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 Basics

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.

Keyboarding/Typing

  • 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.
  • Tactus Keyboard – Introduces the keyboard layout and provides practice lessons.

Operating Systems

Desktop Applications

Cloud Applications

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

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.
  • GCF Learn Free - Internet 101 – 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.

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