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Now I ask you, what could be easier than learning very BASIC language of computer use?
If you want to perform any action in any program, go to top of screen and read words there. With some exceptions, most of them say things like FILE, VIEW, EDIT, FORMAT, TOOLS, HELP. If you click on each of these words in any program, they bring down a menu of more options. (I probably don't need to explain this to you, but I'm trying to make a point here.)
Let's use FILE menu as an example. We all know what's behind door number one. NEW FILE, SAVE, PRINT... damn, this is too easy isn't it. So let me now point out five more general facts about computer programs:
In most word processing programs, pulldown menus are all pretty much same.
In most illustration programs, pulldown menus are all pretty much same.
In most utilities programs, pulldown menus are all pretty much same.
In most photo-manipulation programs, pulldown menus are all pretty much same.
In most Internet Browsers, pulldown menus are all pretty much same.
Why am I taking such pains to point this out? Because I want to shed some light on a fact that's often overlooked by skittish user. Because of fact that most word processing menus contain identical or nearly-identical pulldown menus, if you know one word processing program, you pretty much know all of them. That goes for all of other categories of programs as well. And even if menus are not identical, you know language. You'll be able to hunt for words that perform desired actions.
At this point, I'd like to thank you for sticking through this tirade with me, so that I can make my final point: The only thing holding you back from learning new computer programs is your own closed-minded attitude. Point and click. Seek and find. There is nothing easier than this. So for anyone out there who claims that they're "just not a tecchie" and can't learn programs: DO NOT DOUBT YOURSELF. You CAN learn programs!
If you master Photoshop, you'll be able to use any Photoshop knock-off program with relative ease. If you learn Microsoft Outlook, you should have little to no problem with other email management programs. This goes for all kinds of programs.
How can you become skilled in major categories of computer programs? Search for free, downloadable instructions on internet, or pay a small amount for training books. Hook up with a computer-savvy friend for a little tutorial. Click Help menu and read each topic explained. Do all this, and master programs while saving thousands on computer training classes that you don't need.
Just open your mind, and you'll see what's before you; incredible world of computers and miraculous acts you can perform through them by your own miniscule hand. You know a lot more than you think you know. So click mouse, and take your power.
Copyright 2005 Dina Giolitto. All rights reserved.
Dina Giolitto is a New-Jersey based Copywriting Consultant with nine years' industry experience. Her current focus is web content and web marketing for a multitude of products and services although the bulk of her experience lies in retail for big-name companies like Toys"R"Us. Visit http://www.wordfeeder.com for rates and samples.