Classes

Compuhelp’s strength is in connecting with our students. Every student has their own learning style and Compuhelp strives to accommodate each student. Some students learn better visually, some by hearing the directions, and others by doing the practice exercises. Compuhelp presents the concept first verbally (talking about what will be covered and why the student might use the feature), and then visually by showing examples on the white board or computer, and then we move to hands-on exercises.

Compuhelp tries to keep concepts in simple terms whenever possible. You will never find an instructor using techie lingo to explain a simple theory. Some technical terms are important to know and we will bring those to your attention when required. We have found that delivering a technical concept is best done by relating it to an everyday concept. For example, a hard drive is similar to a file cabinet.

We are a personalized, student focused computer training organization with more than thirty years experience. We take the time to guide you, step by step, through every concept we present. We deliver the material at a rate according to skill level — never rushing through technical concepts or practice exercises. Whether you require on-site or online training, we’re available to customize a training program that meets your needs and quickly provide you with important skills to navigate today’s technology environment.

COMPREHENSIVE COMPUTER TRAINING COURSES TO SUIT EVERYONE FROM BEGINNERS TO EXPERTS

Classes described below are approximately 1.5 hours in length. The course descriptions provide a snapshot of the types of training we offer. If you don’t see the type of class you’re looking for just ask — we’re happy to provide you with additional information on other courses.

Getting Started with Personal Computers

MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER HARDWARE

This class is designed for someone with NO computer experience. The primary goal in this class is to make new users more comfortable with computers. If you have never used a computer, this is the class for you.

During this class, you will learn:
▶ What you should consider before purchasing a computer – what are the basics? ▶ Basic computer terminology – what’s a gigabyte? ▶ How to identify the basic components of a computer, including output and input devices ▶ What is involved in setting up a computer? ▶ How to turn on a computer, log on, and view information about your computer

MODULE 2 – USING THE MOUSE

Why would I touch a mouse? This class is designed for people who have never used a mouse before. Participants will use games, a painting program and the Windows desktop to practice their mouse skills.

During this class, you will learn:
▶ How to correctly hold a mouse and fun ways to practice to increase your hand-eye coordination skills ▶ How to get comfortable with clicking, double clicking, dragging the mouse, and right clicking

MODULE 3 – USING APPLICATION SOFTWARE

This class is an introduction to various applications available and what they can and cannot do for you.

During this class, you will learn:
▶ What kinds of programs you will need on your computer ▶ Which types of applications do you use to type a letter, make calculations, or create a slide show? ▶ How to open and use programs to create a letter, update numbers in a spreadsheet and run a slide show

Getting Started with Microsoft Windows

MODULE 1 – ORIENTATION TO THE WINDOWS OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

This class will help you become more familiar with your computer’s operating system, which will enable you to learn new programs much easier.

During this class, you will learn:
▶ How to find and use the task bar, start button, quick launch toolbar and shortcut menus ▶ How to adjust the mouse speed, system volume and display properties for different Windows objects

MODULE 2 – MOVING AROUND IN WINDOWS AND GETTING HELP

▶ How to move around Windows – opening, resizing, and managing multiple windows using the taskbar ▶ How to navigate Windows using the navigation bar, back/forward buttons, index, favorites and history ▶ How to find and use Windows help and support

MODULE 3 – WINDOWS CONSISTENCIES

This class will provide an overview of how to find and manage the files on your computer.

During this class, you will learn:
▶ How to launch a program, create and save a new document ▶ How to preview and print a document ▶ How to editing shortcuts to cut, copy, and paste information
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Getting Started with File Management

MODULE 1 – FILE MANAGEMENT BASIC TERMINOLOGY AND CONCEPTS

This class will provide an overview of how to find and manage the files on your computer.

During this class, you will learn:
▶ How to optimize and protect your computer disk storage space ▶ How to manage your files using drives, folders, and subfolders ▶ How to save and find files using filenames, filename extensions and paths

MODULE 2 – INTRODUCTION TO WINDOWS EXPLORER

The primary goal in this class is to make new users more comfortable with using Windows Explorer to manage files and folders. During this class, you will learn:
▶ How to find and view file folder and contents details ▶ How to select view types such as icon and thumbnail views ▶ How to create new folders and copy, select and move files into new and existing folders ▶ How to use the Recycle Bin to permanently delete files and folders or restore deleted files

 

Getting Started with the Internet

MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION TO INTERNET EXPLORER

This class is designed for someone with no Internet experience. The primary goal in this class is to make new users more comfortable with using the Internet.

During this class, you will learn:
▶ About the history of the Internet ▶ Basic Internet terminology – what’s an IP address? How does the domain name system work? What does URL mean? ▶ How to use Internet Explorer – how to navigate the Internet, bookmark favorite sites, and view your browsing history

MODULE 2 – HOW TO SEARCH THE INTERNET

▶ How search engines work ▶ How to use the most popular search engines ▶ How to use keywords and advanced search features to get the results you want

 

Getting Started with Microsoft Outlook

MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT OUTLOOK

This class provides an overview of the useful features of Microsoft Outlook for email and calendar management.

During this class, you will learn:
▶ How to use Outlook’s standard email functions to create, send, reply, attach files, and forward email messages ▶ How to organize your email using folders ▶ How to use the info bar and message icons

MODULE 2 – MANAGING APPOINTMENTS AND EVENTS USING OUTLOOK

▶ How to use Outlook to manage your calendar to schedule appointments and events ▶ How to set up appointment reminders, change calendar views and print daily, weekly and monthly calendars

 

Microsoft Outlook for Intermediate Users

MODULE 1 – MORE ON EMAIL

This class provides an in-depth look at Microsoft Outlook’s advanced features for email management.

During this class, you will learn:
▶ About advanced email functions – message recall, spell check, saving attachments, adding message alerts, and message search ▶ How to create and use email stationary, add a personal signature and include voting buttons in your email messages ▶ How to use the Out of Office Assistant

MODULE 2 – USING OUTLOOK TO SCHEDULE AND MANAGE MEETINGS

▶ How to schedule meetings – send meeting requests, invite others, and view responses by attendees ▶ How to manage scheduled meetings – respond to meeting requests, change meeting date or time, or cancel a meeting

 

Introduction to Microsoft Word

MODULE 1 – CREATING, EDITING AND FORMATTING TEXT

This class will help you become more familiar with using Microsoft Word as your word processing application.

During this class, you will learn:
▶ How to find and use Word menus, toolbars, rulers and status bar ▶ How to create, edit, and save a new document ▶ How to use shortcuts to select, cut, copy, paste and format text

MODULE 2 – FORMATTING PARAGRAPHS AND TABLE BASICS

▶ How to format paragraph line spacing, tabs and alignment ▶ How to create numbered and bulleted lists and apply styles ▶ How to create and format tables, add and delete rows and columns ▶ How to use the Auto Format Table feature

MODULE 3 – PAGE SETUP AND TIME SAVERS

 How to set up page margins, page orientation, page breaks ▶ How to create and format headers and footers and page numbers ▶ How to proof documents using spell check and thesaurus ▶ How to save time by using templates, AutoCorrect, AutoComplete, and AutoText features

 

Microsoft Word for Intermediate Users

These classes will help you become more proficient using word to create professional looking documents. During these modules you will learn:

MODULE 1 – USING STYLES, GRAPHICS AND TEMPLATES

▶ How to set up and modify styles to create consistent document formatting ▶ How to insert and format graphic elements, create custom graphics, logos and stylized text

MODULE 2 – MANAGING TABLES, DOCUMENT CHANGES AND LINKING DATA

▶ Advanced formatting tools for tables ▶ How to perform basic calculations and create charts ▶ How to manage and track document changes using the reviewing toolbar ▶ How to link Excel data in a Microsoft Word table

MODULE 3 – USING SECTIONS AND CREATING A WEB PAGE

▶ How to format documents using sections, page breaks, columns and cover pages ▶ How to create different margin settings in same document ▶ How to create a web page from a template and insert hyperlinks

MODULE 4 – CREATING FORM LETTERS, ENVELOPES AND LABELS

▶ How to set up a mail merge to create a form letter, mailing labels and envelopes ▶ How to create envelopes and labels without using the mail merge feature

 

Microsoft Word for Advanced Users

These classes are designed for proficient users of Microsoft Word. During these modules you will learn:

MODULE 1 – INTRODUCTION TO MACROS

▶ How to create, use, and test macros to automate repetitive tasks

MODULE 2 – USING GRAPHICS

▶ How to draw in a document and create graphic effects using clip art and WordArt ▶ How to control how words wrap around graphics

MODULE 3 – WORKING WITH LARGE DOCUMENTS

▶ How to create a master document and generate a Table of Contents and index, ▶ How to create footnotes, endnotes, bookmarks, and hyperlinks in documents

 

Introduction to Microsoft Excel

MODULE 1 – EXCEL BEGINNER BASICS

This class provides an overview of the useful features of Microsoft Excel for beginner users.

During this class, you will learn:
▶ How to navigate through the Excel environment and Excel terminology basics ▶ How to enter and edit data and navigate within the Excel environment ▶ How to modify the display of numbers with dollar signs and percent symbols ▶ How to use shortcuts to move and copy data

MODULE 2 – CHANGING SHEET STRUCTURE AND PERFORMING CALCULATIONS

▶ How to insert, delete and format rows and columns ▶ How to find and replace data ▶ How to perform calculations, create formulas and absolute references

MODULE 3 – CELL FORMATTING AND PAGE SET-UP

▶ How to format cells with number formats, font size and type, borders and colors ▶ How to apply AutoFormats and styles ▶ How to set-up printing and page options such as margins, page breaks and headers and footers

 

Microsoft Excel for Intermediate Users

MODULE 1 – WORKING WITH MULTIPLE SHEETS

▶ How to work with multiple sheets, format and reposition sheet tabs ▶ How to copy, move, insert and delete sheets ▶ How to perform 3D calculations

MODULE 2 – CREATING, MODIFYING AND FORMATTING CHARTS

▶ How to create charts to more effectively analyze data ▶ How to modify and format charts and chart items

MODULE 3 – IMPORTING/EXPORTING DATA AND USING TEMPLATES

▶ How to import and export data to use in other applications ▶ How to save a Worksheet as a web page ▶ How to create and use templates

MODULE 4 – SORTING AND FILTERING DATA AND COLLABORATION

▶ How to sort and filter data and create filtered lists ▶ How to insert and edit hyperlinks ▶ How to collaborate within a Worksheet using the comments feature

 

Microsoft Excel for Advanced Users

MODULE 1 – WORKING WITH ADVANCED FORMULAS

▶ How to create and use advanced formulas ▶ How to trace cell precedents and dependents ▶ How to locate errors in formulas

MODULE 2 – ANALYZING DATA

▶ How to analyze data using pivot tables and charts, ▶ How to create “what if” scenarios and using the “Solver” and “Goal Seek” functions

MODULE 3 – INTRODUCTION TO MACROS

▶ How to create and run a macro ▶ How to create customized toolbars and macro buttons

 

Introduction to Microsoft Access

These modules will help you become more familiar with using a database to manage data such as employee and customer information. Databases enable you to “query” the database to find out information such as “How many of my customers live in Vermont?” or “How many of my employees work the night shift?”

During these classes, you will learn:

MODULE 1 – BASIC DATABASE CONCEPTS AND TERMINOLOGY

▶ About standard database concepts, terminology and examples of typical databases ▶ About basic Access database objects – tables, forms, queries and reports ▶ How to use the 8-step process to create a database from scratch or using a database wizard

MODULE 2 – MORE TABLE DESIGN

▶ Comparative discussion of table datasheet and design views ▶ How to create relationships between tables and modify table designs ▶ How to add, sort, find, filter and delete records

MODULE 3 – ACCESS QUERIES

▶ How to create and save queries ▶ How to use comparison operators, AND/OR conditions and BETWEEN operator in queries ▶ How to add and remove tables, edit values and add a calculated field to queries

 

Microsoft Access for Intermediate Users

MODULE 1 – CREATING AND USING ACCESS FORMS

▶ How to create and use Access forms to enable easier data entry, find data and edit and delete records ▶ How to modify form designs and select, size, align and move controls

MODULE 2 – CREATING AND USING ACCESS REPORTS

▶ How to create and edit professional looking database reports ▶ How to modify report sections ▶ How to work with controls and change the format of a control

MODULE 3 – MANAGING DATA AND CONTROLLING DATA ENTRY

▶ How to import and export data ▶ How to automate data input for some fields to reduce typos and ensure data consistency ▶ How to use input masks and lookup lists to make data entry more efficient

 

Microsoft Access for Advanced Users

MODULE 1 – FINDING AND JOINING DATA AND FLEXIBLE QUERIES

▶ How to find and join data, find data using filters and query joins ▶ How to build bridges between data, relate data within a table, and maintaining data using queries

MODULE 2 – IMPROVING YOUR FORMS

▶ How to improve the appearance and usability of forms ▶ How to display form data from multiple tables

MODULE 3 – CUSTOMIZING YOUR REPORTS

▶ How to customize report layouts and organize report information ▶ How to create mailing labels

 

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint

MODULE 1 – CREATING AND MODIFYING A PRESENTATION

▶ How to create a new presentation using the AutoContent Wizard ▶ How to format slide titles, enter and format text ▶ How to navigate through a presentation

MODULE 2 – CREATING A PRESENTATION FROM SCRATCH

▶ How to select slide types and templates ▶ How to format slide timings ▶ How to print slides, handouts, speaker notes and slide show outline

MODULE 3 – ADDING GRAPHICS TO A PRESENTATION

▶ How to work with Clip Art, WordArt, basic and AutoShapes to add graphics ▶ How to format and align objects, text boxes and tables ▶ How to stylize text and lines using color and shadow techniques

MODULE 4 – CHECKING AND MODIFYING YOUR PRESENTATION

▶ How to navigate within a presentation to add, delete and rearrange slides ▶ How to format slide transitions and create and view a slide show ▶ How to check and modify a presentation using Autocorrect options

 

Microsoft PowerPoint for Intermediate/Advanced Users

MODULE 1 – CHANGING DESIGN OPTIONS AND MASTER SLIDE

▶ How to create and modify a master slide design ▶ How to create a custom background ▶ How to modify bullet and numbering formats

MODULE 2 – ADDING ANIMATIONS AND SOUNDS

▶ How to add slide animations and sounds to your presentation ▶ How to How to animate objects and motion paths ▶ How to search and insert audio clips

MODULE 3 – USING PACK AND GO FEATURES

▶ How to travel with a presentation ▶ How to use the “Pack and Go” feature ▶ How to share data between applications ▶ How to insert a word outline, excel data or hyperlink into presentation

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