Technology Proficiency Checklist

Recommended proficiencies necessary to engage in the digital world



Computer Skills

Turn on & shut down the computer

Turn the monitor on and off

Know basic parts of the computer: monitor, CPU, mouse, keyboard, CD drive, USB port, printer

Use the mouse: left-click, right-click, drag and drop

Know how to use the keyboard


Windows Operating System

Start a program from the Start menu

Manage computer settings from the Control Panel

Exit a program

Save files

Change file name or location using Save As

Minimize and maximize a window

Scroll within a document

Manage multiple windows using the taskbar

Use menus and toolbars

Use the Help feature in programs

Find and open files by browsing from within a program

Find file icons and open them

Drag files to a new location

Copy files and paste them into a new location

Understand the difference between files and folders

Make a new folder

Delete a file or a folder

Empty the recycle bin and restore files from the recycle bin

Use Ctrl-Alt-Delete and the Task Manager to end

non-responsive programs

Tab between fields

Respond to dialog boxes



Check the various connections in the back of the computer

Reboot the computer

Use Ctrl-Alt-Delete and the Task Manager to end non-responsive programs


Printers and Printing

Turn the printer on and off

Load paper

Clear a paper jam

Replace toner

Use print preview

Switch between portrait and landscape printing

Print specific pages or selections

Print multiple copies



Storage Devices

Know the difference between floppy discs, CDs, and

flash drives

Insert floppy discs, CDs, and flash drives and access the files they contain

Copy files to external storage devices

”Burn” or copy to a CD


File Management

Understand the differences between files and folders

Copy and paste, drag and drop within files and whole files/folders

Navigate in the file structure to open, save, or delete files or folders

Empty and or recover files from recycle bin

Understand file extensions (.docx, .xls., .pptx)

Create files and folders

Move files between folders or drives

Copy files between folders, to flash drive or other external storage device

Delete files and folders

Back up files – to a website, a USB device, to CD, to a network drive

Open and save a file

Rename a file or folder

Create a shortcut to a file, a folder, or program


Word Processing

Insert, edit text

Change font and font size

Align text: left, right, center

Bold, italic, underlined text

Change line spacing

Change margins

Cut, copy and paste

Use spell check

Copy text from web into Word and clean it up

Use Print Preview & print selection

Understand different word processing file types

(i.e. .doc, .docx, .pdf)


Internet and

Web Browsers

Understand what a web browser does

Understand what a URL or web address is

Understand the difference between a search box and the address bar

Find and open Internet Explorer and Firefox

Type in a web address

Navigate using links

Use Back, Forward, Home buttons

View the browsing history

Delete history and temporary files

Fill out an online form

Add, delete and organize bookmarks or favorites

Use a search engine

Print all or part of a web page

Use the Find command

Change the text size

Download a file from the Internet



Access webmail by typing in web address

Log into account

Read, archive, and delete messages

Send messages to one recipient or to multiple recipients

Reply to and forward messages

Print messages

Open & download attachments

Send attachments

Understand basic email etiquette

Electronic Reading Devices

Downloading ebook content

Connecting device and transferring content

Understand ebook file types and compatible devices



Digital Camera and Images

Taking digital pictures

Connecting camera and transferring photos to computer

Uploading photos to email, photo sharing websites, Facebook, etc

Managing and organizing photos on computer

Editing photos in photo editing software, i.e. Picasa, Microsoft Photo Manager


Social Networking

Familiar with social networking tools

Understand privacy issues

Edit options and settings

Upload content such as photos and videos


Digital Music

Download music

Understand file types (wma, mp3)

Manage and organize music

Understand file sharing and copyright infringement issues



Kieran Hixon,
Sep 7, 2011, 12:18 PM