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Master the ins and outs of computer basics with a wide variety of classes. Find classes for everything from navigating operating systems to using Microsoft Office, gaining essential skills that will boost you productivity and confidence.

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Microsoft Outlook Level 1

NYIM Training - Virtually Online

Master the art of maximizing productivity with Microsoft Outlook in this hands-on course. Learn how to automate tasks, manage calendars and to-do lists, and effortlessly handle large volumes of email. Boost your efficiency and become an Outlook specialist.

(742) All levels 18 and older

Microsoft Outlook Level 2

NYIM Training - Virtually Online

Enhance your Outlook skills with advanced techniques in searches, automation, contact management, and more in this hands-on training course at NYIM Training. Customize your communication system for optimal productivity and efficiency. Prerequisite: Outlook proficiency equivalent to Microsoft Outlook Level 1.

(742) Intermediate 18 and older

HTML Email Certificate

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Master the art of creating visually stunning and cross-mail-client compatible HTML emails with this in-depth course. Elevate your marketing game and learn to code emails that shine on desktop and mobile devices, maximizing your ROI.

(373) All levels 18 and older
$1,095

4 sessions

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Tech Support for Grandparents

92nd Street Y @ 1395 Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Want to Skype with your grandchild? Want to group-text your whole family all at once?  Bring your device and our two tech experts will help figure it out.

(1068) All levels 21 and older
No upcoming schedules
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Microsoft Outlook Essentials

Technical Institute of America @ 545 8th Ave, New York, NY

This one day course is all you need to start sending and responding to email in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 & 2010, as well as maintaining your Calendar, scheduling meetings, and working with tasks and notes. You will also learn to customize your Outlook environment, Calendar, mail, folders, and also track, share, assign, and quickly locate various Outlook items.  Students will learn to: Identify the components of the Outlook environment....

(632) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$169
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Computer Basics Classes Coming Up in Los Angeles

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Computer Basics

El Camino College @ 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA

Discover the secrets to navigating your computer with ease and confidence in El Camino College's Computer Basics course. Learn essential skills for using Windows PCs, smartphones, printers, email, and more in a fun and encouraging environment led by a knowledgeable IT instructor. Say goodbye to computer intimidation and hello to enhanced digital literacy.

(176) Beginner 18 and older
$35

4 sessions

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Computers for Beginners Series

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Unlock the world of technology with our comprehensive course that covers the fundamental concepts of computer use. From understanding hardware components to navigating software applications, this series will equip you with the essential skills needed to thrive in the digital age. Join us to start your journey towards computer proficiency today.

(784) Beginner 18 and older
No upcoming schedules
$249

4 sessions

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Computers for Beginners Part 1: Basic Essentials

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

The first step for students with little or no prior experience with computers, covering terminology, hardware, basic uses of computers and overcoming your fears of technology. Try this class by itself, or try the "Computers for Beginners" series.

(784) Beginner 18 and older
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Computadora Basica para Principiantes: Parte 2

Los Angeles City College @ 855 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Discover the essential skills needed to navigate the world of computers in this beginner-friendly course. Learn how to use USB drives and CDs for storage, explore the internet, and master search engines like Google and Bing. Gain the ability to open and send emails, as well as connect with various social media platforms.

(784) Beginner 18 and older
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Computer Basics Classes Coming Up in Chicago

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Learn to Type

Discovery Center @ 4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL

Unlock the power of proficient typing with our Learn to Type course at Discovery Center. Acquire the essential skill of touch typing as we guide you through the fundamentals, starting with the introduction to the Home Row keys in our Learning Lab. With a focus on daily practice, our sessions progress to the Practice Pavilion, Skill Building, and Test Center, ensuring a disciplined approach to enhance your keyboard proficiency. In today's digital age, where keyboards dominate, our classes provide the necessary foundation for effective typing in various settings.

(279) All levels 16 and older

After Hours A+ Certification 2012

ONLC Training Centers

If you are getting ready for a career as an entry-level information technology (IT) professional or personal computer (PC) service technician, the CompTIA® A+® Certification course is the first step in your preparation. The course will build on your existing user-level knowledge and experience with personal computer software and hardware to present fundamental skills and concepts that you will use on the job. In this course, you will acquire the...

(7) Beginner 18 and older
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Introduction to MS Office Suite 2013

Howard Area Community Center

Dedicated to helping adults acquire the academic, employability, and life skills they need to achieve meaningful employment and economic self-sufficiency. The program offers adult education classes and operates an Employment Resource Center that assists people with their employment needs.

All levels 18 and older
No upcoming schedules

Intro to Computer Basics & Resume Writing

Howard Area Community Center

Dedicated to helping adults acquire the academic, employability, and life skills they need to achieve meaningful employment and economic self-sufficiency. The program offers adult education classes and operates an Employment Resource Center that assists people with their employment needs.

Beginner 18 and older
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Introduction to Basic & Intermediate Email Concepts

Howard Area Community Center

Dedicated to helping adults acquire the academic, employability, and life skills they need to achieve meaningful employment and economic self-sufficiency. The program offers adult education classes and operates an Employment Resource Center that assists people with their employment needs.

All levels 18 and older
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Computer Basics Classes Coming Up Online

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Microsoft Outlook Level 1

NYIM Training - Virtually Online

Master the art of maximizing productivity with Microsoft Outlook in this hands-on course. Learn how to automate tasks, manage calendars and to-do lists, and effortlessly handle large volumes of email. Boost your efficiency and become an Outlook specialist.

(742) All levels 18 and older

Microsoft Outlook Level 2

NYIM Training - Virtually Online

Enhance your Outlook skills with advanced techniques in searches, automation, contact management, and more in this hands-on training course at NYIM Training. Customize your communication system for optimal productivity and efficiency. Prerequisite: Outlook proficiency equivalent to Microsoft Outlook Level 1.

(742) Intermediate 18 and older

HTML Email Certificate

Noble Desktop - Virtually Online

Master the art of creating visually stunning and cross-mail-client compatible HTML emails with this in-depth course. Elevate your marketing game and learn to code emails that shine on desktop and mobile devices, maximizing your ROI.

(373) All levels 18 and older
$1,095

4 sessions

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Write for Results

Exec-Comm @ Instructor-Led Virtual Classroom

Master the art of writing clear and concise business documents that engage and inform the reader in Exec-Comm's workshop at their Write for Results program. Learn how to simplify and focus your writing process to create effective emails, proposals, and reports. Gain the skills to organize information effectively, write in an active voice, and edit documents quickly for maximum impact.

(81) All levels 18 and older

CyberSAFE (Securing Assets for the End User)

New Horizons Computer Learning

Regardless of your computer experience, this class will help you become more aware of technology-related risks and what you can do to protect yourself and your organization from them. This course will help you to understand security compliance considerations, social engineering, malware, and various other data security-related concepts. In this course, you will explore the hazards and pitfalls and learn how to use technology safely and securely....

(8) Beginner 18 and older
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$295
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Computer Basics Classes Coming Up in Houston

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Technology Classes for Seniors

India House Houston

A weekly interactive technology session for our seniors conducted by our young volunteers.  No more waiting on someone else to send the message, share the pictures and celebrate special days. Get answers to all your Why's, What's, Who's, When, Where and Hows in regards to technology. 

All levels 18 and older
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Computer Basics Classes Coming Up in Atlanta

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Email Marketing Essentials

General Assembly @ Online Class Livestream, Atlanta, GA

Email is one of the highest performing digital marketing channels, requiring its own unique set of content, marketing, and design considerations. However, with the tens of hundreds of emails people receive every day, you must learn how to distinguish your email from the rest. In this session, you’ll learn how to develop and drive email strategy, best practices and principles for getting users to take action, simple strategies and A/B tests to maximize...

(2637) All levels 18 and older

Microsoft Excel 2007/2010: Beyond the Basics

Pryor Learning Solutions - Atlanta @ 111 Cone St NW, Atlanta, GA

It's frustrating to know what Excel can do, but not understand the techniques to accomplish it. In just one day, you'll not only learn the formulas, database techniques and macro commands that make work go faster, but we'll also show you the Excel tips and shortcuts the pros rely on to make data more useful and worksheets easier to manipulate. You'll learn advanced Excel tips like how to design and debug a macro and how to create and manage a PivotChart®....

Intermediate 18 and older
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Reviews for Computer Basics Training

Computer Basics Training are rated 4.4 stars based on 6,787 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Tech Support for Grandparents

    Reviewed by Ruth M. on 2/27/2020
    Absolutely terrific! Very informative and relevant material presented in an easy to understand manner. Excellent teacher with great skills and knowledge base!
  • Tech Support for Grandparents

    Reviewed by antwi b. on 1/17/2020
    Very good
  • Microsoft Outlook Essentials

    Reviewed by Lydia R. on 6/15/2017
    I liked the class because the instructor was not in a rush and he explained and helped you personally. I didn't feel confused and going from one step to another in a rush. I enjoyed the class. Thank you Lydia
  • Microsoft Outlook Essentials

    Reviewed by Daniel A. on 3/23/2016
    I enjoyed the instructor's enthusiasm in the subject. He made the learning experience much better and I feel that I walked out of there knowing more than I did when I came in.
  • Microsoft Outlook Level 1

    Reviewed by Lisa Romer on 10/28/2013
    What a fun way to learn! Karen incorporated laughter into the curriculum and helped me unleash my skills. Can't wait to take it again. Thanks!

Discover the Best Computer Basics Classes Near Me

The definition of computer basics has come a long way from the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator and large systems that once filled an entire room. At their inception hundreds of years ago, computers were designed to crunch numbers for humans to check for accuracy, but as technology has advanced, computers now do so much more than compute complex math equations relatively quickly. Nearly instantaneous tasks like emailing, Internet surfing, blogging, and managing files have become a staple fixture in modern society.

Computers are a big part of staying connected and exploring the world nowadays, and that’s why it’s important to know how to securely navigate a personal computer. And because technology is steadily evolving, IT professionals and those wanting to go into the computer and data science field need to continue expanding their knowledge as new tech arrives on the scene. Although computers have simplified life in many ways, operating computers come with a learning curve.

Why You Should Learn Computer Basics

Technology seems to be one of the things driving the world forward, so having some knowledge of computer basics allows you to join in on this forward momentum. Not only can learning how to safely leverage modern amenities like online shopping, email, Internet surfing, and word processing make your life a little easier while connecting you to a wider network, but computer skills are also helpful in both your professional life. Basic computer skills make you a stronger candidate for employment and can allow you to demand better pay rates corresponding to your level of expertise. 

Investing in your professional growth pays dividends, whether you turn it into a side hustle or add it to your employable skills. Data entry specialists, customer service representatives, administrative professionals, and project managers all use basic computer skills to create more efficient workflows and make their work less stressful. Taking continuing education classes or professional development courses in various computer skills can keep you up-to-date in your field of expertise or even push you into a higher salary range. There are big advantages that come with mastering multiple computer programming languages or multiple graphic design software.

5 Ways to Learn Computer Basics

Learning computer basics can be as involved or as laid back as you want it to be. With so many options available, it’s easy to tailor your learning experience to your current situation and timeline. It doesn’t matter if you’re a complete newbie to computers or if you’re looking to build on the computer skills you already have, your learning experience will be what you make it to be. Here are a few ways to learn computer basics to consider.

  • Traditional in-person learning. Traditional education settings are still the most effective way to learn computer basics. With in-person classes, both students and instructors are in the same place and can physically interface with one another. Instructors can give demonstrations of techniques and then move about the classroom to provide hands-on and individualized assistance to students who need it. 
  • Online learning. Taking a class online isn’t all that different from an in-person class. Instructors can still provide live individual assistance to participants who need it, but it looks more like a screen share and a mouse pointing out instances of concern. Many of the traditional in-person learning opportunities are also offered as a live virtual class too, so learners can choose what’s most comfortable for them.
  • On-demand learning. If a scheduled class isn’t a possibility for you, then on-demand classes may be a better fit. On-demand or self-paced learning isn’t taught live and it’s not always taught by a professional or certified instructor. You can find on-demand classes on online platforms like YouTube and at your public library. You’ll be able to learn as fast or as slow as you like and on your own schedule.
  • On-the-job training. Because computers are a big part of most professions, from waiting tables to engineering, many employees will get some sort of on-the-job training to get them accustomed to the computer system the workplace uses and their computer protocols. Taking this route to learn computer basics is relatively quick and easy, and you’ll have the benefit of conferring with a co-worker if you need further assistance. 
  • Reading books. One of the great things about reading is that it allows you to learn anything you want to learn. As long as you can comprehend the material, you can read a book or two and learn a new skill. When you have questions about the reading material, you’ll either have to do an Internet search or reach out to the author for clarification. Some books that are intended to be teaching materials may come with a website to reference or a DVD.

In-Person Computer Basics Classes

In-person classes are still the gold standard of education for most people. It’s familiar, it’s accessible, and it yields great results. There is no shortage of computer basics classes around the country, so if you think you can benefit from taking a computer basics course, here are some courses that may be helpful to you.

Noble Desktop, located in Midtown, Manhattan, is New York state licensed and Adobe authorized. With these certifications, students can be sure that they’re getting quality training in technology with classes that are led by top instructors who have written training workbooks that are widely used in the field of technology. Unlike many technology training facilities, Noble Desktop supplies its students with both computers and the applicable software that is necessary to learn the skills they need to succeed, so there’s no reason to bring your own laptop or purchase software licenses right away. This multifaceted school has been training computer professionals, graphic designers, coders, and career changers for over 30 years.

If you’re interested in making a career change and considering data science, Noble Desktop’s Data Science Certificate can help get you well on your way. This adult beginner’s course offers hands-on training and mentoring from experts in the industry because your success is important. By the end of this training, you will have transformed into a data analyst, having learned how to analyze and program with Python, create machine learning models, build and present data visualizations and dashboards, and how to build your portfolio for a successful job search. Successfully completing this 18-session course earns you certification as a data scientist and 1-on-1 mentoring with an experienced data scientist.

It’s time to get a firm grasp of Microsoft PowerPoint in this PowerPoint in a Day course offered by Noble Desktop. This class teaches the basics of PowerPoint and how to create dynamic presentations that convey your message to your audience in an impactful and engaging way. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to use tables and charts, animations, and images in your presentations. The class focuses on functionality just as much as effective storytelling. Included free with this class is a PowerPoint video suite with hours of customized content. You’ll be able to review the course content with high-quality video and lifetime access on your own device.

Los Angeles City College located in East Hollywood, offers free noncredit courses for professional and personal skills development, career training, and typical for-credit college classes. Their free noncredit classes fall under their Community Services. Classes are offered to students of all ages, skill levels, and professions. Students can take classes out of necessity or just for fun and use the skills they learn to improve themselves. 

Their Computer for Beginners Series is a four-week course for adults that will teach learners with little to no experience with computers how to operate and use a personal computer or mobile device confidently. This course begins with making computer knowledge accessible and helping students move past their fear and reservations about technology. Then learners will move on to Windows systems and file management, how to use the Internet safely, securely, and wisely, and how to navigate email applications. These basic skills can create a strong foundation for novice computer users and help them feel confident with the little things, like surfing the Internet and creating and retrieving files.

ONLC Training Centers offer computer education in over 300 locations around the country, including in Chicago and Los Angeles. Their Los Angeles center in Westwood offers a full course lineup that’s useful for both the computer novice and the more experienced computer user. ONLC was started by two former Dupont Company mainframe programmers in the early 1980s and has grown into one of the largest privately owned IT training companies.

Adobe Photoshop Core Skills: Level 1 offered by ONLC Training Centers covers the basics of Adobe Photoshop and its user interface as well as how to work with its selection tools and various strategies to create and edit images that are striking and make a real statement. Course objectives for this class include basic photo corrections, choosing and working with selection tools, basic layering, and masks and channels. Although the class is taught using Windows PC, the instructor will point out the small differences that appear when using Photoshop on a Mac system.

Colorado Free University is located in East Denver, and it prides itself on being a lifelong learning center offering learners a variety of enrichment courses. CFU was born out of the free speech movement during the 1970s and had the mission of making education more egalitarian, eliminating barriers to education, and allowing students to learn the things they wanted to learn. Today classes are geared toward adults who don’t have a lot of free time to spend learning but want to gain useful skills. All of the instructors are community members who have knowledge and expertise in their field.

For those who are interested in Using Google G Suite, this Colorado Free University course will teach the fundamentals of G Suite. This includes Gmail, Google Drive, Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Forms, and Google Hangouts. Participants do not need to have any prior experience with Google’s G Suite, but it does help to be familiar with Microsoft Office and personal computers. This is a beginner-level class for learners ages 17 and up.

Just outside of Atlanta, in Alpharetta, is Neuskills, LLC. Neuskills has your goals in mind and prioritizes your time. They offer 1-on-1 training and consultation services and technology classes that support long-term growth and solid foundations with immediate application in mind. In their Lightroom Classic: Streamlined Workflow students of all levels, ages 15 and older will master the import and the library module. The class also teaches professional techniques for culling images efficiently and how to share images and edits in real-time. Participants will even learn best practices for recovering missing images and how to create a backup plan to protect images, edits, and presets.

About an hour outside of Washington D.C. is Learning Tree International in Herndon, Virginia. They are a leading educator of IT professionals in business and government organizations all over the world. Learning Tree International helps to optimize workforce efforts through its training and custom learning paths. Learning Tree Education Centers are located all over the world, offering education in topics like web development, programming languages, cloud computing, and software design.

In their Microsoft SQL Server Training Course, students learn how to create SQL Server databases, write transact-SQL queries, make the most out of Management Studio, and integrate SQL Server into Microsoft Office. This SQL Server course is intended for adult beginners, so no previous experience is necessary. Class sizes are small enough to feel intimate while allowing learners the opportunity to collaborate and problem-solve with classmates.

Virtual Computer Basics Classes 

The glaring difference between in-person and online computer basics classes is the flexibility that online classes offer their students. When you’re unable to find a class in your location or you plan on being on vacation during class times, online classes allow you the freedom to learn wherever in the world you need to be. Not only is your location, not an issue, but also your schedule is less of an issue. There’s no need to factor in the time it takes to commute to class. 

Hands-on learning looks more like screen sharing and spotlighting in virtual classes, whereas in an in-person class, the instructor can stand over your shoulder, take control of your mouse, or help you make adjustments. Online courses also require you to supply your own computer or mobile device and software. Some course materials may be digitally supplied, but if you prefer a hard copy, you’ll need to print it yourself. 

QuickBooks Online for Beginners is a course for learners ages 16 and older. The class teaches students how to identify the information that a business needs to track and how to put that data into QuickBooks. At the end of this course, learners will feel confident in their ability to organize business finances in the popular accounting software including paying vendors, sending invoices, tracking business expenses, and creating a chart of accounts. Although this is an intensive class, the expert bookkeeping instructor will make difficult topics easy to understand and help learners to avoid common missteps. 

In AutoCAD: User Interface & Basic Drawing (ACD-001), adult learners will learn the basic environment of AutoCAD. The instructor will guide participants in accessing commands, using the pointing device, and understanding the Cartesian workspace. At the end of the course, students should be able to create a model using basic drawing skills and editing coupled with viewing options.

Introduction to Excel-Learn Basics is a course that teaches participants how to build basic spreadsheets in a working environment. In this course students will cover sorting data, formulas and functions, working with workbooks, worksheets, and worksheet tabs, and formatting for design. The instructor will help students to discover how Excel can make their workflow easier and how to become fluent in basic Excel operations.

Private Group Computer Basics Classes

If your organization is looking for a class to add to a team-building event, consider including computer basics classes for private groups online. CourseHorse offers captivating live online group classes for your business with no booking fees and confirmation of your booking is sent within 24 hours, multiple platforms are supported, and you can change your group size after booking if needed. 

Premiere Pro Corporate Training is a class that supports up to 20 participants and focuses on editing video footage for TV, social media, and other video platforms. Participants will learn how to import videos, pictures, and B-roll into Premiere Pro, clean up background audio, color correct video, and add transitions. There are a lot of features in Premiere Pro that can give videos the kind of professional and clean look that audiences resonate with.

If there is a course you’re interested in that you don’t see listed publicly, please reach out to CourseHorse through the contact form on their website to find out what they can schedule for you. Private group classes are a service they provide, so there are always options available.

What Will I Need to Learn Computer Basics?

You will need a computer or mobile device and the specified software to learn computer basics. There are learning centers that do provide students with both computers and software, but some do not. Be sure to ask whether or not the necessary equipment will be provided when choosing a school. Many of the class materials will be supplied by the instructor, including workbooks and textbooks. 

Is it Difficult to Learn Computer Basics?

Learning computer basics is easy for some and more challenging for others. Regardless of which side of the spectrum you fall on, you’ll have to put in a lot of effort to achieve your goal of conquering computer basics. Having a basic understanding of computers can open you up to a whole new world, and it is accessible as long as you’re dedicated to learning the skill.

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