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September 23, 2008

InDesign CS2 and CS3 Tutorials

Adobe’s Indesign is a popular application for desktop publishing, object handling, and creating transparency effects for both text and graphics. These InDesign CS2 and CS3 Tutorials in video format from will take you through and show you how to do many tasks using InDesign’s features.You will learn how to create page layouts, print designs, and great effects. You will also learn keyboard shortcuts and how InDesign integrates with other Adobe software applications. These InDesign tutorials are aimed at all levels of users, from the begginner to the advanced.

Adobe InDesign CS2 Video Tutorials:

 - Runaround - Force Field
 - New Document
 - Adding Pages
 - Drop Caps
 - Pantone Spot Colour
 - Paragraph Style
 - Auto Page Number
 - Business Card Setup
 - Photoshop Clipping Path
 - Linking Text Boxes

More Advanced InDesign CS2 and CS3 Video Tutorials:

 - InDesign CS2 Tutorial: Formatting Paragraphs
 - InDesign CS2 Tutorial: Zooming and Changing Views
 - InDesign CS2 Tutorial: Navigating a Document
 - Creating Drop Shadows in InDesign CS3
 - New Features of InDesign CS3
 - Feathering with InDesign CS3
 - Creating and Applying Master Pages in InDesign CS3
 - Workflow of InDesign CS 3
 - Remove a picture background in 5 seconds
 - Adobe InDesign CS2 Tutorial: Footnotes
 - Creating and Applying Master Pages in InDesign CS3
 - InDesign CS3 Multi-place
 - Text Work Creative Sweet TV
 - Formatting Dynamic Text
 - Load Website Content Dynamically

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Five Outlook Training Documents

Microsoft Outlook is am email messaging and personal information manager, or PIM. Outlook lets you send and receive e-mail messages, schedule appointments, and organize your contacts and addresses. It also reminds you of tasks you need to complete. Here are five Outlook Training documents available from Purdue University, including two comprehensive Outlook training manuals, whose contents are listed below. These will train and show you how to use all of the features of Outlook.

 - Outlook 2003: Quick Tips (2 pages, 267kb, pdf format)\
 - Outlook: Core Skills (10 pages, 2.4mb, doc format)
 - Outlook 2003: What’s New & Different (5 pages, 664kb, doc format)

134-page Outlook Training Manual:
(4.9mb, pdf)

Chapter One: The Fundamentals
 - the Outlook Screen
 - Using the Navigation Pane, Menus, and Toolbars
 - Dialog Boxes
 - Keystroke and Right Mouse Button Shortcuts
 - Getting Help
 - Printing an Item

Chapter Two: Using E-mail
 - Composing and Sending E-mail
 - Message Options
 - Receiving and Sorting Messages
 - Replying to and Forwarding a Message
 - Attach a File to a Message
 - Opening an Attachment

Chapter Three: Using the Address Book
 - Add Entries to Address Book
 - Searching and Editing Entries in the Address Book
 - Creating a Distribution List
 - Deleting Contacts and Distribution Lists

Chapter Four: Using the Contacts List
 - Adding, Editing, and Deleting a Contact
 - Adding a Sender to the Contacts list
 - Changing Views and Using the Actions Menu
 - Printing the Contacts list

Chapter Five: Organizing and Finding Information
 - Using the Advanced Find Feature
 - Create and Use Folders to Organize Information
 - Renaming, Copying, Moving, and Deleting a Folder
 - Modifying and Deleting Search Folders

Chapter Six: Advanced E-mail Features
 - Saving Draft Messages
 - Using the Out of Office Assistant
 - Inserting a Signature
 - Setting up Junk E-Mail Filter
 - Blocked and Safe Senders Lists

75-page Outlook Calendar Training Manual

The Calendar lets you keep track of appointments and schedule. This training document will show you how to create and reschedule appointments and events, how to add a reminder to your appointments, and how to view your schedule using several Calendar Views. You’ll also learn how to set up a re-curring appointment, such as a weekly staff meeting. (3.1mb, pdf)

Table of Contents of Calendar Training:

Chapter One: Using the Calendar
 - Scheduling an Appointment
 - Editing and Rescheduling Appointments
 - Scheduling an Event and Setting Reminders
 - Configuring Calendar Options
 - Recurring and Color-Coding Appointments
 - Arranging Appointments and Events
 - Using the TaskPad

Chapter Two: Using the Tasks List
 - Using the Tasks List
 - Creating a Recurring and Regenerating Task
 - Changing Task Views
 - Arranging Tasks

Chapter Three: Collaborating with Other Users
 - Scheduling a Meeting
 - Reply to a Meeting Request
 - Using Group Schedules
 - Set Free/Busy Options and Publishing Your Calendar on the Internet
 - Sharing Your Calendar and Other Outlook Folders
 - Giving Delegate Permissions
 - Using Public Folders

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September 10, 2008

57 Illustrator CS2 Video Tutorials

Here are 57 Illustrator CS2 Video Tutorials from These Illustrator tutorials will teach you how to create and work with the following using Illustrator: vector graphics and shapes, the Pen and Brush Tools, text and fonts, slice and layers, blending colors, web icons, print design, 3-D maps, custom effects, custom libraries, and keyboard shortcuts. The graphics and artwork you’ll create using these tutorials can afterwards be exported and used in Flash. These free tutorials are aimed at all types of Illustrator users, from those just starting out to more advanced users. 

28 Basic Illustrator Video Tutorials:

 - Create & Outline Fonts
 - Pattern Swatch
 - Swatches
 - Spray Can Shapes
 - Spray Can Images
 - Shape Morf
 - Scale & Skew
 - Rotate & Reflect
 - Importing & Placing Images
 - Pathfinder Subtract
 - Pathfinder MinusBack
 - Pathfinder Connect
 - Smooth with Pencil
 - PMS Colors
 - Pen & Brush Tool
 - Outlines Around Shapes
 - Custom Brush Shapes
 - Line Segment Tool
 - Font with Gradient
 - Text in a Circle
 - Adding Blocks of Text
 - Outlines Around Text
 - Apply Text to a Path
 - Picture Clipping
 - Slice for Web
 - Using Layers
 - Blend Color Tool
 - Print-ready Postcard

29 Intermediate and Advanced Illustrator Video Tutorials:

 - Making Glossy Buttons
 - Making Glossy Web Icons
 - Creating Business Cards
 - Creating a Letterhead
 - Brushes in Illustrator
 - Recording Actions
 - Illustrator Templates
 - Automating Illustrator I
 - Automating Illustrator II
 - Spot Proofing Colors
 - Illustrator Screen Printing I
 - Illustrator Screen Printing II
 - Illustrator and Flash
 - Illustrator and Broadcast
 - SVG Export
 - Gradient Mesh Tool
 - Using Transparency
 - Productivity tools
 - Pseudo 3-D
 - 3-D surface maps
 - Changing Photos to Paths
 - Painting with Text
 - Making Custom Libraries
 - Creating Swoosh Effects
 - Complex Highlights
 - Create Glass Effect
 - Gel Effects
 - Make a Business Card
 - Making the video-tutes text

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September 9, 2008

382-page Excel 2003 Training Manual

Here is a well written, illustrated 382-page Excel 2003 Training Manual, hosted by Purdue University. This Excel training document shows you how to use all of the basics features of Excel, along with most of the intermediate and advanced topics as well. Its divided into 12 chapters, each having detailed lessons demonstrating Excel tasks using step-by-step instructions and exercises for applying what you’ve learned. A review is included at the end of each chapter to help you remember the topics presented. It also offers a quiz and a homework assignment where you can put your new skills into practice. This Excel training manual is 13.2mb in size and is in pdf format. Purdue also provides this illustrated Excel 2003 Quick Reference document (2 pages, 155kb, pdf format).

Table of Contents of Excel Training Manual:

Chapter One: The Fundamentals 
 - Menus, Toolbars and Creating a New Workbook
 - Worksheets: Navigation, Entering Labels and Values
 - Calculating Value Totals with AutoSum
 - AutoSum, AutoFill, and Entering Formulas 
 - Previewing and Printing a Worksheet
 - Getting Excel Help 

Chapter Two: Editing a Worksheet
 - Entering Dates and using AutoComplete 
 - Editing, Cutting, Copying, and Pasting Cells 
 - Absolute and Relative Cell References 
 - Inserting and Deleting Cells, Rows, and Columns
 - Using Undo, Redo, and Repeat
 - Spell Check and Find / Replace Data
 - Inserting Cell Comments 
 - Recovering Workbooks

Chapter Three: Formatting a Worksheet
 - Formatting Fonts and Values
 - Adjusting Row Height and Column Width
 - Cell Alignment, Borders, Colors and Patterns
 - Using AutoFormat and Creating a Custom Number Format
 - Creating, Applying, and Modifying a Style
 - Formatting Cells with Conditional Formatting
 - Merging Cells, Rotating Text, and using AutoFit

Chapter Four: Creating and Working with Charts
 - Creating, Moving and Resizing Chart s
 - Formatting and Editing Objects in a Chart
 - Changing a Chart’s Source Data and Type
 - Adding Titles, Gridlines, and a Data Table
 - Formatting a Data Series and Chart Axis
 - Using Custom and 3-D Charts
 - Chart Fill Effects

Chapter Five: Managing Your Workbooks
 - Switching, Inserting and Deleting Worksheets
 - Renaming and Moving Worksheets
 - Splitting and Freezing a Window
 - Referencing External Data
 - Creating Headers, Footers, and Page Numbers
 - Specifying a Print Area and Controlling Page Breaks
 - Adjusting Page Margins and Orientation
 - Protecting a Worksheet and Hiding Columns, Rows and Sheets
 - Working with Templates
 - Consolidating Worksheets

Chapter Six: More Functions and Formulas
 - Formulas with Several Operators and Cell Ranges
 - Insert Function Feature
 - Using the IF Function to Create Conditional Formulas
 - Displaying and Printing Formulas
 - Fixing Formula Errors
 - Mathematical, Financial, Date and Time, Statistical, and Database Functions

Chapter Seven: Working with Lists
 - Working with Lists and Adding Records
 - Finding, Deleting, and Sorting Records in a List
 - Filtering and Creating a Custom AutoFilter
 - Using an Advanced Filter
 - Copying Filtered Records
 - Data Validation

Chapter Eight: Automating Tasks with Macros
 - Recording and Playing Macros
 - Adding a Macro to a Toolbar
 - Editing a Macro’s Visual Basic Code
 - Prompting for User Input
 - Using the If…Then…Else Statement

Chapter Nine: Working with Other Programs
 - Inserting an Excel Worksheet into a Word Document
 - Modifying an Inserted Excel Worksheet
 - Inserting a Linked Excel Chart in a Word Document
 - Inserting a Graphic into a Worksheet

Chapter Ten: Using Excel with the Internet
 - Adding and Working with Hyperlinks
 - Workbook as a Non-Interactive or an Interactive Web Page
 - Import an External Data Source
 - Refresh a Data Source and Set Data Source Properties
 - Create a New Web Query

Chapter Eleven: Data Analysis and PivotTables
 - Creating a PivotTable
 - Specifying the Data a PivotTable Analyzes
 - Updating PivotTable’s Calculation and Display
 - Formatting and Charting a PivotTable
 - Subtotals for PivotTables
 - Using Database and Lookup Functions

Chapter Twelve: Advanced Topics
 - Hiding, Displaying, and Moving Toolbars
 - Customizing Excel’s Toolbars
 - Password Protecting a Workbook
 - Sharing a Workbook and Tracking Changes
 - Merging and Revising a Shared Workbook
 - Using Detect and Repair

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September 3, 2008

10 Word 2003 Video Tutorials

Here are 10 Word 2003 Tutorials in Video Format from These will teach and show you how to do things in Word such as using templates, working with tools and menus, creating tabs and spacing, tracking changes, working with graphics, using the insert feature, creating web pages, importing spreadsheets from Excel, and using tables and the control toolbox.

Word 2003 Video Tutorials:

 - Working with Templates
 - Tools and Menus
 - Tabs and Spacing
 - Track Changes
 - Importing Graphics
 - The Insert Menu
 - Working with Web Pages
 - Importing Excel
 - Using Tables in Word
 - Control Toolbox Functions

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September 2, 2008

401-page Word 2003 Training Manual

This is a comprehensive 401-page Word 2003 Training Manual, hosted by Purdue University. This Word training document will teach and show you how to do the basics along with many intermediate and advanced tasks in Word.  It contains 13 chapters, each with lessons that teach a new Word feature by using step-by-step directions, illustrations, and exercises for applying what is being taught. A review is included at the end of each chapter to help you remember what you’ve learned. This review contains a review of the topics covered in the chapter’s lessons, a quiz to see how much you’ve learned, and a homework assignment where you can put your new skills into practice. This Word training manual is 12.1mb in size and is in pdf format. Purdue also makes available for dowload this Word Document Collaboration Tutorial (8 pages, 161kb, doc format) and this illustrated Word 2003 Quick Reference (2 pages, 155kb, pdf format).

Table of Contents of Word 2003 Training Manual:

Chapter One: The Fundamentals
 - Using Menus and Toolbars
 - Creating a New Document
 - Filling Out Dialog Boxes
 - Keystroke and Right Mouse Button Shortcuts
 - Closing a Document, Creating a New Document, and Entering Text
 - Selecting, Replacing, Inserting, Deleting Text
 - Opening and Saving a Document
 - Saving a Document
 - Printing and Previewing a Document

Chapter Two: Working with and Editing Text
 - Saving a Document with a Different Name
 - Working with Multiple Documents and Windows
 - Copying and Pasting Text and Comparing Documents Side by Side
 - Moving and Copying Text with Drag and Drop
 - Finding and Replacing Text
 - Spelling and Grammar
 - Thesaurus, Word Count, and Research Pane
 - Using Undo, Redo and Repeat
 - Recovering Your Documents

Chapter Three: Formatting Characters and Paragraphs
 - Formatting Characters Using the Toolbar
 - Using the Font Dialog Box
 - Changing Paragraph Alignment
 - Indenting Paragraphs
 - Adjusting and Removing Tabs, and Using the Tabs Dialog Box
 - Formatting Paragraph Line Spacing
 - Creating Bulleted and Numbered Lists
 - Adding Borders, Shading and Patterns to Paragraphs

Chapter Four: Formatting Pages
 - Adjusting Margins
 - Creating Headers and Footers
 - Changing the Paper Orientation and Size
 - Previewing a Document
 - Controlling Where the Page Breaks
 - Working with Section Breaks and Multiple Page Formats
 - Creating and Working with Envelopes
 - Working with Text in Multiple Columns

Chapter Five: Working with Tables
 - Creating and Working with Tables
 - Adjusting Column Width and Row Height
 - Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns
 - Adding Borders, Shading, and Patterns to a Table
 - Using AutoFormat
 - Sorting Information in a Table
 - Using the Draw Table and Eraser Buttons
 - Merging and Splitting Cells
 - Orienting, Aligning, and Spacing Cell Contents

Chapter Six: Working with Templates and Styles
 - Working with a Document Template
 - Working with Paragraph and Styles
 - Attaching a Different Template to a Document
 - Copying Styles Between Documents and Templates

Chapter Seven: Drawing and Working with Graphics
 - Adding, Working with, and Formatting Text Boxes
 - Selecting, Resizing, Moving, and Deleting Objects
 - Inserting Clipart
 - Inserting and Formatting Pictures
 - Positioning, Aligning and Grouping Objects
 - Drawing AutoShapes
 - Flipping and Rotating Objects
 - Applying Shadows and -D Effects

Chapter Eight: Performing a Mail Merge
 - An Overview of the Mail Merge Process
 - Selecting the Document Type, Starting Document, and Recipient
 - Writing Your Letter and Previewing a Mail Merge
 - Creating and Working with Labels
 - Using IF… THEN… ELSE Fields

Chapter Nine: Document Collaboration
 - Accepting and Rejecting Revisions
 - Inserting Comments
 - Comparing and Merging Documents
 - Password-Protecting a Document

Chapter Ten: Working with Outlines and Long Documents
 - Viewing and Modifying an Outline
 - Adding Bookmarks, Footnotes and Endnotes
 - Adding Cross-References
 - Creating a Table of Contents and an Index
 - Working with Master Documents

Chapter Eleven: Working with WordArt and Charts
 - Inserting and Formatting a WordArt Object
 - Creating and Modifying a Chart

Chapter Twelve: Working with Forms
 - Creating a New Form
 - Using Text, Check Box, and Drop-down Fields
 - Performing Calculations in a Form Field
 - Preparing and Filling Out an Online Form
 - Working with Multiple Sections in Forms

Chapter Thirteen: Creating Web Pages with Word
 - Creating and Saving a Web Page
 - Converting a Word Document to a Web Page
 - Adding and Working with Hyperlinks
 - Applying a Theme to a Web Page
 - Working with Frames

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September 1, 2008

PowerPoint 2003 Training Manual from Purdue University

Here is an excellent 297-page Training Manual for PowerPoint 2003, freely available from Purdue University. This comprehesive PowerPoint training guide is divided into ten chapters, with each chapter containing several lessons covering related PowerPoint features and topics. Each lesson teaches a new feature or task using step-by-step instructions and provides an exercise for hands-on-experience. It also gives you illustrated diagrams, informative tables, and an index which is handy for looking up to find out more about a topic or feature. A review is included at the end of each chapter to help you absorb and retain all that you have  learned. This review contains a brief recap of everything covered in the chapter’s lessons, a quiz to assess how much you’ve learned, and a homework assignment where you can put your new skills into practice. The manual is aimed at both beginners and more advanced users of PowerPoint. Its 9.0 mb in size and in pdf format. Purdue also makes available for dowload this PowerPoint 2003 Quick Reference Card (2 pages, 494kb, pdf) and this PowerPoint XP (2002) Training Manual (36 pages, 4.9mb, pdf).

Table of Contents of PowerPoint 2003 Training Manual:

Chapter One: The Fundamentals
 - Using Menus and Toolbars
 - Creating a New Presentation
 - Creating a Presentation from a Template
 - Viewing Your Presentation
 - Printing Your Presentation

Chapter Two: Editing a Presentation
 - Inserting Slides and Text
 - Using the Outline Pane
 - Replacing, Deleting, and Pasting Text
 - Working with a Presentation’s Outline
 - the Slide Sorter View
 - Adding Notes to Your Slides
 - Working with Multiple Windows
 - Recovering Your Presentations

Chapter Three: Formatting Your Presentation
 - Using the Formatting Toolbar and Font Dialog Box
 - Using the Format Painter
 - Using the Slide Master
 - Choosing a Color Scheme and Background
 - Working with Bulleted and Numbered Lists
 - Changing Paragraph Alignment and Line Spacing
 - Adding Headers and Footers
 - Working with Tabs and Indents

Chapter Four: Drawing and Working with Graphics
 - Drawing on Your Slides
 - Adding, Arranging, and Formatting Text Boxes
 - Resizing, Moving, Formatting, and Deleting Objects
 - Inserting and Formatting Pictures
 - Aligning and Grouping Objects
 - Drawing AutoShapes
 - Flipping, Rotating, and Layering Objects

Chapter Five: Working with Tables and WordArt
 - Working with Tables
 - Adjusting Column Width and Row Height
 - Inserting and Deleting Rows and Columns
 - Adding Borders, Shading and Fills to Tables
 - Inserting and Formatting a WordArt Object

Chapter Seven: Delivering Your Presentation and Charts
 - Using Slide Transitions and Animations
 - Slide Show Timings
 - Packaging and Copying a Presentation to CD
 - Creating and Modifying a Chart
 - Creating and Modifying an Organization Chart

Chapter Eight: Working with Multimedia
 - Inserting Sounds
 - Adding Voice Narration to Your Slides
 - Automating Multimedia in Your Presentation

Chapter Nine: Working with Other Programs and the Internet
 - Inserting a Slide into a Microsoft Word Document
 - Embedding a Microsoft Excel Worksheet into a Slide
 - Modifying an Embedded Object
 - Inserting a Linked Excel Chart
 - Importing and Exporting an Outline
 - Using Hyperlinks
 - Saving a Presentation as a Web Page

Chapter Ten: Advanced Topics
 - Hiding, Displaying, and Moving Toolbars
 - Customizing PowerPoint’s Toolbars
 - Adding Comments to a Slide
 - Customizing PowerPoint’s Default Options
 - Recording, Playing and Editing a Macro

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