Laptop Self Care

Laptop Self Care is a 6-week programme designed to help you learn how to use your own laptop or computer better, to be able to update it, manage it, install software and troubleshoot problems for yourself.

Course Outline

Through-out the course you will complete an audit of your own computer, be able to organize files and make sure it is safe.

There will be activities to complete in between classes which will develop your knowledge and confidence.These will be sent by email.

We will work through problems together as a group which is a useful way of learning and building confidence.

This is practical, hands-on and interactive.

  • Getting to know your computer. Part 1
    We start by getting to know the control panel, system information and getting settings just right for you


  • Getting to know your computer. Part 2
    Building confidence to download useful (and free) software, completing an audit and clearing up disk space.


  • Safety and Security
    Learning how to secure your laptop, check for viruses and ensuring you are safe


  • Files and management – Part 1
    An overview of different file types and the folder structure within your computer. Learn where things are saved and how to keep things tidy.


  • Files and management – Part 2
    Saving files to the ‘Cloud’ explained and deciding what is best for you.


  • Maintaining your computer
    Learn how to check for and run critical updates to your computer and keeping things up to date.


  • Office Applications
    Learn how to create documents and spreadsheets for free with online tools and Libre Office.


  • Managing Photos
    How to download, transfer and organize your photos and memories.

Is this for me?

The course is open to local residents that are eager to learn how to use and maintain their own computer better.

This course is for computers running Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 10.

This is an active learning programme and you will be expected to complete the activities in between classes as well as conducting a self-audit of your laptop.

You will be provided the support you need to complete these exercises.

It is important for people to have a commitment to their learning, ability to engage with the programme and can attend all 8 classes.

What prior knowledge do I need?

You are expected to have your own computer and internet access, as the objective of the course is to learn who to use or manage that better.

But you are not expected to be an advanced learner.

The aim of the course is to fill in some gaps, be a useful refresher and build confidence. So there is something for everyone.

You will also need to have access to a webcam and microphone to participate in the classes. Many laptops have this built in already.

You are expected  to

  • Be able to access the internet and conduct a basic search unassisted.
  • Be able to send and reply to email

If you have any further questions about this course or any of our other initiatives do not hesitate to contact us by email on


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