Classes

Computer Concepts offers classes on a variety of topics. With over 30 titles to choose from, there is a call for everyone. Check out the class descriptions below to learn more.

Windows Classes

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Bring you Microsoft ID to class.

There are many new features in Window 10’s Annaversary upday. Virtual Desktops allows a favorite app to be pinned to one or all desktops. Dark Themes are available, Activation Troubleshooter ties your Microsoft account to the operating system license rather than to a specific piece of hardware, the Edge browser now has extension support, Cortana smarter and proactive and the Start Menu redesign places Power, Settings, File Explorer, Downloads, Documents and other main folders as smaller icons to the left of All Apps. Action Center now allows tweaking the priority of the notices the way you want them. Of course, there are many other new features as well. Class computers are not provided. Bring your computer to class if you like. Handout provided.
Ok, the Start Menu is back with Live Tiles, but tiles can be turned off if you prefer. Windows 8 Metro apps are still available and xon the desktop. Action Center has been expanded and more
integrated into Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant. The primary browser is the new Edge Browser, however Internet Explorer is still available. Windows 10’s Mail and Calendar apps are speedy and responsive and POP email is back. Virtual desktop are totally new for Windows. The Windows 8 Charms bar has been removed so Settings are easier to find and
use. Class computers are not provided. Bring your computer to class if you like. Handout provided.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 has many new features worth taking a look at beginning with Contana’s new skills, Edge’s new ability to sync bookmarks and more between multiple devices, Windows Hello biometric authentication support is moving beyond the login, Skype has a new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app for the service and is now part of the Anniversary Update, the Xbox Pay Anywhere feature, Action Center’s icon in the taskbar will display a badge showing how many unread notifications there are, any app pinned to the Taskbar will display notification icons will now show how many unattended apps are waiting, clicking on the Taskbar time/date brings up a calendar overiew of the days tasks, there are more new emojis, the Battery Saver feature is now just Battery with several new features like turning off background running apps using too much power and the new Feedback Hub and tell Windows not to install updates during specific hours. As you will expect, there are still more new features to discuss. Class computers are not provided. Bring your computer to class if you like. Handout provided. Know your Microsoft ID.
Interested in a Windows 8.1 class, contact Dick Smith at 757-564-3996 for more information. This topic is 1-to-1 instruction with the Instructor providing specific training for a student.
Interested in a Windows 7 class, contact Dick Smith at 757-564-3996 for more information. This topic is 1-to-1 instruction with the Instructor providing specific training for a student.
Class Time slots reserved for student requests for training that has not been scheduled in the current Williamsburg or York store classrooms. Hopefully, Flex Time Classes will help people find the class time that is right for them. Other students are allowed to join the class. A minimumof two are scheduled each month. To Schedule, contact Dick Smithat dsmith@mycomputerconcepts.com
This class is very important to the organization and retention of all your computer data. The class is divided between File Explorer and Data Backup. The importance of data organization and backups cannot be overstated!

 

Data Files are all types of documents, photos, videos and music. File Explorer, formerly known as Windows Explorer, is a file manager application included in the Windows operating system that provides a graphical user interface for accessing your file system to move, copy, delete, edit, make storage folders and save everything in an organized manner.

 

A backup is a copy of your data files that are stored on an external computer, hard drive or in the Cloud for later retrieval when the original file has been lost, corrupted or destroyed in a catastrophic accident. Your data backup might save your business if your computer is infected by Ransomware. The class includes a look at various backup methods including manual, software based programs and online backup services like LiveDrive that are secure and easy to use. Best backup practices and how to use a backup program like Backup and Restore, included in Windows 10, is important to your understanding of how to make a backup. Class computers are not provided. Bring your computer to class if you like.   Handout provided.

Cyber-War is Real and Now, a real-time view! The following are some of the topic covered in the class including; There Are Bad Guys and Good Guys, Current Malware trends including CyptoLocker, FBI Virus, Phishing and Spear Phishing, Browser Highjackers to name just a few. Zombie Computers and Botnets, using default passwords, Microsoft vs Apple computers and the 7 Best Practices of working and having fun online. Class computers are not provided. This class is updated often to cover current security issues. Handout provided.
Word 2016 has a new look, is faster and has new productivity features. This Word 2016 overview of covers commands and features including text editing and formatting, text selection methods, Styles, keyboard combinations and Spell Checker. Word 2016’s new look is similar to Word 2013, but easier to navigate. This overview will help students transitioning from an earlier versions of Word. Class computers are not provided. Word 2010 owners will also benefit from this class. Bring your computer to class if you like. Handout provided.
Word Intro Advanced focuses on more advanced Word topics than were described in Word Intro Essentials. Most of topics are similar to features found in earlier versions of Word, but Word 2016 is the version used in class. Topics covered are inserting images in a document, formatting images, creating numbered and bulleted lists, inserting tables and working with borders and using the Ruler Bar to insert tabs. Class computers are not provided. Bring your computer to class if you like. Handout provided.
Also for Excel 2013, this is a great class for people who are new to Excel or who want to review Excel basics. Well described is the Excel workspace, cell referencing, how formulas are created and how spreadsheets are built using labels and values, Auto Fill, AutoSum and the copy and paste commands to build a sample budget and forecast. Class files will be emailed to each student or placed on their laptops if they bring them to class. Class computers are not provided. Bring your computer to class if you like. Handout provided.
PowerPoint 2016 has new features, is easy to use and quicker. The class presents an introductory view of how to create a basic slide presentation no matter which version of PowerPoint you use. Topics include slide creation, adding text and images to slides, transitions, running slideshows and best practices for better than amateur slide show results. Class computers are not provided. Bring your computer to class if you like. Handout provided.
Outlook 2016, Microsoft’s very popular email program has more features, is quicker and its layout is easier to use. This introductory class demonstrates the basic email, calendar and contacts modules used at home and in the office. You must have an existing email address to work with Outlook. Class computers are not provided. Bring your computer to class if you like. Handout provided.

Apple Classes

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Bring your Apple ID password and other passwords for email and iTunes.

Introductory classes for Pages, Numbers and Keynote are available by request. Contact Dick Smith if you would like a training session that is not scheduled. Please check the list of scheduled classes and our web site

This class is a very good overview for new Mac users who are migrating from years of working with Windows computers or a Mac user who is jumping from a much earlier version of the Mac operating system. The class is appropriate for OS X 10 (Yosemite), OSX 11 (El Capitan) and the new “macOS Sierra” because there is so little difference in the “basics” of OSX for Macbooks and iMac computers. Topics include, but not limited to, Mac trackpad and Magic Mouse usage, System Preferences, using the Dock, managing you system apps, WiFi connectivity, Mac’s Finder Window and the new Safari Browser. Helpful commands using keyboard combinations are discussed as well as the input and output ports on Macbooks and iMacs. Class computers are not provided. Bring your Mac to class if you like. Come early to set it up. Handout is provided.
Please note. This new class was created for previous Mac users who have adopted macOS Sierra, as their new Mac operating system. If you are new to the Mac OSX computer system, take the Mac OS New Users Basic Skills Class 101, which covers the best Mac practices, important differences between Windows and the Mac OSX systems, special mouse and trackpad finger gestures and Mac keyboard shortcuts.

 

macOS Sierra builds on the exciting features and outstanding design introduced in OS X Yosemite and OS X El Capitan. Sierra is designed to make your Mac more efficient and quicker. Sierra maintains the familiar look and feel of previous two Mac OSs while adding many new features. Several new features are the addition of Siri, copy and paste betwee macOS and iOS, Apple Pay for Mac, Auto-unlock you mac hands free with the Apple watchOS 3, desktop and Documents move to iCloud, optimized hard drive storage, picture-in-picture Videos using HTML 5 video player and lots more.

 

As in previous updates to Macs, there many more additions to this new OSX version. Improvements not covered in this class will be presented in the macOS Sierra New Features class 301. Class computers are not provided. Bring your MacBook or iMac to class if you like. Come early to setup you computer.  Handout is provided.

This second macOS Sierra class introduces more new features and app updates. Photos has third-party editing tools as well as faster performance. Create memories from your Photos, messaging gets an overhaul, hard drive maxed out macOS stores old unused files in iCloud, find and dlelete duplicate files, Photos the look of photos, Siri can read your email to you and more emojis than ever. Class computers are not provided.  You are welcome to bring your MacBook or iMac to class if you like. Come early to setup you computer. Handout is provided. Know your Apple ID.
Topics are relevant to Mac versions macOS Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite and Mavericks. This class provides discussion regarding the basic usage and the newest features for Organizing and working with files and folders in the Finder Window and how to setup and use the data backup and restore app Time Machine. Note that Time Machine requires an external hard drive via USB cable that is dedicated to the Time Machine backup process. Class computers are not provided. Bring your Mac to class if you like. Handout provided.
Students should have previously taken Mac El Capitan Essentials or know the covered topics. The class describes features including Email protocol, security, adding attachments, settings and shortcuts among other very interesting topics. Class computers are not provided. If you like, bring your Mac to class. Handout is provided.
There are some new big in iOS 10. Your favorite apps talk to Siri, Message get update, send payment and bring more life to your photos. The new Home app makes it simpler to secure your home, maps made more intuitive and the new news app finds the type of articles you want to read. iOS 10 has more integration with Apple Watch and easier editing of long sections of text which is a new and very cool and productive feature. Send a message in your own handwriting. There are more new features than we can list. Class computers are not provided. We suggest that you bring you iPad or iPad Mini with iOS 10 installed to class. Handout provided. Know your Apple ID.
The new features that will be discussed are in addition to the apps and features reviewed in iPad iOS 10 Essentials Guide 101. The Picture-in-Picture app allows watching a small unique picture while searching in the remaining larger screen area of the iPad. A small but welcome Go Back to Previous apps back button has be added. How to auto-organize your selfies in Photos and other new features will be discussed. If there is time, a Question and Answer period will be conducted. Class computers are not provided. If you like, bring your iPad to class. Handout is provided. Know your Apple ID.
iCloud will be discussed for MacBooks and iMacs using OS X 10 and above. Correctly setting up and using iCloud will be covered in class. iCloud allows you to share or sync, your photos, music and documents between all of your Mac and iOS devices. Features and hidden issues are coverd. Class computers are not provided. Bring your Mac to class and don’t forget your Apple ID and password. Handout provided.

Photos is engineered to be easy-to-use and streamlined for keeping your ever growing Pictures library organized and accessible. If you like, you can store all of your photos and videos in the iCloud Photo Library and can access your photos from your Mac and iOS devices. Learn how to edit photos with many new extensions that rival PhotoShop editing tools for Macs. Create amazing albums, slideshows and share them with your friends and family. Fill up your library, not your iOS device. All your full-resolution photos and videos are stored in iCloud in their original formats, with storage-saving versions kept on your Mac as space is needed. Class computers are not provided. Bring your computer if you like. Handout provided.
The new Photos app is for iOS 9 and above devices. The app is easy-to-use for keeping your Pictures library organized and accessible. Photos can automatically import your iPhoto library, and if you like, you can choose to store all of your photos and videos in the iCloud Photo Library. By storing your photos in the iCloud Photo Library, you can access your photos from your Mac and iOs devices at anytime. Learn how to edit photos on your iOS 10 device, create albums, slideshows and share them with your friends and family. Changes you make to you photos in the iCloud Photo Library on your iOS 10 device are automatically reflected in your Mac or other iOS devices. . Class computers are not provided. Bring your iPad or iPhone if you like. Handout provided
The latest iPhones are certainly Apple’s best even though their design doesn’t look much different from the earlier iphone 8 models. However, there are certainly a lot of new features that makes iPhone 7 and 7 Plus more useful and fun than ever. Both models have improved battery life, are water resistant, with bigger storage options and faster for serious photographers.
New features both iPhones include: The new Home button, Wake without any fingers, Main camera has a new 12MP sensor with optical image stabilization, new front-facing camera is now 7MP, Live photos are much smoother and more. The iPhone 7plus has: Dual rear cameras that delivers true 2x optical zoom and the new Portrait mode.

Class computers are not provided. We suggest that you bring your iPhone 7 or 7plus with iOS10 installed to class. Handout provided. Know your Apple ID and password

The new photography that everyone is excited about is iPhoneography using iPhones 5, 6 and 7. This introduction to iPhoneography includes tips on exposure, positioning, composition, using HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, Time-Lapse photography, the self-timer mode, suggested best iPhone photo apps to acquire and more iPhone features including panning and video photos. Addon lenses, tripods and other camera peripherals will be discussed in the upcoming more advanced iPhoneography Advanced 201 class. Class computers are not provided. Handout provided.
iTunes for MacBooks and iMacs using OS X 10 and above. Correctly setting up and using both apps will be covered in class. iTunes is the easiest way to organize and enjoy the music, movies, TV shows, apps, and books you already have and shop for the ones you want to obtain. You can even listen to free streaming radio stations with iTunes Radio. Class computers are not provided. If you like, bring your Mac to class and you might need your Apple ID and Password so don’t forget to bring them. Handout provided.
Excel for experienced users builds on the Excel skills developed in the Excel Intro class. New topics include adding and linking worksheets with formulas, inserting rows and columns, using functions, working with Absolute Cell References, adding headers and footers and simple worksheet formatting. Create a “What If” worksheet. Class files will be emailed to each student or placed on their laptops if they bring them to class. Class computers are not provided. Bring your Mac to class if you like. Handout provided.
This 90-minute PowerPoint class presents an introductory view of how to create a basic slide presentation no matter which version of PowerPoint you use. Topics include slide creation, transitions, adding text and images to slides, running slideshows and best practices for better than amateur results. Class computers are not provided. Bring your Mac to class if you like. Handout provided.
This 90-minute PowerPoint class presents an introductory view of how to create a basic slide presentation no matter which version of PowerPoint you use. Topics include slide creation, transitions, adding text and images to slides, running slideshows and best practices for better than amateur results. Class computers are not provided. Bring your Mac to class if you like. Handout provided.

Other Classes

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Skype is the leading video chat software use for communicating with friends and relatives all over the world. The class demonstrates the setup and use of live video and sound to see and talk to someone across town or in Paris. Also covered are ways of optimizing video camera and microphone settings to make the Skype experience the best it can be. An actual setup and connection will be created in class. Class computers are not provided. Bring your computer to class if you like. Handout provided.
Facebook has nearly one billion users from 13-years old to seniors who in their 90s. Users signup and then try to build a large friends list that includes actual friends, family and even slight acquaintances so they can share their everyday information and images with their “friends.” The class provides a Facebook overview that covers sign up, use of the Timeline, the Like Button, the Ticker and Events. Also briefly mentioned is Facebook Pages and Profiles. Facebook security best practices is included as well. Class computers are not provided. Bring your laptop computer if you like. Handout provided.
GMail is Google’s free email services located at mail.google.com if you would like to download and install it on you Windows, Apple or Android device, which includes desktop computers, laptops, phones and tablets including iPhone and iPad. The class will also cover GMail’s Contacts and Calendar apps. Typical email usage, ways of creating contacts and calendar items will be cover including how to link all three apps. When you sign into GMail, you also sign in to Calendars and Contacts. Google’s services are used for convenience because they “just work.” Computers are not provided. Bring your computer to class if you like. Handout provided.