Sign in

Five Easy Ways To Take Your Computer Literacy Skills To The Next Level Today

Mark Luther
Five Easy Ways To Take Your Computer Literacy Skills To The Next Level Today

In today’s world, it’s more important than ever to have basic computer hardware and software skills- whether you work in an office, a grocery store, or a library, chances are you’ll need at least a basic level of computer skills to be effective in your role, as almost all businesses have some form of computer system that employees need to be able to use. In fact, according to a recent study, the average employee spends about 81,25% of their day (about 6,5 hours) behind a computer.

Computer skills are one of the first things an employer will be looking for on your resumé, and you need to be able to walk the talk where this is concerned—if your resumé states that you have a basic level of computer literacy, you need to know how to use a computer when you’re on the job.

But what does having a basic level of computer literacy generally include, and where should you start?

Here are a few of the foundational tasks, regarding the basic operations of a computer, of which anyone with a fundamental level of computer literacy should have a basic understanding:

  • How to use computer hardware:
  • Using hardware such as the keyboard, screen, and mouse.
  • Connecting your computer screen.
  • Safely switching a computer on and off.
  • Using CD-ROMs, DVDs, and other types of memory devices.
  • Connecting a printer.
  • How to use computer software:
  • Using an operating system, such as Windows.
  • How to work with computer files.
  • Sending emails.
  • Opening and saving documents.
  • Creating documents.
  • Printing documents.
  • Browsing the internet.
  • Bookmarking websites.
  • Running a spell-checker.

Basic computer software.

Now that we know what tasks are associated with having a foundational level of computer literacy, what are the systems, or software, associated with executing these tasks?

Here are a few of the basic programs with which you should be familiar:

Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft Word (also referred to as “Word”), is a word processing program used for creating documents. Similar to other word processors, it has helpful tools to type, edit, format, print and save various types of documents.

Microsoft Excel

  • Excel is a program that allows you to create spreadsheets and tables. In this program, you can arrange values in rows and columns that can be manipulated mathematically, using both basic and complex arithmetic operations. Businesses of all sizes use it for financial analysis.

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • PowerPoint is presentation software used to create engaging presentations consisting of slides, or individual pages, which may contain text, graphics, videos, and other objects.

Buy Now – PowerPoint 365 – Beginner Course

Buy Now – PowerPoint 365 – Advanced Course

Mark Luther
Zupyak is the world’s largest content marketing community, with over 400 000 members and 3 million articles. Explore and get your content discovered.
Read more