Using the Computer and Managing Files

Learn how to use the desktop interface, and organise files and folders. Discover how to compress and extract files, protect your computer against viruses, edit text, and work with different screen and print settings.

Completing this ECDL Module enables learners to demonstrate they have the knowledge and skills to:

  • Use the main features of the operating system including adjusting the main computer settings and using built-in help features
  • Operate effectively around the computer desktop and work effectively in a graphical user environment
  • Know about the main concepts of file management and be able to efficiently organise files and folders so that they are easy to identify and find
  • Use utility software to compress and extract large files and use anti-virus software to protect against computer viruses
  • Demonstrate the ability to use simple text editing and print tools available within the operating system

The following outlines the benefits of this ECDL Module:

  • Covers the key skills needed to use the computer and manage files.
  • Certifies best practice in effective computer use.
  • Developed with input from computer users, subject matter experts, and practising computer professionals from all over the world – ensures relevance and range of module content.

ECDL certification testing for this Module is performed using the ICS Skills Automated Testing System (ATS). The ATS combines the best of all worlds: authentic candidate experience, cost-effective testing, streamlined processes, consistent scoring, and simplified, paper-free candidate management.

  • Web-based: All tests are performed online over the web, so there is no software for test administrators to install or maintain.
  • Real applications: Test candidates work with actual applications (such as MS Word or Excel) – and not simulated screens. In-application testing ensures candidates have the most authentic test experience.
  • Zero paperwork: Because both candidate testing and candidate administration are entirely online, there are no paper records to store, and candidates receive immediate feedback on their results.
  • Secure storage: The ICS Skills ATS gathers and keeps safe all results and candidate, class and module reports. This central storage of data and minimal handling reduces security and privacy risks.

In addition to ECDL certification tests, the ICS Skills ATS provides a full suite of diagnostic tests. These can be used for pre-training and pre-testing assessments to help identify individual knowledge gaps and training needs.

Information Sheet

Click the link below to view or download an Information Sheet for this ECDL Module in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Information Sheet

Official Syllabus

Click the link below to view or download the official ECDL Foundation Syllabus for the first seven ECDL Modules in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

ECDL Syllabus 5.0

Sample Tests

The ECDL Foundation provides a selection of sample tests for Modules 1 to 7 as an aid to test preparation. Each version of the sample test below contains the relevant test materials compressed into a single ZIP file:

MS Windows 7 2010

MS Vista 2007

MS Windows XP 2003

OpenOffice 3.1

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