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In This Issue:

1)... Editor's Greeting

2)... Best New Free Microsoft Office Training & Tutorial Sites

3)... New Free Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver & FrontPage Training

4)... Best New Free Web Development Training Sites

5)... Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware & Computer Training

6)... Software, Office and Computer Sites Worth Mentioning

7)... Question of the Month about Software Training

8)... Please Support Our Computer Training Mission

 



1) Editor's Greeting:

Hello everyone, and welcome to our very first edition of this newsletter!

This is the very First monthly Newsletter for our new site, EducationOnlineForComputers.com, giving you the latest Free online Software Training and Tutorial Resources that we have recently discovered and researched. This newsletter is free to anyone subscribing (instructions at bottom, no username/password is needed). To access our member site, however, you do need a user name and password - registering as a member of EducationOnlineForComputers.com costs only $14 for two months, for more information please see below 'Become a Member of EducationOnlineForComputers.com'.

My desire is that these free resources will help you with your computer education and training and are tools to advance your career. Our main mission is the training of those less fortunate who are seeking to become computer literate, from a user's perspective.

This issue describes a total of 24 Software and Computer training, learning and tutorial web sites, with a total of 52 tutorial courses linked. By means of this email newsletter, you have knowledge of and access to these sites before our web site visitors do. The best of these resources will be added to our Member Training pages and the remainder to our Free Training pages.

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I wish you the best with your computer studies and learning.

Warm Regards, Jeff Love 
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2) The Best New Free Microsoft Office Training & Tutorial Sites:

This section of our newsletter contains the best new Free Microsoft Office training and tutorial sites that we have found and researched in the last few weeks.

Microsoft Office 2000 is a software suite that consists of different applications that perform various activities. MS Office 2000 is by far the most widely recognized software suite in the world.


In and Out of the Classroom with Office 2000 Professional: 
http://www.paec.org/planetdiscovery/earth/tutorls/off2000.pdf

This 163 page training manual takes you through an Office 2000 Overview, Word 2000, Excel 2000, PowerPoint 2000, Publisher 2000, Access 2000, and Outlook 2000. (PDF, 1374kb)

 


Introducing Microsoft Office XP (PDF): 
http://www.itp-journals.com/sasample/R1169.PDF

This 6 page document takes you through Office XP's new features and enhancements. (PDF, 144kb)

 


What's New in Office XP (PDF): 
http://io.wfu.edu/Library/ITC/training/officexp/newinofficexp.pdf

A quick sheet outlining and illustrating what's new is Office XP. (PDF, 307kb)

 


Useful Microsoft Office 2000 Shortcut Keys: 
http://www.intelligentedu.com/microsoft_office_shortcut_keys.html

This page, on our sister site, Intelligentedu.com, covers all of the short-cut keys in office, if you what to cut down on your mouse usage.

 


Introduction to Microsoft Word: 
http://www.bcschools.net/staff/WordHelp.htm

Microsoft Word 2000 provides powerful tools for creating and sharing professional word processing documents.

 


Introduction to Microsoft Excel: 
http://www.bcschools.net/staff/ExcelHelp.htm

Microsoft Excel 2000 With Microsoft Excel 2000, you can create detailed spreadsheets for viewing and collaboration. Create customized formulas for your data and analyze it with the easy to construct charts.

 


Microsoft PowerPoint Training: 
http://www.bcschools.net/staff/PowerPointHelp.htm

Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 provides a complete set of tools for creating powerful presentations. Organize and format your material easily, illustrate your points with your own images or clip art, and even broadcast your presentations over the web.

 


Microsoft Access Training: 
http://www.bcschools.net/staff/AccessHelp.htm

Microsoft Access 2000 gives you powerful new tools for managing your databases. Share your database with co-workers over a network, find and retrieve information quickly, and take advantage of automated, pre-packaged wizards and solutions to quickly create databases.

 


Microsoft Publisher Training: 
http://www.bcschools.net/staff/PublisherHelp.htm

Microsoft Publisher 2000 helps you easily create, customize, and publish materials such as newsletters, brochures, flyers, catalogs, and Web sites. Publish easily on your desktop printer.

 




 

3) The Best New Free Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver and FrontPage Training Sites:


Flash Training at Moock.org:
http://www.moock.org/webdesign/flash/index.html

Web Design Moock Lectures: 
http://www.moock.org/webdesign/lectures/

Flash MX Actionscript Power Tour -a 3-hour walkthrough of the new features in actionscript for flash 6 (mx): http://www.moock.org/webdesign/lectures/newInMX

Unified User Experiences -integrating real-time multiple user participation and experience into flash content: http://www.moock.org/webdesign/lectures/unifiedUserExperiences

Randomation -creating random and dynamic design, animation, sound, and narrative in flash: http://www.moock.org/webdesign/lectures/randomation

Programmatic Animation -a variety of techniques for moving things around the screen with actionscript: http://www.moock.org/webdesign/lectures/ff2001sfMotion

Actionscript Workshop -ground up coverage of the fundamentals of actionscript programming in Flash 5: http://www.moock.org/webdesign/lectures/ff2001sfWorkshop

Deploying and Detecting Flash -when to use flash, when to use html, choosing the right version of flash, and implementing a flash detection:http://www.moock.org/webdesign/lectures/ff2knyc

 


PhotoShop Tutorial: 
http://www.bownet.org/fcc/PhotoShop/tutorial.zip

This zip archive contains a 7 page Photoshop tutorial, along with files to use and practice on (1.79mb). Here is the 7 page document in pdf format: http://www.bownet.org/fcc/PhotoShop/Photosho.pdf

 


Fundamentals of Photoshop: 
http://io.wfu.edu/Library/ITC/training/adobe/photoshop1.pdf

This is an 11 page training tutorial for Photoshop that gets you going and shows you how to use this application. (PDF 5mb)

 


Dreamweaver Training Materials from the University of Florida:

Dreamweaver 4.0: Basics - 9 pages (PDF 1.32mb): 
http://tinyurl.com/7ic3

Dreamweaver MX: Basics - 13 Pages (PDF 1.58mb): 
http://tinyurl.com/7ic5

Dreamweaver: Forms - 8 pages (PDF 656kb): 
http://tinyurl.com/7ic9

Dreamweaver: Cascading Style Sheets - 7 pages (PDF 810kb): 
http://tinyurl.com/7icg

 


Outfront.net: 
http://www.outfront.net/

A FrontPage learning community offering help with techniques, themes and more. Includes a chance to ask questions individually and join a discussion list. Here is their tutorial page: http://www.outfront.net/frontpagetechniques.htm

 



4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites


Web Design Training at Moock.org: 
http://www.moock.org/webdesign/

This page has some nice web design tutorial content including these

JavaScript Utopia: 
http://www.moock.org/webdesign/javascript/index.html

Web Design 101-a series of six lectures from an introduction to web design course:
http://www.moock.org/webdesign/lectures/web101

 


Excellent HTML Tutorials from hotwired.com:

The HTML Basics:
http://www.hotwired.com/webmonkey/teachingtool/html.html

The HTML CheatSheet: 
http://hotwired.lycos.com/webmonkey/reference/html_cheatsheet/index.html

Learn More HTML: 
http://www.hotwired.com/webmonkey/teachingtool/index.html

 


Interactive HTML Tutorial: 
http://www.davesite.com/webstation/html/

This tutorial is for anyone who is serious about learning HTML to make a web page, or an entire web site. Perhaps you're setting up a web site for your business or organization. You do not need any prior experience in making web pages to take this course.

 


Frames Tutorial: 
http://vzone.virgin.net/sizzling.jalfrezi/frames.htm

This tutorial describes how to create framed HTML documents. Frames enable you display more than one web page on the screen.

 


META Tags Tutorial: 
http://www.webdeveloper.com/html/html_metatags.html

META tags can be very useful for Web developers. Learn how to use them and also find out about all the new HTML tags that are coming out.

 


XML Tutorial: 
http://msxml.com/xml_tutorial/xml_tutorial.html

This is an excellent tutorial on learning XML. XML solves many of the problems Web authors have experienced with HTML Web authors and other publishers will be using XML for many years because it offers them an effective and powerful multi-media publishing solution.

 


Introduction to DHTML: 
http://wdvl.internet.com/Authoring/DHTML/Intro/

Dynamic HTML builds upon existing HTML standards to expand the possibilities of Web page design, presentation, and interaction. Learn how to use DHTML in your web pages using this training tutorial.

 


Learning JavaScript for Beginners: 
http://www.javascriptmall.com/learn/contents.htm

This is a 14 lesson course teaching you all you need to know to incorporate JavaScript into your web site. Here is another JavaScript beginning course, this one from Builder.com: http://www.builder.com/Programming/Javascript/

 



5) The Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware and General Computer Training Sites


Entry Level Computer Skills:

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Netscape version:
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If you are new to computers, this is the place for you to start. Learn the basics of using Windows and navigating the Internet.

 


Getting the most out of your Windows keyboard: 
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This page lists many useful keyboard combinations without using your mouse. Starting with the image of a keyboard, click on the key you want to learn how to use.

 


Try your hand at solving Troubleshooting issues: 
http://tinyurl.com/7icm

This is a troubleshooting training session designed for MCS teachers. Several real world problems are listed and you are asked to propose solutions to the problems. Problems and Solutions are here: http://tinyurl.com/7ifr

 


Formatting a disk: 
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Step-by-step instructions for both DOS format used by Windows machines and Macintosh format.

 


WinPopup: 
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Learn how to use this very useful communication tool built into the Windows operating system.

 


Optimize the Recycle Bin: 
http://tinyurl.com/7ics

Your Recycle Bin stores the files you have deleted. This bin is set to normally store up to 10% of your hard drive space. To optimize your Recycle Bin, follow the steps given in this tutorial.

 


Clean out files: 
http://tinyurl.com/7ict

Before defragging your machine, it is a good idea to delete old files and programs that you no longer use. The question that usually comes up is "what do you delete?" This page gives instructions on how to do this.

 


Defragging your machine - how and when: 
http://tinyurl.com/7icu

When you defrag your computer, it will run faster and more efficiently by placing all of the pieces of your program and data close to each other on the hard drive. Defragging your machine should be part of your regular maintenance. Use this tutorial to guide you in this process.

 


Low resources - where to go to check resources: 
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Do you ever get a warning message that says you are "dangerously low on resources" but you know you have over 128MB of memory? To check out your system resources follow the steps given in this tutorial.

 


Giving your computer a name on the network and setting up workgroups: 
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Learn how to give your computer a name and a workgroup assignment on your network.

Sharing files across the network: 
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Steps to follow to set up file sharing along with instructions on creating a folder to hold shared documents.

Sharing printers across the network: 
http://tinyurl.com/7id1
 
Share printers through your network by following these nine simple steps.

 



6) Software, Office and Computer Sites Worth Mentioning:

FreewareFiles.com - Your Free Software Resource: 
http://www.freewarefiles.com/

Download thousands of free software programs for Windows. Games, Utilities, Desktop, Mp3/Multimedia, Internet, Programming, and more.

 



7) Question of the Month about Software Training:

Each month Jeff Love will answer a current or important question that we have received about computer and software training.

March 2003 Question: What are the best compatible software packages to Microsoft Office that are available?

Answer:

The most popular Office compatible software suite is StarOffice and its open source equivalent, OpenOffice.org. You can download OpenOffice.org for free from this site: http://www.openoffice.org. StarOffice/OpenOffice.org is a proven, robust office application and productivity suite. It includes a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager, and graphics tool. StarOffice includes a database and more fonts.

Here are 2 other free office software suites:

602Pro PC SUITE: an integrated office suite that is compatible with MS Office Word and Excel documents. http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/3000-2064-10180765.html?tag=lst-0-11

SOT Office 2002: a free office productivity suite for Windows and Linux. http://download.com.com/3000-2031-10109324.html?tag=lst-0-12

If you're looking for a compatible Microsoft Word application, try out Abiword, located here:
http://www.abisource.com

I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love 
http://www.EducationOnlineForComputers.com

 



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