Silver Surfers

Andover Neighbourcare Silver Surfers

Would you like to - Speak to friends and family online, or learn how to use the internet for news, information, shopping etc?

This basic computer skills course will provide you with an understanding of the most popular, current technologies used at home and in the workplace. You will become computer literate in this hands-on course while you learn to access, create, save and manage documents, spreadsheets and emails and use the Internet effectively. We demystify terminology and impart best practice skills for productive and secure use of hardware and software.

This course is designed for adults with no previous computer experience.

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Computer Skills Course: File Management, Part 1

Computer Skills Course: File Management, Part 2

Computer Skills Course: File Management, Part 4

Computer Skills Course: File Management, Part 3

Basic Computing Skills - Orientation

Beginner's Guide to Microsoft Word

If you do not have Microsoft Word on your computer.

You can down load Libre office for free (see tutorial to the right)

Libre Office Writer Beginners Tutorial - Word Processing Tutorial

I have been asked is a Tablet or Laptop best for Older People?

Please see below

I have been asked is a Tablet or Laptop best for Older People?

Over the last 20 years, the personal computing landscape has changed dramatically.

Where once computer-use was dependent on chunky desktop computers, today laptops dominate the way we work and play. The portability of laptops is the key to their success but as machines keep getting smaller, laptops are facing stiff competition from tablet computers like Apple’s iPad and Google’s Nexus.

The result is that many people – especially older consumers and retirees – are considering whether a tablet can act as their main computing device. But can using a small tablet really be as satisfying as a more traditional laptop or desktop machine?

The pros and cons of using a tablet

The ultimate advantage of using a tablet is its portability. Tablets are small and light: they can fit in your handbag with ease and won’t add much weight to its contents. At home, your tablet can move easily to suit any location, whether you’re surfing the web in bed or you’re looking up recipes in the kitchen. In contrast, laptops can be heavy and awkward to carry – especially if you’re using it for tasks that don’t necessarily require a keyboard.

A tablet, moreover, is a supremely multi-functional device. It doubles up as an e-reader, an over-sized iPod and a gaming device. Of course, you can also read books, listen to music and play games on a laptop – but on a tablet, the experience is more seamless and adaptable to your environment. You wouldn’t, for instance, listen to music on your laptop on the bus, but you could feasibly do so with an iPad or Android tablet.

However, there are some drawbacks. A tablet screen is generally smaller than that of a laptop, which may hamper your enjoyment of films and TV programmes. If you use your computing device to work, you may also encounter productivity concerns: an on-screen keyboard isn’t always as effective or quick to work as an external one, so typing may become frustrating. That said, some tablets come with a click-on external keyboard so this problem can be easily overcome.

Looking for help and tablet-laptop hybrids

Before making the decision to buy a tablet or a laptop, make sure that you consider exactly what you use it for. But if internet browsing and video-watching is the primary way you use a computing device, then a tablet may be the best solution for you.

For further advice for anyone who is undecided contact Silver Surfers by e-mail to or fill in the contact form on the home page, and we will shed some light on your problem.

How to set up and use a Tablet

More items will be added in the next issue.

Would you like to - Speak to friends and family online, or learn how to use the internet for news, information, shopping etc? We are there to help you

If you want to learn how to use a computer we use Learn My Way. This has been set up to give a range of easy to use courses and useful resources. By creating an account you can track your progress. You can do these courses yourself either in the Class or at home.Our goal is to give you a solid foundation. Once you have understood these basics, you will have a clear understanding on which to build your future knowledge of and skill with computers.

Just some of the other things we can help you with

Setting up and running your computer

Using the internet for simple tasks

Setting up your own email address

Basic computer skills

Offer advice and help with any issues 1 to 1 tuition

More advanced help & training If you are new to computers or just want to update your computer skills,

Starting to use a computer can feel like a visit to a foreign country – things look familiar but you can’t speak the language. Getting to grips with computers is much easier than learning a new language. Our guides will set you on the right path. With our one to one tuition you will be able to write e-mails, documents, use the internet, save photos and lots lots more.

To become acquainted with your computer there are certain basic skills to be mastered.


While these skills might seem obvious at first, the fact is that many people never take the time to learn these very important basics.


By studying them now, you will both save time later and also improve your daily computer productivity.


Each section of this course contains a straightforward, self-paced introduction to these topics.


Use a mouse to point, click and double-click Keyboard and typing tips.


Opening and closing software files. Accessing a CD-ROM Locating a saved file. How to copy and paste files or text

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