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April 30, 2007

Photoshop 7.0 Scripting Ebook

Here is a freely available ebooks, titled Photoshop 7.0 Scripting Ebook that will help you understand and learn how to use and write scripts in Visual Basic or Javascript for making Photoshop easier to use. These scripts in effect direct Photoshop to execute predefine tasks, which can also be actions that are repeated many times, thus saving time through automation. These tasks can be actions such as resizing or reformatting documents. (91 pages, 887kb, pdf format)

Table of Contents for  Photoshop 7.0 Scripting Ebook

Chapter 1 Introduction
   About this manual
   What is scripting?
   Why use scripting?
   What about actions?
   System requirements
   Choosing a scriptingl anguage
   Legacy COM scripting

Chapter 2 Scripting basics
   Documents as objects
   Object model concepts
   Documenting scripts
   Commands and methods
   Handlers, subroutines andfunctions
   The Scripts menu
   Testing and troubleshooting

Chapter 3 Scripting Photoshop
   Photoshop scripting guidelines
   Viewing Photoshopobjects, commands and methods
   Your first Photoshop script
   Object references
   Working with units
   Executing JavaScripts from AS or VB
   The Application object
   Document object
   Layer objects
   Text item object
   Working with Filter
   Channel object
   Color object
   History object
   Clipboard interaction
   Action Manager scripting

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Free PowerPoint 2007 Course from Dell

Here is What’s New in Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, a free online PowerPoint course from Dell which will assist you in becoming more productive using PowerPoint 2007. This free PowerPoint course takes you through many of the important features you need to understand and know so you can use PowerPoint more effectively, including the new Office user interface and application navigation. To start the free PowerPoint 2007 course on Dell’s web page, click on the “Launch Your Free Course Now!” link or the course’s title. (Your pop-up blocker must be disabled and free registration is required.) Below is the outline of the course’s modules.

PowerPoint 2007 Course Overview: Modules & Lessons:

  • Navigation Overview   
  • What’s New in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
    • Getting Started
    • Lesson Introduction   
    • Exploring the New Interface   
    • Tasks and Tabs   
    • Self Test   
  • Creating Presentations 
    • How to Create Custom Layouts   
    • Powerful Diagrams   
    • How to Insert Tables and Charts   
    • Contextual Menu for Tables and Charts   
    • Self Test   
  • Enhancing Presentations
    • Themes   
    • Effects   
    • New Presentation Options   
    • Self Test   
  • Sharing Presentations
    • What are PowerPoint Slide Libraries?   
    • How to Insert Slides from a PowerPoint Slide Library   
    • Publishing Presentations to a PowerPoint Slide Library   
    • Review and Approval Workflows   
    • How to Finalize Presentations   
    • Selecting Appropriate Finalizing Methods   
    • Self Test   
  • Module Summary   
  • Glossary
  • Next Steps

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April 27, 2007

Free Outlook 2007 Course from Dell

What’s New in Microsoft Outlook 2007 is a free online Outlook course from Dell that will help you become more productive using Outlook 2007. This free Outlook course contains lessons which take you through using the new Office user interface and application navigation so you can better utilize Outlook’s common features. To start the free Outlook 2007 course on Dell’s web page, click on the “Launch Your Free Course Now!” link or the course’s title. (Your pop-up blocker must be disabled and free registration is required.) Below is the outline of the course’s modules.

Outlook 2007 Course Overview: Modules & Lessons:

  • Course Overview
  • Navigation Overview   
  • What’s New in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • Getting Started
  • Account Manager   
  • The New User Interface   
  • Self Test   
  • Managing Your E-mail and Information 
    • Enhanced Features   
    • Color Categories   
    • RSS Subscriptions   
    • How to Connect Document Libraries to Office Outlook   
    • Self Test   
  • Managing Tasks
    • The To-Do Bar   
    • Integration of Tasks with E-mail   
    • Integration of Tasks with Calendar   
    • How to Connect Tasks from a Windows SharePoint Site with Office Outlook   
    • Self Test   
  • Managing Calendars and Appointments
    • Benefits of Internet Calendars   
    • How to Connect a SharePoint Team Calendar to Office Outlook   
    • Calendar Snapshots   
    • Improved Scheduling Capabilities with Exchange “12″   
    • How to Share Calendars with Other Exchange Users   
    • Self Test   
  • Managing and Sharing Contacts
    • Electronic Business Cards   
    • Contacts Sharing Request   
    • SharePoint Contacts in Office Outlook   
    • Self Test   
  • Glossary
  • Next Steps

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Free Book – Teach Yourself XML in 21 Days

Here is an excellent free online book covering XML, how to use it and what’s it all about. Its titled Sams Teach Yourself XML in 21 Days and provides hundreds of real-world situations on how to use XML, along with showing you the newest tools you can use to get the most of it. The linked table of contents is below.

Table of Contents for Sams Teach Yourself XML in 21 Days

  » About the Author
  » Acknowledgments
  » We Want to Hear from You!
  » Introduction

  » Part I: At a Glance
  » Day 1. Welcome to XML
  » Day 2. Creating XML Documents
  » Day 3. Creating Well-Formed XML Documents
  » Day 4. Creating Valid XML Documents: DTDs
  » Declaring Attributes in DTDs
  » Day 6. Creating Valid XML Documents: XML Schemas
  » Day 7. Creating Types in XML Schemas
  » Part I. In Review

  » Day 8. Formatting XML by Using Cascading Style Sheets
  » Day 9. Formatting XML by Using XSLT
  » Day 10. Working with XSL Formatting Objects
  » Part II. In Review

  » Part III: At a Glance
  » Day 11. Extending HTML with XHTML
  » Day 12. Putting XHTML to Work
  » Day 13. Creating Graphics and Multimedia: SVG and SMIL
  » Day 14. Handling XLinks, XPointers, and XForms
  » Part III. In Review

  » Part IV: At a Glance
  » Day 15. Using JavaScript and XML
  » Day 16. Using Java and .NET: DOM
  » Day 17. Using Java and .NET: SAX
  » Day 18. Working with SOAP and RDF
  » Part IV. In Review

  » Part V: At a Glance
  » Day 19. Handling XML Data Binding
  » Day 20. Working with XML and Databases
  » Day 21. Handling XML in .NET
  » Part V. In Review

  » Appendix A. Quiz Answers

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April 26, 2007

Free Excel 2007 Course from Dell

Here is a free Excel course from Dell, titled What’s New in Microsoft Excel 2007. This free Excel course shows and demonstrates for you the new Office user interface and application navigation to access the common Excel features you need to use. To start the free Excel 2007 course on Dell’s web page, click on the “Launch Your Free Course Now!” link or the course’s title. (Your pop-up blocker must be disabled and free registration is required.)

Excel 2007 Course Overview: Modules & Lessons:

  • Course Overview
  • Navigation Overview
  • What’s New in Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • Exploring the New Interface
  • The Ribbon
  • Tasks and Tabs
  • The Enhanced Workbook
  • Self Test
  • Organizing Business Information
    • How to Insert and Format Tables
    • External Sources of Business Information
    • New Formula Features
    • How to Create Professional-Looking Reports
    • Self Test
  • Analyzing Business Information
    • How to Analyze Data Using Conditional Formatting
    • New Chart Features
    • Create PivotTables and PivotCharts
    • Analysis of Business Information Using Office Excel Services
    • Self Test
  • Sharing and Managing Business Information
    • Benefits of Publishing Spreadsheets
    • Different Ways to Interact with a Spreadsheet in a Browser
    • User Permissions in Office Excel 2007
    • What Are Business Intelligence Dashboards?
    • What Are Snapshots?
    • Self Test
  • Module Summary
  • Glossary
  • Next Steps

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3 Ebooks for Adobe Photoshop 6

Here are 3 great ebooks for Adobe Photoshop 6 that show and demonstrate many of Photoshops features and functionality. These will help you learn this important graphics and imaging editing application. Many of these features are also available in previous versions of Photoshop and in more recent versions.

Photoshop 6 Ebook #1
(448 pages, 6.2mb, pdf format)

Table of Contents:

  • Getting Started
  • Adobe Photoshop Basics
  • What’s New in Adobe Photoshop 6.0
  • Chapter 1 – Looking at the Work Area
  • Chapter 2 – Getting Images into Photoshop and ImageReady
  • Chapter 3 – Working with Color
  • Chapter 4 – Producing Consistent Color (Photoshop)
  • Chapter 5 – Selecting
  • Chapter 6 – Drawing and Editing
  • Chapter 7 – Using Channels and Masks
  • Chapter 8 – Using Layers
  • Chapter 9 – Using Type
  • Chapter 10 – Designing Web Pages
  • Chapter 11 – Creating Animations (ImageReady)
  • Chapter 12 - Optimizing Images for the Web
  • Chapter 13 – Saving and Exporting Images
  • Chapter 14 – Printing
  • Chapter 15 – Automating Tasks

Photoshop 6 Ebook #2
(1047 pages, 15.1mb, pdf format)

Table of Contents:
  • Part I: Welcome to Photoshop
    • Chapter 1: What’s Up with Photoshop 6?
    • Chapter 2: Inside Photoshop
    • Chapter 3: Image Fundamentals
  • Part II: Painting and Retouching
    • Chapter 4: Defining Colors
    • Chapter 5: Painting and Editing
    • Chapter 6: Filling and Stroking
    • Chapter 7: Retouching, Repeating, and Restoring
  • Part III: Selections, Masks, and Filters
    • Chapter 8: Selections and Paths
    • Chapter 9: Masks and Extractions
    • Chapter 10: Corrective Filtering
    • Chapter 11: Full-Court Filtering
  • Part IV: Layers, Objects, and Text
    • Chapter 12: Working with Layers
    • Chapter 13: The Wonders of Blend Modes
    • Chapter 14: Shapes and Styles
    • Chapter 15: Fully Editable Text
  • Part V: Color for Print and the Web
    • Chapter 16: Essential Color Management
    • Chapter 17: Mapping and Adjusting Colors
    • Chapter 18: Printing Images
    • Chapter 19: Creating Graphics for the Web

Photoshop 6 Ebook #3
(441 pages, 47.2mb, pdf format)

Table of Contents:
  • Getting Started
  • Prerequisites
  • Lesson 1 – Getting to Know the Work Area
  • Lesson 2 - Working with Selections
  • Lesson 3 – Layer Basics
  • Lesson 4 – Painting and Editing
  • Lesson 5 – Masks and Channels
  • Lesson 6 – Photo Retouching
  • Lesson 7 – Basic Pen Tool Techniques
  • Lesson 8 – Vector Shapes and Clipping Paths
  • Lesson 9 – Advanced Layer Techniques
  • Lesson 10 – Creating Special Effects
  • Lesson 11 – Setting Up Your Monitor for Color Management
  • Lesson 12 – Producing and Printing Consistent Color
  • Lesson 13 – Preparing Images for Two-Color Printing
  • Lesson 14 – Optimizing Images for the Web
  • Lesson 15 - Creating Web Graphics Using Slices and Rollovers
  • Lesson 16 – Designing Web Pages Using Multiple Adobe Programs
  • Lesson 17 – Creating Animated Images for the Web
  • Review Questions
  • Review Answers

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April 25, 2007

Free Word 2007 Course from Dell

This is a free course from Dell, titled What’s New in Microsoft Office Word 2007. This free Word course teaches you how to understand and use the new user interface and application navigation to access the common Word tools you need to use. To start the free Word 2007 course, on Dell’s web page, click on the “Launch Your Free Course Now!” link or the course’s title. (Your pop-up blocker must be disabled and free registration is required.)

Word 2007 Course Overview: Modules & Lessons:

  • Course Overview
  • Navigation Overview   
  • What’s New in Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • Exploring the New Interface
  • The Ribbon   
  • Tasks and Tabs   
  • The Full Screen Reading View   
  • Self Test   
  • Creating Professional-Looking Documents
  • How to Insert Tables, Illustrations, and Equations   
  • What Are Building Blocks?   
  • Insert Building Blocks in a Document   
  • How to Change the Layout of a Document   
  • How to Add References in a Document   
  • Self Test   
  • Reviewing and Finalizing Documents
  • How to Finalize Documents   
  • What Are Workflows?   
  • How to Initiate Workflows   
  • How to Compare Multiple Versions of a Document   
  • Available File Formats   
  • Self Test   
  • Module Summary   
  • Glossary
  • Next Steps

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Free Book – Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours

Here is a free online JavaScript book, Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours. This book will teach you how to effectively use and code JavaScript in your web pages. Using JavaScript is a relatively easy method to give your website more user interactivity and make it easier and more friendly to use. Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours provides many step-by-step lessons that you can use to learn both scripting basics and the details of the JavaScript scripting language

Table of Contents of Sams Teach Yourself JavaScript in 24 Hours

  » About the Author
  » Acknowledgments
  » We Want to Hear from You!
  » Reader Services
  » Introduction

  » Part I: Getting Started
  » Hour 1. Understanding JavaScript
  » Hour 2. Creating a Simple Script
  » Hour 3. How JavaScript Programs Work

  » Part II: Learning JavaScript Basics
  » Hour 4. Using Functions and Variables
  » Hour 5. Using Strings and Arrays
  » Hour 6. Testing and Comparing Values
  » Hour 7. Repeating Yourself: Using Loops
  » Hour 8. Using Math and Date Functions

  » Part III: The Document Object Model (DOM)
  » Hour 9. Working with the Document Object Model
  » Hour 10. Responding to Events
  » Hour 11. Using Windows and Frames
  » Hour 12. Getting Data with Forms
  » Hour 13. Using Graphics and Animation

  » Part IV: Moving on to Advanced JavaScript Features
  » Hour 14. Creating Cross-Browser Scripts
  » Hour 15. Creating Custom Objects
  » Hour 16. Working with Sounds and Plug-Ins
  » Hour 17. Debugging JavaScript Applications

  » Part V: Working with Dynamic HTML (DHTML)
  » Hour 18. Working with Style Sheets
  » Hour 19. Using Dynamic HTML (DHTML)
  » Hour 20. Using Advanced DOM Features

  » Part VI: Putting It All Together
  » Hour 21. Improving a Web Page with JavaScript
  » Hour 22. Creating a JavaScript Game
  » Hour 23. Creating DHTML Applications
  » Hour 24. JavaScript Tips and Tricks

  » Part VII: Appendices
  » Appendix A. Other JavaScript Resources
  » Appendix B. Tools for JavaScript Developers
  » Appendix C. Glossary
  » Appendix D. JavaScript Quick Reference
  » Appendix E. DOM Quick Reference

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April 19, 2007

Free Book – Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours

Here is a great free online book, titled Sams Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours. This will teach you all about HTML, how to code, how to design your graphics, build your web pages and make them dynamic, and get your site online as fast as possible. It is targeted towards the beginners, but will also be useful for more advanced web site developers. Some of the HTML topics it covers includes the following: How HTML and XML work, Publishing Your Web Pages, Text Alignment and Formatting, HTML Forms, Web Page Graphics, Backgrounds and Colors, Page Design and Layout, Graphical Links and Imagemaps, Advanced Layout using Tables, Using Style Sheets, Embedding Multimedia in Web Pages, Interactive Web Pages, Web Scripting, Using Dynamic HTML, and Organizing and Managing a Web Site. A complete HTML 4 Quick Reference is also included in the appendix.

Table of Contents of Sams Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours

  » About the Author
  » Acknowledgments
  » Tell Us What You Think!
  » Put Your HTML Page Online Today

  » I. Your First Web Page
  » Hour 1. Understanding HTML and XML
  » Hour 2. Create a Web Page Right Now
  » Hour 3. Linking to Other Web Pages
  » Hour 4. Publishing Your HTML Pages

  » II. Web Page Text
  » Hour 5. Text Alignment and Lists
  » Hour 6. Text Formatting and Font Control
  » Hour 7. Email Links and Links Within a Page
  » Hour 8. Creating HTML Forms

  » III. Web Page Graphics
  » Hour 9. Creating Your Own Web Page Graphics
  » Hour 10. Putting Graphics on a Web Page
  » Hour 11. Custom Backgrounds and Colors
  » Hour 12. Creating Animated Graphics

  » IV. Web Page Design
  » Hour 13. Page Design and Layout
  » Hour 14. Graphical Links and Imagemaps
  » Hour 15. Advanced Layout with Tables
  » Hour 16. Using Style Sheets

  » V. Dynamic Web Pages
  » Hour 17. Embedding Multimedia in Web Pages
  » Hour 18. Interactive Pages with Applets and ActiveX
  » Hour 19. Web Page Scripting for Non-Programmers
  » Hour 20. Setting Pages in Motion with Dynamic HTML

  » VI. Building a Web Site
  » Hour 21. Multipage Layout with Frames
  » Hour 22. Organizing and Managing a Web Site
  » Hour 23. Helping People Find Your Web Pages
  » Hour 24. Planning for the Future of HTML

  » VII. Appendixes
  » A. Readers’ Most Frequently Asked Questions
  » B. HTML Learning Resources on the Internet
  » C. Complete HTML 4 Quick Reference
  » D. HTML Character Entities

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Free Book – Teach Yourself Office 2003 in 24 Hours

Here is an excellent free Office training book, titled Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Office 2003 in 24 Hours. This book will teach you great keyboard shortcuts and efficient methods to perform many of the common tasks in Office. It covers many important topics and features of all of the Office applications. These include the following: Word Formatting, Customizing Word, Advanced Word, Editing and Formatting Excel Worksheets, Excel Charting, Editing and Arranging Powerpoint Presentations, Advanced PowerPoint Features, Animating Your Presentations, Planning and Scheduling with Outlook, Displaying and Retrieving Data in Access, Reporting with Access, Using Office with the Internet, Creating Web Content with Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, and Inserting Art with Publisher Art, and Publishing with Publisher. It also includes chapters covering Web Page Design and Creation using FrontPage, and managing your web site with FrontPage.

Table of Contents for Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Office 2003 in 24 Hours

  » Introduction
  » Who Should Read This Book?
  » What This Book Does for You
  » Can This Book Really Teach Office 2003 in 24 Hours?
  » Conventions Used in This Book

  » Part I. Working with Office 2003
  » Hour 1. Getting Acquainted with Office 2003

  » Part II. Processing with Word 2003
  » Hour 2. Welcome to Word 2003
  » Hour 3. Formatting with Word 2003
  » Hour 4. Managing Documents and Customizing Word 2003
  » Hour 5. Advanced Word 2003

  » Part III. Computing with Excel 2003
  » Hour 6. Understanding Excel 2003 Workbooks
  » Hour 7. Restructuring and Editing Excel 2003 Worksheets
  » Hour 8. Using Excel 2003
  » Hour 9. Formatting Worksheets to Look Great
  » Hour 10. Charting with Excel 2003

  » Part IV. Presenting with Flair
  » Hour 11. PowerPoint 2003 Presentations
  » Hour 12. Editing and Arranging Your Presentations
  » Hour 13. PowerPoint 2003 Advanced Features
  » Hour 14. Animating Your Presentations

  » Part V. Organizing with Outlook 2003
  » Hour 15. Communicating with Outlook 2003
  » Hour 16. Planning and Scheduling with Outlook 2003

  » Part VI. Tracking with Access 2003
  » Hour 17. Access 2003 Basics
  » Hour 18. Entering and Displaying Access 2003 Data
  » Hour 19. Retrieving Your Data
  » Hour 20. Reporting with Access 2003

  » Part VII. Combining Office 2003 and the Internet
  » Hour 21. Office 2003 and the Internet
  » Hour 22. Creating Web Content with Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint

  » Part VIII. Publishing Eye-Catching Documents
  » Hour 23. Publishing with Flair Using Publisher 2003
  » Hour 24. Adding Art to Your Publications

  » Part IX. Appendixes
  » Appendix B. Business Contact Manager and Office Extras

  » Part X. Bonus Hours
  » Hour 25. Using FrontPage 2003 for Web Page Design and Creation
  » Hour 26. Managing Your Web with FrontPage

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April 16, 2007

HTML 4 and CSS 2 Reference Help Ebook

Here is an excellent free HTML 4 and CSS 2 Reference Help Ebook. It also includes a short step-by-step course to help you on developing your first web page.. Here is the download for this HTML and CSS reference ebook.


  • CSS 2 overview 
  • CSS 2 Syntax
  • Sample Style Sheet
  • HTML4 Overview                                        
  • HTML4 Syntax – by group
  • HTML 4 Syntax – Alphabetical
  • Color Reference

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204 PHP Tips and Tutorials with Scripts

Here is a blog post I wrote at that links to 204 PHP Tips and Tutorials with Scripts at The PHP example scripts and techniques demonstrated here will assist you as a beginner or as an experienced PHP web developer. They also include many excellent PHP tutorial exercises.

PHP Tutorial Topics:

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April 14, 2007

Web Site Accessibility Tutorial

This is a Web Site Accessibility Tutorial from which you can learn all about what web accessibility is, why its important, how to design for it, when to implement it, and who is effected by web accessibility. This is provided by the University of Minnesota.

You will have learned the following after reading this tutorial:

  • Understanding of the meaning of web accessibility
  • Understanding of who is affected by web accessibility
  • Understanding of the rational of why web sites should be made accessible
  • Awareness of the process of how to make web pages accessible
  • Awareness of relevant web accessibility dates
Web Accessibility Tutorial Topics:

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Access 2003 Video Tutorials from BSU

Here are Ball State’s Microsoft Access 2003 Video Tutorials. These Access Tutorials will help you use this database application to become more productive with organizing, accessing, and sharing information and data. One thing about Access is that end-users can use it without much training, while developers can use it to write complex applications. These tutorials cover and teach creating tables in Access, creating relationships, entering data into records, udpating data in a database, changing fields and tables, validation rules, working with queries, and printing with Access.

Getting Started

  • Access 2003 Overview
    Create a database file and learn about some of the basic Access screen elements.

  • Save Your Database
    Access automatically saves your database and all the associated elements when you close the database.

Creating a Table
Establishing Relationships
  • Create a One-to-Many Relationship
    Relate two tables to each other using a one-to-many relationship.  Learn why Referential Integrity is important.

  • Open a Relationships Window and Adding Tables
    The Relationships Window gives you a graphical representation of your database and allows you to build or modify the relationships between the tables in your database.  Includes an explanation of the three types of relationships.

Adding Data to a Database
Updating Data in an Existing Database
  • Change Existing Data
    Changing data in an existing record.

  • Updating Records
    Updating a record in a table is as easy as opening the table and then typing in the change.

  • Update Multiple Records
    Update multiple records in an existing table using the “Replace” or “Replace All” commands.  This allows you to update information for records in a table that meet certain conditions.

  • Delete a Record from a Table 
    It is easy to delete a record from a table in your database.

Modifying the Database

Validation Rules
  • Setting Validation Rules
    Set a validation rule and establish the text properties for the rule.  Validation rules on a field ensure that only valid data gets entered into the field.

  • Validation Rule Testing
    Setting validation rules for fields in your database ensures that only valid data can be entered into each field.  Validation rules can be tested by adding records to a table.

Navigating the Database and Finding Specific Records
Working with Queries
Printing from Access
  • Printing a Table
    There are a couple of ways to print existing tables – you can click on the Print button on the tool bar or access the printer via the File menu.   Learn how to use the “Print Preview” option.

  • Printing the Results of a Query
    After a query is run, it is easy to print the results of the query.

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April 11, 2007

PowerPoint 2003 Video Tutorials from

Here are some great PowerPoint 2003 Video Training Tutorials provided free by Ball State University. These will help you become a better PowerPoint user, increasing your skills with creating and presenting slide presentations. Features taught by these PowerPoint Tutorials include: choosing a design template, creating a title slide, adding sound, changing the layout, formatting text, inserting clip art, adding a hyperlink, rearranging slides, and printing your presentation.

Getting Started

  • Selecting a Design Template
    PowerPoint comes with many design templates that you can choose from.  Learn how to select one for use with your presentation.

  • Create a Title Slide
    The title slide is typically the first slide in a presentation.  You can use the blank presentation template to create a title slide.

  • Save Your Presentation
    Learn how to use the “Save” and “Save As” functions of PowerPoint.

Enhancing Slides

Modifying a Presentation
Printing a Presentation
  • Printing a Presentation
    Learn to use the different printing options such as printing slides or handouts.  Also learn how to choose to print in black and white, color, or grayscale.

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Flash Tutorials from provides many free Macromedia Flash Tutorials links to high-quality Flash tutorials around the web. Below are the categories of Flash functionality and features that they offer tutorials on. Macromedia Flash permits web developers to bring together video, audio, graphics, and text into a web site or web applicaction to increase the user experience and provide interactivity.

Topics for Flash Tutorials:

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April 9, 2007

Outlook 2003 Video Tutorials from

Here are several easy to follow Outlook 2003 Video Training Tutorials from Ball State University. These Outlook 2003 video tutorials cover most of the important features and functionality that you need to know when using this email application. Some of the features demonstrated are: Enable Spam Filtering, Block a Sender, Customize Junk Mail Settings, Your Email Quota, Recall Messages, Create an Archive,Uundelete an Email, Add a Signature, Out of Office Assistant, Global Address List, Add a Contact, Add an Appointment, Schedule a Meeting, Print Your Calendar, Export Calendar Items, Add a Delegate, Public Folders, Outlook Notes, and Follow-up Flags.

Getting Started

Dealing with Junk Mail and SPAM

Manage Your Account
Customize Outlook  
Using the Address Book and Contacts
  • Using the Global Address List
    The global address list provides a list of e-mail addresses for all BSU e-mail accounts.  It makes it easy to find an e-mail address or schedule a meeting.

  • Add a Contact from a E-mail
    Add the sender from an e-mail you received to your contacts list.

  • Create an Outlook Contact
    Create an Outlook Contact to save information about someone such as their e-mail address and other contact information.

  • New E-mail Addresses Listing
    It can take up to 48 hours for new e-mail addresses to be listed in the global address book in your Outlook account. Learn how to request an update to get these new addresses sooner.

Working with the Calendar
Sharing Access to Outlook

Accessing Public Folders
  • Public Folders
    Access e-mail messages that are posted in the many BSU public folders, including allbsu.

Outlook Notes
  • Notes Can Help You Stay Organized
    Outlook notes are the electronic equivalent of a post-it note.  Use notes to store bits of information that you will need later.

  • Change the Color of a Note
    Stay organized by customizing the color of the notes you have in Outlook.

  • Delete a Note
    Remove a note that you have previously added to Outlook.  Deleted notes are moved to the Deleted Items folder, just like email messages that you delete.

Other Useful Tools

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Outlook Web Access Video Tutorials from

Here are several excellent Outlook Web Access Video Training Tutorials from Ball State University. Outlook Web Access (OWA) is sometimes referred to as webmail, and it provides a nice method to access your e-mail account from the Internet. These Outlook Web Access video tutorials teach how to use some of the important features of this Internet email application, such as: Mark Messages as Read, Restore Deleted Items, Change the Background Color, Add a Signature, Use the Out of Office Assistant, Manage Junk Mail, Block a Sender, and Print Your Calendar.

Manage Your Account

  • Empty Your Deleted Items Folder Using OWA
    Keeping your e-mail account cleaned up is important. Watch this TechClip to learn how to empty your Delete Items folder via Outlook Web Access.

  • Mark a Message as Unread
    Once you read an email, you can go to the inbox and mark it as unread. This is a great way to remind yourself that you need to go back to it later.

  • Change your OWA Time Zone
    Quickly check the OWA (webmail) time zone and learn how to change it. All OWA users should change their time zone to Eastern.

  • Restore Deleted Items
    There are two easy ways to move items from the Deleted Items folder back to the folder that they were deleted from.

Customize OWA
  • Change the Color of Your OWA Screen
    You can customize the look and feel of Outlook Web Access (OWA) by changing the default color of the screen.

  • Add a Signature to Your E-mails
    Adding a signature to OWA (webmail) will allow you to specify information that you want at the end of each e-mail to automatically be generated when you start a new e-mail.

  • Using the Out of Office Assistant
    Use the “Out of Office Assistant” to let people know when you are away. They will get an automatic reply when they e-mail you.

Dealing with Junk Mail and SPAM
  • Enable Junk Mail Filter From WebMail
    The first step to eliminating junk e-mail from displaying in your Webmail account is to enable junk e-mail filtering. 

  • Block Senders
    OWA provides two ways of blocking a sender so that any mail they send you goes automatically to your Junk Mail folder.

  • Tools to Help Manage Junk Mail
    Mange your junk e-mail using the Block Sender and Safe Sender features of Outlook Web Access (OWA).  Also learn how to empty your Junk Mail folder.

Using the Calendar from OWA

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April 5, 2007

2 CSS Training Tutorials

Here are two Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) Training Tutorials from the University of Minnesota. These are very helpful with getting your familiar with CSS and understanding how to use and code these into your web pages. CSS is the preferred method now of developing web sites, so use CSS instead of HTML tags, such as <font>.

Inside Cascading Style Sheets

To use the tutorials in this training workshop, you’ll need a text editor and have Dreamweaver 8 available (for that section only). These modules will introduce CSS and get you going with coding CSS in your web pages right away.

Cascading Style Sheets Tips

Here are some great CSS tutorials and tips. Using these, you will learn the CSS basics: process, structure, semantics, and validating. These four techniques make up the foundation for getting everything coded correctly when using CSS in your web sites.

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Photoshop Elements Video Training Tutorials from

Here are some excellent Photoshop Elements Video Training Tutorials from Ball State University. With Photoshop Elements, you can to edit, enhance, organize, and share your digital photos and images. These Photoshop Elements video tutorials will show you how to use some of the most important features of this photo and imaging editing application. Some of the features taught here are: the Zoom Tool, Resizing, Cropping, the Elliptical Marquee Tool, the Lasso Tool, Adding Text, Using Filters and Frames, Special Effects, and Using a Scanner with Photoshop Elements.

Getting Started

Introduction to the Editor 
Learn how to start Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0 and view a brief overview of the Editor screen.
Access Photos Already Saved on Your Computer
Use Photoshop Elements to access a picture that is already saved on your computer and then save it with a new file name.

The Zoom Tool
It is easy to change which portion of a picture you are looking at by using the Zoom Tool.  You can zoom in to see details of a smaller section of the image or zoom out to see more of the image.

Crop or Resize an Image

Resize a Picture
Easily change the size of a picture to make it fit the area where you are going to use it.

Cropping Photos
Cropping allows you to remove distracting background elements and focus in on the target of your photo by selecting the part of the photo you want to keep and deleting everything else.

Selecting Part of an Image

Using the Elliptical Marquee Tool
The Elliptical Marquee Tool allows you to select a round or oval section of an image.  Learn how to select a section, remove the image outside the selection, and then save the image.

Selecting with the Lasso Tool
The Lasso Tool can be used to select areas of an image that have an irregular shape. 

Working with Text

Add Text to a Photo
Photoshop Elements makes it easy to add text to a photo and then save the text and photo as a single image.

Filters and Special Effects

Soften the Border of a Photo
Soften the edge of a photo so that the edges appear to fade out.  Includes an explanation of the feather tool.

Using Artistic Filters
Modify the appearance of photos by apply filters and special effects.  This TechClip explains how to use the Artistic filters that can be used to make photos look like drawings or paintings.

Add a Frame to a Photo
Photoshop Elements makes it easy to add a picture frame to a photo.  There are several styles of frames to choose from.  Some of the frames look like traditional picture frames while others look more like special affects that modify the edges of the photo.

Convert a Photo to Black and White
Converting a color photo to black and white photo is easy with Photoshop Elements. 

Using a Scanner

Scan an Image and then Edit It
Use a scanner to import an image into Photoshop Elements so that you can modify it.

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