The other day I received a phone call from a relative (whom shall remain nameless) who had a computer question.
Somehow she managed to send a 30 page printer job (many times) to the printer.
She couldn’t figure out how to cancel the printer job before it used up half a forest of paper.
The answer is look for the printer icon in the system tray at the bottom right of your “START bar”.
Just today, another family member called and for some reason his START bar was showing up on the top of the screen, and he couldn’t figure out how to get it back to the bottom where it belonged.
The answer is to click your mouse on the blue section below the START button and drag it back down.
Real simple stuff for me, but then I’ve spent somewhere arond a bazillion hours of my life working with computers.
It’s funny, but I sometimes forget about all the “nuances” of using computers. For example, clicking, double clicking, dragging, right mouse, clipboard, copy and paste, etc…
So each time I get a call from family or friends to answer some computer question, I try to be patient and helpful.
But I always think:
“One of these days I have to find some cool training for everyone.”
Then I just forget about it until the next phone call from a panicky computer user.
Well today it’s a lazy rainy Friday afternoon, so I figured I would take sometime to figure this out and try to work it with a Freebie Friday.
When it comes to learning something, the best way possible is to have someone show you in person.
The next best way is to watch a video on your computer screen.
One company that does a great job at this is Video Professor. They have super video training for Windows, Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, Frontpage, even eBay!
There are a bunch of different titles that they have too.
I checked them out today and you can try ANY of their computer training CDs for FREE. Since you pay $6.95 (or $8.51 USD in Canada), it’s really almost free.
They are even giving away a digital camera when you buy the training.
They have a very nice wide range of training. No matter what you’ve been trying to learn how to do with your computer, no doubt you’ll find this training very helpful.
On the other hand….
If you are the “tech support” person for your family or circle of friends, then you might want to suggest that they take a look at it themselves.
BTW…. a short cut to this blog is http://www.MikeEnos.com
Your computer is a FANTASTIC time saving tool, ONCE you know how to use it.
So go check out Video Professor’s training, and then show off your new skills to everyone you know!