Computer Classes

Schedule
Class materials
Tutorials

Our computer classes are aimed at beginning to intermediate computer users. The library offers courses to help patrons learn basic skills using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, the Internet, and more. All attendees will be pre-screened for skill level before each class.

Registration for ALL computer classes will occur THE DAY OF the scheduled class. Unless otherwise noted, all potential students must come to the library between 9 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. on the day of the class for pre-class screening. Computer classes run about an hour. Admission to the class is granted on a first-come, first-served basis for those who successfully complete the pre-assessment survey exercise. Admission for most classes is limited to 10 people per class.

For more information, please contact the Reference Desk at the library, (409) 643-5977.


Computer Class Materials

Basic Mouse
Windows: Files & Saving
Basic Word
Intermediate Word
Basic Excel
Intermediate Excel
Fixing Photos
Showing Off Your Photos
Basic Publisher
Social Networking

Computer Tutorials

If you'd prefer learning about computers on your own or are unable to make it to our classes, here are resources that will help you get started.

Check out Universal Class, a service provided by the library that gives you access to more than 500 online non-credit continuing education courses, including many in computers. Some of the areas its courses cover: Business applications, computer basics, computer programming, image editing, HTML, Microsoft applications, photography, software and technology skills. You will need your 14-character library card number to create an account.

We also have a great deal of computer-related instruction books in our collection. Search our library catalog or ask for help from a librarian at the Reference Desk.

In addition, below is a collection of computer-related tutorials to help you get started on basic skills such as browsing the Internet, emailing, using Facebook, and more.

General Computer Help

BBC WebWise
GCF Learn Free: Computers
Teach Parents Tech

Computers 101

Video: Computer Basics - Parts of a Computer (via YouTube)
The Parts of a Computer (Windows)
Computer Basics (GCF Learn Free)
Computer basics and hardware (BBC WebWeb)

Typing

Type Rocket (ABCYa)
Z-Type (Phobos Lab)
Touch-Typing Tutor (VisiBone)
Knoword
Typing Club

Mouse Skills

A mouse or touchpad is typically what's used to navigate around your computer and select text or files. Below are some exercises that will familiarize you to common mouse-related tasks:

Mousing Around (Palm Beach County Library)
Mouse Exercises (SeniorNet.org)
New User Tutorial / Cursillo para El Usuario Nuevo (TLN Technology Committee)
Free Mouse Exercises (InvestInTech)
Video: Using the Mouse (The Dark Eyes Raven via YouTube)

Intro to the Internet

Internet Basics (GCF Learn Free)
Using the Web (BBC WebWise)
Basic Skills for the World Wide Web (Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium)
Video: How the Internet Works in 5 Minutes (Security Catalyst via YouTube)
Video: How Does the Internet Work? (Data Centers Canada via YouTube

Searching the Web

Basic Seach Help (Google)
Google Tips & Tricks (Google)
Power Searching with Google (Google)
How Search Works (Google)
Bare Bones 101: A basic tutorial on searching the web (University of South Carolina Beaufort Library)
Video: Searching the Web (TheVCRD via YouTube)
Video: Google Search Tips (GoogleWebmasterHelp via YouTube)

Email

Email Basics (GCF LearnFree)
How to attach a file to an email (Teach Parents Tech)
Setting up email (BBC WebWise)
Sending and receiving email (BBC WebWise)
Video: How to open a Gmail (Google email) account (InPhotomation via YouTube)
Microsoft Outlook 2010 (Microsoft)

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word 2007 (Baycon Group)
Microsoft Word 2010 (Microsoft)

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel 2007 (Baycon Group)
Microsoft Excel 2010 (Microsoft)
Excel Easy

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 (Baycon Group)
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (Microsoft)

Résumés

How to write a résumé and electronic résumé (Career Perfect)
Résumé Workshop (Purdue Online Writing Lab
Help with Your Résumé and CV (Riley Guide)

Image Editing

Introduction to Photoshop (University of North Carolina Health Sciences Library)
Introduction to Photoshop (Ades Design Blog)
How to Edit Images in MS Paint (Yahoo! Voices)
Work with Pictures in Microsoft Paint (Easy Computer Tips)

Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)

Social Media Basics (BBC WebWise)
Social Media (GCF Learn Free)
Video: Social Networking in Plain English (leelefever via YouTube)