It is easy to learn to use a computer once you know that most operating systems have some key features. In fact, using a Mac or a Windows based computer is like the difference between driving a Gremlin and driving a Porche. They look different, they have different “engines” under the hood, but using them is the same with only minor differences.
So what are the key things to look for on an operating system?
First will be the task bar. Usually, this is at the bottom of the screen (though not always). The task bar will show you the programs that are currently open. Also on the task bar, you might see the date and time.
Next, is the place where the programs are. Sometimes this is on the task bar, though it doesn’t have to be. Nearly all operating systems have some way of accessing all the programs on the computer. On Windows, this is done by clicking Start and looking under All Programs. Macs have something similar up a the top of the screen.
Another common component is the “Control Panel”. This is the area of the operating system where you can make adjustments to the operating system. When you learn to use your computer, you want to make sure you can find this area. Window users can usually find this by clicking on the Start button. Linux users won’t see an option that says Control Panel, but many of the same functions of a control panel are found in the System menu.
Finally, all programs will have some way to shut down. This can nearly always be found in some menu in or around the task bar, but some operating systems give you “quick” access to it by putting it on one of the bars you see on the desktop.
Learning to use a computer is easy when you know what to look for. Even if you are on an unfamiliar system, look for things that “sound” familiar. Keep in mind that it might not always have exactly the same name, but it might be something similar. With a little persistence, you can learn to use any computer.