Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) will present a series of introductory online demonstrations in March to introduce people to various aspects of computer use and technology.

These how-to tutorials can be viewed on the Fort Bend County Libraries website – www.fortbend.lib.tx.us – by clicking on the “Classes and Events” tab, selecting “Virtual Programs,” and finding the virtual “class” on the dates listed.

Some of the topics includes multiple sub-topics, and participants can choose to view the whole series or the individual parts of their choice.

The schedule for March is as follows:

“Computers 101” – Monday, March 1 (pre-recorded video)

FBCL's multi-part "Computers 101" series consists of basic, introductory videos providing an overview of computers and how they can be used. Episodes in the series cover the physical parts of a computer, the differences between a Microsoft PC and an Apple Mac computer, and the meanings of different computer terms. Get an overview of the software programs in the Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint), and much more.

“Intro to Driving-Tests.org” – Tuesday, March 2 (pre-recorded video)

This resource helps one to prepare for the driver’s license knowledge test. The online practice tests include questions that are based on the official DPS manuals and resemble those on the official knowledge test. Passing the practice tests will help one become more prepared to pass the knowledge test.

“MS Word: How to Insert” – Thursday, March 4 (pre-recorded video)

In this segment of the MS Word Survival Basics series, learn how to insert items such as tables, calendars, pictures, clip art, shapes, smart art, or charts.

“MS Word Survival Basics” – Monday, March 8 (pre-recorded video)

In FBCL’s “MS Word Survival Basics” series, learn the basics of using this word-processing software program to create letters, resumés, forms, and other types of documents. Different segments in the multi-part series will demonstrate various features, such as text effects, changing font style and size, adding images, footnotes and endnotes, page numbers, tables, mail merge, and more.

“Intro to Data Axel: Reference Solutions (ReferenceUSA): Job-Seeking Tool” – Tuesday, March 9 (pre-recorded video)

In this tutorial, learn how to access the online resource, "Gale in Context: ReferenceUSA," with a Fort Bend County library card, through FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us). FBCL librarians will demonstrate how to find and use the database, with a particular focus on the job-seeking feature. ReferenceUSA (Data Axle: Reference Solutions) database connects users to more than 55-million businesses nationwide. Access company name, address, phone, employee size, executive contact names, sales volume, credit rating, business type, company news, annual reports, and more. Get detailed information on more than 318 U.S. consumers. Create, download, and print contact lists, customized charts, heat maps, and summary reports. Listings and data for 2.5-million job postings with the job-search resource center, 1.8-million doctors and dentists, and more than 1.2-million US New Movers/Homeowners are also accessible here.

“Adobe Photoshop: Working with Layers” – Thursday, March 11 (pre-recorded video)

Learn the basics of how to use layers in Adobe Photoshop to make non-destructive adjustments to a photograph’s brightness, contrast, and saturation. Get tips on how to use layer masks to create a vignette on a photograph. This tutorial is for beginner to intermediate Photoshop users.

“MS Excel Survival Basics” – Monday, March 15 (pre-recorded video)

Learn the basics of using this spreadsheet software program, which features calculation tools that are helpful for financial and statistical needs. In this multi-part series, learn how to use different features of MS Excel, such as formulas, filters, tables and graphs, pivot tables, VLOOKUP function, and more.

“How to Spot Fake News & Access Consumer Reports Online” – Monday, March 15 (pre-recorded video)

Learn how to access Consumer Reports from home by using EBSCO’s “Magazine and Newspaper Full-Text Databases” on the FBCL website. Get tips on how to spot fake or biased reviews online.

· “YA Teen Tech Week: Mapping Life Using Notion” -- Tuesday, March 16 (pre-recorded video)

Get to know Notion, an online and mobile app that helps with organization, keeping schedules, task lists, journals, and notes all in one place.

“MS PowerPoint Survival Basics” – Monday, March 22 (pre-recorded video)

Learn the basics of using this slideshow-presentation software program. In this multi-part series, learn how to use different features of MS PowerPoint, such as creating slides, inserting text and pictures, and adding transitions and animations.

“Cyber Security” – Monday, March 29 (pre-recorded video)

In this multi-part series, learn about steps to take to ensure your online accounts remain safe and secure from virtual attacks and breaches. Get tips on how to create strong passwords, recognize and avoid email scams, verify “fake news,” avoid malware and viruses, and protect one’s privacy on social media.

The sessions are free and open to the public. To access these online tutorials, go to the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. For more information, call the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

For more Fort Bend County Libraries computer and technology tutorials, visit the library system’s YouTube channel -- https://bit.ly/FBCLYouTubeChannel.

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