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Computer Concepts
Internet and Email
Microsoft Office
Get to Know Your Computer
FIRST COURSE
Internet and Email
FIRST COURSE
The Internet and the World Wide Web
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• The Internet is a worldwide collection of networks that
allows people to communicate and share information
easily
• The Web is a collection of files that reside on
computers, called Web servers
– Web servers are connected to each other through the
Internet
• The software you use to connect your computer to the
Web server is your Web browser.
– Common Web browsers are Microsoft Internet Explorer,
Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari
• Home page
– These browsers use a standard Graphical User Interface
design
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Search Engines and
Uniform Resource Locators
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• Search engines are Web pages that browsers use
to conduct searches of the Web for words or
expressions
– Search criteria
• You can use your Web browser to access a Web
page using a Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
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Exploring E-mail
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• E-mail, or electronic mail, is an efficient way to
exchange messages with others on a network
• This network may be small and self-contained,
such as within an office, or as large as the
Internet
• E-mail messages can go to only one recipient or
to dozens of recipients at once
• To: CC: and BCC:
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Attaching a File to a Message
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• To attach a file to a message, first create a new
message and click the Attach button on the
toolbar
• Browse for and select the file you wish to attach
to the message
• After selecting the file, complete your message
and click the Send button
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Microsoft Office
FIRST COURSE
Exploring Microsoft Office 2010
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• Microsoft Office 2010, or Office, is a collection
of Microsoft programs
– Microsoft Office Word 2010 (documents)
– Microsoft Office Excel 2010 (workbooks)
– Microsoft Office Access 2010 (databases)
– Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010 (presentations)
• A major advantage of Office is integration, the
ability to share information between programs
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Starting Office Programs
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• Make sure your computer is on and the Windows
desktop appears on your screen
• To start a program
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Click the Start button on the taskbar
Point to All Programs to display the All Programs menu
Point to Microsoft Office
Click name of the program you want to start
or
– Click name of the program you want to start in most
frequently used programs list on left side of Start menu
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Using the Ribbon
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• The Ribbon at the top of the program window
just below the title bar is the main set of
commands that you click to execute tasks
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Clicking Button Icons
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• Each button, or icon, on the tabs provides oneclick access to a command
– Most are labeled
– Clicking the button often displays a menu or
performs an action
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Working with Files
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• The Office Button provides access to document-level
features
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Creating files
Opening files
Saving files
Printing files
Closing files
Application settings
• The Quick Access Toolbar is a collection of buttons that
provide one-click access to commonly used commands
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Printing a File
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• Click the Office Button, and then click Print
• Verify the print settings in the Print dialog box
• Click the OK button
or
• Click the Office Button, point to Print, and then
click Quick Print
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Printing a File
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Get to Know Your
Computer
FIRST COURSE
Get to Know Your Computer
XP
Operating System (OS)
Processor and Speed
Navigation Instructions
RAM
•On desktop locate “My Computer”
•Right click and select “Properties”
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Get to Know Your Computer
XP
Size and Space
Hard Drive Storage
Navigation Instructions
•On desktop locate “My Computer”
•Double click on “My Computer”
•Right click on chosen drive (C:)
•Select “Properties”
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Software
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• System Software
– Operating System
– Utilities
– Device Drivers
– Programming Languages
• Application Software
– Enables you to perform specific computer tasks
• Ex. Word Processor, Desktop Publishing, E-Mail Editors,
etc.
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Security
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• Must take steps to prevent unauthorized use or
damage to your computer
• A computer is at risk anytime it is plugged into a
network
• Threats include Viruses & Malware, Adware &
Spyware and Social Engineering
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Malware & Viruses
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• Malware intends to cause hard or convey information to
others without the owners permission
• Viruses instruct your computer to perform annoying or
destructive activities such as erasing or corrupting data
• It is essential for all computer connected to the internet
to have virus-protection software
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Spyware & Adware
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• Spyware – tracks a computer user’s Internet usage and sends
data back to the company or person who created it
• Adware – software installed with another program, usually with
the user’s permission that generates advertising revenue for the
creator by displaying ads to the program’s user
• Commonly known as “Pop Ups”
• Anti – Spyware & Adware programs such as Ad-Aware can help
eliminate these problems
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Social Engineering
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• Spoofing
– A website set up to look exactly like another website, but doesn’t
actually belong to that organization
– They ask you to enter personal information
• Never access a financial site via email
• Financial institutions are fighting this using site keys to verify identity
• Phishing
– Email will come from a “financial institution” requesting you to verify
your information via email or by accessing a spoofed site
• Never reply to these emails, delete them
• Some examples of phishing emails include information about your Banks,
Credit Cards, PayPal Account etc.
• Both methods are used to steal personal information such as
Social Security Numbers, Credit Card Numbers, to in the end
steal money or your identity
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