Designed to meet the requirements of all students who need to develop their IT skills, this text covers the following types of software package: word processor; spreadsheet (including graphics); database; computer-aided design; graphic design (paint); and desktop publishing. It also provides guidance on general microcomputer operation, sharing data between applications, health and safety issues, and error and fault management. Staged activities are included to encourage practice and consolidation of skills with each package type. It is designed to provide knowledge and skills which are readily transferable from one package to another. Written in a friendly style, the book aims to give students a degree of independence.