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8 Microsoft Office Tools

Here are short tutorials and explanations for 8 common Microsoft Office Tools that all or most of the applications use. These help you productivity when using the Office applications and help you and your document users become more efficient.  

Auto Format As You Type
Describes how the"auto format as you type" feature works in Office 2003.

This Layering tutorial shows you various ways to work with many objects (pictures, graphics, Auto Shapes etc.) and to virtually merge them to display as object.

This tutorial teaches you how to create a hyperlink that links to anywhere on your current document, to a different document or to a Web site. 

Equation Editor
Find out and practice what the Equation Editor toolbar is used for and then use it in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.

Inserting Objects Into Office Applications
Explains how to use the Insert Objects option so you can insert other Office application documents into your current open one you're working on. For example, you can insert an Excel Spreadsheet into a Word document, and then you can either update the spreadsheet dynamically through the Word document, or merely view the spreadsheet statically.

Common Microsoft Office Shortcuts
Here is what you need for knowing and using the most common keyboard shortcuts for all the applications in Microsoft Office.

Spell Check
This is a tutorial that demonstrates how to use Spell Check in Microsoft Office. Using this feature will help you spell word correctly.

Auto Correct
This is a tutorial that explains how the Auto Correct spelling feature works in all Office applications, and how to use it to help you spell correctly as you type.


Beginners Word Training and Mail Merge

Here are three well written Word Training Guides hosted by California State University, Northridge. Two of these training tutorials are for those getting started with Word 2002 and Word 2000, and one is a tutorial covering Mail Merge Using Word and Excel. Basic Word features demonstrated by these training guides are: Creating a Document, Basic Editing, Correcting Errors, Restoring a Deletion, Adding and Moving Text, Correcting Spelling and Grammatical Errors, Saving a Document, Printing a Document, Text Formatting, Paragraph Formatting, Document Formatting, Page Setup, Headers and Footers, Automatic Page Numbering, and File Management.

Beginner's Guide to Word 2002

  1. Getting Started
  2. Bare Bones Basics
  3. Text Formatting Features
  4. Paragraph Formatting Features
  5. Document Formatting Features
  6. File Management
  7. How to Learn More
  8. Appendix A: Glossary
  9. Appendix B: Features Table

Beginner's Guide to Word 2000

This training guide presents an introduction to selected features in the word processing program Word 2000. Please note that the document is not intended to cover all ways in which the basic features can be used or accessed.
  1. Getting Started
  2. Bare Bones Basics
  3. Formatting Features
  4. File Management
  5. How to Learn More
  6. Appendix A: Glossary
  7. Appendix B: Word 2000 Features Table  

Mail Merge Using Word and Excel

Using Word's Mail Merge function gives you the ability to generate personalized documents by merging together a main document and a data source.

There are three steps to any mail merge project: Mail Merge Table of Contents

  1. Creating and Sorting a Data Source Document   2. Generating Individually Addressed Form Letters   3. Generating Mailing Labels   4. Generating Individually Addressed Envelopes   5. Generating a List (or Catalog)   6. How to Merge and Print Selected Records

  7. How to Learn More


Word Form Tutorial

This is a 5-part Word Form Tutorial that explains and describes how to lay out and create a form in Word. It starts with the basics of making a Word form and then goes on to show you how to use macros and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) programming to automate the form and store the data. However, you can still create nice looking form with using the more advanced techniques.

Part 1 teaches you how to create a form that provides fields to users for entering information. Part 2 goes into using the VBE (Visual Basic Editor) and shows you some VBA to direct the form users to specific areas of the form. In Part 3 you will learn to make message boxes to provide or request information to be used downstream from the form. Part 4 shows you how to create a custom dialog box. Part 5 describes how you should code using ADO (ActiveX Data Objects) and VBA to connect an AutoForm to a database.

Please Fill Out This Form! - 5 Part Word Form Tutorial

Part 1: Create professional looking forms in Word

Part 2: Adding Automation to your Word forms

Part 3: Learn more about VBA macros to automate your form

Part 4: Use custom dialog boxes in your Word forms

Part 5; Linking your AutoForm to a database


2 Beginning Excel Tutorials

Excel 2003 and Excel 2000 are very comprehensive and feature-rich spreadsheet applications, and to start geting the most from them, you need to understand their fundamentals. These 2 Beginning Excel Tutorial Guides, from California State University, Northridge, demonstrate the basics of Excel so that you can start becoming proficient right away with this common spreadsheet application. These Excel tutorials will show you how to create a simple spreadsheet, move around in Excel, edit your data, enhance the look of your spreadsheet, and use some of Excels important features. Specifically they demonstrate the following Excel activities: Entering Data, Understanding Formulas, Editing Cells, Copying & Pasting Cell Content, Moving Cell Content, Deleting Cell & Range Content, Using AutoFill, Inserting & Deleting Rows and Columns, Changing Row Height and Column Widths, Naming Worksheets, Borders, Font & Fill Coloring, Creating Charts, Page Setup, and Saving and Printing These Excel tutorials can also be used by Macintosh users.

Excel 2003 Basics & Beyond - Beginner's Guide
(628kb, 28 pages, pdf format)
Getting Started with Microsoft Excel 2003

Table of Contents:

  1. Overview
  2. Getting Started with Microsoft Excel 2003
  3. Entering Data
  4. Understanding Formula Basics
  5. Editing Cell Content
  6. Copying & Pasting Cell Content
  7. Moving Cell Content
  8. Deleting Cell & Range Content
  9. Using AutoFill
  10. Inserting & Deleting Rows and Columns
  11. Changing Row Height or Column Widths
  12. Naming your Worksheet
  13. Formatting with Borders
  14. Font & Fill Coloring
  15. Creating Basic Charts
  16. Page Setup
  17. Saving & Printing
  18. Closing & Exiting Excel

Excel 2000 Beginner's Guide

  1 Overview   2 Getting Started   3 Entering Data and Using Formulas   4 Editing Cell Contents   5 Saving and Printing a Worksheet   6 How to Learn More   7 Closing a Worksheet and Exiting Excel   8 Appendix: Excel 2000 Menus


4 Intermediate and Advanced Excel Tutorials

California State University, Northridge hosts the following excellent four Intermediate and Advanced  Excel Training Tutorials.

The first Excel Tutorial provides techniques on Controlling the Worksheet View, Working with Ranges, Changing Text Alignment & Angle in a Cell, Converting Text to Columns, and Text Functions.

The second tutorial covers how to work with multiple worksheets and workbooks, including Inserting Additional Worksheets, Renaming Sheets, Deleting a Worksheet, Hiding Worksheets, Moving & Coping Worksheets, Creating & Working with Graphic Objects, Linking across Worksheets & Workbooks, and Protecting Your Data.

The third Excel tutorial teaches you how to do perform Data Query and Management, specifically, Freezing the View Pane, Sorting Data, Filtering & Querying Data, Creating & Removing Subtotals, Data Validation, and Auditing Worksheets.

The last tutorial offers instructions on how to create and manage Macros in Excel, including how to record, run, assign, and delete macros.

Useful Tips & Techniques for Excel 2003
(917kb, 20 pages, pdf format)

Table of Contents:
  1. Getting Started Right
  2. Controlling the Worksheet View
  3. Working with Ranges
  4. Changing Text Alignment & Angle in a Cell
  5. Converting Text to Columns
  6. Text Functions

Working with Multiple Worksheets and Workbooks in Excel 2003
(579kb, 21 pages, pdf format)

This Excel training guide gives you additional techniques to efficiently use more than one workbook and worksheet at the same time. By learning and using these workbook and worksheet  features you will save time and keystrokes.

Table of Contents:
  1. Introduction
  2. Inserting Additional Worksheets
  3. Renaming Sheets
  4. Colorizing the Sheet Tabs
  5. Deleting a Worksheet
  6. Hiding Worksheets
  7. Moving & Coping Worksheets
  8. Creating & Working with Graphic Objects
  9. Inserting Additional Worksheets
  10. Linking across worksheets & workbooks
  11. Protecting Your Data

Data Query & Management in Excel 2003
(705kb, 23 pages, pdf format)

Become more efficient with using Excel by learning some of Excel's more advanced features that will assist you in working with and easily accessing large worksheets, and also many worksheets in a workbook.

Table of Contents:
  1. Freezing the View Pane
  2. Sorting Data
  3. Filtering & Querying Data
  4. Creating & Removing Subtotals
  5. Data Validation
  6. Auditing Worksheets

Using Macros in Excel 2003
(402kb, 17 pages, pdf format)

This Excel Macro Tutorial will teach you how to easily do repetitve tasks much quicker than normal. A macro is a set of recorded instructions that perform ordered tasks to carry out one or more activities or features in Excel. If you find yourself doing the same tasks over and over again, then you should learn how to create a macro to do it for you. Then all you need to do is to run the macro by pressing a few keys.

Table of Contents:
  1. Introduction
  2. Understanding what Macros are and what they can do
  3. Recording Macros
  4. Running Macros
  5. Assigning Macros
  6. Deleting Macros
  7. Viewing your Macro Option
  8. Class Exercise


160 Excel VBA Tutorials

This is a comprehensive linked list of 160 Excel Tutorials and How Tos teaching how to use Macros and code using VBA in Excel. VBA is an abbreviation for Visual Basic for Applications, its the Microsoft Office scripting language used to customize the applications. These Excel learning materials include instructions for performing the demonstrated tasks and are hosted by three excellent Excel tutorial sites: MrExcelChip Pearson, and John Walkenbach, all together containing over 500 Excel Articles and Tutorials.


Excel Ebooks

Here are 23 Excel Ebooks, linked at, covering many topics and areas of Microsoft Excel, versions 2000, 2002 (XP), 2003, and 2007. These ebooks will teach you about many of Excel's key components, features, toolbars, and its user interface. They will give you lots of spreadsheet examples, formulas, techniques, and tips, while also providing step-by-step instructions, useful graphics, and suggestions performing time-saving tasks. You can learn the basics on how to create spreadsheets, add and format data in cells and ranges, preview and print reports, create charts, and utilize formulas and functions. You can also learn many of Excel's advanced features as described below. (To download Excel ebooks at, first click on the Free button, then wait a few seconds, and then click on the download link or button.)

The areas and technical topics covered by these Excel ebooks are as follows:


Basics and Intermediate PowerPoint Tutorials

Here are two PowerPoint Tutorials for PowerPoint Basics on Creating a Slide Presentation, one each for the 2002 (XP) and 2000 versions. Also included here is an Intermediate PowerPoint Tutorial giving you tips and features you can use to make PowerPoint work better and smoother for you. These are provided by California State University, Northridge.

PowerPoint 2002 Basics

This tutorial teaches the steps for making a nice looking slide presentation using PowerPoint XP. Features covered in this tutorial and the one below for Powerpoint 2000 include the following: Startup Choices, The PowerPoint Window, Creating Slides, Layout Choices, Positioning and Resizing a Text Box or Image, Bulleted Items, Adding Clip Art, Charts and Graphs, Tables, Organization Charts, Normal View, Slide Sorter View, Slide Show View, Changing the Look and Feel of Your Presentation, Building Transitions and Effects on Your Slides, Effects, and Using Master Pages to Make Global Changes.

  1. Some PowerPoint Definitions
  2. Opening PowerPoint
  3. Creating Slides - New Layouts
  4. The Many Views of Your PowerPoint Presentation
  5. Changing the Look and Feel of Your PowerPoint Presentation
  6. Building Transitions and Effects on Your Slides
  7. Using Master Pages to Make Global Changes
  8. How to Learn More: PowerPoint's Help Options

PowerPoint 2000 Basics

This tutorial teaches the steps for making a nice looking slide presentation using PowerPoint 2000.
  1. Some PowerPoint Definitions
  2. Opening PowerPoint
  3. Creating Slides - New Layouts
  4. The Many Views of Your PowerPoint Presentation
  5. Changing the Look and Feel of Your PowerPoint Presentation
  6. Building Transitions and Effects on Your Slides
  7. Making Global Changes to Your PowerPoint Presentation Using the Master Pages Feature
  8. How to Learn More

PowerPoint 2003 - Intermediate Training Guide
(12 pages, 270kb, pdf format)

Table of Contents:
  1. Course Description
  2. Recoloring Clip Art
  3. Cropping Clip Art and Images
  4. Ungrouping Clip Art
  5. Using the Picture Toolbar
  6. Creating a Custom Background
  7. Change Color Scheme
  8. Modifying a Presentation Design Template
  9. Create a Customized Presentation Design Template
  10. To Save a Template for Future Use
  11. Applying Animation Effects  Additional effects
  12. Adding Interactivity
  13. Insert a Movie and/or Sound Clip
  14. Insert WordArt
  15. Putting Your PowerPoint 2003 Presentation on the Web


24 Microsoft Access Tutorials from Towson University

The Microsoft Access database model consists of data, fields, records, and tables of records, with each table being a flat file database. However this is not all -- in addition, in Access, the user can create and run queries, and produce reports from the the fields, records, and tables. This functionality, along with the ability to work with many tables having common elements, makes Access a database management system (DBMS) and a basic relational database.

Here are 24 Microsoft Access Tutorials offered by Towson University. These Access tutorials demonstrate and convey how to perform many basic and advanced Access features and functions, including the following: Creating new databases, Data Entry, Forms, Tables, Relationships, Exporting and Importing Data, Sorting and Filtering Tables, Queries, Reports, Labels, and Lookup Lists. These Access tutorials will help you learn these topics and add to your Access knowledge and skillset. All documents are in pdf format, except the first 3 tutorials, which are videos with sound. 


Access Training Guides

Here are three excellent Access Training Guides provided by California State University, Northridge. These Access training tutorials cover the fundamentals for both Access 2000 and 2003, and intermediate and advanced topics for Access 2003. Areas of functionality and features taught by these training guides are as follows: Getting Started, Starting Access 2003, Creating a New Database, Naming Conventions, The Leszynski Naming Convention, Object Naming Conventions, Designing a Table in Design View, Starting a New Table, Data Types, Defining Data Fields, Entering Data in Datasheet View, Creating a Query, Designing an Input Form, Producing a Report, Relationships, Using Operators in Queries, Designing Advanced Queries, and Creating Action Queries.

Access 2003 - Basics & Beyond
(21 pages, 484kb, pdf format)


  1. Introduction
  2. Getting Started
  3. Naming Conventions
  4. Designing a Table in Design View
  5. Entering Data in Datasheet View
  6. Creating a Query
  7. Designing an Input Form
  8. Producing a Report
  9. How To Learn More
  10. Closing a Database and Exiting Access

Access 2003 Intermediate Training Guide
(19 pages, 262kb, pdf format)


Beginner's Guide to Access 2000

This training guide is intended to acquaint you with the fundamentals of Microsoft Access 2000. At the completion of this series of documents, you will have a basic understanding of database functions and capabilities, and the tools necessary to begin your own exploration and experimentation with Access 2000.

  1. Introduction
  2. Getting Started
  3. Naming Conventions
  4. Designing a Table in Design View
  5. Entering Data in Datasheet View
  6. Creating a Query
  7. Designing an Input Form
  8. Producing a Report
  9. How To Learn More
  10. Closing a Database and Exiting Access


Access Ebooks

Here are 21 Access Ebooks which will help you acquire or increase your Microsoft Access knowledge and skills. These ebooks will teach you how to develop and manage simple and complex Access databases, and gain a thorough understanding of programming with Access VBA to create database applications. You will learn all of the basic database concepts as well as intermediate to advanced database design and programming. (To download ebooks at, first click on the Free button, then wait the stated amount of seconds, then click on the download link or button.)

These are some of the areas and topics addressed by these Access ebooks:


3 Visio Tutorials

These are 3 Visio Tutorials, hosted by Towson University in pdf format. Visio gives you the ability to create comprehensive diagrams and graphic drawings, such as flow charts and organization charts. These Visio tutorials will teach and demonstrate the fundamentals of Visio and how to use the following important features and tools: making a Diagram; using Templates, Stencils, and the New button; using, creating and moving Shapes; interactive Shapes; the Shapes window; the Organization toolbar; Pictures and Text; and the Insert menu.


10 Publisher 2003 Tutorials

Here are 10 Publisher 2003 Tutorials that will get you going with this desktop publishing application in Microsoft Office. Learn how to perform and create the following using Publisher: all the basic features; insert and edit graphics; create newsletters, brochures, and booklets; working with text boxes, and editing pages.

Publisher 2003: Basics
This tutorial describes and teaches all of the fundamental features of Publisher 2003.

Publisher 2003: Graphics
This tutorial takes you through the steps of how to insert and edit graphics in your Publisher document.  The picture toolbar is also explained to make this easier.

Publisher 2003: Newsletters
Describes and teaches how to make a professional looking newsletter using Publisher.

Publisher 2003: E-mail Newsletters
Learn how to make great looking newsletters for email with Publisher.

Publisher 2003: Brochures
Shows and explains how to easily create great looking brochures using Publisher 2003's brochure template.

Publisher 2003: Booklets
This Publisher tutorial demonstrates and teaches how to make great looking booklets.

Publisher 2003: Connect Text Boxes
This will teach you how connect text boxes from one page to another within a Publisher document, such as a newsletter.

Publisher 2003: Working with Pages
Shows and explains how to edit and manage a 2-page spread withing a Publisher publication, and also add, move, remove, and copy pages.

Publisher 2003: Blank Tutorial
This tutorial teaches you how to use Publisher 2003 when beginning with a blank document instead of one created out of the ready-made templates.

Publisher 2003: Printing a Newsletter onto 11x17
Shows how to print a 4-page newsletter on a single 11x17 piece of paper using Publisher.



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

8 Macromedia Flash Tutorials

Macromedia Flash (now Adobe) provides you the ability, as a web designer, to insert and integrate video, graphics, animations, and audio, into your web pages and applications. Flash makes is possible to give your users a more interactive and positive experience, thus delivering greater results in areas of page retention, registrations, marketing, etc. Here are 8 Macromedia Flash Tutorials hosted by that show you how to perform or create the following using Flash: masking effects, preloading, rotating objects, mouse followers, a drop-down menu, an animation, and a color flash light.

Cool Masking Effect Cool Masking Effect
- This tutorial teaches you how to create a cool effect, with masking, using Flash MX.
Preloader Tutorial Preloader Tutorial
- This shows you and explains how to create a Flash Preloader.
Rotating Objects in Flash Rotating Objects
- In this tutorial, you will see how to rotate objects in Flash.
Mouse Follower: Part 1 Mouse Follower: Part 1
- Here you can find out how to force objects to follow the mouse pointer around the screen.
Mouse Follower: Part 2 Mouse Follower: Part 2
- Part 2 of Mouse Follower finishes the tutorial on getting objects to follow the mouse pointer.
Drop Down MenuDrop Down Menu
- Using this tutorial, you will find out how to make a Drop-down menu using Flash MX..
Moving Lines TutorialMoving Lines Tutorial
- This tutorial demonstrates and explains how to use Tweening to create an animation using Flash MX.
Flash Light TutorialColor Flash Light Tutorial
- Discover how to create the Color Flash Light Effect using Flash MX.


10-page Flash Guide

This is a 10-page Guide on "Exploring Macromedia Flash MX" (796kb, pdf format), from Kansas State University. It explains what Flash does, how to start using it, and introduces many important features of Flash.

Flash is a software application that is used to create and display attractive multimedia and web animations and presentations. Programmers use Flash to develop nice looking and compact navigational interfaces, technical graphics, animations, and other compelling user experiences. Illustrations and animations in Flash are made with Flash's drawing tools, or Flash developers  can import images from their favorite vector and/or bitmap graphics software. Flash has lots of great features, and for those in academics, it is priced quite well at around $100, making it a very accessible multimedia application.

This Flash guide provides instruction and how-to steps for the following functionality:


A Simple Photoshop Tutorial

Here is a simple, but lavishly illustrated Photoshop Tutorial from
This tutorial demonstrates and teaches the following Photoshop tools and features:


Photoshop Ebooks

Here are 15 Photoshop Ebooks that will teach you how to use many of the features and tools of Adobe Photoshop. Photoshop is the most popular and most feature rich digital imaging software available today. These ebooks will help you, either as a photographer or an artist, to create and edit better quality images, whether you scan, shoot, or capture them. Using Photoshop, you can also develop attractive and well-designed web page graphics. (To download Photoshop ebooks at, first click on the Free button, then wait the stated amount of seconds, then click on the download link or button.)

The areas and topics covered by these Excel ebooks are as follows:


Dreamweaver Ebooks

Dreamweaver is a wonderful and robust application for creating and developing web sites. It provides excellent tools which will help you build an attractive and compelling web site that includes user interactivity and connectivity to a database. Many of these tools and features are complex, however, so you may need to turn to these Dreamweaver Ebooks linked at The ebooks available are listed in the above blog post with a short description. (To download Dreamweaver ebooks at, first click on the Free button, then wait the stated amount of seconds, then click on the download link or button.)


Dreamweaver Training Guides

California State University at Northridge provides these Dreamweaver Training Guides containing excellent training tutorials for learning how to use many features of Dreamweaver. Topics taught by these training guides include the following: Defining a New Website, The Dreamweaver Work Area, Creating a Basic Web Page, Page Properties, Text, Links, Inserting Common and "Head" Objects, Preparation for Publishing, Using HTML Styles to Format Text, Using Tables in Web Page Design, and Using Templates for Consistent Design.

Dreamweaver MX Basics

The instructions in this document assume the reader has already created web pages using some other web page creation software, such as FrontPage. Some knowledge of HTML coding is also recommended.

Intermediate-Level Dreamweaver Topics:

Using HTML Styles to Format Text

An HTML style is similar to a Word (or other word processing) style in that it can be defined to specify one or more text-formatting features that can be applied to a paragraph or selected text. As with a Word style, you can apply an HTML style over and over. Unlike a Word style, an HTML style only affects specified text at the time you apply the style. This means that if you later change an HTML style, any text to which the style has been applied will not be affected by the change. This characteristic is more like Word's Format Painter, which applies text formatting only at the time of application.

Using Tables in Web Page Design

One way to give vertical and horizontal structure to a page is to format a web page using tables.
Using Templates for Consistent Design

Dreamweaver provides two types of assets that can help you create Web pages with a consistent content and design — templates and libraries. This document describes the basics of creating and using an HTML template to an generate an identical layout for a set of pages. See also Using Libraries to Reuse or Update Page Elements.


4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites


Web Tips and Techniques

This is a site named, Dan's Web Tips, which provides some useful information that Dan has learned and discovered over the years. These web development tips and techniques will hopefully assist you in creating a more compelling and functional website for your visitors. Dan says that many of these are not referred to on other learning sites or in books on web design and development. These web tips are targeted to those who are seeking some assistance with making their web sites better while staying away from potential problems.


HTML and Web Design Training Guides

California State University Northridge is offering the following HTML and Web Design Training Guides on their self-study training web site. These will help you get started with creating web pages, learning how to code HTML, and also help you think about your web site design strategy, guiding you on style, purpose, and organization.

HTML: Beginner's Guide

This document provides basic instructions for coding in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) to create a Web page (an HTML file) on your desktop computer.


Creating an HTML File
Saving & Viewing Your HTML File
Updating (Revising) a Web Page
Style Suggestions
How to Learn More About HTML
Appendix: Sample HTML-Coded Documents

Design and Accessibility

Designing an Effective Web Page

A Web page is a place people visit to obtain information. Web pages can be informational (such as those maintained by CSUN organizations such as University departments) or personal  (as in the case of individuals who wish to communicate something about their own backgrounds and interests). For a business Web page, there may be an interest in marketing products or services. 

When you design a Web page, think about such things as purpose, organization, and style, as well as copyright laws and plagiarism. Making your pages readable to all who view them is also important (see next section).

How to Make Your Web Pages ADA Compliant

Some Accessibility Suggestions

Following are some general suggestions for helping to make your pages readable to all who view them. 

Hearing Access
Visual Access
Mobility Access
Cognitive Access
The Text-Only Alternative
Other Sources


182 XHTML Tutorials and FAQs

Whether you are starting out or already an experienced web development programmer, these 182 XHTML Tutorials and FAQs will help you create an attractive and functional web site. Example XHTML code is also provided, along with tutorial exercises and some great XHTML tips. These will increase your knowledge and understanding of XHTML and demonstrate some excellent ways you can use this web development technology.


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


Windows XP FAQ's

This Windows XP Frequently Asked Questions section provides some execellent tips and tweaks that are available to help your Windows XP opeating system be more efficient and less prone to problems.


Windows XP Gudies

1)  Securing Your PC

2)  Adding an E-Mail Account to Outlook Express

3)  Defragmenting Your Hard Drive

4)  Restoring your system with System Restore

5)  Accessing Newsgroups with Outlook Express

6)  Installing Windows XP


Windows XP File Management

Windows 2000 File Management


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The following programs are totally Free, no popups, adware, spyware, or shareware.

Delta SP 1.62

Delta SP bundles several music software programs into one, making it more flexible and easier to use once you've learned the basics. It provides you a sequencer, which plays MIDI messages to it's internal synthesizer or to external MIDI devices, and also Audio clips to Audio channels in the synth.
Use Delta SP to compose music, jingles, podcasts, etc. and when finished save your project as a high definition WAV, MP3 or OGG file. If you have used music software before, you'll recognize the standard tools and panels in Delta SP. 
Download Delta SP
(3210 KB)


Ultimate Zip 2.7.0

Ultimate Zip creates, opens, and uncompresses the following types of archive files: ACE, ARC, ARJ, BH, BZ2, CAB, ENC, GZ, HA, JAR, LHA, LZH, PAK, PK3, PK_, RAR, TAR, TBZ, TBZ2,TGZ, UU, UUE, XXE, Z, ZIP, ZOO. To open these archive types in Windows Explorer, UltimateZip must be associated to them.
Download Ultimate Zip (3061 KB)


MightyWriter 1.2.1

MightyWriter creates Audio CDs of Wave files using Disk-At-Once recording mode. It auto-detects all CD-R/RW recorder settings and supports the Burn-Proof technology. It also works great with drives that do not support this technology, as it uses an optimized buffering method to ensure that a buffer underrun does not occur.
Download MightyWriter (523 KB)


Atlantis Nova

Atlantis Nova is a full-featured and user-friendly Word Processor that takes a small amount of disk space and a very small memory footprint. Its user interface is coherent and integrated, including 3 toolbars, a Document Bar with name-tabs for quick and easy access to any open document, a Easy Hand "grabbing" mode to navigate effortlessly through any document, a Hide All mode for maximum working space, a Magnifying Glass tool for instant high/low magnification, a graphic-type Format Brush to copy/Paste font format, and a Clippy Bank to store notes.
Download Atlantis Nova (764 KB)


Spread32 1.18

Spread32 is fully compatible with Microsoft Excel, containing all of the basic features. You can run macros, draw objects, generate charts, calculate functions and formulas, and more. And it reads and writes xls, csv, text, and pxl formats.
Download Spread32 (490 KB)


7) Question of the Month about Software Training:

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

March 2007 Question of the Month: 

What's the news with Adobe planning to offer on online version of Photoshop?

On February 27, 2006, Adpbe's Chief Executive stated that Adobe Systems plans to release an online version of its popular Photoshop image and graphics-editing application within six months. This new Photoshop web-based software will be part of a larger initiative by Adobe to start providing ad-supported online services. These online products are intended to complement its existing software and improve the company's penetration into the consumer market.

This new online Photoshop will be offered free to all users, and as such will contain ads. It will compete with PXN8, Fauxto, Picture2Life, Picnik, Preloadr, Snipshot, and other online photograph and image web applications. The features that will be hosted by this new Photoshop version will mainly contain the lower end of functionality and features, so it will not be meant to take away from the current desktop version. However, the features that will be offered will probably be more powerful and robust that what is currently offered online elsewhere. So it appears that part of Adobe's strategy is to gain more market share by attracting more users to the Photoshop family of products.

For more detailed information about the new web-based version of Photoshop, you can take a look at this google search.

I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
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