WHAT PROGRAMS DO YOU TEACH?


PROGRAMS WE SUPPORT

 

Your personalized training can include whatever YOU need. 

 

You don't have to be a geek to learn computers.

 

Here's a list of the programs damnedcomputer regularly supports.  You can ask for combinations of any of these elements to meet your specific needs. (Detailed outlines of common training topics are available upon request.)

Training that doesn't make you feel dumb.

Need something else? Give a call and let us know what other program(s) you need -- we may be able to help you or refer you to someone who can.

Personalized help or training with no CDs or endless help files.

 

 


Windows or Mac
What your computer is supposed to do for you.  How it's organized with files and folders.  How you can navigate through the programs and folders.  Creating your own filing system.   Copying and pasting. Finding lost items.  Keeping your computer working better.  About viruses, popups and spyware.

Internet and Email
Your options in connecting to the internet.  Basic and alternate ways to search for information on the Internet. Using various email programs-- sending,replying, forwarding, attaching and address books.  Specific searches for people, directions, business and other topical information.  What you can do to minimize viruses and spyware.

Microsoft Office
The term Microsoft Office includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, FrontPage.  Some versions of the package only include a few of these programs.

Microsoft Word
The most widely used word processing program in the business world. The basics of toolbars, buttons, views and taskpanes. Keyboard and other shortcut commands.  Multiple ways to select text.  Formatting text.  Formatting paragraphs. Setting up the page to print with margins and orientation.  Using and finding standard templates. Inserting pictures and using borders. How to use bullets, tabs and styles.  Placing text in columns and controlling how text works with images and drawings. Word can even be used for very long complex documents where you need Footnotes, an Index or Table of Contents, different page numbering, headers and footers for different portions of the document and a feature called  Master Documents.  It also offers collaborative tools for marking up and editing by multiple parties and comparison options for different versions.

Microsoft Excel
The electronic version of a paper spreadsheet set up with rows and columns and special tools for automatic calculations.The basics of toolbars, buttons, views and taskpanes. Keyboard and other shortcut commands.  Multiple ways to select text and numbers.  Formatting text and numbers.   Creating basic calculations -- formulas and functions.   Increase your efficiency and use Excel as a database (list-keeping). Features and timesaving tips and tricks to speed up your work. Work effectively with large or multiple sheets. Pull out the information you want --Sorting and filtering data. Use 3 D links and hyperlinks for efficiency. Make your information speak for itself with comments and graphic options. Use powerful Excel tools to analyze your data. Customize Excel and automate your work. Create templates and macros. Customize formats, buttons, add-ins. Importing and exporting information from database, web and text source. Use pivot tables, subtotals, outlining and scenarios to analyze information more efficiently. Exchange information with Text, web and database applications.

Microsoft PowerPoint
An electronic slide show program frequently used for meeting with a large audience. Getting comfortable with the environment -- different views (normal, outline, slide sorter and master), toolbars, buttons, taskpanes and shortcuts.  Planning an outline of your presentation, choosing slide layouts and backgrounds. Add and manipulate text and graphics and rearrange slides. Set the presentation transitions, check spelling and find phrases. Learn time saving tips and tricks. Create your own templates. Customize and organize clip art for efficiency. Create Word Art and combine text with drawing objects Reuse or hide slides to quickly create multiple versions of presentations. Customize animated builds. Insert sounds and video. Use hyperlinks.
Microsoft Access
Understand relational databases and how the Access design environment helps you create a place to organize, store and retrieve information. Learn about objects in a database. Understanding connections in a relational database. Use wizards and design views to create and edit tables, forms, queries and reports. Update your database design to improve your data integrity. Optimizing data type. Ensure the best entry of data with default values, formats and lookups. Customize and automate your database.

Microsoft Outlook
No, it’s not just email! Organize all your personal or work information. Creating and customizing email
Create and manage contacts- keep track of information on everyone you know. Manage your time better with Calendar or use it to plan meetings and manage resources. Share information between email, contacts, calendar tasks and notes
Keep records of time spent or a timeline of all you do with the journal feature. See how to share information with other users.
Microsoft FrontPage
Create and manage your website with FrontPage.  Insert text and images.  Format text and paragraphs.  Create links to other pages or other sites.  Insert sounds video or transition effects.  Access different layout options like photo galleries. Keep track of download times and slow pages. Create templates and use wizards for forms and data. Use themes to easily create and coordinate buttons and visual elements. 

Microsoft Publisher
Page layout/desktop publishing that’s a step up from Word in creating brochures, cards and flyers. Most appropriate for individuals and small businesses.

Adobe Photoshop
Get comfortable with this program to manipulate and enhance photographs and other digital images. Also appropriate for Photoshop Elements. Learn about resolution and graphic formats. How and why to use different ways of selecting. Using layers. Experiment with painting tools colors and type. Explore filters and imaginative professional effects .Review the special tools for cleaning up old photos or combining images.  Automate repetitive tasks. How Photoshop and companion program ImageReady can help you prepare your web site with small efficient graphics for your site and planning your site.  Create your own background graphics or an animated GIF.

Dreamweaver
Design and create and manage websites. Design and create websites. Site design concepts and planning. Explore the Dreamweaver environment. Define a site. Insert images, set image properties, create and format tables. Add internal and external links, image links and image maps .Upload your site to a remote Web server. More advanced features include libraries, behaviors, style sheets, CSS styles, layers,rollovers, and navigation bars. Add forms and start using database features.
Flash
Wonder how they make those animations on the web? A great creative tool for efficient digital animations. The flash environment. Creating objects. Drawing, painting colors and gradients. Import and manipulate objects. Using layers. Shape and motion tweening. Publishing a flash movie. Work with more advanced features to create more complex animations. Use symbols and instances and build navigational controls. Using the Library palette. Learn about features to help test and organize your projects. Use scenes to organize content in large complex Timelines, and create frame labels to mark critical points in your Timeline. Add advanced playback controls and interactive elements to a Flash movie (including remote rollovers and expanding menus). Create preloaders to ensure smooth playback of larger movie files. Import, manipulate and edit sounds.

Adobe Acrobat
Create PDF files compatible with any operating system that don’t require a specific program or version to see well-formatted documents.

Adobe Illustrator
Create drawings and design elements that you can use in publishing or your own creative work.  Creating and editing lines and shapes. Setting colors and designs for filling shapes.  Use layers to create detailed drawings.  Explore tools to easily reuse design elements.

Adobe Pagemaker
Page layout/desktop publishing. Learn how to create great looking flyers, brochures and reports that can be professionally printed.Get familiar with the PageMaker environment. Using views and drawing tools. Working with text and text blocks. Working with graphics, templates and styles.
QuarkXpress
Publishing books, brochures, programs? This page layout/desktop publishing program can help you put it all together.

Adobe InDesign
Page layout/desktop publishing. Uses the familiar Photoshop/Illustrator interface to learn how to create great looking flyers, brochures and reports that can be professionally printed. Get familiar with the PageMaker environment. Using views and drawing tools. Working with text and text blocks. Working with graphics, templates and styles
eBay Selling
Researching your items. Preparing great pictures for your listing.  Strategies for selling -- pricing, timing, packing and shipping.   Clear out your old stuff or start a business.

Microsoft Project
Planning tool for large and complex projects. Use the project tools to manage your project

Microsoft Visio
Create professional looking charts, diagrams and flowcharts that can connect to office document information.  Get familiar with drawing tools, sets of templates editing and printing options.
Digital Camera & Scanning
Take the mystery out of emailed photos, digital camera pictures and scanned images.  Learn about resolution and printing options. Explore editing and enhancement options in the programs on your computer.

QuickBooks Pro
Track what’s happening with your business. Use it to run your own small business or help other businesses with their bookkeeping tasks. Focus on business start up and everyday tasks or how to track your business over time. Setting up a business. Understanding accounts and classes. Entering inventory, non-inventory items, vendors’ and employees. Entering and paying bills. Tracking and paying sales tax. See how reports can help you manage your business. Set up more specialized items like assets,, depreciation, and payroll. Learn about maintaining and protecting your data. Create customized reports, graphs and forms.

Quicken
Set up Quicken for your personal or small business bookkeeping.  Setting up and using categories consistently.  Creating banking and investment accounts.  Customizing reports.

Flash
Wonder how they make those animations on the web? A great creative tool for efficient digital animations. The flash environment. Creating objects. Drawing, painting colors and gradients. Import and manipulate objects. Using layers. Shape and motion tweening. Publishing a flash movie. Work with more advanced features to create more complex animations. Use symbols and instances and build navigational controls. Using the Library palette. Learn about features to help test and organize your projects. Use scenes to organize content in large complex Timelines, and create frame labels to mark critical points in your Timeline. Add advanced playback controls and interactive elements to a Flash movie (including remote rollovers and expanding menus). Create preloaders to ensure smooth playback of larger movie files. Import, manipulate and edit sounds.

HTML
HTML is the language behind the web pages.  Some people create entire websites with HTML.  Most need HTML to help them edit or make corrections to pages they're created with FrontPage or Dreamweaver. Learn about creating web pages from scratch.  Learn tags for text images and linking.  Create tables ordered and unordered lists. Insert special characters and colors

Devices - Printers, CDs & Flash Drives
Some basics on devices. Viewing your print queue.  Setting your default printer.  Burning CDs. Using a Flash drive(also called pen drives, key drives, jump drive or USB drives.)
Integrating Programs

How programs can work together to save you time.  You can cut, paste and insert a surprising number of things into other programs. Many of these possibilities have some not so obvious options.

 

Ask about these other programs that may be available for training: WordPerfect, Lotus, Filemaker, Act, Dragon Voice Recognition.

 


(Click links below for more details.)

 

Windows
Mac

Internet and Email
Microsoft Office

Word

Excel

PowerPoint

Access

Outlook

Publisher

FrontPage

eBay Selling

Quicken

QuickBooks

Photoshop

Dreamweaver

Digital Camera

Scanning

PageMaker

Illustrator

Visio

Flash

HTML

Devices - Printers, CDs & Flash Drives

Integrating Programs


 

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