1-Hour Website Course: Feb. 28

The next session of my 1-Hour Website mini-course will start on Wednesday, Feb. 28.
WordPress Transp logo_500x500WordPress.com is the fastest and least expensive way to get a professional looking website up and running. No programming language is involved. Join thousands of photographers, bloggers and  small businesses creating new WordPress sites each day. In this hands-on course, you will learn how to get a site up quickly, how to refine it with the right design, how to add new content quickly, and how to format pictures for the best impact. Continue reading “1-Hour Website Course: Feb. 28”

Computer Security Update

How to Protect Yourself from
Viruses, Worms, Hackers and
Other Computer Lowlife

Greenwich Library, Greenwich, CT
Monday, February 12, 2018, 2:00 pm

Computer Hacker: Learn how to protect yourself
Computer hacking has become an all too frequent topic in today’s news reports. It is more necessary than ever that we protect ourselves from the many threats that currently exist and that are sure to arrive in the future.

In this course, you will learn about the various computer viruses and worms that can afflict your computer, smartphone and other equipment. You will hear how hackers can guess passwords for bank accounts or spy on baby monitor cameras. More important, you will learn several valuable safeguards and best practices that can keep your computers and your data safe.

Rich Malloy, M.B.A., works as a computer consultant at Tech Help Today, based in Greenwich, CT.  He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Norwalk Community College, where he teaches computer applications.  He is a Microsoft-certified Expert in Excel and Word.  Previously Rich served as Executive Editor of Byte magazine and Editor in Chief of Mobile Computing magazine.

Upcoming Courses

Here is a list of my training courses that will be available here in southwest Connecticut in the Spring of 2018. If you are not in the area, and would like further information on these subjects, please let me know.

— Rich Malloy

 

Course Date Location
Computer Security Update Feb. 12, 2:00 pm Greenwich Library
One-Hour Website Feb. 28, 6:00 pm NCC
Advanced Excel Mar. 21, 6:00 pm NCC
Microsoft Access Apr. 2, 6:00 pm NCC

NCC = Norwalk Community College

1-Hour Website Course: Oct. 12

The next session of my 1-Hour Website mini-course will start on Thursday, Oct. 12.
WordPress Transp logo_500x500WordPress.com is the fastest and least expensive way to get a professional looking website up and running. No programming language is involved. Join thousands of photographers, bloggers and  small businesses creating new WordPress sites each day. In this hands-on course, you will learn how to get a site up quickly, how to refine it with the right design, how to add new content quickly, and how to format pictures for the best impact. Continue reading “1-Hour Website Course: Oct. 12”

Create Your First Website

WordPress logoThat’s right. You can create your own website. And the amazing thing is that it won’t even cost you anything! What makes such a thing possible? Why, WordPress, of course.

In an earlier post we talked about how you can set up an account at WordPress. Now I’ll show in step-by-step detail how you can create a real website. The site is a simple training site, but the skills you will learn will enable you to create your own site that can help promote your business or make your mark on the world.

Click here for the complete instructions in PDF form.

Excel Charts: Tip Sheet & Exercise File

 

Chart_collage_2The Charts & Graphs feature of Microsoft Excel is one of the app’s most popular features. With a few mouse clicks, you can create an decent chart. With a few more, you can create a really impressive one.

To help you create charts, we have put together a handy one-page Tips Sheet and an exercise file showing the three most popular types of charts.

How to Set up a WordPress Account

WordPress logoThe easiest way to create a website is to use WordPress, but before you can use WordPress, you must first set up an account. Don’t worry – it’s free, and you only have to do it once. Plus, once you set up your account, you’ll have the foundation of your first website already finished.

Click here to get a PDF file with complete and easy-to-follow instructions on how to set up an account and start work on your first website. In the next post we’ll show how you can turn this site into one you could be proud of.

How to Create a Budget Report with Excel’s Amazing SUMIFS Function

The Advanced Budget Project — Part D: The Budget Report

A budget is probably the most important spreadsheet you can create. A good budget will keep you focused on your ultimate financial goal and help you avoid pitfalls like that adorable timeshare on Aruba.

Gold coin icon to indicate savingsNow we are at the last part of our four-part Advanced Budget Project for Microsoft Excel 2016 on Windows. This is the crucial part where we find out how we are doing relative to our budget. In the first three parts, we created the Budget itself, a Ledger to keep track of our expenditures, and a Pivot Table to summarize our actual expenditures.

In this part, we will set up the all-important Budget Report, that is, a comparison of budgeted versus actual expenses. After going through the trouble of recording all of our expenses, this Budget Report will tell us if we are on budget or not. The pivot table we created in the last part already gives us a good summary of our expenditures. Ideally, we would like to insert some columns into the pivot table where we could display the budget estimates right next the actual expenses. Unfortunately, pivot tables are too inflexible for this. We could copy the pivot table values into a second table that would be more flexible, but this starts getting complicated real fast. Fortunately, there is much more direct way.

If we want to compare our actual expenditures with our budget, we need to summarize our actual amounts, and the best way to do that is with an Excel function called SUMIFS. You may already be familiar with the SUMIF function, which is handy for adding up numbers that meet a certain condition. And yes, if all we wanted was to find the total expenses in each category and did not care about the month, the simple SUMIF function would be fine.

But for our summary, we want to add up the expenses based on two conditions, Category and Month. For example, we want to see the total Groceries expenses for each individual month: Jan, Feb, and Mar. The SUMIFS function is perfect for this. Unlike the simple SUMIF function, it can add up items according to any number of different conditions. And unlike the pivot table, the SUMIFS function updates itself automatically. Think of that last “S” in SUMIFS as standing for “Super”.

Because of space considerations, we will do a Budget Report only for the first quarter of the year. The procedures for the other quarters are exactly the same.

As mentioned above, this project was done using Excel 2016 (updated by Office 365) running on Windows 10. Most if not all aspects of this project can be performed on other versions of Excel, but the exact instructions may differ.

Click here for step-by-step instructions in a PDF file

Click here for the Excel file

How to Summarize Data with a PivotTable

In the first two parts of our Advanced Budget Project for Excel 2016 in Windows, we set up the Budget itself and then created a Ledger table to keep track of our expenditures. In the Ledger table, we set up filters using Excel’s Slicers so that we could see the total expenditures for each expense category and each month. The Slicer buttons are slick, but it will be tedious to use them to examine every single category and every month. There must be a better way.

And there is, of course. The fastest and easiest way to summarize a table is to use Excel’s PivotTables. This amazing feature has somehow obtained the reputation of being difficult, but I will let you in on a secret: Even though Pivot Tables are incredibly powerful, they are also surprisingly easy.

In this third part of our Advanced Budget project, we will set up a Pivot Table to see how the expenditures in our Expense Ledger are doing. In just a handful of mouse clicks, we’ll be able to peruse a summary of total expenses for all categories and months at the same time. We’ll also use two Excel features to give us a visual summary of our expenditures. Sparklines will show us a basic look at how our expenditures vary month to month, while a Pivot Chart will give us a much more detailed look.

Once you create a Pivot Table, you will be amazed at how easy it was. But don’t tell anyone. Let everyone continue to believe that this feature is too difficult for most people. And, of course, they will all be very impressed when you create them so quickly.

For instructions on Creating a PivotTable, click here.

For complete instructions on the Advanced Budget Project along with other projects in our Advanced Excel Course, click here.

— Rich Malloy

New WordPress Course

  • The One-Hour Website: How to Create a Website with WordPress

    WordPress Transp logo_500x500WordPress.com is the fastest and least expensive way to get a professional looking website up and running. No programming language is involved. Join thousands of photographers, bloggers and  small businesses creating new WordPress sites each day. In this hands-on course, you will learn how to get a site up quickly, how to refine it with the right design, how to add new content quickly, and how to format pictures for the best impact. We will also discuss how to get your new site noticed by Google. Students need to have an email address/account that they can access from the classroom. The course is taught at Norwalk Community College by Rich Malloy, MBA.

  • Click here for details at NCC.
    2 Sessions, Thursday 6:00PM-9:00PM Begins 6/15/2017
    Tuition: $99