Computer Skills

Whether you can barely use the Internet or you are a programmer, there are free online tutorials to help you. Here are some of our favorites to get you started. Check our Online Learning Pinterest board for more! part of the Goodwill Community Foundation, starts with the basics. Offering online videos explaining everything from reading to basic math and personal finance to email, this is a great starting point for people new to computers or those looking to grow basic skills.

Grow With Google offers online video tutorials for using the Google Suite of products. Gmail, Google Drive, Sheets, etc. The Applied Digital Skills Tutorials teaches users the nuts and bolts of these apps while students perform practical tasks like sending and receiving email, building a resume, and making a budget. Tutorials are available for both adult and middle/high school learners.

Got the basics mastered, Grow With Google also offers G Suite certification lessons, as well basic coding and machine learning.

You will need a google account (they are free!) to begin.

Microsoft offers free online training on their products as well. The Office 365 Training Center utilizes short videos to teach users the basics of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. The Cheat Sheets are definitely worth a look even for advanced users!

Geared to IT professionals, or those looking to become one, Microsoft also offers online training for their Azure, Microsoft 365, and Power Platform products. Classes are free but certification testing is paid.

Formerly known as Lynda, LinkedIn Learning offers training on everything from the basic to the advanced and includes everything from productivity skills, computer lingo, and software tips. LinkedIn Learning is free for the first month and you will need a LinkedIn account to sign in.

SkillShare is an online learning platform that offers free classes for two months. Featuring member submitted videos, topics range from the creative to analytical. Skillshare also offers a number of always free classes including lessons on a variety of social media platforms, productivity apps, and other computer applications. The site can be tricky to navigate, so be sure to try the search if you are looking for something specific.

If you are looking for something specific and you are patient and willing to sort a lot of results you can’t go wrong with a basic YouTube search. Once you find a creator you like you can subscribe to their channel and see more by them to broaden your skills.

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