Free Microsoft Office Training and Tutorial Resources


October 30, 2006

Microsoft Access Training Documents with Exercises

Microsoft Access is a relational database management system from Microsoft, it combines the relational Microsoft Jet Database Engine with a graphical user interface. 

Microsoft Access can use data stored in Access, Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, or any ODBC-compliant data container. Skilled software developers and data architects use it to develop application software. Relatively unskilled programmers and non-programmer “power users” can use it to build simple applications. It supports some object-oriented (OO) techniques but falls short of being a fully OO development tool.
Anderson School District in Pendleton, SC, has provided the following Access training documents with exercises. These teach you how to use many of the features or Access, such as creating and working with tables, forms, reports, generating easy and complex queries. All of the features demonstrated here are also available in Access 2003. 

Introduction to Access XP (pdf, 10 pages, 215kb)
This Access training document teaches you how to create and edit Access tables, use table design functions, perform basic and more complex queries, and generate forms and reports. It contains a glossary of terms and 5 in-depth exercises explaining how to accomplish the tasks that are described.

Access Exercises (pdf, 5 pages, 86kb)
These Access exercises demonstrate and instruct you how to do the following: create a Report and Report Layouts, create an AutoReport, use the Report Wizard, work with Report Preview, print a Report, and save a Report.

Introduction to Access (pdf, 63 slides, 234kb)
These training slides explain the following Access database concepts, featuress, and procedures:

  • Database Design Concepts
  • Database Management System (provides functions to store, search or query, and report the data contained in the database)
  • Relational Database (a collection of related information organized into separate files or tables that can be related to one another by common components or fields.)
  • Single Table vs. Relational Tables
  • The Access Database Container
  • Database management system components or ‘Objects’.
    • Tables
    • Queries
    • Forms
    • Reports
    • Pages
    • Macros
    • Modules
  • Planning and Creating a New Database
  • Naming Conventions
  • Creating tables in design view
  • Creating a Primary Key or Index
  • Working with Tables
  • Choosing Fields for a Query and Criteria in a Query
  • Criteria Symbols
  • Working with Queries and more Complex Queries
  • Query Types
  • Forms and Reports
  • Forms and Reports Design

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October 27, 2006

Tutorial on Microsoft Frontpage and Web Development

FrontPage is the web development application of the Microsoft Office Suite. It allows you to create and edit your web pages and web site in a graphical user interface, such as Word. You don’t need to know how to program using HTML to create a web site using FrontPage. However, at times it will be helpful to be familiar with certain HTML tags, such as <p> (paragraph), <br> (line break), <b> (bold>, and the heading tags, such as <h1> and <h2>. When you need to, FrontPage allows you to go behind the scenes and examine and edit the actual HTML code, if desired.

Anderson School District in Pendleton, SC, has provided the following FrontPage Tutorial. This will show you how to use some of FrontPage’s features, such as working with files and folders, creating and editing tables, making hyperlinks to other web pages, inserting graphics into your web pages, using compression for your pages, and other tips and techniques. All of the features demonstrated here are also available in Word 2003.

Tutorial on Microsoft Frontpage and Web Development

(pdf, 18 pages, 1.47mb)

Table of Contents:

  • Basic Organization and Design
  • Directory and folder structure
  • Files and Folders
  • Index Files
  • The Purpose
  • Saving locally, on your web space and the issue of relativity
  • Tables
  • The Purpose
  • Creating Tables
  • Creating Complex Layouts Using Tables
  • Links
  • The Purpose
  • How To Create Hyperlinks
  • Graphics
  • Inserting graphics into your webpage
  • Inserting a picture file
  • Inserting clip art
  • Compression
  • The Purpose
  • Resample
  • Quality Adjustments
  • Thumbnails
  • Creating Thumbnails
  • Appropriate Material for your Web Site
  • Checklist
  • Guidelines
  • Cool Tips
  • Marquee
  • Interactive Button

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Free Microsoft Excel Training Tutorials

Excel the spreadsheet application of the Microsoft Office Suite. A spreadsheet is a grid of rows and columns containing numbers, text, and formulas, and each intersection is called a cell. A spreadsheet’s objective is to solve numeric problems and formulas, but they can also be used to display all types of information in a row and column format. Besides calculating accurately and rapidly, spreadsheets are flexible, and when they are updated all related cells are also updated automatically.

Anderson School District in Pendleton, SC, has provided the following Excel training documents and tutorials. These teach you how to use the features of Excel, format your data, work with formulas and functions, perform page setup, and create charts. All of the features demonstrated here are also available in Excel 2003.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2002
 (pdf, 15 pages, 302kb)


  • Become familiar with Microsoft Excel
  • Create, edit, and format spreadsheets
  • Create formulas, charts and pivot tables
Table of Contents:
  • Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Components of the Excel Window
  • Entering and Editing Data
  • Working with Excel Documents
  • Formulas and Functions
  • Formatting Data
  • Page Setup, Previewing, and Printing
  • Additional Resources

Using Excel Formulas and Functions
 (pdf, 17 pages, 137kb)

Formulas and functions in Excel give the user a powerful method to calculate and solve numeric problems and build what-if type scenarios. A formula in Excel always begins with an equal sign (=), followed by the elements to be calculated (the operands), which are separated by calculation operators. For example, the following formula multiplies 2 by 3 and then adds 5 to the result: =5+2*3. A formula can contain any or all of the following items: functions (a pre-written formula that returns a value), references, operators (a sign or symbol that specifies the type of calculation), and constants.

Components of an Excel formula:
  • Functions: The PI() function returns the value of pi: 3.142…
  • References (or names): A2 returns the value in cell A2.
  • Constants: Numbers or text values entered directly into a formula, such as 2.
  • Operators: The ^ (caret) operator raises a number to a power, and the * (asterisk) operator multiplies.

Creating Charts in Excel (pdf, 6 pages, 159kb)
An easy step-by step guide showing how to create charts using Excel, with screen shots and help tips.

Charts with Word and Excel.pdf (pdf, 12 pages, 332kb)
Explains how to create charts in Microsoft Word (6 pages) and Microsoft Excel (6 pages, with an exercise). Excel charts charts are created from worksheets and usually have titles, data labels, a legend, and at least one data series. Titles and labels describe what is charted. A legend contains labels that identify data series. The data series is a set of related data that is to be plotted. The three most common charts are bar, pie, and line.

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October 25, 2006

Free Microsoft Word Training Tutorials

Microsoft Word is the word processor application of the Microsoft Office Suite. By using Word effectively, you can create professional looking documents, and whatever you need from a word processor. Anderson School District in Pendleton, SC, has provided the following Word training documents and tutorials. These teach you how to use the basic features of Word, work with tables, design web pages, perform mail merges, and learn some desktop publishing tips and tricks with Word. All of the features demonstrated here are also available in Word 2003.

Microsoft Word Basics
  (pdf, 16 pages, 451kb)
This training document outlines most of Word’s basic functionality and features, detailing them in a step-by-step format. Creating tables and working with graphics are included.

How to Insert a Picture Into Word (pdf, 1 page, 145kb) 

Introduction to Tables with Microsoft Word 2002 (pdf, 11 pages, 229kb) 
Familiarize yourself with creating and managing tables with Word 2002. One of the handiest features of Word 2002 is the ability to create tables. A table is made up of rows and columns of cells that you can fill with text and graphics. Tables are often used to organize and present information. You can also use tables to create interesting page layouts, or to create text, graphics and nested tables on a Web page.

Table of Contents

  • Objectives
  • Introduction
  • About tables
  • Create a table
  • Automatically format a table
  • Position a table on a page
  • Add a cell, row, or column to a table
  • Delete a cell, row, or column from a table
  • Merge cells into one cell in a table
  • Change the cell margins in a table
  • Split a cell into multiple cells in a table
  • Change the position of text in a table
  • Copy a table
  • Delete a table or clear its contents
  • Display or hide gridlines in a table

Introduction to Web Page Design with Microsoft Word 2002 (pdf, 12 pages, 365kb) 
One of the newest features of Word 2002 is the ability to create web pages. Much of the information which is found in this manual will lay the groundwork for future classes with FrontPage, Microsoft’s web development application.

  • Become familiar with the Word 2002 Web interface
  • Create and edit a personal Web Site: apply graphics, text and background colors
  • Apply a theme to create a consistent look and feel to your Web site
  • Create hyperlinks to link Web pages
Table of Contents
  • Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Designing a Web
  • Microsoft Word Web Interface
  • Creating a New Webpage
  • Themes
  • Creating a Hyperlink
  • Inserting Pictures
  • Additional Resources

Mail Merge (pdf, 3 pages, 61kb)
Defines the terms used in the Microsoft Office mail merge process, and guides you through the 6 steps of the Mail Merge Wizard.

Mail Merge Basics (pdf, 16 slides, 932kb)
Why use mail merge?
  • To create customized letters, envelopes, labels , directories, e-mail messages and faxes for mass mailings.
  • To create a mail merge, you must have two files:
    • Main document, which contains information that won’t change, as well as merge fields and merge blocks, which act as place holders for variable information.
    • Source document, which contains variable information such as names and addresses. Word lets you use as many types of data source files for a merge, including an Office address list,an Outlook contact list, or a Microsoft Access database.
During the merge, Word generates a series of merge documents in which the variable information from the data source replaces the merge fields entered in the main document. You can print the merge documents or save them in a file for future use. You can use the Mail Merge Wizard or the button on the Mail Merge toolbar to access Mail Merge features and commands. To begin the Mail Merge Wizard, click Tools menu, point to Letters and Mailings, and then click Mail Merge Wizard.

Desktop Publishing with Word – Tips and Tricks (pdf, 14 pages, 718kb)
This Word tutorial on Desktop Publishing covering the following areas:
1. Using Templates
2. Inserting Images
3. Wrapping Text around a Picture
4. Drawing Tools
5. Autoshape Picture Frame
6. Adding a Drop Shadow to an image
7. Creating a personalized newsletter using Word’s mail merge features.

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October 24, 2006

Web Content Creation Training for Dreamweaver and more

Here are several excellent and free video-based training modules, hosted by, that cover and teach Web Content Creation for Dreamweaver, Word, Powerpoint, OpenOffice, and Nvu. Select the application you would like to use and learn how to use its features and functions to create web content. These training modules are good for a refresher or to learn the app from scratch. Each training video tutorial is designed to demonstrate the specific topics for you in a step-by-step fashion


Dreamweaver: Creating A Site
Application: DreamWeaver – Creating a basic site – the setup.[09:24]

Dreamweaver: Basics
Application: DreamWeaver - Editing basics. [05:50]

Dreamweaver: Formatting
Application: DreamWeaver – Formatting pages and content. [06:04]

Dreamweaver: Multimedia
Application: Dreamweaver - Adding multimedia components to your web pages. [08:06]

Dreamweaver: Publishing
Application: DreamWeaver - Publishing a website is easy. [04:10] 

Microsoft and Open Office Tools

MS Word and Open Office: Design
Application: Microsoft Word - Creating HTML documents. [08:08]

MS Word and Open Office: Design 2
Application: Open Office Writer – Creating HTML documents with Open Office Writer. [05:39]

MS Powerpoint and Open Office: Design 1
Application: Microsoft PowerPoint and Open Office Impress – Creating HTML documents and sites.  [08:22]

Nvu and You!

Nvu: Basics
Application: Nvu -The basics of using Nvu for site design.[04:49]

Nvu: Formatting
Application: Nvu – Formatting pages and page content. [05:36] 

Nvu: Multimedia
Application: Nvu – Adding multimedia components to web pages. [05:09]

Nvu: Publishing and Managing
Application: Nvu - Publishing your website. [05:52] 

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22 Free Training Modules for Web Content Creation

I have just posted on our blog at these 22 free video-based training modules for Web Content Creation, hosted by Start from the beginning and learn how to create your own web content, or select the training module for the area where you need to refresh or learn from scratch. Each training tutorial is set up to demonstrate the specific topic to you step-by-step. Here are the web content and development topics covered:

  • Intro Web Design 1
  • Intro Web Design 2
  • Design Principles 1
  • Design Principles 2
  • Project 1: Criteria for Websites
  • Project 2: Evaluating Websites
  • File Structure and Naming
  • Site Pre-Production
  • Project 3: Digital Portfolio Pre-Pro
  • HTML Basics
  • Site Production Basics
  • Multimedia Basics
  • Docs for the Web: HTML
  • Docs for the Web: PDF and More
  • Project 4: Portfolio: Site Template
  • Project 5: Portfolio: Assembly
  • Instant Publishing
  • Web Hosting Technology
  • Publishing to the Web
  • Managing Your Website
  • Domain Names

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October 23, 2006

Cascading Style Sheets Tutorials offers these well written tutorials on CSS, or Cascading Style  Sheets. Learn how to design and layout your web pages using these Cascading Style Sheets tutorials.

Cascading Style Sheets Tutorials

Getting Started


A brief introduction to CSS that will allow you to find out what style sheet are, and what they can do for your pages.

Properties Table

A quick reference table for the css properties! 

Using the Style Attribute

Use the style attribute inside an HTML tag to define styles.

Styles in the Head Section

Use the style tag in the head section to define styles.

Classes and IDs

Use classes to define styles.

External Style Sheets

Use style sheets to add the same styles to multiple pages.


Using the Box Properties

How to change the width, height, margins, and padding…

Using the Position Properties

How to give something that exact position!

Using the Text Properties

How to change the alignment and decoration of your text.

Using the Font Properties

How to change the font, font size, font color, and more!

The Color and Background Properties

How to use background colors and images for more than just the entire page!

The Cursor Properties

See how to change the appearance of the viewer’s cursor on the page.

More on Backgrounds

Use style sheets to do more with backgrounds, like positioning them.

More on Backgrounds 2

Further details on some of the background properties.

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Flash Tutorials from Meet The Flash

Meet the Flash is a Flash Tutorial website that provides free Flash tutorials, along with some training movie clips demonstrating how to practically use this application. These Flash tutorials are available online and also as a downloadable video book. This course is targeted towards those new to using Flash. The course tutorials and book can be played on all Windows, Macintosh, and Linux systems. The basic package is free and includes all the Flash training content in textual format, along with 9 movie clips (total running time about 30 min).

Browse Flash Tutorials online:

Download Flash Training EBook:

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PowerPoint 2002 Tutorial

Microsoft PowerPoint is the presentation graphics program of the Microsoft Office Suite. By using PowerPoint, you are able to efficiently generate professional presentations with which you can effectively communicate and with impressive results. Here is a 23-page Powerpoint tutorial, provided by Anderson School District in Pendleton, SC, that teaches you how to use the Powerpoint’s features to create nice looking slide presentations. All of the features shown here are also available in Powerpoint 2003.

Powerpoint Tutorial Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the PowerPoint interface
  • Create and edit a PowerPoint slide presentation: apply graphics, text, and background colors
  • Apply a theme to create a consistent look and feel to your presentation

PowerPoint 2002 Tutorial
(23 pages, 382kb, pdf format)

Table of Contents
  • Objectives
  • Introduction
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Interface
  • Creating a New Presentation
  • About PowerPoint Views
  • Working with Slides
  • Add text to a slide
  • Add Graphics to a Slide
  • Change Text Format
  • About Layouts
  • About Design Templates
  • Animate text and objects
  • Running a Presentation
  • Additional Resources

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October 18, 2006

Free Microsoft Word 2000 Course

Here is a free web-based training course for Microsoft Word 2000. This course covers how to create and edit documents, how to automate text entry, formatting, and tracking changes, how to format and print a document, and how to use word styles and enhance document layout.

Free Microsoft Word 2000 Course

1. Introducing Word 2000
Features of Word 2000
Getting Started

2. Creating and Editing Documents
Creating a Document
Editing a Document

3. Proofreading Documents
Searching and Proofreading
Automating Text Entry and Formatting
Tracking Changes

4. Formatting and Printing Documents
Formatting a Document
Printing a Document

5. Advanced Formatting
Using Word Styles
Enhancing Document Layout

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October 16, 2006

Dreamweaver Animated Lessons

The Instructional Technology Group at the University of Nebraska Lincoln provides the following animated Macromedia Dreamweaver Tutorials. Each Dreamweaver tutorial lesson is flash-based, and contains text captions explaining the functionality being demonstrated with the mouse and keyboard.

Macromedia Dreamweaver Animated Lessons

Introduction to Dreamweaver

Defining a Site

Creating New Files

Inserting and Formatting Text

Inserting Images

Aligning Images

Working with Files



E-mail Link

Page Properties


Rollover Button

Creating an Image Map

Creating a Web Album

The Remote Site

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Fireworks Animated Lessons

The Instructional Technology Group at the University of Nebraska Lincoln provides the following animated Macromedia Fireworks Tutorials. Each Fireworks tutorial lesson is flash-based, and contains text captions explaining the functionality being demonstrated with the mouse and keyboard.

Macromedia Fireworks Animated Lessons

What is Fireworks?

Working with Photos

Bitmap and Vector Images

The Toolbar

Working with the Canvas

The Property Inspector Panel

Working with Text, Objects & Styles

Text Styles Part 2

Creating an Image Map

Creating a Button Bar

Using Fireworks Files in Dreamweaver

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Flash Animated Lessons

The Instructional Technology Group at the University of Nebraska Lincoln provides the following animated Macromedia Flash Tutorials. Each Flash tutorial lesson is flash-based, and contains text captions explaining the functionality being demonstrated with the mouse and keyboard.

Macromedia Flash Animated Lessons

Stage Area

Line Tool

Oval Tool

Rectangle Tool

Timeline Overview


Keyframes and Frames

Motion Tween

Motion Tween with Different Size

Motion Tween with Rotation

Motion Tween with Rotation 2

Motion Tween with Alpha

Guided Motion

Shape Tween Changing Objects

Shape Tween Changing Colors

Shape Tween Changing Text

Mask Layer

Creating an Object Button

Creating an Invisible Button

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Photoshop Animated Lessons

The Instructional Technology Group at the University of Nebraska Lincoln provides the following animated Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Elements Tutorials. Each Photoshop tutorial lesson is flash-based, and contains text captions explaining the functionality being demonstrated with the mouse and keyboard.

Adobe Photoshop Animated Lessons

Introduction to PhotoShop

Selection Concepts

Image Adjustments

Color Concepts and Brushes

Cloning and Erasing


Gradients, Text and History Features

Zooming, Resizing and Saving Files

Adobe Photoshop Elements Tutorials

Startup Wizard

The interface

The HowTo Palette

Opening a photo

The Toolbar


Selections part 2

Cropping and Autolevels

Fixing a bad photo

Fixing a bad photo part 2

Shapes and Layers

Photo merge

Special Effects

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Word, Excel, and Powerpoint Animated Lessons

The Instructional Technology Group at the University of Nebraska Lincoln provides the following animated Microsoft Office Tutorials for Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Each tutorial lesson for these applications is flash-based, and contains text captions explaining the functionality being demonstrated with the mouse and keyboard.

Microsoft Word Animated Lessons

Getting Started – Interface

Creating, Saving and Opening Files

Navigating and Selecting Text

Using Cut, Paste and Undo

Using Spell Check

Using AutoCorrect

Printing Envelopes and Labels

Formatting Text

Formatting Paragraphs

Inserting Headers and Footers

Protecting Your Document

Margins and Page Setup


Tab Leaders

Tables 1

Tables 2

Microsoft Excel Animated Lessons

Getting Started – Interface

Cursors and Selecting Cells



Charts and Objects


Printing and Page Setup

Microsoft PowerPoint Animated Lessons

Auto Content Wizard


Slideview and Navigating

Editing Slides

Working with Text

Slide Transition

Slide Master

Graphics and Drawing


Speaker’s Notes and Print Options

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October 10, 2006

Microsoft Project Slides, Examples, and Tutorial

These Workshop Slides, Examples, and Tutorial will teach you how to use Microsoft Project. The Project tutorial contains illustrated explanations and examples of the features being taught, followed by detailed learning activities. These slides, examples and tutorial will help you will learn the basic skills for using and understanding Project’s features and functions.

Project Management Workshop Slides, Examples, and Tutorial

  • Project Management Concepts Presentation – 42 Slides
    • Project Management Concepts
    • Why bother?
    • Survey Results
    • Projects, Programs, and Operations
    • What is a Project?
    • Why Projects Fail
    • Golden Rules of Project Success
    • Golden Rules (continued)
    • Purpose of Project Management
    • Project Management
    • Stakeholders
    • Success of a Project
    • Communications Channels
    • Successful Project Manager
    • Basic Project Management Step
    • Initiate the Project
    • Plan
    • Implement
    • Close
    • Project Life Cycle
    • Task Definition
    • Work Breakdown Structure: Outline FormWork Breakdown Structure: Hierarchical Form
    • Common Project Management Diagrams: Gantt Charts,  Calendars, PERT Charts & Critical Paths
    • Project Tracking

  • Introduction to Microsoft Project (pdf, 32 pages, 212kb)
    • Project Environment
    • File Management
      • Creating a new project
      • Opening an Existing Project
      • Saving a Project
    • Project Templates
    • Project Views
    • Tasks
      • Types of tasks
      • Tasks Entry Form
      • New Tasks
      • Moving Tasks
      • Recurring Tasks
      • Deleting Tasks
      • Linking Tasks
    • Resources
      • Adding Resources
      • Removing a Resource
      • Assigning Resources
      • Removing Resource Assignments
      • Viewing Resource Information
    • Data Storage
    • Viewing Project Data
      • Calendar View
      • Gantt Chart
      • Network Diagrams
    • Maintaining your project
      • Creating a baseline
      • Viewing your baseline task sheet
      • Updating Tasks
      • Updating Tasks
      • Tracking Gantt Chart
    • Tools
      • Spell Check
      • AutoCorrect
    • Project Reports
      • Standard Reports
      • Viewing Standard Reports
  • Microsoft Project Class Files [zip] (9 .mpp documents, 176kb)
Example Reports: Project Plan Template
  • Template Outline is as follows: Executive Summary, Scope, Limitations, Description of Work, Baseline Schedule, Resource Requirements, Cost Analysis, Progress Reports, Attachmentes / References.
  • PDF Version (4 pages, 10kb)
  • Word Version (4 pages)

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October 9, 2006

Adobe Acrobat Workshop Tutorials

These Workshop Tutorials will teach you how to use Adobe Acrobat. Each Acrobat tutorial contains illustrated explanations and examples of the features being taught, followed by detailed learning activities. In the classes taught here you will learn the introductory and intermediate skills for using and understanding Acrobat’s features and functions. For reasons why creating PDF documents is a good idea, please see below

Adobe Acrobat Software Components:

  • Adobe Reader – freely distributed from, read and print PDF files
  • Acrobat - read, print, combine, annotate, and enhance PDF files
  • Acrobat Distiller – convert PostScript files to PDF files
  • Acrobat Paper Capture – convert scanned files to PDF
  • Acrobat Web Capture – create a PDF version of a web site or collection of web pages.
  • Acrobat Catalog – create a full-text index of a PDF collection

Adobe Acrobat Workshop Tutorials
  • Introduction to Acrobat Tutorial (20 pages, 267kb) 
    • Why Create PDF documents?
    • Different methods to create a PDF file
      • Print to the Distiller Printer Driver
      • Using PDFMaker Macro with Microsoft Word
      • Import an image file
    • Enhance a PDF file
    • Acrobat Toolbars
    • Acrobat Reader Tools
      • Scrolling and magnifying
      • Go to a Page
      • Find Tool
    • Bookmarks
    • Changing Text Attributes
    • Change Text Content
    • Adding and Modifying Hyperlinks
    • Pages
      • Insert pages
      • Delete pages
      • Renumber pages
      • Rotate pages
      • Crop pages
    • Preferences
    • Ways to Learn More about Acrobat
    • Introtoduction to Acrobat Data Files [zip]

  • Intermediate Acrobat Tutorial (17 pages, 143kb)
    • Forms: Format, Verify and Calculate
      • Calculate a total
    • Forms: Dates, Combo Boxes, Buttons, Tab Order
      • Date
      • Radio Buttons
      • Combo Box
      • Reset Button
      • Print Button
      • Tab Order
    • Graphics and Acrobat PDF files
      • Image Considerations
      • Compression Options
      • Sources for Images
      • Photographs
      • Screen Snapshots
      • Excel Charts: 3 Techniques
      • Line Drawings
    • Adding Media to a PDF File
      • Add a Sound Annotation
      • Add a Sound File via a Link
      • Sound Notes
    • Adding Annotations
    • Add a movie
    • Catalog Feature
    • Ways to Learn More about Acrobat
    • Intermediate Acrobat Data Files [zip]

Why create PDF documents?

  • A PDF file will look pretty much the same on other computers and print the same on printers other than the one that was used by the author.
  • Those who are reading the document do not have to have the original software used to create the file; they just need a copy of the freely distributed Adobe Reader software.
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF files are cross platform; this means that people who are using Macintosh, Windows, and Unix computers can all view and print the same PDF files.
  • Often, a PDF file is smaller than the original document used to create it.
  • Risk of virus transmission is much smaller when using PDF for document exchange via email as opposed to Microsoft Office files.
  • You can embed links to multimedia such as sound files and movie clips; color pictures can be easily and cheaply included.
  • If you complete a PDF form created by someone else, you can save the form for future use. You can export data from a saved form and import data to a new form.
  • With the Professional version of Acrobat, you can create your own forms that look like the originals; when opened in Adobe Reader, the user can complete the form and print it out-it will then appear as if the person used a typewriter.
Pre-Press: Adobe Acrobat PDF documents are useful for those who send their brochures, newsletters, journal articles, etc. off to be printed by a professional printing company or a publisher. The printer can send you back a PDF version of what the item will look like when it is published; this method is often faster and more accurate than paper drafts or page proofs. Some printers accept PDF files as the source material for their printing; the printer then doesn’t have to have the fonts or original application that was used to create the document.

Collaborative Writing: PDF files are a useful way to jointly edit a document. The files can be easily shared via email attachments or from a web server. Acrobat tools such as sticky notes, highlighter, and pencil can be used to add comments or call attention to items that need correction. All collaborators who want to mark up the PDF file must have a copy of the Adobe Acrobat software.

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Word Workshop Tutorials

These Workshop Tutorials will teach you how to use Microsoft Word. Each Word tutorial contains illustrated explanations and examples of the features being taught, followed by detailed learning activities. In the classes taught here you will learn the basic skills for using and understanding Word’s features and commands. West Virginia University provides these free computer and software training workshops and materials (most are in pdf format).

Word Workshop Tutorials

  • Word XP Intro (also good for Word 2003, 20 pages, 245kb)
    • Margins
    • Ruler
    • Format Paragraph
    • Alignment
    • Hanging Indent
    • Format Font
    • Default Font
    • Format Painter
    • Styles
    • Modify Existing Heading Styles
    • Tabs with Dot Leaders
    • Table of Contents
    • Document Map
    • Insert Date
    • Insert Breaks
    • Keep lines of a paragraph together
    • Keep a heading with its first paragraph
    • Widows and Orphans
    • Headers and Footers
    • Tables
    • Mail Merge for Word XP
    • Labels1
    • Create a Template for Future Use
    • Tips for Success
    • Word XP Options

  • Word Mail Merge (Word XP and 2003, 5 pages, 220kb)
    • Mail Merge is a function of Microsoft Word that allows you insert data from a table (Access) or spreadsheet (Excel) into a Word document, field by field. This is used to format and print labels, envelopes, and letters.
  • Word Styles (10 pages, 149kb)
    • What are styles?
    • What good are styles?
    • How are styles applied?
    • What is a template?
    • Activity 1: Viewing styles
    • How do I work with styles in Word?
    • Creating a new style
    • Changing a style
    • Activity 2: Changing and creating styles
    • Moving styles to other documents or templates
    • Replacing multiple instances of a style
    • Activity 3: Replacing and moving styles
    • Styles in Action
    • Step-by-step: Creating a Table of Contents
    • Activity 4: Table of contents..8 ii Using Word with Style

  • Word Skills for ETD Submission (12 pages, 165kb)
    • The content of this course is based on our experience in OIT with assisting graduate students in preparing and submitting their theses and dissertations.
    • The Golden Rule of Word Processing
    • Breaking, Widows, and Orphans
    • Page Breaks
    • Section Breaks
    • Paging ETD, Paging ETD
    • Step-by-step: Page numbering
    • Activity 1: Pagination
    • Word Processing with Style
    • Applying a Style
    • Changing a Style
    • Contentment
    • Step-by-step: Creating a Table of Contents
    • Updating the Table of Contents
    • Activity 2: Table of Contents

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October 2, 2006

Photoshop Web Graphics Tutorial and Slides

This tutorial and slide presentation teaches you how to use Photoshop with web graphics. They contain illustrated explanations of the web graphics features being taught, giving you step-by-step instructions for creating compelling graphics for your web sites.

Photoshop Web Graphics Tutorial and Slides

  • Web Graphics with Photoshop Tutoral  [pdf, 8 pages, 168kb]
    • Saving Images for the Web
      • Tools
      • Tabs
      • Zoom Level Display
      • Image Size tab
      • JPEG images
      • GIF images
    • Images in HTML
    • Background Images
    • Transparency in Images
      • Transparent Image Wizard
      • The Background Eraser
      • The Magic Eraser
      • The Extract Command
  • Web Graphics with Photoshop slides  [ppt, 10 slides, 41kb]
    • Graphics on the Web
    • File Size and Resolution
    • Image Size Suggestions (pixels)
    • Web Safe Colors
    • File Types on the Web
    • JPEG – Joint Photographic Experts Group
    • GIF – Graphic Interchange Format
    • PNG – Portable Network Graphics

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