Pro Tip: Tutorials

Believe it or not, there’s lots of technology out there that I have no idea how to use. Sometimes, I’ll even have trouble with an application that I use every day, like Microsoft Word. Rather than running screaming out of the room, or throwing my laptop out the window, I simply look for a tutorial online. They have saved my skin and taught me some brilliant tricks over the years.

Tutorials exist for just about everything, and many of them are even in video format so you can actually watch someone performing the action you are trying to learn. The first place I would recommend looking is straight from the horse’s mouth. For example, when I was learning how to use NoodleTools, I found all kinds of great information right in the help section of their webpage (Here are some screencast tutorials on using notecards in NoodleTools- login may be required).

If you’re finding the product’s website unhelpful, the next stop is YouTube. A properly-conducted search (which often includes the version or year of the application you’re using) will likely yield hundreds of videos. You will need to pay attention to the version (platform and year) of software being used in the tutorial, though; if it’s a different version, you may end up more confused than you were in the first place. The video below, a tutorial on how to print your First Class calendar, features a newer version of First Class than we have, but is still applicable to our software.

While there are lots of free tutorials out there, there are also tutorials sites that demand a membership fee. You get what you pay for; Lynda.com is one such site, and because it requires a paid membership, the video quality is higher than those available for free.

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