Tips and Tricks

There are two types of addresses used on the Internet. One is for emailing and is a communication between you and someone else. It is private and not shared by the whole Internet. Emails are always in the format of Note the @ symbol.

The other is an address to a WEB SITE. This is in the format of and is used to take you to a web site where you will get information that is posted for the whole world to see. Note the www. and the dot com (or another extension like .gov, .org, .edu) at the end.

Emails always look like this:

Web addresses always look like this:

mouse Tips

·    SINGLE CLICK – You will use the LEFT mouse click 98% of the time when using the mouse. You place the mouse pointer first on an item on the screen and then using your index finger, click on the left mouse button once.

·    DOUBLE CLICK – Sometimes you will have to double LEFT click. A double click (left) is two rapid clicks on the left mouse button (CLICK-CLICK). Don’t worry you don’t have to remember when to single or double click. Just click once and if nothing happens, just double click.

·    HOLDING DOWN THE LEFT MOUSE BUTTON – This is known as grabbing and when you are on an item and would like to move it somewhere on your screen you would place your mouse pointer on the object, HOLD DOWN the left mouse button and then if it can move (not everything can), it will move as long as you hold down the left mouse button. Once you've have it where you want it, release the left mouse button.

There are several shapes your mouse pointer will change to and it’s helpful to understand what they are.

The pointer is the most common shape the pointer will take and simply means it's ready to go.
When your mouse pointer is over something that you can click on (also known as a link) it will change to look like a hand. Left click will move you to another page on the Internet.
This is the way the mouse pointer will look when it's in an area on the screen that accepts text. If you click it will place the blinking cursor in the box so you can type. This is how the computer will know where you want the text to go.
When the mouse pointer changes to a circle it means the computer is busy, be patient.

POWER BUTTON -Used to turn your computer on or off.

BOOTING UP (BOOTED UP) – The process your computer goes through whenever it is turned on.

DESKTOP – The very first screen you see when you turn on your computer.

Windows Classic – The operating system that runs your computer.

PROGRAMS – Software that is on your computer that allows you to do everything from play play a game or Skype.

ICONS – Small pictures that represent programs, controls, or functions on a computer.

LEFT CLICK – Associated with the mouse, pressing and quickly releasing the left mouse button.

TITLE BAR -The bar across the top of any open window that tells you what that window is for.

DASH - “minimize” – One of three controls on the right of the title bar to move a window out of the way temporarily.

SQUARE - “maximize” – One of the three controls on the right of the title bar that makes a programs window full screen.

“X” - One of the three controls on the right of the title bar and will close down the program.

SYSTEM TRAY – The bar across the bottom of the screen that shows you what is open on the computer. It has a start button on the left and finishes with the time on the right.

click - Used to describe the sound or motion of hitting the left mouse button.

HOLD DOWN - Used sometimes to highlight items on the screen or to move an item on your screen.

GRABBING – Placing your mouse pointer on an item on the screen and then HOLDING DOWN the left mouse button to grab the item and drag it, for example playing cards in Solitaire. It is also used to move a web page up and down with the scroll bar.

MENU - Items usually listed across the top just below the title bar that when clicked on will give you a list of available options.

INTERNET SERVICE PROVIDER – A company that provides you with a connection to the Internet, usually a local phone or cable company.

GOOGLE™- The most popular search engine on the Internet.

KEYWORDS – Simple words used to look up information on Google.

BLINKING CURSOR “|” – The blinking cursor on the screen tells you where what you type will go.

WEB SITE – A group of web pages, very similar to a book. A web site will have an index page on the first page that list all the web pages inside of the site.

PROGRAM (s)– Software that allows you to perform different functions on your computer. Solitaire and Internet Explorer are both examples of software.

INTERNET EXPLORER – The name of the software used on the computer that allows you to surf the Internet. Also know as the browser.

WEB PAGE – The single “pages” that as a group makes up a web site.

INDEX PAGE - The first page (home page) of a web site, much like an index is to a book. It will tell you everything that is available in that web site.

USERNAME - The name or “handle” you use for your email address and to sign-up with some web sites.

INBOX - Where your incoming emails are stored.

PASSWORD – Used for your email as well as some web sites to protect your privacy.

COMPOSE MAIL – Used to create an email to send to someone.


What it does

When to use it


Pressing the tab button will move the cursor from box to box and will advance the blinking cursor 1 ½ inches to the right when you are typing text.

If you are filling out a form, hitting the tab key will move the cursor from box to box.


Press the Caps Lock key once and all letters you type will be capitalized. Press the key again and the letters return to normal.

To type in all caps, i.e., for a stationary heading, title of a report or for emphasis


Hold down the Shift key as you press a letter and the letter will be capitalized. The shift key also enables you to type the top character on keys with symbols on them like the number keys. 

To capitalize, or when using certain punctuation marks like the @ symbol used in Email addresses.


The Backspace key deletes text that is “BEHIND” the blinking cursor.

Will delete text to the left of the blinking cursor. “|”



The Enter key has two functions”

First, it executes commands on the computer and it is used to start a new paragraph as well as move the blinking cursor down the page.

Used after you type in a web address to open a new web page.



Deletes text that is in FRONT of the blinking cursor.

Hit to delete text that is in FRONT of the cursor.



Space bar, used to create a space between letters.

Along the bottom of your screen you will see these program icons

Remote Support
If you have a question we can easily connect to your computer (with your permission) and help you out.


Google Chrome
Connects to the Web so you can surf the Web.

Solitaire is a great way for you to practice using the mouse.



Google Earth
Visit anywhere in the world. Click to open and type in an address


Free video chats anywhere in the world, computer to computer. Registration is free. Located on Senior Place

Selection of pre-installed games you can play right away.




Copy and paste is a very useful trick to use on the computer. This video explains the basics of how to copy and paste text. 

Computer safety is everyone’s concern. It’s important to remember some basic safety tips when using the computer. Learning the computer will help you be more informed and stay safer in today’s information world. 

Make sure you’re physically comfortable

When using your A-Plus Computer it’s important to pay attention to any stress points that you may have. Your hands and wrist should be parallel with the keyboard and mouse. Some like to use a soft pillow or a rolled up towel to rest their wrist on when using the computer. Also be sure that you use a comfortable chair when using the computer. Adjust the screen angle so you don’t have to keep moving your head to read the screen. 
Treat every email like it’s a phone call

Never respond to an email with personal or financial information, EVER.  Treat it just as if it was a phone call. While seniors may be new to the computer you have a world of practical experience. When getting an email, just think to yourself, if this was someone on the phone how would I respond?

Keep your computer safe from strangers

While it’s not uncommon to have trusted friends and family use your computer (just like they might use your phone), be aware of strangers using your computer. It is perfectly acceptable to say no to someone (like a housekeeper).

Remember don’t believe everything you read, even if it’s on a computer screen

The computer screen has taken the place of paper and print. Just because it’s on a computer does not give it more authority. 

Congratulations! You have taken the first step in getting yourself on the computer and the Internet and you should be very proud of yourself. We know for a lot of people it’s a big step.

Computers can be all things to all people. Computers perform different functions and can be used by anyone in many different situations. Not to worry, you’re not expected to use all the features a computer can do, in fact no one does. So just relax and concentrate on just the fun things that YOU want to do on a computer.

For most seniors using email, looking up information on the Internet, and playing some games can be great fun. Those few things will open up a whole new world to you and help you better understand the changing world around you.

On your new adventure, just take it slow. If you were just learning to drive a car, play Bridge, or learning the piano you certainly wouldn’t expect to know it all right away. Computers are no different. Some simple rules to keep in mind:

·      Walk away from the computer

o   If you ever feel frustrated, just take a break and do something else. Go for a walk; watch some TV, anything to clear your mind.  It really works and when you come back, your mind will be refreshed.

·      Restart the computer

o   Your computer is set up to fix most issues by simply turning it off and then back on. HOLD DOWN the power button for about a minute or until the computer goes completely black. Wait 5 seconds and restart it. Don’t worry you can’t break it!

·      Call our Signature Support Help Line

Your success is our success. We are here to help in anyway we can. Please call our Support at 1-800-675-6341. We take our time and with remote access we can share your computer screen so you can show us the issue. 
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