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Computer Class Schedule
Our computer classes are aimed at beginning to intermediate computer users. Patrons who are just beginning with computers are strongly encouraged to start with the Basic Mouse and Basic Computers classes. All classes following Basic Mouse and Basic Computers require a general proficiency with the mouse and keyboard. All attendees in more advanced classes will be pre-screened for skill level before each class.

Registration for each computer class opens the week before the class and closes two days before the class. Patrons may sign up for a class by stopping by the reference desk or by calling (409) 643-5977. Registration slots are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Unless otherwise noted, all potential students must come to the library at 9:30 a.m. for pre-class screening. Computer classes run about an hour. Admission for most classes is limited to 10 people per class.

For more information, please contact the Reference Desk at (409) 643-5977.

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Computer Tutorials
If you'd prefer learning about computers on your own or are unable to make it to our classes, here are resources that will help you get started.

Check out Universal Class, a service provided by the library that gives you access to more than 500 online non-credit continuing education courses, including many in computers. Some of the areas its courses cover: Business applications, computer basics, computer programming, image editing, HTML, Microsoft applications, photography, software and technology skills. You will need your 14-character library card number to create an account.

We also have a great deal of computer-related instruction books in our collection. Search our library catalog or ask for help from a librarian at the Reference Desk.

In addition, below is a collection of computer-related tutorials to help you get started on basic skills such as browsing the Internet, emailing, using Facebook, and more.

General Computer Help
BBC WebWise
GCF Learn Free: Computers

Computers 101
The Parts of a Computer (Windows)
Computer Basics (GCF Learn Free)
Computer basics and hardware (BBC WebWeb)

Typing
Z-Type (Phobos Lab)
Touch-Typing Tutor (VisiBone)
Knoword
TypingTest
Typing Club

Mouse Skills
A mouse or touchpad is typically what's used to navigate around your computer and select text or files. Below are some exercises that will familiarize you to common mouse-related tasks:

Mousing Around (Palm Beach County Library)
Mouse Exercises (SeniorNet.org)
New User Tutorial / Cursillo para El Usuario Nuevo (TLN Technology Committee)
Video: Using the Mouse (The Dark Eyes Raven via YouTube)

Intro to the Internet
Internet Basics (GCF Learn Free)
Using the Web (BBC WebWise)
Basic Skills for the World Wide Web (Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium)
Video: How the Internet Works in 5 Minutes (Security Catalyst via YouTube)
Video: How Does the Internet Work? (Data Centers Canada via YouTube

Searching the Web
Basic Search Help (Google)
Google Tips & Tricks (Google)
Power Searching with Google (Google)
How Search Works (Google)
Bare Bones 101: A basic tutorial on searching the web (University of South Carolina Beaufort Library)
Video: Searching the Web (TheVCRD via YouTube)
Video: Google Search Tips (GoogleWebmasterHelp via YouTube)

Email
Email Basics (GCF LearnFree)
Setting up email (BBC WebWise)
Sending and receiving email (BBC WebWise)
Video: How to open a Gmail (Google email) account (InPhotomation via YouTube)

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word 2007 (Baycon Group)
Microsoft Word 2010 (Microsoft)
Microsoft Word 2013 (Microsoft)

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel 2007 (Baycon Group)
Microsoft Excel 2010 (Microsoft)
Microsoft Excel 2013 (Microsoft)
Excel Easy

Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 (Baycon Group)
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 (Microsoft)
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (Microsoft)

Résumés
How to write a résumé and electronic résumé (Career Perfect)
Résumé Workshop (Purdue Online Writing Lab
Help with Your Résumé and CV (Riley Guide)

Image Editing
Introduction to Photoshop (University of North Carolina Health Sciences Library)
Introduction to Photoshop (Ades Design Blog)

Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.)
Social Media Basics (BBC WebWise)
Social Media (GCF Learn Free)
Video: Social Networking in Plain English (leelefever via YouTube)

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