Microsoft Word class (better late than never!)

So, I’m only about three months late here; what can I say… I had the best of intentions!

Links to resources related to Microsoft Word, and entire Office suite:

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/default.mspx
– Microsoft’s “Mactopia” page; Mac-specific resources for their Office software. Check out the “Help and How-To” link at the top of the page, then the Featured Course, and Featured How-To… One downside to this resource is that it’s almost exlusively geared towards the latest version of Office for the Mac, Office 2008. It doesn’t mean you won’t find helpful tips that apply to earlier versions, but you just might have to dig a bit, or be willing to experiment in earlier versions…

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/templates.mspx
– The templates page for Office 2004 (an example of what you can find if you dig a bit at the site linked above). A whole bunch of handy templates for specific purposes that you can use in Office 2004. And who knows, but most of ’em would probably work in the older version (“Office Vx”) as well…

http://www.creativetechs.com/iq/create_letterhead_templates_in_ms_word.html

-“Create letterhead templates in Word”, from CreativeTechs.com. A handy tutorial for figuring out how to make creative graphic letterheads in Word. It will teach you a lot about using the Header tool as well. [Subscribe to the CreativeTech weekly Tips newsletter as well, it’s a fun graphic-design related resource.]

http://word.mvps.org/mac/Resources.html
-“Word:mac”; a “Microsoft Most Valuable Professional” site containing tons of helpful resources. I’m surprised it’s not been updated with info on Office 2008 as of yet, but since most of us probably don’t have it yet either, maybe that’s a good thing!

These are just a few things offered as jumping off points. I hope they help. Let me know if you end up needing more direction, or have specific questions.

Have fun!

Monthly “Overview of Mac OS X” class

This class takes place the Third Thursday of Every Month,
at the Ridgway Library, behind the Town Hall in Ridgway

Mac OS X Class Outline
[How far we get depends on time and student’s level of expertise.]

Introduction

General overview of computer hardware:

  • RAM (memory)
  • Hard disk
  • Processor
  • Optical drives, etc.
  • Mouse vs. trackball; one-button vs. two-button

Understanding where your files are:

  • Folder hierarchies
  • Understanding the “Open/Save dialog box”
  • General “getting around the system” tips, etc.

Overview of Internet-specific software programs:

Internet Browsers; usage & tips:

  • Safari, Firefox, Camino, etc.
  • Learning to “google”
  • Tabbed browsing
  • Internet safety/security

General email usage & tips:

  • Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Entourage, etc.
  • Quoting, forwards, etc.
  • “To”, “CC” and “BCC” fields, and how to use them

Other possible topics, depending on time and student’s interests:

  • Backing up your data
  • Digital music, iTunes, and iPod/other digital music players
  • How to shop for a new computer
  • Other stuff as needed?

Helpful links

Great sites for general OS X info:
http://www.macosxhints.com/
http://www.osxfaq.com/
http://diveintoosx.org/
http://macosx.com/

Top-notch source for real help books:
http://www.missingmanuals.com/

Excellent Mac-oriented electronic books:
http://www.takecontrolbooks.com/
[coupon code for 10% off of any of their e-books: CPN31208MUG]

Troubleshooting sites:
http://www.macintouch.com/
http://www.macattorney.com/panther.html
http://www.macfixitforums.com/
http://forums.macosxhints.com/

Computer shopping sites:
http://dealmac.com/
http://dealram.com/
http://dealcam.com/
http://dealcoupon.com/
http://www.pricegrabber.com/
http://www.bestwebbuys.com/

My favorite sites for buying hardware:
http://www.newegg.com/
http://www.chiefvalue.com/
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/

Great overall site for reviews of both products and retailers:
http://www.resellerratings.com/