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MFP Library Small Business Guide: Computer Software Resources & Training

Computer Help & How To Training from your desktop

MFPL provides free access to the Texshare Learning Express database which has video tutorials on many topics including Windows and Mac operating systems, Microsoft Office products, Photoshop and Illustrator, and much more.  See below for more details on each video tutorial.  

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Get Started with Your Computer

Computer Basics 1: Roles of Computers

Computers are the foundation of today's society, but do you know what they can do for you? Discover the time-saving tools available to you on the computer, which can help you communicate, schedule meetings, keep information secure, and more.

Computer Basics 2: Personal Computer Fundamentals

For people new to using computers, terms like hardware, software, and networks can be confusing and intimidating. In this video course, a certified expert explains how computers work, using simple, common-sense language.

Computer Basics 3: The Basics of Windows 7

Millions of computers run on Windows 7, and with this course, you'll be able to use one of them. Using everyday language, a tech expert shows you around a Windows-based computer, explaining how to log on and off, start projects, and much more.

Computer Basics 4: Customizing Windows 7

Everyone uses his or her computer differently. In this course, learn how to customize your Windows 7-based computer to fit your needs. Change your desktop, create time-saving shortcuts, and even adjust sounds or graphics that you find annoying.

Computer Basics 5: Application Basics

So, how exactly do you get things done on a computer? Learn all the basic tools that you want to use—to send emails, create Word documents and spreadsheets, use the Internet, and even play games.

Computer Basics 6: Organizing Data

There's no use spending hours on a project if you can't find your work afterward and keep it safe. Learn how to search for what you need on your computer; how to save, share, and delete files; and how to use folders—the easy way to stay organized.

Computer Basics 7: Web Browsing

Yes, it's the World Wide Web, but the Internet doesn't have to be overwhelming. In this course, you'll learn how to select the right Web browser, search for information you need, and keep your information secure when online.

Computer Basics 8: Printing

Install your printer without any confusion. This course shows you how to attach a printer to your computer, customize printer options, and print files, no matter what program or application you're using.

Computer Basics 9: Maintenance and Security

A computer virus can wipe out a file—or a whole hard drive—in minutes and set you back by days. Find out how to keep data safe on a Windows-based computer using the Control Panel, the Windows firewall, User Account Control, and other tools.



Learn Computer Graphics and Illustration

Adobe Illustrator

  • CS6 (Basic, Advanced)
  • CS5 (Basic, Advanced)

Adobe Photoshop

  • CS6 (Basic, Advanced)
  • CS5 (Basic, Advanced)


Understanding Your Operating System

Windows Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows

  • Microsoft Windows 8 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) 
  • Microsoft Vista  (Basic, Advanced)
  • Microsoft XP (Basic, Advanced)

Mac Operating Systems

Mac OS X Leopard Desktop Course

Watching Learning Express on Ipad - need Flash Player

Do you want to watch the video tutorials on your IPad or Mac?  If so, please be aware that they do require Flash, which is not supported by the Safari browser.  Here is what I did to get around this with a FREE resource:

Download the Puffin Web Browser Free (there is also a paid version).  Another browser which is highly recommended but is not free is the Photon Flash Player for Ipad.  The Puffin browser worked for my purposes.  I did have to go into the browser settings and allow popups.  


Get Started with the Internet

Internet Basics 1: What Is the Internet?

The Internet isn’t just for playing games or communicating with friends—it’s a place to get things done and find useful information. If you’re new to using the Web, start with this fun, step-by-step introduction.

Internet Basics 2: Surfing the Internet

Knowing how to use the Internet is an essential skill. Use this course to learn all the basics of the Web—from using a Web browser and keeping track of the pages you discover, to downloading or uploading files and managing your "cookies."

Internet Basics 3: The Internet as a Search Tool

The Internet is a powerful research tool. This course shows you how to get the information you need, and how to avoid all of the material you don’t.

Internet Basics 4: Using One-on-One Communications

You can communicate with people using the Internet—through email, instant messaging, or even Web-based phone services. In this course, you'll learn about each tool and expand your options for communication.

Internet Basics 5: Email Etiquette

We use email all the time—but what exactly should you say in an email? How does email differ from face-to-face communication, letters, or phone calls? Learn the rules with this step-by-step guide.

Internet Basics 6: Branching Out Using the Internet

Master the many social media tools that the Internet offers: discussion boards, online communities, blogs, podcasts, and more. This basic course explains each resource using real-world language.

Internet Basics 7: Understanding Social Networking

Many people are using Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to connect with others or to find jobs. This course introduces you to each social networking site, explains how to use it, and walks you through all the bells and whistles.
Facebook - Intro/Overview video (3-4 minutes),  Quick video on: How to setup, use, and set privacy settings (11-12 minutes)
Twitter - Intro/Overview video (1-2 minutes), Quick usage video (4-5 minutes)

Internet Basics 8: Using Web Tools

This course covers the most popular and useful tools on the Internet. Learn how to use Google Docs (documents that you can easily share with other people), install multimedia plugins such as Flash and Shockwave, add videos to YouTube, and more.

Internet Basics 9: Protecting Yourself Online

Protect your data and stay safe from Internet intruders. This easy-to-understand course explains the threats and then shows you how to stay safe online by using your Web browser’s security options, firewalls, and more.

Popular Software Tools

This section has training on Microsoft products.  Each course has a Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced training for:

Microsoft Word

  • 2013 (What's New, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • 2010 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) 
  • 2008 for Mac (Basic, Advanced) 
  • 2007 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)

Microsoft Excel 

  • 2013 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • 2010 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert) 
  • 2008 for Mac (Basic, Advanced) 
  • 2007 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)


Microsoft PowerPoint

  • 2013 (What's New, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • 2010 (Basic, Advanced) 
  • 2008 for Mac (Basic, Advanced) 
  • 2007 (Basic, Advanced)

Microsoft Publisher 2007

Microsoft Outlook

  • 2013 (What's New, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • 2010 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • 2007 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)

Microsoft Access

  • ‚Äč2013 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • 2010 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)'
  • 2007 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)

Microsoft Project

  • Pro 2013 (Basic, Advanced)
  • Pro 2010 (Basic, Advanced) 
  • 2007 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)

Microsoft SharePoint Designer

  • 2010 (Basic, Advanced) 
  • 2007 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)

Microsoft Visio

  • 2010 (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced) 
  • 2007