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Interactive Word 2003 Tutorials

Here are many comprehensive, interactive Word 2003 Tutorials from shortcutlearning.com. These Word tutorials use point and click interactivity so you can quickly understand and start using many of Word's features, as linked here.


Basic Word Tutorials:
 - Introduction to Word
 - Open Microsoft Word.
 - Opening a New Document
 - Opening a existing document
 - Changing The Office Assistant

Using Text in Word:
 - Adding Text
 - Using Bold, Italic and Underline
 - Changing Color & Highlight of text
 - Change font by using the Font Dialog Box
 - Changing a font's style & size of text
 - Undoing Changes in a document
 - Redoing Changes in a document

Formatting Text in Word:
 - Copy and Pasting Text
 - Cutting and Pasting Text
 - Bullets and Numbers
 - Using auto formatting
 - Changing text alignments
 - Copying Character Formatting

Indenting Text in Word:
 - Double Indenting
 - Setting the Indent Options
 - Indent Shortcut
 - Quick Indent

Word Find and Replace:
 - Find and Replace
 - How to use the "Go To" command

Word Spelling and the Thesaurus:
 - Setting Word to Spell check on-the-fly
 - Using the Word Correction List, Auto Prompt & adding Smiley Faces
 - Delete words from the Auto Correct list
 - Using the thesaurus
 - Using the Look Up to check a words meaning

Word Document Properties:
 - Opening Different Documents
 - Using the Scrollbar Buttons
 - Setting Columns for pages
 - Undoing Columns
 - Preview a document before opening
 - Different ways to View a document

Page Borders and Text Boxes:
 - How to use the Border Button on the Toolbar
 - How to create borders, boxes and shading
 - How to put a border around pages of text
 - How to make partial boxes

Page Properties in Word:
 - Changing Margins using the Print Preview
 - Changing Margins using the Page Setup
 - Inserting a Page Breaks & the difference between Page & Section breaks
 - Inserting Section Breaks
 - Centering a page, top & bottom
 - Making a page Landscape or Portrait

Using Tabs in Word:
 - Using tab settings
 - Setting leader tabs
 - Setup a tab by using the Tabs Dialog Box

Using Word Outlines:
 - Create a new outline
 - Add a sub topic to your outline
 - Adding a text topic
 - Showing different views of an outline
 - Rearrange topics in your outline
 - Print your outline

Headers and Footnotes:
 - Add headers and footers in a document
 - Add headers for odd and even pages
 - Inserting Footnotes or Endnotes

Page Numbering:
 - How to make automatic page numbers
 - Select different page number styles
 - Add a page number in different locations

Adding Images:
 - How to insert a Clip Art
 - Wrapping text around images

Word Extras:
 - Adding the Table of Content
 - How to set a bookmark
 - Using bookmarks to find your way round your document
 - Making Superscript and Subscript text
 - Using the repete key
 - How to turn on auto recovery
 - Using the wizards in Microsoft Word

Managing Tables in Word:
 - Creating a Table
 - Drawing a Table
 - Cutting and Pasting a Table
 - Showing the Table Toolbar
 - Dragging the table
 - Changing Column and Row widths in a Table
 - Changing Table line types
 - Inserting Rows in a Table
 - Selecting a table's Row or Column
 - Selecting all text in a cell of a table
 - Make a table out of text
 - Deleting a table

Word Templates:
 - Editing the NORMAL.DOT Template
 - Making a Template with text
 - Opening a Document Template
 - Changing a Document Template

Printing in Word:
 - Printing a Document
 - How to cancel print job
 - Previewing a document before printing
 - Making a page Landscape or Portrait

Emailing:
 - Emailing Documents
 - Installing Microsoft Outlook

 



2 Word 2007 Tutorials

Here are 2 Word 2007 Tutorials at Brown University. These Word Tutorials explain some of the advanced topics in Word, namely Mail Merge and Special Page Numbering.


Word 2007 Tutorial on Mail Merge, Merge Fields and Rules
Mail Merge is a process by which a series of documents can be created from a single template and a data source. The data for each document is procured from the data source and inserted into placeholders for the specified data. This tutorial discuss setting up of the data source, framing the document, establishing a connection to the data source and finally previewing your document. Also explained are advanced Mail Merge topics such as Conditional Text Rules and Merge Fields.

The General Process:
 - Setting Up the Excel Source
 - Setting Up the Letter
 - Starting the Mail Merge
 - Connecting to the Excel File
 - Inserting a Merge Field
 - Previewing the Results
 - Finishing Up

More Advanced Tricks:
 - Using Preformatted Blocks
 - Conditional Text (Rules)
 - Viewing Merge Fields
 - Inserting Merge Fields in Rules / Manually Editing Merge Code

Example: Planning a Nested Conditional:
 - First Conditional - Have you met them?
 - Second Conditional - If you met them, when did you last see them?


Word 2007 Tutorial - Special Page Numbering
This tutorial explains the entry of page numbers on special pages, such as the first few pages of a dissertation or a project report, perhaps. Since these page numbers would differ from others in that these pages would be numbered using Roman numerals or other special numbering.

 



2 Excel Tutorials

Here are two excellent Excel Tutorials at Brown University. Excel is a spreadsheet application from Microsoft’s Office Suite and is the most widely used spreadsheet application in the world.


Excel Tutorial
This Excel tutorial covers the terminology used in Excel and its basic components such as Toolbars and Cell Navigation. The tutorial then moves onto data management that includes editing, inserting, deleting, copying and moving data between cells, not to mention sorting and filtering. One of the lesser known aspects of Excel is Natural Language Formulas which is switched off by default. Natural Language Formulas allows the use of column and row labels in formulas, rather than cell references, and this section covers this topic in depth.

Definitions:
This section goes over the defenition of terms used in Excel.

Toolbars:
This section explains about the toolbars in Excel.

Navigating Cells:
This section explains about the navigation of cells in Excel.

Data Mangemnet In Excel:
 - Editing, Moving, and Copying Data
 - Inserting, Deleting, and Clearing Data
 - Using Autofill
 - Controlling Your View of the Data
 - Sorting and Filtering Data

Formulas In Excel:
 - Autofill with Formulas
 - Cell References
 - AutoSum
 - Functions
 - The Function Wizard
 - AutoCalculate

Using Natural Language Labels In Excel:
This section reviews this convenient labeling feature in Excel.

3-D References In Excel:
This section explains how formulas on one worksheet to access data on another worksheet.

The Chart Wizard In Excel:
This section explains the Chart Wizard in Excel.

Pivot Table In Excel:
 - Arranging data on the table.

Printing In Excel:
 - What if you want to print only part of the spreadsheet?
 - Not able to highlight the region you wanted to print?

Troubleshooting:
Common sources of errors occured in Excel explained here.


Riveting, Pivoting Tables Tutorial
Riveting and Pivoting tables are tables that summarize large volumes of data - this Excel tutorial covers the intricacies of Pivot and Rivet Tables including changing, formatting and grouping of data.

 - Pivot Tables In Excel
 - The Pivot Table Wizard In Excel
 - Changing Pivot Tables In Excel
 - Pivot Table Options In Excel
 - Drilling down
 - Formatting
 - Grouping Data

 



Excel 2007 Tutorial

This excellent Excel 2007 Tutorial at Brown University discusses and teaches Excel 2007 in detail. Excel is a spreadsheet application from Microsoft’s Office Suite and is the most widely used spreadsheet application in the world. This Excel tutorial explains the new features of Microsoft Office 2007, and how it compares with its predecessors. The various definitions used in Excel, cell navigation and data manipulation which include editing, moving, copying and the Autofill feature in Excel is discussed in detail. For more advanced Excel users, Excel formulas, Natural Language Labels, Pivot table and Excel sheet printing is explained. As a footnote, a section on troubleshooting in Excel is also presented.


New In Office 2007:
This section talks about the new features added in the Office 2007.

Definitions In Excel 2007:
This section list out and define the different words used in Excel 2007.

Navigating Cells In Excel 2007:
This section talks about the different ways of navigations used in cell.

Data In Excel 2007:
 - Editing, Moving, and Copying Data
 - Inserting, Deleting, and Clearing Data
 - Using Autofill
 - Using Autofill with a text series
 - Using Autofill with a numeric series
 - Controlling Your View of the Data
 - Sorting and Filtering Data

Excel 2007 Formulas:
 - Autofill with Formulas
 - Cell References
 - AutoSum
 - Functions
 - The Function Wizard
 - AutoCalculate

Using Natural Language Labels In Excel 2007:
This section talks about the labelling feature in Excel.

3-D References In Excel 2007:
This section explains how we can access the formulas from one sheet to another.

The Chart Wizard In Excel 2007:
This section explains the way to create different charts using the Chart Wizard in Excel.

Pivot Table In Excel 2007:
 - Arranging data on the table.

Printing In Excel 2007:
 - What if you want to print only part of the spreadsheet?
 - Not able to highlight the region you wanted to print?

Troubleshooting In Excel 2007:
This section details the common sources of the errors occurred in Excel.

 



25 Excel Tutorials

Here are 25 Excel Tutorials hosted at bukisa.com that cover diverse and complex topics such as sorting, importing and exporting data to and from Excel. The below Excel Tutorials explain table formatting, applying conditional formulas, automatically totalling values in cells, and exchanging data between Word and Excel. These Excel tutorials also provide several quick tips that are sure to come in handy; and a small segment on working with Excel in Mac OS X.


 - How to Add Export to Microsoft Excel to the Right Click Menu in IE.
 - How to Export HTML Table to Excel
 - How To Create an Excel Spreadsheet to Manage Your Articles (or Anything)
 - Sorting Data in an Excel Spreadsheet Column
 - How to Add Microsoft Excel Toolbar Buttons – Insert and Delete Rows and Columns
 - Microsoft Excel Quick Tip - Merging Cells on a Spreadsheet
 - Creating a Microsoft Excel 2008 Automator Workflow in Mac OS X
 - How to Use Excel - "Automatically Total Amounts" - Easy Excel Series - EE2
 - How to keep a Food Diary in Microsoft Excel
 - How to Combine MS Word and MS Excel Spreadsheets into One Document
 - Learn Excel from MrExcel Episode 921 - Workbook Sheets
 - MrExcel's Learn Excel #911 - WIIW - Equals
 - MrExcel's Learn Excel #914 - Selection Color
 - MrExcel's Learn Excel #923 - Icon Set Alignment
 - MrExcel's Learn Excel #915 - Partially Bold
 - Learn Excel from MrExcel Episode 920 - 2003 Dialogs
 - How to compare and match two files using Excel VLOOKUP
 - MrExcel's Learn Excel #952 - Mouse to End
 - MrExcel's Learn Excel #953 - Ctrl+N Compatibility Mode
 - MrExcel's Learn Excel #944 - Excel to Word
 - MrExcel's Learn Excel #933 WIIW - Conditional Formula
 - MrExcel's Learn Excel #934 - Table Formatting
 - Learn Excel from MrExcel Episode 917 - Chart Background
 - MrExcel's Learn Excel #927 - Pivot Compare            
 - Import Contacts from Excel to Outlook

 



2 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials

Here are 2 PowerPoint 2007 Tutorials at Brown University. The first PowerPoint tutorial teaches the basics of opening, creation and addition of new slides. The second PowerPoint tutorial focuses on background, colors, fonts and layout modifications.


PowerPoint 2007 Basics Tutorial
This PowerPoint tutorial teaches the basics of PowerPoint 2007 that include opening, creation and addition of new slides in a presentation, adding themes and styles to an existing presentation and then viewing them. It also teaches the user to add a text box, insert a clipart or an image and add animation to the presentation.

New in Office 2007:
Shows the new Ribbon, which is a series of buttons with text labels that exposes the important functions of Office

Create/Open a Presentation and Add Slides In PowerPoint 2007:
 - Open PowerPoint
 - Add slides

Design Tab, Applying Themes:
 - Themes
 - Design Tab

Viewing Slides In PowerPoint 2007:
This section explains how you can view slides in PowerPoint.

Added Attractions In PowerPoint 2007:
 - Text Boxes
 - Images and Clip Art

Changing the Slide Master In PowerPoint:
How to change the slide master, which controls the text color, alignment and font face, bullet choices, background colors and graphics.

Adding Animation In PowerPoint:
Selecting the elements on your slide that you want to animate, and then choose an effect, or make a custom animation.

Printing Your Presentation:
Details on printing your slides, including 'Print range' and 'Print what'.


PowerPoint 2007 Intermediate Tutorial
- Creating Design Templates with the Slide Master

The focus then shifts to this tutorial for intermediate users of PowerPoint 2007 providing instructions to make changes across all slides (making global changes) that include background, colors, fonts and layout modifications. Users can create and save their own theme to be used at a later stage or for another presentation and a small section explains this in detail.

Introduction to the Slide Master:
This sections shows how we can make the layouts more precise.

Accessing the Slide Master:
Learn more about the Slide Master and Layout Slides and what the difference is between these.

Making Global Changes:
 - Changing the Background Color/Graphic
 - Changing the Fonts
 - Adding an Image
 - Choosing a Color Theme

Making Changes to Layouts:
 - Layout Slide Text
 - Adding Placeholders

Saving Your Theme:
How to save your .thmx presentation theme file.

Saving Your Theme:
 - Exiting the Slide Master
 - Adding Slides to Your Presentation

 



2 PowerPoint 2003 Tutorials

Here are 2 nicely illustrated PowerPoint 2003 Tutorials at Brown University. The first tutorial teaches the basics of PowerPoint 2003 and the second tutorial covers PowerPoint tips and tricks.


Powerpoint 2003 Tutorial
This tutorial covers PowerPoint features such as design templates and using them in the presentation, adding slides and how to effectively use the Format Menu for slides. Addition of animation is discussed for both PowerPoint 2003 and PowerPoint 2004 and also how to save the presentations.

Create/Open a Presentation and Add Slides In PowerPoint:
 - Open PowerPoint
 - Add slides

Format Menu, Applying a Design In PowerPoint:
 - Design Templates
 - Format Menu

Viewing Slides In PowerPoint:
This section explains how you can view slides in PowerPoint.

Added Attractions In PowerPoint:
 - Text Boxes
 - Clip Art

Changing the Slide Master In PowerPoint:
Learn how to update the slide master, which is where text color, alignment and font face, bullet choices, background colors and graphics are all specified.

Adding Animation In PowerPoint:
 - PowerPoint 2003
 - PowerPoint 2004

Saving Your Presentation to the Web In PowerPoint:
This section explains how to save the files in PowerPoint.


PowerPoint Intermediate - Tips and Tricks for Better Presentations
Intermediate users can learn how to better use PowerPoint by going through the quick tips and tricks section. This section also includes precision layouts, adding animation throughout the presentation. It also introduces slide transitions and how to insert charts in the PowerPoint slides.

Precision Layouts In PowerPoint:
This sections talks about how we can make the layouts more precise.

Masters In PowerPoint:
 - Presentation-Wide Animations
 - Adding Some Branding

Transitions In PowerPoint:
Transitions add professionalism to a presentation, this section talks about that.

Inserting Charts In PowerPoint:
This section explains about the PowerPoint's ability to incorporate charts.

Saving Options In PowerPoint:
 - Saving to the Web
 - PowerPoint Show

 



3 Outlook Tutorials

The 3 Outlook Tutorials described below will have you up and running in setting up and managing Outlook to work efficiently for your needs. These Outlook Tutorials cover both 2003 and 2007 versions, and explain how to manage your mailbox and organize Outlook's Calendar.


Managing your Mailbox in Outlook 2003 Tutorial
This Outlook tutorial explains Sending and Receiving emails, setting Rules for Outlook emails and using the Address book. It also describes the difference between the Mailbox Storage and the Local Storage concepts in Outlook. 

 - About Mailbox Storage and Local Storage for Faculty and Staff In Outlook 2003
 - Archive & Folder-Specific Archive Settings In Outlook 2003
 - Managing Messages with Rules In Outlook 2003
 - Sending & Receiving Email in Outlook 2003
 - Using Contacts In Outlook 2003
 - Using Tasks In Outlook 2003


Outlook 2007 Calendaring
The Calendar feature is an important and efficient method of setting up appointments and meetings with contacts in the Address Book and this Outlook tutorial explains this feature in detail. The level of customization in the Calendar is also discussed here.

 - New in Outlook 2007
 - The Outlook 2007 Calendar Environment
 - The Different Calendar Views In Outlook 2007
 - Creating Appointments/Events/Meetings in Your Outlook 2007 Calendar


Managing your Mailbox in Outlook 2007
This Outlook tutorial covers a range of small but significant topics that help the user have a much better Outlook experience. This includes managing messages and mails, schedluing tasks and contacts in Outlook.

 - New in Office 2007
 - About Mailbox Storage and Local Storage for Faculty and Staff In Outlook 2007
 - About Local Storage In Outlook 2007
 - Archive & Folder-Specific Archive Settings In Outlook 2007
 - Managing Messages with Rules In Outlook 2007
 - Sending & Receiving Email In Outlook 2007
 - Using Contacts In Outlook 2007
 - Using Tasks In Outlook 2007

 



Microsoft Access Tutorial

This illustrated Microsoft Access Tutorial discusses how a database works, describes the Access GUI, and the usage of queries in Access. The basics of Access are covered in this tutorial, which include creating a blank database, table creation and formatting, importing and exporting external data, SQL queries and the relationship between tables in Access. Also provided are examples with screen shots which help better demonstrate these and other features of Microsoft Access.


Features taught by this Microsoft Access Tutorial:

Key Terms used in Microsoft Access:
This section lists the generic terms used in database and Access.

Creating a New Database in Microsoft Access:
 - Blank Access database

Screen Layouts in Microsoft Access:
This section talks about different screen layouts available in Access.

Creating Tables in Microsoft Access:
Creating tables in Microsoft Access is detailed here.

Formatting Tables in Microsoft Access:
 - Adding and Deleting Columns
 - Resizing Rows and Columns
 - Freezing Columns
 - Hiding Columns

Importing/Exporting from External Data in Microsoft Access:
 - Importing from Excel
 - Exporting is done in a similar fashion

Locating Specific Information in Microsoft Access:
 - Finding Data in a Table
 - Replacing Data
 - Check Spelling and AutoCorrect

SQL Queries in Microsoft Access:
 - Create a Query in Design View

Relationships between Tables in Microsoft Access:
This section expalins database relationships in Access with screenshots.

Simplifying Data Entry with Forms in Microsoft Access:
Access provides an easier way to modify the records. This section discusses that.

 

   


 

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Quick Flash Tutorial

Here is a quick Flash Tutorial at Brown University. This Flash tutorial discusses the use of the timeline in Flash programming. The tutorial also explains how to create symbols and animate objects, and another section describes object rotation and tweened animation, which causes objects on the screen to change shape and size. Embedding of audio and music in Flash movies is also demonstrated. A most important use of the Flash movie is to embed it in an HTML file and this aspect is also discussed in detail in this Flash tutorial.


Flash Features Taught by this tutorial:

Tools and Timeline In Flash:
 - Timeline
 - Creating Symbols
 - Tweened Animation
 - Motion Guides
 - Shape Tween
 - Object Rotation

Buttons In Flash:
This section has a step by step explanation of creating a button to replay the animation.

Sound/Music In Flash:
Do you want to add sound/music to you animation? This section describes how to do that.

Saving Flash Files:
This section explains how to save a flash file..

Embedding Flash into an HTML File:
If you want to embed Flash into an HTML file, this section helps you do that.

 



12 Flash Tutorials

Here are 12 Flash Tutorials, from alistapart.com, that cover Flash basics, inserting rich media and the aesthetics of designing in Flash. These Flash tutorials also demonstrate gaming and game creation in Flash using ActionScript, Layers and Positioning. Flash has set about various trends in design and layout and this aspect is explored in depth here. A small section on Flash MX is provided which details authoring in Flash MX and Flash 6. These Flash tutorials also explain platform and browser limitations with regards to Flash, and areas of improvement such as Tab Order, Document Structure, Voicing Strategy and 'Skip to Content' links.


 - Semantic Flash: Slippery When Wet
 - Flash Embedding Cage Match
 - Bye Bye Embed
 - Flash Satay: Embedding Flash While Supporting Standards
 - Flash MX: Moving Toward Accessible Rich Media
 - Flash MX: Clarifying the Concept
 - The Flash Aesthetic
 - Game Design in Flash 5, Part II: Heroes & Villains
 - Flash’s Got a Brand New Bag
 - The Declination of Independence
 - Flash Access: Unclear on the Concept
 - Sympathy for the Plug-in

 



2 Photoshop Tutorials

These 2 good Photoshop Tutorials at Brown University will teach you the fundamentals of using Photoshop, along with several intermediate tasks. These Photoshop Tutorials help you learn and understand the bulleted features listed below relevant to graphical design.


Photoshop Basics Tutorial
This tutorial explains the opening and creation and saving of image files, layer and text handling and the color spaces and selection in Photoshop. Also discussed are Photoshop tools such as Filters and Paths, the Clone and Heal brush tool, and the options in the Crop tool.

 - Opening and Creating Files In Photoshop
 - Object manipulation In Photoshop
 - Layers In Photoshop
 - Text In Photoshop
 - Photoshop Color Spaces
 - Photoshop Color Selection
 - Image Sizing and Resolution In Photoshop
 - Crop In Photoshop
 - Photoshop Levels/Histogram
 - Equalize and Variations In Photoshop
 - Trim In Photoshop
 - Clone Stamp / Healing Brush In Photoshop
 - Patch In Photoshop
 - Photoshop Filters
 - Photoshop Paths
 - Saving Files In Photoshop


Intermediate Photoshop Tutorial: Retouching
Retouching an image in Photoshop involves the series of simple and easy-to-understand tutorials given below. The Photoshop tools involved in retouching include sharpening, feathering, red-eye reduction and layer masks. Color reduction, curves, actions and droplets, and the alpha channel are discussed here.

 - Sharpening In Photoshop
 - Traditional Photo Retouching In Photoshop
 - Feather In Photoshop
 - Curves In Photoshop
 - Photoshop Channels
 - Adjustment Layers In Photoshop
 - PhotoshopLayer Masks
 - An Alpha Channel Is a Selection Is an Alpha Channel
 - Color Reduction In Photoshop
 - Posterize and Threshold In Photoshop
 - Actions & Droplets In Photoshop

 



79 Photoshop & Web Design Tutorials

These 79 Photoshop & Web Design Tutorials at hv-designs.co.uk should make a professional of you when it comes to handling Photoshop web design and other web development areas, such as CSS. These Photoshop & Web Design Tutorials explain Web Layouts for different types of websites such as Gaming, Business, Blogs and Portfolios. They explain the items and widgets in the layouts, and how space and simplicity can create a much better and easier-to-use design layout, from the user perspective. Various other web layouts are also discussed, such as Rockbands, Computer Shops, and even theme-based layouts such as Vista themes. All web layouts explained in these Photoshop tutorials are accompanied by the code, so you can work and modify them as and where necessary.


 - Quickie: Gaming Layout #5
 - PSD to CSS to Wordpress Pt.3
 - PSD to CSS to Wordpress PT.2
 - PSD to CSS to Wordpress PT.1
 - Web Design Layout #9
 - Car Layout #4
 - Portfolio Layout #10
 - Wordpress Layout #4 Tutorial
 - Business Layout #4
 - Design Lab Layout
 - Web design Layout #8
 - Creative Design Layout Tutorial
 - Dark Style Web Template
 - Business Layout #3
 - Wordpress Layout #3
 - Gaming Layout #4
 - Portfolio Layout #9
 - Portfolio Layout 4: The Code
 - Design Studio Layout #2
 - Video Sharing Layout #2
 - Gaming Layout #3
 - Interior Design Layout
 - Personal Portfolio Layout #2
 - Business Layout #2
 - Web Design Layout #7
 - Futuristic Layout #2
 - Design Studio Layout Tutorial
 - Car Layout #3
 - Hosting Layout
 - Wordpress Layout #2
 - Personal Portfolio Layout
 - Gaming Layout #2
 - Wordpress Mockup Layout
 - Business Layout Tutorial
 - Web Design Layout #6
 - Video Sharing Layout
 - Car Sales/Club Layout
 - Portfolio Layout #6
 - Portfolio Layout #5
 - PSD > HTML/CSS
 - Wii Inspired Layout Tutorial
 - Funky Web Design Layout 2
 - Funky/Grungy Dj/Music Layout
 - Portfolio Layout #4
 - Web Design Layout #5
 - DJ Layout #2
 - Futuristic Web Layout
 - Funky Web Design Layout
 - Futuristic Navigation
 - Techy Navigation Bar
 - Web Design Layout #4 Tutorial
 - Web Design Layout #3 Tutorial
 - Web Design Layout #2 Tutorial
 - Software Layout #3 Tutorial
 - Vista Themed Layout #3 Tutorial
 - Web Design Layout #1 Tutorial
 - Console Layout Tutorial
 - Rockband Layout #2 Tutorial
 - Lingerie Layout Tutorial
 - Photo Blog Layout Tutorial
 - Coding Your 1st PSD Tutorial
 - Vista Themed Layout #2 Tutorial
 - Rockband Layout #1 Tutorial
 - Vista Themed Layout #1 Tutorial
 - Portfolio Web Layout #3 Tutorial
 - Dj/Music Layout Tutorial
 - Car Sales Layout Tutorial
 - Games Portal Layout
 - Software Layout #2 Tutorial
 - Tutorial Layout Tutorial
 - Computer Shop Layout Tutorial
 - Portfolio Web Layout #2 Tutorial
 - Pre-Site Enter Tutorial
 - Mini Layout #1 Tutorial
 - Software Layout #1 Tutorial
 - Clan Website Design Tutorial
 - Car Club Layout Tutorial
 - Car Layout Tutorial
 - Portfolio Web Layout #1 Tutorial

 



Dreamweaver Tutorial on Site Design and Management

Here is a one-page Dreamweaver Tutorial at Brown University that teaches Site Design and Management. Dreamweaver is a web development application originally created by Macromedia, and now produced by Adobe Systems. This Dreamweaver Tutorial will help you design web sites using Dreamweaver. It initially explains how to create a website, how to start using CSS classes with Dreamweaver, how to define a CSS class and how to apply the CSS style to a page. This is followed by an explanation of how to use styles created for another page in the current page.


Features taught by this Dreamweaver Tutorial:

Site Management in Dreamweaver:
 - Create a Site

Dreamweaver SFTP:
This section desribes about Dreamweaver's built-in SFTP client.

Cascading Style-Sheets in Dreamweaver:
 - The 3 Types of CSS
 - Using CSS to Change the Appearance of a Tag
 - Defining a CSS Class
 - To Apply a Class Style to Your Page
 - To Create CSS Link Rollovers
 - To Use the Styles You've Created on Another Page

 



Adobe Illustrator CS2 Tutorial

Here is a one-page Adobe Illustrator CS2 Tutorial from Brown University. Illustrator is a comprehensive vector graphics drawing application. that works with lines and algorithms for various shapes, and is unlike PhotoShop, which works in pixels (raster images). This Illustrator tutorial explains the Illustrator environment, tool bar, palettes and status bar. The tutorial also offers details on saving files and explains the various formats we can save them in. It also teaches you the general concepts and some enhanced features of Illustrator CS2. Finally, it provides a hands-on project to evaluate your experience.


Features and Tools Taught by this Illustrator Tutorial:

Adobe Illustrator Environment:
 - Artwork Window
 - Toolbox
 - Palettes
 - Status Bar

General Concepts In Adobe Illustrator:
 - Selecting and Moving
 - Drawing Paths and Shapes
 - Pencil Tool
 - Pen Tool
 - Paintbrush Tool
 - Shape Tools
 - Symbol Sprayer Tool
 - Applying Color
 - Creating Type
 - Saving Files and File Types

Enhanced Features In Adobe Illustrator:
 - Gradients
 - Transparency
 - Filters

Adobe Illustrator Projects:
 - Creating a Flower and Using the Rotate and Transform Tools
 - Creating a Cow and Using the Pathfinder Toolbox
 - Tracing an Intricate Butterfly and Practicing with the Pen Tool

 



Fireworks Tutorial

This is a Fireworks Tutorial, from Brown University, for those just learning how to use this application. Adobe Fireworks, originally developed by Macromedia and currently by Adobe, is a vector graphics editing application. It can be easily integrated with Dreamweaver and Flash. This Fireworks tutorial covers how to create simple graphics that include a logo banner. Images can be optimized for use on the Internet and in other applications, and a section here demonstrates image optimization. Also explained is GIF animation in Fireworks. This Fireworks tutorial is short and simple and each section provides an example to complement it.


Features Taught by this Fireworks Tutorial:

Creating a Logo Banner In Fireworks:
This section explains how to create a logo banner with example.

Fireworks Photo Image Optimization:
This example is to create simple photo image button.

Creating An Animated GIF Using Fireworks:
This example shows how to create an animated GIF banner using Fireworks.

 



22 Fireworks CS4 Tutorials

Here are 22 Fireworks CS4 Tutorials at layersmagazine.com that provide an overview of Fireworks and its various tools. Fireworks is a vector graphics editing application, which was originally developed by Macromedia and is now developed by Adobe. Fireworks is mainly used by web designers for vector image creation and manipulation.

The overview of Fireworks is divided into several simple and easy-to-understand tutorials that cover import and export of various image formats in Fireworks, including the Adobe PDF format, slicing and linking images. These Fireworks Tutorials also discuss the color management, symbols and the layout tools in Fireworks. The AIR package command and the integration with Photoshop is explained in depth.


 - Photoshop Image to Web using Fireworks CS4
 - Fireworks 101
 - Creating Rain in After Effects
 - Fireworks CS4 Symbols
 - Fireworks CS4 CSS Export
 - Fireworks CS4 AIR Demo
 - Fireworks CS4 Color Management
 - Fireworks CS4 Photoshop Integration
 - Fireworks CS4 Flex Skinning
 - Fireworks CS4 Layout Tools
 - Fireworks CS4 Styles Management
 - Fireworks CS4 Exporting to PDF
 - Fireworks CS4 Beta for Web Design
 - Fireworks CS4 Overview - Part 10 of 10
 - Fireworks CS4 Overview - Part 9 of 10
 - Fireworks CS4 Overview - Part 8 of 10
 - Fireworks CS4 Overview - Part 7 of 10
 - Fireworks CS4 Overview - Part 6 of 10
 - Fireworks CS4 Overview - Part 5 of 10
 - Fireworks CS4 Overview - Part 4 of 10
 - Fireworks CS4 Overview - Part 3 of 10
 - Fireworks CS4 Overview - Part 2 of 10
 - Fireworks CS4 Overview - Part 1 of 10

 



InDesign CS2 Tutorial

Here is the Adobe InDesign CS2 Tutorial at Brown University. InDesign is a professional document layout program and works very well for working with documents that feature complex formatting and multiple pages, such as newsletters, resumes, reports, and handouts. These InDesign tutorials explain in detail InDesign’s Toolbox, Layer Manipulation, Screen Modes, Fill and Strokes, Text Wrapping. Also covered is the Pen Tool which is very commonly used.


Features Taught by this InDesign Tutorial:

InDesign Workspace:
 - Toolbox

Designing Pages In Adobe InDesign:
 - Adding and Deleting Pages
 - Adding/ Deleting Columns
 - Master Pages
 - Measurement Preferences

Layers In Adobe InDesign:
 - Creating Layers
 - Hiding Layers
 - Locking Layers

Screen Modes In Adobe InDesign:
This section discusses the different ways of viewing the screen in InDesign.

Working with and Manipulating Type In Adobe InDesign:
 - Placing Text
 - Styles
 - Importing Styles
 - Fill and Stroke

Adobe InDesign Graphics:
 - Rectangle Frame Tool
 - Placing Images
 - Proportional Resizing
 - Rotating
 - Wrapping Text Around a Graphic

Wrapping Text Around a Graphic In Adobe InDesign:
 - Moving an Object
 - Scaling an Object
 - Rotating an Object
 - Shearing an Object

Adobe InDesign Pen Tool:
 - Typing on a Path

Colors:
This section covers importing colors in InDesign.

Paper Swatches In Adobe InDesign:
This section explains paper swatch setting in InDesign to see what your text and colors will look like on a certain shade of paper.

Saving Files In Adobe InDesign:
Saving a file from InDesign is explained in this section.

 



33 Acrobat Tutorials

Here are 33 Adobe Acrobat Tutorials at layersmagazine.com explains the intricacies of Adobe Acrobat. Acrobat is a series of programs from Adobe Systems that creates, manipulates, and manages files in Adobe’s native PDF format, which is their proprietary, but open, file format. These Adobe Acrobat Tutorials cover security, comment tools and comment management, color and output views and digital signatures. The design and creation of PDF documents within Adobe Distiller and InDesign is also discussed. Acrobat provides Interactive Forms that allow data entry, and this feature is discussed in detail here. Other features such as Live Collaboration, Custom Profiles and Custom Portfolio creation are explained with the use of video tutorials.


 - Adobe Acrobat Article Tool
 - Build a Better Portfolio with Adobe Acrobat
 - Customize Preflight Profiles with Acrobat
 - Managing Comments in Adobe Acrobat
 - Full Screen Slideshow in Adobe Acrobat
 - Acrobat 9 PDF Security
 - Bookmark Interactivity in Adobe Acrobat
 - Introduction to Acrobat’s Commenting Tools
 - Managing Bookmarks in Acrobat
 - Introduction to Using Bookmarks in Acrobat
 - PDF for Graphic Files Using Acrobat
 - Interactive Forms in Acrobat
 - Acrobat: Getting Into Form, Part 2
 - Distributing Forms with Acrobat
 - Acrobat 9: Output Preview and Color Conversion
 - Acrobat 9: Live Collaboration with ConnectNow
 - Acrobat 9: Creating Custom Portfolios
 - Acrobat 9: Adding Layers to PDF Documents
 - Getting into Form with Acrobat 8
 - Prepress-Perfect PDFs with Acrobat 8 Professional
 - Digital Signatures in Acrobat 8 Professional
 - Under Review in Adobe Acrobat
 - Getting into Form with Acrobat 8
 - Prepress-Perfect PDFs with Acrobat 8 Professional
 - Digital Signatures in Acrobat 8 Professional
 - Under Review in Adobe Acrobat
 - Using Acrobat 8 to Create PDFs within Distiller and InDesign
 - Customize the Adobe Acrobat 8 Interface
 - Access files quickly
 - Preview Color Separations On-Screen
 - Include Adobe Reader users in reviews
 - Reduce PDF file size
 - Transform any PDF document into a fillable form

 



58 After Effects Tutorials

Here are 58 well done Adobe After Effects Tutorials at layersmagazine.com. After Effects is a compositing software application from Adobe Systems that is widely used for video post-production. These Adobe After Effects Tutorials discuss various features in After Effects such as Guides, Lights and Shadows, 3D Effects and Transitions. Vector graphics and sequence animation is also explained in detail. The interoperability between After Effects and Flash and embedding Flash objects in After Effects sequences are explained in depth. Most of these After Effects Tutorials are in a video screencam format and use quick and easy-to-understand examples.


 - Exporting XFL Format from After Effects to Flash
 - Popping Animation Effect in Adobe After Effects
 - Popping Animation Effect in Adobe After Effects
 - Animated Butterfly in After Effects, Part 2
 - Animated Butterfly in After Effects, Part 1
 - Flaming Chrome Text in After Effects
 - Animated Swirls in Adobe After Effects
 - Shattering Glass with Adobe After Effects
 - Animated Text Effect in After Effects
 - Chrome Logo in After Effects CS4
 - Flash to Video
 - Animated Handwriting in After Effects
 - Creating Rain in After Effects, Part 2
 - Creating Rain in After Effects
 - Snow Globe in After Effects CS4
 - After Effects: Designing a StaticBall, Part 1
 - After Effects: Designing a StaticBall, Part 2
 - After Effects CS4 Guides
 - After Effects CS4 Mocha
 - After Effects CS4 Light and Shadow
 - After Effects CS4 3D Effects
 - After Effects CS4 Cartoon Effects
 - Falling Snow in Flash CS3
 - After Effects CS4 Light and Shadow
 - After Effects CS4 3D Effects
 - After Effects CS4 Cartoon Effects
 - Falling Snow in Flash CS3
 - Smokey Type Effect in After Effects
 - Animate the Splash Using Photoshop and After Effects
 - Production Premium: Professional Color Correction
 - Animate Rain Shadows in After Effects
 - Creating Fire in After Effects CS3
 - Add Some Flash to After Effects
 - 2D/3D with Photoshop CS3 Extended and After Effects
 - Creating Silhouettes in Adobe Illustrator
 - Toon Your Video in Adobe CS3 Production Premium
 - Shape Layers in After Effects CS3
 - Creating a Fireball in Adobe After Effects
 - Opposites Attract: Title Sequence in After Effects
 - Create a Splash Animation with Adobe After Effects
 - Creating a Title Sequence with After Effects 7
 - Use a Video Monitor to Check Your Quality
 - Vector Graphics- 3D Depth with 2D Layers in After Effects
 - Time for your Close-Up with Adobe After Effects
 - Using Matte in Adobe After Effects
 - Create a Talking Head with Adobe After Effects
 - Flexible and Efficient Animation Projects in After Effects
 - Using Adobe After Effects to Create an Award Winning Website
 - Get Your Adobe Illustrator Files Moving in After Effects
 - Bridge into After Effects and Premier
 - Green Screen Techniques
 - Growing” Clip Art
 - Teaching After Effects To Draw
 - Offset and Displace
 - 3D/2D Shadows
 - Picture In…Picture Out
 - Smokin’ Particle Animation!
 - Creating Transitions

 



48 InDesign Tutorials

Here are 48 Adobe InDesign Tutorials at layersmagazine.com that explain, among other InDesign features, the Drag and Drop feature, Guides, Transparency and Paragraph Rules. Magazine designs are carried out extensively in InDesign and these InDesign Tutorials have a section that discusses this in detail. A quick layout for a magazine and the Effects Panel are also described. As a quick primer, a series of quick InDesign tips and tricks are given; these tips and tricks have some interesting effects that can be applied quickly to a layout to give it a professional look. A majority of these tutorials are demonstrated using InDesign CS3.


 - Using InDesign Drag and Drop Text
 - Using GREP Styles in InDesign
 - Fast Layout in Adobe InDesign CS4
 - Working with the Effects Panel in InDesign
 - Automate Your Designs with Nested Styles in Adobe InDesign
 - Having Fun with Frames in InDesign
 - Tips on Using Guides in InDesign
 - Designing a Photobook in Adobe InDesign
 - Create Smart Contact Sheets in Adobe InDesign
 - InDesign CS4 Link Panel
 - InDesign CS4 Smart Guides
 - InDesign CS4 Exporting to Flash
 - InDesign CS4 Interface
 - Magazine Cover Design in InDesign
 - Paragraph Rules in InDesign CS3
 - InDesign CS3, In Good Form
 - Contact Sheet in InDesign
 - InDesign: The Power of OpenType
 - InDesign CS3: Judge a Book By Its Cover
 - Adobe InDesign: Libraries vs. Snippets
 - Transparency Tricks in Adobe InDesign CS3
 - Quick InDesign Tips with Scott Kelby
 - Magazine Design with InDesign Part 3 of 3
 - Adobe InDesign: Libraries vs. Snippets
 - Transparency Tricks in Adobe InDesign CS3
 - Quick InDesign Tips with Scott Kelby
 - Magazine Design with InDesign Part 3 of 3
 - Magazine Design with InDesign Part 1 of 3
 - Magazine Design with InDesign Part 2 of 3
 - InDesign CS3: Give Your Tables Some Style!
 - 14 Red Hot Tips for Adobe InDesign CS2
 - Timesaving Preferences for InDesign CS2
 - Import and Layout Text in Adobe InDesign CS2
 - Automated Contact Sheets in Adobe InDesign
 - Adobe InDesign CS2-Going Beyond Finding Text
 - Utilizing Interactivity within your Adobe InDesign File
 - Custom Contact Sheets
 - InDesign’s “Paragraph Rules” Rule
 - Clipping Paths and Text Wrap in Adobe InDesign
 - Text Wraps in InDesign
 - Creating a Window Through Your Brochure Cover
 - Lotsa Swatches Made Easy
 - Broadcasting type
 - Controlling Type with Nested Styles
 - Working with Transparency
 - Who’s the master now?
 - Getting Started With InDesign CS
 - Image Panels Floating Over a Ghosted Image

 



30 Lightroom Tutorials

Here are 30 Adobe Lightroom Tutorials at layersmagazine.com. These Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Tutorials should turn you into a professional, or close to one, at using LightRoom. Adobe Photoshop LightRoom is a digital photo management application that has its own database that helps in viewing, editing and managing digital photos. These Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Tutorials discuss LightRoom’s various features and tools such as Noise Adjustment, Sharpening, Lighting, Slideshow and the LightRoom Library. Various practical scenarios and quick tips are explained in detail with examples. The automation of image editing and management and the improvement of different types of images are also described.


 - Lightroom 2 Library Module
 - Get It Together With Lightroom 2 and Photoshop CS4
 - Easter Photo Shoot in Lightroom 2
 - From Input to Output with Photoshop Lightroom
 - Installing an Image Slideshow in WordPress
 - Lightroom 2 Slideshow
 - Lightroom 2 Adjustment Brush, Part 2
 - Lightroom 2 Adjustment Brush, Part 1
 - Turn Down the Noise in Photoshop CS3
 - Create Stunning Black-and-White Images in Lightroom
 - Getting Up To Speed with Lightroom 2 Beta
 - Working with Database Catalogs in Lightroom
 - Enhanced Workflow in Lightroom 1.1
 - Pseudo-HDR in Lightroom
 - Auto Importing in Lightroom
 - Convert to Black and White in Lightroom
 - Lightroom Workflow: Part 2 of 3
 - Lightroom Workflow: Part 1 of 3
 - Sharpening in Lightroom 1.1
 - Spinning Photos on the Web with Adobe Lightroom
 - Slideshow and Print Changes in Lightroom 1.1
 - Sharpening Tools in Lightroom 1.1
 - Using the Lightroom 1.1 Painter
 - Spinning Photos on the Web with Adobe Lightroom
 - Slideshow and Print Changes in Lightroom 1.1
 - Sharpening Tools in Lightroom 1.1
 - Using the Lightroom 1.1 Painter
 - Lightroom Takes Automation to the Next Level
 - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 1.0 Tips
 - Improving Landscape Photographs with Lightroom

   



4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites




CSS Tutorials from htmldog

These good CSS Tutorials at htmldog.com teach you the essentials of CSS. CSS is a style sheet design language that describes the presentation of a web document. These CSS Tutorials provide quick and essential tips for beginners, intermediate and advanced users of CSS.


CSS Beginner Tutorial
The beginner tutorial explains how web designers can apply CSS in HTML, CSS properties and values, colors and text. Also explained are the alignment and structuring of the user interface using margins, padding and borders.

Applying CSS
The web designers can apply CSS in the HTML in different ways. This tutorial explains that in detail.
Selectors, Properties, and Values
This tutorial explains how to set selectors, properties and their values which help you to make your CSS.
Colours
CSS helps us to set the colors for the contents used in the HTML files and this tutorial help you in that direction.
Text
This tutorial teach us how to set different shapes of the texts in CSS.
Margins and Padding
Do you want to know how to set the spacing and margins in the web pages, this CSS tutorial helps you in that.
Borders
This tutorial teach you how to set borders in the web page using CSS.
Putting It All Together
This tutorial explains most of the well used methods and properties in CSS with code example.


CSS Intermediate Tutorial
This tutorial for intermediate users of CSS explains the classes and ID selectors, how to group properties to do away with code redundancy, writing Pseudo classes, setting shorthand properties and background images.

Class and ID Selectors
This tutorial explains the way you can define the selectors in the form of Class and ID Selectors.
Grouping and Nesting
This tutorial is helps you in understanding the way you can group the properties which can be avoid the repeated code. This tutorial also explains how we can set selectors within the selectors.
Pseudo Classes
We can define the state of the selectors using the Pseudo Classes. In this tutorial teach you how to use the Pseudo Classes.
Shorthand Properties
This tutorial teach you how we can set different properties, such as borders and margins in to one line with space.
Background-images
This tutorial talks about the background properties and it's amalgamates.


CSS Advanced Tutorial
The advanced section of the CSS tutorials explains the layout and positioning of components to create a proficient user interface. CSS allows users to import other style sheets and set different media types and embedded fonts and a section below explains this in detail. The Specificity section discusses the problems of duplicated rules and how to resolve them.

Display
This tutorial explains the visual representation of HTML files using display property.
Page Layout
This section explains about the position and other properties used to set the layout of the HTML pages.
At-Rules
This tutorial teaches you to import style sheets. It also talks about different media type styles , character set of a stylesheet and embedded fonts.
Pseudo Elements
This tutorial explains the way of embedding Pseudo Elements to Selectors.
Specificity
This section talks about the conflict of duplicated rules in the CSS class.

 



Browser, CSS, and HTML / XHTML Tutorials

Here are some of the best Browser, CSS, and HTML / XHTML Tutorials found at alistapart.com. These web development tutorials explain how Browsers, CSS, HTML and XHTML are used in developing many features of today's web pages. All web servers and browsers support these technologies and thus any web programmer can make professional looking web pages. These CSS, HTML and XHTML tutorials are easy to follow, understand and implement.


Browser Tutorials:
How well does a browser handle content and data from different sources? Can all the design, code and applications interface and survive on one common platform without conflict? These tutorials discuss standards that should be followed while developing for the web so that these components can talk to each other without conflict. It also covers topics that include version targeting, positioning and HTML semantics.

 - Advanced Debugging with JavaScript
 - Semantics in HTML 5
 - Return of the Mobile Style Sheet
 - Understanding Progressive Enhancement
 - Faux Absolute Positioning
 - They Shoot Browsers, Don't They?
 - Version Targeting: Threat or Menace?
 - Keeping Your Elements’ Kids in Line with Offspring
 - From Switches to Targets: A Standardista's Journey
 - Beyond DOCTYPE: Web Standards, Forward Compatibility, and IE8


CSS Tutorials:
CSS is a language used to present a document in a mrkup language. HTML and XHTML use CSS to style web pages to be displayed in them. These tutorials explain how CSS can be effectively used in web pages to define color, fonts, layout and presentation. It also provides code samples to write simple CSS sheets and execute them.

 - Fluid Grids
 - Return of the Mobile Style Sheet
 - Progressive Enhancement with CSS
 - Understanding Progressive Enhancement
 - CSS Sprites2 - It's JavaScript Time
 - Faux Absolute Positioning
 - Accessible Data Visualization with Web Standards
 - Version Targeting: Threat or Menace?
 - Keeping Your Elements’ Kids in Line with Offspring
 - Beyond DOCTYPE: Web Standards, Forward Compatibility, and IE8


HTML and XHTML Tutorials:
HTML and XHTML go hand in hand as XHTML has the same syntax as HTML and are inline with XML standards. These tutorials help explain how HTML and XHTML work with CSS and Javascript. They also explain how Javascript is used with CSS to style web pages and how they can be centrally located.

 - Fluid Grids
 - Semantics in HTML 5
 - Return of the Mobile Style Sheet
 - A More Useful 404
 - Progressive Enhancement with JavaScript
 - Progressive Enhancement with CSS
 - Understanding Progressive Enhancement
 - CSS Sprites2 - It's JavaScript Time
 - Faux Absolute Positioning
 - They Shoot Browsers, Don't They?

 



PHP Cheat Sheet

Here is a pretty good PHP Cheat Sheet at addedbytes.com. This PHP Cheat Sheet is a quick guide and reference to the functions used in PHP for file manipulation, regular expression handling and last but not the least, date handling and formatting. (pdf format)


Function List:
Lists PHP's array functions, string functions, file system functions, regular expression functions and datetime functions. These functions are essential for every PHP developer for quick reference and usage.

fopen() Modes:
The fopen() modes are used for file manipulation. This section details out the different modes to create, read and write files and what modes these files should be opened with. File handling modes are of paramount importance while handling scripts in PHP.

Regular Expression Syntax:
Regular expressions are commonly used in most programming and scripting languages. The first step to learning them is to understand the regular expression syntax and their meaning in PHP. This section of the pdf is a quick reference to regular expressions.

PCRE Modifiers:
While on the topic of Regular Expressions, it is important to note that PHP uses Perl Compatible Regular Expressions, or PRCE functions to split and replace expressions. This section helps explain PRCE better, giving an insight into its intricacies.

Date Formatting:
All programming and scripting languages deal with date formatting at some point or the other. This section deals with a whole range of date formatting options in PHP.

 

 





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


Windows XP Tip and Tweaks from Tweakxp.com

Here are nine categories for Windows XP tips and tweaks that you can review and select from for getting your operating system running better and faster.

 - User Interface
 - Usability Tips
 - System Performance
 - Internet & Network
 - Hardware
 - Software
 - Security
 - Miscellaneous
 - Incorrect Tweaks

 



63 Windows Vista Usability Tips from Tweakvista.com

Here are 63 Vista tips for using and managing this operating system more efficiently and easily. This site also provides these tweak pages: Vista Security Tweaks and Vista Performance Tweaks.

 



Everything Computers Troubleshooting Guide


Home Networking and the Internet
 - Setting Up a Home Network
 - Phoneline, Powerline and Wireless Networks
 - Networking Macs and PCs
 - Sharing an Internet Connection
 - Proxy Servers and Personal Gateways

PC Startup Troubleshooting Tips
 - Error Messages
 - Boot Viruses
 - Startup File Issues
 - Registry Problems

PC Software Troubleshooting Tips
 - Software Doesn't Work
 - Software Conflicts

PC Hardware Troubleshooting Tips
 - Hardware Doesn't Work
 - Device Isn't Recognized
 - IRQ Conflicts

Starting Over: Repartitioning, Reformatting and Reinstalling
 - Fdisk and partitioning
 - FAT 16/FAT32
 - BIOS Upgrades


 




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.



Comodo Memory Firewall


Comodo Memory Firewall protects your application from buffer overflow attacks by malicious scripts or programs. It runs continuously in the background and alerts you if an attack is detected. You can then choose to terminate the compromised application, send an email alert or launch a command-line. The program allows you to set specific actions for selected applications, as well as a default action for all other incidents. Comodo Memory Firewall supports detection of buffer overflows that occur in the HEAP and STACK memory as well as ret2libc attacks and corrupted SEH chains.

 



Restoration

Restoration is an easy to use and straight forward tool to undelete files that were removed from the recycle bin or directly deleted from within Windows, and we were also able to recover photos from a Flash card that had been formatted. Upon start, you can scan for all files that may be recovered and also limit the results by entering a search term or extension. In addition, it also provides the option to wipe the found files beyond simple recovery. Restoration works with FAT and NTFS as well as digital cameras cards.

 



Graphics2PDF

Graphics2PDF is a simple tool to convert popular images to PDF format. You simply drag&amp;drop images into the interface, arrange the order and then create a multi-page PDF document with the click of a button. The program supports JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF and other formats.

 



FlexTk Express

FlexTk Express is a file management toolkit that enables you to classify and categorize files, find duplicate files and free-up storage space. You can scan drives or folders and view a report of how your storage space is utilized by file type. It automatically categorizes your files by general types (e.g. multimedia files, executables, documents etc.) and allows you to drill down further to view results for individual files types and eventually a list of all files within the group.

 



UnderCoverXP

UnderCoverXP is a program to easily print pre-designed CD and DVD covers. It supports JPEG, GIF, PNG and BMP formats and can automatically scale front covers, back covers, front + inside, inlays, DVD Boxes, Playstation covers and CoolBela LD001 labels to the correct sizes. Other label types can be added with a graphical editing interface. The program is easy to use and allows you to preview the images as they will appear on your cover.

 



CintaNotes

CintaNotes is a simple program for basic notes keeping that provides a convenient way to quickly store pieces of information that are collected from other documents or websites. All you have to do is select the text to be stored and then press the CTRL+F12 keys on your keyboard to create a note, or you can copy/paste the text into the application and append it to the list of previous notes. You can optionally assign a title and keyword tags that can be used to locate and identify notes at a later time. An instant search feature quickly locates keywords within notes as you type them. Other features include merging of notes and support for Internet links.

 

 




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.


April 2009 Question of the Month: 

What are some good, free sites that offer free computer support and advice?


Answer:


Here are three free computer support and advice sites that will help you out in many techinical areas and topics.

Computer Questions and Answers at Answerbag.com

Answerbag provides answers about home computers, laptops, handhelds, servers, networking, compurer security, the Internet, and computer software. If you're stumped, you can ask their expert community. Here are their forum topics:

  - Hardware (9032)
  - Internet (14819)
  - Jargon (416)
  - Keyboards (184)
  - Networking (556)
  - Portable electronics (5083)
  - Programming (1792)
  - Quantum computing (17)
  - Security & Hacking (1478)
  - Shopping (314)
  - Software (10622)
  - Troubleshooting (1336)


TechIMO Tech Support Help and Computer Hardware Expert Forums
This site gives your free advice and toubleshooting help on hardware, motherboards, CPUs, networking, and performance. Here are their PC Hardware and Tech help forums:

  - General Tech Discussion
  - Applications and Operating Systems
  - Defragmenting software
  - Technical Support
  - Networking and Internet
  - Graphics Cards and Displays
  - Processors, Memory, and Overclocking
  - Motherboards
  - Storage Related
  - PC Modification
  - Graphic Design and Digital Photography
  - Multimedia and Audio
  - Webmastering and Programming
  - Tech News Discussion
  - Linux and Unix
  - Mobile Computing
  - Security and Privacy Issues
  - Certification and Education
  - General Gaming Discussion


Tech Support, Manuals & Troubleshooting for Consumers at Fixya.com
Fixya offers free help and support in the form of instructions, how tos, manuals, guides, FAQs for electronic equipment and computers. Their free tech support community will provide a quick solution for your "how to" problem using online chats and forums.
 

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