COMPUTER CLASSES

Computer help is now available at both our uptown and mall locations!  We offer classes in different formats to better serve your needs.

Classes with a specific focus will be taught Friday mornings at 11:00 am at our South Branch location.  Below is our catalog of classes. Watch this space for upcoming classes.  Registration is required.Please click on the link found in the catalog or call 406-723-3361. If a class is not scheduled, please fill out our request help form at the bottom of this page.

Drop in and one-on-one help is still available at our uptown branch. Please call 406-723-3361 or stop by the second floor Reference Desk.

BSBPL is offering Excel from Basics to Advanced on Wednesday nights during May.  These classes will be held in the Big Butte room on the third floor of our Uptown Branch from 6:00-7:00.

May 10: Excel Basics

May 17: Formulas & Functions

May 24: Charts & Graphs

May 31: Advanced Formatting

Please sign up here for the series

Computers

Computer Basics

If you think computers are too confusing or just plain scary, come to this  hands-on class. You will test drive the mouse and experiment with all the keys on the keyboard. Take the fear out of it and have fun learning the very basics of today’s computers. Explore Windows and add to your computer knowledge. Find out what certain icons are for and how to best use them. Learn to navigate the system to find what you are looking for. Explore the start button menu to make computer life easier.

Handout: pcbasics

Next class: Friday, May 5, 2017. South Branch.  Sign Up Here 

Mouse and Keyboard Basics

To click or double click – that is the question. Get the hang of mouse use with a hands-on tutorial and improve your typing skills too!

Handouts: mouse_and_keyboard_basics

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

Windows 10 Basics

Welcome to Windows 10, the completely new operating system from Microsoft, which offers a more robust, more powerful, and completely unique computing experience. In this class, you’ll gain the foundation you need to get started right away using Windows 10.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

Computer Maintenance

Learn to keep your computer or electronic device operating in good shape. Like cars, computers need maintenance and care. Learn how to clean your computer, how often it needs care, and which programs/tools are the best.  Please feel free to bring your laptop or electronic device to this event.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

Customizing the computer

Feeling like your computer isn’t yours? Want the experience to be more pleasing and enjoyable? In this class learn to use Control Panels and display options to create a comfortable environment.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.  For more information, see here.

Email and File Sharing

Gmail Basics

Learn to use Gmail, including how to set up filters, create signatures, and arrange chat lists. Come prepared with a Gmail account.

Next class: Friday, March 24. South Branch.  Sign up here

Google Drive

Take your basics skills to the next level with Google Drive. You will learn how to save files online using your Gmail login and see how to access Google’s word processor so you can create documents on any computer that has an internet connection.  Learn about Drive’s collaborative tools and how you can save and edit MS Word documents.

Next class: Friday, May 26. South Branch.  Sign Up Here

Word

Word Basics

Still using a typewriter? Heard typing on the computer is difficult to learn? Well it’s not. Use Word to type letters, make brochures, create newsletters, or posters. In this class we experiment with most of the basic functions of Microsoft word. This program is easy to use. After playing with tools like centering, italic, bold and spell check you may type a farewell letter to your typewriter.  Learn to change margins and use all the functions of page setup. Add page numbers, create tables to organize information, and insert page breaks.

Next class: Friday, May 12. 11:00 am. South Branch.  Sign Up Here

Advanced Word

Figured out the basics of Microsoft Word? Need More? In this class learn to add bullets and numbering and how to customize them; use find and replace; use Autocorrect to and shortcuts to speed up your work.  Also learn about tools like columns, pictures/graphics, and headers. This advanced class will cover tools that are helpful for creating a newsletters or posters. We will deal with such problems as inserting multiple pictures, using borders, text wrapping, and what text boxes are and how to manage them.

Next class: Friday, May 19. 11:00 am. South Branch. Sign Up Here

 

Excel

Excel Basics

Heard Excel is the best but not sure what it is the best at? Excel is a spreadsheet program used to organize information or to keep track of your bills. It will do calculations or sort data. After this introduction you will be able to set up your own basic spreadsheet, edit, autosum, resize and format.

This class is not currently scheduled, please request it using our form.

Excel Formulas and Functions

Figured out the basics of Microsoft Excel? Need to take it to the next level? Formulas and functions are used to manipulate data. They can be used to add, subtract, multiply, and divide information. Until you start using functions and formulas you are not using Excel to its potential.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

Charts and Graphs

Figured out the basics of Microsoft Excel? Need More? Take the information you have organized on your spreadsheet and interpret it using graphics. Learn to create charts and how best to display your information.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

Excel Advanced formatting

Figured out the basics of Microsoft Excel? Need to take it to yet another level. Make your spreadsheet easier to use and read. Learn tricks and tips to improve your data by sorting, filtering, coloring, freezing panes and paste-linking.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

Internet and Research

Internet Safety 101

Wonder about Maleware?  Adware? Ransomware?  The internet has a few scary elements out there. This class will help you understand these threats and how to protect your devices against them.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

Internet browsing and research

Does it feel like everybody is using the Internet but you? Believe the Internet would be too confusing? Well this class is for you. Discuss your online options, understand how to move around and find new places to click to. Impress your friends and family with your comprehension of the difference between World Wide Web and the Internet and much more.  Find out in this class where we explore Google and use it to solve real life problems. Explore everything from finding shopping to translations.

Next class: Friday, March 31. South Branch.  Sign up here

Travel Planning Online

Learn to use Internet tools for travel planning, purchasing airline tickets, and finding vacation packages online.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

 

Sounds and Visuals

GarageBand Basics

Turn your still images into a digital video story with GarageBand.  This free software allows the user to create music or podcasts.

This class is not currently scheduled. Please request it through our form.

 

iMovie Basics

Create your own video project using photos, video clips, and music. This is a great class for beginners.

This class is not currently scheduled. Please request it through our form.

 

PowerPoint

Can’t seem to get your point across with just a speech, try PowerPoint. In this hands-on class we explore the ins and outs of this slideshow program. After this hands-on workshop you will be able to create your own slideshow and impress both friends and coworkers.

This class is not currently scheduled. Please request it through our form.

Publisher

From greeting cards to banners to newsletters, desktop publishing can be easy with Publisher. Start by learning how to use a template to create a business card easily; then learn how to edit and arrange text, images, fonts, and colors as we create a flyer with Publisher.

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This class is not currently scheduled. Please request it through our form.

GIMP

The Gnu Image Manipulation Program (GIMP) is a free alternative to Photoshop. Come learn the basics of the GIMP – color correction, fixing exposure, and other fixes, and take the first steps to making your photos look great!

Video Tutorials

Next class:  Friday, February 24.  11:00am South Branch.  Sign up here

Online Interactions

Facebook: Getting Started

Take in a short presentation on the basics of Facebook, then stay for a Q&A style discussion. Need to create an account? Need to know how to do one specific thing? Want to improve your newsfeed? Considering opening a Page for your business? Bring all the questions, because we’ve got the answers.

Next class: Friday, April 21. 11:00 am.  South Branch.  Sign Up Here

 

Facebook: Security and Privacy

Do you love the freedom of Facebook, but worry about what information people can see about you?  Want to share your favorite pictures, but strangers keep commenting on them?  This class can help you out.  We’ll go through privacy and security settings and make sure you’re not sharing more than you intend.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

Craigslist

Looking for a job, an apartment, or someone to buy your old couch? Craigslist can help! Learn how to use this free online classified ads website to buy & sell goods, apply for jobs, and much more.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

eBay: Buying and Selling

Heard about the deals on eBay or looking for something impossible to find? Come to this class and learn the basics of searching, bidding (buying), and completing the transaction safely.  Also learn the basics of selling and discuss how to handle transactions effectively and safely. Learn tips on shipping, feedback, and much more.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

Skype

More often these days, businesses are turning to Skyper interviews instead of face to face.  This class will give you the basics of Skype, help you set up your account, and give you a little practice before your interview.

Devices

iPad Basics

Join other iPad and Tablet users, at the library, to get your questions answered and have fun learning how to do more with your device. This class is for everyone from first-time users to experts and all ages.

Next class: Friday, April 14.  11:00 am South Branch. Sign Up Here

Tablet Basics

Join other iPad and Tablet users, at the library, to get your questions answered and have fun learning how to do more with your device. This class is for everyone from first-time users to experts and all ages.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

Downloading ebooks/audiobooks

Learn to use the library’s free eBook and downloadable audiobook service, Montana Library2Go.  Walk through the steps on how to get library books on your mobile device.  User’s must have a library card in order to use this service.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

Handouts for downloading eBooks/Audiobooks

Introduction to Smart Phones

If you have a Smartphone and are wanting to know more about it come to this class. ITC will show you the different types of smartphones plus give you hands on training of your phone after the presentation. Here is what you will learn: Do I have a smartphone? The different types of smartphones. How to take a picture? Where did the photo go?
How to get the photos on your phone printed. Email icons. Texting. How to use Maps. Apps: What are they?

Next class: Friday, April 28.  11:00 am South Branch.  Sign Up Here

Digital Camera Basics

Learn best photo practices on your personal camera.  In this Q&A style session, we’ll spend a little time on camera basics and then open it up to your questions.

Employment

Resumes 101

Learn how to put your resume to work whether you are making a career change or continuing in the same career path. Learn how to make your resume reader-friendly, connect your experience with job descriptions, and highlight your achievements. Get tips in the art of writing cover letters and thank you letters.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

Cover Letters 101

What to say and how long you should take to say it. Learn what it takes to write an attention catching cover letter.

This class is not currently scheduled.  Please request it by using our form.

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List of classes:

Computer Basics

Computer maintenance

Computer Security

Cover Letters 101

Craigslist

Customizing the computer

Downloading ebooks/audiobooks

Ebay

Email Basics

Excel: Basics

Excel: Formulas & Functions

Excel: Charts & Graphs

Excel: Advanced Formatting

Facebook: Getting started

Facebook Security and Privacy

GarageBand Basics

iMovie Basics

Internet Browsing

Introduction to GIMP

Introduction to PowerPoint

Introduction to Publisher

iPad user help

Mouse and keyboard basics

Online Safety Basics

Online Storage: Access your files from anywhere

Resumes 101

Skype

SmartPhones: Getting Started

Tablet user help

Windows 10 Basics

Word: Basics

Word: Advanced