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Basic Computer Skills


Introduction to Computers

web Basic Computer Tutorial

range Computer Books
Check this section for a variety of computer books on general topics. Titles include Computer Basics in Easy Steps, How Computers Work, Computers for Seniors for Dummies, Laptops in Easy Steps, etc. Some books may also be shelved in the Reference area (R 004.16) If you are looking for a specific book, please ask at the Information Desk.
Call Number: 004.16

book Dictionary of Computing
In-library use only. Check your library for availability.
Call Number: R 004.03 COLLIN, S M H

book English-to-Spanish Computer and Internet Dictionary
Diccionario Ingles a Espanol de Computacion e Internet. Check your library for availability.
Call Number: SPA 004.3 CLARK, ALICIA S

web How PCs Work

web NetLingo
Online dictionary of Internet and computer terms.

web Personal Computer (Overview)

web Useful Handcrafted Videos | Common Craft
Common Craft offers short videos explaining complicated topics in simple terms. Topics include Twitter, secure passwords, RSS, phishing, computers viruses, and more.

range Windows 7
The library has several books on this topic. Check your library for availability.
Call Number: 005.446

How to... (Specific Skills)

range Blogging
The library has a variety of books on blogging and other forms of online networking. Titles include: Smart Policies for Workplace Technologies, Blogging All-In-One for Dummies, Ultimate Blogs, etc. Some may be located with the computer books, some with the career books, and some in the Reference section. Check your library for availability.
Call Number: 006 or 650-651

range Digital Photography
A variety of books on digital photography. Titles include: Advanced Digital Black & White Photography, Digital Photography for Dummies, Digital Photography Handbook, Kodak: The Art of Digital Photography, etc.
Call Number: 775-778.3

range Facebook
The library has a variety of books on Facebook and other social networking sites. Titles include: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Facebook, Facebook & Twitter for Seniors for Dummies, etc. Check your library for availability.
Call Number: 006.7

book iPhone for Dummies
Check your library for availability.
Call Number: 384.53 BAIG, EDWARD

range iPod / iTunes
The library has several books on using iPods and iTunes. Titles include: The iPod and iTunes Pocket Guide, iPod & iTunes for Dummies, iPod & iTunes Start Kit, and iPod / iTunes Para Dummies (SPA 006.5 BOVE).
Call Number: 006.5

StorageDevices.pdf Library Handout - Flash Drives
Library handout on using flash drives.
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Photocopier-Scanning.pdf Library Handout - Scanning
Library handout on using the library's photocopy machines to scan to email or save to a flash drive.
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web Send a Tech Support Care Package
This site has over 50 2-minute videos on basic computer and web skills like copy & paste, changing your wallpaper, taking screenshots, upgrading your browser, changing your web home page, and more. It's set up so that you can check skills off on a list and it will generate an email with links to the specified videos and send it to whoever you want it to send it to.

Typing Practice and Improvement

web Free Typing Games, Lessons, and Tests

web Free Typing Tests and Games Online

book Keyboarding Made Simple
Check your library for availability.
Call Number: 652.3 ZEITZ, LEIGH

other Klavaro Touch Typing Tutor
Free software that you can download and install on your computer that will help you learn to type using the correct fingers on the correct keys. (This is the typing software that is installed on the computer training lab computers at the Forest Park Branch Library.)

web Online Typing Games and WPM Tests

book Typing and Keyboarding for Everyone
Check your library for availability.
Call Number: 652.3 LEVINE, NATHAN

Using the Mouse

web Mouse Exercises

web Mousercize

web Mousing Around

web Online Card Games, Solitaire

web Online Jigsaw Puzzles

The Internet / World Wide Web

web Internet Tutorials

web NetLingo
A dictionary of computer and Internet-related words and abbreviations.

book The Internet for Dummies
Check your library for availability.
Call Number: 004.67 LEVINE, JOHN R

book Using the Internet Safely for Seniors for Dummies
Check your library for availability.
Call Number: 004.678 CRIDDLE, LINDA

Microsoft Office

book Access 2010 for Dummies
Call Number: 005.75 ULRICH FULLER, LAURIE

book Easy Microsoft Office 2010
Call Number: 005.5 BUNZEL, TOM

book Excel 2010 for Dummies
Call Number: 005.54 BANFIELD, COLIN

book Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows
Call Number: 005.5 SCHWARTZ, STEVEN A

book Microsoft Office 2007 Simplified
Call Number: 005.5 KINKOPH, SHERRY

web Microsoft Office Training from Microsoft Office Online

web Office 2007 Tutorials

book PowerPoint 2010 All-In-One for Dummies
Call Number: 005.58 WEVERKA, PETER

web Word 2007 Tutorial

book Word 2010 for Dummies
Call Number: 005.52 GOOKIN, DAN

Antivirus and Anti-spyware Programs

There are many good software programs available to help protect your computer from viruses and spyware. Norton Antivirus (from Symantec) and McAfee Antivirus are both very popular commercially available programs. One popular antivirus program available for free for personal/home use is AVG. You should only have one of these (McAfee, Norton, AVG, etc.) major antivirus programs installed on your computer at the same time, as they can conflict with each other.

The programs listed below are other small programs that you can run in addition to one of the above-listed programs.

See also, How do I keep my laptop from getting a virus or spyware?

web Ad-Aware

web MalwareBytes' Anti-Malware

web Spybot Search & Destroy

Computer Classes and Training

A good place to find intermediate or advanced computer classes is the Continuing Education department of your closest college or technical school. Many of these institutions offer computer classes to the public during the evenings or on weekends. The fees and registration process vary from institution to institution. Some community centers, senior centers, workforce training organizations, churches, and public schools offer occasional beginning-level computer classes for adults as well.

other Beginning Computer Classes at the Library
The library offers introductory-intermediate level computer classes each month at the Forest Park branch. The classes cover computer basics (using the mouse and keyboard, saving and organizing files, using the web, using email) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher). Class sizes are limited and registration is required. Call 770-473-3850 on the first day of the month to register for the following month's class. Other branches occasionally offer computer classes as well - please refer to the library's calendar.

galileo Microsoft and Adobe Software Training - Job & Career Accelerator
Free, self-paced, online courses on Microsoft Office and Adobe products! The first time you access the service, you will need to create an account, and then you can log in and take as many courses as you like. (GALILEO Password Required)

web Online Courses from OpenCulture.com
This page has links to free online courses and lectures on various topics viewable on your computer (some require iTunes). Scroll about 2/3 of the way down the page for the links to computer science and artificial intelligence courses.

web Software Training Online - Lynda.com
This site offers online, self-paced computer classes on an enormous number of topics and software programs. The site is not free, but most of the classes allow you to see the first lesson or two for free so that you can decide whether or not to continue.


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