April 2010 Computer Class Schedule

Pre-registration is required for all classes.

Basic PC: Requirements: No previous experience necessary.

Tuesday, April 6th

Monday, April 26th

Basic Internet: Requirements: Experience using a PC and a mouse.

Tuesday, April 13th

Keyboarding: Requirements: No previous experience necessary.

Monday, April 5th

Saturday, April 24th

Word Processing with Open Office Part I: Requirements: Experience using a PC and a mouse.

Monday, April 12th

Word Processing with Open Office Part II: Requirements: Word Processing with Open Office Part I

Monday, April 19th

Presentations with Open Office: Requirements: Experience using a PC and a mouse.

Saturday, April 10th

Tuesday, April 20th

Spreadsheets with Open Office: Requirements: Experience using a PC and a mouse.

Saturday, April 17th

Tuesday, April 27th

To register for a class, please call 205-226-3799.  Space is limited.  Registration will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you register for a class and cannot attend, please contact the Regional Library Computer Center as soon as possible.  No one will be admitted 10 minutes past the time the class is scheduled to start.

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March 2010 Computer Class Schedule

Free Computer Class Schedule

March 2010

All classes are held in the Regional Library Computer Center (RLCC) of the Central (downtown) Library. All class times are 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a .m.

Pre-registration is required for all classes.

Basic PC: Requirements: No previous experience necessary.

Monday, March 1st

Monday, March 29th

Basic Internet: Requirements: Experience using a PC and a mouse.

Tuesday, March 2nd

Saturday, March 13th

Monday, March 15th

Keyboarding: Requirements: No previous experience necessary.

Saturday, March 6th

Monday, March 8th

Tuesday, March 23rd

Word Processing with Open Office Part I: Requirements: Experience using a PC and a mouse.

Tuesday, March 9th

Saturday, March 20th

Word Processing with Open Office Part II: Requirements: Word Processing with Open Office Part I.

Tuesday, March 16th

Saturday, March 27th

Presentations with Open Office: Requirements: Experience using a PC and a mouse.

Monday, March 22nd

Spreadsheets with Open Office: Requirements: Experience using a PC and a mouse.

Tuesday, March 30th

Please call 205-226-3799 or 205-226-3798 to register for classes. Space is limited. Registration will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you register for a class and cannot attend, please call the RLCC as soon as possible. No one will be admitted after 10 minutes past the time of class is scheduled to start. These classes are provided by the Jefferson County Library Cooperative.

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Alternatives to Microsoft Word

In recent days my computer as decided that it is time to shut down when I open up Microsoft Word or try to open up any kind of Word document. Until the problem is solved there are several remedies that I could use temporarily. First there are portable office suites that you can install on your flash drive. It isn’t Microsoft Word but they work basically the same way. One portable app is called Open Office. It is also available for download to a computers hard drive as well. Open Office is one alternative office suite that is most similar to Microsoft Word and it is compatible with Microsoft Word.

Another method of using office suites is to use online office suites like Google Docs or Zoho. Both of these office suites are free to use. You must first create an account. The downside to using online office suites is that there is not guarantee that the Internet service will always be available. Things happen and when things happen you lose power which means you lose your Internet connection. On the other hand, online apps are pretty much available at any Internet connected computer. You don’t need to download any special package in order to use it.

Google Docs

Looking for an alternative to Microsoft Word without spending a dime? You don’t have to look any further than your web browser. With Google Docs not only can you create a new document, presentation or spreadsheet you can also share it with your colleages and/or friends. Google Docs also allows users to upload previously created documents. In order to use this service you must create a Google account which involves no more than giving your name, email address and country of residency. Both you and the person who wants to view the document must have accounts with Google. The best part of this is…it’s FREE!

Google is constantly making changes to its services and Google Docs is not different. Just recently Google has added literally hundreds of templates which you can use in creating a document, presentation or spreadsheet.

Go to Google now and watch the short video on “Google Docs in Plain English”. This should answer any questions that you may have.

Microsoft Office Alternative

When purchasing both my desktop PC and laptop, I wasn’t given many options in regards to a word processing suite. If you wanted Microsoft Office there was an additional cost to have it added to the PC. With both my computers I was given Microsoft Works, which is basically a watered-down version of the Microsoft Office suite. To be honest with you, I am not that fond of Works. First of all, it doesn’t have all the features of Microsoft Office. Second, I don’t like the interface of Works. Third, sometimes it is not compatible to other programs.

Without going into debt, there are other alternatives to Microsoft Office and Microsoft Works. There are online programs such as Google Docs that is capable of handling most formats. There is also alternate office suites which can be downloaded to your computer at a very reasonable price…free! Open Office is one such example of free word processing. The multiplatform and multilingual office suite is free to download, use and distribute. For Open Office 2 the system requirements for a Windows-based system are as follows:

  • Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 (Service Pack 2 or higher), Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista (enhanced Vista integration from version 2.2)
  • 128 Mbytes RAM
  • At least 800 Mbytes available disk space for a default install (including a JRE) via download. After installation and deletion of temporary installation files, OpenOffice.org will use approximately 440 Mbytes disk space.
  • 800 x 600 or higher resolution with at least 256 colours

Other system requirements can be found by going here.

This Microsoft Office alternative has basically the same features of Microsoft Office, just without the high price.

There are several components to Open Office. In some ways I believe that Open Office is a better program than its competition. Here are the components:

  • Writer
  • Calc
  • Impress
  • Draw
  • Base
  • Math

Each of these components can be examined further by visiting: http://www.openoffice.org/product/product.html.

Free Web-Based Word Processing and More

Everyone knows about Google the search engine but not everyone is aware that Google offers FREE web-based word processing and much more. It is true! Google offers a web-based alternative to Microsoft Office or other office suites. When several people start sending documents back and forth to each other over the Internet, it is easy to lose track of what version of spreadsheet or word processor you are using. Google Docs and Spreadsheets keeps documents current and lets the people you chose update files from their own computers.

You can:

  1. Create basic documents and spreadsheets from scratch.
  2. Upload your existing files.
  3. Choose who can access your documents and spreadsheets.
  4. Share instantly.
  5. Edit with others in real time.
  6. Organize your documents.
  7. Edit from anywhere.
  8. Safely store your work.
  9. Easily save and export copies.
  10. Publish your work as a web page.
  11. Control who can see your pages.
  12. Post your documents to your blog.
  13. Publish within your company or group.

 Check out this link:

google-docs-spreadsheets.pdf

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