Learn basic computer skills

In today’s world, we all need to use computers and other technology. Computers can help you find work and connect with friends and family. This page includes some resources for gaining basic computer skills.

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It is very important to know how to use a computer. Most companies want you to apply for jobs online. You can talk to your friends and family through email, chat, and video. You can also find any type of information you want. There are many places on the internet where you can learn basic computer skills for free.

Online classes

These are the two best, free, computer skills websites we have found online.

Digital Learn

Digital Learn has several classes to help you learn computer basics and internet skills. You can learn about the different parts of a computer and operating systems. Operating systems are programs that help your computer run. There are courses about how to use email.

Being safe on the internet is important. If you are not careful, your personal information can get stolen on the internet. Somebody might use it to make purchases with your money. You can take classes to learn how to keep your information private and avoid scams. Other classes will teach you to connect with people and how to shop online.

Digital Learn lessons are simple to follow. For example, you can learn how to stay safe on the internet. Or you can learn how to create and save documents in Microsoft Word.


GCFLearnfree has many great online courses and videos to help you learn about computers. You can learn how to set up your computer and what the different parts are. The classes talk about how to save documents and where they go when you do. Other classes are about how to use the internet and take good care of your computer. And they also have internet safety classes.

Watch a GCFLearnfree.org video that explains the different parts of a computer

Watch another video about how to use Gmail

Teach your children about internet safety

It is very important for your child to know about internet safety. It will help them understand the dangers of talking to people they don’t know on the internet. Teach your children about internet safety with NetSmartz.org.

Find a class near you

Would you prefer to go to a class? If you are having a hard time learning on your own, it can be good to have a teacher! Most public libraries have free computer classes you can attend. Find your nearest library or search FindHello to find computer classes for adults near you.