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There are several movie files throughout "Senior's Guide to Computers" demonstrating many techniques. For a complete list of all of them including links to each one, please visit the VIDEOS page.

Welcome to Senior's Guide to Computers


This website is also perfect for computer beginners of all ages!

Join us as we show you the ins and outs of personal computers using simplified terms, examples, pictures and videos actually described in easy-to-understand English. Geek is not spoken here.

The following sections will cover every area necessary to turn your computer from a $1,000 paperweight to a valuable tool for productivity, communication, business, entertainment and much more:

The Basics - an overview of the main parts of a personal computer (PC) as it relates to your own physical office.

Accessibility - How to set up a computer for individuals with vision and other disabilities.

  • Accessibility Wizard
  • Color Vision Deficiency
  • Keyboard setup
  • Magnifier
  • Monitor setup
  • Mouse setup
  • Narrator
  • On-Screen Keyboard
  • Voice Recognition Software

Backing up your data - Probably the single most important task you'll perform.

  • Benefits of offline storage
  • External hard drives
  • Making copies of your personal data to CDs and DVDs
  • Making images of an entire drive
  • Reviews of different backup software


  • Email programs
  • Email attachments
  • How to handle spam
  • Phishing schemes
  • Safe email practices
  • Web-based email


  • CD/DVD burners
  • Hard Drive storage
  • Keyboards
  • Memory
  • Mice
  • Monitors


  • Web Browsers:
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Mozilla Firefox
    • Opera
  • Connection types:
    • Cable modem
    • Dial-up
    • Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)
  • Safe surfing
  • Search engines
  • Settings


  • Anti-spyware software
  • Anti-virus software
  • Hardware Firewalls
  • Online banking
  • Online shopping
  • Software Firewalls
  • Windows Update
  • Windows user accounts


  • Financial
  • Free alternatives
  • Office Suites
  • Photo Management

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