About Smart Tutorials

Thank you for taking the time to find out more about us! Smart Tutorials is a project for a Masters degree in Web Design. In the near future you can expect to see more tutorials being added to the site along with further improvements.

How does this site work?

Video: Each tutorial starts with a video at the top of the page.

Introduction: An introduction to the topic is next to the video.

Time Required: We give you the approximate time it will take you to complete the whole task.

Step-by-step instructions: these appear below the video and include screenshots to guide you.

For some tutorials the instructions will be different depending on whether you are using a Windows device or a Mac. Where this is the case, you will see two tabs labelled 'Windows Users' and 'Mac Users'. Simply click on the one that applies to you.

Top Tips: Below the instructions we have included three helpful hints to help with each task.

Who is this site for?

Quite simply, everyone and anyone who needs help with digital skills!

The site has been specifically designed for those without much prior knowledge or experience of Microsoft Office software or basic computing tasks.

We don’t use technical terms and jargon in our explanations, although we do aim to introduce and explain these terms for when you come across them in the future.

Inspiration

My name is Claire and I was inspired to create a tutorials website to help people learn essential digital skills for free. I have previously worked in IT support at a large University in London. I helped students with the technical aspects of their work on a daily basis and realised that many individuals have never been taught some basic digital skills and these are not included as part of a degree course.

Education rarely comes free and this can prevent talented people from achieving their full potential. Changing jobs or starting a course can be a daunting experience if you feel that you are lacking the digital skills you need. Smart Tutorials aims to help by providing free resources that are accessible to everyone.

What will I need?

To complete these tutorials you will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with Microsoft Office installed.

You can also apply the advice given to the Microsoft Office apps for smartphones and tablets, but the step-by-step guides have been written with the desktop version of Office in mind.

If you are a University student, you are likely to be entitled to Office 365 with popular programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint for free.

Visit the Microsoft website and enter your University email address to find out.