Mac_32Windows_32Linux_32 How To Solve Any Computer Problem

This tip is based on an [xkcd comic](

Dear various parents, grandparents, co-workers and other "not computer people,"

We don't magically know how to do everything in every program. When we help you, we are usually just doing this:

  1. Find a menu item or button which looks related to what you wanted to do.

    Did you find one? If yes go to #3. If you cant find one go to #2.

  2. Pick a menu item or button at random.

    If you've already tried them all go to step #4. If not, when you've found one go to step #3.

  3. Click it.

    Did it work? If Yes, Go to #7 If no go to #5.

  4. Google the name of the program plus a few words related to what you want to do.

    When you find a link that looks promising, follow any instructions it gives you.

    Did it work? If so go to #7. If not go to #5

  5. Have you been trying this for over half an hour?

    If no go to step #1. If yes go to step #6

  6. Go ask someone for help.

    Sorry! We all need a little help sometimes!

  7. You're done!

    Congrats! You did it all by yourself!

  8. Please print this flowchart out and tape it near your screen.

    Congratulations! You're now the local computer expert.

August 26, 2009
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