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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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Autofit Column Width to An Individual Cell

This is one for the Excel users out there. It sounds a bit esoteric but if you wrestle with column widths, this is for you!

Last week we looked at using Excel’s AutoFit feature to automatically adjust the width of a column to match the contents of the widest cell in that column.

But let’s say that you want to adjust the width of a column to match the contents of an individual cell but you don’t want to AutoFit the entire column width (for example, because some of your rows contain lots of text – and so AutoFitting the column width would make the columns too wide).

So, to adjust the width of a column to match the content of an individual cell:

1. Select the cell whose width you want to AutoFit
2a. Click the Home tab
2b. Click the Format button drop-down (towards the far right of the Home Ribbon)
2c. Click AutoFit Column Width

That cell’s column width adjusts to match the width of the content of the cell you selected.

BONUS – to simultaneously adjust the widths of multiple columns to match the contents of multiple cells:

1. Select the first cell whose width you want to AutoFit
2. Hold the Ctrl key down and select the other cells whose width you also want to AutoFit
3. Choose Home | Format | AutoFit Column Width

The columns’ widths are adjusted so that the content of the cells you selected each fits in their respective columns. You can also choose Home | Format | Column Width and type in a fixed width for all the columns of the selected cells.

Another Excel tip: Copy Excel Column Width From Another Cell

Thanks to Able Owl Excel tips for this one.


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

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