Online Computer Tutorials

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The library's subscription to Safari Books Online includes access to hundreds of online books and videos on computer technology and basic programming topics. Our subscription includes home access for Acton residents.

Other Free Online Resources

Computer Skills

Using a Mouse

  • Mousercise – A program to practice using a computer mouse – from moving the cursor around the screen to clicking and double-clicking.
  • New User Tutorial - Teaches both mouse and keyboard skills. Great for new users and those unfamiliar with a computer.


  • Good Typing - Typing lessons in multiple languages. 27 different courses.
  • TypingWeb -  Beginner to advanced lessons as well as specialty lessons. Premium lessons are available to preview, but require you to pay to go further. Courses identify problem keys, words per minute, and accuracy. Log-in to keep track of your progress.

Operating Systems

  • Windows 7 Tutorial - 17 videos on using this operating system and how to get the most out of it. Learn about some of the new features that Microsoft has included to make using the computer easier. Recommended for users that are familiar with the mouse and keyboard and basic functions of a computer.
  • Articles introducing Windows 8 and 8.1 and their basic concepts from - A series of short articles providing step-by-step guidance for using Windows 8 and 8.1.
  • Install the Classic Shell app on your Windows 8 PC to add classic Windows features such as the start button, start Menu, and toolbar for Windows Explorer.
  • Get Started with Windows 10, from Microsoft
  • OS X Basics,  from GCF Learn Free  - Whether you're new to OS X or just want to brush up on the basics, this tutorial will cover the most important things you'll need to know.
  • Using a Mac (OS X), from Digital Learn - Learn how to use a Mac (Apple) with the OS X Operating System.

Desktop Applications

Cloud Applications

  • Google Apps Learning Center – Videos and instruction guides for various Google apps including gmail, calendar, docs and more.
  • Google Docs (part of Google Drive),   from GCF Learn Free  - This tutorial steps you through the ins and outs of creating documents using Google Docs, a free, easy-to-use, word processing option.
  • Google Spreadsheets (part of Google Drive),  from GCF Learn Free - This tutorial shows you how to use the free Google spreadsheet application.
  • Office Online (part of Microsoft's OneDrive),   from GCF Learn Free  - This tutorial explains how to access and use Office Online, a free, online version of Microsoft Office.
  • Google Apps, from In Pictures - Three tutorials covering Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides.

The Internet

  • Bare Bones 101 – Produced by USC’s library, this site will help you understand basic searching on the Internet as well as explanations of several different search engines.
  • Internet 101, from GCF Learn Free  – An introductory guide through Internet basics, providing up-to-date information on the latest online tools and technologies. Also in Spanish.
  • Learn The Net – An excellent site for any beginner venturing out onto the Internet. It explains topics ranging from clicking on links to social networks.
  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – This tutorial explains how to find and use Internet resources that provide quality information, and how to avoid misinformation and scams.
  • Internet Research for College Classes – The Virtual Training Suite aims to help university students to develop Internet research skills to assist with their university coursework and assignments.
  • Search for Images on The Internet – Learn how to use the Internet to find copyright cleared images.