Course Description

This course introduces the basic features of Microsoft Office, Windows, and file management. It helps participants develop familiarity with Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, email, and Internet basics.


This course is intended for shop floor personnel, production operators and support staff interested in inputting data, corresponding effectively by email and preparing charts and simple reports, among other things.


Familiarity with the keyboard is recommended

Topics and Course Content


    Introduction to Windows: Windows desktop, window elements, windows accessories, keyboard layout, minimize and maximize and restore a window, move and size a window, scrolling a window, programs and dialog boxes, Windows screen layout, starting applications, basic keyboard typing practice.


    Getting Started with Word : wrap text and correct spelling, delete and insert text, combine and split paragraphs, saving files, printing, and building typing speed on the computer.
    Editing Skills: selecting and editing text, viewing and scrolling through a document, undo and redo actions, formatting characters, applying underline and other character effects, change case, and continue practice building typing speed on the computer.


    Taskbar, windows explorer, displaying and changing folders, creating folders, moving and copying files, deleting files, finding files.


    Getting Started with Excel: screen elements, using menus and toolbars, undo and redo, navigating within a worksheet, entering and editing data, changing column widths, aligning labels, creating a simple worksheet.
    Designing and printing a worksheet: planning and sketching a worksheet, entering row and column labels, entering text data, entering formulas, naming worksheet tabs, creating user documentation, protecting a worksheet, previewing a worksheet prior to printing, choosing page orientation, formatting on the page, printing a worksheet.
    Worksheet editing and formulas: copying and pasting data, displaying multiple toolbars, naming individual and groups of cells, naming a constant, creating formulas using cell and variable names, spell checking, and using Find and Replace.


    Exploring the Internet: what is the Internet, typing Internet addresses, searching the Internet, navigating web pages, finding text in a web page, printing a web page.
    Introduction to Outlook and E-Mail: starting outlook, identifying parts of the outlook window, addressing, composing, and sending e-mail, sending attachments, reading e-mail, printing e-mail.

Learning Goals and Results

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  • Recognize when to use each of the Microsoft Office programs to create professional business documents
  • Use Microsoft Office programs to create personal and/or business documents following current professional and/or industry standards
  • Pursue future courses specializing in one or more of the programs
  • Apply skills and concepts for basic use of computer hardware, software, networks, and the Internet in the workplace

Time Investment

This class is 60 hours of classroom time taken in 4-hour sessions over the course of 15 consecutive weeks.

Please Note: Course content and time investment can also be customized to anindividual company’s needs.

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