Computer Classes

Computer classes are free of charge and held on the first Saturday of the month at the Elwood Public Library. One-on-one classes are also avaliable at each library. Call the Elwood Public Library to register for classes at 765-552-5001 ext 10. You can also check the calendar for specific dates and times.

Introduction to Computers

This class will introduce you to the basic components of a computer. You will learn how to use the mouse and keyboard; how to open, minimize, maximize, close, scroll in, and resize windows; and how to create and save a simple Word Pad document in a new folder. You will also learn how to switch between windows and how to tile or cascade windows, in addition to learning how to use the Start Menu. Changing the computer's display properties and properly starting and shutting down a computer are taught as well.

Computer Care and Maintenance

This class will explain caring for and maintaining your home computer. This class focuses on Windows XP machines, and topics include internal maintenance of your hard drive, virus protection, backing up data, as well as external maintenance and cleaning.

Prerequisites for this class include basic mouse and keyboard skills.

Introduction to the Internet

This class will teach you how to use Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) to explore the World Wide Web. You will learn how to use the toolbars of IE and how to enter a web address in the address toolbar. You will also learn how to use the favorites list and how to add a website to the favorites list. In addition, you will learn some tricks on how to print web pages and how to change the home page of IE. Learning about the history folder, how to use it and how to delete folders in it, will be taught, as well as learning how to search the web with different types of search engines.

Prerequisites for this class include basic mouse and keyboard skills.

Introduction to Web-based E-mail

In this class you will be introduced to web-based email, using G-Mail. You will learn how to send, receive, and delete e-mails, in addition to learning how to open attachments received through e-mails. You will also learn how to attach a document to an e-mail and send it. You will be assisted in opening your individual web-based e-mail accounts. If you do not have a web-based e-mail account, a G-mail e-mail account will be used during class time. You will learn how to enter e-mail addresses into your address book and how to forward an e-mail.

Prerequisites for this class include basic mouse and keyboard skills, as well as experience using the internet.

Introduction to Online References

In this class we will discuss different ways to get information on the internet, including, how to use search engines, and different reference websites.

Prerequisites for this class include basic mouse and keyboard skills, as well as a basic understanding of Windows and the internet.

Introduction to Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a word-processing program that allows you to create and edit text documents, such as research papers and official letters. This class will teach you how to edit simple documents, change font size, style, and color and how to center, left, or right align text. You will also learn how to enter text anywhere in a current document. Learning to cut, copy, and paste is also an element of this class. You will learn how to insert and format clip art, word art and different date formats, as well as learning how to preview your documents and how to run spell check and how to save a document as a template.

Prerequisites for this class include basic mouse and keyboard skills.

Introduction to Online Shopping

This class will describe the benefits and risks of online shopping. We will also go through how to setup Paypal and Ebay accounts.

Prerequisites for this class include basic mouse and keyboard skills, as well as a basic understanding of Windows and the internet.

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher

Microsoft Publisher is a page layout program that helps you create, customize, and publish materials such as newsletters, brochures, flyers. You will learn how to use the Catalog dialog box to choose from a list of pre-designed publications and then create a quick publication using the wizard. You will also learn how to create a greeting card.

Prerequisites for this class include basic mouse and keyboard skills.

Introduction to Microsoft Power Point

In Microsoft PowerPoint text, graphics, movies, and other objects are positioned on individual pages or �slides�. This allows the presenter add a visual for a presentation, whether it be for education or entertainment purposes. Learn how to insert, rearrange, and customize slides in a presentation. Adding animation to clip art and inserting text in your presentation is also taught, as well as how to create an automated presentation.

Prerequisites for this class include basic mouse and keyboard skills.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is a program that allows you to create and edit spreadsheets, which are used to store and organize information such as budgets, address books, etc. You will learn how to move from cell to cell in a spreadsheet and how to move text from one cell to another, in addition to learning how to calculate simple formulas and create a monthly budget. Using the data from the monthly budget, you will learn how to create and format a column chart, and how to use the Auto Fill feature in Excel.

Prerequisites for this class include basic mouse and keyboard skills.

Introduction to Digital Photography

Learn about the different functions on a digital camera, how to take pictures with your camera, as well as how to transfer pictures to the computer and how to edit your photos.

If you have access to a digital camera you can bring it to class, but it is not a requirement.

Prerequisites for this class include basic mouse and keyboard skills.