Technology Training

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Succeed with Technology...


Cat and mouseGetting a job and using library resources require basic technology literacy and the links on this page are meant to connect you with basic technology instruction including how to use a mouse or keyboard as well as Internet, Microsoft, or email basics. You'll also find information about local classes which can be of help including technology courses offered right here at BCPL.


And don't forget that the library has lots of great material in our collections on learning computer basics, MSOffice, Internet, etc.

Local Computer Classes

Computer Room


Computer Training Offered by Baltimore County


  • Baltimore County Public Library: Computer Classes
    Free classes on a variety of basic technology skills are offered at BCPL branches. Registration at the branch is frequently required starting one week prior to the class.  For your convenience, upcoming technolgy programs at the library are also shown in the sidebar of this webpage.




Other Courses:

Training for adaptive technologies to assist users with a variety of disabilities can be gotten through Blind Industries and Services of Maryland, LINC (Learning Independence Through Computers) and the Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.


Using a Computer and a Mouse


  • New User Tutorial
    by The Library Network
    Designed to help people who have never used a computer before. Concentrates on using the mouse and a few other basic skills

  • Exercises: Mouse Skills
    Practice your mousing skills with several exercises and games to help you use a mouse and keyboard.

  • Mouserobics
    from the Central Kansas Library System
    You can use the Mousercise tutorial to practice.

  • Mousing Around
    from the Palm Beach County Library System
    Offers a tutorial for beginners on using a mouse, practice "mousercise" exercises, and games for more practice. The tutorial is also available in Español.


 Using the Keyboard


  • Goodtyping
    A series of free typing lessons and a typing speed test. Free registration is required to save your lessons. Also available in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese

  • Keyboard Lessons
    Basic typing lessons, keyboarding exercises, and speed tests by

  • Keyboard Shortcut Basics
    Learning to use the unique keys and special functions of the computer keyboard can save you time and make you more comfortable with your computer.  Instruction from

  • Keyboarding From The Comfort Of Your Couch
    Fun typing games that will teach you how to type but also allow you to have some fun while you're at it.

  • Mr. Kent's Typing Tests and Typing Tutor
    Allows you to select skill level and timings of 0 to 5 minutes for free typing lessons. Also has practice tests

  • PowerTyping
    Includes free typing tutor, typing tests, and typing games

  • Timed Typing Test
    Select a one, two, or three minute test from from with four different texts of varying levels of difficulty

  • Tutorial on Keyboard Shortcuts
    Learn how to use the Function or F keys, Control or Ctrl key, and Alt key by

  • Typing Games, Lessons and Tests 
    Free typing games, lessons and timed typing tests to improve your keyboarding skills.

  • Typing Lessons
    Free touch typing lessons, typing games, and a test to check your speed and accuracy from Available in other languages

    A free typing and keyboarding tutorial to help people improve their typing skills. Intermediate and advanced speed and accuracy drills.

  • Typing
    Test your typing for speed and accuracy


 Introducing the Internet

Smiling girl at computer


  • Basic Skills for the World Wide Web
    By Sacred Heart University. Covers how to get to a specific web address (URL), follow links, do basic searching for information on the Internet


  • Computer Training
    by and the Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc.
    Learn the basics about the parts of computers and how to use them, and about the Internet. Users may need to create a free account. Available in Español

  • Learn the Net: Your Online Guide
    Grasp the basic information about connecting to the Internet, what is a browser, how to use email, how to use online tools to search the Internet, download files and software, how to do online shopping, and protect yourself when online. Available in Español and Français.

  • Net.Tutor: Web Basics
    by The Ohio State University Libraries
    Basics about the Web, web browsers, email, search tools, social networks, searching for information, and evaluating what you find.

  • Net.Tutor: Web Search Tools
    Tools to find the information you need on the Internet. Find a list of search engines by type 

  • Search Tool Chart
    by the Infopeople Project
    Chart of the best features of several search engines and guides and tips on improving your search

  • TechBoomers
    Free tutorials on using many popular websites including Facebook, Netflix, Gmail, Twitter, Skype, and more. Free account allows you to track your progress through each tutorial.


 Microsoft Office Tutorials and Alternatives

Microsft Office Logo


  • Brainfuse
    Brainfuse is a chat style tutoring service for many topics including Microsoft software. Simply click on the link above and then select the "Microsoft Office Help" button from the "Adult Learners" page.  Important note: you must have a BCPL library card and PIN to use this service.

  • "Beginning Guide to Word Processing" from the University of Bristol [PDF]
    WordPad is a word processing package that is included with any Windows operating system and this guide allows you to get started even without the need for MSWord or other expensive word processing software.

  • Excel Tutorial
    From Excel Easy. Tutorial (Introduction, Basics, Functions, Data Analysis and VBA) on how to use Excel.

  • Microsoft Office Online Training
    Browse the different Office training courses offered by Microsoft. Each course includes written as well as audio instructions. Learn about security basics in Microsoft Office programs and what you can do to protect your computer and documents, as well as how to make the most of the many features of each product.

  • Microsoft Office Tutorials
    Learn at your own pace to use Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook and Publisher. Users will need to create a free account to return to where you were last in the tutorial and to check on how many tutorials you have completed. Available in Español.

  • OpenOffice
    Apache OpenOffice is a free (open-source) suite of software that can be downloaded to most computers to create or open/edit most word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation documents (including MSWord, MSExcel, and other MSOffice documents.)

  • Testing and Education Resource Center
    This tool includes courses on  Windows 7 and MSOffice 2010 components. You can find the tutorials for "Basic Computer Skills" under the "Career Tools" menu. Important note: you must have a BCPL library card and PIN to use this service.


 Emailing and Instant Messaging Basics

Mail coming from a computer screen


  •’s: Beyond Email
    By  A tutorial covering instant messaging (IM), chat, Skype, text messaging and many other methods of online communication.

  • About.Com's Top Free Email Services
    Although it can be a bit top heavy with ads and diversions, the website offers useful information on popular topics including the top email services.

  • Email Basics
    Explains the ins-and-outs of setting up and using an email account.

  • Email Basics
    by and the Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc
    Learn how to send, reply, forward, attach documents or photos, and manage your email. Users may need to create a free account. Available in Spanish.

  • E-mail Etiquette
    by I Will
    More advice on writing email messages and preventing embarrassment

  • Email Etiquette
    The main etiquette rules and advice on how to use them

  • Harness E-Mail
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    A tutorial on how e-mail works, the use of e-mail addresses, how to send messages, attach documents or photos, open attachments, and the etiquette of e-mail.

  • Register for an Email Account
    prepared by the Public Computer Center of Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, Maryland
    A brief guide on basic free email services.

  • Strong Passwords: How to Create and Use Them
    They are so necessary to access any personal information that you've stored on your computer and for any online accounts you've set up. If criminals or other malicious users steal this information, they can use your name to open new credit card accounts, apply for a mortgage, or pose as you in online transactions. Here's how to create a password and protect it.

  • Using Email Safely
    by Indiana University Information Technology Services
    "Anytime you send or receive communications on the Internet, there are opportunities for individuals to intercept your communications to obtain your email address." Secure your computer and protect your personal information.


Technology Training at the library

Revised: November 30, 2015