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Practice and Tutorials

Want to learn more about how to use a computer? These sites will help explain the ins and outs of computer usage all the way from keyboarding to Excel!

Favorites

  • GCFLearn Free Great introduction from Goodwill Community Foundation on computing basics. Covers general computer use, Microsoft products, and social media.
  • In Pictures "Computer tutorials based on pictures, not words." Free online tutorials for Microsoft Office 2003 and 2007 software, Open Office and basic web programming tools. Great for the visual learner.

Typing

  • Free Typing Games
    Fun games with graphics to practice typing.
  • KeyBr.com
    Free online typing practice. Runs in your web browser with no downloads necessary. Find out how many words per minute you can type.
  • PowerTyping
    Online free typing tutor for kids and adults.

Basic Computing

  • Compu-KISS
    This is a great site for all you first timers. "Sandy applies her unique ability to explain in easy-to-understand language how to use and enjoy today's technology. Her trademark 'Compu-KISS' which stands for 'The Computer World - Keeping It Short and Simple,' represents her approach to helping others enhance life through the use of computers and technology."
  • Geekgirl's Plain-English Computer Tutorials
    Free basic tutorials from an award-winning Australian computer journalist.
  • Jigsaw Puzzles
    Get some mouse practice with free online jigsaw puzzles.
  • Mousercise!
    A fabulous computer mouse tutorial brought to us by the Palm Beach County Public Library.

The Internet

  • Explore the Internet Now!
    This site, courtesy of the National Museum of American History (part of the Smithsonian) provides a history of the Internet, a glossary of terms, and a list of interesting sites organized by topic.
  • Internet 101: Beginners Quick Reference Guide
    From About.com, this is a great set of free tutorials about the Internet, covering everything from how to use favorites to searching tips and how to protect yourself from viruses.
  • Internet Crime Complaint Center
    "The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). IC3's mission is to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop, and refer criminal complaints regarding the rapidly expanding arena of cyber crime. The IC3 gives the victims of cyber crime a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that alerts authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations."
  • Internet Public Library
    An Online library of web resources hosted and maintained by Drexel University's College of Information Science and Technology. Excellent jumping point for research wihtout advertisements.
  • Internet Society
    "The Internet Society (ISOC) is a nonprofit organisation founded in 1992 to provide leadership in Internet related standards, education and policy. We are dedicated to ensuring the open development, evolution and use of the Internet for the benefit of people throughout the world." Learn about the history, present state of, and possible future of the internet itself.
  • Internet Tutorials
    This award-winning site is maintained by a former professor at SUNY-Albany. It contains information on how to conduct research in the Internet, lists of search engines and subject directories, and guides for better searching.
  • Mac Owners Support Group
    "Your One Stop Portal for Apple News & Support"
  • Netiquette
    "'Netiquette' is network etiquette, the do's and don'ts of online communication. Netiquette covers both common courtesy online and the informal 'rules of the road' of cyberspace. This page provides links to both summary and detail information about Netiquette for your browsing pleasure."
  • SafeShopping.org
    "This informational site, created by the American Bar Association, will help you order safely when shopping online. You'll find cyber-shopping is fast, convenient and opens up a whole new world of merchandise and services for you and your family. Just click on any of the topics to find a smarter, safer way to shop online."
  • The WWW Virtual Library
    "The WWW Virtual Library ( VL ) is the oldest catalogue of the Web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of HTML and of the Web itself, in 1991 at CERN in Geneva. Unlike commercial catalogues, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert; even though it isn't the biggest index of the Web, the VL pages are widely recognised as being amongst the highest-quality guides to particular sections of the Web."
  • Microsoft Office

    • Microsoft Office Online
      The official help and how-to site direct from Microsoft. It includes information and tips for all versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, and more...
    • Excel.tips.net
      An extensive list of Microsoft Excel tips
    • Word.Tips.net
      An extensive list of Word tips for all versions: 97, 2000, 2003, & 2007.
    • Power Point in the Classroom
      PowerPoint can be handy and enriching in the workplace, as well as in the classroom. Let this fifties style tutorial walk you through the basics of setting up a presentation.
    • Learn Access Now
      "a full-length book available online. Even though Learn Access Now is designed to specifically teach beginners Microsoft Access, even longtime users of the program can learn a thing or two."
    • Home and Learn's Free Computer Courses
      Includes free tutorials for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as web design and some computer languages. Geared toward the home user.