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    Now this should already be taught everywhere, but using folders to create a decent filing system and giving files appropriate names. It really does annoy me when peolpe ask for help then sit there for 10 mins trying to find where they saved something called document1.

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    How to check the power is turned on at the wall. How many times have I walked halfway across the site to turn the power on.

    How to check that all the cables are plugged into the right ports, oh look it would seem a student has removed the network cable to your PC.

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    numlock on laptops, loads of people have some how managed to turn that thing on! Then I go and press 2 buttons and its like how did you do that....!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmdixon View Post
    Or just Ctrl + S
    F12 is also handy in that case.

    Is it F3 that cycles between cases in Word?

    How about basic projector operations? cable checking, proper startup order etc

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    Searching a specific site (or .tld) using google.

    Or just laminate the cheatsheet: Google Help : Cheat Sheet

    The difference between a network cabinet full of switches and a server. They are not the same thing.

    Alt-tab. There is a certain IT teacher who shall remain nameless who shamed the school in front of a salesweasel by declaring "I didn't know you could do that" when said salesweasel alt-tabbed. You could see the salesweasel attempting to hide the triumphant "there's money to be made here" grin.

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    Selecting details in explorer then sorting by date to find the file they have just saved.

    That it's not necessary to use =sum(a1*b1)

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    A couple of those that I didn't know... and don't work on this XP lappy. Windows Pause - nothing; right click in scroll bar - nothing. Hmmm....

    If they've lost a folder full of work, use the search function. The most stressful fixes I've done were both where someone had click-dragged instead of double click, and have dumped that vital file/folder in some random folder.

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    How to shutdown the computer when they

    1. Don't know how to use it correctly
    2. Can't solve a problem they are having
    3. Do random things some of which are mentioned above ref dragging and dropping a folder into a random one and not using the search function ie F3 to find it


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    How to unzip/unrar.

    How to change source on a projector

    that the base unit and the hard drive are not the same thing

    the difference between xp/vista/office 2003/office 2007

    the different between a domain not found and password incorrect errors

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    for some of the teachers here, I would start at real basics.

    Breathe in... Breathe out...

    Left foot forward... right foot forward...

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    An extension to that - you don't have to go to google, and enter a website address into the search box to get to that site. Happens often here.
    God my mum does this load. example she types in the address bar google.co.uk then searches google for facebook.com

    I have told her that if she just puts in facebook.com the address bar it will take her straight to it.
    But no good.

    Quote Originally Posted by _Bat_ View Post
    How to unzip/unrar.

    How to change source on a projector
    Next one will be is it hp or Heinz? hehe couldn't help myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by penfold View Post
    Now this should already be taught everywhere, but using folders to create a decent filing system and giving files appropriate names. It really does annoy me when peolpe ask for help then sit there for 10 mins trying to find where they saved something called document1.
    This one is the bane of my life - they manage 'save-as' instead of just 'save' - well some of them do - they chose the correct place to put it - well , they drop it on their desktop anyway - but then they DON'T give it a relevant name!!!!
    Sometimes, they even overwrite something else as it is also called 'document1'.
    I mean, it's not as if a message warning you that this is going to happen comes up or anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenwba View Post
    the amount of times ive done lessons in using the scanner for staff, but it doesnt matter how many times you show them how to use it, because they just want someone else to do it for them lol
    I those cases i always say, i wont do it for you but i will stand here while you do, and will tell you what to do if you get stuck, as it will help you remember for next time.

    Slight tip, this method works for Toners & Projectors too. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by pete View Post
    The difference between a network cabinet full of switches and a server. They are not the same thing.
    haha yes. Doesnt matter too much because I know what they're talking about, but always raises a smile when staff say 'you know that server in our office' or 'is our server down' - referring to the switch cabinet when the internet isnt working or something

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    F5 key. We were using real-time discussion on vle in a lesson and the teacher couldn't understand why half of the comments weren't showing up!

    For those who use offline files -clicking the little box in the right corner or else you won't get to your shared drives!

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