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Select Non-Consecutive Paragraphs and Format Them

When you’re formatting a long and unwieldy Word document (or email), it is useful to know some tricks that make the job  easier. One of these is selecting non-consecutive paragraphs and applying formatting to only those paragraphs.

To select non-consecutive paragraphs:

    1. Select your first paragraph
    2. Press the Ctrl key (hold it down)
    3. Select your next paragraph
    4. Keep the Ctrl key held down
    5. Select your next paragraph

Now apply formatting, being careful not to de-select the selected paragraphs.

Only the paragraphs you selected will be formatted.


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

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A Fortnight dedicated to Staff Wellbeing and Self-Care

It is important to take care of ourselves in our day-to-day lives, and it becomes essential to be kind to ourselves and take time out to pause and practice some self-care in times of stress and trauma.

So, for the fortnight of Monday 29 April to Friday 10 May, you will have the opportunity to attend some lunch time sessions on various topics around self-care for you and your family.

We encourage you to attend as many of the sessions as possible, which have been planned around lunch time. Grab a drink, bring your lunch and prepare to learn and practice some techniques to enhance your wellbeing.

Free access to the RecCentre for the Self-Care Fortnight.

All staff will have free access to the RecCentre and you can bring a friend too, but you must be there to sign them in.
Contact the RecCentre for further information.

Session information:

Feeding the brain in times of stress: practical advice on how to nourish ourselves
Julia Rucklidge, Professor of Clinical Psychology
Straight-forward ways to boost your mental and emotional states via nutrition/nutritional interventions, with immediate and long-term results in adults and children.

  • Date: Monday 29 April, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101

Sleep, Health and Children
Jacki Henderson, Senior Lecturer, Psychology

  • Date: Thursday 2 May, 12.00pm – 12.50pm
  • Location: Check the intranet page for updates on venue

Staff Yoga
Sabine Claus, Group Fitness Instructor
Come and enjoy a free 45 minute yoga session.
Please bring your own yoga mat, as there will be limited mats available to use in the room.

  • Date: Monday 6 May, 12.00pm – 12.45pm
  • Location: Rēhua 529

The Benefits of Exercise for Mental Health
Stacey Niao, Sport and Wellness Coordinator, UC RecCentre

  • Date: Thursday 9 May, 12.30pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Undercroft 101

Mindfulness – An introductory session
Ann Huggett, Registered Clinical Psychologist
Please bring a cushion or yoga mat to sit on as you will be sitting on the floor.

  • Date: Friday 10 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm
  • Location: Rēhua 529

We are currently working on more speakers to share their expertise with you, keep an eye on our intranet site to find out more, or email learningdevelopment@canterbury.ac.nz.

If you need more information on support, please visit our Staff Support page or contact your HR Advisor.

Tech Tip: How Efficient!

What are the Top 5 things you can do to be more productive in Word, Excel, Outlook, etc?

Look up Being more efficient with your technology to find out!


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Technology Information for Staff website

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The Crucial Shortcut to PowerPoint’s Slide Show View

Yesterday I had to make a last-minute emergency edit to a PowerPoint presentation after the audience had already come into the room. I managed to get it done but the wireless mouse wasn’t working properly, so getting back into Slide Show view in a hurry was proving to be a nightmare!

F5 key to the rescue!

Pressing F5 or Shift+F5 will take you straight into presentation view.

F5 starts the slide show from the beginning (ie, from the first slide)
Shift F5 starts the slide show from the current slide.

Write them down and stick them to your laptop because you WILL be grateful!


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

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Remove Duplicates in Excel

If you have ever needed to remove duplicates from a database in Excel, you will know how incredibly useful this tip is.

This is so simple and quick to use. Remove Duplicates does exactly what you’d expect — it removes the duplicates in any given range of data.

Excel’s Remove Duplicates tool is found:
– on the Data Ribbon…
– in the Data Tools section of the Ribbon.

BONUS: If you just want to highlight duplicates, you can do this using Conditional Formatting. The shortcut to get you there is Alt H L. (Or find it on the Home ribbon under Styles).

Thanks to Harvard Business Review for this tip.
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For great time-saving tips,
look up our tips on Being more efficient with your technology or look through the the Technology Information for Staff website.

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