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  1. Wireless and Power settings

    by , 8th May 2014 at 02:07 PM
    Background info

    Wireless has, for the most part, been the bane of my existence as a Network Manager. It's flaky, it's unreliable and it can ruin your otherwise lovely day. Combined with some odd behaviour with Windows 7 and domains, student logins tend to be a bit of a lottery, with around a 1% chance of getting an error "there are no logon servers available..." and another 1% chance of logging in fine, but having no My Documents or Start Menu as they haven't mapped properly ...
  2. ICT Tip #47 - Switching Windows with Win+Tab

    by , 18th June 2013 at 02:11 PM
    One of those quick little tips that makes life much easier - albeit I opted to show the shiny version to people first, because some people are forever impressed by a little bit of 3D gimmickry. It's like Alt+Tab but less useful, it's... ICT Tip 047 - Switching Windows with Win+Tab.doc!

    I don't know why I bother trying to build up suspense when I name the tip in the title of every post
  3. 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 ...
  4. 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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  5. 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 - ...
  6. 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 )
  7. 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.
  8. ICT Tip #33 - Quick Navigation with the Windows 7 Start Menu

    by , 27th February 2013 at 02:55 PM
    Sorry, bit delayed as I only finished up my tip for here late yesterday afternoon so ran out of time to post this; then I got busy this morning and, well, it's now a day late. Sorry.

    Anyway! This tip may or may not be overly relevant to you, as it depends on how you've configured your environment; still, it should be a starting point. ICT Tip 033 - Quick Navigation with the Start Menu.doc

    Steal/adapt/re-use/redistribute, but no charging money. Not sure how much you'd get, mind.
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  9. ICT Tip #32 - Searching Windows 7 Folders by content

    by , 12th February 2013 at 02:48 PM
    Continuing on closely from last time, we're going into a bit more detail on the Windows 7 search tool - how to search for a file based on the content inside it. Useful when every document you save is in the format Doc1 - new version - really new version - USE THIS ONE - old.docx

    You'd think I'd worked in education for five years, watching staff and students alike using just this naming scheme.

    ICT Tip 032 - Searching by File Content.doc

    Steal/reuse/remix/share, but profit ...
  10. ICT Tip #31 - Searching Windows 7 Folders by filename

    by , 5th February 2013 at 03:39 PM
    Yes, number 31. Number 30 was a tip specific to our school about using the new headed paper by going to My Templates in Word 2010, because group policy preferences lets you do really cool stuff these days.

    Anyway, number 31 is a brief guide on searching folders in Windows 7 using the built in search. No, it's not perfect. No, it's not quick. But it does the job most of the time and it's right there. It'll meet the needs of most people most of the time and, in theory, save you all ...

    Updated 6th February 2013 at 12:03 PM by sonofsanta (tags & category)

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