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In This Issue:

1)... Editor's Greeting

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

3)... The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, & other Adobe / Macromedia Applications

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 new subscribers!

This issue marks our 13th monthly Newsletter for, giving you the most current 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 costs only $14 for two months, for more information please see Become a Member of

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.

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.

*** Current Issue ***

In this issue we are featuring a total of 42 Software and Computer training, learning and tutorial web sites, with a total of 240 tutorial courses linked. It features many free Microsoft Office training tutorials for your learning profit and enjoyment. 

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

Warm Regards,
Jeff Love Newsletter and Web Site Editor


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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.


Quick Reference Guides from the University of Maryland:

Excel 2000
(374kb, 6 pages pdf):

Word 2000 (475kb, 6 pages pdf):

PowerPoint 2000 (389kb, 6 pages pdf):


Tutorials from Ball State University Computing Services:

Word 2002 - Introduction:,1370,6264-1981-10466,00.html  
This introductory material gets you acquainted with Word 2002, and provides information on such topics as document privacy and security, navigation through Word, drawing canvas, auto-correction features and more.

Word 2002 - Mail Merge:,1370,6264-1981-10467,00.html  
Mail Merge is a function that will allow you to send letters to a group of people and personalize the results of the letter that each person receives. This document describes how to do that with Word 2002

Word 2002 - Creating a Folded Booklet:,1370,6264-1981-10464,00.html  
This handout walks you through the steps of using Word 2002 to create a booklet with a center fold.

PowerPoint: Creating a Presentation:,1370,6264-1981-11615,00.html  
Instructions on using Microsoft PowerPoint to create presentations.

PowerPoint: Save a Presentation as Web Pages:,1370,6264-1981-11616,00.html
Users can share presentations by saving them as Web pages and then posting them on the Internet or a company intranet.

Notes and Graphics for PowerPoint Multimedia Presentation:,1370,6264-1981-11617,00.html


Tutorials - User and Instructor Manuals for Microsoft Office XP:

Office XP Overview User Manual
(17 pages):

Office XP Overview Instructor Manual (19 pages):


Microsoft Office, Windows, Email and Internet Manuals:

Microsoft Word Tasks: Mail Merge:

Microsoft Word Tasks: Styles:

Introduction to Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel: Formulas & Functions:

Microsoft Access:

Microsoft Publisher:

Netscape Mail:

Internet Research:

Uploading Files & Configuring Web Space:


Free Training from Wellesley College:

PC Documentation for Software:

What's New in Word 2002/XP:

Creating Forms in Word 02/XP:

Mail Merge in Word 2002/XP:

Word 97 Basics:

FAQ for Word 97:

Using Forms in Word 97:

Using Mail Merge to Create Labels in Word 97:

Using Mail Merge to Create Form Letters in Word 97:

Using Word 97 for Research Papers and Long Documents:

How to Use Automatic Formatting to Turn File Names into Hyperlinks in Word:

What New in Excel 2002:

Installing Equation Editor in Excel:

Access 97 to Access 2002 File Conversion:

Access 97 Tutorial:

Access 97 Reference:

What's New in PowerPoint 2002:

PowerPoint 97 Reference Guide:

Preparing Your Images for PowerPoint:


Free Training Materials from Dedham Schools:

Training Manual for Word 2000, Excel 2000 and PowerPoint 2000 (51 pages, Word format):

Excel Tutorial slide presentation:

Introduction to Excel Workshop Handout (424kb, Word format):

Excel Project (500kb, Powerpoint format):

Introduction to Excel (410kb, pdf format):

Introduction to Publisher (1.7mb, Word format):

How to Launch Microsoft Publisher (398kb, Word format):

PowerPoint Tutorial (558kb, pdf format):

Introduction to PowerPoint (3.7mb, Word format):

PowerPoint Tutorial slide presentation:

PowerPoint - Adding sound to a show (pdf format):

Email Tips:

Email Workshop (370kb, Word format):

Digital Camera Tutorial

Computer Networking Guide (pdf format):


Free Training from
(all pdf format):

Office 2000 Shortcut Keys:

Office XP Toolbars Explained:

Create Custom Bullets and Numbering in Word:

Create Tables in Word:

Creating Online Forms in Word:

Creating Incredible Charts in Excel:

Formatting Rows and Columns in Excel:

Working with Excel's PivotTable:

Creating Quality Power Point Presentations:

Repairing Personal Folders in Outlook:

What's New in Outlook 2002:


University of Rhode Island Office of Information Services On-line Instructional Materials:

These free instructional materials in pdf format are used in their Short Course programs.

Access - Introduction:

Access - Intermediate:

Excel - Introduction:

Excel - Making your Life Easier:

Excel - Math:

Excel - Tricks:


Microsoft Word 97 Quick Reference:

Microsoft Excel 97 Quick Reference:

Microsoft Access 97 Quick Reference:


3) The Best New Free Training Sites for Flash, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, and other Adobe and Macromedia Applications


Tutorials - User and Instructor Manuals for Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop:

Flash 5 - Part 1 - User Manual:

Flash 5 - Part 1 - Instructor Manual:

Flash 5 - Part 1 - Job Aid 1:

Flash 5 - Part 1 - Job Aid 2:

Flash 5 - Part 2 - User Manual:

Flash 5 - Part 2 - Instructor Manual:

Flash 5 - Part 2 - Job Aid:

Photoshop 7 User Manual:

Photoshop 7 Instructor Manual:

Photoshop 7 - Job Aid

Dreamweaver 4 User Manual:

Dreamweaver 4 Instructor Manual:

Dreamweaver 4 - Job Aid:

Dreamweaver MX User Manual:

Dreamweaver MX Instructor Manual:

Dreamweaver MX - Job Aid:

Dreamweaver MX - What's New:

Creating Actions in Photoshop

Go Live User Manual:

Go Live Instructor Manual:

Premiere 6 Instructor Manual:

Premiere 6 User Manual:

Final Cut Pro 2 User Manual:

Final Cut Pro 2 Instructor Manual:

After Effects User Manual:

After Effects Instructor Manual:

Bryce5 User Manual:  

Bryce5 Instructor Manual:  

Director - Part 1 User Manual:

Director - Part 2 User Manual:


Dreamweaver Training

  Intermediate Dreamweaver Training (3.5M, Word format):

  Training Manual (1.2M, Word format):


Free Training from Wellesley College:

Getting Started with Flash 4.0:

Dreamweaver MX for Beginners:

Dreamweaver MX Basics:

Dreamweaver MX Menus and Media:

Creating Forms in Dreamweaver MX:

Site Management Features in Dreamweaver MX:

Converting Documents to PDFs - Using Adobe Acrobat:

Additional Tips for Adobe Acrobat:


Tutorials from Ball State University Computing Services:

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 - Introduction:,1370,6264-1981-7687,00.html  
Information on what is new in Photoshop 7.0, as well as step by step instructions to accomplish tasks with this new version of Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 - Intermediate:,1370,6264-1981-7867,00.html  
Teaches Masking, Compositing and Draw Features. This document explores the use of masking and compositing in graphic construction. Both layer and channel masks are discussed, as well as the features of the vector draw tools.

Adobe Photoshop:,1370,6264-1981-9750,00.html  
Working with Raw Digital Data - If you're serious about digital photography, then you know that it's best to work with raw image data rather than compressed JPEGs. Now Adobe gives you a way to work with your camera's raw image files directly in Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop (General Information):,1370,6264-1981-4287,00.html  
Contains general relations not specific to any version of Photoshop. This is the best starting point for learning new functions. Information includes creating web photo galleries, creating reusable effects, combining masks,

Adobe Photoshop 6.0:,1370,6264-1981-3757,00.html  
These tutorials includes information on LAB correction, adding rollovers to webpages, using the layer mask, resolutions, and the action catalogue. These functions were added to this version of Photoshop and may have different functionalities in the future.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0:,1370,6264-1981-11602,00.html  
This software offers a great combination of power and simplicity so you can do more with your photos. It allows you to make quick corrections and do creative editing so you can easily achieve high-quality results.

Adobe Software Keyboard Shortcuts:,1370,6264-1981-3763,00.html

Macromedia Dreamweaver MX Introduction:
Dreamweaver is used to develop and publish web pages. This is a mini course to get you started with Dreamweaver MX.

Macromedia Fireworks MX Introduction:  
Macromedia Fireworks MX is a versatile application for creating, editing, and optimizing web graphics. You can create and edit both bitmap and vector images, design web effects such as rollovers and pop-up menus, crop and optimize graphics to reduce their file size, and save time by automating repetitive tasks.

FrontPage Tutorial:  
FrontPage is an integrated Web authoring tool that allows you to quickly create professional and creative Web sites. FrontPage works closely with other Microsoft applications like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Users can save their office documents directly to a FrontPage-created web site.

FrontPage Workshop:

Adobe Acrobat:,1370,6264-1981-3745,00.html

Adobe Illustrator 8.0:,1370,6264-1981-3756,00.html

Adobe PageMaker:,1370,6264-1981-4305,00.html


Chapters from Adobe Photoshop Advanced Training:

These chapters in pdf format include training material for many Advanced Photoshop features and functionalities.

Adding Natural Lighting:

Advanced Layer Techniques:

Creating a Collage:

Color Enhancement Using Gels:

Digital Duplication:

Digital Stain Remover:

Displaced Shadows:

Keyboard Shortcuts:

Painterly Imaging:

Compositing Graphics:

Creative Masking Techniques:

Fade Effects:

Layer Mania:

Posterizing Techniques:

Quick Picture Frames:

Rainbow in Paradise:

Making Seamless Patterns:

Repairing Digital Photographs:

Super GIF Techniques:

Super Selections:

Textured Gradations:

Web Page Design:

Wet Paint Type:

White to Transparent Magic:

Using Photoshop and Illustrator Together:

Three New Features:

4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites


Compact Index of HTML Tags:

This compact index of HTML tags is arranged alphabetically. Each tag is a link that leads to a description of the tag and its syntax. If you need more detail, try the complete index <> that also includes tag names. Four other indexes <> are available that list tags according to the standards they support.


HTML Reference Guide:

This short guide is intended as a quick reference to the major features of HTML.


University of Rhode Island Office of Information Services On-line Instructional Materials:

These are instructional materials used in their Short Course programs.

Guide to Web Site Design:

Planning a Web Site:

General Design Guidelines:

Using Color and Graphics:

Using Text and Typography:

Making Your Site Navigable:

Testing a Web Site:

Top 10 Mistakes of First Time Web Design:

Getting Started:

Web Site Design: Cascading Style Sheets:

Web Site Development: Creating Interactive Web Pages Using JavaScript:

Database on the Web, an Introduction:

Preparing Media for the Web:

QuickTime Pro:

Research Tools:

Research on the WWW:

Windows Basics:

Linux Security:



Small Business Internet Tutorials for e-commerce Entrepreneurs Expanding to the Web.

HTML Tutorial:

eBook Tutorial:

CGI tutorial:

PR Tutorial:

Email Tutorial:

Spam Tutorial:

Cookies Tutorial:

Privacy Tutorial:

Windows Tutorial:

DreamWeaver Tutorial:

Domain Name Tutorial:

Home Business Tutorial:

Affiliate Tutorial:

Business Plan Tutorial:

Online Advertising Tutorial:

Merchant Account Tutorial:

Search Position Tutorial:


webTeacher Tutorial:

A self-paced online course that takes you through the following topics: Web Basics, Communicating, Multimedia, Home Page Construction, Peripherals and Utilities, and the Web in Classroom.

Web Basics:

Communicating - Email, Email Lists, Video, Newsgroups, Chat:


Home Page Construction:

Peripherals and Utilities:

Here is a Spanish version of this web site:

A vast variety of web design tutorials and articles coupled with a vibrant and well informed community.

Design and Layout:

Usability and Information Architecture:


Design Principles:

Design Practice:

Tips and Tricks:

Software Tutorials:


Client Side Coding:



JavaScript and DHTML:


Server Side Coding:>;

ASP and .NET:

CGI and Perl:


Java and J2EE:

PHP & MySQL Tips and Tutorials:

PHP & MySQL Apps and Reviews:

Server Side Essentials:

Other Technologies:

Site Strategy:





Tutorials - User and Instructor Manuals:

Browsers Overview User Manual:

Browsers Overview Instructor Manual:

Netscape Composer User Training Manual:

Netscape Composer Instructor Training Manual:

File Management User Training Manual:

File Management Instructor Training Manual:

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


Introduction to Computers:

Windows 98:


Windows 98 Quick Reference Guide:


Windows 2000 Professional Overview:


Free Study Guides and Help Documents from

Analyzing Your Security in Windows 2000:

Windows XP Security:

A+ Hardware:

A+ Software:

20 Wireless Tips:


Unix Help for Users:

  Introduction to Unix, part I:

  Introduction to Unix, part II:

  Advanced Unix Guide:

  Unix Script Writing Guide:

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


A List of Useful Office 2000 Shortcut Keys:

Bypass menus and carry out commands directly. Totally Free. Doanload at


Spheresoft Highlighter for Excel v1.06:

Automatically highlights cells in user-specified ranges of Excel spreadsheets. Totally Free. Download at


ByteBoy'99 v1.22:

Convert any type of source file to an MS-Excel sheet. Totally Free. Download at


DoublePage v2.06:

A free Microsoft Word macro that prints documents in a 2-column landscape format. Totally Free. Download at


Microsoft Access Properties:

Documents everything about a Microsoft Access database. Totally Free. Download at


Microsoft Snapshot Viewer v9.0:

Enables you to view an Access report snapshot without having MS Access installed. Totally Free. Download at


Office Password Recovery Key v5.0.0:

Password recovery tool for MS Office: Excel, Word, Access, Outlook and VBA. Totally Free. Download at


WordWeb v1.62:

A comprehensive dictionary and thesaurus for Microsoft Word 6.0, 7.0, or 97.



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 2004 Question: 

Can you give me some good sites with FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about Microsoft Office?

Here are some MS Office FAQs that should help you out:

Office 2003 Editions Frequently Asked Questions:

Microsoft Office System Frequently Asked Questions:

Microsoft Office FAQs:

FAQ on Microsoft Office 2000:

Office XP FAQ:

Administrative Help Desk Table of Contents:

Microsoft Office Software FAQ:

Excel and Word General FAQs:

Frequently Asked Questions about Microsoft Word:

I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love


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