Computers, laptops, and software take a while to get used to. Learning all the different functions of a computer along with basic keyboard commands and how to keep your computer safe will take some practice before being completely comfortable with them. Users of any age can use computers and all the functions, but before you get into the in-depth inner workings of this technology it's best to make sure all of the essentials are covered. Computers are part of nearly everyone's life now. People use them to talk to friends and family, research information, be entertained, and more. They're incredibly convenient and take the hassle out of countless tasks that used to be difficult and time-consuming. Below is a list of common computer topics and resources to help you learn. Set Up and Equipment: There are some key things you can learn to get you started and going in the right direction. Everything from how you should sit in your computer chair to how you should hold your mouse is important when it comes to computers. Knowing the different components of a computer system will also be helpful in learning how to work on a computer. Absolute basics and bare necessities; Quick overview with videos; and, How to understand the pieces of a PC and operating systems. Starting Basics: Keyboard, Mouse, Etc.: You will be doing a lot of typing with the keyboard and even more clicking with the computer mouse. Learning how to type properly will keep you from straining your wrists. TWorld's more than just inputting words with the keyboard that will be useful so it's good to become acquainted with what to expect. Microsoft intro on comfort, keyboard, mouse, and eye safety. Typing and clicking tutorials. More keyboard basics. You can change the volume to keep the noise at a good level. Improve your typing skills with online tests and games. Get some practice using a computer mouse. How to use a touchscreen interface. How to shut down your computer. Software: As opposed to the computer screen and tower which are called hardware, software is the programs that you use once you're at the computer. Things like writing documents using a word processor or keeping a spreadsheet are tasks you can do once you get the hang of how the computer itself works. Photoshop and Microsoft Word are two examples of software that you may have heard of. Learn to video chat with family and friends. Don't lose any work you do – save files properly. Microsoft Word Tips. Internet: Once you've gotten an understanding of how computers and devices work, you will likely be using the internet for a lot of emailing, surfing, and enjoyment. It's best to start off familiarizing yourself with a search engine (such as Google.com) so you can find information easily and quickly. Intro to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Seniors' search engine guide. How to Use Emails Safely. Basic internet terms. Computer Safety: Computers can be susceptible to viruses which can destroy parts of the hardware and software, or can give your personal information to strangers. Avoiding viruses is very easy if you download good antivirus software and learn proper internet browsing techniques. What is anti-virus software and what does it do? Understanding viruses and how to prevent them. More tips for staying safe online. Additional Pointers: 5 Reasons Working With Computers Is Bad For You & How to Stay Healthy. Never give away personal information or passwords to sites and people you don't know. Run anti-virus software frequently to keep your computer protected and running smooth. Never use a computer during a thunderstorm – if you lose power during bad weather it can harm your computer. Name all of your files and pictures so you can keep track of everything you put on it. You don't want to lose that good family photo! Shopping online can be fun and convenient! Learn what to do and what not to do to stay safe. Safety, downloading, etc. Organizing pictures and files takes learning but they now become your photo albums. It's easier than ever to get in touch with old friends. Do you have a lot to say? Try blogging. Tips to avoid scams online – not everyone online is your friend. How to shop online safely and effectively. There are a lot of fun and free games online to entertain you throughout the day. Older Adults & Internet Use. Top 10 Scams Targeting Seniors.