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1)... Editor's Greeting

2)... Best New Free Microsoft Office Training & Tutorial Sites

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

4)... Best New Free Web Development Training Sites

5)... Best New Free Windows, Linux, Hardware & Computer Training

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

7)... Question of the Month about Software Training

8)... Please Support Our Computer Training Mission

 



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2) The Best New Free Microsoft Office Training & Tutorial Sites:

This section of our newsletter contains the best new Free Microsoft Office training and tutorial sites that we have found and researched in the last few weeks. 

 

TrainingByEmail

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

 



4 Word 2007 Tutorials

Here are 4 Word 2997 Tutorials that will teach you how to work with Word tables, show you how to use Word's new interface, perform mail merge, and track changes in Word 2007.  These Word tutorials are in pdf format.


The New Interface in Word 2007


Word 2007 Tables Tutorial

Mail Merges using Word 2007

Making Changes in Word 2007

 



Beginning Word 2003 Tutorial

This is a Word 2003 Tutorial, from Durham University, that will get you started using most important fundamental features of Word. It teaches you how to work with Word using the following: screen components, designing your Word document, printing, editing text, formatting text and paragraphs, page formatting, navigating larger documents, search and replace, spell checking, document views, bulleted lists, and tables. You do not need to know how  to use a word processor to use this Word tutorial. (64 pages, 760kb, pdf format)


Contents:
1   Introduction
2   Starting up Word
3   The Word screen
4   Creating your first Word document
5   Design decisions about your document
6   Editing text
7   Moving around a larger document
8   Formatting text
9    Completing your document
10 Printing your document
11 Safeguarding your work
12 Page formatting
13 Miscellaneous topics
14 Different views on your document
15 Working with multiple windows and documents
16 Further information about Word
Appendix A: Standard Toolbar
Appendix B: Formatting Toolbar
Appendix C: Quick key commands

 



Intermediate and Advanced Word 2003 Training Tutorials

Here are Durham University's free Word 2003 Training Tutorials and Guides that will teach and show you how to perform several important intermediate and advanced features of Word. These demonstrate the Word tasks covered in a step-by-step fashion using screen shots. These Word tutorials are in pdf format and are available from the university's ITS Guides page. The sample files referred to in these Word training documents are available here.


Using Styles and Templates in Microsoft Word 2003 (332kb, 22 pages)
This training document introduces the concept of styles and templates in Word 2003. It describes how to create and modify styles within standard templates. It also describes how to create and modify templates.

Creating Tables and Using Tabs with Microsoft Word 2003 (276kb, 25 pages)
This tutorial describes the use of tables and tab stops within Word to create particular layouts of text on the page.

Using the Mail Merge facilities in Microsoft Word 2003 (459kb, 21 pages)
The Mail Merge facility of Word 2003 is used to combine information contained in two different files. For example, it can be used to insert items such as names, addresses or dates into a form letter to be sent to a number of people. It can also be used to create mailing labels.

Using the Automatic Editing facilities of Microsoft Word 2003 (281kb, 20 pages)
This Word tutorial describes how you can improve the speed and accuracy of your work by taking advantage of the automatic editing facilities in Word 2003.

Creating long documents using Microsoft Word 2003 (360kb, 29 pages)
This Word 2003 guide explores the facilities within Word that aid the production of long documents such as dissertations and theses. Knowledge of styles and templates in Word is assumed.

Creating and Editing Footnotes using Word 2003 (181kb, 12 pages)
This training guide describes how to create and edit footnotes using Microsoft Word 2003.

Bullets and Numbered Lists in Microsoft Word 2003 (353kb, 18 pages)
Many documents -- minutes, reading lists, theses and so on, require numbered or bulleted lists. This Guide describes how you can create, modify and renumber numbered and bulleted lists in Word 2003.

Putting Equations into a Microsoft Word 2003 document (280kb, 18 pages)
This Word 2003 training guide describes how to use the Equation Editor within Word to create equations. There is a brief discussion of other ways of putting equations into a document.

 



Beginning and Advanced Word XP Training Tutorials

Here are Durham University's free Word XP Training Guides and Tutorials which will teach most of the beginning and more advanced features of Word. These Excel tutorials and guides show you how to do the Word tasks covered using step-by-step instructions with illustrated screenshots. They are in pdf format. 


An Introduction to Word XP (746kb, 64 pages)
This training document provides a hands-on, beginner’s guide to word processing using Microsoft Word XP. Features covered include: the Word screen, creating a ord document, design decisions about your document, editing text, moving around a larger document, text and paragraph formatting, search and replace, spell checker, printing,page formatting, inserting graphics, and various views of your document.

Using Styles and Templates in Microsoft Word XP (319kb, 26 pages)
This Word XP training tutorial introduces the concept of styles and templates in Word XP. It describes how to create and modify styles within standard templates. It also describes how to create and modify templates.

Creating Tables and Using Tabs with Microsoft Word XP (418kb, 25 pages)
This training tutoral explains the use of tables and tab stops within Word to create particular layouts of text on the page.

Using the Mail Merge facilities in Microsoft Word XP (546kb, 21 pages)
The Mail Merge facility of Word XP is used to combine information contained in two different files. For example, it can be used to insert items such as names, addresses or dates into a form letter to be sent to a number of people. It can also be used to create mailing labels.

Using the Automatic Editing facilities of Microsoft Word XP (309kb, 21 pages)
This Word guide explains how you can improve the speed and accuracy of your work by taking advantage of the automatic editing facilities in Word XP.

Creating Long Documents using Microsoft Word XP (375kb, 30 pages)
This Word XP tutorial explores the facilities within Word that aid the production of long documents such as dissertations and theses. Knowledge of styles and templates in Word is assumed.

Creating and Editing Footnotes using Word XP (263kb, 12 pages)
This training guide explains how to create and edit footnotes using Microsoft Word XP.

Bullets and Numbered Lists in Microsoft Word XP (427kb, 20 pages)
This tutorial explains how you can create, modify and renumber numbered and bulleted lists in Word XP.

Putting Equations into a Microsoft Word XP document (309kb, 18 pages)
This Word XP training tutorial explains how to use the Equation Editor within Word to create equations. There is a brief discussion of other ways of putting equations into a document.

 



5 Excel 2007 Tutorials

Here are 5 Excel 2007 Tutorials that demonstrate how to use the following features using Excel 2007: Excel's new interface, format tables, create and use formulas, autosum function, autoformat function, concatenate function, Sum If function, and the Vlookup and Hlookup functions. These Excel tutorials are in pdf format.


The New Interface in Excel 2007


Formatting Tables with Excel 2007

Formulas in Excel 2007

Basic Functions with Excel 2007

Advanced Functions with Excel 2007

 



4 Excel 2003 Training Guides and Tutorials

This is the set of 4 Excel 2003 Training Guides and Tutorials offered free by Durham University. They teach and demonstrate several Excel features, including Charting, Formulas, Functions, and Macros. These Excel tutorials are in pdf format and are available from the university's ITS Guides page. The sample files referred to in these Excel training documents are available here.


An Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2003 (456kb, 41 pages)
A hands-on beginner’s training tutorial for working with spreadsheets using Excel. Features covered include:  the Excel screen, Task panes, Cell references, entering and editing data into cells, ranges, column widths, formatting cells, working with sheets, borders, spell checking, entering and copying formulas, and creating and working with charts.

Creating Charts in Microsoft Excel 2003 (743kb, 51 pages)
This training document gives you the steps and knowledge for creating and working with charts in Excel.

Using Formulas and Functions in Microsoft Excel 2003 (528kb, 50 pages)
This training tutorial provides guidance and step-by-step instructions for performing calculations in Excel 2003.

Introduction to using Macros in Microsoft Excel 2003 (1.4mb, 63 pages)
This training guide provides an introduction to using macros in Excel 2003. Instructions are given for recording macros, and for writing simple macros in Visual Basic for Applications.

 



4 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials

Here are 4 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials that show you how to perform several important PowerPoint tasks, including: using PowerPoint's new interface, customizing PowerPoint's options, using proofing tools, using AutoCorrect, linking to websites, adding Action Buttons, and inserting multi-media, such as Smart Art, Word Art, sounds, and movies. These PowerPoint tutorials are in pdf format.


The New Interface in PowerPoint 2007


Customize PowerPoint

Linking in PowerPoint 2007

Inserting Multi-Media in PowerPoint 2007

 



PowerPoint 2000/XP Tutorial

This is a PowerPoint 2000/XP Tutorial showing how to create a PowerPoint Presentation and Slide Show. It will take you through the steps on setting up and running a presentation and slide show using PowerPoint.


PowerPoint Topics:

 



Access 2000/XP Tutorial

Here is an Access 2000 Tutorial from bytesizeoffice.co.uk that will teach you how to design a new database in Access, and how to perform queries on that database. This tutorial is also useful if you have Access XP.


Designing a Database (pdf)

Queries (pdf)

 



11 Microsoft Office eBooks

Here are 11 Microsoft Office eBooks, 4 for Excel, 1 for PowerPoint, and 6 covering Access. These ebooks are all in pdf format.


Excel
Excel 2000 Intermediate
Excel 2002 Formulas
Excel 2002 Intermediate Training Manual
Excel XP eBook

Powerpoint
Powerpoint XP eBook

Access
Access 2000
Access 2000 Exercise Pack
Access 2000 Training Exercises
Access 2000 Training Manual
Access 2002 eBook
Microsoft Access eBook




   


 

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


Training Exercises and Tutorials for Flash MX 2004

Professor Al Fichera provides these excellent, hands-on step-by-step Training Exercises and Tutorials for Flash MX 2004. These are well written and walk you through the Flash concepts and features being taught using numbered steps and screen shots. Also, here are Professor Al's Flash MX 2002 Tutorials


Flash 2004 MX BASICS:
  - Exercise 1: Using the Properties Inspector
  - Exercise 2: Working with Imported Images
  - Exercise 3: Convert Bitmap Images to Vector
  - Exercise 4: Breaking Apart Bitmap Images
  - Exercise 5: Using Dynamic Scrolling Text Blocks
  - Exercise 6: Link a Text Block to Dynamic Text
  - Exercise 7: Scroll Buttons Dynamic Text Field
  - Exercise 8: On/Off Sound Buttons Text Field
  - Exercise 9: Invisible Buttons and Behaviors

Flash 2004 MX Basic Animation:
  - Exercise 10: Tween Position, Scale, and Rotation
  - Exercise 11: Animation Finish Where it Starts
  - Exercise 12: Shape Tweens to Morphing
  - Exercise 13: Simple Animated Shape Tween
  - Exercise 14: Animation and Motion Guides

Flash 2004 MX Sound File:
  - Exercise 15: Sounds from External Flash File
  - Exercise 16: Loading Sound from Shared Library
  - Exercise 17: ActionScript Behaviors with Sound
  - Exercise 18: ActionScript Behaviors Stop Sound
  - Exercise 19: Load Streaming MP3 File
  - Exercise 20: Create Sound Loops
  - Exercise 21: Edit Sound with Edit Envelope
  - Exercise 22: Creating Music On/Off Buttons
  - Exercise 23: Publishing Docs with Sound Files

Flash 2004 MX Movie Clip:
  - Exercise 24: Build a Tweening Graphic Symbol
  - Exercise 25: Build a Movie Clip Symbol
  - Exercise 26: Build an Animated Graphic Symbol
  - Exercise 27: Create an Animated Rollover Button

Flash 2004 MX Interface MC:
  - Exercise 28: Creating a Main Scene for a Site
  - Exercise 29: Creating the NavBar Layer for Site
  - Exercise 30: Creating ActionScript Links for Site
  - Exercise 31: Creating all the Movie Clip Scenes

Flash 2004 MX ActionScripting:
  - Review: ActionScript Parameters
  - Exercise 32.1: Actions that Loop Movie Clip
  - Exercise 33: Using Frame Labels for GoTo
  - Exercise 34: Place Actions on Movie Clip
  - Exercise 35: Add Buttons to an Animation
  - Exercise 36: ActionScript for MC vs. Animated Graphic

Flash 2004 MX Preloaders:
  - Exercise 37: Building Basic Preloader ActionScript
  - Exercise 38: Loader Component to a Movie
  - Exercise 39: Progress Bar to a Movie

Flash 2004 MX Publishing:
  - Review: Publishing Considerations
  - Exercise 40.1: Publish Settings in Flash MX 2004
  - Exercise 41: Publish a Projector File
  - Exercise 42: Export Settings in Flash MX 2004
  - Exercise 43: The Bandwidth Profiler
  - Review: Final Tips for Optimizing


Support Files for Flash MX 2004 Tutorials:

Downloads for Basics:
dreamSpeach.fla
dream.txt
motionGuide.fla

Downloads for Sound:
secret-place.wav
comfortable.wav
dark-technology.wav
evil-pulse.wav
french.wav
lounge.wav
mystery-forest.wav
newslflash.wav
now_is_1.wav
reflect.wav
techno-trance-01.wav
techno-trance-02.wav
tribal.wav
urban-01.wav

Download for Movie Clips:
LCVmovieClip.fla

Download for Interface Movie Clip:
main-interface31805.fla

Download for ActionScripting:
finished .FLA version

Download for Preloaders:
BuildPreloader.fla

 



16 Flash Tutorials from Flashrespect.com

Here are 16 Flash Tutorials from Flashrespect.com. These will help you learn how to code Flash ActionScript, do Flash Special and Text Effects, and create Flash Animations and Sounds.



Hide right click Flash menu with Actionscript

Animated mouse cursor with Actionscript   

Random object appearance by Actionscript   

Professional preloader by Actionscript

Photo Album in Flash   

Transformation gray scale image into image in color   

Applying filter effect on image   

Cool Image animation with shadow  

Quickly picture listing plus explosion  

Attractive photography image effect   

Mask text effect by alpha   

Mask text appearance 

Quick mask animation   

Sound in Flash on click

Simple shape animation

Indigo blue Flash menu

 



101 Photoshop Tutorials from spoono.com

Here are 101 Photoshop Tutorials from spoono.com. These cover and teach many features of Photoshop, including beginner, intermediate, and advanved areas of Photoshop functionality. The level of expertise is listed for each tutorial. They are sorted alphabetically by title.


3D Globs 3D Globs
Make those big trendy 3D globs using nothing but Photoshop.

Actions and Batching Actions and Batching
Save your precious time by automating tasks by using Actions and Batching.

Aged Document Aged Document
Learn how to convert an image into an aged document.

Aqua Plastic Text Aqua Plastic Text
A tutorial site wouldnt be complete without its plastic text tutorial, would it?.

Box Art Box Art
Learn how to turn 2D artwork into a 3D software box, hardcover book, or other object.

Brick Texture Brick Texture
Learn how to create a easy brick texture.

Brushes Brushes
Create custom brushes and learn to use Photoshop's powerful brush engine.

Bubbles Bubbles
Learn how to create some semi-transparent bubbles.

Bullet Holes Bullet Holes
Create a cool looking bullet hole, ideal for busting up just about any image.

Chromage Chromage
Make oh so smooth chrome effects.

Chunky Sandy Metal Chunky Sandy Metal
Learn to create a great texture that looks old and beat up. Great alternative to rust.

Colorbursts Colorbursts
Learn how to make simple, eye-catching colorbursts.

Colorize Colorize
Colorize is a artistic effect used by a lot of graphic designers to detail pictures.

Fire Text Fire Text
Set your text ablaze with burning wrath.

Frozen Explosion Frozen Explosion
Make an ice-cold masterpiece of combustion.

Ghost Face Ghost Face
Cover your creations with ghostly faces.

Grunge Grunge
Create grungy background effects.

Grunge Brushes Grunge Brushes
Create your own collection of grunge brushes.

Ice Text Ice Text
Learn who to chisel your own ice text.

Interface Orbs Interface Orbs
Learn how to create shiny glass orbs for your interfaces

Keyboard Shortcuts
Find out about all of Photoshop's lovely shortcut keys.

LCD Orbs LCD Orbs
Level: Intermediate
Learn how to make a smooth orb using Photoshop.

Lighting Effects Lighting Effects
Create realistic-looking plastic objects by using powerful lighting effects techniques.

Liquid Metal Liquid Metal
Make liquid metal so cool, you'll think it came from a Terminator movie.

Mac OS X Text Mac OS X Text
Level: Beginner
Learn how to make simple 3d Bevel text like the one for the logo for Mac OS X.

Masking Masking
Hide parts our your layers with style by using Photoshop's powerful masking features.

Micro Buttons Micro Buttons
Learn how to make micro buttons in Photoshop.

Neon Glow Text Neon Glow Text
Make neon text like that often found on commerical signs.

Outlines Outlines
Create suave outlines the old-fashioned way.

Painted Images Painted Images
Learn how to make am image look like an old style photograph.

Paths Paths
Use paths to create smooth and editable selections.

Photo Touch Up Photo Touch Up
Touch up a photo to fix blemishes, red eye, and more.

Photos to Sketches Photos to Sketches
Learn how to convert photos to sketches.

Pixel Borders Pixel Borders
Use Photoshop to make those trendy pixel borders and boxes.

Planets Planets
Create realistic looking planets without spending thousands on 3D Software.

Plasma Effect Plasma Effect
Create a plasma effect similar to an old AxxessDenied.com logo.

Plastic Tab Menu Plastic Tab Menu
Learn how to create a simple, yet great looking tab menu.

Plastic Tabs Plastic Tabs
Create those smooth clear plastic buttons first seen on Apple.com.

Quick Rough Metal Quick Rough Metal
When you're in a rush, this metal will do.

Rust Rust
Learn to decorate interfaces with some heavy rust texture.

Rusted Grid
Create a rusted grid to add to your industrial interface.

Sandy Metal Sandy Metal
Another alternative texture to rust. Looks great!

Screen Modes Screen Modes
Read about Photoshops various screen modes.

Screwdriver Screwdriver
Need to screw something down? Create your own screwdriver!

Seamless Water Texture Seamless Water Texture
Make a very stylish and useful water texture.

Spattered Text Spattered Text
Create some rough, spattered text.

Spikey Balls Spikey Balls
Make some quick, easy, and extra spikey 3D balls.

Stone Text Stone Text
Make text out of various stones.

Tacks Tacks
Learn how to make tacks so you can pin up notes.

Texture Wrapping Texture Wrapping
Learn how to realistically wrap a texture around an object.

Water Painted Image Water Painted Image
Learn how to make am image look waterpainted in greyscale.

Waving Flags  Waving Flags
Support your country by learning how to make national waving flags online.

 



16 eBooks and Books for Photoshop and more

Here are 16 ebooks and books available from ebooks.binarios.net covering Photoshop, Fireworks, Acrobat, Gimp, Illustrator, 3D Studio Max, and Dreamweaver. You can use 7-Zip to uncompress the .rar files.


Photoshop
Adobe Photoshop 6.0 Classroom In a Book (rar)
Adobe Photoshop 6.0 User Guide (pdf)
Adobe Photoshop Actions Catalog (pdf)
Adobe Photoshop Advanced Training (Html And pdf) (rar)
Photoshop ebook (Html) (rar)
Photoshop Handbook (Html) (rar)

Fireworks

Fireworks 4 ebook (pdf)

Acrobat

Acrobat 5 PDF ebook (2001) (pdf)
Adobe Acrobat 6 pdf ebook (2003) (pdf)

Gimp
The Gimp User Manual (pdf)

Illustrator
Illustrator 7 ebook (pdf)

3D Studio Max
3D Studio Max 2 Tutorials (pdf)
3D Studio Max Platinum Tutorials (html) (rar)

Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver 3 ebook (pdf) (rar)
Dreamweaver 4 ebook (pdf)
Macromedia Dreamweaver 4 (pdf) (rar)

 



Blender 3-D Modeling and Animation Course

This is an open content course from Tufts University that introduces and covers computer generated 3-D modeling and animation using Blender, an open source 3D software application. It provides tutorials and video training modules that teach the skills and techniques employed by 3-D designers in a wide range of applications. Using these online materials, you will explore basic mesh and NURB modeling, and apply textures and materials to 3-D objects, lighting, animation and rendering. This course also will give you a good basis to apply these 3D graphic concepts to further study in architectural, engineering and theatrical modeling and game design. Here is the complete list of pdf formatted Blender Tutorials, here is the complete list of Blender Video Tutorials (Realplayer required), and here is the course's Blender Hot Keys Cheat Sheet [pdf].

Three-Dimensional Modeling, Animation and Rendering Using Blender 3D Software - home page|


Blender Learning Units

Session Title
1 General Video and PDF Instructions
2 Unit 1: Basic Blender Navigation
3 Unit 2: Blender Transforms
4 Unit 3: Blender File System
5 Unit 4: Blender Object Functions
6 Unit 5: Edit Mode Tools
7 Unit 6: More Editing Tools
8 Unit 7: Blender Curve Tools
9 Unit 8: Blender Materials and Textures
10 Unit 9: Blender Lighting
11 Unit 10: Animation
12 Unit 11: Appending - Deformations - Camera
13 Unit 12: Blender Particle System



   



4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites




HTML and CSS Tutorials from bytesizeoffice.co.uk

Here are the HTML and CSS Tutorials hosted bytesizeoffice.co.uk. These will teach you several important topics with creating and designing web pages using HTML and CSS.


Part One 
Website introduction, web site addresses, web site files - HTML Files, Style Sheets, Image Files.
 
Part Two
Make a Web Page, example web files, example HTML files

Part Three
Styles Sheets, How to specify a Style sheet, Cascading Style Sheets.

Part Four
Common Style Properties and Values, Style Sheet Properties, Style sheet Size Values, Style Sheet Colours, Common Style Sheet Properties

 



Website Design Tips and Tutorials

Here are several excellent Website Design Tips and Tutorials, courtesy of outfront.net. These will help you understand the important aspects and factors in a well designed web site, and then they show how to create attractive, manageable, usable and professional sites. All well designed web sites sites should have the following:


Planning and Organizing Your Site

Page Layout and Design

Designing a Navigation System

Using Color in Your Site

Designing Text

Writing for the Web

Introduction to Usability

Know Your Users

Usability Tips

Simplify The Game

Here are other web development tutorials from this website. 

 



JavaScript Practice How Tos

Here are several JavaScript Practice How Tos, from webdevelopmenttutorials.com, that show you How to code with JavaScript by looking at the examples provided. You can use the text editor here to practice coding your own JavaScript. Using these JavaScripts examples and tutorials, you will learn the following: what JavaScript is, what can be done with JavaScript, how to embed JavaScript within your web pages, how to link to an external JavaScript file and how to work with JavaScript variables.


An Introduction to JavaScript

JavaScript is used to make web pages interactive, validate forms, detect web browsers, create cookies and more.  Before you begin learning JavaScript, you should should already have at least a basic understanding of HTML/XHTML.

JavaScript is a scripting language that was designed to add interactivity to web pages. JavaScript consists of lines of executable code that can be emedded directly into HTML web pages and is also an interpreted language, which means that scripts are executed without preliminary compilation. JavaScript is free for everyone to use.

How to embed JavaScript into an HTML file

How to write text with JavaScript

How to add HTML tags to JavaScript

How to add comments to JavaScript code

How to link to an external JavaScript file


JavaScript Variable How To Tutorials

These tutorials show you How to name and declare JavaScript variables, assign values to variables, How to convert between different data types and more.

 



HTML Practice How Tos
Here are several HTML Practice How Tos, from webdevelopmenttutorials.com, that provide you with HTML examples that show you how to code these HTML tags and topics: Hyperlinks, Web Images, HTML Lists, HTML Tables, and HTML Forms. 


HTML Link Practice Tutorials
Learn from this HTML example how to create a link, how to create a link that opens in a new web browser, how to link to another part of the same web page and more.

HTML Image Practice Tutorials
Practice your HTML skills with inserting an image onto a web page and how to use an image as a link.

HTML List Practice Tutorials
Shows you how to create ordered, un-ordered and definition lists.

HTML Table Practice Tutorials
Learn how to create tables, how to adjust the table border, how to create tables with cells that span multiple columns/rows and more.

HTML Form Practice Tutorials
Learn how to create forms, add text fields, text boxes, password fields to a form, and more.


 

 





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



All Windows XP Tips

Here are all of the Windows XP Tips from Helpwithwindows.com.

Table of Contents:

 



Windows How-To Documents from CREATE for Mississippi

 



Windows Security Glossary

This is a 100-page Windows Security Glossary published by Microsoft, in pdf format.

 



10 Ways To Make Your Computer More Secure


The Top 10 Mistakes Computer Users Make

 



Using Microsoft Windows applications without a mouse

Learn what the keyboard shortcuts are for Windows. These will help you increase your productivity.


 

 




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

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



Font Magic

Font Magic is an easy-to-use tool for creating 3D text effects. The interface allws you to preview and select your eeffects from many of the available option. You can select textures, colors and materials from drop down menus and create an attractive looking 3D text or logo in no time. The result can be saved as single BMP file or even rendered as rotating movie frames.

 



TextStylist

TextStylist lets you add up to 10 different text overlays to a photo or picture. You can choose from 3D text, Shadow and Flat text with customizable settings for each. It can also save your text designs, so that they can easily be added to other pictures. Additional features include optional textures, Undo/Redo, gradient background creation and more. The results can be saved as file or copied to the clipboard. TextStylist supports BMP, JPG, PNG, PCX, TGA, TIF, WMF and EMF formats.

 



Google Sketchup

Google Sketchup is an easy-to-use 3D modelling software that enables you to create 3D models of houses, buildings and many other objects, using an array of drag and drop tools and materials in a WYSIWYG editing environment. You can design your objects with rectangles, circles, ovals, arcs, lines and freehand drawings. The program offers a library of building material patterns (brick, concrete, wood, glass, carpte etc.) and colors. The finished design can be exported to popular image formats, including JPG, TIF, PNG and BMP.

 



Firefox Extension Backup

Firefox Extension Backup (FEBE) enables you to backup your Firefox extensions as well as bookmarks, preferences, cookies, passwords and more. Allows you to maintain multiple backup sets in folders named after the date of the backup, and easily restore any of the backup files.

 



Advanced Searchbar

Advanced Searchbar is a customizable toolbar add-on for Internet Explorer It offers lots of extra features that include web search, RSS ticker, Popup Blocker, Adult Content Blocker, browser tracks cleaning, form filling as well as a variety of other web integrated features like page translations, Alexa stats and links to online services. You can customize which features and links you want to be accessible from the toolbar, add custom buttons and more.

 




Parental Filter

Parental Filter is a specialized parental control filter that enables you to block porn from your web browser. It uses a built-in database of web sites that are blocked, as well as a list of keywords that it scans for on web pages, and blocks them if a they are found. You can specify a list of sites that the user will be redirected to instead, and also customize the list of blocked sites and keywords. Parental Filter provides a password protected interface, can run fully automatic in the background. The program is very effective and works well.


 

 




7) Question of the Month about Software Training:

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


January 2008 Question of the Month: 

What is Amazon's Kindle, and will it be successful?

Answer:

On November 19, 2007, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos announced the launch of Kindle, which is an internet-enable e-book device. It weighs 10.3 ounces, costs $399 and can be used without a computer, offering instead a free, high-speed wireless data network from Sprint. Users can download books in less than 60 seconds, as well as newspapers, magazines and blogs (for a fee). The device uses an eye-friendly screen and lets readers increase the type size as needed. Will it be a hit, even though most other e-book efforts have been unsuccessful? To learn more about Kindle and some what some important professionals think about it, check out this very interesting artilce from Knowledge Wharton (free registration required). Also, here is more information from several websites to learn about Amazon's Kindle.


I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
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