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Mouse Practice

Small drawing of a computer mouse

Use these resources to learn about and practice using a computer mouse.


Small drawing of computer keyboard

Use the links below to improve and practice your typing.

  • Typing Web
    Tutorials and games for those learning to type. No account needed, but signing up for a free account allows you to save your progress.
  • Type Online
    Typing practice.
  • Keyboard Triathalon
    A trio of typing games to test and improve your speed and accuracy.
  • TypeRacer
    Race against other users to see who can type the fastest.

Parts of a Computer

Computer Glossary

Not sure what a CPU is? Confused by "The Cloud?" Learn what different computer terms mean with this great online computer encyclopedia.

Computer Basics

The following list includes links to a variety of sources that can help you better understand the basics of how to use a computer.

Tips for Using Computers

  • Basic Troubleshooting Guide
    When your computer does something you aren't expecting, Don't Panic! Here are some tips for solving some common problems with Windows computers.
  • How to Organize Computer Files
    Not sure how to keep straight where everything is on your computer? Here are some suggestions for keeping things organized.
  • OSHA Ergonomic Solutions: Computer Workstations
    A tool from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration that details some of the concerns of long-term use of computers at work, and ways to address those concerns.
  • Safe Computer Use Tips
    The way that you use your computer can affect your body in different ways. These tips can help you stay comfortable while typing away for long hours.
  • What's Inside: Computer Peripherals
    Curious about printers, scanners, and other devices you can attach to a computer? HowStuffWorks can tell you what they are and how they work.

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