Microsoft Windows

Course Descriptions on this page are …

  • Introduction to Windows 10 computers
  • Computing Skills levels one and two
  • Inserting Pictures in Microsoft Word
  • Using WordArt in Microsoft Word
  • Inserting Text Boxes in Microsoft Word
  • Borders and Shading for paragraphs and pages in Microsoft Word
  • File Management for Windows 10
  • Fotor Picture Editing App
  • Fotor – Colour Splash Studio

Introduction to Windows Computers

Duration and cost of the Course

  • There are 5 two-hour lessons.
  • The charge for this course is $50.00 which includes the cost of the manual.

You will receive …

  • the manual “An Introduction to Computers” and
  • a set of exercise files to be used in completing the activities described in the manual.

Laptop computer users: If you are using your laptop computer during lessons, the exercise files will be copied into the Documents folder of your computer’s hard drive.
If your laptop has a screen that is less than 15″ diagonally it may be too small for classroom use and so your coach may arrange for you to use one of our desktop machines during some of the lessons.
Desk top computer users: If you are using a SeniorNet computer during lessons, you will need a USB Flash Drive (also called a memory stick, pen drive or thumb drive). Your coach will copy the exercise files onto it for you. Then you can carry the exercise files between your home computer and the SeniorNet computer.

This Introductory Course …

  • is suitable for students who have computers with either Windows 7 or Windows 10 operating systems.
  • is designed to help you learn the essentials of using a computer.
  • is a pre-requisite for all other “Windows” courses.
  • starts with basic skills of operating a computer.
  • includes the basics of writing, editing, formatting and saving.
  • uses the program Microsoft WordPad which is already installed on all Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 10 computers.

You will learn how to …

  • turn the computer on and off correctly.
  • understand the functions of the keys on the computer keyboard.
  • understand the basic functions available on the menus, ribbons and toolbars.
  • control the movement of the mouse pointer across the screen.
  • use the mouse to “click” and “double-click” objects on the screen.
  • use the mouse to select text – words, sentences and paragraphs.
  • use the mouse to drag selected text from one place to another.
  • locate and use some of the utility and games apps.
  • write, format and edit simple documents.
  • control whether you move or copy text.
  • save a document to storage, either the Hard Drive in your computer or a USB Flash Drive.
  • retrieve a document from storage.
  • delete an unwanted document from storage.
  • change the font, size and colour of text.
  • copy text from one document to another.

Computing Skills Levels One and Two

Duration and cost of the Courses

There are two courses, Computing Skills Level One and Computing Skills Level Two. These courses extend your general computing skills well beyond those of our Introduction to Computers course. They are essentially word-processing courses. They teach you how to produce well set out documents that can include photos, drawings, fancy styles, sizes and colours of lettering.
A detailed list of these skills is shown further down this page.

  • Level One has five 2-hour lessons and costs $50, including the manual.
  • Level Two has four 2-hour lessons and costs $40, including the manual.


You must have completed the course Introduction to Computers or gained exemption by passing the Basic Skills Exemption Test.

Computer Program

Your computer must have Microsoft Word 2007 or newer installed on it.

You will receive …

  • the Manual for the course.
  • a set of documents and pictures that are used when working through the exercises.

Skills included in these two courses

Computing Skills Level One
Start & exit Word      Insert & Delete      Cut, Copy & Paste      Use the Clipboard      Select font size and style      Open & Save documents      Set page layout      Indent paragraphs      Use hanging indents      Set tabs      Justify paragraphs      Rearrange text      Use “Help”       Set line spacing      Align text      Bullets and numbering      Use Find and Replace      Print-Preview      Correct Spelling      Manage files and folders      Insert , resize and alter shapes      Add filling and borders to shapes

Computing Skills Level Two
The Numeric keypad      Use special characters      Use Drop Caps      Insert a picture      Format and position a picture      Adjust white space      Rotate an image      Insert WordArt      Insert a table      Format a table      Add design features to a table      Borders and shading      Watermarks      Use Text boxes      Auto-sort lists      Set hanging indents      Insert and format graphics      Insert symbols      Use WordArt      Sort paragraphs

Lesson Activities

The activities detailed in the manual guide you through creating and formatting a variety of documents.
During the course you will write documents and save them to use for further practice at home and at the next lesson. Many of the documents are already written for you, to save you typing during lessons and to let you focus of the skills of setting text out neatly on the pages and inserting pictures.
If you are using a SeniorNet computer during lessons you will need to a USB Flash Drive (also called a memory stick or pen drive) on which to store and transport your documents.
If you are using your laptop you will benefit from having a USB Flash Drive with which to practice file management skills. Any size or brand of USB Flash Drive will be sufficient for this purpose.

Microsoft Word Short Courses

Microsoft Word contains a vast array of tools for working with text and images. Our Computing Skills courses combine the ones that are most frequently required by home users of Word.
Additionally, we have short courses for those who do not wish to do all of the topics in Computing Skills Two. Each short course deals with a specific module.
Computer Program required
You must have Word 2010 or newer on your computer to do these courses.
A few features work best with Word 2013 and 2016.
These courses are not for users of Tablets and Smartphones.

Inserting Pictures in Microsoft Word

  • Duration: 2 two-hour lessons
  • Cost: $20 including printed course notes.
  • Skills covered:
    • Insert a picture on a page.
    • Re-size the picture and fix its location on the page.
    • Crop a picture on the page.
    • Adjust the appearance of the picture – brightness, colour, contrast, …
    • Control the flow of text around an image.
    • Set the “white space” around an image.
    • Rotate an image on the page.
    • Partially overlap pictures and group them into a single, resizable and movable unit.
    • Create a “washed out” image for use as a background to text.
    • Make borders for pictures.
    • Insert pictures directly from the internet – available only with Word 2013 and 2016.

Using “WordArt” in Microsoft Word

    • Duration: One two-hour lesson.
    • Cost: $10 including printed course notes.
  • Skills covered:
    • Choose a WordArt style.
    • Use the WordArt Tools-Format ribbon.
    • Insert WordArt on a page.
    • Adjust its location on the page.
    • Set the style of font.
    • Set the “shape” of the WordArt layout.
    • Control the flow of text around an image.
    • Rotate WordArt on the page.
    • Use Text Effects.
    • Use text transformations.
    • Frame a WordArt text box.
    • Edit WordArt.

Inserting Text Boxes in Microsoft Word

A text box is a rectangular frame holding text that is separated from the flow of the wording in the main part of the page. It enables you to focus your readers’ attention on key items or explanations, etc.

  • Duration: 1 two-hour lesson
  • Cost: $10 including printed course notes.
  • Skills covered:
    • Insert a text box on a page.
    • Write and format text in the box.
    • Re-size the text box and fix its location on the page.
    • Place a text box on a picture.
    • Change the Border of a text box.
    • Change the fill (background) of a text box.
    • Use ready-made border and fill options.
    • Set the “white space” around a text box.

Borders & Shading for Paragraphs & Pages with Microsoft Word

Borders and Shading can be applied to parts of pages or whole pages. They can be effective for drawing attention to key items and to headings of documents. The background shade must contrast with that of the text so that it looks good whether printed in colour or in black-and-white (actually grey-scale). So dark backgrounds demand white or pale text, and pale backgrounds require dark text.

  • Duration: 1 two-hour lesson
  • Cost: $10 including printed course notes.
  • Skills covered:
    • Add a border to a paragraph.
    • Add a border to consecutive paragraphs.
    • Add borders to non-consecutive paragraphs.
    • Add a border to all the pages in a document.
    • Add a border to just the first page of a document.
    • Add a decorative border, using the art work built into Word.
    • Control the space between borders and text.
    • Add shading to a paragraph.

File Management for Windows 10

Learn how to organise all the stuff on your computer – documents, pictures, videos and music.

Duration and cost

  • There are 3 two-hour lessons.
  • The cost, including the course notes, is $30.00

Prerequisites – skills and equipment

  • Familiarity with the basic skills of using a “Windows” computer.
  • Have regular access to a laptop or desktop computer that runs on Microsoft Windows, in order to practice the skills at home between lessons.
  • Bring a USB Flash Drive (also called Memory Stick, Pen Drive, Jump Drive or Thumb Drive).
  • If you have a Windows laptop computer, bring it to lessons with the battery fully charged. Bring a computer mouse to use with your laptop.

You will receive …

  • the course notes File, Folder and Disk Management for Windows.

You will learn about these topics

How files and folders are arranged on your computer

  • File names and filename extensions
  • How to set your computer to show or hide filename extensions
  • Folders and pathnames

Viewing files with File Explorer

  • Viewing modes in File Explorer
  • The tree diagram of folders and their files – how to expand and contract the Folder Tree
  • Choosing the order in which files will be listed on screen

Reorganising files and folders

  • Creating new folders and moving files into them
  • Moving and copying files and folders, using several different methods
  • Deleting files
  • Renaming files
  • File size and disk space
  • Viewing file properties
  • Finding files on the hard disk or USB Flash Drive using the Search function
  • Managing folders and sub-folders

Fotor Picture Editing App

Fotor is a really simple easy App for photo editing. Features include Basic Editing Tools, Visual Effects, Frames, 1-tap Enhance, Collage, Text and many others. This App is for use on Microsoft devices and is downloaded from the Microsoft Store.

Fotor – Colour Splash Studio

This App allows users to bring their photos to life by selectively adding colour to a black and white photo.  Users simply open Colour Splash Studio, choose a photo, brush over the parts they want to stand out using the user-friendly brush tool, and touch up with the eraser if necessary.  Not only can you selectively restore a photo’s original colour, but you can choose to add a filter effect to the brushed areas. This App is for use on Microsoft Devices and is downloaded from the Microsoft Store.