You need to BELIEVE that it can be done and that you can do it. It's just a matter of doing it.
You will find that you will become the 'expert' in something and others will come to you. Feel free to ask others. (note if you have ever listened to how computer people start a conversation you will see that they are always either asking questions or reporting something they just found out or asking for advise on a different technique. Don't consider it a imposition it is the way things are done.
If you told a obedient child to go get the mail, they would go to the mail box, pick up the mail and stand their in the rain. YOU never told them to bring it back to you.
What you need to do is give exact instructions. Get up. Go to the blue mail box third from the right. pick up the mail. bring it back to me. now.
Your computer is the same way. There are literally hundreds of commands that you are actually giving to the computer that you don't even think about. You need to be aware that you have actually answered these questions when something goes "wrong". What you really mean by wrong is not the way you wanted but exactly what you asked for.
Block is to identify what you are talking about. Usually you block by left click and hold the mouse button and dragging down and to the right or up and to the left. When everything you want is hilighted let go of the mouse button.
Cut is to remove what you have blocked and it is remembered in memory, called the clipboard. The clip board can only hold one thing at a time.
Copy just places what you have blocked on the clipboard but leaves in place.
Paste is the place the mouse where you want and left click once. Then paste from the clipboard. The contents of the clipboard is placed where the cursor is and remains on the clipboard.
Combine this with block, cut copy and paste and you can do really cool stuff.
This stands for Answer the Friggen Question. (Well not exactly but you get the idea).
At any time there is ONLY one question on the computer screen at a time. There is a lot of other junk but only one question. The trick to successfully operating the computer is figuring out what the question is. If the computer beeps, does nothing or does something "wrong" you either answered the question wrong (the available answers is OK or Cancel and you answer No) or you answered the wrong question. The question is what do you want to call the file and you answer Y to the question you thought you were asked of do you want to close. (Happens in WordPerfect 5.x all the time).
Kids are much better at this than we are. This is because they do not know how to communicate, as 'well' as we do. We are trained to infer, imply, assume, and judge. Kids don't. They recognize the question for what it is and answer just that question.
If you notice the people that hate computer the most are extraverts (out going people). These are generally salesmen, and managers, and other people people. They make their living by communicating, persuading, manipulating feelings, implying, inferring, and other things that the computer does not do.
The computer people are introverts (reserved solitary people) These are generally non people people. They make there living on where they don't have to do a lot of communication.
It is no accident the computer sales men know little about specifics of the computer. and the worst computer sales men know the most about them. The geeks in grade school are now 'doing computers' and the Debate club chairman thinks a hard drive involves a vacation in a car.
Another example is "File not found". This really means (in MS-DOS anyway) the file you typed in could not be found in the current directory or on the current path.. It does not mean the file does not exist it just means that it can t find it where it has been told to look.
This problem is so costly in time, lost work, lost ideas, lost trains of thought, that most newer programs allow automatic savings of files every few minutes. This by its self will not keep data from being lost but will minimize the risk. If you have this feature on your favorite software use it. If your software does not have this feature save your work every few minutes a most assuredly before doing a new task. (spell check, print, answer the phone, change between programs.)
This does no good however you have not backup. When the hard drive crashes your save files are on a piece of trash. Unless you are willing to spend several hundred dollars your data is unrecoverable. Backups are essential to maintaining data.
If you look it up first, but still cant find the answer call on your knowledgable friends. (Dont call before you look it up or they wont be friends long) If that fails call the tech support line. Expect to pay for this service and wait on hold for some time. Tech support should be your last resort not the first.