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PowerPoint Presentation and Audience Not Listening? Tap “B”.

If you are giving a PowerPoint presentation and your audience is not listening or is distracted by the content on your slide, you can refocus their attention on you by tapping the “B” key on your keyboard at any time to black out the PowerPoint screen (or tap the “W” key to white out the screen). Tap the same key to make the slide visible again.

This is very handy to do while you are talking to the audience, in order to get them to listen to you rather than read the slide (and thus probably not listen to you)!


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Cyber security: yes, lock your doors

It’s National Cyber Smart Week.

Are you still leaving your digital security wide open? So many people do. But so many people get hacked, and…

IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU!!!
Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Start moving in the right direction now.
Here are 2 great links to help you get started:

Link 1: Protect your online self this Cyber Smart Week

Link 2: Keen to know where to start with cyber security? Learn the basics here.


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Wrap Text in Word Tables or Excel Cells

If you are working in a table in Word or in a cell in Excel, and you wish to wrap a line of text manually, here’s the key:

Alt + Enter

If you press the Alt + Enter keys on the keyboard while you are typing in a Word table or Excel cell, it will give you a new line for the text while still remaining within the same table/cell.

This gives you more control of the text layout, and enables you to avoid having to manually adjust the width of the column.


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Access Your Computer Remotely

Are there times when you are away from your computer and would like to access your full computer desktop as if you are sitting at your desk – with access to your network drives, Outlook, and applications – from somewhere outside the University, or perhaps from another computer elsewhere in the University?

If so, Remote Access is for you. Options for Remote Access are explained in the Technology Information for Staff website.

Note that:

  1. To have remote access, you must contact the IT Service Desk to organise setting up remote access to your computer.
  2. If you have been upgraded to Windows 10, you must install the UC Remote Desktop Utility before your remote access will work.

The Technology Information for Staff website is your go-to place for information about the technology that you are likely to use regularly at the University of Canterbury.


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Install the UC Remote Desktop Utility

If you have been upgraded to Windows 10, you must install the UC Remote Desktop Utility before your remote access will work.

Remote Access refers to the ability to access your full computer desktop as if you are sitting at your desk – with access to your network drives, Outlook, and applications – from somewhere outside the university, or perhaps from another computer elsewhere in the university.

NOTE: To have remote access, you must contact the IT Service Desk to organise setting up remote access to your computer.

The part you have to do is to install the UC Remote Desktop Utility:

  1. Open the Software Center
    – to search for this, click the magnifying glass icon at the far left end of your computer’s taskbar (lower left corner of your screen), then type Software Center
    – the Software Center displays
  2. Click in the search box in the upper right corner of the Software Center, then type Remote Desktop Utility and press the Enter key
    – two installation package options for Remote Desktop Utility will display (one is to install it, one is to uninstall it)
  3. Make sure that when you initially hover your mouse over the installation package it displays the words “UC Remote Desktop Utility – Enable Access
  4. Click the one with the words Enable Access
  5. Click the Install button
    – the package will install quickly.

NOTE: If you receive an error message then the Remote Desktop Utility has already been installed (probably by your upgrader). Do not worry if this occurs.

Providing you have been set up for remote access by the IT Service Desk, you can now use Remote Access. To learn more about Remote Access, see the Technology Information for Staff section on Remote Access.


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