Tag Archives: Computer Use

Press Tab When Filling In Forms

When you’re filling in an online form and you’re moving your cursor from one field to the next as you enter information such as your name, address, and so on, don’t use your mouse to get the cursor from field to field –

JUST PRESS TAB!

Fill in a field, then press the Tab key: the cursor will move to the next field. Fill in that field, and press Tab again: again the cursor will move to the next field.

Try it. You’ll be amazed at how much this simplifies the laborious task of filling in online forms. This works for most other programs too. (But sadly not all.)

You can also use the Tab key in Excel to move from cell to cell, or in Word tables to move from cell to cell.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Finding Commands or Help in Microsoft Office Programs

Do you ever find that you simply cannot find the command you’re looking for in a program? Or need help on how to do something? 

Well, in Microsoft Office programs (such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) there is an easy solution right within the program.

Within the program (eg, Microsoft Word), at the right hand end of the Ribbon Tabs, there is a field containing the text Tell me what you want to do…

This image shows the Help field in Word

 

  1. Click into the Tell me what you want to do… field
  2. Type in what you wish to do
    – The program will list commands relating to your query
  3. Select an option
    or select Get Help on…

 


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Replacement of Internet Enabler

We are currently working to replace Internet Enabler, our existing Firewall Authentication Solution. The replacement identified is Checkpoint Identity Agent, which is available with the Checkpoint Firewall. This has solutions for Mac, Linux and Windows environments, meets required security functionality and reporting capabilities, and has auto-authentication using Kerberos credentials.

A testing platform is in the process of being set up and we will notify regarding access as soon it is available.

If you have further questions regarding the replacement of Internet Enabler at UC, please contact Aaron Evers, aaron.evers@canterbury.ac.nz in the first instance.

 

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An Excel Formula to Avoid a #VALUE! Error

If you’re using Excel, this one may be for you.

In M15, you need a formula that multiplies quantity (in, let’s say,  K15) by price (in, let’s say,  L15), but the price column also contains text entries such as Out of stock.  So the formula K15*L15 is not satisfactory because when you multiply a number by a text value (such as “Out of stock”) you get the #VALUE! error.

You could use an IF function to check for text, but there is a shorter solution.

The N function has a single argument: a value. It returns the value if the value is a number, or 0 if the value is text.

So, in M15, use the formula =K15*N(L15).

Thanks to Able Owl Excel tips for this one.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Easily find a phone number

A quick way to find a staff member’s phone number and to call them is to:

1. Create a new email
2. Type their name into the To.. field (and wait for it to underline, or tap Ctrl+K)
3. Right-click their name
4. Click the telephone symbol to call them
or click Open Outlook Properties to see their phone number.

Call a staff member

You may also find this tip helpful:

Simplify your emailing with this quick way to find an email recipient’s name, using Ctrl+K.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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