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Schedule & Handouts


This schedule lists Dan's planned topics for each weekly class this year.

There will also always be time for your questions

As each class is completed, we will add links to download that session's handouts


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Session Name

Topics Covered (Very General)

Nov 12, 2018

Welcome and Scam Discussion

Scams, Etc handout

OPEN MEETING (attend without joining).

Welcome to PebbleCreek Computer Club.

   Focus on Scams and how to recognize them and avoid being taken advantage of.  Also some talk of computer problems, including slowness. This discussion should be of interest to all.  Questions encouraged at every meeting. 

    A paper handout will be available today and with each session.  If you become a member, handouts will be emailed to you before each meeting.

   Throughout the year, I will have two computers at each meeting to be projected on a 10 ft. screen - one with Windows 10 and one with Windows 7. 

   There is no need to bring your computer to the meetings.

   Also at first meeting: Brief introduction of officers and explanation of meeting format.  Presentation of plan for the year.  Getting a feel for attendee demographics.  Some discussion of computer basics, definitions, operating systems (Win 7, Win 8/8.1 and Win 10) and computer applications.  All further references to Window 8 also include 8.1.

Jan 7 2019

Getting Started

FAQ 2019

   What to consider when buying a computer.  Continuing with common terminology.  More exposure to Windows 10. General discussion for beginners.  Handout consists of frequently asked questions (FAQ) and their answers.  Although I have only a Win 7 and Win 10 computer at the meetings, questions on Windows 8, Vista and XP are still welcome.

 Microsoft has stopped supporting Win XP and Vista. That means no more updates or corrections.  It is still OK to keep using either of these if they meet your needs, but you should really start considering a new machine.  Some programs may not work correctly and your computer is technically "obsolete"!  Win 7 will be supported through 2020.  My opinion is that the useful life of any well-maintained computer in today's ever-growing technology maximizes at about 5 to 7 years.

Jan 14


Settings & Features

Virus Summary



   How to use the start menu and change its format. More coverage of Win 10.  Taskbar menu.  How to alter display properties to personalize your computer.  What’s in the control panel with discussion of things you can change and things you shouldn’t change.  Working with Setting area of Win 10. How to use Windows (File) Explorer, which is different from Internet Explorer, to organize your files and folders. Where to find these items in Win 10. Keeping a computer efficient and safe.   Virus checkers and Spyware checkers discussed.  More comparison of different versions of Windows.

Jan 21


Session 1

Big Website Handout



   General discussion of ISPs. (Internet Service Providers) Choosing an ISP.  Signing on.  Internet Explorer settings & menus. Introduction to the new Microsoft Edge browser that comes with Win 10.  Other browsers such as Chrome and Firefox.  Deciding on a home page.  Using a search engine such as Google.  Search technique suggestions. Using an encyclopedia and dictionary.   Introduction to some very interesting websites.  How to get questions answered online. Making you computer faster on the Internet. Web terminology. 

   Internet and Windows questions will ALWAYS be addressed.  This is the heart of PC use.  So never hesitate to ask anything!  This session and the next two always prove to be very interesting and popular.

Jan 28 & Feb 4


Session 2

Internet Speedup & Troubleshooting


   Focus on other aspects of the Internet - e.g. Shopping and banking.  Introduction to E-bay and Half.com. Using Amazon.com.  Demonstrate Travel related capabilities, Including Travelocity, Expedia and Tripadvisor.  Introduction to "Tabbed Browsing".  Using the Internet to reserve flights, hotels, rental cars and dinner reservations.  How to track airplanes in flight.  How to use different corporate websites to get things done - e.g. bill paying, Property Taxes, APS, Southwest Gas, American Express and other credit cards. Always bring your questions.  Using the www.pebblecreekhoa.org website.

Feb 11

Email discussion


   Discussion of email.   Using Mail handler in Win 10, Windows Live (Win 7 and 8).  How to get on the PebbleCreek E-group.  Working with attachments, forwarding email and using the address book.  Managing your email.  Using the BCC (blind carbon copy) feature. Establishing an account with Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo.  Common email errors. 

Feb 18

Microsoft Word 1 (Word Processing in General)

Word Handout Wk 1

Word Layout/Example

   Basic explanation of ribbons, settings and documents.  How to work with fonts, margins, copy, cut and paste.  Changing things in a document and cleaning up basic formatting problems. Print preview.  I will cover the format used in Office version 2007 and later (2010, 2013 and 2016 and all similar).  I will also discuss some free office productivity suites including MS Office 2010 Starter Edition (Win7 only), Apache OpenOffice, WPS Office and King LibreOffice.  As always, questions and answers.

Feb 25

Word 2

Word Handout Wk 2

Word Shortcut keys

   Working with spell check and auto correct.  Using some of the basic features.  Adding lines, boxes and WordArt to a document.  Creating personal letterhead.  Creating labels.  Working with tables.  Sorting and editing.   Adding Clipart

Mar 4


Word Processing  (Concluded)

Word Handout Wk 3

   Close up loose ends in word processing.  If this session isn’t necessary, this will be an open week to talk more about the Internet, Windows and address audience concerns.

Mar 11

Excel 1

Excel Handout Wk 1

Excel Layout

   Basic introduction to Excel and Spreadsheets. Title of this session should be "Why You Should Know Something About Spreadsheets, Even If You Think You Don't Need to Know Anything About Spreadsheets".  Ribbons and settings will be addressed. Cell formatting, rows and columns, borders, worksheets, workbooks, editing will be covered.  Some basic applications and uses.  What Excel is good for and what it isn’t so good for.  Emphasis will be on Excel version 2007 and later. Review of Excel wannabes such as Works, OpenOffice, WPS Office and LibreOffice.

Mar 18

Excel 2

Excel Supplement

   Basic addition and subtraction applications within a spreadsheet.  Creating a nice looking report.  Defining a print area.  Cross footing.  Demo of my programs. (e.g. How Long Will Your Money Last and Minimum Required withdrawal from a 401K)

   If desired and time permits - Introduction to some basic functions.  Working with functions.  Hiding rows and columns.  Protecting cells.  Linking worksheets.  Doing graphs. 

Mar 25

Windows Cont’d

Common Computer Mistakes

Setting Up a New Computer

   More explanation on how to making Windows more efficient.  How to examine your computer for startup functions.  System Tray.  Review of in-depth explanation on how to use Windows Explorer.  Reference to Microsoft Edge Browser.  This sounds like topics covered earlier, but questions often make this session relevant. If it hasn't been dealt with yet, backing up a computer will be addressed.  Detailed Control Panel use.

   Working with networks. Sharing files and printers.  Moving data from old computer to new one.  Wireless router setup.    Hooking up a wireless printer and dealing with related problems.

Please bring all your questions, as always.

April 1

System Cleanup, Photo Story 3

Networking Basics

Photo Story Instructions


   My last meeting.. Snowbirds (including us) are starting leave by now.  General Internet.  Q & A on any topics.

Downloading and using Microsoft’s free download called PhotoStory3.  Creating a nice slide show with music and slide animation.  This has always been a very fun and well-received topic.

 Working with digital pictures.  Will emphasize how to use Microsoft Office Picture Manager for picture enhancement.  Learn how to get rid of red-eye and brighten up dark photos.  Other digital picture handler programs discussed (e.g. Picasa).  How to make your camera’s setting more efficient.

   Time usually permits having open discussion on any topic you want such as more interesting Internet Sites and maybe using Quicken. 

   Have a safe summer and hope to see you in the fall - if you are still interested.     It has been my pleasure to hold these meetings and sincerely thank you for your attendance and support.

April 8

Apple Meeting

   Kathy and I will be away on a trip.  We will arrange for a guest speaker  to do a session of Apple Devices.