PPLC Public Libraries Computer Classes
(choose Computer Classes from the drop down menu on the left)
St. Petersburg College Lifelong Learning
PTEC (Pinellas Technical Education Centers)
Bay Area Mac User Group
Tampa Bay Computer Society
We offer drop in computer help Monday-Thursday at all five branches. Computer Help! classes are available without an appointment. Meet one-on-one with a friendly computer tech to work on your computer problems, learn how to use your e-reader, tablet, or mobile, and apply for e-gov services.
Clearwater Library System Computing Guides
Here are some printable guides we created to help you get started on the computer.
Digital Learn has enaging video lessons. Acquire hands on experience and get feedback and quizzes from an interactive cartoon professor.
Are you new to computers? Try these sites.
- New Computer User Tutorial
- The very basics of what you're looking at from the mouse to the keyboard to your screen.
- Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum
- A structured computer basics course, including the Internet, computer security and privacy, and an overview of available software
- Wifi, Bandwidth and Speed
- Wifi, bandwith and networks explained in lay terms
- Computer Basics (GCF Learn Free)
- Clear and easy to follow introduction to the parts of the computer
Learning to Use a Mouse
New to using the mouse, touchpad or trackball? These websites will improve your skills and build your confidence.
- Mousing Around
- Basic information about the mouse
- Practice clicking and moving the mouse
- Draw With Your Mouse
- This allows you to draw lines with your mouse or touch pad, showing you how the mouse moves and helping you gain control.
Learn to Type & Use a Keyboard
- Typing Lessons
- A series of free typing lessons to improve your skills
- A game designed to improve your typing skills (click "Click Here to Continue With TyperShark Basic")
- Typing Web
All About E-Mail
- Email Basics from GCF Learn Free
- Email 101 |
Beyond Email |
Outlook 2003 |
- Email Basics from Digital Learn
- Email 101
Other Computing Skills
- Highlighting, Copying, Cutting and Pasting
- Cutting and pasting used to be something you did in kindergarten. Now, it's something you can do with words and images on your computer. Here's a tutorial on how to highlight and copy text.
- Taking Screenshots
- A screenshot is a picture of a screen, such as your computer screen, tablet, or mobile phone. Learn to capture screenshots on several different devices.
- Digital Delight
- Computing Tips from the Tampa Bay Library Consortium
- Completing Forms Online
Using Microsoft Office
- Tutorials, videos, and tips created by Microsoft
- Microsoft's free training portal is good for both a comprehensive overview and for quick tips and tricks. Available for Office 2010, Office 2007, and Office for Mac 2011.
- Printable Quick Reference Guides
- for all MS Office products and many other Microsoft products
- Microsoft Word Keyboard Shortcuts
Privacy and Cyber-Security
- Daring Librarian's How to Create a Super Safe Password
- A comic book style guide to creating safer passwords
- Cybersecurity from USAA Educational Foundation
- Trustworthy information on cybercrime, privacy, and staying safe online. We also offer these flyers in print at the library.
- Stay Safe Online
- Learn about malware, spam, hacked accounts, and securing your home network. Try out their tip sheets for quick pointers.
- Cyber Safety: An Interactive Guide to Staying Safe on the Internet
- Designed for kids but good for all ages, this site is full of good advice on cyber bullying, identity theft, and more.