Whitwick & District U3A - Computing Group - Refresher
Aimed at people with a basic working knowledge of PCs, it is intended to provide further information of how to get more from your PC, or to remind you of things you may have forgotten. The sessions will mainly use Windows 10 with coverage of Windows 8.1 where appropriate. Programs such as the Microsoft Office suite and a variety of other, often free, programs will also be addressed. The topics may range over how to use various programs to how things work. Suggestions for topics are always welcome.
These sessions will be held monthly and you can enrol for as many or few (even if it is just one) as you wish. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You can check, make, or cancel your bookings by using this page in the Members' Area. Using this online booking has advantages for both the group leader and the attendees. By doing so you:
- Will get immediate confirmation of your booking or place on the waiting list
- Receive email confirmation as a follow-up
- Be automatically emailed if a place becomes available and you move up the waiting list
Of course you can still email or phone and these will be handled as soon as possible, but they do not have the immediacy of the online booking.
You can also opt in or out of automatic email reminders sent three days before a session using this page in the Members' Area.
Please note that these sessions are subject to a fee of £1 per session.
Most sessions will be on 2nd Wednesday of the month 2.00 - 4.00pm. For the foreseeable future most of these will be hybrid meetings, i.e. some participants in person, others on Zoom.
Wed Jan 27th Windows desktop, what you can change, and what you can do. Video available here
Wed Feb 10th Email, especially spam, both unwanted and incorrectly identified. Videos available here
Wed Feb 24th Disposing of old equipment - safely! Video available here
Wed Mar 10th Microsoft store - and some unexpected effects.
Wed Mar 24th Producing simple diagrams in Word or Writer. While there are many dedicated programs for creating diagrams, sometimes Word or Writer are sufficient and have the advantage that most other people already have one or other of these programs - thereby making sharing easier. Video available here
Wed Apr 7th 'What's inside'. We will will be looking at the items that make up your computer, what they are for, and see how they relate to a computer's specification. Video available here
Wed Apr 21st Understanding your Router. What does it do, and what you may want to change. Video available here
Wed May 19th The role of the Operating System. CANCELLED
Wed Sep 8th Recent changes relevant to browsers, malware and Windows 11.
Wed Nov 10th Questions and answers - held over from October - hybrid meeting. In person Places available
Your suggestions for topics this year are welcome.
Notes, and samples where relevant, for the various completed sessions are available in pdf format in the members area here
Details of previous Refresher and Stage 2 sessions can be found here.
John Heal at
Please note that the group leader does not provide a computer consultancy service outside of the normal sessions.
Please note that as an anti-spam measure e-mail addresses on this page are NOT links, but should be manually copied