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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:
- Get Started with Word
- Document Formatting
- Cut, Copy and Paste
- Clip Art
- Multi-Page Documents
- The Drawing Toolbar
- Word Art
- Letterheads, Templates
- Mail Merge in Word
- How to design a Form
- Creating Tables in Word
- 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
2.4 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 ...
» 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 Inserting page numbers Inserting bullet points 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
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
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 > Section Seven - Conditional Logic > Section Eight - Tables, Scenarios, 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
3. Displaying Error Messages
> Section Eleven - Web Integration > Section Tweleve - Extras
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.
Creating a new Powerpoint slideshow New slide - adding one
Bullet points - changing the style Date and time - adding to footers
Developing Your Presentation
Animation - adding to text and images Slide transitions 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 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.
- Lesson 1 - Microsoft Access Introduction
- Lesson 2 - Designing the application - tables, fields, data types, properties
- Lesson 3 - Creating the database - primary key, creating tables
- Lesson 4 - Defining Table relationships - referential integrity, primary and foreign keys
- Lesson 5 - Entering data into Tables - data view, sorting and ordering
- Lesson 6 - Creating data-entry forms - data validation, default values
- Lesson 7 - Building simple Queries - sorting, selection criteria, working with dates
- Lesson 8 - More complex Queries - multiple tables, linking, functions
- Lesson 9 - Creating a Master/Detail form
- Lesson 10 - The Microsoft Access Application Menu - the Switchboard
- Lesson 11 - Creating Macros - autoexec, conditions
- Lesson 12 - Writing Reports
- Lesson 13 - Sales Analysis Reports with Microsoft Access
- Lesson 14 - Action Queries - Updating data
- Download Area- sample Microsoft Access databases
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
Time: 10 Mins
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Summary: How to make a xml driven slideshow
Assumed knowledge: Xml, Components
Author: Chris Calangi
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
Time: 30 Mins
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Summary: How Custom Easing in flash 8 works.
Assumed knowledge: Tween, Custom Easing
Author: Chris Calangi
Tutorial Files: Source
Description: How Custom Easing in flash 8 works. The tutorial describes the basics of Custom Easing a new feature in flash8.
Title: Actionscripted Fader
Time: 30 Mins
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Summary: How to fade an mc using Actionscript.
Assumed knowledge: Tween, Functions / Global, Movieclip Actions
Author: Chris Calangi
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
Time: 30 Mins
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
Summary: How to make a pseudo-zoom effect
Assumed knowledge: Tween, Photoshop Filters
Author: Chris Calangi
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.
- Starting off
- Editing with Photoshop
- Doing Drawing & Painting using Photosho
- Photoshop Effects
- Manipulating Images with Photoshop
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 Pop Art effect Rainbow effect Stained glass Starburst Textured text effects Twirl Watercolour painting Wind Manipulating Images Changing the colours of an image (large file, 37mb) 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 New site - setting one up Home page - setting one up New pages - adding more pages Page titles - labelling pages Site map - viewing your site Adding Page Content Viewing the HTML code Templates Setting up a new template Creating a new page from a template Applying a template to an existing page Images Images Resizing Images Page Banners Aligning images and text Creating hotspots on images Tables Setting up a tables Adding a coloured background Merging cells in a table Hyperlinks and Menus Menu - creating a simple menu Rollover buttons Flash menu buttons Anchors Linking to a document Linking to an external website Creating an email link Creating hotspots on images Flash text as a link Formatting Text Font Style Heading Style Font Size Font Colour Bullet Points Indenting Text 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 New site - setting one up New pages - adding more pages Opening pages Viewing how pages look Saving your work Formatting Bullet Points Font Colour Horizontal Line Content Adding content Marquee Images Images - adding one Page Banners Hyperlinks and Menus Menu - creating one from a theme Menu - interactive menu buttons Hyperlinks 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 Setting up a tables Adding a coloured background Merging cells in a table Table borders Text 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.
- using a regular text editor to write the web page content and manually place the HTML tags and code into and around the text. Not very easy for large web pages and sites. Many freeware text editors are available on the web.
- using an HTML editor; which functions as a text editor, except the HTML tags and code are inserted around the text by using menu options and buttons. Arachnophilia is one of these tools.
- using a word processor, such as Word or OpenOffice.org's Writer, and saving the file in HTML format. One downside to using Word with this method, is the file will be much larger than needed and Microsoft proprietary codes will be inserted along with standard HTML.
- using a GUI web page editor, as FrontPage or Nvu, with which you design, construct and write the web page, and in the background the application writes the HTML code for you.
- Lesson 1 - Preparation
- Lesson 2 - The Stylesheet
- Lesson 3 - Basic Tags
- Lesson 4 - Tables
- Lesson 5 - Lists
- Lesson 6 - Java
Web Design Library
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:
- A first Web Page
- Images and the Web
- HTML Text Formatting
- Adding Links with HTML
- HTML Tables
- HTML Forms
- HTML Frames
- CSS - How to Set Up a Style Sheet
- CSS - Formatting Text with Style Sheets
- Stylesheet Reference
> 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?
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:
- Getting Started
- Conditional Logic
- HTML Forms
- PHP Loops
- Arrays and PHP
- String Manipulation
- Create your own Functions
- Security Issues
- Working with Files
- Date and Time
- PHP and MySQL
- User Authentication
- Build your own Survey
- 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)
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
- Full Drag and Drop capability;
- Built-in file viewer for text, RTF and binary files;
- System Tree View for both panels able to mimic Windows Explorer.
- Advanced change attributes capability (recurse subdirectories, ability to change System attribute, ability to change Created/Modified/Accessed file time/date stamp);
- Copy speed display;
- Advanced filtering capability (in file panels and in basic operations like copy, move and delete);
- Built-in favourites for quick directory change;
- Ability to wipe the files from the disk so they can not be undeleted;
- Fully customisable colours in the file panels;
- Built-in Media Player for quick preview of WAV, MID, MP3, AVI, MPG and other supported file formats without any need for opening separate applications;
- Very detailed, yet very simple user interface;
- Full Clipboard support including file name and file path copy;
- Built-in strong encryption capability for quick file encryption;
- Very advanced selection mechanism;
- Detailed directory info display with graph...
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
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?
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.
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