DOC IN A BOX: Tips to maximize computer skills

Here are 10 ways to better learn how to use your computer, for newbies and pros alike. The Digital Docs believe that most of us are only using a fraction of what today’s computers can do for us. If you want to learn how to make this powerful tool really work for you, read on.

1. Take a computer class. Many community colleges and adult education centers offer affordable computer classes. These classes can teach you the basics of using a computer, such as how to turn it on and off, use the mouse and keyboard, and navigate the operating system.

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2. Use online resources. There are many websites and online courses that can teach you about computers. Some popular options include:

– GCFGlobal

– Khan Academy:

– Codecademy:

– Udemy:

– Coursera:

3. Read computer books and magazines. There are many books and magazines available that can teach you about computers. You can find these at your local library, local bookstore or order online.

4. Ask a friend or family member for help. If you know someone who is good with computers, ask them for help learning how to use yours. They can show you the basics and answer any questions you have.

5. Join a computer club or online forum. There are many computer clubs and online forums where you can connect with other computer users and learn from each other.

6. Experiment. The best way to learn how to use a computer is to experiment. Try different things and see what happens. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

7. Be patient. Learning how to use a computer takes time and practice. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t understand something right away. Just keep practicing and you will eventually get it.

8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember, those of us born before 1970 did not grow up with computers, so don’t be embarrassed to ask.

9. Have fun. Using a computer can be a lot of fun. There are so many things you can do with a computer, such as browse the internet, play games, create documents and communicate with others. Enjoy learning how to use your computer and all that it has to offer.  

10. And finally, The Digital Docs’ favorite: Google and YouTube are your friends. Want to know how to specifically do something on your computer? In the Google search engine, type in “How do I … (enter what you want to do here) and scroll through the hundreds of answers. Do the same thing on YouTube, and you’ll find step-by-step videos.

And for newbies, here are a few additional tips:

– Set specific goals. What do you want to be able to do with your computer? Once you know your goals, you can focus on learning the skills you need to achieve them.  

– Find a learning style that works for you. Some people learn best by reading, while others learn best by watching videos or doing hands-on activities. Experiment with different learning methods to find one that you enjoy and that helps you learn effectively.

– Practice regularly. The more you use your computer, the better you will become at using it. Try to set aside some time each day to practice using your computer, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

– Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes when they are learning something new. It’s important to not let your mistakes discourage you. Just learn from your mistakes and keep practicing.

I hope these tips help you learn how to use your computer more effectively. Until next time, your Digital Doc signing off.

Stephen Bach
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Stephen Bach is the owner and chief of surgery at The Digital Docs in Marblehead.

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