Workshop Handouts

Computer Basics

This class is for anyone just beginning to learn how to use a computer. We will briefly go over the physical computer parts, how to turn the computer on and off, the desktop, Start menu, and how Microsoft Windows work. We will also spend time learning how to use the mouse. No previous experience with computers necessary! Computer Basics Handout

File Organization

This class covers how to organize files and programs on your computer using folders. We will cover basic principles of organization, how to create and delete folders, and how to create shortcuts. If your desktop is filling up with programs and documents and photos, this is the class for you! *If you are new to computers overall, it is recommended that you take the Computer Basics class first. File Organization Handout

Internet Basics

This class is for new computer users who would like to learn how to use the internet. We will learn how to open a web browser, how to navigate to different sites, and how to search the web using a search engine. *If you are still uncomfortable using a mouse, it is recommended that you take the Computer Basics class first. Internet Basics Handout

Email Basics

This class will help you set up an email account (handouts cover Google Gmail or Yahoo! Mail) and learn how to use it. By the end of the class, you will know how to login, create and send emails, attach files to an email, and add people to your contacts list. *If you are not comfortable using the internet, it is suggested that you attend the Internet  Basics class first.  Gmail Handout and Yahoo Handout

Microsoft Word Basics

This class is intended for new users of Microsoft Word, a word processing program. In this class, you will learn how to do basic text formatting and editing, how to copy and paste, how to insert images, how to check your document for spelling and grammar errors, and how to save and print. *Durham County Library uses Word 2007, Carrboro Cybrary uses Word 2010, Chapel Hill Public Library uses Word 2013 Word 2007 Handout, Word 2010 Handout, Word 2013 Handout

Doing More with Microsoft Word

This class picks up where Word Basics left off. In this class, you will learn how to modify toolbars, how to apply advanced formatting options including bulleted lists, how to create tables, columns and adjust margins, and how to insert text boxes and symbols. *If you are new to Microsoft Word it is suggested you take the Basics class first. Durham County Library uses Word 2007, Carrboro Cybrary uses Word 2010, Chapel Hill Public Library uses Word 2013 More Word 2007 Handout, More Word 2010 Handout, More Word 2013 Handout

Microsoft Excel Basics

This class is intended for new users of Microsoft Excel, a spreadsheet program. In this class, we will briefly cover the different parts of a spreadsheet and accompanying toolbars. You will learn how to insert and format text in cells, how to insert and format columns and rows, how to sort data, how to perform basic math functions, and how to save and print. *Durham County Library uses Excel 2007, Carrboro Cybrary uses Excel 2010, Chapel Hill Public Library uses Excel 2013 Excel 2007 Handout, Excel 2010 Handout, Excel 2013 Handout

Doing More with Microsoft Excel

This class picks up where Excel Basics left off. In this class you will learn how to copy, paste and fill data across cells, how to apply advanced formatting options, how to use additional formulas and functions, how to create charts and graphs, and how to use multiple sheets within Excel. *If you are new to Microsoft Excel it is suggested you take the Basics class first. Durham County Library uses Excel 2007, Carrboro Cybrary uses Excel 2010, Chapel Hill Public Library uses Excel 2013 More Excel 2007 Handout, More Excel 2010 Handout, More Excel 2013 Handout

PowerPoint Basics

This class covers the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint, a presentation program. In this class you will learn how to create slides and edit text, layout and design, insert pictures, graphs and tables, display your presentation, and save and print. *Durham County Library uses PowerPoint 2007, Carrboro Cybrary uses PowerPoint 2010, Chapel Hill Public Library uses PowerPoint 2013 PowerPoint 2007 Handout, PowerPoint 2010 Handout, PowerPoint 2013 Handout

Doing More with PowerPoint

This class picks up where PowerPoint Basics left off. In this class you will learn how to use advanced formatting for slides, how to insert autoshapes, WordArt and hyperlinks, and how to format charts. This class will also show you different printing options for your presentation. *If you are new to Microsoft PowerPoint it is suggested you take the Basics class first. Durham County Library uses PowerPoint 2007, Carrboro Cybrary uses PowerPoint 2010, Chapel Hill Public Library uses PowerPoint 2013  Doing More With PowerPoint: More PowerPoint 2007 Handout, More PowerPoint 2010 Handout, More PowerPoint 2013 Handout

Online Job Searching and Resume Writing

In this class you will learn about active and passive online job searching techniques. We will be covering online job search resources and websites, how to create a professional presence online, and how to manage all of your job search information. In addition, you will learn how to use Microsoft Word to format your resume using margins, bullet points, and “power verbs.” *If you do not have prior experience using the internet, it is suggested that you attend the Internet Basics class first. It is also recommended that you attend the Word Basics class if you do not have prior experience with Microsoft Word; this will ensure that you have an adequate background for the Resume Writing portion of the class. Online Job Searching and Resume Writing Handout

Other Resources:

North Carolina Department of Commerce – Workforce Services: Job Seeking Skills page

Social Networking

This class provides a brief overview of several social networking sites, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. In this class you will learn how to set up accounts, how to be safe and protect your privacy on social networking sites, and how to connect with friends and family. This class may go into more depth with one or more sites, depending on participants’ interests and needs. *If you do not have prior experience using the internet, it is suggested that you attend the Internet Basics class first. Social Networking Handout

Online Shopping

This class covers important security and privacy issues that you should be aware of when making purchases online. It includes helpful tips for evaluating website security and keeping your identity safe. In this class, you will also learn the basics of Internet shopping, including online stores, auctions, and classifieds. *If you do not have prior experience using the internet, it is suggested that you attend the Internet Basics class first. Online Shopping Handout

Introduction to NC Live

This class covers resources and databases available through NC Live, which is available through the public libraries in North Carolina. Learn how to search for and browse the many resources available through this site, including genealogy and journal databases, streaming PBS videos, and downloadable audio and eBooks. *If you do not have prior experience using the internet, it is suggested that you attend the Internet Basics class first. Introduction to NC Live Handout

Finding Good Health Information Online

There is a lot of health information available online. This class will teach you how to evaluate health information that you find on the web, as well as show you reliable websites for researching health information. *If you do not have prior experience using the internet, it is suggested that you attend the Internet Basics class first. Finding Good Health Information Online Handout

Introduction to eBooks

This class covers the basics of eBooks, eReaders, searching for eBooks, and downloading eBooks to eReaders. This class is geared specifically towards the eBook resources available through the Orange County Public Library; however, this handout also contains helpful information for those seeking to learn generally about eBooks and eReaders. If you have an eReader, please bring it and any attachment used to connect it to your computer. *If you do not have prior experience using the internet, it is suggested that you attend the Internet Basics class first. Introduction to eBooks Handout

Cloud Storage

This class covers the basics of cloud storage. It will go over advantages and disadvantages of storing files in the cloud andsome different cloud storage services avaiable. This class will also walk through getting started with Dropbox and Google Drive cloud storage services. *If you do not have prior experience using the internet, it is suggested that you attend the Internet Basics class first. Cloud Storage

Open Lab

Open Lab sessions do not have a set curriculum, they are a time for you to ask individual questions and get one-on-one assistance. If you’ve missed a CWS class or have further questions after a class you attended, this is a great opportunity to get some extra help. Volunteers will be on-hand to answer questions or provide information on Basic Computer Skills, File Organization, Internet Navigation, Using Email, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Online Job Searching, Resume Writing, Social Networking, and Online Shopping.