A. IPO: INPUT -- PROCESSING -- OUTPUT is the basic way humans,
and computer software are constructed to solve problems.
B. PURPOSE: Having
a general idea as to what the software package will do.
1. What is the
Know the product you want.
Discover the "local" computer environment steps
that must be taken
to get the computer to the point where the needed program can
Discover what particular steps are necessary to get to
the data entry
point of the software program.
Usually it will be a main menu or
blank data entry screen.
What is the INPUT procedure?
Remember the goal of the program.
If no input structure is needed, just start entering
If an input data structure must be created, first create
structure, then enter the data.
What is the SAVE procedure? (One of the following
Save for the First Time: Most
programs give a new file a default
name and drive location. You will probably want to find out the steps
to override these defaults.
Save and Continue: Do this to keep an interruption of
causing your data entered from being lost.
Save and Begin New: Do this when you wish to stop working
project and begin another project which requires the same software
Save and Quit the program.: Do this when you wish to
on one program and want to quit for the day, or start
type of program.
What is the RETRIEVE procedure?
Depending on where you are in a program, Microsoft Windows,
a DOS prompt will determine how much of the startup procedure
a program you will have to do.
Once you get to the main data entry point of the program,
then look for the steps necessary to recall the data file you
5. What is the
Since output will most often be to a printer, you should
make sure the hardware (computer and printer) are physically
connected and ready to work.
Some software packages require that you specify what
printer you plan to use.
Usually this action is done only once, since
the local setup doesn't often change.
Discover the "print preview" option in your
program and use it.
Follow the print steps outlined in the program's reference
on the screen.