Most of us are used to seeing e-mail messages in our inbox show in reverse chronological order with the newest at the top.  But did you know that you can change how your messages appear in your Colby Apps E-mail inbox such that you might be able to increase your productivity?

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Formatting a bibliography with hanging indents in WordPress isn’t quite as straight forward as it is in some word processors like Microsoft Word, but it isn’t very hard either.  Here is a video tutorial showing two techniques for formatting your bibliography in WordPress to have hanging indents.

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Creating Contact Groups in your Colby Apps E-mail can save you a lot of time when it comes to sending e-mails to large groups of people, but did you know that you can also use these same Contact Groups to streamline processes like sharing Colby Apps Documents or inviting people to a Colby Apps Calendar event?

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Using data in a spreadsheet to automate the e-mail process can be a huge time saver, but Google doesn’t have that sort of functionality built into their e-mail system.  Thankfully they do allow for the creation of custom scripts that can add this functionality.  Below is a video showing you how to use a Google Spreadsheet with a built-in e-mail merge script.

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Have you ever wanted to see the different changes made to a document in your Google Drive?  Maybe you shared a document and you want to see the changes made by others.  Here is a short video on a feature of Google Docs called “Revision History”.

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lyndalogo_std_yITS wants to provide the Colby community the highest quality self-directed technical training available.  The critically acclaimed online training library offered at lynda.com contains more than 1,500 titles ranging from software such as Microsoft Word, FileMaker Pro and Adobe Photoshop to programming languages like HTML and C++ to operating systems like Windows 7 and Mac OS X to broader concepts like photography and time management.  They also offer courses for a range of skill levels from beginner to advanced.  The courses are constantly being updated so you can stay up-to-date on the latest releases of software.

For more information on how to access the training library at lynda.com please contact us at teched@colby.edu or by calling x4217.


Google recently announced that they are making changes to the “compose email window” in their webmail interface. Beginning November 20th, this will be an “opt-in” change meaning you can choose to switch to the new look now, and switch back to the old look if you don’t like it, but the new “compose email window” will become default beginning in early 2013 with no option to switch back. Below is a video tour of the new interface:

Here are some additional links for more information:

http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/introducing-new-compose-in-gmail.html

https://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=2645922


Have you ever been typing text on the web (CommonSpot, WordPress, Moodle or the Wiki) and when you hit the Enter (or Return) key on your keyboard you get an extra line of blank space that you don’t want?  You aren’t alone!

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Computer programs and operating systems were designed to try to limit the number of times you have to move your hands off of your keyboard and over to your mouse.  They accomplish this by creating keyboard shortcuts for most common tasks. A keyboard shortcut is a combination of keys that are pressed all at the same time.  Below is a list of some common keyboard shortcuts for both Macintosh as well as Windows users (along with some that work no matter what type of computer you have). Read more »