Tag Archives: Windows

If Your Macrons Stop Working

From time to time I find my macrons suddenly stop working.
This is almost certainly because I have accidentally hit the Windows key + space bar, which is the shortcut to switch the keyboard input method from the Māori keyboard that I usually use, back to the US keyboard.

To correct this:
Press Windows key + space bar to switch it back
or…

1. Click the keyboard input language button, located at the far right end of your taskbar (in the bottom right corner of your monitor/screen).
It looks like this:

 

 

2. Then click English (New Zealand) Maori keyboard.

To use Macrons, see my Tech Tip Type Using Macrons.


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

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Computer Monitor Not Working?

The lights are on but nobody’s home!

This morning I got to work, woke up/unlocked my computer, and only one monitor displayed anything. The other monitor stayed resolutely black, even though its power light was on.

Do you have trouble with a computer screen (monitor) switching itself off from time to time? It might  refuse to wake up from sleep mode, or just apparently switch itself off. One moment you’re working with two monitors, then one goes black – and you can no longer see what’s on that monitor!

Here’s a solution:
Reach behind the monitor and switch it off (using the monitor’s on/off switch). Wait a minute or two, then switch it back on. This usually resolves the problem.

If it still stays switched off:
Check that all the cable plugs going into the back of the monitor are firmly plugged in, and check that the other end of each cable is firmly plugged in as well.

If that still doesn’t work, contact ITS for help. (Click the link, then look to the far right side, in the Need Help? section.)


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

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Five Things to Massively Simplify Your Day

I posted these tips almost exactly 3 years ago. Did you see them? Read on.

How many times have we heard the words, “if only I had known that yesterday”!

Are you using these five tips?
They make a difference to my life every day. The time investment it takes you to read and implement them will be repaid to you many, many times in time, effort and satisfaction.

  1. Simplify your Emailing with this quick way to find an Email recipient’s name, using Ctrl K
  2. Make your computer type “University of Canterbury” (and other repetitive long phrases) for you
  3. Use Outlook Quick Steps to avoid repetitively entering email address names
  4. Lock your computer when you step away from it
  5. Archive of Tech Tips

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

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Quickly Access UC PowerPoint Templates

If you are using PowerPoint within the University, this is good news for you: the UC PowerPoint templates are now available directly from within PowerPoint*. They have been resized to make maximum use of the screen too.

UC PowerPoint templates

 

To access the templates within PowerPoint:

  1. Click the File (menu) tab
  2. Click New
    – many templates display
  3. Look for the words “FEATURED” and “SHARED” just above the first of the displayed templates.
  4. Click “Shared
    – the three UC templates display
  5. Click the template you wish to use
    – a preview of that template displays
  6. Click the Create button
    – a new presentation based on that template is created
  7. Save the presentation with a new name and start work!

Note: Once you have used each template, they will display with all the other templates available when you click the New button in the File menu. This just saves you having to go into the Shared folder each time.

* Currently only for staff using PC’s. The ITS team are working on bringing this feature to Macs too.

Special thanks to UC Staff Chris Brown and Dean Patterson for setting up this incredibly useful and time saving quick access for us.


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

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Struggling With Keyboard Shortcuts?

If you’re struggling with keyboard shortcuts, you may not know about this….

When you hover your mouse over some toolbar icons in Microsoft Office programs, the keyboard shortcut is displayed.
When you hover your mouse over some toolbar icons in Microsoft Office programs, the keyboard shortcut is displayed.

When you hover your mouse cursor over most icons in Microsoft Office programs, a pop-up appears, explaining the tool and displaying the shortcut. So instead of clicking an icon on a toolbar, use the shortcut as often as you can – just hovering over an icon from time to time for a reminder of a shortcut.

Meanwhile, have a look at the Keyboard shortcuts section of the Being more efficient with your technology site.


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

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