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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. 

 

TrainingByEmail

Visit TrainingByEmail to receive Free Training for Word, Excel, Outlook, C#, ASP.Net, and SQL via your email every week! We will send out a new training in the topic of your choosing every week. You can then save this, print it out, or delete it all at your convenience. And you can't beat the price, FREE!

 



Free Microsoft Word Course

Here is an excellent Free Microsoft Word Course that gives you 11 lessons to learn this important word processor application. Each lesson, or section, provides several tutorials on how to perform the features and functions being discussed. These Word course tutorials cover beginning and more advanced topics, such as mail merge and creating a Word macro. 

Word Course Lessons:

  1. Get Started with  Word
  2. Document Formatting
  3. Cut, Copy and Paste
  4. Clip Art
  5. Multi-Page Documents
  6. The Drawing Toolbar
  7. Word Art
  8. Letterheads, Templates
  9. Mail Merge in Word
  10. How to design a Form
  11. Creating Tables in Word
  12. Create a Word Macro

» Section One - Get Started with Microsoft Word  
 
1.1 Launching Word
1.2 Your First Letter

1.3 Saving Documents

1.4 Highlighting Text

1.5 Opening Files

1.6 Adding an Address to a Letter
1.7 Switch off Red Green Underline in Word

1.8 Spell Checking and Grammar

1.9 Project One

»
 Section Two - Document Formatting
 
 
2.1 Bold Text
2.2 Italics
2.3 Underline

2.4 How to set Tabs

2.5 Bulleted text

2.6 Setting a Font 
2.7 Page Margins
2.8 More Page Margins
2.9 Project Two

»
 Section Three - Cut, Copy and Paste
 
 
3.1 How to Cut text
3.2 How to Cut and Paste text
3.3 How to Copy and Paste text


»
 Section Four - Clip Art
 
 
4.1 Inserting Clip art
4.2 Resizing Clip Art

4.3 Moving Clip Art
4.4 Text Wrapping

»
 Section Five -Multi-Page Documents
 
 
5.1 How to setup your Page Margins
5.2 Inserting Text Files

5.3 Headers and Footers

5.4 Formatting the Header
5.5 An introduction to the Drawing Grid
5.6 Print Preview

5.7 Insert Page numbers into documents
5.8 Create a Booklet in Microsoft Word

5.9 Add a Title to your Cover Page

5.10 Create a Table of Contents Page

5.11 Create a Page Break in Word

5.12 Advanced Table of Contents

»
 Section Six - The Drawing Toolbar, Word Art
 
 
6.1 How to use the Drawing toolbar in Word
6.2 Adding Shadows and Text to a Shape

6.3 Learn how to use AutoShapes

6.4 Grouping Objects in Microsoft Word

6.5 Working with the Textbox object
6.6 Learn how to create Word Art

6.7 Advanced Word Art

»
 Section Seven - Letterheads, and more ...
 
 


7.1 Create a Letterhead in Microsoft Word
7.2 Create a Template in Microsoft Word
7.3 Mail Merge in Microsoft Word



»
 Section Eight - Design a Form in Word
 
 
8.1 How to Design a Form in Microsoft Word
8.2 Adding Boxes to the Form
8.3 Add an Address Box to the Form


»
 Section Nine - Create Tables in Word
 
 
9.1 Create a Table in Microsoft Word
9.2 Table cells and Internal Table Borders

9.3 Using the Table Toolbar
9.4 How to add an external Table Border

»
 Section Ten - How to Create Word Macros
 
 
10.1 What is a Macro?
10.2 How to create a Macro in Microsoft Word

10.3 How Assign a Macro to the Keyboard

10.4 How Assign a Macro to the Toolbar
10.5 How to Delete your Macros

 



8 Word Video Tutorials

Here are Teach-ict.com's training videos teaching you how to use the features of Word, which is the word processor in Microsoft's Office Suite of applications. These videos will help you learn the following Word features: footers, page numbers, bullet points, mail merge, tabs, and table of contents. Learn these Word topics by watching what happens on the screen, and then trying it yourself. This site offers many Free Video Tutorials on various software applications.

  Formatting
Adding a footer with a file name and path
video tutorial word processing Inserting page numbers 
video tutorial word Inserting bullet points 
video tutorial word Customizing bullet points
 
  Mail Merge
Mail merging from a database
Mail merging from a spreadsheet
   
  Additional Features
Tabs
Table of Contents

 



Free Microsoft Excel Course

Here is an excellent Free Microsoft Excel Course that gives you 12 lessons to learn this important word processor application. Each lesson, or section, provides several tutorials on how to perform the features and functions being taught. These Excel course tutorials cover many topics and features of this spreadsheet application, including Charting, Math Operators, Functions, Conditional Logic, Scenarios, Goal Seek, Pivot Tables, Data Validation, and Web Integration. 

> Section One - Getting Started with Excel  
 
1 What is a Spreadsheet?
2 Launching and Exploring Excel

3 Entering data into a Spreadsheet

4 How to Widen Rows and Columns in Excel

5 Centering Data in a Cell
6 Font formatting in Excel

7 Saving your work

8 Project One
> Section Two - Entering Data into Cells  
 
1 The Spreadsheet
2 AutoFill

3 Entering formulas in Excel
4 Adding up with SUM
> Section Three - Extending the Spreadsheet  
 
1 Adding up Rows in Excel
2 Copy and Paste in Excel

3 Multiplying

4 Weekly and Annual Sums
5 Adding Comments to Cells

6 Project Two
> Section Four - Excel Charts  
 
1 Sorting Data
2 Create a Bar Chart

3 Formatting the Chart

4 Resizing the Chart
5 Creating a Pie Chart

6 Project Three
> Section Five - Math Operators in Excel  
 
1. The Basic Operators
2. Combining mathematical Operators

3. Project Four- A Budget spreadsheet
> SectionSix - An Introduction to Functions  
 


1. The Average Function
2. Date Functions in Excel


3. The Time Function
4. Financial Functions in Excel

> Section Seven - Conditional Logic  
 


1.Conditional Logic
2. Conditional Formatting


3. The CountIF Function
2. The AND and SUMIF functions in Excel

> Section Eight - Tables, Scenarios, Goal Seek  
 


1. Excel Tables, Part One
2. Excel Tables, Part Two


3. Scenarios in Excel
4. How to use Goal Seek

> Section Nine - Reference, Range, Pivot Table  
 
1. Absolute versus Relative cell referencing
2. Named Ranges in Excel

3. Using Named Ranges

4. What is a Pivot Table?
5. How to Create a Pivot Table in Excel

6. Extending the Pivot Table
> Section Ten - Input Forms, Data Validation  
 


1. Data Input Forms in Excel

2. Data Validation in Excel (Drop down lists)


3. Displaying Error Messages
> Section Eleven - Web Integration  
 


1. Web Integration and Excel

2. How to Create a Web Query in Excel


3. Web Query, Part Two

4. How to Add Hyperlinks in Excel

> Section Tweleve - Extras  
 


1. Insert a spreadsheet into a Word document

2. Reference a formula in a different Worksheet


3. Insert drawing objects into spreadsheets

4. Insert images into Excel

 



Excel Video Tutorials

Here are Teach-ict.com's Excel Training Videos teaching you how to use the features of Excel, Microsoft's Office Spreadsheet application. These will help you learn how to perform the following functions using Excel: Formatting (colors, borders, cells, tabs, text), Inserting, Deleting, Moving, Charts (type, colors, new chart, labels), Validation, Formulas (autofil, sum, percent, average, min, max, vlookup), Printing, Sorting, and Searching . Using these training videos and can learn these Excel features by watching what happens on the screen, and then trying it yourself. These are some of the many Free Video Tutorials on various software applications that Teach-ict.com offers.

Excel Tutorial Topics:


  Formatting
Background colours
Borders
Column Widths
Currency
Merging cells
Tabs - renaming
Wrapping text
   
  Inserting/Hiding/Deleting/Moving
Footer - inserting
Row - deleting a row
Row - inserting a new one
Worksheet - making a copy
Worksheet - deleting one
Worksheet - inserting a new one
   
  Charts
Axis - changing values
Chart type - changing it
Colours - changing them
New chart - making one
Pie chart - adding labels
   
  Validation
Drop down pick list
 
  Formulas
Autofill - copying formulas
Addition formula
SUM formula
Multiplication formula
Percentage formula
Average formula
Min formula
Max formula
VLOOKUP formula
Absolute Cell Reference
Formulas - showing them
Formulas - hiding them
   
  Printing
Gridlines
Orientation - Portrait/Landscape
Print Preview
Print area - how to set it
Printing to one page
Row and column headers - displaying
   
  Sorting & Searching
Sorting data in a table
Goal Seek

 



7 PowerPoint Video Tutorials

One of the best ways to learn how a software application works is to watch it being used via screen videos. Teach-ICT.com provides many Free Video Tutorials on various software applications. Here are their training videos teaching you how to use some of the features of PowerPoint. These will help you learn how to perform the following functions using PowerPoint: creating a new slideshow, adding a new slide, formatting bullet points, adding the date and time to footers, adding animation, performing slide transitions, and creating hyperlinks.

Starting Off

PPT video tutorial Creating a new Powerpoint slideshow
PPT video tutorial New slide - adding one
   
 

Formatting

video tutorial powerpoint Bullet points - changing the style
video tutorial PPT Date and time - adding to footers
   
 

Developing Your Presentation

video tutorial on powerpoint Animation - adding to text and images
video tutorial on powerpoint Slide transitions
video tutorial powerpoint Hyperlinks to other slides

 



Microsoft Access Video Tutorials

One of the best ways to learn how a software application works is to watch it being used via screen videos. Teach-ICT.com provides many Free Video Tutorials on various software applications. Here are their training videos teaching you how to use the features of Access, Microsoft's Office Database application. These will help you learn how to perform the following functions using Access: field and input validation, creating simple and complex queries, creating a report from a query, designing and using tables, filtering and sorting tables, and creating and customizing forms and subforms. Using these training videos, you can learn Access by watching what happens on the screen, and then try it yourself. 

  Starting off
Creating a new database
 
  Validation
Validation rule and text - To allow a specific choice of options e.g. male or female
Required Field
Basic Input Mask
   
  Queries
Creating a query from one table
Creating a query from more than one table
Adding a field to an existing query
Creating an 'OR' query
Creating a 'NOT' query
Creating an 'IS NULL' query (to find blank records)
Creating a query to search between two dates
Creating a query using a WILDCARD
   
  Reports
Creating a report from a query
  Tables
Creating a table
Data types - setting appropriate ones
Design view - change from datasheet view
Field length
Indexed Field
Primary Key
Drop down list
Records - adding new
Relationships - creating
Relationships - deleting
Required Field
Filter
Sort
   
  Forms
Creating a new form using the Wizard
Customising your form
Adding macro buttons
Field - adding a missing one to a form
Records - adding new
video tutorial for creating a subform Subforms
Creating a Switchboard Form
Setting the Switchboard to be the opening screen

 



Microsoft Access Database Tutorial

Profsr.com offers this Microsoft Access tutorial giving you step-by-step instructions on how to create and develop a commercial-grade database application. It beings with teaching database modeling, which deals with the actual design of the database before it's created. After designing database, you will learn how to develop the required database objects and learn how to use them. A simple application (Video Rental Store) is demonstrated showing how Microsoft Access is used in business. This database application assists with gaining an understanding of how users can deploy Access using its database management tools and facilities.

 



Microsoft Project and Gantt Chart Tutorials

This is a nicely illustrated, 2-page tutorial covering Microsoft Project that introduces you to Project and demonstrates its basic functionality. This application has many features and capabilities and some of the most important are shown in this tutorial.


Gantt Charts are an important concept that is used in Microsoft Project and its important to understand how to use these types of charts. Here is a 4-page Gantt Chart Tutorial (pdf format) that discusses project planning basics (tasks, milestones, work breakdown statements) and how to use Excel to make Gantt Charts. 

 

   


 

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

Flash Video Tutorials

Here are Teach-ict.com's free Flash Training Videos teaching you how to use several important features of Flash, Adobe's popular web animation application. These will help you learn how to perform the basics, create and use buttons, graphics, and animations with Flash. Using these training videos, you can learn Flash by watching what happens on the screen, and then trying out the functions for yourself. These are part of the many Free Video Tutorials on various software applications that Teach-ict.com.

Flash Training Topics:


  Basics
Opening Flash
Adding Layers
Selecting objects
Stretching/shrinking an object
Rotating an object
Showing gridlines
Adding a sound file
Stopping a movie from looping
Converting an object to a symbol
Importing images to the library
Inserting images from the library
Publishing your movie
   
  Buttons
Drawing button shapes
Converting buttons to symbols
Adding an 'over' state to a button
   
  Graphics
Drawing a pencil line
Changing the pencil end caps
Drawing a rectangle
Drawing a circle
Drawing a ball
Adding colours to an object
Changing the stage background colour
Adding gradients
Overlaying objects
Tracing an image
 
  Animation
Making a ball 'bounce'
Making an image 'spin'
Fading an image in and out
Zooming in and out to an image
Removing 'jerky' zooming effects
Stopping a movie from looping

 



4 Flash and Actionscript Video Tutorials


XML Driven Slideshow


Title: XML driven Slideshow
URL: http://tutorial.templates247.com/tutorial5/
Time: 10 Mins
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Summary: How to make a xml driven slideshow
Assumed knowledge: Xml, Components
Author: Chris Calangi
Website: Templates247.com
Tutorial Files: Source
Description: How to make a xml driven slideshow. With a use of a component, you can easily make a slideshow in Flash.


Custom Easing in Flash 8

Title: Custom Easing in Flash 8
URL: http://tutorial.templates247.com/tutorial4/
Time: 30 Mins
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Summary: How Custom Easing in flash 8 works.
Assumed knowledge: Tween, Custom Easing
Author: Chris Calangi
Website: Templates247.com
Tutorial Files: Source
Description: How Custom Easing in flash 8 works. The tutorial describes the basics of Custom Easing a new feature in flash8.


Actionscripted Fader

Title: Actionscripted Fader
URL: http://tutorial.templates247.com/tutorial3/
Time: 30 Mins
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Summary: How to fade an mc using Actionscript.
Assumed knowledge: Tween, Functions / Global, Movieclip Actions
Author: Chris Calangi
Website: Templates247.com
Tutorial Files: Source
Description: How to fade an mc using Actionscript. This is a useful script that you can use to fade any movieclip in your flash.


Pseudo Zoom Effect with Actionscript

URL: http://tutorial.templates247.com/tutorial2/
Time: 30 Mins
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Summary: How to make a pseudo-zoom effect
Assumed knowledge: Tween, Photoshop Filters
Author: Chris Calangi
Website: Templates247.com
Tutorial Files: Source
Description: How to make a pseudo-zoom effect. It gives the illusion that you are zooming the actual object from flash.

 



Photoshop Tutorials from Learn2Photoshop

Learn2Photoshop.com is a Photoshop Tutorial website that offers Adobe Photoshop tutorials making digital photographic manipulation easy and fun for everyone, from amateurs to seasoned programmers.  The creative web and game design techniques taught be these photoshop tutorials cover: teaching texturing techniques, layer effects, tilable textures, and keying green backdrops.

1)  Texturing Techniques: The Cabinet Case-Study - Part 1

This tutorial teaches true photo-texturing, versus the lazy-man's way of selecting an image, resizing it, saving it and calling it texture.  This is known as (photorape).  Using a high-resolution photo image that has issues of flash spots from the camera, barrel distortion and rotation, and color inaccuracy, Part 1 of this study addresses the barrel distortion and rotation.

2)  Texturing Techniques: The Cabinet Case-Study - Part 2

Using the same high-resolution photo image as in Part 1, this tutorial  case study (Part 2) addresses the last problem to be fixed -- flash spots from the camera, which are hard to remove and are a dead give-away for photorape.

3)  Layer Effects Explained

Assuming a very basic knowledge and understanding of layers and simple tools, this tutorial explain some layer effects and blending options using demos for each.  These are:  Drop Shadow, Inner Shadow, Outer Glow, Inner Glow, and also Bevel and Emboss 

4)  The easiest way to make tileable textures with PhotoShop7 or above

This is a true newby guide and the author encourages the reader to feel free to cut and paste the first image (a cropped photo of grass)  into Photoshop for actually trying out the techniques taught in the tutorial.  Here you will learn to remove tell-tale signs like seam lines between tiles using the healing brush tool.

5)  Keying Green Backdrops (original tutorial is here)

This tutorial is about editing photos with a green backdrop and at the end discusses editing photos with a translucent image.  In this tutorial, objects will be separated from green backdrops with precision, including learning how to mask fine strands of hair and also a translucent glass vase.  Techniques taught are identifying green areas, creating a black and white layer to represent the transparency of the image, using the channel mixer tool, adjusting the green backdrop with the Hue/Saturation Tool and removing green edge artifacts.

 



Photoshop Video Tutorials

One of the best ways to learn how a software application works is to watch it being used via screen videos. Teach-ICT.com provides many Free Video Tutorials on various software applications. Here are their training videos covering Photoshop. These will help you learn how to perform the following functions using Photoshop: editing, drawing, painting, manipulating images, and effects. Learn Photoshop by watching what happens in these videos, and then try it yourself. 

Photoshop Topics:


  Starting off
Starting a new project
Opening a saved picture
 
Editing
Rotating an image
Flipping an image
Sharpening an image
   
  Drawing and Painting
Drawing a line using the brush tool
Preset brush effects
Making your own unique brush from an image
Preset paint fill effects
Gradient fill effects
Filling a background of a picture with colour
Filling a shape with colour
Making a repeating background pattern
    
  Effects
Bubbles
Emboss
Graphics pen
Lens flare
Lighting effects
Liquify
Mosaic tiles
Neon glow
popartPop Art effect 
Rainbow effect
Stained glass
Starburst
Textured text effects
twirl Twirl
Watercolour painting
Wind
 
Manipulating Images
replacing colour Changing the colours of an image (large file, 37mb)
combining colour Combining parts of two different photos to create a new one

 



Dreamweaver Video Tutorials

Here are Teach-ict.com's Dreamweaver Training Videos teaching you how to use the features of Dreamweaver, Adobe's GUI Web Development application. These will help you learn how to use Dreamweaver's features in regards to Setting up a new site, Templates, Images, Tables, Hyperlinks and Menus, Formatting Text, Behaviours. By viewing these training videos, you can learn Dreamweaver by watching what happens on the screen, and then try out the features shown for yourself. Teach-ict.com offers many Free Video Tutorials on various software applications

Dreamweaver Training Topics:


  Setting up a new site
newsiteNew site - setting one up
homeHome page - setting one up
newpageNew pages - adding more pages
titlePage titles - labelling pages
sitemapSite map - viewing your site
Adding Page Content
Viewing the HTML code
   
  Templates
Setting up a new template
Creating a new page from a template
templateApplying a template to an existing page
   
  Images
Images
Resizing Images
banner Page Banners
Aligning images and text
Creating hotspots on images
   
  Tables
tableSetting up a tables
Adding a coloured background
mergingMerging cells in a table
   
  Hyperlinks and Menus
menuMenu - creating a simple menu
rolloverRollover buttons
flash button Flash menu buttons
anchor Anchors
Linking to a document
Linking to an external website
Creating an email link
Creating hotspots on images
flash button Flash text as a link
   
  Formatting Text
fontstyleFont Style
heading Heading Style
Font Size
Font Colour
bullets Bullet Points
Indenting Text
flash button Flash text
   
  Behaviours
Popup text box
Swapping one image for another

 



FrontPage Video Tutorials

Here are Teach-ict.com's training videos teaching you how to use the features of Frontpage, Microsoft's GUI Web Site Editor. These videos will help you learn many Frontpage features related to: formatting, content, images, hyperlinks, backgrounds, and tables. Because one of the best ways to learn how a software application works is watching it being used, by using these training videos you can learn Frontpage by watching what happens on the screen, and then try it yourself. This site offers many Free Video Tutorials on various software applications.

Learn these Frontpage Topics:


  Setting up a new site
newsiteNew site - setting one up
newpageNew pages - adding more pages
Opening pages
heading Viewing how pages look
Saving your work
   
  Formatting
bullets Bullet Points
Font Colour
Horizontal Line
   
  Content
tableAdding content
Marquee
   
  Images
Images - adding one
banner Page Banners
  Hyperlinks and Menus
sitemapMenu - creating one from a theme
rolloverMenu - interactive menu buttons
menuHyperlinks to a page in your site
Hyperlinks to external sites
Changing the colours of hyperlinks
   
  Backgrounds
Theme - adding a theme
Theme - removing a theme
Theme - customising a theme
Coloured background
   
  Tables
tableSetting up a tables
Adding a coloured background
mergingMerging cells in a table
anchor Table borders
fontstyleText alignment in tables



 





4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites

 

Simple HTML Tutorial

HTML is an abbreviation for HyperText Markup Language and is what is used to program web pages. It is used by placing HTML tags and codes into text (marking up the text) so that  web browsers can understand it and display it as the author has designed the page.

Here are several methods on programming web pages with HTML:

This tutorial will teach you the HTML tags and code required for developing you own web pages. You can write your web pages in a text editor using HTML code, or you can first use a GUI editor and then edit the HTML directly to tweek the way the page looks and displays. 

 



Web Design Library

Here is my blog post about the Web Design Library,  which offers a large collection of Web Design Tutorials using Phothoshop, Flash, HTML, CSS,  PHP, and Javascript. Also check out the Editor's Picks.

 



Web Design HTML Course and CSS Tutorials

Homeandlearn.co.uk provides some excellent free computer training, including this Web Design Course and these Cascading Style Sheet Tutorials. These course lessons and tutorials will teach you how to create web pages using HTML and CSS. To begin, first read their Introduction to the Web Design Course to see more about what you will learn, and to download their free HTML editor.

Web Design HTML and CSS Topics:


> Section One - A first Web Page

1 Anatomy of a Web Page

2 The Five Minute Web Page
3 The HTML Skeleton
4 Adding Colours to Web Pages

> Section Two - Images and the Web
 
 
1 inserting images into a web page
2 Image Types
3 Design a Web Page with and Image

4 Image Alignment
5 Image Tag Reference

> Section Three - HTML Text Formatting
 
 
1 Text Colour, Headings, Centre
2 Bold, Italics, Sub and Superscript
3 The Font Tag

4 HTML Bullets and Lists
5 Horizontal Rules
6 Extra HTML Formatting Tags

> Section Four - Adding Links with HTML
 
 
1 What is a Hyperlink?
2 Anchors
3 Target and Bookmark Links
4 Email Links

5 Navigational Icons as Links
6 HTML Image Maps
7 Links to Other File Types

> Section Five - HTML Tables
 
 
1 Data Presentation
2 Creating a HTML Table
3 Rowspan and Colspan
4 Aligning Contents in a Cell

5 Tables and Cell Colours
6 Using Images in Tables
7 Nested Tables

> Section Six - HTML Forms
 
 
1 Introduction to HTML Forms
2 Textboxes and Textareas
3 Option Buttons, Chexboxes, Submit, Reset

4 Aligning Form Elements
5 HTML List Boxes
6 Passwords, Buttons, Image Buttons, Hidden Elements

> Section Seven - HTML Frames
 
 
1 Setting up the Frame Document
2 Frame Targetting
3 Creating a Frame Document

4 Inserting Target Links
5 Frames in Rows and Columns


> Section One - How to Set Up a Style Sheet
 
1 An Introduction to Cascading Style Sheets
2 Adding the Style Tags to your HTML page
3 Style Sheet Rules
4 Where to put your Styles

> Section Two - Formatting Text with Style Sheets
 

1 Using Selectors to set a Font Colour

2 A CSS MouseOver
3 Change the Background colour behind Text
4 Add a Border around Text
5 Margings and Indents


Download a Style Sheet Reference

(54 kb, CHM help file)

 



Great PHP Tutorials

If you need to get training on how to code your web pages and sites with PHP, then take a look at my post on Home and Learn's Beginners PHP Tutorials. After going through these PHP tutorials you will be able to start coding with PHP immediately. The following PHP topics are taught here: Conditional Logic, HTML Forms,Loops, Arrays, String Manipulation, Functions, Security, Working with Files, Date and Time, PHP and MySQL, and User Authentication. The last 2 tutorial sections teach you how to code your own web Survey and web Forum using PHP.

PHP Topics to Learn:

  1. Introduction
  2. Getting Started
  3. Conditional Logic
  4. HTML Forms
  5. PHP Loops
  6. Arrays and PHP
  7. String Manipulation
  8. Create your own Functions
  9. Security Issues
  10. Working with Files
  11. Date and Time
  12. PHP and MySQL
  13. User Authentication
  14. Build your own Survey
  15. Build your own Forum

 

 





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


Windows Tutorials and Free Training


These Windows tutorials will teach you many aspects and functions of Microsoft Windows. They demonstrate those features that all Windows versions share, and are often overlooked in other Windows tutorials. These were written to be useful and are packed with information on how Windows works and how to manage the operating system.

Windows 98 Viewlets
57 tutorials on many aspects of Windows 98.

Windows XP Tutorials 
Free tutorials and courses for Windows XP

What is Windows?
A very brief introduction to Windows Software.

Keyboard Functions in Windows
Learn about all the keys on your keyboard, and how they operate in Windows.

How to Back Up Your Hard Drive
Are you prepared if your computer fizzles? Protect your data.

Bytes, KiloBytes, MegaBytes
Are you confused about how big a gigabyte is? Learn how to measure sizes in computer lingo.

How do I Use the Keyboard to do Things Faster?
Learn some basic Windows keyboard shortcuts to save you time!

How to Find Files on Your Computer
Ever lose something that you really needed on your computer? Now you can find it easily!

Understanding the Windows Folder System
Your computer works like one big filing cabinet, perfectly organized if you know where to put things, a big pile of trash if you don't.

Using Character Map
This one page tutorial explains the Character Map utility and creating all those é's and other fancy characters.

How to Install an Operating System (OS)
A tutorial teaching how to Install an Operating System on your computer (Windows 95/98)

Windows Registry
Tips, hints, and tricks for the Windows Registry. Compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 98 & 95.

 



Basic Unix and Telnet Tutorial

This Unix tutorial is designed for those managing web sites who need to use and administer a Unix web server from their desktop computer. It teached the Unix commands that you will need to setup and manipulate your web files.


 




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



Turbo Navigator 1.47

Turbo Navigator is advanced, highly customisable file manager for Windows NT/2000/XP. It works as Windows Explorer but with one main difference: it uses two file panels, as in Symantec's Norton Commander, a well known commercial file manager for DOS and Windows. Download this version of Turbo Navigator if you're using Windows 9x/Me. 923kB

Features:

 



Dialog Box Assistant

Dialog Box Assistant is a very simple program that becomes absolutely essential after you use it once or twice. This software adds two extra buttons to your Windows Open and Save dialog box. The left button shows you the list of most recently launched files. The right button shows you the list of most recently accessed folders. You can instantly launch a file or open a folder from the list without having to waste time browsing. 366kB

 



ShowCalc 3.01

32-bit calculator that, in addition to basic arithmetic, memory and scientific functions (hex, trig, and log modules), includes an extremely useful, scrolling 'tape Window' that allows you to easily view your work. You can then print this adding machine-like tape, or copy the data onto your clipboard for use in other applications. 710kB

 



2Flyer Screensaver Builder 2.1

2Flyer Screen Saver Builder allows you to create professional screensavers. You can use up to 1000 JPG, GIF, BMP or WMF, EMF images, optionally add MP3, WAV or MID sound and choose from 240 transition effects that can be customized to create unlimited unique effects. The screensavers can be saved as single .exe screen saver installation file, allowing you to email and share the screensaver with your friends. You have the option to include a web site link, readme txt and more. Additional features include project support, compatibility with screensaver passwords, transition effects, full screen stretching, and preview mode. 1514kB

 



Hotmail Popper 2.1.1

Hotmail Popper is a small application that allows you to check your Hotmail account e-mail from a normal POP mail client (such as Eudora, IncrediMail, Mozilla Thunderbird, Opera, Netscape, etc). Unlike standard mail accounts which allow users to retrieve their e-mail through a POP mail client, Hotmail can normally only be checked on the web. With Hotmail Popper, you can use your favorite POP mail client to retrieve your e-mail from your Hotmail account. 1005kB


  




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.


December 2006 Question of the Month: 

Will Google really compete with Microsoft and its Office suite, and if so, how will it do it?

Answer:
In short, yes, and very competitively. As I see it, one aspect of the future of computing will be getting and having all of your devices connected and sharing information with each other over an intranet or the Internet. I think Google sees it this way also, and will be offering "virtual" applications (free and advertising-paid online software) for all kinds of devices, that will give users the ability to use any device with a web connection. Google CEO Eric Schmidt wrote an article for The Economist, in which he says: "Today’s desktop software will be overtaken by internet-based services that enable users to choose the document formats, search tools and editing capability that best suit their needs." During the past few months Google has done several product releases and acquisitions. All of these are either in the office space or in areas that Microsoft wants to be in, so Google has established itself as a prime competitor to Microsoft.

The following are or will be directly competing with Microsoft in the future: Google Apps For Your Domain (lets you offer email, IM and calendar accounts to your web users), Google Docs & Spreadsheets (online Word and Excel compatible applications), the acquisition of JotSpot, the acquisition of YouTube (YouTube has a 45 percent share of the online video market, which is more than its top four competitors combined), the Google Desktop,  and the introduction of Google Co-op, with which you  can create a free Custom Search Engine that reflects your knowledge and interests. These applications show that Google is aiming for a greater emphasis on office and productivity software. They will only become more attractive to users as more features and functionality are added in the future.

Microsoft is pushing for its online applications to work together with installed software. On the other hand, Google has shown that it is mostly interested in online software, although some applications such as Google Desktop are a combination of web-based and off-line.  Google could attack Microsoft more openly in many areas in 2007, including office software, because the uptake of Microsoft's Vista OS will be pressure on Google to respond. Microsoft will put its Live.com search page on its IE7 browser as the default homepage.


I hope this help you.

Jeff Love
Site Editor
EducationOnlineForComputers.com




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