Computer Classes

Computer classes at the library are:

  • one-time workshops which can be repeated.
  • available to 6 students at a time.
  • held on weekdays at varying times.
  • free!
  • hands-on.
  • led by library staff.

Computers are provided. Note that some classes have prerequisites. To view upcoming classes and register, visit our online calendar
Or, visit the Reference Desk or call (603) 766-1720 to register over the phone.

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Current Courses Offered

Click class title to see description and prerequisites.

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Class Descriptions

Computer Basics: Basic elements of Windows, including: using the mouse and keyboard, highlighting, copying, and pasting text, common menus, toolbars, and shortcuts, exploring programs and documents, overview of computer hardware and storage media.

  • Prerequisites: none.

Internet Basics: Introduction to the Internet, including getting online, understanding basic terminology, toolbar buttons in Internet Explorer, using search sites, evaluating Web sites and online information, using intermediate and advanced online tools and search features.

  • Prerequisites: Computer Basics class -or- familiarity with the mouse, including highlighting, copying, and pasting.

Microsoft Word Basics (parts 1 & 2): Learn how to create, save and print word processing documents, including using editing shortcuts, formatting lists, checking spelling and grammar and using Word toolbars. The class will also include discussion of how to save and organize files. The class is split into two parts because there is too much to cover in one 90-minute class. Both parts are intended for beginners.

  • Prerequisites: Computer Basics class -or- familiarity with using the keyboard and mouse; highlighting, copying, and pasting text; and using the basic elements of the Windows operating system.

Intermediate Microsoft Word: This class is for those who have taken the Library's Microsoft Word Parts 1 & 2 classes and are looking to learn more advanced Word skills such as creating columns and tabs, breaking a document into multiple sections with unique headers and footers, tracking document changes and completing a mail merge. There will also be a brief introduction to Google Docs.

  • Prerequisites: Microsoft Word parts 1 & 2 -or- proficiency in most basic Word skills including cut, copy & paste, formatting text, changing paragraph alignments, spell check and page numbering; must also be familiar using the basic elements of the Windows operating system.

Microsoft Excel Basics: Learn how to navigate within an Excel worksheet, enter and edit data, select ranges, format cells, and create simple formulas and charts.

  • Prerequisites: Microsoft Word class - or - familiarity with using the keyboard and mouse; highlighting, copying, and pasting text; and using the basic elements of the Windows operating system. 

Microsoft Excel Charts: Take a deeper dive into charts, chart types, the chart ribbon, creation and which charts work best with which data.

  • Prerequisites: Microsoft Excel Basics class - or - experience using Excel outside of class, creating formulas and basic charts in Excel, familiarity with Microsoft Word, and using the basic elements of the Windows operating system.

Intermediate Microsoft Excel: Learn intermediate Excel skills not covered in the introductory class including advanced charts, filtering and subtotaling data, conditional formatting, concatenating text and splitting text into columns, using logic-based functions, printing worksheets with repeating header rows and columns, and PivotTables and PivotCharts.

  • Prerequisites: Microsoft Excel Basics class - or - Experience using Excel outside of class, creating formulas and basic charts in Excel, familiar with Microsoft Word. 

Google Drive: Google Drive is a free online tool for creating and storing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Google Drive allows multiple users to work on a document at once.

  • Prerequisites: Must be comfortable using the keyboard and mouse. Should be comfortable navigating the Internet.

Photo Editing: An introduction to the basics of photo editing, using the free online tool Pixlr. Concepts can be applied to other photo editing tools. Includes opening an image, rotating, resizing, adjusting color and light, applying filters, adding text, using tools like Redeye, Spot Heal, and Dodge/Burn, and saving images.

  • Prerequisites: Must be comfortable using the keyboard and mouse and have basic knowledge of using the Internet.
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Other Online Learning Options

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) is free with a Portsmouth Public Library card and offers video courses on a wide variety of computer and technical topics.
  • GCF Global is a free platform good for beginner computer classes, no library card required.
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Don't see the class you need? Let us know! Call us at 603-766-1720 or send an email.