For a current schedule and specific dates and times, read the library’s newspaper Library News. Or, browse the Computer Training Calendar. Click on any class title in the calendar to see all the dates/times that class will be offered.
Computer Classes are free and open to all. However, registration is recommended.
Register now by filling out the registration form on this page. Tell us the name of the class(es) and the date(s). Or, call 785-580-4606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register or get more information. Other classes may be offered on an occasional basis.Click here to see the Computer Training Calendar.
Beginning Classes — Designed for the new computer user and presented at a relaxed pace. We recommend taking the classes listed below in the order listed. We encourage you to repeat these classes as many times as you wish.
Taming Your Mouse (Mouse handout)
Learn the proper way to hold and move the mouse. Learn about single and double clicking, right button clicking, dragging and dropping, scroll bars, radio buttons and checkboxes. Practice mouse skills by playing Mouserobics and Mousing Around. Click on the blue links to go to these fun web sites and practice your mouse skills. Come to a Drop-In to further practice your skills. See description of Drop-Ins at the bottom of this page.
Beginning Windows 7
(Windows 7 handout) (Windows XP handout)
Learn Windows basics. Learn about the mouse, desktop, icons, start button, task bar, and keyboard. Learn to minimize and maximize windows and use the calculator.
Windows 8 for Beginners
If you bought a new computer after October 2012, you may have Windows 8. Learn about tiles, charms bar, and other new features. This is a demonstration class. If you have a Windows 8 laptop, feel free to bring it for a more hands-on experience.
Word: Introduction to Word Processing
(Word 2007 handout) (Word 2003 handout)
Learn how to get started woth Microsoft Word. The basics in this class also prepare you for typing email messages or typing on the Internet.
Internet Introduction (Internet Explorer 7 & 8 handout)
Using Internet Explorer, learn basic internet functions and visit some interesting sites.
Email with Yahoo! Mail (Yahoo Email handout)
Learn to address, compose, reply to and forward email messages. Yahoo! Mail is a free email service that is available from any computer with Internet access.
Beyond the Basics — Take the classes listed below to enhance your job skills or whenever you’re ready for more challenging projects. Classes are presented at a faster pace than beginning classes.
Catalog and eResources @ Your Library©
Learn to use the library’s online catalog, check your account and find some amazing free electronic resources line Consumer Reports than anyone can use in the library or access from your home computer with your library card.
Google It (Google It handout)
Google does more than find webpages. Search for pictures, videos, maps, and “stuff to buy” on the Internet. See your home via satellite with Google Earth. Use Google Docs for word processing, spreadsheets and more.
Facebook for Beginners (FaceBook for Beginners handout)
Sign up for a Facebook account and learn the basics of this popular social networking site. Be sure to bring your email address and email password if you don’t have a Facebook account.
Pinterest for Beginners
Learn about Pinterest, an online visual pin board. Open an account, create boards and pin projects or images. Learn to install the “Pin It” button, how to follow other pinners and good pintiquette. Be sure to bring your email address and email password if you don’t have a Pinterest account.
Cut, Copy & Paste
(Cut Copy Paste 2007 handout) (Cut Copy Paste 2003 handout)
Take advantage of this basic but powerful technique. Learn at least 4 new ways to select text, cut, copy and paste in Microsoft Word. Also learn to copy web addresses and paste them into email messages, documents or an Internet browser address bar. Take this class after taking Word: Introduction to Word Processing or if you are already familiar with Microsoft Word.
Word: Graphics (Word Graphics 2003 handout)
Learn to use the drawing toolbar, clip art, WordArt, text boxes and more using Microsoft Word 2007. We’ll insert, resize, rotate, flip and reformat graphics. Take this class after taking Word: Introduction to Word Processing or if you are already familiar with Microsoft Word.
Editing Digital Photos (Picasa handout)
Learn to crop, rotate, resize, reduce red eye, play with color and use special effects on your digital photos using Picasa which is free software available from Google.
Word: Tables, Tabs & Columns
(Tables Tabs Columns 2007 handout) (Tables Tabs Columns 2003 handout)
Using Word 2007, learn to set tabs, construct tables and use columns. We will emphasize tables: setting up columns and rows, formatting choices and more. Take this class after taking Word: Introduction to Word Processing or if you are already familiar with Microsoft Word.
Excel: Introduction to Spreadsheets
(Excel Intro 2007 handout) (Excel Intro 2003 handout)
Using Excel 2007, learn about cells, columns, rows, AutoSum, simple functions or formulas, number formats, and page setup features.
(Excel Lists 2007 handout) (Excel Lists 2003 handout)
Using Excel 2007, learn the basics of making lists using Excel’s data capabilities. Create field names, sort lists, and link spreadsheets. Take this class after taking Excel: Introduction to Spreadsheets or if you are already familiar with Microsoft Excel.
Word: Mail Merge & Mailing Labels
(Word Mail Merge 2007 handout) (Word Mail Merge 2003 handout)
Create mailing labels, envelopes, personalized form letters, and directories by combining a data list with Word 2007. We will use the data list created in the Excel: Lists class to merge into Word documents. Take this class after taking Word: Introduction to Word Processing or if you are already familiar with Microsoft Word.
Computer & Gadget Help
Have questions about your laptop, ereader, digital camera, or cell phone? This is a good time learn advanced computer techniques or work on job applications and resumes. Come and go anytime during the session. Registration is not required. If you have an advanced computer question or special gadget, let us know before the session so we can be prepared. These sessions are held on most (but not all) Tuesdays from 3:30-5:00 pm and one Saturday a month. Check the Computer Training Calendar for specific dates and times.