A shortcut is an icon that be “clicked” to open an application or folder without having to “go find it” on your computer. The instructions below are for running an application, but the process is the same for opening a folder or a file.
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By default, the Dock sits at the bottom of the Mac display. The Dock was introduced in OS X and contains shortcuts to applications. As you move the cursor along the Dock, the icons will be magnified. You can relocate the Dock to the sides and you can set it to “autohide”. The size of the icons in the dock, and the amount of magnification when an icon is highlighted can also be adjusted.
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#1 Color Coding
Setting certain types of appointments in your calendar to a different color from your default calendar color can help organize and highlight specific events.
To set a single event to a different color:
- Double click on the event to open it
Create a new event and “Edit Details”
- Under the even details tab, you will see the “Event color” selections.
Click on the color you want and the event will be changed to that color in your calendar.
#2 Fifteen Minute Event Duration
You can now set your default meeting time to as slow as 50 monutes.
To do this:
- Click on the Gear icon in the top right of the calendar screen and select “Calendar settings”
- Change the default meeting time to 15
#3 Appointment Slots
Sometimes it is convenient to reserve a period of time on your calendar that you allow others to schedule into…Student conferences for example.
To do this:
- Click on your calendar where you want to reserve time
- Click on “Appointment slots” at the top of the event dialog box
- The default duration of a slot is 30 minutes…but you can change that
- Click on the 30 opposite “Offer as slots of:”, a selection list will drop down – you can select another value here
- Click on “Edit details
- From this screen you designate what period of time to reserve
- This reservation is for 15 minutes slots from 8AM to 10AM on June 17
- Click “Save”. It will look like this on your calendar:
Stymied about how to get a PDF file you have created to automatically open at 100%? Got a file from a colleague that opens at 65% every time no matter what you do?
If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro Here is the fix:
- Open the PDF file
- Click on File > Properties
- Click on the down arrow next to “Magnification”
- Select the % value you want
- Click OK
- Click on File > Close
- When asked, click on “Yes” you want to save changes
The document will now open in your selected % view
The legacy Quicktime streaming media service on the server named “Tourmaline” has been turned off. Academic ITS worked over the past year to identify and work with owners of media streamed by this service to migrate it to the replacement service (Adobe Flash Media Server) or convert it for non-streaming delivery when appropriate.
Because of the varied and ad-hoc manner in which the Tourmaline streaming service was used over the years, it is quite possible some media owners were not identified and some media was not converted or migrated. All media from Tourmaline is backed up and still available for migration or conversion if necessary. If you had media streamed from the service on Tourmaline that doesn’t work now, please contact me so we can help fix it.
Fall 2011 Moodle course sites are now available at http://moodle.colby.edu for faculty who wish to begin building them out. You may find links to past course sites on your Moodle course overview page in the “Course sites for other terms” block. Call Ellen Freeman at ext. 4234 or email Ellen.Freeman@colby.edu for help setting up your Moodle course site or visit the online Moodle help site:
Here are instructions for creating your own site:
Log in to http://web.colby.edu using your Colby user name and id.
You will see a screen–like the one pictured below, and should see your name displayed in the upper left.
Next, choose “Dashboard” and you will see a link that says ” your name’s blog” i.e.– “Ellen’s Blog.” —click on this link to view your new blog/site.
You may need to create a post — to do this choose “add — new Post”
Here are instructions for adding a new post AND more about using WordPress:
A few notes about WordPress–
1) the privacy setting when a new site is created is “I would like only logged in Colby users to see my blog.” This allows others at Colby to see, but not comment on your site. You may view the privacy settings by going to: dashboard/settings/privacy
2) The url address for your new WordPress site will be something like this: http://web.colby.edu/yourcolbyid
If you already have a WordPress site or would like to have another WordPress site, please email Adam Nielsen or Ellen Freeman and a site will be created for you.
You may set up a time to come by Lovejoy for help creating a site OR for a quick introduction to WordPress. Technical Training Student Tutors are also available extended hours in Lovejoy 144. You may visit the Technical Training site at: http://web.colby.edu/acits/category/colby-technical-training/
For help contact: Ellen.Freeman@colby.edu or Adam Nielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shake, Snap and Peek
Sounds like a bad remake of and 50’s era song – but they are actually three new features in Windows 7 that make managing your desktop easier.
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Do you have a WORD document or report that you want to create a POWERPOINT presentation for? Did you know there is an easy way to import WORD into POWERPOINT? Here’s how:
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