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What happens at our Thursday PC Forum September 19, 2007

Posted by ctcoberon in Uncategorized.

Our weekly computer classes have proven to be very popular, especially Julie Stott’s Tuesday classes. However, we do have a few vacancies for Thursday classes (conducted by Ron Lardner) and Lynn Agland’s Monday Family History classes.

  • For those thinking about joining our Thursday computer classes here is a brief outline about what we have covered over the past few weeks. We experimented with OpenOffice V2.2.1 and Microsoft Office XP by preparing a document (a poster to be precise with a large image) using Microsoft Word.

  • We then open this same Word Document in OpenOffice Writer, and modified it, and then we reopened it in Microsoft Word, and did some more modifications. Thus, demonstrating just how easy it is to use OpenOffice V2.2.1 and Microsoft Office XP to read and modify each others work without losing any formatting. The compatibility is amazing!

  • We then used OpenOffice Writer to create a second document, which we converted to a PDF (Portable Document Format) file and then opened it using Adobe Reader. Once again, the PDF file opened displaying all the formatting contained in the original OpenOffice document.

  • Please note; Microsoft Office XP does not have the ability to convert a Word Document to a PDF. However, both programs are Windows 2000/XP/Vista ready.

  • In addition, OpenOffice V2.2.1, which is a free Open-Source program, will open Microsoft Office (97/2000/XP) Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents.

  • We also, demonstrated how to download, install and configure both Lavasoft’s new Ad-Aware 2007 Anti-Spyware program and Safer-Networking’s new Spybot Search & Destroy (V1.5).

  • We also showed how one of the most popular image editing programs i.e. Paint.Net automatically upgraded to the latest version via the Internet with just a few simple clicks of the mouse. If you have not used or do not know about Paint.Net, the October 2007 issue of PC User on page-19 gives it a good write-up, stating it to be the best freeware tool around.

  • All three programs are Windows 2000/XP/Vista ready.

  • Using a NVIDIA model 6610 graphic card we showed how to remove and install a new graphics card, how to keep the fan free from dust and how the on-board connections are used.

These are just a few of the things the Thursday classes cover and the subject matter changes weekly, plus we also try to answer all your questions about hardware and software. If you would like to join us on Thursday afternoons the only things you need to bring are a pad, pencil and a USB Flash Drive, especially if you would like copies of various programs including those which we have covered in this article.

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