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Resize a window to extend across both your monitors

Last week we looked at resizing a window to fit half your computer monitor. This week we’ll go big.
Many of us have two computer monitors on our desk these days. So, what if you’d like to view one programme window across both monitors? For example, you might be viewing a really wide Excel spreadsheet and appreciate making it two screens wide. 
So today we’ll resize a programme window to stretch across both your computer monitors. This is worth mentioning because not everyone realises you can do this, and at the right time it’s a life saver!

1. Drag the programme window onto the left monitor, and carefully position it so that the top left corner of the programme window sits in the top left corner of your left monitor.

2. Position your mouse over the edge of the bottom right corner of the programme window. (Your mouse will become a double ended arrow when it is in the correct position.)

3. Click and drag the edge of the bottom right corner of the programme window to the right, stretching all the way across both monitors, into the bottom right corner of the right monitor.

4. Release the mouse in the bottom right corner of the right monitor.

The programme window now extends across both your monitors!

Reverse the process to return the programme window to its previous size.

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Resize a program window to fit half your screen

This is a fantastic Windows 7 feature that quickly resizes a window to fit half your computer screen.
Display two windows side by side in this way to compare their contents or to drag text, objects and files from one window to the other.

1. Click the top bar of a window and attempt to drag it off one side of your screen. Keep dragging until your mouse pointer hits the edge of the screen (drag it as if you’re trying to drag it off the screen).
Then release your mouse.
– The window “snaps” to the side of the screen.

2. Click the top bar of another window and attempt to drag it off the other side of the screen. Again, keep dragging until your mouse pointer hits the edge of the screen.
– The window “snaps” to the side of the screen.

A few helpful tips here:
– Drag a window away from the screen edge to return it to its previous size.
– You can have 4 windows side by side if you have two screens (but you have to use the keyboard shortcut for this setup – see below).
– The keyboard shortcut for this is Windows/Start key + left or right arrow key.

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Log out of your computer this weekend (10th-11th October)

Before you head off this weekend, ITS would like to request that staff log out of their computers. A number of computer updates are scheduled for this Sunday 11th October, and by logging out you can help ensure these run smoothly and your computer is ready to go on Monday morning.

IT Service Desk – your first point of contact for IT Services
Hours: 8am-5pm Mon-Fri
Self Service Portal
Phone: 03 364 2060 or Extn 6060
All requests logged after hours will be attended to during business hours.

Use a different Out of Office Reply for senders outside UC

Most of us know how to switch on Out of Office Replies, and even how to do so days or weeks early so that it kicks in automatically.  But do you know that you can specify one reply for messages from within UC, and a different reply for messages from outside UC, or even none at all?

We will usually give more detail in our internal replies than to those outside the University.

In Outlook, when you set up your Automatic Replies (>File>Automatic Replies):

  1. Switch on Send automatic replies, and specify a date range if desired.
  2. Click the Outside My Organization tab.
  3. Click the check box for Auto-reply to people outside my organization.
  4. Enter your Out of Office message for people outside the University.
    NOTE: If you wish to use the same message you’ve used for Inside My Organization, for recipients outside your organisation, simply copy your message from Inside My Organization and paste it into the Outside My Organization message area using Ctrl+C (copy) and Ctrl+V (paste).
  5. Click the OK button.

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Email an open file from Microsoft Office programs

This is a repeat, but I still encounter staff who are overjoyed to discover that you can email a file directly from Word, Excel, PowerPoint… in fact, any Microsoft Office program.

This is very useful when you have finished working on a  file and wish to email it – a much quicker (and simpler) option that opening a new Outlook message and attaching the file to it.

  1. Ensure you have the file open  (as you will if you are working on it).
  2. Click the Email button on the  Quick Access Toolbar.

    quickaccesstoolbar

A new email displays, with the file attached to it.

  1. Complete and send the Email message.

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