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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 XP / 2002 Tutorials:

Here are the tutorials from an online course at the University of West Florida. It teaches you how to use Office XP, specifically Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access. By reading all of the tutorial materials below, you will know and understand computer system and networking concepts, applications, productivity software (word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation graphics.), and how to conduct online research.

Essential Introduction to Computers:

Windows XP and Office XP:

Word 2002: Creating and Editing a Word Document:

Word 2002: Creating a Research Paper:

Word 2002: Creating a Resume Using a Wizard and a Cover Letter with a Table:

Word 2002: Web Feature: Creating Web Pages Using Word:

PowerPoint 2002: Using a Design Template and Text Slide Layout to Create a Presentation:

PowerPoint 2002: Using the Outline Tab and Clip Art to Create a Slide Show:

PowerPoint 2002: Web Feature: Creating a Presentation on the Web Using PowerPoint:

Excel 2002: Creating a Worksheet and Embedded Chart:

Excel 2002: Formulas, Functions, Formatting, and Web Queries:

Excel 2002: What-If Analysis, Charting, and Working with Large Worksheets:

Excel 2002: Web Feature: Creating Static and Dynamic Web Pages Using Excel:

Access 2002: Creating a Database Using Design and Datasheet Views:

Access 2002: Querying a Database Using the Select Query Window:

Access 2002: Maintaining a Database Using the Design and Update Features of Access:

Access 2002: Web Feature: Publishing to the Internet Using data Access Pages:


34 Free Microsoft Office Ebooks

The following 34 free ebooks are available on this site for Micrsoft Office applications and technologies. Specifically, the following topics and applications are covered: Microsoft Excel, Project, Powerpoint, Outlook, Access, Visio, VBA, Frontpage, Infopath, Office Web Components, Exchange Server, Windows Media, Windows XP, Windows Security. These ebooks are in windows help (.chm) format.

Archive of Ebooks:

Microsoft Windows XP Resource Kit, 2nd edition
Microsoft Office Project 2003 Step By Step 43.8 MB
Inside Microsoft Windows 2000 18.1 MB
Accessing and Analyzing Data with Excel 16.6 MB
Inside Out - Windows Security (W2K and XP) 2003 19.3 MB
Programming Office 2000 Web Components 2.6 MB
Running Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business 20.1 MB
Step By Step - Powerpoint 2003 22.3 MB
Microsoft Computer Dictionary - Fourth Edition (ebook) 1.8 MB
Faster Smarter Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003 20.9 MB
Microsoft Office 2003 Step by Step 108.1 MB
Introducing Microsoft Office InfoPath 2003 eBook 77.7 MB
Microsoft Office 2003 Editions Resource Kit 3.0 MB
Programming Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange 2003, 3rd Ed. 27.2 MB
Programming Microsoft Office Access 2003 Ebook 16.8
MB Faster Smarter Microsoft Office System 2003 14.2 MB
Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 Step by Step eBook 18.0 MB
Microsoft Windows Media Resource Kit eBook 27.4 MB
Building Applications With Microsoft Outlook 2002 (Vba, Visual Basic) 18.5 MB
Developing Microsoft Visio Solutions 5.5 MB
Inside Out - Microsoft Office Visio 2003, 2004 40.3 MB
Insider Power Techniques For Microsoft Windows XP 7.8 MB
Introducing Microsoft Office InfoPath 48.5 MB
Microsoft Excel 2002 Visual Basic for Application 14.6 MB
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator'S Companion 19.6 MB
Microsoft Office 2000, Visual Basic for Applications Fundimentals 6.4 MB
Microsoft Office Project 2003 Inside Out 52.7 MB
Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out Deluxe 22.3 MB
Microsoft Windows XP Professional Resource Kit 2nd Ed 40.5 MB
Programming Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange 27.5 MB
First Look Office 10.5 MB
Microsoft Excel 2003 Programming Inside Out 18.1 MB
Microsoft Access 2002 Inside Out 39.3 MB


The Kent School District, in Washington, provides the following online Tutorials for Microsoft Office applications covering common functions, Word, Powerpoint, and Outlook.

Tutorials for Common Functions of Office Applications:

- quickly insert text, graphics, fields, tables, bookmarks, and other items that you use frequently

Clips Online:
- inserting graphics from Microsoft's extensive, searchable online clipart collection

Compressing Pictures:
- Compressing your pictures helps to make your files much smaller.

Default Saving Location:
- set Office applications to automatically save documents to your Home directory on the district server

Embedded Objects:
- embedding other files into a document or presentation so they become one package (great for portfolios or presentations)

- linking text or graphics to Internet Web sites or to other files

Keyboard Shortcuts:
- a printable table of frequently-used keyboard commands in Word

- placing pictures of the screen into documents as a graphic (great for how-to directions)

Sound Clips from MS Clip Art Collection:

- how to find and import a sound from the MS collection

Sound Recorder Troubleshooting:
- try these tips before calling the help desk

- saving documents as templates for students or staff to use

Text Boxes and Autoshapes:
- place text in a graphic element such as a box, star, award ribbon or callout (thought bubble)

Turn Off Microsoft Assistant:
- turn Microsoft Assistant (the dancing paperclip) off and use help menus differently

- add a graphic element to text to make fancy headings, nametags, poetry, etc.


Advanced Features and Functions of Microsoft Word:

Word for the Classroom:
- learn to use Word effectively in the curriculum; topics include publishing, writing, editing, templates, student portfolios, and hyperlinking.

- used in long documents to jump to locations without scrolling
- inserting page, column or text-wrapping breaks

Comments :
- give directions, answers, place for student information within a document. Can also be used for student/teacher editing: Pop up boxes, Balloons, or a list at the bottom of a Word document.

- creating multiple columns on the page for formatting purposes (possible uses: newsletters, brochures)

Editing Tools:
- highlighting, comments, and tracking changes (great for peer or teacher editing or feedback)

Footnotes and Endnotes:
- explain, comment on, or provide references for text in a document

- create forms that students or staff can fill out or interact with easily on a computer

Hidden Text:
- hiding text hints/directions for students that need this support for writing

- modify margins and space between document text and headers/footers

Outline View:
- see and alter the structure of your document in terms of headings, subheadings and such

Pop-Up Icons:
- used as prompts and guides to support student work or create writing prompts

Recording Sound in Word:
- insert your recorded voice or sounds

- setting tab stops for formatting structure
-personalizing Word toolbars for ease of use
- place a muted picture in the background of your document


Advanced Powerpoint Tutorials:

Animating Objects in Powerpoint:
- make objects appear, disappear, use motion paths, control sequencing of animations using the custom animation features

- give directions, answers, create a place for student information within a document.

Powerpoint for the Classroom:
- learn to use PowerPoint presentation tools to support student learning and communication. Topics include linear and non-linear (interactive) presentations and more.

- inserting video streaming movies into PowerPoint presentations

Hidden Slides:
- Hide particular slides to create a PowerPoint form of supported writing

Importing Slides from Another Slide Show:

- combine all or parts of multiple PowerPoint presentations

Pack and Go:
- can be used to package one or more presentations onto a CD or a folder on a computer or network location to be used independently of the PowerPoint application

Recording Sounds Using Microphones:
- record personalized sounds into presentations

Recording Sounds from CDs:
- capture music or voice from audio CDs

Presentation Tips:
- tips for designing effective and successful Powerpoint presentations


Advanced Outlook Tutorials:

Outlook Tips, part 1:
- Work with folders, access other people's calendars, and more

Outlook Tips, part 2:
- Filter out junk mail, forward contacts, set personal reminders, and more

Managing Tasks: Send A Task To Someone Else:

Outlook 2000 Quick Reference Card:

Outlook Web Access:
- Directions for accessing your Outlook e-mail and calendar from home

Sending E-mail:

Using your Calendar:

Miscellaneous Outlook Tips:


These 2 new free online course offered by the HP Learning Center are now open for enrollement.

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 Free Course:

With PowerPoint, anyone can put together attractive and information-rich presentation graphics for businesses, non-profits, and family events. And PowerPoint 2003 is easier and packed with more features than ever before. In this free instructor led course, you'll learn how to harness PowerPoint's built-in templates, color schemes, and other easy-to-use features to create simple, but effective presentations that will help you get your message across. The instructor for this course is Don Freidkin. You can enroll now until the end of the class, which is March 3, 2006. The class starts on Jan. 19, 2006.

Introduction to Microsoft Word 2003 Free Course:

Microsoft Word 2003 is a full-featured word processing program that allows users to create professional-quality documents such as letters, brochures, newsletters, reports, and web pages. In this free instructor led course, you'll learn the basics of using Word 2003, including customizing the Word 2003 environment, creating and editing documents, and the basics of tables and web page functions. The instructor for this course is Faithe Wempen. You can enroll now until the end of the class, which is Feb. 24, 2006. The class starts on Jan. 19, 2006.


Excel Features and Create an Excel Macro

Microsoft Excel 2003 is a windows productivity application that is used to automate tasks such as calculation and analysis of data, automate financial statements, business forecasting, transaction registers, inventory control, etc. It provides multiple facilities, such as making graphs and charts, analyzing situations, and helps users at the managerial level in taking decisions. Here are 2 tutorial articles that will help you better understand and skillfully use this important home and office tool.

Features of Excel 2003:

This articles describes the most important features of Excel 2003. This include the following: Workbooks, Using the Keyboard, Entering Data in Series, Cell References, Inserting or Deleting Rows and Columns, Functions and formulas, Auto-calculation, Charts, and Database.

How to Create a Macro in Excel 2003?:

This is a 4-step tutorial teaching you now to create a macro in Excel 2003. Macros are useful for automating tasks and making Excel more efficient for completing your work with it.


Excel Tips and Techniques:, a computer consulting firm specializing in Microsoft Office applications, offers the following well written Microsoft Excel Tips and Techniques, along with some excellent sample Excel spreadsheets at covering these areas: Data Validation, Filters, Conditional Formatting, UserForms and Add-Ins, PivotTables, Functions, and Scenarios.


Viewlet Tutorials, Notes, and Activities for Word, Excel, Publisher, and Excel:

Here are video viewlet tutorials for Microsoft Word (5), Excel (3), Publisher (1), and PowerPoint (1). Also included here are Notes for each of these applications (viewable by clicking on the application's title name), and Activities to be performed for each of these Mircrosoft Office applications.

Word Video Viewlets:

Using the Drawing Toolbar Viewlet:
Ceating Columns Column Viewlet:
Inserting Tables Viewlet:
Setting Tabs Viewlet:
Adding Clipart Viewlet:

Excel Video Viewlets:

Adding Group of Numbers - Sum Viewlet:
Using Formulas Viewlet:
Creating Charts Viewlet:

Inserting Text, WordArt, & Clipart with Publisher Viewlet: 

Creating PowerPoint Slideshow Viewlet:


10 Microsoft Word Video Viewlet Tutorials

Here are 10 Microsoft Word Video Viewlet Tutorials, hosted by Spring Arbor Univeristy. These will help you use Word more effectively.

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

12 Free Ebooks for Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Macromedia CF MX 7:

Here are 12 free Ebooks in windows help (.chm) format covering Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Macromedia CF MX 7. These will help you understand and learn how to use these powerful applications as you also learn how to do web design and development.


38 Free Books: Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Director, Photoshop, Flash

Here are 38 more free ebooks. These are for Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX, Director MX, Photoshop CS2, Flash MX, Macromedia Studio MX, PHP, MySQL, CSS, Coldfusion, Premier, Acrobat, and Macintosh applications.

Archive of Ebooks:

Archive of Ebooks:


Macromedia MX Training Tutorials:

Here are 5 Macromedia MX Training Tutorials, one each for Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, Fireworks MX, Freehand MX, and Director MX. These are provided free by, which is no longer hosting free learning modules, except for these.

Dreamweaver MX:

Dreamweaver MX is a professional visual editor for creating and managing websites and pages. It provides advanced design and layout tools, enabling you to create web pages without writing a line of code. In this module you'll learn:
- 1. How to use the Dreamweaver interface
- 2. How to organize and set up a website
- 3. How to set up a web page and modify its properties
- 4. How to add elements to a web page
- 5. How to create and edit a table
- 6. How to use frames
- 7. How to publish your website

Flash MX: 

Flash is a popular web animation tool your can use to create real-world applications, such as simulations, interactive diagrams, animations, Web page designs and online learning. In this module you'll learn:
- 1. How to use the Macromedia Flash MX interface
- 2. How to draw simple objects in Macromedia Flash MX
- 3. How to edit text in Macromedia Flash MX
- 4. How to create and edit layers
- 5. How to use symbols and instances
- 6. How to Motion Tween*
- 7. How to use scenes to organize your movie
- 8. How to attach actions to an object
- 9. How to export a Macromedia Flash MX file

Fireworks MX: 

Fireworks MX creates high quality JPEG and GIF graphics with smal file sizes in a few number of steps, great for web graphics. In this module you'll learn:
- 1. How to use the Fireworks interface
- 2. How to draw objects
- 3. How to edit bitmaps
- 4. How to create buttons and rollovers for a web page
- 5. How to create hotspots and slices
- 6. How to optimize and export web graphics
- 7. How to integrate Dreamweaver and Fireworks

FreeHand MX: 

FreeHand is a powerful design tool that can be used to produce both print and Web graphics. In this module you'll learn:
- 1. distinguish a vector image from a bitmap image
- 2. identify FreeHand's various toolbars
- 3. use FreeHand's panels
- 4. enter and format text
- 5. create and modify paths
- 6. import and trace graphics
- 7. organize artwork with layers

Director MX:

Director MX is a professional authoring tool for creating and combining multimedia in a single integrated presentation. Its movies can be viewed either on the Internet or as a stand-alone projector saved on a disk. In this module you'll learn:
- 1. How to use the Director MX interface
- 2. How to create cast members
- 3. How to create animations in Director MX
- 4. How Director MX uses Lingo to control movie elements
- 5. How to create interactivity
- 6. How Director MX uses sound and video files
- 7. How to use 3D in Director MX
- 8. How to create projectors

Need help with older versions?  Check out these training modules:

Macromedia Dreamweaver 4:

Flash 5:

Fireworks 4:

FreeHand 10:

Macromedia Director 8.5:


21 Macromedia Flash Tutorials:

The Gurus Network hosts the following 21 Macromedia Flash Tutorials. These tutorials are a collaborative effort created by various web developers and webmasters who are willing to share their experience and knowledge.


Flash 8 Documentation, User Guides, and Tutorials: 

Here are the official LiveDocs and the Documentation, User Guides and Tutorials for Macromedia Flash 8, which is the most current version of Flash available. This is the definitive documentation and tutorial content for Flash 8 offered by Macromedia (now Adobe). LiveDocs pages also display user comments and include an Add Comments button that allows you to comment on a page's contents and usefulness.

Flash 8 Documentation, User Guides, and Tutorials:

Flash 8 Live Docs:


Beginning Web Animation with Flash MX Free Course with Instructor:

This new free online course offered by the HP Learning Center is now open for enrollement.

Macromedia Flash is the de facto standard application for authoring rich media content on the World Wide Web. This free instructor led course will teach you how to use Flash MX, Macromedia's latest and most advanced version of the software. The instructor for this course is Karin Rex. It covers the basics for new users and sets you on the right track to creating rich media Web sites of your own. You can enroll now until the end of the class, which is March 3, 2006. The class starts on Jan. 19, 2006.


122 Photoshop Tutorials:

Here are 122 Adobe Photoshop tutorials showing you how to use this popular and feature-filled graphic editing tool to create varioius Texts, Shapes and Objects, Textures, and Effects.


Free Dreamweaver Training Tutorials

Here are free training tutorials and learning materials for Dreamweaver that will help you greatly in learning this web site authoring application. All of these tutorials were developed and are hosted by, so they will give you the most up-to-date information, instructions, tips, and techniques on using Dreamweaver to its fullest capabilities.

Interactive and Video Dreamweaver Tutorials:

Sample Applications and Tutorials:

Dreamweaver Support Forums:

Dreamweaver Developer Center:

Dreamweaver Design Tutorials:

Dreamweaver Application Development Tutorials:

More Dreamweaver Tutorials:


Video Viewlet Tutorials:

Here are 16 Viewlet Tutorials for Acrobat, GoLive, ImageReady, InDesign, Photoshop, and Premiere. These tutorials will play a video training session in your browser, and you can interact with them so you can learn your own pace. They were created by students at the University of South Florida.


Creating Interactive forms in Adobe Acrobat 5.0:


Creating a simple webpage with Adobe GoLive:


How to create rollovers in ImageReady:

Basic Animation using Adobe ImageReady:

Creating a text rollover menu in Adobe ImageReady:


Getting started in InDesign 1.5:

Flowing text along the edge of a shape within InDesign 2.0:

Adjusting Loose Lines in Adobe InDesign 2.0:

Getting started with InDesign 2.0:

Importing a graphic into InDesign 2.0:

Applying Text Attributes within Adobe InDesign 2.0:

How to insert a graphic into InDesign 2.0:

Changing units of measure in InDesign 2.0:


Creating a neon effect in Photoshop 6.0:

Using layered effects in Adobe Photoshop 5.5:


How to capture video into Adobe Premiere 6.0:


Download Fireworks 8 Documentation and Manuals 

Fireworks is a bitmap and vector graphics editor, developed by Macromedia and aimed at web designers (with features such as: slices, the ability to add hotspots etc.). It is designed to integrate easily with other products, such as Dreamweaver and Flash, and is part of the Macromedia Studio 8 suite. Fireworks is similar in purpose to the popular Adobe Photoshop application

The blog post linked above provides all the descriptions and links for the complete documentation for Macromedia Fireworks 8. These include the following 4 manuals to help you start learning this graphics editing tool or to assist you to acquire more skills with it: 'Getting Started in Fireworks', 'Using Fireworks', 'Extending Fireworks', and 'Fireworks Remote Procedure Calls'.

Download the complete documentation set to print or to search across all the manuals. Download Complete Fireworks 8 Documentation (ZIP, 19.26 MB): fireworks/fw8/


Learn Adobe Illustrator - Tutorials

Adobe Illustrator is a Vector graphics editor that can be used for creating and arranging objects such as squares, circles and irregular shapes. This program is ideal for drawing illustrations and charts, or creating posters with drawings and carefully formatted text. Illustrator is currently at version 12 (called CS2 to reflect its integration with Adobe's Creative Suite), and is available for both the Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

Here are several free online tutorials for learning Adobe Illustrator, I hope these will help you learn how to use this graphics editing tool:

Illustrator Tips and Tutorials from

40 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials:

21 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials:

11 Adobe Illustrator Tutorials:

Adobe Illustrator Tutorial:

Illustrator Basics: Shapes:

Beginning Adobe Illustrator CS Free Online Class from (sign up for future class):


3D Modelling and Animation Tutorial Lessons: 

These are 13 excellent tutorial lessons covering Maya, the popular 3D modelling and animation tool, offered by These will help you learn and become proficient using this important 3D software graphics animation application.


Computers and Art, 2nd Edition:

The chapters of this book about Computer Art express a number of viewpoints and perspectives illustrating a range of artistic styles. There has been a conscious editorial decision not to try to unify the styles in which the chapters are written since each proves expressive of the direction from which its author comes. Between them, however, the contributions are designed to cover a broad range of issues within the field of computer art. Contributors to the book are variously artists, scientists, critics, philosophers, educators or often several of those things.

4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites

AJAX, short for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is the latest and most popular web programming technique to hit the Internet. In a nutshell, AJAX allows you to make a call to an http server (typically an RSS feed or a webpage), get it’s content and load them into your existing page without having to refresh the whole page. This means that services like email don’t have to reload the whole page everytime you click a message, thus saving you bandwidth, and making your sites overall more efficient.

Here are some good learning pages and tutorials for AJAX:

Ajax Tutorial: Ajax What is it Good For?:

Shows you how to code in Ajax and how to implement it into your site, along with its history and how it was born.

Ajax: Getting Started:
This is a well presented introduction to Ajax from the Mozilla developer center.

AJAX: Instant Tutorial:
This is an excellent Ajax tutorial that makes is simple to understand and implement code using it.

Rasmus' 30 second AJAX Tutorial:
This is a quick, 30 second tutorial with code examples that you should understand have web coding experience.

Ajax Examples:
Demonstrates various ways to use Ajax and shows you what you can do with it on your web sites.

Ajax in ASP.NET:
Read this tutorial if you're ASP.NET developer. Microsoft is working on their own implementation of Ajax, which is named Atlas, but it is not yet released yet.

Ajax with J2EE:
Another tutorial of Ajax, this time implementing with J2EE.

How to Use AJAX:

AJAX Programming Wikipedia Article:

Creating a MySQL connection with PHP/AJAX:

XML in the Browser: Submitting forms using AJAX:

A Simpler Ajax Path:

Building an AJAX-Based Chat: Interacting With a Database:

Very Dynamic Web Interfaces:

AJAX Tutorial google search:


Free Linux WebMaster Course:

This free online course, titled "FTLinuxCourse WebMaster" covers HTML, Perl, CGI, Javascript, Web standards: XML, HTML, DHTML, CSS. This couse will teach you much about good web site development practices and detailed coding, giving you code examples to use and learn from.


Web Design Patterns:

Patterns give insight into design problems by capturing the essence of problems and their solutions in a compact form. They embody common design experience and present solutions that work in practice rather than the best solution in every case. They may be related together, such as by completing higher-level patterns above them. The web design patterns presented here can help the designer to focus on the more desirable characteristics of Web sites as well as help to build value, trust, and reliability with Web site visitors. This is particularly important with e-commerce Web sites.


These HTML and Style Sheet (CSS) tutorials, from, will teach you how to create your own simple web pages and websites. Also included here are their HTML 4.01 and CSS2 Reference Guides.

Online Tutorial Articles:

HTML and CSS Language Reference:


The Secret Art of HTML Programming and Web Design:

Everyone needs his or her own web page, and here is an excellent resource for those interested in learning how to create one. Broken down into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced lessons, each section has lectures on different topics, offering explanations and showing examples. Lecture topics include: HTML, Images, Text, Entities, Tables, Graphics, and Javascript. There is also a helpful set of links pertaining to Javascript and Photoshop.


XML and Databases:

This tutorial article gives a high-level overview of how to use XML with databases. It discusses and shows how the differences between data-centric and document-centric documents affect their usage with databases, how XML is usually used with relational databases, and what native XML databases are and when to use them.


Web Coding Tutorials for Newbies

This site offers some good, basic HTML and CSS tutorial lessons to help you get started learning and coding with these web development essentials. Also offered in a neat dashboard widget tutorial that will show you how to a widget on your web site that counts the days left to a certain date.

HTML and CSS Tutorial:

Chapter 1 - Some boring, but important Theory:

Chapter 2 - Building your first website:

Chapter 3 - Basic CSS:

Chapter 4 - More CSS:

Chapter 5 - Layers:

Chapter 6 - Creating a website

The following Dashboard Widget Tutorial is for those who are new to widget development and are somewhat familiar with html.

Chapter 1 - Define the Dashboard Widget:

Chapter 2 - Design:

Chapter 3 - Widget script:

Chapter 4 - Update script:


Guide to Web Coding and Style:

This Guide to Web Coding & Design will show and teach you how to create an elegant and informative site by explaining the simplicity of HTML, the organization of CSS, the power of PHP, and the artistry of Adobe Photoshop. To get the most from this web coding and design site you need to practice the examples given and try out the techniques explained. The only way to really understand the concepts and ideas of web design and development is to gain first-hand experience with coding web pages. This site is an April 2004 entry in the biannual international thinkquest.Org competition, under the free topic for ages 19 & Under.

HTML: Discover the basics of creating a simple webpage:

CSS: Standardize and stylize the layout of a webpage:

PHP: Create code that generates HTML for you:

Web Design: Learn the do's and don'ts of creating an elegant web page:

Photoshop: Edit pictures to create specific design effects:


7 Free Books for Web Programming, Scripting, XML, TCP-IP, and more

Here are 7 free computer and web development books covering web site programming and scripting, XML, TCP-IP, cryptography, and assembly.

Web Programming Desktop Reference 6-In-1 (zip):
Web Programming Desktop Reference

Web Scripting Secret Weapons (zip):
Web Scripting Secret

XML: A Primer:

Practical Guide to SGML XML Filters (zip):
Practical Guide to SGML XML

Teach Yourself TCP-IP in 14 Days, 2nd Edition (zip):
teach yourself tcp-ip in 14 days -

Handbook of Applied Cryptography:

Introduction to Assembly:
Introduction to


Building Web Applications with PHP and MySQL Free Course with Instructor:

The "Building Web Applications with PHP and MySQL" course is now available for enrollment.

PHP and MySQL are two of the most popular tools for creating dynamic database-driven websites and other web applications. This free instructor led course will introduce you to databases for the web and then walks you through the process of planning and building a dynamic web site with PHP and MySQL. The instructor for this course is Cindy Fox. In it you'll learn how to use MySQL to set up your database and PHP to connect web pages to the database. Then integrate your dynamic code into your existing website to extend its functionality. You can enroll now until the end of the class, which is March 3, 2006. The class starts on Jan. 19, 2006.


Building Websites with Microsoft FrontPage 2003 Free Course:

This new free online course offered by the HP Learning Center is now open for enrollement.

This free instructor led course will help you get started in creating and maintaining your own website. By using FrontPage 2003, you will be able to control the look of your site and easily update it. In addition, multiple people can update the same website at the same time. The instructor for this course is Virginia O'Connor. You can enroll now until the end of the class, which is March 3, 2006. The class starts on Jan. 19, 2006.


HTML Tutorial for Beginners:

This HTML tutorial will assist you in understanding how to write HTML pages and get a web site up and running. This tutorial is designed to help you understand HTML quickly and is also useful as a reference. It is written for those starting out with HTML After learning the subjects in this tutorial, you can review more advanced topics such as DHTML, XML, SGML, and client and server side script writing - these are covered elsewhere in this blog, just use the search form on the right column. Here is this HTML Tutorial in zipped pdf format here: This tutorial covers most commonly used HTML elements and attributes, but not all. For an excellent source of information regarding available HTML 4.0 elements and attributes, refer to the Web Design Group's web page, HTML 4.0 Reference section here:


Web Development Tutorials:

Blueprint, the Los Altos High School Web Club, offers several different types of web design tutorials including HTML, JavaScript, Photoshop, and Flash. Only newly updated tutorials are shown below. You may click on the menu on the left-handed side to enter each section to view the entire tutorials.

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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.

January 2006 Question of the Month: 

Where are some good FAQs (frequently answered questions) for the Microsoft Office applications?


Here are some good FAQs for Office applications:

Microsoft Office System Frequently Asked Questions:

Office 2003 Editions Frequently Asked Questions:

Microsoft Word FAQ:

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Excel and Word FAQs:

Microsoft Excel Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:

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The Powerpoint FAQ:

FAQs for Office Developers:

Frequently Asked Questions for Windows, Office Applications, and others:

I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love


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