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In This Issue:

1)... Editor's Greeting

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

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

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

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

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

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

8)... Please Support Our Computer Training Mission

 



1) Editor's Greeting:

Hello everyone, and welcome to our new subscribers!

This is our 8th monthly Newsletter for our new site, EducationOnlineForComputers.com, giving you the most current Free online Software Training and Tutorial Resources that we have recently discovered and researched. This newsletter is free to anyone subscribing (instructions at bottom, no username/password is needed). To access our member site, however, you do need a user name and password - registering as a member of EducationOnlineForComputers.com costs only $14 for two months, for more information please see below 'Become a Member of EducationOnlineForComputers.com'.

My desire is that these free resources will help you with your computer education and training and are tools to advance your career. Our main mission is the training of those less fortunate who are seeking to become computer literate, from a user's perspective.

By means of this email newsletter, you have knowledge of and access to these sites before our web site visitors do. The best of these resources will be added to our Member Training pages and the remainder to our Free Training pages.

*** Current Issue ***

This issue describes a total of 31 Software and Computer training, learning and tutorial web sites, with a total of 88 tutorial courses linked. It features many free Microsoft Office training tutorials for your learning profit and enjoyment. 

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

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

Microsoft Office 2000 is a software suite that consists of different applications that perform various activities. MS Office 2000 is by far the most widely recognized software suite in the world.

Software Tutorials from Grand Valley State University: http://www.gvsu.edu/it/faculty/softtutorials.htm

  Excel 2000 (MS Word format, 691 Kb):
  http://www.gvsu.edu/it/faculty/exc2000.doc

  Word 2000 (MS Word format, 938 Kb):
  http://www.gvsu.edu/it/faculty/word2000.doc

  PowerPoint 2000 (MS Word format, 712 Kb):
  http://www.gvsu.edu/it/faculty/ppt2000.doc

  Access 2000 (MS Word format, 851 Kb):
  http://www.gvsu.edu/it/faculty/acc2000.doc

  Publisher 2000 (MS Word format, 556 Kb):
  http://www.gvsu.edu/it/faculty/pub2000.doc

 


Training from TechiWarehouse:
http://www.techiwarehouse.com/index.html

Word Tutorial:
http://www.techiwarehouse.com/Word/Word_Tutorial.html

OutLook Tutorial:
http://www.techiwarehouse.com/Outlook/Outlook_Tutorial.html This will be most handy for anyone using any version of Outlook or Outlook express. You'll learn all the hotkeys, tips and tricks

20 Outlook Tips:
http://www.techiwarehouse.com/Outlook/index.html

Access Tutorial:
http://www.techiwarehouse.com/MS_Access/Access_Tutorial.html This tutorial covers almost every part of Access database system. Its a sure shot for any beginner for MS Access.

 


Microsoft Office XP Tutorials from UBid Tech Help:

  Introducing Office XP:
  http://www.service911.com/ubid/series/1,,10+57+34954+35106,00.html

  Make the Transition to Office XP:
  http://www.service911.com/...35320.html

  Office XPs Collaborative Features:
  http://www.service911.com/...349550.html

  Office XP: Word Basics Part 1:
  http://www.service911.com/...349660.html

  Office XP: Word Basics Part 2:
  http://www.service911.com/...34994.html

  Office XP: Work in Word Part 1:
  http://www.service911.com/...35005.html

  Office XP: Work in Word Part 2:
  http://www.service911.com/...35022.html

  Office XP: Excel Basics Part 1:
  http://www.service911.com/...351270.html

  Office XP: Excel Basics Part 2:
  http://www.service911.com/...35143.html

  Office XP: Work in Excel Part 1:
  http://www.service911.com/...35159.html

  Office XP: Work in Excel Part 2:
  http://www.service911.com/...35175.html

  Office XP: PowerPoint Basics Part 1:
  http://www.service911.com/...35191.html

  Office XP: PowerPoint Basics Part 2:
  http://www.service911.com/...35207.html

  Office XP: Work in PowerPoint Part 1:
  http://www.service911.com/...35223.html

  Office XP: Work in PowerPoint Part 2:
  http://www.service911.com/...35240.html

  Office XP: Access Basics Part 1:
  http://www.service911.com/...35256.html

  Office XP: Access Basics Part 2:
  http://www.service911.com/...35272.html

  Office XP: Work in Access Part 1:
  http://www.service911.com/...35334.html

  Office XP: Work in Access Part 2:
  http://www.service911.com/...35351.html

  Office XP: Use FrontPage Part 1:
  http://www.service911.com/...35288.html

  Office XP: Use FrontPage Part 2:
  http://www.service911.com/...35304.html

  Use Outlook XP & the Internet Part 1:
  http://www.service911.com/...35073.html

  Use Outlook XP & the Internet Part 2:
  http://www.service911.com/...35089.html

  Office XP: Use Publisher Part 1:
  http://www.service911.com/...35367.html

  Office XP: Use Publisher Part 2:
  http://www.service911.com/...35383.html

 


Office Tutorials and Guides from the University of Maryland:

Excel Basics:
http://www.lib.umd.edu/groups/learning/tutorials/excel-basics.xlsThis will introduce you to using Microsoft Excel 97 to create spreadsheets and analyze your data. Download this tutorial and open it in Microsoft Excel to begin.

PowerPoint 97 for Beginners:
http://www.lib.umd.edu/groups/learning/tutorials/ppt-basic.pptPowerPoint 97 for Beginners is an introduction to the features of Microsoft's presentation tool. Download the accompanying exercise: http://www.lib.umd.edu/groups/learning/tutorials/exercise-basic.ppt

Intermediate PowerPoint 97:
http://www.lib.umd.edu/groups/learning/tutorials/ppt-int.ppt Intermediate PowerPoint 97 will demonstrate some of the advanced features of PowerPoint while reinforcing the basic concepts of presentations. Download the accompanying exercise: http://www.lib.umd.edu/groups/learning/tutorials/exercise-int.ppt

Word 97 for Beginners:
http://www.lib.umd.edu/groups/learning/tutorials/word97basic.doc Word 97 for Beginners will introduce you to the basic functions in Word that you'll need to get started. Download this guide and open it in Microsoft Word to begin.

Intermediate Word:
http://www.lib.umd.edu/groups/learning/tutorials/word97.docIntermediate Word will expose you to some of Word's advanced features. Download this guide and open it in Microsoft Word to begin. You will also need list.doc (http://www.lib.umd.edu/groups/learning/tutorials/list.doc) and junk2.doc (http://www.lib.umd.edu/groups/learning/tutorials/junk2.doc).

 


Microsoft Word Tutorials:
http://www.nailitnow.com.au/word/index.html

Provides step-by-step tutorials that are made up of action steps. You do not have to read masses of explanatory text.

 


Microsoft Word 2000 Accessibility Features: 
http://dawn.thot.net/cd/Word_2000_Tutorial.doc

This tutorial helps show you how to setup the accessibility features of Microsoft Word 2000.

 




 

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

 

Web Publishing:
http://docs.rinet.ru:8083/WebPub/

This is an online book that goes through the steps of publishing a website to the Internet. Chapter 11 explains how to use Microsoft FrontPage.

 


Using Flash 5 (PDF File):
http://docsavage.compsci.buu.ac.th/~seree/lecture/Flash/using_flash_5.pdf

This 267 page tutorial guide takes you through the following topics: Flash Basics, Drawing, Color, Imported Artwork, Sound, Objects, Layers, Type, Symbols and Instances, Animation, Interactive and Printable Movies, and Publishing and Exporting. (4.057 mb)

 


Macromedia Flash Web Tips & Tricks from Graphics Unleashed: http://www.unleash.com/tipstricks/

Flash and Graphics tutorials and resources. They bill themselves as the ultimate resource for graphics users, and this site really is. Many tutorials are offered to guide you with all the popular graphics tools, including Flash.

 


Dreamweaver MX Tutorials:

Dreamweaver Environment:

  Properties Pane:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/env-properties.htm

  Text Properties Pane:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/prop-text.htm

  Images Properties Pane:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/prop-images.htm

  Tables Properties Pane:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/prop-tables.htm

  Insert Pane:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/env-insert.htm

  Default Font Options:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/fontopts.htm

Dreamweaver Basics:

  Creating a Site:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/site-new.htm

  Getting Started with Dreamweaver:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/b-start.htm

  Formatting Paragraphs:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/b-format.htm

  Additional Formatting:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/b-addfrmt.htm

  Horizontal Rules:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/b-horzrule.htm

  Inserting the Date and Time Display:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/datetime.htm

  Previewing in Netscape and Internet Explorer:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/b-preview.htm

  Cutting, Copying, and Pasting:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/b-cutcopy.htm

Dreamweaver Links:

  Linking to Internet Resources:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/lnk-net.htm

  Linking to Pages in Your Collection:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/lnk-coll.htm

  Creating Target Links:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/lnk-target.htm

Dreamweaver Images:

  Working with Images:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/img-work.htm

  Working with UW-Eau Claire Images and Graphics:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/img-uwec.htm

  Dreamweaver Colors: Working with Background Colors:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/col-page.htm

  Dreamweaver Tables: Getting Started with Tables:
  http://www.uwec.edu/help/DreamweaverMX/tb-start.htm

 


An Introduction to Animation Techniques: http://portal.cs.umass.edu/flash/flas/AnimationLecture_squished.swf

Ari's awesome lecture on Flash animation techniques, get's you thinking about visual and character design, model sheets, backgrounds, storyboards, animatics, loops, Disney's 12 principles of animation, and more.

 


Thinkdan:
http://www.thinkdan.com/tutorials/photoshop.html

This site has beginning to advanced Photoshop tutorials, including those for layers, gradiant text, marquee select, shadows, grids, color, layer effects and masks, blurring, tinting, isolation, pattern effects, blending modes, montage, feathering, motion, wires and more.

 


Janee's Photoshop Tutorials:
http://myjanee.home.insightbb.com/tutorials.htm

This site offers you tutorials on shapes, pentools, brushes, lettering and text effects, textures and special effects, photo fixing and restoring, photo art, vectors, and more. 

 


FrontPage 98 Tutorials:
http://www.gvsu.edu/it/faculty/frontpage/index.htm

Included in these tutorials is how to create a virtual classroom, displaying information, planning a website, and how to put it all together.

 




4) The Best New Free Web Development Training Sites

 

Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing: 
http://philip.greenspun.com/panda/

This guide goes through learning HTML, publicizing your site, user tracking, and more.

 


HTML - The Basics of Web Page Design:
http://www.accesstechnologyinstitute.com/catalog/Samples/HTML/

This free training course will introduce you to the basics of HTML. From an explanation of HTML through the addition of text, links and formatting to your document, this introduction will allow you to create your own web page for posting on the Word Wide Web.

 


HTML Tutorials from IUPUI:

  HTML Basics:
  http://www.iupui.edu/%7Ewebtrain/tutorials/html_basics.html

  Beyond HTML Basics:
  http://www.iupui.edu/%7Ewebtrain/tutorials/beyond.html

  Creating Web Forms;
  http://www.iupui.edu/%7Ewebtrain/tutorials/forms.html

  Web Tables:
  http://www.iupui.edu/%7Ewebtrain/tutorials/tables.html

 




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


myITforum: Windows Articles:
http://www.myitforum.com/articles/15/section.asp

Has numerous articles on all windows operating systems.

 


Windows & .Net Magazine Network:
http://www.winnetmag.com/windowsnt20002003faq/Index.cfm?Ad=1

Windows Articles and FAQs.

 


Windows 98 Tutorials:
http://www.gvsu.edu/it/faculty/win98/index.htm

File Organization, using the Windows 98 desktop, and multimedia capabilities.

 


Introduction to Information Technology: 
http://139.132.118.116/scc171/index.html

This course emphasises the hardware and software components of microcomputer systems and examines the basic concepts, methods and tools that allow a person to work efficiently and effectively with information technology.

 


Digital Camera -VT Graphics Presentation: http://www.allupgrades.com/~abyers/moduleten/html/lessons/digitalcam.htm

When you have completed this section you will be able to take a picture that is suitable for electronic presentation,download the file to your computer, save the file in a suitable format and send it over the Internet.

 


EasyType:
http://www.easytype.com

Interactive tutorials teaching touch typing. If your computer has speakers make sure they are on and turned up.

 


Printers:

http://howto.lycos.com/lycos/step/1,,139+23896+16937,00.html  
How inkjet and laser printer work - a brief explanation of how these two types of printers work.

http://howto.lycos.com/lycos/step/1,,139+23896+16936,00.html  
Select the right printer

 


Technical Hardware Tutorials:
http://www.learn-c.com/index.html

This site uses hands-on experiments to show the basics of how real things in the real world are controlled with computers. It's for anyone who is the least bit curious about monitoring and controlling such things as motors, lights and switches, or recording and playing everything from sound to the arm position on a robot.

 




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



Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Tryout:

Adobe Photoshop 7.0 software, the professional image-editing standard, helps you work more efficiently, explore new creative options, and produce the highest quality images for print, the Web, and anywhere else. Create exceptional imagery with easier access to file data; streamlined Web design; faster, professional-quality photo retouching; and more.

Download Windows version - 162.4MB:
http://www.adobe.com/products/tryadobe/download.jhtml?ftpID=1917

Download Macintosh version - 345.1MB:
http://www.adobe.com/products/tryadobe/download.jhtml?ftpID=1918

 


Download Adobe PageMaker 7.0 Tryout:

Adobe PageMaker 7.0 software is the ideal page layout program for business, education, and small- and home-office professionals who want to create high-quality publications such as brochures and newsletters. Get started quickly with templates, graphics, and intuitive design tools; work productively across Adobe applications; and easily leverage existing content to create customized communications. Note: The Tryout version will expire 30 days after it is installed.

Download Windows version - 65MB:
http://www.adobe.com/products/tryadobe/download.jhtml?ftpID=1400  

Download Macintosh version - 84MB:
http://www.adobe.com/products/tryadobe/download.jhtml?ftpID=1401

 


Dreamweaver MX 2004 - Trial:
http://www.macromedia.com/go/trydreamweaver

Free registration is required for a free trial download of Dreamweaver MX 2004.

 


Flash MX 2004 - Trial:
http://www.macromedia.com/go/tryflash

Free registration is required for a free trial download of Flash MX 2004.

 


ASP.Net Web Matrix:
http://www.asp.net/webmatrix/

The ASP.Net Web Matrix is a free program that lets you use a WYSIWYG interface to create ASP.NET and HTML pages.





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.


October 2003 Question: 
Are there any Tutorials on how to use Microsoft Money?

Answer: 

Here are some sites that offer tutorials for Microsoft Money:

Learnthat.com:
http://www.learnthat.com/courses/viewlets/money/index.shtml

Microsoft Money Online User's Guide:
http://www.microsoft.com/money/support/manual/


I hope this helps you.

Jeff Love
http://www.EducationOnlineForComputers.com

 




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