Computer Basics

What is a Computer?

A computer is an electronic device that is used to process information.

Computing devices can be categorized in a number of different ways, based on their size and function:

  • Desktop computers with peripheral components
  • All-in-one desktop computers
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • Smartphones
  • Servers
  • Supercomputers and mainframes

 

What is an internet browser?

An internet (web) browser is a type of software that allows you to find and view websites on the Internet. Even if you didn’t know it, you’re using a web browser right now to read this page! There are many different web browsers, but some of the most common ones include Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox.

What browsers are there to use?

Browsers are manufactured by many different companies, and are usually free-of-charge to use. Here are some that are most common:

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome (Ideal on Microsoft desktop)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Safari (an Apple product)

 

Basic Search Strategies

With billions of websites online today, there  is a lot of information on the Internet. Search engines make this information easier to find.  Let’s look at the basics of using a search engine, as well as some techniques you can use to get better search results.

Notes: If you don’t find  what you’re looking for on the first try, don’t worry! Search engines are good at finding things online, but they’re not perfect. You’ll often need to try different search terms to find what you’re looking for.

If you’re having trouble thinking of new search terms, you can use search suggestions instead. These will usually appear as you’re typing, and they’re a great way to find new keywords you might not have tried otherwise. To use a search suggestion, you  can click it with your mouse,  or select it with the arrow keys on your keyboard.


 

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