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- Finding the latest releases
- Downloading and using exercise files
- Searching the video transcripts
- Choosing the right video player
- Creating and sharing playlists
- Taking notes
- Printing and sharing certificates of completion
- Updating your member profile
- Changing or canceling your membership plan
- Contacting customer support
Skill Level Beginner
- [Voiceover] Once you've located a course you'd like to watch, clicking on its name or thumbnail will take you to that course's page. Let's go over the layout of the course page. Across from the title of the course you'll see buttons for layout, which you can press to go into theater mode, or press again to go back to default mode. A button for downloading options, which are available for premium and group members, the option to add this course to one of your playlists, sharing with others, and more options, which has an option to take a tour of new features and has a list to keyboard shortcuts.
Selecting the keyboard shortcuts will bring up this reference window with all the available shortcuts. These keys or combinations of keys can be used to quickly perform certain tasks, like bringing up the Notebook tab simply by pressing the letter N key on your keyboard, or dimming the back light on the course page by pressing the D key. These keyboard commands are especially helpful for controlling video playback. For example, as I'm watching a video, pressing the space bar will toggle Play and Pause on and off to play or pause the video.
Pressing the left arrow key will jump back 10 seconds in the video if I want to quickly reference what I just saw, and holding Shift while pressing the right arrow key will increase the speed of the video. Below these buttons is the video player area. This is where each video in the course will be displayed. If you like, you can click on this area to immediately start playing the first video in this course. And just to the left of the video player are two tabs, Contents, and the Notebook tab. At the top of the Contents tab is a search field which you can use to search for any text in the course.
Since we closed caption and transcribe our courses, typing any text in the search area will scan all of the text in the course to return results related to your search. This can be really useful for helping you find specific information within a course. And below the search field you'll find the Table of Contents where you can browse through the chapters and videos contained in the course. If you're not a Lynda.com member, you'll be able to sample a handful of movies for free from each course. The free movies will appear with the standard link like you see here, while the members only videos will have a lock icon next to them.
Of course, if you are a member, and you're currently logged in, you'll have access to all of these videos. Next is the Notebook tab. In this area you can type notes in this entry box, and once you press Enter, they will be saved along with a time code reference link. This is a great feature for summarizing ideas and making points that you want to follow up on later. Under the video player we have two sections. The course overview tab is currently selected, which displays the description of the course so you can see what the course covers, who it's designed for, and other relevant information, such as the course's duration, release date, as well as how many other times the course has been viewed.
Back over in the Table of Contents area, clicking on any video title will start that video in the player. You'll notice three things happen once the video begins playing. An eye icon appears next to the video title, indicating that you've started watching the video. The video player controls have shown up below the video player, which we'll go over a little later, and the transcripts have automatically activated. The text in the transcript will also dynamically highlight along with the video, so you can see exactly where you are in the video at any time.
You can also pause the video to read through the contents of the entire video, which can often give you a better idea of whether or not the video contains useful information you'd like to learn, and it might also be useful if you want to quickly scan ahead to find the information that you are looking for. Once you're done scanning, you can press Resume to resume auto-scroll. You can also click within the transcript itself to jump to that point in the training. Going back over to the Table of Contents, you'll see these arrows next to the chapter titles.
Clicking on these arrows alternates between collapsing and showing that chapter's contents. Some chapters are quite lengthy, and temporarily collapsing their contents makes it easier to browse the chapter titles to get a better overall view of the course as a whole. Scrolling towards the bottom of the page, you'll find suggested courses to watch next. This area displays related content that you might find useful to watch after viewing the course that you're currently watching, and under that you'll see a scroll-able list of courses that other members have watched after viewing this exact same course, which might be a useful reference for you when you're choosing what to watch next.
So there you have the layout and functions of the course page.