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tsh
January 29th, 2010, 04:31 PM
Talking my father through a problem last night, it emerged that in order to switch between web and email he was closing firefox. Although he was selling computer systems in the 1970's, the new fangled GUI and multi-tasking is obviously a bit much for him to get to grips with.

I'm after a simple guide to the user interface (not a beginners installation guide or transition from M$) which would ideally cover the basics of the Gnome interface, firefox (tabs, bookmarks, history), Open Office writer (basic formatting) and calc, Nautilus.

It needs to cover sufficient in each area to act as a lead-in to more detailed documentation, and really just introduce the basic terminology that all of us take for granted.

Something must exist already...

tia,

Sean

MelDJ
January 29th, 2010, 04:33 PM
tried http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1052065 ?

chaanakya_chiraag
January 29th, 2010, 04:34 PM
For OpenOffice, look here:
Writer: http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_books/office_guides/openoffice_writer_user_guide/index.html

Calc: http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_books/office_guides/openoffice_calc_user_guide/index.html

Impress: http://www.linuxtopia.org/online_books/office_guides/openoffice_impress_guide/index.html

Merk42
January 29th, 2010, 04:34 PM
Possibly the Ubuntu Pocket Guide (http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html).

There is also talks of making a manual for Ubuntu (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-manual) starting with the release of Lucid Lynx in April.

chaanakya_chiraag
January 29th, 2010, 04:36 PM
Firefox: http://www.accessfirefox.org/Firefox_Beginners_Guide.php

audiomick
January 29th, 2010, 04:37 PM
This Ubuntu Documentation page
https://help.ubuntu.com/9.10/index.html
is mostly links which then offer more links, but it is not a bad place to start.

tsh
January 29th, 2010, 04:41 PM
Yes, I did check the sticky at the top of the forum. It makes massive assumptions about familiarity with using a GUI interface, and looks to me like a beginners installation guide.

ubuntu-manual looks more promising, or at least it will be...

Rex Bouwense
January 29th, 2010, 04:45 PM
Talking my father through a problem last night, it emerged that in order to switch between web and email he was closing firefox. Although he was selling computer systems in the 1970's, the new fangled GUI and multi-tasking is obviously a bit much for him to get to grips with.

I'm after a simple guide to the user interface (not a beginners installation guide or transition from M$) which would ideally cover the basics of the Gnome interface, firefox (tabs, bookmarks, history), Open Office writer (basic formatting) and calc, Nautilus.

It needs to cover sufficient in each area to act as a lead-in to more detailed documentation, and really just introduce the basic terminology that all of us take for granted.

Something must exist already...

.


tia,

Sean

Check the first sticky under Absolute Beginner Talk for a beginner's guide.
Open Office also has user guides which can be found at http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/Documentation/OOo3_User_Guides/Chapters

Sorry my typing skills are not what anyone would call adequate. No excuse, just a reason for reposting what is already there. You guys are a lot faster than I am.

audiomick
January 29th, 2010, 05:14 PM
You guys are a lot faster than I am.

Keep posting. I have made more speed progress in the last 2 months then since I learned to touch type more than 20 years ago...;)

Rex Bouwense
January 29th, 2010, 08:06 PM
Keep posting. I have made more speed progress in the last 2 months then since I learned to touch type more than 20 years ago...;)

Who said anything about touch typing. I used the two finger and thumb method in college and continued through-out my entire career. I may not be the fastest but I'll get'er done.