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Basic Computer Skills

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

  • Navigation and File Management
    • Use scroll bars, a mouse, and dialog boxes to work within the computer's operating system
    • Access and switch between applications and files of interest
  • Internet and E-mail
    • Navigate the Internet to find information
    • Open and configure standard browsers
    • Use searches, hypertext references, and transfer protocols
    • Send and retrieve electronic mail (e-mail)
    • Write e-mail with an appropriate tone
    • Manage personal schedule and contact information
    • Navigate the Internet to find and attend online training, web conferences, webinars, self-paced training, and other applicable interactive sites
    • Employ collaborative/groupware applications to facilitate group work
  • Writing and Publishing Applications
    • Use a computer application to compose text and insert graphics
    • Format, edit, and print text
    • Save and retrieve word processing documents
  • Spreadsheets
    • Use a computer application to enter, manipulate, and format text and numerical data
    • Insert, delete, and manipulate cells, rows, and columns
    • Create and save worksheets, charts, and graphs
  • Presentations
    • Use a computer application to create, manipulate, edit, and present digital representations of information to an audience
  • Databases
    • Use a computer application to manage large amounts of information
    • Create and edit simple databases
    • Input data
    • Retrieve detailed records using a query language
    • Create reports to communicate the information
  • Graphics
    • Work with pictures in graphics programs or other applications
    • Choose and create graphs, diagrams, and other information graphics that most effectively and appropriate represent particular data sets
    • Insert graphics into other files/programs