Expand your computer skills with free classes

The West Linn Public Library regularly offers classes for residents wishing to improve their computer skills and knowledge.

It offers classes on a wide variety of topics. Classes are 90 minutes and are limited to 12 participants. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. When classes are filled, the library keeps a waiting list, in case additional spaces become available. Call the information desk at 503-656-7853, ext. 6, to register.

Library patrons have 24/7 access to the Learning Express Library, which contains computer tutorials on Excel, Word, Outlook, Access and more. Visit to access them.

Basic computer skills (familiarity with mouse and keyboard, etc.) are required for all classes except Computer Basics.

PowerPoint Basics —Tuesday, Oct. 2, 6:15 p.m.This class is an introduction to the basic features and tools of Microsoft’s presentation software PowerPoint. Learn how to change the design and color scheme of your slides, modify the layout, insert graphics and images, and use the notes feature. Also learn some basic tips for creating a well-designed slideshow and presentation.

Word Basics — Wednesday, Oct. 24, 6:15 p.m.This introductory class is for people who have little or no experience using Microsoft Word.

The class will cover opening and saving documents, changing font and font sizes, using bold, italic and underline, adjusting margins, spell check and printing.

Excel Basics — Monday, Oct. 29, 6:15 p.m.This introductory class is for people with basic computer skills, but who have little or no experience using Microsoft Excel, a popular spreadsheet program.

Students will learn about working with Excel worksheets and workbooks, identifying rows and columns, entering data into cells and ranges, creating simple mathematical formulas and using some of Excel’s built-in functions.

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