Ottawa PC Users' Group (OPCUG)

2018 Beginners' Workshop

The motto of the Ottawa PC Users' Group (OPCUG) is "Users Helping Users", a task we have undertaken for more than 35 years. In accordance with this tradition, this spring, the club is offering a Beginners' Workshop with four technical sessions designed to help computer users get the best out of their machines. The workshop will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 (10:15 am to 4:45 pm) at the Orleans branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

Each topic will be presented by one of our club's most experienced members, giving you the benefit of the their knowledge and expertise. All of the presentations will be made available to workshop registrants for downloading as PDF files. In addition, questions from participants are encouraged. If something isn't clear, please ask. We want you to leave our workshop with all the answers!

Beginners' Workshop


Registration for the workshop is just $20.00. But, please note that registration for the workshop is limited due to the room size that we have available.


The four technical sessions will be as follows:

Computer Basics - Things You Should Know

Understanding some of the basics of your computer's file structure, files, folders and file management is one of the most fundamental things every computer user should know. Jeff Dubois will provide a simple, easy-to-understand overview of how things are organized on your computer, and provide some meaningful tips on how you can develop more effective file management strategies to improve your computer skills. The Windows file manager (Windows Explorer), file names, directories, copying, moving, and sharing of files will all be covered as a first-step towards your becoming a more efficient computer user.

We also have everything you need to know about Jeff!

Computer Basics


Free and Open-Source Software

It's true! There are many computer programmers out there who provide their software to the user community at no cost. Some of them even include the underlying code without any copyright provisions. So, are these products any good, or do you get what you pay for? Alan German has been a long-time advocate of free and open-source software. He will discuss some of the available programs that will allow you to do everything necessary for a great computing experience - and they won't cost you a dime. Free software works just as well - if not better! - than some of the commercial packages. And, the beauty of using free software is that - if you don't like the way a particular program works - you can simply delete it from your system and move on to the next!

Find out if this guy can be believed!

Free and Open-Source Software


Creating documents with LibreOffice

Writing a letter or other types of document that look nice is easy to do with LibreOffice. Jocelyn Doire show how to use the basic functions of the program, how to format your document, how to add graphics, and more. Jocelyn will also show how to create a spreadsheet to help you calculate your budget, evaluate the cost of a renovation or of a mortgage, and to make a graph with your data.

Meet Jocelyn - that's M. Doire



Protecting your computer

Does the thought of a hacker breaking into your computer keep you awake at night? Worry no more - we have the solutions! If you don't want your computer, data, or privacy compromised by attackers, you need to take steps to protect them. Chris Taylor, OPCUG's President, will explain just what the threats are. And, he will show how how to mitigate risks by using various tools built into Windows and with a range of free third-party programs.

Find out about Chris Taylor - the hackers' nemesis!

Hacker alert!