THE KEYBOARD (32 min)

  1. Keyboard Basics
  2. Keyboard Parts
  3. Applying Keyboard Techniques
  4. Adjusting Keyboard Settings
Chapter 4: OPERATING SYSTEMS (36 min)

  1. What Operating Systems Do
  2. The Windows® Desktop
  3. The Start Menu & Task Bar
  4. Configuring Basic Desktop Settings
Chapter 5: WINDOW BASICS (51 min)

  1. Minimizing, Maximizing & Menus
  2. Resizing Windows & Using Scroll Bars
  3. Toolbars, Tabs, Flyouts & Dialog Boxes
  4. Understanding Multitasking
  5. How to Multitask
Chapter 6: SOFTWARE BASICS (36 min)

  1. Software Categories
  2. Saving & Naming Files
  3. Storage & Media
  4. Save & Save As
Chapter 7: PRINTING BASICS (41 min)

  1. Printing Concepts & Devices
  2. Setting Up a Default Printer
  3. Adding & Sharing a Printer
    4.Printing a Document
    5.Printing Pictures & Canceling Print Jobs

  1. File System Concepts
  2. Folder Hierarchy & Breadcrumbs
  3. Navigation Options
  4. View Options, Properties & Creating a New Folder
  5. Understanding Cut, Copy & Paste
  6. Selecting Text
  7. Cutting, Copying & Pasting Text
  8. Cutting, Copying & Pasting Files
  9. Creating Shortcuts & Deleting
    10. The Recycle Bin
Chapter 9: NETWORK BASICS (55 min)

  1. Network Fundamentals
  2. Network Terminology
  3. Networking Devices
  4. Going Global
  5. Reviewing Your Network
  6. Setting Up a User Account
  7. Setting Up Parental Controls & Switching Users
Chapter 10: BASIC PC MAINTENANCE (30 min)

  1. Using Windows Defender
  2. Optimizing the System
  3. Backing Up Your Data
  4. Credits

Presenter Info

Erin A. Olsen

 Erin A. Olsen has been spreading her enthusiasm and vision for the power of desktop technology since 1994 to more than 37,000 people in seven countries. Since founding PCKeys Technology Solutions, she has authored more than 36 CBT titles, developed hundreds of courses and effectively presented to thousands. When Erin started her technology career, the PC was fairly new. Windows 3.1 was just coming out so she had to find ways to explain this new technical environment in terms non-technical people could understand. Her illustrations and explanations did and continue to do so today in fundamental to advanced topics. Erin combines her formal education in information technology and education with an emphasis in instructional design and technology (B.I.T., M.Ed.), with her technical expertise, real-world experience and understanding of adult learning to present these technical topics in an easy-to-understand, easy-to-apply and fun manner using relatable examples and analogies. Erin’s unique combination of personality and skills allow her to provide an enhanced learning experience for all that is effective, engaging and memorable.