Category Archives: Microsoft Office

Are you applying to too many jobs?

Looking for and applying for jobs is your job if you are out of work. If you are applying for job after job and no interviews or job offers are coming your way, you may need to refocus your job search.

Some ideas on spending your time wisely can be found in this article:

Another article that explains how to narrow your search:

Do you need technology skills for jobs? We have workshops in Basics of using a computer and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access).
Classes are all free and listed here. Registration is required for all except  Labs:

Job searching in December

While it is important to take some time off to recharge during your job search, December could be the month you find a job so don’t take that break yet.

Less people are searching in December and there may still be budget money available to hire new employees.

Here’s an article about looking for work in December.

Come to the Computer Labs at Poughkeepsie Public Library District for assistance with job searching, email, working with Microsoft Office, etc.

Computer Labs:

Mondays – Fridays 11am-1pm
(Adriance Library STRBA Teen Room)
Tuesday evenings 6pm-8pm
(Adriance Library Charwat Meeting Room)
Thursdays 1:30-3pm
(Arlington Library program room)


Computer labs at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District

At a computer lab, you can ask specific questions about using computers, set up an email account, learn to use email, apply for unemployment, work on your resume, search and apply for jobs, or practice what you’ve learned in a class.

We have several computer labs throughout the week. You can quietly come and go as needed during the lab time.

Most online job applications require that you have an email address. If you are applying for a job and do not have an email address, we can help you set up your own free email address.

Applying for one job can take up to 1 hour if you already have an email account. Plan for another 30 minutes if you also need to set up a new email account.

Computer lab days/times (all labs are at the Adriance Library unless noted):

6pm-8pm (evenings)
1:30pm-3pm (Arlington Library)

Word 2010 – Selecting words or paragraphs

Word 2010 – Selecting words or paragraphs

When you are working in Word and want to format text, you will need to select the text before you can apply text formatting (text formatting options are in the Font group on the Home tab of the Ribbon).

Word 2010 - Font Group
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Many people know that they can click the mouse and hold it down while dragging through the text (usually referred to as click and drag).

There are other ways to select text that may be easier and faster. There are several ways of accomplishing these tasks.                              Find what works for you!

To select: Do this:
One word Double-click the word (works throughout Windows programs and the internet)
Several words Click and drag
One paragraph Triple-click anywhere in the paragraph (if you move the mouse before the third click, you will have to try again)
Entire document Ctrl-A (keyboard combination – press and hold the Ctrl key, press and release A key, then release Ctrl)

For more information:

Most of our tips and tricks also apply to Word 2007 and Word 2013

Register for Summer PCC Courses!

Do you want to get better at Microsoft Excel, learn how to check out ebooks and emagazines and read them on your tablet, or find out how to research your ancestors online? This summer we have classes on these topics and much more at the Poughkeepsie Public Library! Space in each workshop is limited, so visit our online calendar to check out our offerings and register, or call (845) 485-3445 x3381 for more information.

Your Library Card & Microsoft Office

Did you know that in addition to the great hands-on workshops the Public Computer Center offers on Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access, our library system also subscribes to databases that provide instruction on these useful tools as well?  All you need is your library card to gain access to these helpful resources.

  • Check out Gale’s Testing & Education Reference Center and Workforce Skills for the 21st Century for tutorials on Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook, as well as lessons on more basic computer skills. 
  • If you need personalized help on a Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint project you are working on, check out the database Job Now’s live help provided by expert tutors. You just connect with a tutor via chat then upload the file you are working on, and the tutor will assist you.
All of these great resources are available to anyone with a library card from a Mid-Hudson Library System library.  Click on the link below to access these databases.

Hands-On Microsoft Office

For our spring session of classes, the PCC has introduced an exciting new offering to our roster of workshops. Hands-On Microsoft Office meets every Tuesday from 1:30 to 3 pm and allows you to put your Microsoft Office skills to work. We have come up with case studies/projects for students to use to get practical experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. No registration is required, and an instructor is available to assist you as you work.

  • Word projects manipulate text in documents. Prerequisite Word 101 or equivalent experience.
  • Excel projects work with numbers in spreadsheets. Prerequisite Excel 101 or equivalent experience.
  • PowerPoint projects offer practice with presentations. Prerequisite Powerpoint 101 or equivalent experience.
Check out our new Hands-On Microsoft Office page on our PCC site to see samples of the work you will complete in the class: