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Simplify Scrolling Through Web Pages and PDFs

Nobody likes wearing out their finger scrolling a mouse, do they?

Rather than endlessly scrolling through a web page or PDF document, use your keyboard’s space bar to scroll down a screen/page at a time.

Read what’s on your screen, tap the space bar, repeat.

Handy tip: to scroll back UP the page, hold down the Shift key while you tap the space bar.


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Up/Down/Left/Right Keys Misbehaving in Excel?

Are you finding that your Up/Down/Left/Right keys are unexpectedly behaving differently  in Excel?

The SCROLL LOCK key is the culprit.

In Excel, the Up/Down/Left/Right keys on your keyboard usually change which cell is active. However if you have inadvertently tapped the Scroll Lock key, located above the Page-Up/Page-Down/Home key groupings (it happens), then the whole worksheet scrolls up and down instead. This can actually be useful, but not when you don’t want it to!

Solution: find the Scroll Lock key and tap it.

(Tip: when the Scroll Lock key is on,  a blue light usually displays above the number pad.)


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Use Your Smartphone As A Mirror

We have talked about using your smartphone as a scanner to scan receipts and other records.

We have also talked about using your smartphone as a magnifying glass.

So what if you need a mirror?  Easy: pull out your smartphone, activate the camera and reverse the view to “selfie mode”. You are now looking at one of your favourite people! Or more specifically, at that something stuck in your eye, or that hair out of place, or that smudged lipstick, or those bread crumbs in your teeth….


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Looking for IT Information?

If you are looking for IT information, the Technology Information for Staff web site is for you. It covers everything from passwords to training, remote access to electronic filing, SPAM to traveling with your mobile devices, Skype for Business to ergonomics, and more.

This is a central location for information about the technology staff use regularly at UC.

The Technology Information for Staff web site also serves as an IT Induction for new staff, so please direct new staff members to it (it is also on the New Staff Orientation Checklist). If you are a new staff member you can work through it, starting on your first day and continuing from there.

You should find this website useful at any time. It is self-service, but you may need to ask a colleague to assist you from time to time. Managers /Heads may wish to nominate such a person, and should ensure that any new staff members know who to talk to when the content directs them to check with ‘a colleague’.

If you can’t find something or have a suggestion for the Technology Information for Staff website, please email Learning and Development.


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Give me back my window

Last week we talked about what to do if your computer screen (monitor) switches itself off.

But if that doesn’t work and you have to log an Assyst, how do you access the work that is displaying on the blacked-out screen?

  1. Press Windows/Start key + left arrow key.
  2. Repeat until the window appears on your visible monitor.

If the wrong window appears:

  1. press Windows/Start key + tab key
    – all your open windows will display as a cascade across your screen
  2. tap the tab key repeatedly, while holding down the Windows/Start key
  3. when the window you wish to access is visible in the cascade of windows, click that window with your mouse (while still holding down the Windows/Start key) – this makes that window the active window
  4. now press Windows/Start key + left arrow key
  5. repeat until the window appears on your visible monitor.

Congratulations: you have just done something very tricky.

 

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