Computer knowledge

What are computer skills?
Computer literacy is a term used to describe individuals who have the knowledge and skills to use a computer and other related technologies. This term is usually used to describe the most basic knowledge and skills necessary for the business of software products such as an operating system, a software application or an automated web design tool.

Computer literacy is becoming an increasingly important skill.

Computer literacy involves learning to access information and performing basic operations on a computer. It can be understood in the same way that traditional print media applies to print media. However, because computers are far more advanced than print media in terms of access, operation, and general use, computer literacy encompasses many more types of cognitive and technical skills, from understanding text and visual symbols to turning devices or parts of an operating system on and off via menus.

There are many different specific skills involved in computer literacy. Advanced skills such as programming, HTML web development, and network administration are usually not referred to as computer literacy. Some basic maintenance of a computer or the use of products like the Microsoft Office suite can fall into this category of knowledge. Computer courses may include instructions on how to use Microsoft Office, how to use an operating system, and how to use an Internet browser. Those with higher skill levels, like programmers, are sometimes referred to as 'power users'.

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