Did you miss a computer class? Or were you on the wait list and we unfortunately didn't have space for you to attend? Or do you want a digital copy of the handout? View and download the files of our class handouts on this page.
Click red and white icon to the right of a class name and description to download the handout. Certain classes use extra files, which you can download by clicking on the text links in each description below. The class handouts may be slightly inaccurate depending on where you save the additional files on your computer. Some handouts are designed for lecture-discussion and may be harder to understand without the instructor presenting them.
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♦ Microsoft Office classes ♦ Mousing and Keyboarding ♦ Computer Basics ♦ Internet ♦ How to Use the Cloud ♦ Craigslist ♦ iPad series ♦ Online Job Search and Resumes ♦ Mac OS X Basics ♦ Google Earth ♦ LinkedIn ♦ 3D Design ♦ Windows 8.1 ♦ Windows 10 ♦ Pinterest ♦ Photoshop Elements ♦ Photoshop.com ♦ iPhone Photography ♦ Travel apps and websites ♦ File Management ♦ Cut the Cable ♦ Google Photos ♦ Dropbox ♦
Microsoft Word 2013 II - Learn more of Word from symbols to columns, lists, headers and footers, and more. Download additional exercise files: Chicago Sports teams example document, Addresses example mail merge source.
Microsoft Excel 2013 I - Learn the basics of Microsoft Excel from the ribbon to entering data, saving, the fill handle, sums, and more. Download additional exercise files: Picture for background logo example.
Microsoft Excel 2013 II - Learn more of Excel from creating charts to functions, sorting, filtering, worksheets, and freezing panes. Download additional exercise files: Budget example, Census data example.
Advanced Excel: Formulas & Functions (III) - Dive even deeper into Excel to learn relative and absolute references, ranges, nested functions and arguments, arrays, VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP, day/time formulas, and more. Taught by an outside instructor. Download additional exercise files: Excel example file.
Advanced Excel: Tables, Charts & Pivots (IV) - Continue discovering advanced Excel features including protecting data, formatted tables and filtering, conditional formatting, data bars, pivot tables and more. Taught by an outside instructor. Download additional exercise files: Excel example file.
Microsoft Excel 2013 V - Learn sparklines, spark columns, linking between workbooks, slicers, concatenation, hyperlinking, and more. Download additional exercise files: other spreadsheet, report (both for linking exercises).
Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 - Learn to make PowerPoint presentations including picking and customizing a theme, adding images, inserting new slides, formatting text, diagrams, viewing, printing, transitions, animations, and more. Download additional exercise files: example picture, picture for custom background example, slideshow example picture 1, slideshow example picture 2, slideshow example picture 3.
Advanced PowerPoint - Even more on PowerPoint including transitions, animations, triggers, hyperlinks, creating handouts, and mastering. Download additional exercise files: example PowerPoint presentation.
Microsoft Publisher 2013 - Get started with Publisher by learning the ribbon, borders, text and word art, templates, images, columns, and more. Download additional exercise files: text source 1, text source 2, example picture 1, example picture 2.
Learn how to use the computer mouse and keyboard. The main class exercise uses the Palm Beach County Library (FL) "Mousing" tutorial which is publicly available at https://www.pbclibrary.org/mousing/. (We also recommend the following mouse and keyboard learning websites: GCFLearnFree typing tutorial, GCFLearnFree mouse tutorial, Ten Fast Fingers typing practice tests.) Part 1 of our Senior computer class series. Taught in the library with Windows 8.1.
Learn the basics of computer hardware from the monitor, keyboard, and mouse to the system unit and more. Learn basic computer software including the desktop, managing windows, drag and drop, and more. Taught at the library using WIndows 8.1. Part 2 of our Senior computer class series. Taught in the library with Windows 8.1.
Learn the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW). Understand the difference between a web browser, web page, and search engine. Find and use the address bar, learn about web addresses and domains, browser controls, tabs, and more. Part 3 of our Senior computer class series. Taught in the library with Windows 8.1.
Learn what exactly "the cloud" and "cloud computing" mean. Learn what you need to use the cloud, how the cloud generally works, and why you might want to use the cloud. See examples of popular cloud services. Includes security tips and a review quiz. (Quiz answers: 1. no 2. yes 3. no 4. yes 5. yes 6. maybe so 7. no 8. yes)
Learn how to buy and sell locally with the free website Craigslist. Browse categories, search through listings, create posts for items you'd like to sell or give away for free. Includes safety tips.
iPad 1 - Get started with your iPad by learning how to charge it, turn it on/off, use the home screen, open apps, rotate the display, understand the hardware, type on the digital keyboard, connect to Wi-Fi internet, and more.
iPad 2 - Learn useful but hard to learn or hidden features of iPads such as editing home screens, sharing content, notifications and notification center, quitting apps, gestures, copy/paste, the App Store and more.
Online Job Search and Resumes - etitquette, tips, tricks, strategies, websites to use, and other resources to help with your online job search. Download supplemental class file: Microsoft Word for Job Seekers.
Learn the basics of Apple's Mac OS X operating system from the desktop, menu bar, and dock to how clicking works, Finder, window management, Mac keyboards and shortcuts, search, system preferences, and more. Highlights similarities and differences between Macs and Microsoft Windows-based PCs.
Learn to use this 3D version of Google Maps. Look up an address, view layers of map data, move around/rotate/zoom, view landmarks, get directions, view historical imagery, add and edit places, and more. Download the free program to install on your personal computer here. Download additional exercise files: picture for place editing example.
Discovery why it may help you to use LinkedIn, learn to use the different parts of your professional profile, add connections, search for jobs, join groups, follow companies, and more. Taught by an outside instructor.
Basic - Learn the basics of 3D design using Tinkercad. Free Tinkercad.com account required. Tinkercad requires parental permission for new users at or under the age of 12. See also Tinkercad's own tutorials. Download additional exercise file: Ela Library Example Car Model.
Intermediate - Go beyond the basics of 3D design with our Tinkercad experts. Explore aligning, mirroring, and more. Free Tinkercad.com account required. Tinkercad requires parental permission for new users at or under the age of 12. Download additional exercise file: Library wing.
Design an Ornament - Learn some basic 3D design skills while creating a holiday ornament. Design a frame, string hole, customize a name for someone special, or import a center to fill your ornament. Download additional exercise files: batman, christmas tree, menorah, minion, spiderman, superman, tardis, yoda.
Learn what's new in Windows 8.1 including the Start Screen, apps view, desktop, File Explorer, charms, and more. See also our class on Windows 10.
Why'd Microsoft skip Windows 9? Find out that and more of what's the same and what's different with Windows 10. Topics include the re-introduced Start Menu, Cortana search, window management, the new Edge web browser, and the new Settings app which replaces the old Control Panel. Also includes aspects to consider before upgrading a computer to Windows 10. Download supplemental class file: general Windows 10 Upgrade Process Screenshots.
Create a Pinterest account, learn what "pins" are, create a board and add items, view pins by other Pinterest users, and more. Taught by an outside instructor.
Learn this more basic version of Photoshop including importing photos, fixing red eye, lighting, color, and more. Taught by an outside instructor.
Upload and edit photos online, including croping, resizing, autocorrecting, exposure, red-eye, black & white, decorations, and more. Taught by an outside instructor.
Basic - Learn how to use the default iPhone camera including opening it very quickly from the lock screen, changing modes, applying filters, taking panoramic shots, turning flash and HDR on/off, and more. Download additional class files: 100 Photo ideas, Photography basics, iPhone Camera Roll. Taught by an outside instructor.
Advanced iPhonography - Go beyond the basic default iOS Camera app. Apps covered include: Diptic ($1), Juxtaposer ($3), Mextures ($2), RePix (Free), LensLight ($3), AlienSky ($3), and FlowPaper ($1). Taught by an outside instructor.
We highlight apps and websites for booking flights, reserving hotel rooms, renting cars, finding what to do on vacation, remembering what to pack, getting directions, and more.
Find and manage files and folders on your computer. Includes in-depth exercises, strategies to not lose downloaded files, shortcuts to open files, dragging and dropping, and more. This handout references example files we load on library computers before each class, but you can use your own files and folders as substitutes. The class is designed for Microsoft Windows computers, but we've also created an Apple macOS version.
Learn about non-cable TV entertainment options including in Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu+, PlayStation Vue, SlingTV, Hoopla, and many more. The class includes a practical demo of typical hardware cord cutters use including: Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and a Blu-ray player. Also download our supplemental resource: Streaming service device compatibility.
Google's Photos sharing, storage, and photo editing website includes unlimited (at slightly lower quality) or 15GB of photo and video storage. Click here to download all of the example photos used in the class. On the page that loads, click the 3 vertical dot button, and then click Download all.
Dropbox is a cloud file backup and management application. It helps you keep all of your files in sync and up-to-date on all the devices you install Dropbox on. The handout mentions example files we use at the library, but you can use any files available to follow along.
Looking for more technology training resources?
- Ela card holders may fill out this form to schedule a one-on-one technology help appointment.
- Fill out this form for a Digital Media Lab help appointment (Ela card holders only).
- Library databases such as Gale Courses or Lynda.com can also help you learn technology.
- Check our events calendar for Tech Tutoring sessions (open to anyone, first registered first served).
- There are also many free technology education websites online including DigitalLearn, GCFLearnFree and TechBoomers.
- ¿Está buscando la formación tecnológica en español? Visita GCFAprendelibre.org para empezar.