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ICT Tips

A collection of short ICT Tips designed to be sent round staff, helping them learn the useful tricks and shortcuts we take for granted.

  1. ICT Tip #46 - Screenshots in Word

    by , 12th June 2013 at 01:59 PM
    Continuing a theme from last week's Snipping Tool, if you're working in Word 2010 you can directly insert screen captures into a document - something else I had to have pointed out to me (by my wife, in this instance). Short and sweet and oh so useful: ICT Tip 046 - Insert Screenshot in Word.doc

    Steal/use/remix/share/profit
  2. ICT Tip #45 - Snipping Tool

    by , 7th June 2013 at 02:31 PM
    Late again. Sorry!

    This one was new to me when a teacher pointed it out, and is actually fantastically useful - particularly if you're trying to train your users in how to report an issue (good luck, if so).

    ICT Tip 045 - Snipping Tool.doc is an easy way of screencapping areas of a screen. It is actually quicker than Print Screen -> Open Irfanview -> Paste -> Crop -> Copy -> Paste, so may well be useful to you as well as your end users.

    May all ...
  3. ICT Tip #44 - Adding Work Email to a Smartphone

    by , 22nd May 2013 at 03:05 PM
    ICT Tip 044 - Work Email on Smartphones.doc

    Y'all will have to do a bit of the work yourselves this week - I've stripped out all the settings specific to my domain and replaced with them [placeholders in squarebrackets]. Go through and fill out the details as appropriate to your network. We use Exchange here, so it may not be appropriate for your network, though I'd have thought most email services were capable of supporting smartphone email.

    iPhone, Android and Windows Phone instructions ...
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  4. ICT Tip #18 - Avoiding Scam Emails

    by , 14th May 2013 at 02:12 PM
    Back in time for an older tip, not that it matters to anyone but me. There's a chunk of school-specific tips from 42-44 so in an attempt to maintain my buffer, I've gone back and pulled out an ever-relevant tip I wrote when we changed email provider and started to suffer an onslaught of spam.

    ICT Tip 018 - Avoiding Scam E-mails.doc

    It's a bit longer at 4 pages, but some people require a comprehensive dismantling of their na´vety.
    Tags: 419, email, scam, tip
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  5. ICT Tip #41 - Using Tab to move between inputs

    by , 9th May 2013 at 11:27 AM
    I have been really lax with this, sorry. Missed last week and late this week. Can you tell that I've hit the traditional pre-Summer ramping up of work?

    #40 gets skipped out as it was only relevant internally, so on to #41 - a simple one that you and I couldn't live without, yet remains a mystery to most: ICT Tip 041 - Using Tab to move between input fields.doc

    Nevermore will you struggle to bite your tongue as a user types out their username, then reaches for the mouse, overshoots the password box, ...
  6. ICT Tip #39 - Full Screen in IE

    by , 26th April 2013 at 10:04 AM
    Completely forgot to put this up on Tuesday. Sorry

    We're skipping #38 (which was about our school Twitter feed) and going straight to ICT Tip 039 - Full Screen in IE.doc, aka "The F11 Key"

    Share it/use it/don't sell it!
  7. ICT Tip #37 - Aero Snap

    by , 16th April 2013 at 03:10 PM
    This is the killer feature in Windows 7 as far as I'm concerned. This and the searchable Start Menu.

    It's simple, but I use it dozens of times a day. It's quick. It's effective. It's listed in the title of this blog post, completely undermining any attempted suspense. It is, of course, the wonder of ICT Tip 037 - Aero Snap.doc!

    A lot of people have no idea that this exists, despite it being useful for nearly everyone. Send it out. Tell them. Share the joy of knowledge. Just ...
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  8. ICT Tip #36 - Aero Shake

    by , 19th March 2013 at 03:18 PM
    Our staff loved this one. Personally I've never used the gesture much - too much in the habit of Win+D then Alt+Tab - but people were at first disbelieving and then endlessly amused. Says something about school staff that, perhaps.

    So for the entertainment and delight of your peers, here's ICT Tip 036 - Aero Shake.doc

    Any monetary tips you get from people, let me know and I'll pass you my PayPal details. Not that you should be charging money for these anyway, of course - ...
  9. ICT Tip #35 - Show the Desktop

    by , 12th March 2013 at 02:50 PM
    Dead easy one this one. It got frustrating watching people minimise every window in sight when I asked them to go to a shortcut on the desktop, so I went off and wrote up ICT Tip 035 - Show the Desktop.doc

    Do what you will with it, so long as you make no profit (unless you make some and send it all to me, that's fine )
  10. ICT Tip #34 - Save As with Libraries

    by , 5th March 2013 at 04:00 PM
    Afternoon all! Another tip that may be entirely useless to you this week, as I know not everyone uses Libraries in their environments. For my part I devoted the time necessary to hack them into shape suitable for a network environment, not that Microsoft made that easy - but that's a rant for another time.

    Anyway - tip #34 - Using Libraries to navigate quickly around the Save As dialog: ICT Tip 034 - Save As with Libraries.doc.

    Steal but don't sell, obv.
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