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Word 2003 Reference Tutorial

Here is a nice Microsoft Word 2003 Reference Tutorial hosted at It provides detailed bulleted instructions for each sub-feature shown below. This Word tutorial reference is also available in pdf format here: microsoft-word-2003-reference.pdf.

Word Features Described:

File Management:
 - Create a New File
 - Open an Existing File
 - Save a File
 - Save a File as a Web Page
 - Save a Formatted Document as a Template
 - Print a File
 - Print Preview

Set AutoRecover and Automatic File Backup:
 - To set AutoRecover & Automatic Backup:
 - To recover your document after a power failure or other shut-down
 - To replace a damaged file with its backup copy

File Navigation:
 - Go to Beginning of Document
 - Go to End of Document
 - Go to Next Page
 - Go to Previous Page

File Editing: Delete, Select, & Copy/Paste:
 - Delete
 - Selecting Text
 - Copy or Cut (Move) & Paste

 - Word Search
 - Customize Word Search
 - Replace Word

Formatting Features:
 - Formatting Toolbar
 - Using Document Themes
 - Font Properties (alternate method)
 - Footnotes & Endnotes
 - Header & Footer
 - Hyperlink
 - Lists: Numbered or Bulleted
 - Margins
 - Page Break
 - Page Numbering
 - Page Orientation
 - Line Spacing
 - Special Symbols or Characters
 - Subscripts & Superscripts
 - Tables
 - Tabs

 - Insert an Image File
 - Delete an Image
 - Move an Image
 - Re-size an Image
 - Wrap Text Around an Image

Screen Views:
 - Normal View
 - Print Layout View
 - Outline View
 - View Multiple Documents on Screen

Spelling & Grammar:
 - Spellcheck
 - Grammar-check


78 Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Word

Here are 78 Microsoft Word Keyboard Shortcuts, which include keyboard shortcuts for formating text, line spacing, and selecting text. These shortcuts will help you become more efficient at using Word. They will work with all recent versions of Word.

Word Keyboard Shortcuts:

 - Function Keys
 - Control + Function Key
 - Control + Shift + Function Key
 - Shift + Function Key
 - Alt + Function Key
 - Alt + Shift + Function Key
 - Control + Alt + Function Key
 - Basic Character Formatting
 - Changing Line Spacing
 - Selecting a Block with the Keyboard
 - Shift+Click to Select Text Block of Any Size
 - F8 Extended Selection Mode


Excel 2007 Data Analysis Tutorials

Here are several nice Excel 2007 Data Analysis Tutorials that will assist you in analyzing economic data. These tutorials help explain Excel's power and give you insight into Excel's analysis tool set. Advanced Excel topics covered include data inspection, and statistical inference  for univariate, bivariate and multivariate expressions. Each of these Excel tutorials is complemented with visual examples to better explain the concepts presented. As a quick crash course, also included is a ‘Getting Started’ tutorial as well. These Excel tutorials are hosted by the University of California at Davis.

Excel 2007 Getting-Started Tutorial:
 - Excel: Tutorial (covers first half of below)

Excel 2007 Basics:
 - Excel 2007: Access and Activating the Data Analysis Add-in
 - Excel 2007: The Windows 2007 Fluent Interface
 - Excel 2007: Workbooks and Worksheets
 - Excel 2007: Data Types and Data Input
 - Excel 2007: Data Manipulation
 - Excel 2007: Formatting, Saving, Printing and Copying Results
 - Excel 2007: Sample text data set (carsdata.txt)
 - Excel 2007: Sample comma-separated values text data set (carsdata.csv)
 - Excel 2007: Sample Excel worksheet (carsdata.xls)

Excel 2007 Univariate: Visual Data Inspection:
 - Excel 2007: Histogram
 - Excel 2007: Charts (column, pie, line)

Excel 2007 Univariate: Data Summary and Statistical Inference:
 - Excel 2007: Descriptive Statistics
 - Excel 2007: Statistical Inference for univariate data

Excel 2007 Bivariate: Visual Data Presentation:
 - Excel 2007: Two-way Plots
 - Excel 2007: Two-plots with nonlinear trend (logarithmic, exponential, power, polynomial)

Excel 2007 Bivariate: Data Summary and Statistical Inference:
 - Excel 2007: Correlation and covariance
 - Excel 2007: Two-Variable Regression using Data Analysis Add-in
 - Excel 2007: Statistical Inference for Two-Variable Regression
 - Excel 2007: Two-Variable Regression using Excel function LINEST

Excel 2007 Multivariate: Data Summary and Statistical Inference:
 - Excel 2007: Multiple Regression


Excel Tutorials and Tips, Part 1

Here is my first post of the Excel Tutorials and Tips at that cover many topics that will help make you a professional at Excel. Excel is a spreadsheet application from Microsoft's Office suite that creates and manages business transactions that deal with accounting. The below Excel tutorials and tips are a good place to explore  and learn the basics and also some advanced features of Microsoft Excel. These are the best ones in each topic from our review of this site. (Here is my part 2 post of the Excel learning material from this site.)

Conditional Formatting in Excel
Conditional formatting allows you to set rules for cell formatting. If the rules are met, then the formatting is applied. The tutorials explain how Conditional formatting work.

Customizing Excel
Excel makes it easy for you to personalize and customize the menus and toolbars to suit each individuals way of working. The tutorials explain the level of customization a user can achieve.

Excel's Custom Views
Many of us would also like to extend the level of customization to having pur own Views and these tutorials explain how to do just that.

Editing in Excel
While editing a sentence may seem easy, editing in Excel takes on a whole new approach. These tutorials explain editing in Excel.

Excel Filtering
Excel provides filters to quickly find data in an Excel sheet. Filtering does not change data in an Excel sheet, and all data appears the same as before as soon as the filter is removed. These tutorials provide an in-depth coverage of filters.

Find and Replace in Excel
Find and Replace is a common tool used in most applications, and Excel is no exception. The tutorials explain how to use the Find and Replace tool effectively in Excel.

Formatting in Excel
To better understand raw data, it must be formatted to some specific criteria. The tutorials explain how formatting can be applied to cells in an Excel sheet.

Excel Formulas
Data available in Excel sheets can be manipulated using Formula. Different cells can be grouped together to have their values computed in any fashion. The links explain how to work with Formula.

Excel Macros
A macro is usually a set of instructions that are grouped together to carry out small, repetitve tasks. Macros can also be created and used extensively in Excel and these tutorials explain how they work.

Page Setup
Put simply, a page in a spreadsheet application can be setup to print values in the landscape or the portrait mode. The page setup also includes page breaks, headers and footers and inserting page numbers. These tutorials explain all these concepts detail.

An Excel sheet can be setup to be printed in ways that suit a user. An Excel sheet can even be printed without opening it. These and more printing related tutorials are here.

Excel Shortcut Keys
As with an application, Excel too has a lot of shortcut keys that permit quick and easy navigationn on a worksheet. You can find all Excel shortcuts in these tutorials.

Subtotals in Excel:
Subtotals of a column can be calculated and stored for quick reference. These tutorials help understand Subtotals better.

Worksheet Functions:
In Excel worksheets, functions can be implemeted on the data. These functions include database functions, date and time functions and text functions to name a few. These tutorials help explain the concept of worksheet functions.

Excel Worksheets:
A single Excel file can hold multiple worksheets. These tutorials explain the manipulations that can be carried out on Excel worksheets.

Excel's Environment and Interface:
These tutorials help you to get accustomed to Excel's Environment and Interface.


Excel Tutorials and Tips, Part 2

Here is my second post of the Excel Tutorials and Tips at that cover a host of Excel features as detailed in the links below, which are what we have judged to be the best ones for each topic. To help you become a better Excel user, these Excel tutorials and tips assist you with creating lists of transactions, then using those list to create charts and other analysis tools. (Here is my part 1 post of the Excel learning material from this site.)

Excel Tools
Various application components can be implemented in Excel. These components include Combo Box and Drop Down Lists. These tutorials explain how to implement them in you worksheet.

Sorting in Excel
Sorting data in a worksheet based on certain criteria is paramount to achieving user-understandable data. And these tutorials below explain the sorting process

Excel Workbooks
Workbooks in Excel are the files themselves. And each workbook can hold multiple worksheets. The tutorials explain the intricacies of working with Workbooks.

Data Entry in Excel
These Data Entry tutorials deal with the shortcuts used to enter data quickly in an Excel worksheet.

Excel Data Validation
Validating data in an Excel sheet is as important as data entry itself and these tutorials teach you to validate the data in an Excel sheet.

Excel Charts
We now move onto the visual aspect of Excel. Charts help evaluate values in two columns and display them as charts. These tutorials have an in-depth coverage of Charts in Excel.

Excel Graphics
As with any application in Microsoft's Office suite, graphics can be inserted in Excel as well. These tutorials deal with creating autoshapes as well as inserting image files.     

Excel PivotTables
One of the most powerful features of Excel is Pivot Tables which is a reporting tool works independent of the data layout in the Excel sheet. To further explore the power of Pivot Tables, these tutorials will help you.

Excel Files:
This section explains the different files in Excel and their uses.

Excel Add-Ins:
An Excel Add-In is a file that loads when Excel starts. This file can contain additional functionality to Excel, and these tutorials explain how Excel Add-Ins work.

Online and Web:
These tutorials explain Excel's ability to interface with the web, including generating a web page with it.

Working with Other Programs:
Excel can also interface with other applications such as AutoCAD and Lotus 1-2-3, thereby allowing users to exchange data between them. These tutorials further explain this concept.

General Excel Tutorials:
These tutorials follow a general theme of interacting with Excel providing file properties and editing custom dictionaries.


PowerPoint Tutorials and Tips, Part 1

Here is my first post of the PowerPoint Tutorials and Tips at, explaining many of Powerpoint's potent features and how they can be used in your presentation. The difference between a good presentation and a great presentation is how effectively you use Powerpoint's capabilities in your presentation. Powerpoint is the presentation program from Microsoft's Office suite of applications (Here is the second part of the Powerpoint material from this site.)

PowerPoint AutoShapes (Shapes) & Text Boxes
Powerpoint users can extend their creativity using auto shapes to create custom shapes to be used in their presentations. These tutorials explain working with auto shapes and text boxes.

PowerPoint Backgrounds & Color
Keeping in line with creating simple and effective presentations, it is essential to maintain a single color and texture. The background can also be divided into specify sections on the presentation. A Color Scheme is usually a standard that is used in the design of the slide. The links below explain how a background can be set and how to use color schemes.

PowerPoint Charts, Tables & Diagrams
To further augment the visual appeal of Powerpoint, we can use charts and tables to explain, say the growth of a company or the increase in sales. These tutorials show how you can create and use charts and tables.

Web browsers have a front and back button. Similarly, Powerpoint uses hyperlinks to move front and back between slides to allow users review them. These explain how to implement hyperlinks in your Powerpoint presentation.

Images in PowerPoint
In these tutorials, we further explain the manipulations that can be carried out on images in a Powerpoint presentation.

Music, Sound, & Video in PowerPoint
Apart from using pictures and custom shapes, we can also use audio and video content in a slide to make it more interactive. These tutorials explain how to use audio and video in a Powerpoint slide.

PowerPoint Slide Layout
To help with slide layout, we can use Guides that are easily available in Powerpoint. We can also use a pre-defined master Guide for the rest of the slides in a presentation. These tutorials deal with slide layout and its intricacies.

PowerPoint Slide Masters & Templates
At some point during the presentation, you may want to follow a design throughout your slides. This can be done using Templates and the tutorials here explain how do go about working with them.

Text & Fonts
Fonts and text on a slide must be readable and should have the right color. They should also have a constant size and weight. These tutorials give you an in-depth coverage on the kind of text and fonts you can use in a slide.

Animation & Transitions in PowerPoint
Powerpoint's animation feature is used to create slide-by-slide animations for use in presentations. These tutorials help you create and use various animations and effects with objects on the screen.


PowerPoint Tutorials and Tips, Part 2

Here is my second post of the PowerPoint Tutorials and Tips at, describing how to harness Powerpoint power to make compelling and memorable presentations. It is the ease of use and sophistication of Powerpoint that has made it a popular visual aid to help better explain ideas and concepts of almost any topic. (Here is the first part of the Powerpoint material from this site.)

PowerPoint Design Principles
As with any application that helps creating visuals, it is important to follow design principles while creating them. And these tutorials help implement design principles in Powerpoint.

Craft Memorable Content: Writing & Organizing
Simplicity has its virtues. Using clear language helps people understand concepts better when presenting them. And this makes it effective as people tend to remember it longer. These tutorials will explain how to go about making your presentation more attractive and memorable.

Deliver with Confidence
The key to carry out a good PowerPoint presentation is to rehearse it beforehand. Essentially, telling the audience about the agenda and crafting your presentation to look more like a story does a better job than having to read out content from the slide. These tutorials help you deal with presenting to a range of audiences, young and old, and how to keep them engrossed throughout.


8 Outlook 2007 Tutorials

Given below are 8 very good Outlook 2007 Tutorials at the University of New Hampshire. Outlook is Microsoft's email client and includes a calendar, a task manager, a contact manager, and note taking as well. These Outlook 2007 Tutorials explain how to create views for individual folders, maintaining an Address Book, organizing a Calendar and using Outlook without an internet connection and synchronizing it with web mail. Also taught here is how Outlook provides an option to save space on the hard disk by archiving and organizing mails.

Outlook Views Tutorial
This Outlook tutorial deals with the stlyes and customization you can carry out on the view available to you when you open Outlook. The arrangement of the folders, frames and windows are explained here.

Outlook Settings Tutorial
The level to which Outlook can be customized is explained in this tutorial. The Settings tab in Outlook provides a high level of customization for the user, in terms of folders, archiving and signature handling.

Outlook Mail Tutorial
This tutorial explains sending and receiving email messages using Outlook. It also provides instructions on how to create a new email, add the recipients, create signature files, and view other mailboxes.

Outlook Address Book Tutorial
The Address Book in Outlook holds all addresses from the Global Address Book and other contacts that the user has stored. This tutorial explains how to create new contacts and store their details, and also how to create contact folders and distribution lists.

Outlook Calendar Tutorial
Much like any other calendar, the Outlook Calendar stores the monthly and yearly calendar. However, the Outlook calendar differs in the sense that it allows users create and schedule meetings and appointments with contacts in the Address Book and this tutorial explains how to do just that.

Outlook Organization Tutorial
Organizing the folders in Outlook is paramount in quickly and easily finding mails. This tutorial explains the Organize Tool in Outlook 2007 which keeps the view neat and clean. It also discusses the steps for creating sub-folders and rules.

Outlook Saving Space Tutorial
Every mailbox is allowed a storage space quota. It is important that the user follows good email management principles to keep this quota in check. This tutorial explains these principles in detail and how to archive your email messages.

Outlook Offline Access Tutorial
Offline access is a way to work with outlook when a network connection. This tutorial provides instructions on how Outlook can be setup in this environment and synchronize mails without a network connection.


17 Access 2007 Database Tutorials

Here are 17 Microsoft Access 2007 Database Tutorials hosted by Access is Microsoft’s database management application with a graphical interface. These Access Tutorials cover many Access features and concepts, including table creation, database template creation, and database access options. The tutorials also provide an general overview of the Access database, and details on database objects, and adding custom commands in the Access toolbar. 

 - How to Convert Older Version of Microsoft Access Database
 - How to Create a Table in a Microsoft Access Database
 - How to Use the Database Tools Tab in Microsoft Access 2007
 - Overview of Microsoft Access 2007 Database - Access Options
 - How to Use the Create Tab in Microsoft Access 2007
 - How to Use the Home Tab in Microsoft Access 2007- Part 1
 - How to Use the Office Menu in Microsoft Access 2007
 - How to Use the External Data Tab in Microsoft Access 2007
 - How to Create a Microsoft Access 2007 Database Template
 - How to Use the Home Tab in Microsoft Access 2007 - Part 2
 - Overview of Microsoft Access 2007 Database Objects
 - How to Build a Microsoft Access 2007 Database
 - Overview of Microsoft Access 2007 Database
 - How to Enable the Security Warning in Microsoft Access 2007
 - Overview of Microsoft Access 2007 Database Templates
 - How to Add Custom Commands in the Quick Access Toolbar
 - How to Customize the Navigation Pane of Microsoft Access




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

21 Flash Tutorials

Here are 21 Flash Tutorials at that deal with creating animation and effects for web pages. Flash, earlier developed by Macromedia and currently by Adobe, is a popular application for integrating animation, audio and video in web pages to create rich Internet applications. These Adobe Flash Tutorials demonstrate Flash-based concepts such as masks, transitions, sound, and programming using Flash, not to mention animation tools such as Adobe Flex. To get you up and running in Flash, they show you how to download and install Flash players for browsers and using drag-and-drop components to develop a top-of-the-line user interface. These text and video-based Adobe Flash tutorials deal with the intricacies of creating simple and easy-to-use Flash movies and also integrating them in web pages. These Flash tutorials also provide a few simple games that can be quickly developed in Flash.

 - How to Play Kanye West Flashing Lights - Piano Tutorial
 - How to Add Flash SWF Files to a Page in Dreamweaver CS4
 - How to use Masks in Flash
 - Animation using a motion guide in Flash - Tutorial
 - Fashion style logo animation in Flash - Tutorial
 - Animation using clipping mask in Flash - Tutorial
 - black and white mask animation in Flash - Tutorial
 - Glowing object animation in Flash - Tutorial
 - Drag and drop object in Flash - Tutorial
 - Cool Image Presentation with nice transitions in Flash - Tutorial
 - Changing the pivot point position in Flash - Tutorial
 - Introducing the Flash Player - Adobe Flex 2
 - How to Download and Install the Adobe Flash Player Plug-in
 - How to Test Adobe Flash, Shockwave, Acrobat and Java Plug-ins/Readers
 - How to use Audio in Flash Animation
 - How kids Can learn and have fun with Flash games
 - Away3D Programming Tutorial - Effects
 - Pandemic II: The Free Flash Game That Gives Users a Chance to Create a Super Virus, Bacteria, or Parasite
 - Papervision 3D Programming Tutorial - Creating a Papervision Component
 - Away3D Programming Tutorials - Getting Started
 - Papervision 3D Programming Tutorial - Enhanced Fog


59 Flash Tutorials

Here are 59 well-written Flash Tutorials from that cover Flash fundamentals and an introduction to the latest version of Flash’s native object-oriented programming language, ActionScript 3, with various coding examples. Most of the animation explained in these Flash Tutorials is done programmatically to better explain ActionScript, its variables and how to build the script. These Flash Tutorials also deal with XML, menu creation, loading multiple images and mouse-based image animation.

 - Basic Concepts of Flash
 - Animating with Flash
 - Vertical 3D Carousel with ActionScript 3
 - Flash Bubbles with ActionScript 3
 - Multiple 3D Carousels with ActionScript 3
 - Flash 3D Carousel with XML and ActionScript 3
 - 3D Tunnel with ActionScript 3
 - Flipping Image Pieces with ActionScript 3
 - Modern Preloader with ActionScript 3
 - Glowing Text Effect with ActionScript 3
 - Cool Menu with ActionScript 3
 - Random Boxes Text Effect with ActionScript 3
 - Advanced XML Menu with ActionScript 3
 - Cool MovieClip Scroller
 - Creating a Menu via XML
 - XML Pages with ActionScript 3
 - ActionScript 3 TransitionManager
 - ActionScript 3 Trail Effect
 - ActionScript 3 Spiral
 - ActionScript 3 Snowfall Effect
 - Shooting Masks via ActionScript 3
 - ActionScript 3 Shake Effect
 - ActionScript 3 Custom Scrollbar
 - Rotating Mouse Trail with ActionScript 3
 - Rotating Menu via ActionScript 3
 - Revealing an Image with ActionScript 3
 - ActionScript 3 Random Lines
 - ActionScript 3 Random Circles on Image
 - ActionScript 3 Web Portfolio
 - ActionScript 3 Physics
 - Mouse Over Image Animation
 - Cool Mask Animation with ActionScript 3
 - Loading Multiple Images
 - ActionScript 3 Image Mask Animation
 - Image Fill with ActionScript 3
 - ActionScript 3 Growing Lines
 - ActionScript 3 Magnifying Glass Effect


25 Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

Here are 25 Adobe Photoshop Tutorials at that cover diverse topics, such as Layers, Actions, Mattes, Curves, Filters, and Color Tones. Over the years, Photoshop has become the de-facto standard in professional image editing and for creating digital graphics. There are many variants of Photoshop, namely Photoshop Elements which is a consumer-oriented version that has all the tools of Photoshop but with simpler options and Photoshop Express which is a quick and easy-to-use online tool for editing images. Included in these Photoshop tutorials are some video tutorials as well for a more interactive learning experience. 

 - How to create an action in Adobe Photoshop
 - Photoshop Simple Step Creating Water Texture
 - Creating Perfect Mattes Using Channels in Adobe Photoshop CS3
 - Learning how to draw cartoons in photoshop
 - How to Photoshop a Movie Poster Desktop Wall Paper
 - How to Photoshop a Movie Poster Desktop Wall Paper - Part 2
 - Making an abstract signature with Photoshop
 - How to Make Aqua Text in Photoshop
 - Creating Navigation in Photoshop
 - Site of Photoshop Video Tutorial
 - Old Photo Effect with Photoshop
 - Clean up lo-rez Bitmap images in Photoshop
 - Photoshop Mama's Layer Comps to PDF CS3-PART 2
 - Photoshop Mama's Layer Comps to PDF CS3-PART 1
 - Advanced Glow Effects with Photoshop
 - From dull to interesting picture
 - Optimize Adobe BridgeCS3 for Photographers      
 - Changing the color tone in Photoshop    
 - Creating a Reflection with Photoshop
 - How to use Photoshop Actions
 - Photoshop: Using the Liquify Effect
 - How to Use Curves in Photoshop
 - How to Make Poster using Photoshop
 - How to Burn and Dodge in Photoshop
 - Photoshop: Using Distort Filters


17 Photoshop Tutorials

Here are 17 Adobe Photoshop Tutorials, with well-illustrated with screenshots that cover effects that include glowing and 3D text effects. These tutorials also deal with inserting lighting effects to photos and even enhancing them. Also provided are a list of shortcuts every designer should know, and a comprehensive coverage of Photoshop’s Brush tool. These Adobe Photoshop Tutorials are a great starting point to create some really good-looking glow effects and lighting effects.

 - Great looking, Easy Collage Effect
 - Create a simple spaceship in Illustrator
 - 3D Text On Fire
 - Into the Light
 - Create great looking text, easily
 - The Brush Experiment
 - Create 3-D text with some extreme lighting
 - Photoshop Lighting Effects
 - Beginners Guide to Photoshop Brushes
 - Creating a Billboard scene in Photoshop
 - Quick tips on how to enhance your photos
 - Transform a day photo into a creepy night one
 - Glowing text in space scene
 - A List of Photoshop Shortcuts Every Designer should Know
 - What does your website say?
 - Create great looking text, easily: Part 2
 - Beginners Guide to Photoshop Brushes


55 Excellent Dreamweaver Tutorials

Here are 55 well-written Dreamweaver Tutorials, from layersmagazine, teaching a wide variety of Dreamweaver features that you need to know in order to make the most out of this popular web design and development application. Topics covered by these illustrated and video Dreamweaver tutorials include: Ajax menus, Web templates, Photoshop integration, Flash integration, Selectors, CSS, iFrames, Smart objects, Widgets, Forms, Spry navigation, Behaviors, New Extensions, Layers, and Accessibility. (The tutorials are for Dreamweaver versions CS4, CS3 and 8).

55 Dreamweaver Tutorials:

 - Using Dynamic Web Templates in Dreamweaver, Part 1
 - Using Dynamic Web Templates in Dreamweaver, Part 2
 - Edit an AJAX Drop-Down Menu in Dreamweaver
 - Test Driving Dreamweaver CS4
 - Taking Image Slicing from Photoshop to Dreamweaver
 - Insert Google Ads with Dreamweaver
 - Advanced Selectors in Dreamweaver
 - Dreamweaver Slide Shows: Quick and Creative
 - Redefined HTML Tags
 - Building CSS-Based Layout in Dreamweaver
 - Using IFrames in Adobe Dreamweaver
 - CSS Basics in Adobe Dreamweaver
 - Dreamweaver XML Flash Slideshow Extension
 - Using the Dreamweaver 3D Wall Extension
 - Creating CSS Columns in Dreamweaver
 - Flash Video the Easy Way, Part 1
 - Flash Video the Easy Way, Part 2
 - Dreamweaver CS4 Interface
 - Dreamweaver CS4 Smart Objects
 - Dreamweaver CS4 Widgets
 - Dreamweaver CS4 CSS Features
 - Creating Rollovers in Dreamweaver CS3
 - Printer-Friendly Pages Using Dreamweaver and External Style Sheets
 - Troubleshooting CSS in Dreamweaver
 - Adding Flash Files to a Webpage in Dreamweaver
 - Feathered Transparency With Photoshop & Dreamweaver
 - Feathered Transparency With Photoshop & Dreamweaver
 - Image Slicing in Photoshop CS3
 - Using Forms in Dreamweaver
 - Dreamweaver: Give Your Site a Little Flash with CS3
 - When HTML Goes Bad
 - Cascading Style Sheets: Choosing the Right Selector
 - Dreamweaver and Photoshop Integration
 - Spry Navigation in Dreamweaver CS3
 - Building a Newsletter App in PHP with Dreamweaver CS3
 - Creating Collapsible Panels with Spry in Dreamweaver
 - Three Approaches to Design in Dreamweaver
 - Dreamweaver Code and File Tips
 - Dreamweaver: CSS Jump-Start
 - Time-Saving Templates In Dreamweaver 8
 - Dreamweaver: Spry Collapsing Panel
 - Passing Variables Using Flash and Dreamweaver
 - Swapping Behaviors with Dreamweaver
 - Using Behaviors in Dreamweaver
 - Enhancing Dreamweaver with New Extensions
 - Create Accessible CSS Layouts in Dreamweaver
 - Creating Accessible Tables for Data Using Dreamweaver 8
 - Creating a Navigation Bar with CSS in Dreamweaver
 - Connecting an HTML Form with a CGI Script in Dreamweaver
 - Designing with Layers in Dreamweaver 8
 - Layers vs. Other Design Options in Dreamweaver
 - Defining a Site in Dreamweaver
 - An Overview of CSS in Dreamweaver 8
 - Implementing accessibility in Dreamweaver
 - Site building with DW’s power tools: templates



4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites

Web Design Tutorials

There is no limit to the extent to which an element can be designed, as there is room for infinite perfection and these Web Design Tutorials emphasize that at Web Design principles focus a great deal of emphasis on web page layout, text and typography, and shapes and colors to create a visual experience that has a lasting appeal. Very often, web design combines the process and the product that stylizes and presents the designers idea.

Web Graphic Design Tutorials:
These tutorials deal with aspects related to graphic design and style guides. It also explains graphic design for the internet and reiterates how the positioning of an element in a layout can make a huge difference to the overall design.
 - Fluid Grids
 - The Details That Matter
 - Faux Absolute Positioning
 - Writing an Interface Style Guide
 - Saving the Spark: Developing Creative Ideas
 - Design is in the Details
 - Designing For Flow
 - Understanding Web Design
 - Design by Metaphor
 - Staying Motivated

User Interface Design Tutorials:
Better known as UI Design, these tutorials help in maintaining a consistent design flow when designing web pages and user interfaces for applications.
 - The Elegance of Imperfection
 - The Elements of Social Architecture
 - Deafness and the User Experience
 - Writing an Interface Style Guide
 - Sign Up Forms Must Die
 - Designing For Flow
 - Understanding Web Design
 - Put Your Content in my Pocket, Part II
 - Never Use a Warning When you Mean Undo
 - Quick CSS Mockups with Photoshop

Typography Tutorials:
Typography deals with how text should be displayed for an aesthetic appeal during design. These tutorials cover text size, weight, type and having a flicker free display for avoiding elasticity.
 - Understanding Web Design
 - How to Size Text in CSS
 - CSS @ Ten: The Next Big Thing
 - Setting Type on the Web to a Baseline Grid
 - Big, Stark & Chunky
 - Dynamic Text Replacement
 - Power To The People: Relative Font Sizes
 - Elastic Design
 - Reading Design
 - The Trouble With EM ’n EN (and Other Shady Characters)

Web Layout Tutorials:
Essentially, the layout of text and graphics on the screen and how it is done has a deep impact on how things are perceived on the display. These tutorials outline how the layout can be used effectively for displaying these components on the screen.
 - The Elegance of Imperfection
 - Fluid Grids
 - In Defense of Readers
 - The Details That Matter
 - Return of the Mobile Style Sheet
 - Zebra Striping: More Data for the Case
 - Faux Absolute Positioning
 - Sketching in Code: the Magic of Prototyping
 - Zebra Striping: Does it Really Help?
 - Sign Up Forms Must Die


51 Web Development Tutorials

Given below are 51 Web Development Tutorials at Irrespective of whether you are a beginner learning the basics of Web Development, or an expert trying to find an innovative solution to a problem, these web development tutorials will essentially guide you in both aspects. The topics covered here are vast and varied, and include HTML, DHTML, CSS, CGI, ASP, PHP, Perl, Java, Javascript and XML. Each of these topic has multiple, easy-to-understand tutorials, and they should get you up to speed in no time.

General Web Development Tutorials:

 -  Calculating date differences using JavaScript
 -  Javascript Photo Album
 -  Using PHP To Create Dynamically Driven Templates
 -  Introduction to JavaScript: Rotating Banners on your web page
 -  How to log IP's (and some other http headers) with ASP/VB
 -  Introduction to SSL for IIS5
 -  A beginners approach to creating an online webcam.
 -  Dynamic tables using XML and Internet Explorer 5 (or better)
 -  Putting a cool border around a picture
 -  PHP/MySQL Announcements
 -  Troubleshooting TCP/IP Networks
 -  PHP/MySQL Safe Query
 -  Submitting a FORM to a new window
 -  Best Practices for Securing Microsoft IIS 5 and 5.1
 -  PHP and mySQL
 -  PHP Math Processor
 -  Put Messenger Contacts on Your Site
 -  How to create an army of remote network nodes for debugging network applications
 -  Hosting Multiple Domains With IIS
 -  Parsing XML - Wired News Reader
 -  Hosting Multiple Domains With One Machine
 -  Sending Email with JavaMail
 -  Overcoming "401 Access Denied"
 -  Perl - The Basics
 -  The Basics of SSI
 -  C and C++ Compiled CGI Scripts for the Web
 -  Creating a Graphical Hit Counter In Perl
 -  Using HTML and SSI to create templates
 -  Effective use of HTML Tables
 -  More non-web uses for JavaScript...
 -  Positioning With CSS
 -  Making Coloured Scroll-bars for IE 5.5 Using CSS
 -  Set up your own name server
 -  PHP: Generating Form Result
 -  Let's have fun with basic PHP II : File Uploading with PHP
 -  XML, Part 2: XML Schemas
 -  Partitioning Large Images to Reduce Download Time
 -  Setting up SSL for your Servers and Email
 -  XML, Part 1: XML and Namespaces
 -  Intro to PHP
 -  Beginner's HTML
 -  Using Tables To Make Your Website Look More Professional
 -  Let's have fun with basic PHP I: Email address validation
 -  Flash light effect using Macromedia Flash 4.0
 -  CGI script to send mail
 -  Using JavaScript for more than just web pages can be both fun and profitable....
 -  Random positioning with javascript.
 -  CSS: Why the need, and what can it do?
 -  Basic HTML
 -  JavaScript and the DOM
 -  How to put a JavaScript into an HTML document?


8 PHP Tutorials

Posted here are 8 good PHP Tutorials at PHP is a scripting language for designing and generating web pages and its freely available on most web servers. These PHP tutorials explain various concepts of PHP and how to get started with coding this scripting language.

PHP - 01 - Introduction
This video tutorial gives you a brief introduction of PHP and how it can be used for creating.

How To Start PHP Programming in Windows
This tutorial will guide you in setting up what is required to run PHP on your computer. As with most programming and scripting languages, we start with the classic ‘Hello World’ program.

PHP's Benefits
Explains PHP’s advantages and why it is such a powerful scripting language. It also explains how the script interacts with databases and its cost benefits.

How to Create a Basic Website with PHP very quickly.
In this tutorial, we create a website with PHP using PHP scripts in the HTML page.

Swap Variable's Values in PHP
We swap the values of two variables in this tutorial that deals with data manipulation in PHP.

PHP: Display the time passed in any format you want
This tutorial deals with displaying various date formats and how they can be set. It also deals with calculations using the date function.

Learn PHP Language
This video tutorial shows how a user can work with PHP and its intricacies.

PHP - 03 - Variables
Another video tutorial, this one deals with the variables available in PHP such as numbers and characters.



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

Windows XP Manual

This Windows XP manual will help you configure and tweak Windows XP so it runs more efficiently. You'll also learn how to have greater control over its features and functionality. (19.5mb, Windows Help format)


Windows eBooks for Windows Vista and Windows XP

This site,, offers several downloadable Windows ebooks covering many areas of Windows.


Windows eBooks provides downloadable ebook links to various versions of Windows. Also offered is a section for Windows XP eBooks. (Some of the links on this site appear not to be working.)


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.

Spyware Terminator

Spyware Terminator is a feature packed adware and spyware scanner with real-time protection that can remove or quarantine spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, home page hijackers and other malware threats. This security tool offers manual and scheduled scans as well as real-time protection for your browser settings, HOSTS file, startup entries and other system areas. Other features include a file analysis tool, system restore, Locked File Removal, integrated spyware reporting, automatic updates and more.


Topalt EnableDisable

Topalt EnableDisable is simple and easy to use tool for enabling and disabling Microsoft Office add-ins. It supports Outlook, Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word, allowing you to quickly enable or disable add-ins for all Office products from a single interface.


URLy Warning

URLy Warning allows you to be notified when specified web pages are updated or changed, and provides a browser display that marks the newly added and/or removed items. You can chose to be notified via popup alert, email/pager message and in addition, the tray icon will notify you if changes were detected. The program allows you to set a minimum change requirement, and also limit the change to a section of a page (between two keywords). Supports HTTP Authentication.


Web Forum Reader

Web Forum Reader enables you to read and keep track of your favorite Internet forums without having to use your browser. You can monitor multiple forums from a single interface, quickly browse the new topics with the built-in browser preview, and see the number of new posts across all of your forums at a glance. The program provides a simple step-by-step wizard that guides you through the process of adding new forums. It automatically adapts to the HTML layout of the forum pages by simple point and click actions - no scripting is needed on your end. The results are accurate and worked well with the 3 different forums we used for testing.


Hard Drive Eraser

Hard Drive Eraser enables you to securely delete the content of your hard drive or selected partitions. It supports the DoD 5220-22.M, US Army and Guttman algorithms to assure permanent data removal beyond recovery. The program cannot erase the content of your current operating system partition. Standalone software, no installation needed.


Mousesoft Directory Size

Mousesoft Directory Size is a quick and easy to use tool to get an overview of folder sizes on your computer. You can select the drive or directory and it displays a list of folders and files, sorted by their size and color code by type. The results can be printed, emailed or exported to text, HTML or Excel.  



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 2009 Question of the Month: 

What is the status of Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system and when will it be available?


Microsoft is keeping a lid on its exact plans for when it will be rolling out Windows 7. Ed Bott at ZDNet thinks that Microsoft will follow this schedule with their newest version of Windows. He says the following in his post on April 26 titled Updating the Windows 7 release schedule:
  - Release to OEM partners: Late July or early August, 2009
  - Release to web: August 24, 2009
  - Retail launch: Late September, 2009

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes in his post titled Good-Bye XP. Hello Windows 7, that Microsoft is pushing for Windows XP users to migrate to Windows 7 when its ready, and a release candidate will be available in May. He says the following in this post:
Step one will be bringing free support for XP to a close on April 14th. Step two is letting anyone and their uncle get a free copy of the Windows 7 release candidate sometime in May.

Will Windows users go along with this and switch to 7? I suspect they will. The XP users aren't going to be completely happy with the trip though. Windows 7 is a radically cleaned up and skinner version of Vista. However, Windows 7 looks and feels a lot like Vista, and if you think you can just switch right over from XP to 7 without going through a learning curve, you're wrong. I think XP users will find it just as easy, or not, to switch to the Novell's new Windows-friendly SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 11 as to 7.

Windows 7 also has a lot of Vista badness in it still. My compadre Preston Gralla made a good point earlier this year about how if your older hardware didn't work with Vista, it still won't work with Windows 7.

He also discusses how Windows 7 beta is already better than Vista:
It's (Windows 7) not, however, in any way, shape, or form a new version of Windows. It's just Vista with most, but not all, of the crap ripped out. It really is Vista Light or, thinking back to the days of Windows 98, it's Vista Second Edition.

The only real new 'feature' I see in Windows 7 is the use of a ribbon interface. I hate the ribbon interface. Change for the sake of change is stupid. It doesn't matter whether the design comes from an open-source provider or a proprietary company, recreating an interface without adding a user-benefit is dumb. 

After all, improvements and all, Windows 7 really is just warmed over Vista.

Gartner believes Windows 7 "should do a lot better" than Vista, but it still recommends that businesses wait at least a year before taking the plunge.

Randall C. Kennedy at InfoWorld has written a 4-part series titled The Joys and Pains of Windows 7, and here is the part 2.

I hope this helps you.

Scott Love
Site Editor

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