5 Ways to Sharpen Your Computer Skills @ CurtisMay 27th, 2015
Computer Skills are essential for many of today’s jobs.
If you want to sharpen your existing computer skills so that you can carry out your present job duties more efficiently, or if you want to learn some new computer skills to make yourself more marketable in the job market, here are some suggestions for you:
1. Use library computers to practice basic computer skills
Basic computer skills include:
– start, restart and shut down a computer
– copy and paste text
– move files between folders
– start and exit applications
– switch between open applications
– create a document and save it
– find the document that you saved
– navigate around the computer
TIP: Get one of the Library’s basic computer skills books and then sit down in front of one of the library’s public computers and practice.
2. Learn to type
The “hunt and peck” to computer keyboarding will not impress anybody.
You don’t have to learn how to type 60 words per minute but you should be able to use both hands and all ten fingers and look at the computer screen as you are using the keyboard.
TIP: Get one of the Library’s How to Type books and practice the exercises on a computer keyboard.
3. Learn and practice keyboard shortcuts
Once you get the hang of them, you will be a more efficient computer user.
You can, for example, close a window with the “ctrl-w” keyboard shortcut faster than using the mouse to click the window’s “close” button.
4. Use the Learning Express Library
The Learning Express Library features more than 770 practice tests, tutorials, and e-books on job searches, workplace skills enhancement, GED exam preparation, certification and licensing exam preparation, and college and graduate school admissions exam preparation.
The Learning Express Library includes popular video-based tutorials on Microsoft Office, Adobe products, and other software used in the workplace today.
You can access these resources from our public computers or from home (with your Curtis Library card).
TIP: If you need assistance, just ask a Curtis Librarian.
5. Talk to a Curtis Library “Tech Wizard.”
Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, Technology and Digital Services Librarians Marian and Michael (aka the Tech Wizards) hold office hours near the reference desk.
If you have any tech topic you’d like to ask questions about, stop on by.
If you send an email ahead of time to firstname.lastname@example.org, we can do some research before you get here.
Anything from e-readers and tablets or smart phones up to Windows & MAC computers is fair game, though we don’t promise to fix or be able to answer everything.
If you are just getting started and want to be pointed in the right direction, that’s OK, too.