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Basic Computer Skills

Using a computer and related applications to input and retrieve information.

  • Comprehending the basics
    • Understand and efficiently use basic computer hardware (e.g. Pcs, printers) and software (e.g. Word processing software, spreadsheet software) to perform tasks
    • Understand common computer terminology (e.g., program, operating system) and possess familiarity with the fundamental capabilities of computers
  • Entering data
    • Enter data into computer files quickly, with an acceptable degree of accuracy
    • Double check data entry carefully
    • Notice when data are missing or look wrong
    • Take steps to ensure computer files are complete and accurate
  • Preparing documents
    • Use word processing programs to create, edit, and retrieve document files
    • Type materials quickly and accurately
    • Check work carefully and identify/correct typographical errors
    • Use basic reference materials and tools (e.g., spell check) to ensure accuracy
  • Keyboarding and word processing
    • Skillfully use word-processing software
    • Streamline document processing by employing a variety of common software functions
    • Use correct style and format, even when confronted by uncommon requirements that deviate from standard guides
    • Consult appropriate manuals when uncertain about the correct style and format
  • Internet applications
    • Effectively use the internet and web-based tools to manage basic workplace tasks (e.g., timekeeping, maintaining employee records, conducting information searches)
    • Understand and perform internet functions requiring the use of log-in and password information
    • Understand and comply with guidelines surrounding internet usage
    • Understand and comply with information security processes and guidelines
  • E-mailing
    • Compose professional e-mails to communicate business-related information to coworkers, colleagues, and customers
    • Understand the company e-mail system and its basic functions (e.g., replying to/forwarding messages, using electronic address books, attaching files)
    • Ensure that key stakeholders are kept informed of communications by copying (i.e., "ccing") them on important e-mails when appropriate
  • Spreadsheets
    • Use spreadsheet software to enter, manipulate, edit and format text and numerical data
    • Effectively create and save worksheets, charts, and graphs that are well organized and useful