10 top tips for computer beginners

Perseverance makes experts of us all

  1. Be patient with yourself – everyone finds it difficult and frustrating to learn how to use computers
  2. Ask for help at any time, but especially if you:
    - can’t see the screen clearly
    - can’t use the mouse
    - haven’t used a keyboard before.
  3. Computers are there to enhance your life. Think: what would I like to do better, do easier or do more of in my life? Then ask someone for advice on how a computer can help you achieve that goal.
  4. Try to be selective about who you listen to. Those who are negative about computers may be scared themselves or maybe the digital world is just not for them. Don’t let your enthusiasm be dampened by them.
  5. Go at your own pace – don’t compare yourself with anyone else. Everyone comes to computers with a different background and experience, and everyone learns to use them at a different pace.
  6. Set yourself small, realistic goals. If you’re not sure what these should be, discuss them with a friend or with a computer mentor or tutor if you have access to one. Better to be able to find one useful website or send one short email than to end up with a head full of instructions and no results.
  7. Practice makes perfect: don’t shy from repeating the things you’re learning time and time again until you feel you’ve got it. And don’t be scared about making mistakes.
  8. If you start dreaming about mice, and email, and keyboards, you probably need to take a break!
  9. Computers are also for fun. Find out about playing games: crosswords, cards, chess, Suduko, solitaire … And look into using computers to listen to music and the radio and to watch TV and films.
  10. Don’t panic! It really will all make sense in the end. You’ll get there...



Vera's picture

By Vera on 8th January 2013

Thanks for your tips. Very interesting. I am determined to get used to my laptop.
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By DU Community Manager on 10th January 2013

Good luck Vera, we're here to help!
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By KAMAl on 23rd January 2013

Thanks 4 the tips u have gave meh am determine I wuld d0 better by following those tips
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By anthony howard on 30th January 2013

I love the part were you move the waste in the bin and was fun as well
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By Brenda on 23rd February 2013

Finding it hard to understand but will keep trying
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By DU Community Manager on 25th February 2013

Dear Brenda, Sorry to hear you're finding it touch. Have you looked at our Computer Basics guides (click on Guides above and then Computer Basics) as these can help you get started. We also have a community (click Community above) where you can ask questions and talk to other learners. Best wishes.
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By Neera on 9th April 2013

This is good tips for students. Thanks
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By Aimee on 20th April 2013

my cousin can't turn a computer on..
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By DU Community Manager on 22nd April 2013

Hi Aimee, Perhaps if you should your cousin how to get started, you could print off some of our guides to help them learn?
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By achin.ghosh on 19th August 2013

Want to know the total functioning of key board and how to operating