Registration Now Open for July Computer Classes

The Regional Library Computer Center July 2013 Computer Classes schedule is now available, and registration is open to the public for the free courses. Please note that class times have been changed to 10:30 am – 12:30 pm. This month, we are again offering Microsoft Office 2010 programs and featuring Twitter in our “Introduction to Social Media” course. OpenOffice.org programs will be offered in August.

Beginner Classes

  • July 8 – Keyboarding: Introduces you to the basics of working with the computer keyboard and the mouse. Participants need not have any previous computer experience to take this course.
  • July 9 – Basic PC: Introduces people to the computer: basic PC terms, components, hardware, peripherals, desktop features, etc. Participants need not have any previous computer experience to take this course.
  • July 10 – Basic Internet: Introduces people to the history of the Internet, how to access and surf the Web, what web browsers are, what search engines are available, and basic search methods. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding and Basic PC or have some PC, mouse, and keyboarding experience to take this course.

Intermediate Classes

  • July 15 – Microsoft Word 2010 Part 1: Introduces people to Word 2010, a word processing application that is part of the Microsoft Office suite. It is recommended that participants to take all three parts. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding and Basic PC or have some PC, mouse, and keyboarding experience to take this course.
  • July 16 – Microsoft Word 2010 Part 2
  • July 17 – Microsoft Word 2010 Part 3
  • July 24 – Email Workshop: Helps people set up email accounts and learn to maneuver their way through email browsers. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding, Basic PC, and Basic Internet or have some PC, mouse, keyboarding, and Internet experience to take this course.

Advanced Classes

  • July 22 – Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Part 1: Introduces people to PowerPoint 2010 presentation software. It is recommended that participants take Microsoft Word 2010 prior to taking this course.  It is also recommended that participants take both parts of the course. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding and Basic PC or have some PC, mouse, and keyboarding experience to take this course.
  • July 23 – Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Part 2
  • July 29 – Microsoft Excel 2010 Part 1: Introduces people to Microsoft Excel 2010, a spreadsheet software in the Microsoft 2010 Office Suite. It is recommended that participants take Microsoft Word 2010 prior to taking this course.  It is also recommended that participants take both parts of the course. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding and Basic PC or have some PC, mouse, and keyboarding experience to take this course.
  • July 30 – Microsoft Excel 2010 Part 2
  • July 31 – Introduction to Social Media – TWITTER: Introduces people to the history, elements, and software used in social media interactions. Participants need to have taken Keyboarding, Basic PC, and Basic Internet or have some PC, mouse, keyboarding, and Internet experience to take this course. An email account is needed for this class.

October 2010 Computer Classes

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Free Computer Class Schedule

October 2010

Basic PC: Requirements: No previous experience necessary.

Monday, October 4th

Saturday, October 9th

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

Tuesday, October 5th

Saturday, October 16th

Keyboarding: Requirements: Experience using a PC and a mouse.

Saturday, October 2nd

Monday, October 11th

Tuesday, October 26th

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

Tuesday, October 12th

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

Tuesday, October 19th

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

Monday, October 18th

Saturday, October 23rd

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

Monday, October 25th

Saturday, October 30th

To register for a class, please call the Regional Library Computer Center at 205-226-3799 or 205-226-3798. Registration is handled on a first-come, first-served basis.  All class times are 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

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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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Converting .docx files to .doc

We have many people who come into the computer center wanting to open a file that was created by Microsoft Word 2007. The new version of Microsoft Word came with a change in extension format. Before the 2007 Word the extension ended in .doc. With Microsoft Word 2007 it now ends in .docx. This creates a problem because we still use Microsoft Word 2002 which uses the old extension. So Microsoft Word 2002 can’t open a Word 2007 file. However, there are some things which can be done to correct this or override this problem.

First, if you have any version of Microsoft Office besides 2007, there is a compatibility pack that can be downloaded to your computer which will allow you to open a .docx file in a older version of Word. The website for that compatibility pack is Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats.

There is also a website called Zamzar which can convert files to different formats. It is a fairly easy tool to use. Basically you find the file you wish to convert and choose the format in which you want it in and then enter your email address. As soon as the conversion is complete, an email will be sent to you. Sometimes this only takes a few minutes but at other times it can take hours.

There are other programs available on the Internet that can be used to convert files. Just do a Google search for “file conversion” or something similiar and you should be able to find other resources which might prove to be helpful.

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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