Software, Tools, Apps, Programming, Tech Support


Free Office Tools and Other Software

Google

Chrome Geek
From Chrome tutorials to Chrome Apps, CG is the perfect showcase for Chrome OS savvy users. You will find in-depth articles on a variety of red hot topics such as web hosting, chrome themes, chrome downloads, chrome design, chrome usability, and more.
Chrome Story
Chrome Story is a … blog dedicated to everything Chrome, Chrome OS and Chromecast. We cover news, tips, apps, extensions and themes for Chrome, Chrome OS and Chromecast. Includes sections such as Getting Started With Your Chromebook and 100 Chromebook Tips and Tricks.
Control Alt Achieve: Extensions vs Web Apps vs Add-ons
A chart showing the similarities and differences between these different Chrome tools.
GCF LearnFree.org: Google Apps
You can do a lot with a Google account these days, from using Google Drive to create and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations to using Google Maps to learn your way around.
GCF LearnFree.org: Google Chrome
Learn all about browsing, customizing, and bookmarking in Chrome, as well as personalizing your privacy and security settings.
Google: Chromebook Help Center
Google’s own support page for using and customizing your Chromebook.
Google: Google Support
Google’s own support page for using Google tools and apps. Includes topics such as Gmail, Google Chrome, Google Drive, and much more.
Google YouTube Channel
Google has a large store of videos for those who are looking for help with their various tools, including Chrome and other topics.
GoogleGuide: Making Search Even Easier
Google Guide is an online interactive tutorial and reference for experienced users, novices, and everyone in between.
Google’s Chromebook Explored and Explained
This article discusses what a Chromebook is, why it is different and why you could benefit from using one.
How to Use Google Search More Effectively
An infographic with some crucial tips for refining your Googling, as well as some other great places to hunt down that last study you need for your thesis.
HubSpot: How to Set Gmail as Your Browser’s Default Email Client for Mailto Links
[E]ver click on a “mailto” link to share web content via email, only to have your browser attempt to open the wrong email client? … Here’s how to fix it so your preferred browser uses Gmail as its default email client for mailto links.
Laptop: How to Use Your Chromebook
But as with any operating system, there are still plenty of tips and tricks for using Chrome OS. Here at Laptop Mag, we put together a list of how-to’s to help you learn the intricacies of your new Chromebook.
Richard Byrne: Google Tutorials (videos)
While many of the tutorials here are aimed at teachers, quite a few of them would be useful for anyone using Google apps and tools.
Shake Up Learning: 160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students
In this post, you will find 160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students! This database is searchable and filterable by category, subject area, and grade level!

Guides & Tutorials

BBC WebWise
This is a good place to learn about email, searching, e-business, security, basics of web design, and more.
Codeacademy
Learn to code, interactively, for free.
Computer Science 50
Introductory level course online from Harvard University.
GFC LearnFree.org
Provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life.
How To Geek
We are an online tech publisher, dedicated to explaining the “hows” and the “whys” of today’s technology and news.
In Pictures
In Pictures online tutorials are based on pictures, not words. They’re the easiest way to learn computer subjects. There’s no complicated multimedia, just pictures that show exactly what to do. Free!
Lifehacker: How To
Tips and trick on a variety of topics including both computer and non-computer skills. An older (2016-) set of Cheat Sheets are also available for handy reference.
PC World: How-To
Articles and information from PC World magazine.
Tech Support
Ask Dave Taylor
CNet forums
Computer Hope
MakeUseOf
Web Design
HTML.com
Usability.gov
W3Schools
The Webby Awards
Sites chosen by web experts as some of the best online sites. Arranged by category.
Wired How-To
A collaborative site filled with all kinds of projects, hacks, tricks and tips you can edit. Mostly but not entireley tech-related.
Wired – Reviews
Wired Magazine tests and rates hundred of products in the fields of technology, home appliances, automotive, cameras, and more.

Linux

5 Best Linux Blogs For Beginners To Follow
In this article, we will list the best Linux blogs for beginners. These blogs will help you understand everything about Linux that a beginner should know! (Jan 2018)
The 5 Best Linux Distros For Beginners in 2018
Want to try out Linux but not sure where to start? Check out our picks.
A Beginner’s Guide to the Linux Command Line
In Linux, it is the most flexible and powerful way to perform tasks. Let’s jump into the basics of the Linux command line including directory navigation, file/directory operations, and more.
Free Software Directory
We catalog useful free software that runs under free operating systems — particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants.
Getting Started With Linux and Ubuntu
At the end of the day, while using Linux feels very similar to Windows and macOS, there are aspects that you will have to learn for the first time. We’ll encounter more of them as we go along. (Feb. 2018)
Lifehacker: Linux
Reviews and articles for Linux users.
Linux App Finder
Guide to Linux programs by category; also lists popular Windows and Mac programs and suggests Linux alternatives.
The Linux Journal
Magazine devoted to the many variants of Linux and their uses.
Linux Literacy
You’ll find blog posts with places to learn Linux, tips and tricks, and pages with lessons that will set you on the path to Linux enlightenment.
Linux.org
News, tutorials, downloads, and forums all about Linux.
MakeUseOf: Linux
Get the most out of earth’s best open-source operating system. We’ll highlight the best Linux distros, software and games, and share tips useful for anyone switching from Windows or OS X.
Top 5 Free Tutorials for Linux Beginners
Briefly describes 5 Linux tutorials, with the pros and cons of each.
Ubuntu Manual
A comprehensive beginners guide for the Ubuntu operating system.
Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide
This guide can help both beginners and seasoned computer users alike learn all the important parts of choosing, using and installing Linux…

Mac

Apple – Mac
Find information about all your Mac computers, laptops, and accessories.
Apple.com: Support
Official Apple support site for all their products and devices.
Alltop: Apple
Roundup of top headlines and stories relating to Apple products.
CNET: Apple
Reviews and articles for Apple and Mac products.
ComputerHope: Apple Questions and Answers
Links to help for Mac problems, both in the OS itself and in Mac software.
iFixIt: The Free Repair Manual
Repair manuals and fix-it guides. Includes discussion forum.
Lifehacker: Mac
Reviews and articles specifically for Mac users from popular tech site ‘Lifehacker’.
Low End Mac
The mission of Low End Mac is helping users get the most value from their Macs and Mac clones.
Mac for Beginners
Guides, tutorials, and videos showing how to use a Mac, including how to find and set preferences, find and use applications, and other useful topics.
Macworld
Large site with news, weblogs, tech support, product guides, and more.
MakeUseOf – Mac OS
You’ll find the best software for doing pretty much anything with your Mac, guides to some of Apple’s lesser-known features, and tips that will turbocharge your macOS workflow.
Microsoft Office 365 for Mac
Unmistakably Office, designed for Mac. Do your best work—anywhere, anytime and with anyone.

PDF Tools

PDF Converters


PDF Creators

note: Libre Office can export docs to .pdf


PDF Readers, Form Fillers

Programming

Academic Tutorials.com
You will find tutorials and lessons on most languages you want to learn how to program with here. We have Visual Basic, VB.NET, Java, J2EE, C, C++, C#, ASP, ASP.NET, Perl, JavaScript, Web Services, and XML tutorials. Most of the tutorials are either beginner or intermediate level but we have included a few advanced tutorials as well.
Alice
Alice is a teaching tool designed as a revolutionary approach to teaching and learning introductory programming concepts…. an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web.
Code Academy
Free online step-by-step tutorials.
Code Combat
CodeCombat is a coding game that uses real typed code and personalized learning to teach computer science… The introductory game is free.
Code Monster
Code Monster is a gentle and fun introduction to programming concepts. … Projects start with simple boxes and colors, rapidly progressing into exciting experiments with simple animation and fractals. Important programming concepts like variables, loops, conditionals, expressions, and functions are introduced by example.
Computer Science Unplugged
YouTube: Computer Science Unplugged (videos)
CS Unplugged is a project that provides free games and activities to communicate Computer Science concepts to students of all ages.
Free Programming Ebooks
From O’Reilly publishers.
Hour of Code
The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages for all ages.
How Stuff Works: Computer Programmming
From the popular How Stuff Works site of easy-to-follow explanations.
The Java Tutorials
Sun’s official website for the Java SE Tutorials.
Khan Academy – Computer Programming
Learn the fundamentals of programming on the Khan Academy Computer Science platform. Explore programs made by others. Write your own programs and share them!
Learn to Code: The Full Beginner’s Guide
If you’ve been looking to learn how to code, we can help you get started. Here are 4.5 lessons on the basics and extra resources to keep you going.
Microsoft Small Basic
A project that is aimed at making computer programming accessible to beginners. The project comprises a simple programming language that gathers inspiration from the original BASIC programming language; a modern and attractive programming environment; and rich, extensible libraries.
MIT OpenCourseWare: Introductory Programming Courses
Excellent introductory courses for beginners. Classes includes video lectures, handouts, homework problems, and self-assessment quizzes.
Programming Basics
Programming tutorial starting from the most basic concepts.
Regular Expressions
A regular expression (regex or regexp for short) is a special text string for describing a search pattern. You can think of regular expressions as wildcards on steroids. Describes how regular expressions work and offers a tutorial for learning the basics of how to use them.
Scratch
Scratch is a new programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art — and share your creations on the web.
Try Ruby
Short interactive introduction to the Ruby programming language.
Tutorialized
Free tutorials for graphics programs, web design, programming, and other related topics.
Tutorialspoint: Computer Programming Tutorial
This tutorial has been prepared for the beginners who are willing to learn computer programming but they are unable to learn it due to lack of proper guidance. We are confident that after completing this tutorial, you will be at a level where you can code in C Programming language and will have a basic understanding of Java and Python programming languages as well…

Windows & MS Office

 Microsoft Office 

Bernie Poole’s Microsoft Office Tutorials
Tutorials for older versions of Office, from 2003 to 2013.
GCF Learn Free: Microsoft Office
Our lessons offer a mix of text, video, interactives, and challenges to practice what you’ve learned, so you can learn the basics and more… Includes tutorials for multiple versions of Office.
Microsoft Office Training Center
The official training site from Microsoft.
Microsoft Full Length Video Tutorials by Sali Kaceli videos
A listing of easy-to-follow full video tutorials…. Everything you need to know for your job in the corporate environment or classroom or personal career.
Microsoft Office Tutorials videos
Watch complete Microsoft office tutorials including Microsoft Access 2016, Excel 2016, Project 2016, PowerPoint 2016 and Word 2016.

 Windows 

MakeUseOf: Windows Software
Get to know your Windows operating system inside out! Pick up tips & tricks, and discover the best Windows software & modern apps out there
MakeUseOf: How You Can Get Help in Windows 10
With these tips, you can be sure that you’re never too far away from the guidance and information that you need.
Microsoft: Windows 10 Features
Guide to the latest Windows features, from Microsoft.
PC World: The 10 best hidden features of Windows 10
Windows 10 isn’t all Cortana and the Start menu, you know. Follow the ninjacat to find the best stuff under the hood. (July 2015)
PC World: How to cure Windows 10’s worst headaches
These tips and tricks can help you overcome Windows 10’s niggling hassles. (August 2015)
PC World: Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks
Windows 10 is chock-full of handy, hidden new features worth exploring. Check out the best tips and tricks here. (May 2017)

 Older Versions of Windows 

Bob Cerelli’s Windows Page
The main goal of this site is to provide clear, accurate and easy to understand information regarding Windows8 / Windows7 / Visa / XP / ME / Win98 and Win95
Lifehacker’s Complete Guide to Windows 7
A guide posted on the day when Windows 7 was officially released.
PC World Ultimate Windows 8 Starter Guide
A guide from when Windows 8 was new.

 Window Tech Support 

CNet forums
CNET tech support forums feature a wide range of topics, including phones, laptops, smart homes, wearable technology, TVs and cars, where you can have conversations and get advice from a community of experts.
List of Blue Screen Error Codes
Check here when you need to figure out what that cryptic string of numbers and letters is really saying.
Microsoft Support
This is Microsoft’s official support site.
Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite
Tech Support for everything Microsoft, from Windows to Windows phones to XBox and Zune.
PC World How-To
How to use, buy and get the most out of the PC hardware and software you use to get work done.
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