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Understanding My Computer Bootcamp
Do you find yourself confused when installing software or trying to find files? Are you terrified with the prospect of using the command line? This bootcamp is designed for the person who wants to beef up their basic computer skills and feel comfortable with their computer’s operating system.
Each topic in this series includes parallel pages for Windows and Mac. The Windows pages provide examples for Windows 10 and the Mac pages provide examples for macOS 10.14 (Mojave), although earlier versions will be similar. Since Macs run on top of a Linux operating system, some of what is presented for Macs also applies to generic Linux.
This bootcamp covers six general lessons. It is best to work your way through the lessons in order, since the later lessons assume that you understand the earlier ones
Lesson 1: Files
- Am I an idiot?
- What is the desktop?
- Files and programs
- File associations and extensions
Go to Lesson 1: Files for Mac or for Windows
Lesson 2: Directories
- The directory tree
- File Explorer (Windows)/Finder (Mac)
- Copying vs. moving files
- Cloud services for files
Go to Lesson 2: Directories for Mac or for Windows
Lesson 3: Installing software
- Parts of installed applications
- Application shortcuts (Windows)
- Ways to install software
- Uninstalling software
Go to Lesson 3: Installing software for Mac or for Windows
Lesson 4: Connections
- Physical ports on your computer
- Device drivers
- Removable storage
- Multiple monitors
Go to Lesson 4: Connections for Mac or for Windows
Lesson 5: Backup
- OS-dependent tools
- Suggested strategies
Go to Lesson 5: Backup for Mac or for Windows
Lesson 6: Command line
- The console (Terminal in Mac, Command Prompt in Windows)
- File paths and navigating through directories
- Running programs
- The system PATH variable
- Localhost web servers
Go to Lesson 6: Command line for Mac (Unix shell) or for Windows (DOS)
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