The simplest way to learn office applications

Our approach to creating tutorials

In creating In Pictures tutorials, we:

Employ simple screenshots.

Instead of video, our tutorials employ screenshots. This enables people to proceed comfortably at their own speed, click by click.

Emphasize pictures over words.

How-to books on office applications typically contain around 50,000 words. Our tutorials contain only around one-tenth as many, while including hundreds of screenshots.

Focus on real-world tasks.

In taking one of our tutorials, you work through common tasks: the things you're most likely to do with the application. These tasks build on each other in real-world scenarios.

Choose substance over style.

Our research showed that black and white screenshots are the most user-friendly. Color make look snazzy, but black and white makes it easier to focus on what's important.

Our tutorials are research-based.

We conducted a three-year research study for the U.S. Dept. of Education on what kinds of materials are most helpful in learning computer applications.

We found that the most effective ones combined step-by-step instructions with lots of large screenshots.

Download the research report