10 Skills EVERY computer user should have (or learn)

I originally posted this list in January 2007. However, through my keen observation skills, I discovered that all computer users have not yet read and digested this information. For this reason, I’m posting it again because I won’t stop working to educate computer users until every computer user knows these 10 skills.

Computers have become almost a main stream household appliance. Whether you have been using a computer for fifteen years or one, these skills should be second nature:

  1. Cut, Copy, Paste
  2. Print just what you want (word processing, email, web)
  3. Backup your address book
  4. Select (highlight) text or files
  5. Properly uninstall unwanted programs
  6. Burn a CD
  7. Download files from the Internet
  8. Use MSCONFIG ; Another MSCONFIG tip
  9. Search the Internet
  10. Attach Files to an email

If you already know how to do these skills, please pass this article along to someone who doesn’t…help me help other computer users.

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  1. Jason April 27, 2009 Reply

    Good tip to repeat, now how about a list of some basic and some not-so-basic terminal commands for us Linux users?

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      Rick April 28, 2009 Reply

      Unfortunately, I’m not your guy for terminal commands. I’m very much a Linux noob.

    • John January 31, 2012 Reply

      Yo Jason,
      I plan to put Ubuntu one of my old pcs. If you succeed in finding a good guy for a list of “not-so-basic terminal commands”, would you please post the info here so I can avail myself of it.

  2. ernie falvo April 28, 2009 Reply

    Please add, “Want t0 learn,willing to practice!”
    (Especially us old fogies:)

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      Rick April 28, 2009 Reply

      Good point!!

  3. les April 28, 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much. Very informative. Did you ever right another book on basics of computers/

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      Rick April 28, 2009 Reply

      No new books….yet.

  4. Matthew Kettlewell October 16, 2009 Reply

    Great set of tips Rick… very essential to computer proficiency….

    Might even suggest an article on how to create shortcuts on your desktop (and how to manage the desktop clutter!)

    Another commenter mentioned Linux commands, and I can help you out with those, if you’re interested in that… I became a professional Unix programmer after I left RuralNet, and Unix/Linux commands are second nature because of that.

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      Rick October 16, 2009 Reply

      You are ON Matt! If you want to put together a keyboard shortcuts for Linux guest post, go for it. Would love to post it up. Thanks.

  5. TOM THOMSEN March 5, 2011 Reply

    In uninstall or change progams I can’t uninstall advanced registry optimizer, publishe by sammsoft, size 11.3mb. It says does not exist cannot uninstall. File”c:\program file\ advanced registry optimizer\unins 000. dat” Any ideas?

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      Rick March 8, 2011 Reply

      Try using the RevoUninstaller program…it can help with situations like this. Find it at RevoUninstaller.com

  6. Rick Robinette January 13, 2012 Reply


    I am a tech blogger currently maintaining two sites. I just featured your site at Bookmarks4techs.com (which is my newest site). The second site I maintain, which has become quite popular is What’s on My PC (whatsonmypc.wordpress.com)… Is there any possibility we could do a link exchange on our blogrolls! Love what you are doing there and is very similar thinking to mine.

    Thank You,


  7. Barbara Hall April 22, 2012 Reply

    Can you tell me how to send the same email to a group of people?

  8. Raef May 30, 2012 Reply

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  9. Greg August 22, 2013 Reply

    I am 46 and just now learning the computer.
    I bought this house in the woods 20yrs ago and satellite internet was the only thing avaliabel to us. It was WAY to costly and now it is not.
    I am glad we found your sight. Thank You very much for your time and caring.
    God Bless You, Linda & Greg

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