From Word and Excel to editing photos, staff can help

Microsoft Word was first released in 1983, which means that the ubiquitous word processing program turns 30 this year.

Word has come a long way in 30 years, it is a pretty sophisticated program these days. Although it doesn’t come with a helpful manual that shows you how to use the program, fear not, help is nearby.

The West Linn Public Library offers free Word classes several times a year. This month, Word Basics is being offered on Tuesday and Intermediate Word on Oct. 29. Both classes start at 6:15 p.m. and last 90 minutes. Advance registration is required.

Can’t make it to the class? The library has numerous Word books available to check out. The “For Dummies” and “Missing Manual” books are particularly helpful.

by: TIDINGS FILE PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Make an appointment with a librarian to get help with your e-reader or tablet.

Some people are able to teach themselves how to use Word with the help of a book or online tutorials, but Excel can be a tricky program to learn. We can help! Excel Basics is being offered on Nov. 6. and Intermediate Excel on Nov. 13, both at 6:15 p.m. We’ll teach you how about formulas and functions, sorting, filtering, charts and more.

The classroom setting isn’t for everyone, and what if you need help with something that isn’t covered in one of the classes? The library has a new program just for you. On the second and fourth Wednesday of the month you can make an appointment with a librarian to get one-on-one help with your technology questions.

Librarians can help you with a variety of technology issues such as how to do online research, setting up and using your laptop, tablet or smartphone, setting up a website, how to use WordPress and how to be safe online.

You can also get help with your digital camera, editing photos on your computer, setting up an email, Facebook or Twitter account, and how to post an ad on Craigslist. Library staff members don’t know everything, but if we can’t answer your question, we’ll help you find someone who can.

The Wednesday e-book help sessions will be discontinued, but you can still get help with e-books, e-readers and Library2Go by making an appointment. If you’re in the market for an e-reader or tablet this holiday season and want help figuring out which one will work best with your needs, we can help you narrow down your choices.

Appointments are available every second and fourth Wednesday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. To sign up for an appointment (or to register for a computer class) call the West Linn Public Library information desk at 503-656-7853, ext. 6, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Registrations must be made at least 48 hours in advance so librarians have enough time to prepare for their appointment with you. When you register, be prepared to provide a brief description of your tech question or problem. On the day of your appointment, bring any devices, cables and manuals you may need.    

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