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<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/MUOGuideToGetThingsDone.png” />The internet can be a very powerful tool to learn how to do things that you might need to do but don’t really know how to do it. Finding how to do something is much easier now then it was 20 years ago. The internet is full of useful resources and you don’t even have to leave your own home to get access to it.
No more driving to the library to find a book that’s not even there. No more reading the entire book only to find it doesn’t help you at all. Finding how to do something on the internet is as simple as typing what you want into a search engine and the results are right at your fingertips.
But where do we find all this information? Although search engines such as Google and Bing are good, you may want to narrow your search and have a look at these great “How To” tutorial websites.
eHow is a great site to find out how to do something quickly. The tutorials aren’t overly descriptive and most of them are less than 10 steps, but they do get straight to the point. Want to learn how to play tennis? Just type the keyword “tennis” into eHow’s search engine and you will get heaps of results on how to hit a tennis forehand, or even how to build a court in your backyard.
Not only are there just text tutorials, eHow also provides many video tutorials.
wikiHow currently has about 76,000 articles in its database, so there is a high chance that it covers a “how to” that you want to know. Similar to eHow, wikiHow’s content is created by the community. Say I want learn how to create a website. I did a search on “how to create a website” and I got some good results.
Want to learn how to build something physical from scratch? Then you should definitely check Instructables out. The instructions are much more in-depth then the previous sites mentioned, and they have some nice tutorials on how to build things you wouldn’t normally build.
For example, there is a tutorial on How to Build a Multi Touch Surface. Although it will cost you $2,500, it is still something pretty cool to have.
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Often when I want help with something, Google often refers me to About. Their tutorials are pretty comprehensive. A while back I wanted to learn how to add a log in page for a website I was developing and it had a nice, easy to read and follow tutorial. They have many more tutorials at a more beginner’s level, such as how to use Skype.
Finding a particular topic is a bit more difficult on About due to the large number of pages it holds. I searched for “learn to sing” but I didn’t find any accurate results. I did with eHow though. But if you want help with computers or tech, you should find some useful information.
Most people might think that YouTube only has videos to entertain us. But in fact, YouTube has some pretty useful tutorials. For example, want to learn how to play the guitar? There are hundreds of useful tutorials. Depending what sort of tutorial you are looking for, YouTube is a good choice if you want visuals as well. You may also want to read these How To Video Sites That Don’t Suck for more sites similar to YouTube.
Other Great Sites & Tools
There are so many sites that could included in this list, but instead of reviewing them all, I am just going to link to them and you can make your own mind up about them. Every site has their pros and cons and focus on different topics. So depending on what you are searching for, each site will be different.
Wired How To Wiki – Great tutorials about computers, technology and gadgets
PC World How To – Tutorials related to buying, using and fixing technology products
VideoJug – A video tutorial website “˜to get good at life’
[NO LONGER WORKS] 5min – 5 minute video tutorials
SuTree – How to and tutorial video’s
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Do you have a favourite tutorial and “˜How To’ website that you regularly visit? What were you trying to learn and what site did you get the most help from?