Preston & District

Information Technology

Group Leader: Phil Harker. Contact Phil by sending an email via the Blue Bird Link on this page.

Venue: Ashton Methodist Church, Wellington Road, Ashton, Preston PR2 1BU.( See the link to the map on Venues Page)

Day/Date: 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (10:00 – 12:00), from September to June giving 19 sessions as we do not meet on the last Tuesday before Christmas.

“Information Technology and the Internet are rapidly transforming almost every aspect of our lives – some for better, some for worse.” - John Landgraf

The aim of the Information Technology group is to help members deal with the challenges posed by ever changing technology. We will look at the useful and interesting aspects of Information Technology while responding to the needs of our members. The topics covered at all the sessions are available to view in the "U3A IT Plan" (Amended 10th October 2019) which is available to download. Each September we will restart the course to enable members who wish to join the group, to start at the beginning.

Tuesday 12th November we will be looking at software licensing issues and comparing free software with purchased software. There will be advice on which free software to download and precautions to take when doing it.

After the break there will be a practical session using your Word Processor of choice as a desktop publishing app.
(Please note this is different to the exercise advertised in the OLD IT Group Plan).

Members are encouraged to bring a laptop running Windows 10, with a fully charged battery, that has either Microsoft Office or LibreOffice installed. LibreOffice is a free software suite.

How to install Libre Office
Click on the link "Libre Office Download Page" and download version 6.3.1.
If you are asked do you want to "Run" or "Save", select "Save".
Once the file has finished downloading (it should be in your "Downloads" folder) double left click the installation file (LibreOffice_6.3.1_Win_x64) and it will start the installation process.
Follow the screen prompts to complete the program installation.

How to obtain the Libre Office user guide

Once you have installed Libre Office, click on the desktop icon to open the program.
On the left hand side of the screen, click on “Writer Document” to open a blank document.
On the top menu bar click “Help”, and then select “User Guides”.
A Libre Office web page will open, click on “Getting Started Books”.
On this page click on “Download Getting Started pdf”.
This will download a 15 megabyte pdf file. When it has finished downloading it will open up for you to read it in Adobe Acrobat Reader. (if you have it installed on your computer) Click on the “File” menu, select “Save As”, and then save it to the “Downloads” folder.
When you need help you can open this file at the same time as opening Libre Office.

For those members without a laptop we may be able to arrange a loan for the session, but you need to book it in advance.

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Applied Philosophy Archaeology
Art Art Appreciation
Bird Watching, Natural History Bridge
Canasta Cookery
Crafts Creative Writing
Crossword Group Crown Green Bowls
CULTURE LIVE Cycling
Discussion Drama
Easy Walks Family History & Genealogy
Flower arranging Folk Dancing
French (Basic) French (Intermediate)
French Conversation Gardening
German (Intermediate) German Conversation
Information Technology Italian
Keep Fit Keyboard Playing
Latin Line Dancing
Local History 1 Local History 2
Mahjong Meet & Eat
MEMBERS ON THEIR OWN (MOTO) Moving On (Bereavement Group)
Music Group 1 Music Group 2
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Photography Play Reading
Poetry Appreciation Pool
Reading 1 Reading 2 (Afternoon)
Recorder Group Scrabble / Chess
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Table Tennis Tai Chi
Theatre Visits Ukulele Group
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