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47 Word Tutorials by Word MVPs

Here are 47 Word Tutorials hosted by the Word MVP Site. This website provides some of the best of the collected knowledge on Microsoft Word. Many of these Word tutorials and tips have been supplied by Microsoft Word MVPs. The Word tutorials cover many features and are for everyone, both those who are beginning and also those who are advanced with their usage of Word. They are applicable to Word 2000, Word XP (2002), Word 2003 and Word 2004.

How to Use Word 

 - Bend Word to Your Will
 - How to save yourself hours by using Outline View properly
 - What do all those funny marks, like the dots between the words in my document, and the square bullets in the left margin, mean?
 - Typographical Tips from Microsoft Publisher
 - Some of the most useful Word keyboard shortcuts
 - Word commands, and their descriptions, default shortcuts and menu assignments
 - How can I insert special characters, such as dingbats and accented letters, in my document?
 - Setting tabs
 - Ruler of all you survey: How to make the best use of Word's rulers
 - The strait and narrow – using columns
 - Working with sections
 - How can I automatically generate an index in Word?
 - How to control the page numbering in a Word document
 - Finding and replacing non-printing characters (such as paragraph marks), other special characters, and text formatting
 - Finding and replacing characters using wildcards
 - Is there life after “Reveal Codes”?
 - How Word differs from WordPerfect
 - The draw layer: a metaphysical space (and how to bring it back down to earth)
 - Cleaning up text pasted from the Web
Merging External Data
 - How to create a Mail Merge
 - Creating a Mail Merge Data Source
 - Making your mail merge “intelligent” by using IF fields
 - Turning Word into a pseudo-database by using Mail Merge Query Options 
 - Using MacroButton fields

The Basics with Using Templates

 - Part I: Creating simple templates
 - Part II: Creating complex book and report templates

 - How can I recover a corrupt document or template – and why did it become corrupt?
 - How to recover a Master Document
 - Why Master Documents corrupt

Using Tables
 - I have a “Name” column which I want to split into “FirstName”, “LastName” – how can I do it?

Forms, Fields and Macro Programming
 - How to add pop-up lists to any Word document, so you can click your way through changes in seconds
 - Creating a macro with no programming experience using the recorder
 - Run a macro automatically when Word starts or quits
 - Run a macro automatically when a document is created, opened or closed
 - Getting to grips with VBA basics in 15 minutes
 - The art of defensive programming
 - Why variables should be declared properly
 - How to cut out repetition and write much less code, by using subroutines and functions that take arguments
 - When to use parentheses to enclose subroutine and function arguments
 - Early vs. Late Binding
 - Getting help with calling Word's built-in dialogs using VBA (and why doing so can be much more useful than you'd think)
 - How to create a Userform
 - Useful WordBasic commands that have no VBA equivalent
 - Working with bookmarks
 - Determine the index number of the current paragraph
 - How to customise the Control Toolbox in the VBA Editor
 - Intercepting events like Save and Print
 - Writing application event procedures

Finding more Help with Word:
 - Tips on posting to the Word newsgroups
 - Which newsgroup should you post to?
 - Newsgroup Jargon


FAQs and Tips for Word Drawing and Graphics

Here are 23 Word FAQs, Tips, and Techniques that will help you master and become more productive using Word's Drawing and Graphics features and functionality. These are written by Microsoft Word MVPs and cover all versions of Word from 2000 to 2004.

General Concepts
 - Inline versus floating graphics
 - Inline–Floating hybrid graphics
 - The drawing layer explained
 - Wrapping

Manipulating Graphics and Drawing Objects

 - Wrapping text around a graphic
 - Working with anchors
 - Unlinking a floating linked graphic
 - Unlinking an inline linked graphic
 - Selecting drawing objects behind text
 - Rotating clipart
 - Rotating or flipping text
 - Set paste inline as the default

Graphics Formats

 - Choosing graphics formats
 - Creating PDF output
 - File associations: restoring

“Graphic Gotchas ”

 - Graphics display as red X's
 - Captions don't update or don't appear
 - Graphics don't display or don't print
 - Preventing graphics reverting to their original size
 - Positioning floating graphics relative to page
 - Floating objects in tables are vertically aligned wrongly
 - Linked floating graphics don't show up in Edit Links
 - Preventing layout change on different computer


9 Excel Training Tutorials

Here are 9 Free Excel Training Tutorials from NC State Univeristy that will help you Visualize and Present Data in Excel. The first two tutorials show you the basics of getting the data into the cells and then creating graphs from the data. The remaining Excel tutorials demonstrate and teach Advanced Excel Techniques for formatting, displaying and graphing your data in Excel.

Data Input Into Excel Cells
Teaches you how to enter your data into Excel's cells, select and specify cell ranges, create formulas to manipulate your data, and format data values for display.

Creating a Scatter Plot and Line Graph in Excel
Shows you how to create a scatterplot and a simple line graph from your data

Excel Bar Graphs and Histograms
How to create both single and multiple bar graphs. Learn how and what a histogram is used for. Also find out how to use the Frequency function so you can transform set of data into into a histogram.

Importing Text Files into Excel
This tutorial describes and shows you how to import data into Excel from a text file written by another program.

Final Formatting in Excel
Learn how to format Excel graphing components: hide or display them, modify their size, color, and orientation. How to add new components, such as reference lines, using Excel's drawing tools.

Plotting Regression Lines Using Excel
This Excel tutorial shows you how to create a regression trend line and how to calculate and display the equation for the regression line and its correlation coefficient, R-squared.

Superimposing Graphs in Excel
Teaches you how to merge data from two graphs, creating one graph. This is usually done so you can show a second independent variable. Also learn how to reformat an Excel graph to correctly present the new variable.

Creating Error Bars in Excel
This tutorial shows you how to summarize data in Excel using averages and how to display statistical results using error bars.

Selecting Data in Excel for Display
Explains and describes how to only present a part of your data set in Excel. Also learn how to use graphs to discover and delete outlier data.


125 Excel Tips and Shortcuts

Here are 50 Essential Excel Tips, from, providing step-by-step instructions on how to do many things using Excel. This Excel tips document is available in both .pdf and .doc formats and is 20 pages in length. These shortcuts and techniques will teach you how to use many of Excel's features and how to be more productive with this spreadsheet application. Also, here is another Excel Tips document from Techrepublic offering 75 Excel Tips (free registration required for this one).

Table of Contents of 50 Excel Tips:

 - Customizing your workspace
 - Change default worksheet options
 - Opening multiple windows
 - Creating a workspace in Excel
 - Change the default currency
 - Faster access to worksheets
 - Keep a cleaner desktop when multitasking
 - Opening a workbook at startup
 - Saving time with Custom Views
 - Using shared workbooks
 - Clear out all comments
 - Take a few shortcuts
 - Delete personal information from a worksheet
 - Editing, layout, and printing
 - Hiding duplicate records
 - Copying styles between workbooks
 - Printing formulas
 - Quickly setting a print area
 - Print worksheet column labels on every page
 - Modify Excel print margins with the mouse
 - Don't use AutoFormat on an entire worksheet
 - Keep track of changes
 - Highlight urgent items
 - Using Goal Seek
 - Change automatic page breaks
 - Entering and working with data
 - Use calculated fields in data entry forms
 - Speed up data entry with these keyboard shortcuts
 - Creating custom lists
 - Create a list box to ensure data entry accuracy
 - Increase data entry accuracy with drop-down lists
 - Create a custom Auto Fill list
 - Catching data entry errors
 - Format cells as you type
 - Analyzing external data in Excel
 - Copy subtotals
 - Summarize data with grouping
 - Simplify data entry with Excel's built-in form
 - Conditional formatting
 - Lock cells to prevent overwriting
 - Point to value thresholds in a cell
 - Ensure proper data entry with validation
 - Check for numbers stored in a text format
 - Formulas, functions, and code
 - Use natural language formulas
 - Counting the days via cell subtraction
 - Compare values in text fields using DCOUNTA
 - Perform calculations with Paste Special
 - Use auditing to troubleshoot
 - Customizing "division by 0" error messages
 - Hide formula cells
 - Web tricks
 - Easy data-posting to the Web
 - Open Web pages right in Excel
 - Hyperlink to a specific cell


3 Illustrated PowerPoint Tutorials

Here are three illustrated PowerPoint Tutorials that will show and teach you how to do and use several important features of PowerPoint.

PowerPoint Tutorial from Oregon State University

PowerPoint Tutorial #1 by Vicki Blackwell

This beginning PowerPoint tutorial shows you how to copy an image file off the web, then how to add transitions, and insert the image file and animate it.

PowerPoint Tutorial #2 by Vicki Blackwell
This PowerPoint tutorial demonstrates and teaches the following features:


4 Microsoft Access Tutorials

Here are 4 Microsoft Access Tutorials from the University of British Columbia. These Access tutorials will show you how to create Access filters and queries, use an example to demonstrate the relationships among tables in an Access database, use screen shots to demonstrate how to calculate a field, and lastly, a white paper giving you an overview of what databases are along with its terms.


20 Free Visio 2003 Diagrams

Here is a free download from Microsoft for 20 Free Visio 2003 Diagrams that will help you use this diagramming program more effectively. These Visio diagrams can be used in several areas. Here are some of the available diagrams: Flowcharting, Floor Plans, Computer Networks, Database, Calendar, Electrical Engineering, Organization Chart, Timelines, UML, and Web Design.



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

2 Beginning Flash Tutorials

Macromedia Flash is an application you can use to create 2 dimension (2D) animations and multimedia presentations, mainly for websites and web applications. Flash has tools that you use to draw basic objects which are then used to make scenes, and these, in turn, can be used to make a movie.

Here are two Flash Tutorials to get you started using Flash to create animations and presentations: Introduction to Macromedia Flash MX 2004 and Introduction to Macromedia Flash MX.

These Flash tutorials show you how to do the following tasks in Flash:

    * Drawing Artwork
    * Using Keyframes
    * Animating an object using motion tweening

The image below depicts aspects of the Flash environment that you will need to become familiar with.
The Flash Environment

flash environment

Stage - This is where the animation occurs and what the user sees. You create objects and then animate them so that they enter, exit or remain on the stage.

Work area - This is the behind the scenes area, where you can create objects and get them ready to present and animate on the stage.

Toolbox - The toolbox provides you with the tools with which you can draw and update objects and change text.

Layers - Layers operate like transparencies, permitting you to have many objects doing things simultaneously. You see objects on different layers only when they do not take up the same space.

Timeline - This is how you control the order of events and the timing of events in your Flash animation. The timeline is made up of frames and one frame shows the objects on the stage at that one point in time.

Panels - the panels are used to update the elements of your movie. For example, you can change the color or transparency of an object.


Beginning Flash and ActionScript Tutorials offers many Flash Tutorials for all skill levels. Here are their Beginning Flash and ActionScript Tutorials teaching a wide variety of Flash features and functionality for those just starting to learn how to use this important web multi-media, graphics, and animation development application. Here is a sampling of these Flash tutorials:

 - Variables 101
 - Instance Names
 - Paths to Objects and Variables
 - Get Property
 - Set Property
 - Continuously Looping Background
 - Pop Up window within flash
 - Drop down menu
 - Time with Flash 5
 - Drag 'n Drop and Drop Targets
 - Execute Files from Local Presentations
 - Open Documents from Local Presentations
 - Initializing Movie
 - Controlling Different Timelines
 - Using duplicateMovieClip
 - Using attachMovie
 - Converting Basic HTML Forms to Flash
 - Basic Animation Via ActionScript
 - LoadVariables and LoadVars Objects
 - Flash Projectors and Crossplatform (Hybrid) CD burning
 - Building games in flash
 - CSS in Flash MX 2004
 - Creating a continuously scrolling newsreel
 - Movement and simple hittest
 - Common Errors and Debugging
 - 3D Input Text effect
 - Password protection 2
 - Creating a basic animation
 - Doubleclick Event for MovieClip
 - Write to File: Flash to Server Side interaction
 - Embedding Flash Objects/Swfs into Powerpoint
 - Getting started with Actionscript 3


Intermediate Flash Tutorials

Here are's Intermediate Flash Tutorials. These explain and describe many important Flash features and functionality that you will want to learn and use on your web site, if you are a Flash developer. Here is a sampling of these Flash tutorials:

 - Dynamic Layout Control
 - MovieClipLoaders Part 1
 - Set movie clip properties with actionscript
 - The power of nested loops
 - Drag and Drop Disk Menu System
 - Easing Menu System
 - Dynamic menu with submenus
 - Creating a Dynamic Drawing application in Flash
 - Context Menus in Flash MX 2004
 - Using Dynamic Content In MX
 - Pseudo HTML Framesets in Flash MX
 - Sliding Value Setter
 - Preloaders in Flash 5
 - Arrays in ActionScript
 - Motion using Actionscript
 - Video to Vector Animation
 - Full Screen Popup Windows
 - Invoking Actions From HTML Textfields
 - Scripted Loops
 - The Flash MX Event Model
 - Dynamically Attaching Components
 - 'Cool and Practical' Sound Effects
 - Shape Hints and Motion Paths
 - Easy Movieclip Scrolling in Flash 8
 - Detecting Key Combinations
 - Flash MX Object Oriented Menu using PHP
 - Flash Remoting Best Practices
 - Dynamic Spinning Text Effect
 - tweenEffects Class
 - Exceptions and Exception Handling
 - Camera-motion controlled ball


Advanced Flash Tutorials

These are the Advanced Flash Tutorials from that demonstrate many advanced techniques and features of Flash, including the following: Slider Menu, Dynamic text, 3D Face, Games, Sound Timing, Color fade, Dynamic masking, curves and control point placement, Collision Detection, and many more.  Here is a sampling of these Flash tutorials:

 - Active Search List
 - Advanced Double Click
 - Advanced Slider Menu
 - Detecting the Mouse Angle
 - Dynamic text with scrollbar
 - Virtual Reality Tours in Flash
 - Text Layout Manipulation
 - Mouse Angle Detection II
 - 3D Face Extrusion
 - Class and object in games
 - Creating Flash MX Custom Component Help
 - Advanced Flash MX Sound Timing
 - Reusable ActionScripted Visual Effects ("Multiple effect functions")
 - Learn how to access and run php procedural functions from within Flash MX
 - Color fade
 - Moving towards the mouse
 - Flash MX Audio Player
 - Dynamic masking using the drawing API
 - Flash MX 2004 Undocumented Tween/Easing Classes Documented
 - Understanding curves and control point placement
 - Typography in Flash
 - Controlling Multi-channel Sound using ActionScript
 - Using EventDispatcher
 - Button Animation with RollOver State that Stays when User Clicks a Button
 - Launch Applications using Flash
 - Password protected pages
 - Animating Text By Using ActionScript
 - Opening Files from their Default Applications
 - Creating the Time with Flash 5
 - Circle Collisions


Photoshop Elements 5.0 Tutorials

This new application and programming tutorial web site,, provides the following free Photoshop Elements 5.0 Tutorials. These tutorials will teach you how to use many of the important features of Photoshop Elements. The tutorials on this site are picture-based on screen shots that show you how to perform the tasks being taught. This picture type of tutorial has been shown to be easier for people to use and understand when learning new software and computer techniques.

Photoshop Elements Basics

Formatting Graphics

Creating Graphics

Enhancing Graphics


100 Photoshop Tutorials from is one of the best free Photoshop Training and Tutorial sites on the web today. They host and offer these 100 Photoshop tutorials and also provide links to tutorials on other sites. This is our first blog post of their Photoshop tutorials. These teach and show you how to do many of the features that Photoshop offers. They also give you tips and techniques for using Photoshop's expansive functionality. Here are some of these Photoshop tutorials:

 - Working With Photoshop Scripts
 - I See iPod People — The Photoshop Silhouette
 - Photoshop Web Template — Web Site Design Tutorial
 - Blog Templates — Blog Design Tips And Resources
 - Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts
 - How To Fix Overexposed Images In Photoshop
 - How To Fix An Underexposed Photo In Photoshop
 - How To Wrap Text Around An Object In Photoshop
 - Tips And Tricks For Beginners
 - Create A Sepia Tone Effect In Photoshop
 - Turn A Photo Into A Sketch For Making Coloring Books
 - The Night Vision Thing — A Photoshop Recipe
 - Resize Images Without Losing Sharpness
 - Pixel Fonts To The Rescue
 - How To Sharpen An Image In Photoshop
 - Working With Shadows In Photoshop
 - Use The Displace Filter & Displacement Maps To Make A Realistic Flag
 - How To Create A High-Contrast Sketch
 - Andy Warhol Pop Art Silkscreen Effect
 - Scraped Polaroid Picture Effect
 - Van Gogh Effect - Van Gogh's Sunflowers
 - Daguerreotypes - The Louis Daguerre Effect
 - Autochrome - Color Process Effect
 - Powder Pastels — Hand-coloring Image Tips
 - Selective Coloring — Remove Color From An Image
 - Processing Your Photos Using Adobe Camera Raw
 - Photoshop Tips For Removing Imperfections
 - Making Selective Adjustments In Photoshop
 - Preparing Your Images For Print


31 Free Photoshop CS2 Training Tutorials

Here are Free Photoshop CS2 Training Videos and Tutorials from These Photoshop CS2 (Photoshop 9) Tutorials will teach many of the new Photoshop CS2 features and tools, along with new techniques of performing current Photoshop tasks and functionality. Here are some of these Photoshop tutorials:

 - How To Sharpen An Image In Photoshop CS
 - Vanishing Point Video Tutorial
 - Camera RAW Video Tutorial
 - Image Warp Video Tutorial
 - Adobe Bridge Video Tutorial
 - Smart Objects Video Tutorial
 - Smart Sharpen Filter Video Tutorial
 - Remove Red Eye Video Tutorial
 - Shadow Highlight Filter Video Tutorial
 - Match Color Video Tutorial
 - Liquify Filter Warp Tool Video Tutorial
 - Camera Raw Color Controls Video Tutorial
 - Surface Blur Filter Video Tutorial
 - Exposure Command Video Tutorial
 - Editing And Modifying Selection Masks
 - Selection Mask Quick Hacks


Beginning Dreamweaver Tutorial

This Dreamweaver Tutorial will get you started using Dreamweaver, which uses a graphical user interface (GUI) to allow the user to edit web pages and sites. This will show you how to use Dreamweaver and change existing HTML pages on a web site, including the following web page editing tasks: Modify page properties and text, Create Links (email, absolute, and relative), Insert Tables, Insert Images, and Create a simple HTML web page.. You can download the HTML and graphics files for this tutorial in
zip format here.

Dreamweaver Tutorial Contents:

Site Preparation
Email Links
Inserting Images
Relative & Absolute

Organizing Sites
Tutorial-Printable Version


FrontPage Tutorials, Techniques, and FAQs provides the following FrontPage Tutorials, Techniques, and FAQs. These will help you get up to speed in learning how to use FrontPage, and also make you a more productive and efficient FrontPage web developer. Included are 14 FrontPage techniques, 23 FrontPage FAQs, and 14 Frontpage database tutorials. This site also offers many Free Web Templates that you can use with FrontPage 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Getting Started with FrontPage
These tutorials will help you create your first web site using FrontPage. 

FrontPage Techniques
Using these techniques you will learn how to use FrontPage features that increase your ability to create more compelling web sites with attractive functionality.

FrontPage FAQs

FrontPage Database Tutorials
These are well written FrontPage Database tutorials that will show you how to use a database with FrontPage, and also how to use the Database Results Wizard (DRW). You will learn how to perform Frontpage functionality such as:
Here are the FrontPage Database Tutorials offered:



4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites


Web Page Layout and Design Tutorial

This is a Web Page Layout and Design Tutorial, provided by the Interactive Media Center of the University at Albany. The goal of this tutorial is to provide an overview of the most important web components and concepts that you will need to understand and know when building a Web page.

The pages of this web layout and design tutorial are divided into right and left halves. The left half provides the main content. The right half features interactive elements, additional information, or examples. As you go through the tutorial, follow the instructions, click the buttons, and try the quizzes to see how much you have learned.

Web Layout and Design Tutorial Table of Contents:


Web Tutorials and Techniques

Here is a post from my blog at for Web Programming Training Tutorials and Techniques, along with sample code. These tutorials are for an introductory Web Page Design Course at Saint Vincent College. The modules and tutorials here cover HTML and web programming techniques. One section teaches Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and these can make web page and site development much easier and consistent. Other training modules explain techniques that can be used to make web pages more interactive, including coding examples using JavaScript, HTML forms, CGI Scripts, VBScripts, Active Server Pages, and Java Applets.


Web Programming and Development Books

Here is a repository of online Web Programming and Development Books hosted by Bulgaria Online Books Archive. While these books are dated, many are still a useful as references and for learning how to program web pages and web sites.
Topics Covered:

 - WEB Publishing with HTML
 - Web Scripting
 - WebMaster
 - Shockwave Web Pages
 - Web Graphics and Web Page Design
 - Java Web Applets
 - Perl for Web Programming
 - WWW Plug-Ins
 - 3D Graphics & VRML 2.0
 - Web Programming
 - Web Publishing


PHP Programming Tutorials
This is a blog post I wrote covering these free PHP Programming Tutorials at These will assist you in understanding  how to program web pages and web applications using PHP. These PHP tutorials use screen shots and coding examples to teach you how to program important PHP functions and routines.  Topics taught include the following: PHP Basics, PHP Variables, Working with Numbers, PHP User Functions, PHP Logic & Loops, and Working with Files..


Perl Programming Tutorials

Here is another blog post I wrote at for Perl Programming Tutorials at These tutorials demonstrate through screen shots and examples how to code important functions and programming topics using Perl. The topics covered by these Perl tutorials are: Perl Basics, Perl Variables, Working with Numbers, Perl Subroutines, Perl Logic & Loops, and Working with Files.


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

Windows XP: How to Use

These Widows XP Tutorials are provided by Microsoft to help you learn how to use many of the features of this operating system.

Digital photography
Into digital photography? The features in Windows XP make it easy to transfer pictures directly from your digital camera to your computer and even organize and share your photos.

Games for Windows
Games for Windows open a wide world of fantasy and adventure. Take a break from reality and have fun with friends and family at any age.

Making movies
With Windows Movie Maker, you can use your computer to create and edit home movies with a few simple drag-and-drop moves. Then you can share your movies through the web, e-mail, your computer, or CD.

Music and video
With its fast and flexible playback features, Windows Media Player makes it easy to enjoy your favorite music and movies whenever you like.

TV and multimedia
Take advantage of these resources to get the most out of your Media Center personal computer.

Instant messaging
Windows Messenger lets you instantly communicate with friends and family all around the world from your computer, using text chat and even voice and video.

Security and privacy
Learn to keep your computer and personal data more secure with Windows XP.

Computer setup and maintenance
Learn how to set up, personalize, and maintain your computer running Windows XP.

Home and small office networking
Networks let you share files, printers, and other peripherals. Get the information you need to set up and maintain your own network.

Pen and ink
Find out how to put the features of Windows XP Tablet PC Edition to work for you.

Working remotely
Get as much work done on the road as you can in the office. Find out how to use the mobility features of Windows XP Professional.

Accessibility features in Windows XP make it easier for people with accessibility needs to work efficiently.

Internet tips
Find time-saving tips for browsing the web using Windows XP.


Windows Tips from

Windows XP Tips

Windows 2000 Tips

Windows 98 Tips

Windows NT Tips

Windows 2003 Tips



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

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


Zip Snake allows you to search anywhere on within Zip files, in a given folder, subfolders, or the whole drive. This tool return files within those Zip files that match your search criteria. You can search for a particular file name or match wildcard criteria such "*.exe", for example. A nice feature of this program is it allows you to right click on your found file and extract it  to any target folder.
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Using FastOpen's right-click menu from the system tray, you can launch your favorite programs, documents, Websites, and single-pane Explorer views of your frequently used folders. You can organize your menu items in any sequence and add separators for logical groupings. Other features are: add all drives to a menu or submenu; insert Run, Find, Open, Connect, and/or Disconnect commands; and automatically place a separator after a certain number of items. FastOpen is easy to use, and you can use it as an alternative to the Windows Start Menu.
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The Sleuth-hound is a full features hard disk search utility. This tool will find all the documents that contain the keywords you enter and lists them in an easy-to-use Results Browser. Then select the documents you need, click on the header or name of the document, and edit or view it in its associated application.
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SpaceMonger keeps track of the free space on your hard drives. It displays, in a relative size format, of all your folders and sub-folders on a given drive. So, for example, if the "My Documents" box takes up 30% of the screen, then the files in this folders and all its sub-folders are using 50% of the hard drive specified.
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Some other features include the following:



XYplorer is an Advanced File System Explorer for those looking for a real alternative to the Windows Explorer. Its features include: Tabbed Browsing, High end find files engine with excellent speed, Instant preview of image, Thumbnails of image files , Instant preview of installed and uninstalled font files, Instant preview of HTML, MHT, PHP files, Instant display of complete file and version information for each selected file, Various highlighting features add more visual grip to the folder tree, File Info Tips and MP3 Info Tips.
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Switch Off

Switch Off is a tiny easy-to-use system tray utility that automatically performs often used tasks such as shutdown or restarting the computer, disconnecting the current dialup connection, locking the workstation, etc. This tool has a customizeable and intuitive Web interface, permitting you to start the tasks remotely from any computer with a web browser installed. Its interface includes WAP support, so you can control your computer using a mobile phone. This utility is both the beginner and the advanced user.
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7) Question of the Month about Software Training:

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

June 2007 Question of the Month: 

What happened to the design

We have redesigned our website,, giving it a new logo and a fresh, new look. We are posting new free training content and tutorial resources on the site as fast as possible, and we are fixing broken links as fast as possible also. I hope you like it the new look of the site and that its easier to use.

Jeff Love
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