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Acquiring basic computing skills

There are some basic skills that you'll need if you’re to study successfully with the OU. You don’t have to have them all before you start, but you should try learning them in the early stages of your study so you can take a full part in the activities.

Click on any of the headings below to websites that teach you a particular skill. The links refer to Windows and Mac versions – for more information on the different platforms see Software explained.

Using email

The following links will help you send and receive messages, handle attachments and check junk mail

Play CDs and DVDs on your computer.

  • See your computer’s manual (or search online if you’ve lost it)

Install a program from a CD or DVD-ROM

Occasionally an OU module supplies a program for you to install.

Getting yourself ready checklist activity

Create and print your own checklist

Launch activity