what is a basic computer skill you were shocked some people don’t have?

what is a basic computer skill you were shocked some people don’t have?

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  1. Been working in IT long enough to where people not having basic computer skills doesn’t shock me anymore. But still, how do people never figure out that you can search for programs in the start menu?

    “My Outlook is gone!”

    *hits start and types Outlook*

    Oh, there it is! How’d you find it?


  2. Formulas on Excel. And for those even less computer savvy, common keyboard shortcuts. There’s tons, but a few simple ones that come to mind

    * Ctrl + Shift + Esc – Open task manager

    * Winkey + D – toggle ‘show desktop

    * ‘Winkey + L – lock workstation

    * Ctrl + (shift +) tab – switch tab/document forwards

    * Shift + Delete – permanently deletes files (without going to recycle bin)

    * F2 – ‘edit’, renames selected files

    * Ctrl + C/X/V – Copy/Cut/Paste respectively

    You’d be surprised how many people don’t know this stuff.

  3. Just navigating Windows Explorer, and the organisation of files. The amount of people who just stick every single file on their desktop is crazy, and they’re not arranged in any particular order. When they need to find a file they have to peer all around their desktop to find it.

  4. How to use Excel. Went to a job interview and they asked me about Excel and how would I rate myself. I asked them to clarify, like basic spreadsheet functions, formulas or programming in excel. They looked at me in shock and said “You know a lot, you’re an advanced user”. 🤦‍♀️ I never answered the question and they moved onto the next question.

  5. People underestimate the power of the CTRL key.

    You can make selecting and highlighting things easier to shorten the time it takes to organize files. Admittedly, I hadn’t realized this for years until the last two years.

    Holding CTRL and selecting each file, you can pick more files and move them. As well as delete.

  6. Naming a document. You don’t have to use the default img.exe or whatever. You can name it something so you remember what it is so it doesn’t get lost. Saved me a lot of frustration in college when I was taught this for an online assignment.

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