IT for beginners is excellent because it lays out bite-sized steps that you can follow, which allows you to be able to use modern technology. From PCs to laptops, to tablets, to phones; no matter what your device, there is something to learn. Taking things slowly integrates the beginners understanding with new technologies. Which ensures that the novice isn’t isolated and left unsure of what to do.
IT for people without much experience requires practice and patience, then the Newbie will be able to build their confidence. During the learning stages, it is crucial to learn how to do new things independently.
In this article will guide you through, installing software, taking screenshots, changing your keyboard layout and changing the language of your devices. Are you ready to follow along? Let’s go!
Microsoft’s latest offering is MS office 365, it is a feature packed subscription-based software suite. Photo Source: Unsplash
Microsoft’s latest offering is MS office 365, it is a feature packed subscription-based software suite. It has everything you would expect from Microsoft including Microsoft word and excel and something you would not expect; 1 TB of cloud storage.
To install MS 365 on your windows pc, you must
You have just seen a fascinating article online and would love to keep a copy of it. You try to copy it, but the page is protected, you think about writing it down, but that would take too long. Unsure of a solution you wish that there was a way for you to copy the screen. Well, there is, and it is conveniently called a screenshot.
Taking a screenshot is an innocuous action for many people, as simple as a copy and paste. But for IT beginners it can be a bit more complicated or challenging. Thankfully there is lots of free and paid software available for you to try.
My personal favourite ways to take screenshots are with 3 pieces of software
This is a full featured note-taking tool and notes, of course, include screenshots. By clicking the Onenote add-in on my chrome browser, I can select from 4 options.
Once an option is selected, I then decide which notebook I want the screenshot to be saved in and when I go to the notebook it will be saved to a new page.
I love this for building my notebooks, digital scrapbooking, saving shopping lists, saving the full page that I have to read later and for inspiration.
This is a reading app; that lets you collect any text from around the web. It then copies the text to your account where you can read it at a later date. This only screenshots full pages and you have less control over how it does it. But this is great if you want to copy the whole page and don’t want to do multiple screenshots.
Bear in mind you have to set up an account first and install the add on (in chrome or other browsers) to have this functionality.
Saving pages from my pc that I want to read later on my phone via the app. You can organise everything with tags and build a full library of content.
This is a full-featured tool to take timed screenshots, do a screenshot of just a region of a window on the page. It’s free and comes with windows.
QWERTY is the name of the way your keyboard is laid out on your device. While keyboard layout isn’t something that we have to often think about it is essential to type a document with efficiency and speed. Having a set layout also allows us to learn where the keys are which is the primary reason that some people can type 100 words a minute.
However QWERTY isn’t the only keyboard layout, there are layouts which are designed and sold with computers to suit the different languages around the world. Some have unique letters with accents, others have keys missing as they are not needed in that language.
In English, the QWERTY keyboard layout is the default standard and if you want to set up your devices to work with this layout here is what you can do.
QWERTY is the name of the way your keyboard is laid out on your device. Photo Source: Unsplash
Thankfully there is lots of free and paid software available for you to try. Photo Source: Unsplash
Foreign languages are unusual, exciting, exotic and enchanting. But if you don’t speak the language and find yourself trying to manoeuvre through a laptop that is popping up warnings that you cant read and with menus that you can’t pronounce. The language slowly becomes annoying, disruptive, inconvenient and time-consuming.
If your device is already in a language that you don’t understand. Then despite how helpful the instructions are, you will still have trouble following them because you won’t be able to read or understand the menu items to make the necessary changes. To get started on changing the language you should try one of the following things to help you follow along.
When you are a technology novice, there can be lots of things that can appear that you have to either take care of yourself or pay someone to do for you. But the good news is that the people who make computers, phones and other devices know that newbies will be using their software and they are working tirelessly to make it easier for you to not only use your computer but to enjoy the journey as well.
No matter what it is that you need to do on your pc, you can learn to do it yourself. With patience, practice and a bit of common sense you can go from being an inexperienced computer user to a highly competent and confident one.