Operating Systems

Online Courses

Having basic computer skills is a significant asset in today's modern world. Computers keep us connected to family and friends and help us do our jobs. Learn how to use a computer comfortably, while improving learning and productivity. This course focuses on the Microsoft Windows 10 operating system and offers a thorough, jargon-free introduction to computers, files and folders, networks, and peripherals like printers and keyboards. Garrick Chows also covers basic skills for working with software applications, the Internet, and email.

Interested in Mac computers? Check out Garrick's companion course, Computer Literacy for Mac.

Topics include:
  • What is a computer?
  • Purchasing a laptop vs. desktop
  • Understanding files and folders
  • Opening and saving files
  • Working with software
  • Setting up printers and Bluetooth devices
  • Connecting to networks to go online
  • Setting up email
  • Receiving and sending email
  • Searching the web

Learn all the ins and outs of El Capitan, Apple's Mac OS X 10.11 operating system. First, take a tour of the core interface elements—the menus, Finder, and Dock—so you can start working with files, folders, and applications right away. Then learn how to save files and find them again quickly, as well as use the core applications that come bundled with El Capitan (Mail, Calendar, Messages, FaceTime, iTunes, and Safari), and install new apps from the App Store. Finally, the course explores backing up your system, manually or with Time Machine, so you don't lose any important data.

Topics include:
  • Setting mouse and trackpad options and gesture controls
  • Connecting to the Internet
  • Organizing your Mac OS X desktop
  • Browsing files and folders with the Finder
  • Launching and quitting applications
  • Using Split View and multitasking
  • Searching for files with Spotlight
  • Browsing the web with Safari
  • Setting up Mail, Calendar, and Contacts
  • Connecting to others with Messages and FaceTime
  • Working with notifications
  • Installing apps
  • Sharing over a wireless network
  • Backing up your Mac

Mac OS X is designed to be elegant and easy to use, but there are hidden features and productivity-boosting shortcuts that even Mac pros can miss. Get Mac tips to help you become a better, more efficient user of Mac OS X El Capitan. Nick Brazzi offers handy tips and tricks for customizing Finder and Spotlight. He shows how to type hands-free with voice dictation and how to let your Mac read to you with Text to Speech. He also covers managing and securing files, recording video in QuickTime, and optimizing performance by finding more space on your hard drive and identifying the source of slowdowns.

Topics include:
  • Dragging files from one application to another
  • Using the Dictation and Text to Speech features
  • Printing to PDF
  • Customizing Finder windows
  • Securing files with encrypted disk images
  • Recording audio and video with QuickTime
  • Using the Activity Monitor to troubleshoot performance issues

Learn all the ins and outs of macOS Sierra, Apple's latest operating system. Author Nick Brazzi starts with the basics: installing and running the new OS, setting up system preferences and user accounts, and organizing the desktop. Learn how to work with the Dock and Launchpad, and set up your computer so it works best for you. He then shows how to save files and find them again quickly, work with email and calendars, send instant messages, video chat, and use the core applications that come bundled with Sierra (iTunes, Safari, QuickTime, Maps, and more). Looking for the latest apps and games? He also shows you how to find and install new applications from the Apple Store. Finally, Nick reviews sharing over a network and backing up and restoring files, so you never lose any important work.

Topics include:

  • Setting up an Apple ID or iCloud account
  • Browsing folders with Finder
  • Creating, copying, moving, and renaming files and folders
  • Organizing your desktop
  • Using Siri on the desktop
  • Launching and quitting applications from the Dock
  • Saving and searching
  • Browsing the web with Safari
  • Working with Mail, Contacts, and Calendar
  • Communicating with iMessage, Messages, and FaceTime
  • Using iTunes, QuickTime, Photos, Maps, and other bundled apps
  • Installing applications from the App Store
  • Sharing over a network
  • Backing up and restoring files

Please be aware that there was a significant update to Windows in August 2016, called the Anniversary Update. If you are using Windows after running the Anniversary Update, you should switch over to a different course, Windows 10 Anniversary Update Essential Training.

Learn all the essential features of Windows 10. This comprehensive course covers everything you need to know to install Windows, customize it to your liking, and start working with files and applications. Author Nick Brazzi shows how to manage folders, use Cortana to search and navigate, browse the web with the new Microsoft Edge browser, and work with Mail, Calendars, and People (aka contacts).

Plus, learn about sharing via a home network, multiuser configurations, security and privacy, and troubleshooting Windows.

Topics include:

  • Installing or upgrading to Windows 10
  • Connecting to the Internet
  • Launching, quitting, and managing applications
  • Creating, copying, moving, and renaming files and folders
  • Zipping and unzipping files
  • Using Cortana to search
  • Browsing the web with Edge
  • Sending email
  • Installing new apps
  • Sharing files over home networks
  • Backing up and restoring files
  • Configuring Windows updates
  • Using Windows Defender

Windows 10 is here! Explore the core new features and improvements in Microsoft's newest operating system. Take a look at the Start menu, Task View, Snap Assist, and Continuum, which allows you to run the same apps on mobile Windows devices as your PC. Also see how the Cortana virtual assistant can help you find files and more, and check out the the Edge web browser's novel capabilities.

Windows expert David Rivers shares tips and shortcuts for working more efficiently in Windows 10. This course opens with a top 10 list of power tips, before delving into mouse tricks and keyboard shortcuts, display and desktop organization tips, techniques for improving efficiency with basic operating system features, tips for improving system performance, and useful Windows utilities.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the startup environment
  • Running multiple virtual desktops
  • Saving files to PDF
  • Locking your screen
  • Enabling "God mode"
  • Configuring automatic app updates
  • Enabling Tablet mode on a PC
  • Fine-tuning power settings
  • Working with time-saving apps, tools, and utilities