Essential Digital Skills Level 1

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Windows basics

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What we are going to do now is have a look at Windows operating system and just go through some of the basics, how to navigate the screen and some things you can do and how to find things. This is the main desktop. So this here, you can... The picture on the back here is the default one. You can choose, but you can always change this picture if you want. On the left-hand side, there are some files, so tick the files for yourself, or you can access information. You can put lots of other things on the desktop. The Recycle Bin is where all the files go that you have deleted, and then you can empty that out. So if you do delete something by accident, you can recover that quite easily. And this is... This PC gives you information about the mapping on your computer and what there is, but you can add what you like on here, files and folders. You can do that from File Explorer or from other programs as you are starting to edit with them.

Now, we are going to just look at this bottom line. To start we are going to go to the search box here. And if you are trying to find something, this is a good place to find it. Suppose if we just click on that. To start with, it's just come up with some top apps, and maybe that's the first thing you want to do. So if you want to find Firefox, which is a website browser, File Explorer, it's there. You can also look at the quick searches, so here you can find out what the weather is news, this day in history, or new movies. Snipping Tools, this is something, we have used this quite recently, so whatever programs you are using regularly or currently, will be listed here.

But if what you are after doesn't come up there, so supposing we are trying to find... We want to create a Word document, so what we can do here is just type the words Word in, and then here it is. Here's the Word program, and then anything else that relates to that, so we have got Word, we have got WordPad, we have got Outlook, and also Office. There are also some documents down here, so it's trying to find any information that would link with this search word. Down the right-hand side, these are recent documents that we have done, so you can move them just by dragging this bar on the right-hand side if you want to go up or down. So if we wanted that, we can just click on there, but you can search for anything in that box. It's a really, really useful feature. To get out of it, just click away.