DELSA - Digital Empowerment for Digitally Upskilling Adults

1B Using the internet and managing information


1B Using the internet and managing information

Saving, favourites, organising, folders



1B At the end of this module you will be able to: • Know what digital information is • Manage digital information using bookmarks and favourites • Save and organise documents and other information in folders and files on your desktop

This is the second part of the course we will find out how to manage information from the internet so it can be useful to us. We will receive some tips about how to find documents on the internet and how to save them. We will learn how to save documents that are attached to Emails We will learn how to create folders so we can save documents and other files and be able to find them again when we need them. Exercises will help to find and store information that will help us in our lives.

 Contents in bullet points
1. Managing information • Digital Information • Managing Information from the internet • Documents on the internet • Emails and attachments • Files and folders


 1B Information & Data Literacy

Managing Digital Information

  What do I need for this unit?

A computer, laptop or tablet with internet connection.

  Digital Information

Digital Information is information that you find using a computer.
Sometimes people use the word data instead of the word information.
Digital information can be a written/typed document, a picture, a photo, a piece of music, numbers on a spreadsheet.
Can you find these different types of information on your computer?

   Managing Digital Information

So much information is available on the internet that you might need to manage information so it can be useful to you.
Digital information can be found on the internet, in an email or stored on your computer.
Some of the information will be useful to you some of it will not – you decide!

  Managing Information from the Internet

Do you remember this from a previous module?

This is what happens in one minute on the Internet!

That’s a lot of information!


How to easily find a webpage that you use often?

Bookmarks and favourites help us to find webpages that we use often.
On a browser there is a star icon like this      in the toolbar.           
What happens when you point at this star?
Click on this star to make your computer remember that you want to see this page again.

  Exercise 1

Open the search engine Google:
Type e.g. ‘cinema times’ and your local town and press ‘Enter’.
Make sure that this is the webpage that you want.
Find the star icon on the toolbar and add this page to your favourites.
Close the browser on  your computer and open it again.
Can you find the website that you have bookmarked/added to favourites?


More information is available from


You can use bookmarks on Twitter also

  Documents on the Internet

You can find written documents on the internet.
These might be documents with information or forms to be filled in.
There are different types of documents
This is a pdf:

Normally, you cannot change/edit this type of document but you can print it or download/save it.

  Saving documents from the Internet

To print a document you will need to connect your computer to a printer.
To download or save a PDF document to your computer you can use these icons at the top of the screen.

  Exercise 2

Click on this link to a PDF:

Hold your cursor at the top of the page until you see these signs.
Click on the arrow.
Save this document to your desktop.
Did these symbols appear in the top right hand side of the page?
If yes, press on the button that says ‘Save As’ when you hover over it then ‘Save’.

  Emails and Attachments

Emails contain information in the email itself and they can also have attachments.
A paper clip like this:    is the symbol for an attachment.
An attachment is a document or a picture which you can save so you can look at it later.
Can you find an email that was sent to you with an attachment? How do you know?
This email has an attachment:
This email has no attachment:

  Exercise 3

Open your email account.
Find an email with an attachment.
Open this email find the attachment.
Choose the option to Download the attachment.
Save the attachment to your desktop:

  Files and Folders

You can organise your documents like you would organise documents in a filing cabinet.
You can create a folder on your computer so you can find a document or other information easily.

  Managing Files/Folders

You can create folders for different subjects on your computer.
You might have a folder marked ‘Car’ this might contain documents to prove that you have paid your car tax or your insurance documents (in soft copy).
Can you think of other folders you might have?

  Exercise 4

Creating a folder on your Desktop  Go to your Desktop  ‘Right click’ on your mouse.