Learn How to Use Computers Better

Making It Easy to Understand How a PC Works

Created by Vic Laurie

Are you interested in some simple explanations of what is going on under the hood in a PC? Here are some articles that will help make things easy to understand.

In many ways, using a PC may be the most mysterious (and sometimes most frustrating) common activity that we do. It doesn't help that Windows is not the most user-friendly operating system. You certainly don't need a degree in computer science to get things done but just a little knowledge about the inner workings of a PC can make using it a lot more efficient. Over the years I have spent a lot of time explaining the ways of Windows to average PC users and here are some articles based on my experience. The articles are clear and simple and I hope they will help make your computing experience more enjoyable.

Introduction to Computers

The tutorials listed below were originally written for beginners. However, I have found that many typical PC users are also unfamiliar with much of the material presented.

Slide show introducing computers
Presents elementary concepts of how computers work and what the essential components such as the CPU, RAM, and the hard drive are. Briefly describes the concept of an operating system and what the file system is.
A survey of some of the keys on a PC keyboard
A tutorial in Adobe Flash format showing some of the different keys on a PC keyboard
Mouse Tutorial and Exercises
A group of entertaining interactive exercises for practicing elementary operations such as the double-click and drag-and-drop. Also contains an interactive drawing exercise. In Flash format.
Slide show introducing the file system
Describes the basic concepts of how information is stored in files and folders. Introduces the idea of different types of file formats requiring different software.
Tutorial on Windows file extensions
Explains what file extensions are and what they do. Describes the way file associations function

Some articles about more advanced subjects are listed in the sidebar.

Windows class