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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

HOW TO ACCOMPLISH A COMPUTING TASK

ACCOMPLISHING A COMPUTING TASK



June 25, 2013
[MY COMPUTER TUTORIALS]



First of all, if you do not know how to type text, where text is required to, [you] will not accomplish any computing task: My apologies,  if your computer might be different, so the MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Access are not present. No need to worry, there are other programs you can use to write on. 

Remember, there are  some commonly known tasks to perform in any office program. One- is to open a file, secondly- create a new one, 3rdly-save it , and fourthly- close the file/document, and or print.

Depending on the programs your Computer has at home: It has only  probably the ordinary application which is the Windows very own WordPad, and or Notepad. But make sure your computer is on. On the left side of your home screen, you can see the Start Menu Button, so click the Start button >Point to All Programs (shows all programs menu)>Accessories >Click on WordPad and or Notepad. But if you are computing in a net cafe or other public places, their computer might have the MS Office suite, (e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook).

  • It is imperative to know, how to type text in a text box [through a pop-up dialogue box, when you will sometimes download a file].
  • You will somehow compose a letter in a document in the future, so typing text in a document involves the I-beam pointer, [when the mouse pointer is in use; in the document window, [i.e. WordPad, Notepad, MS Word, ETC], It becomes the I-Beam pointer.

In general, your project is being stored in computer's temporary memory called RAM, (RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY).  If you did not and or saved your project  and just in case  there will be a power outage, your work will be gone for good. Only a professional retriever can retrieve your work, but you will spend thousands of  dollars for it.

FYI:, To close the document, just simply click on the x button by the top right corner. Minimize the document through clicking on the first button like a minus icon; to let it sit or dock your file on the taskbar below the desktop, maximize the file by clicking again the docked file and it will return again the the window-file on your desktop that you were working on.

Maximize is to  make it big, while minimize is to make it disappear and just sit on the taskbar, not closing it completely. To Close  the file is to get rid of it completely. 

If you are on a windows 7 OS computer, and or Newer Operating System then > GO Start Menu>All Programs> Accessories>WordPad, (depends on your choice:  type wordpad/notepad on the search area, if you're on a new computer, then click on it to view), (Wordpad is more preferable than Notepad, because Wordpad has some command features that you can use, unlike the notepad, it is very simple.


Images for details:

  • If you're still holding your mouse pointer on your computer screen (Mouse Pointer is like a tiny arrow), But Once you open your word document and position that mouse pointer to anywhere in the window document text area, the mouse pointer becomes or looks like an  ( I-Beam Pointer).





  • The I beam Pointer looks like a capital I, (below image).








  • Every time you open up any document program for a computing task and or working with text task, you will notice right away the (Insertion Pointer),  is blinking in the text entry area.




  • You will notice that; while you are entering text in the document window, (the Insertion Point), moves and blinks as you type along.
  • To edit text, Positioning the mouse pointer-(I-Beam pointer),  over to the typed text and then do a single- click with the mouse, the Insertion point will insert itself to any position within the typed texts to correct any mistake. 
Notes:
  • Use the Space -bar to separate texts and or words.
  • Delete and also Backspace erases any texts errors.
  • Caps- makes it capitalizes the word. Press once to cap it, press again to turn it off.
  • Press Enter key; after typing text in the search box and or internet browser to find information, [ex. Idyllic vacation spot].  
  • No need to press the Enter key when you reach the right margin of your page-document; most Windows programs already contain a feature called word wrap, meaning, it will automatically continue your next word on the next line. You must press Enter key only, once you completed your paragraph. Then your insertion point will move to the next line.
  • P.S. familiarize yourself with the period or dot key, and other special characters on the keyboard.

Below is the screenshot of my word pad/Notepad documents, both  has limited command options to use. But you can still use it for some certain simple projects you might have. 




Word pad window


Notepad window has only 4 menu buttons to  choose from. It is very limited.



Notepad document



If you will save your file for the first time, a pop up dialogue box will appear and will ask you in which folder you want to save that document. 



Saving the document


 Just click on Save, if you will save it for the first time, because you have no idea what kind  of file-type it is. The file is automatically saved in that application you are using;  so just click on save then name the document. At the bottom of the dialogue box, you will  find out the document you're saving in its' own file type, (.RTF, etc.).



Saving the file for the First Time

Name the file with a name that you can easily remember then click save. Saving the file needs some constant attention, so to avoid losing your project; just click on the little envelope icon; (bluish in color). Unless, the application you are using is in auto-save mode or programmed it that way.  




   Computing Task/Working with Text


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