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There is a lot to digest when learning about technology.
Confidence is important too, but there is no need for seniors to be scared of technology!


You might be uncertain at times but it is always important to make active choices to get best value from current technology.
There is no need to use a technology if it does not give you reasonable lifestyle value, no matter what younger people are saying.

Seniors have enough experience to make choices in life that are not driven by fashion but rather by function that suits them!

The hope is that this resource helps to build confidence and make technology understandable and useful.

How to use this Wiki

Before we go any further, what about that word Wiki in the title to this section?
Wiki is just the name of quick way to build a website on the internet, like the one you are viewing now.

If you want to know more about a Wiki you can click on the menu item near the bottom of the Site Navigation box at the left.
It is called What Is A Wiki or you can click here. Otherwise you can read on about how to use this website or wiki!


In that last sentence the words click here are in red. The red indicates a link which you can left click with a mouse or tap with your finger if using a mobile device. A link will take you to another place in this wiki or may take you to another web page outside the wiki.

Any time that a link goes outside the wiki, the outside page is opened separately to the wiki page you are on. This means you won't lose your place in this wiki even if you have a look at some other information!

How to match this Wiki to your own learning needs

Everyone has their own needs when learning and will learn at different speeds.

The information provided in this Wiki can be read in any order that suits your needs however, for mobile technology, it is suggested that you get the Basics clear first.

To see the topics in Basics, you can click on the red word Basics in the last sentence or on the word Basics in the Site Navigation box to the left.

If you are more interested in laptop or desktop computers you can click on Managing Computers in the left menu. Be aware that this is takes you through the basics of using Windows 10 on computers as this is the most common system available at present.

You can also:

  • If you have used your chosen device (computer, tablet, phone) for some time you might want to just skim over the basics or review those areas that you are not sure about.
  • If you are an absolute beginner it is recommended that you try to go through all the Basics to get the ideas clear. There will be further explanation in class sessions including hands-on practice to assist in your learning.
  • If web pages are familiar, you probably know how to navigate using the menu to the left and choose topics of interest to you.
  • If you need a little more help with navigating the wiki click here.
  • You may also find that you can find a topic more easily by going to Site Pages where all pages on this site are listed alphabetically
  • Be aware too that this website uses continuous improvement to stay updated and ensure quality learning. It will change from time to time so come back again to see what has been changed, improved or added!
  • Finally, you can also use the Search function at the right-hand top of each page to search for information anywhere in the wiki. See instructions below.

If you get lost

Remember that the Site Navigation box at the left, and the black Navigation Bar, top of page, under the title appear on every page.
Just click on Home to start at the beginning again.

How to use search for topics in this wiki


To search, type in what you want to know (red arrow points to the search box)
Next press the search button.
[Please note: If you get a report that says "Operation Timed Out" this is a fault in the wiki system for this website which sometimes occurs.
You did nothing wrong so please try again later. Many wiki owners are waiting for a solution to this problem. Technology is not infallible.]

If the Wiki behaved it will give you a new page with a list of text.
The new page you see lists locations where a word in your search has been used in the wiki.
Click on the topic you wish to read and you will be taken to the page where it appears.

The search is very simple so limit the words you use.
For example, do not type in "I want to know about USB memory sticks"
Try "USB" or "USB memory".

How to view videos on this site

The videos used for instruction on this site are stored on YouTube, a media sharing site for videos.
Information about the video on this site links to the YouTube site so that you can view the video without going to another page. A video will show as an image with a YouTube start button in the middle. Click on the start button to begin watching a video.

Note: The image below is only a picture to show appearance of the start button. No video will run from this image.


There are some things to remember when using the videos that might help them work better for you.

  • View them in full screen so that the content is as large as possible.
  • Make sure your speakers are on or you are using earbuds or headphones so that you can hear the narration.
  • Also make sure that the video is not 'muted' and the video volume is maximum, then adjust the volume for comfort on your speakers or earphones.
  • Use the Closed Caption button for help with hearing problems, as it will show text that follows the narration in the video.

This is how you make those settings listed above.

Full Screen

For full screen, click on the icon, right hand bottom of the YouTube screen. This is shown at the red arrow in the image below.

Closed Captions (spoken words appear on the screen at the bottom of the video)

For closed captions, click on the icon shown by the green arrow in the image below.
The closed caption button may also show as a square with CC inside.


Sound Muting / Unmuting

The left image below shows the appearance of the icon for muted speaker. This means no sound.
The right image below shows the unmuted icon and the volume control set to maximum.

Muted.jpg NotMute.jpg


With the YouTube volume set at maximum you can then control the volume of sound you hear by varying speaker volume or headphone volume on your computer or other device.

Pause and Restart

While you are watching a video, you may wish to Pause and this can be done by pressing the Pause button seen at the left of the image below. When paused it will show a white right pointing triangle which can be clicked to run again from the paused position.



When the video completes, it will show a circular arrow in place of the Pause/Play button. This is the rewind which will take the video back to the start if you want to watch it again.

Before you leave this page!

One thing that you should look at even if you have more experience is the link to Accessibility (Mobile Devices) or Computer Accessibility for laptop or desktop computers.
Many devices will help with larger text settings, spoken information, improved screen settings for poor vision and so on.
Learn how to make selections that will help you get the best from your device.

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