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Basic Mac/PC Computer Skills for Productivity

Class Code

ITS-0803

Class Description

Effective immediately in response to COVID-19, most Technology Training classes will be delivered online until further notice.

In advance of each session, Tech Training will provide you with a Zoom link to your class, along with any required class materials.


Computer use is growing in today's digital world. Learn tips for navigating and using desktop applications (like email) and internet browsers, and discover the key differences between Mac and Windows operating systems.

This class aims to be a safe, comfortable place to become familiar with basic computer skills. This course will introduce you to the basics of an operating system, how computers operate, and some basic applications that enhance productivity.

This course will assist you in making sure your skills are up-to-date to take full advantage of the tools at your disposal.

In this session, we will provide tips on using your computer effectively, including how to:

  • Understand key terminology
  • Navigate the desktop interface
  • Review mouse and keyboard functions and shortcuts
  • Organize your computer more efficiently, including your desktop, downloads, and other folder storage ideas
  • Find just what you need (through various search techniques)
  • Use communication tools such as email, calendar, and other web tools effectively
  • Use cloud-computing tools to share and locate materials quickly, no matter where you are or which device you're using

The instructor will encourage participation through questions and tailor the lesson to the needs of the participants.



University IT Technology Training classes are only available to Stanford University staff, faculty, students and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees. A valid SUNet ID is needed in order to enroll in a class.