Tech Gear: Buying Things for School

Many folks ask us if there are any savings to be had through our University Computer Store.  The answer is YES!  Though you should note that most of the offerings from our computer store are through negotiated relationships with major manufacturers and online retailers.

To see our recommendations for computers click HERE.

Check out the University Computer Store page for more information!

Be Careful When You’re on a Conference Call

THE MUTE FUNCTION IS YOUR FRIEND!

As an attorney, you may find yourself in a conference call, webinar, or a video conference several times a month if not more frequently.

Conference Calling

As a responsible member of the profession, you should observe the basic etiquette of meetings even when others on the call or video link can’t see or hear you.

I was recently on a long (almost 2 hours) conference call with a number of high level executives where one person who likely spends many hours a week on conference calls forgot to mute their phone … This unfortunate oversight included a car trip to a coffee shop and then three short conversations with a wait person at the coffee shop. During this whole time, the ambient noise of this person’s line was extraordinarily distracting, creating a very challenging atmosphere for others to pay attention to the focus of the call.

While the above incident was pretty innocuous with respect to what we overheard (that person is incredibly kind and polite), it left a negative impression upon many.  You don’t ever want to be that person.

Check out this video and see if you can spot the problems. (It’s ok to laugh.)

#1 Tip: If you are not talking (in a multiparty conference) then MUTE YOUR MICROPHONE and double check to ensure it is REALLY muted.

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Latest Firefox Update Brings New User Experience

Firefox just released an update that significantly changed the look and feel of the browser. The tabs have changed, and it is easier to determine which tab you are using. The menu was updated, and you can customize it to your heart’s content. Upon installation of the update, you are invited to take a tour.

Firefox1stLaunch

Clicking on the tour gets you started. The menu redesign is first up. Scrolling through the options, you can learn about the menu location, easily adding bookmarks, and locating add-ons to maximize your browsing experience.

FirefoxTour_Menu

After that, you’re pretty much on your own to play. Firefox is considered one of the more secure browsers. We have once again been reminded that Internet Explorer is not the ideal choice for safe browsing. Learn more about that here. If you are looking for an alternative to Internet Explorer, Firefox is a good choice. Chrome and Safari are also good, if Firefox is not for you.

If you have not already received the update, you can click on Help, then About in your file menu. A popup will let you know which version of Firefox you are using. If you are not on the current version, 29.0, you will see a button giving you the option to update to the latest version.

AboutFirefox

You can learn a little more about the new Firefox version from the video below.

Road Work at Roundabout Near School of Law

March 15, 2014:  Construction Notification120g-Reflective-Vest

Please note that there will be an installation of an updated temporary white pedestrian delineation system at the roundabout. This system will be installed in place of the existing temporary system at the roundabout at the intersection of Seaver Dr. and Presidents Dr.

The work will begin this Saturday, March 15th. Work will be performed between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

During the work all roads and sidewalks will remain open to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Any noise related to the work will be confined to the work site.

 

 

Word Keyboard Shortcuts

Below is a list of major shortcut keys in Microsoft Word, as compiled by Computer Hope at http://www.computerhope.com/shortcut/word.htm

View PDF Version of this List.

Shortcut

Description

Ctrl + 0 Adds or removes 6pts of spacing before a paragraph.
Ctrl + A Select all contents of the page.
Ctrl + B Bold highlighted selection.
Ctrl + C Copy selected text.
Ctrl + D Open the font preferences window.
Ctrl + E Aligns the line or selected text to the center of the screen.
Ctrl + F Open find box.
Ctrl + I Italic highlighted selection.
Ctrl + J Aligns the selected text or line to justify the screen.
Ctrl + K Insert link.
Ctrl + L Aligns the line or selected text to the left of the screen.
Ctrl + M Indent the paragraph.
Ctrl + P Open the print window.
Ctrl + R Aligns the line or selected text to the right of the screen.
Ctrl + T Create a hanging indent.
Ctrl + U Underline highlighted selection.
Ctrl + V Paste.
Ctrl + X Cut selected text.
Ctrl + Y Redo the last action performed.
Ctrl + Z Undo last action.
Ctrl + Shift + L Quickly create a bullet point.
Ctrl + Shift + F Change the font.
Ctrl + Shift + > Increase selected font +1pts up to 12pt and then increases font +2pts.
Ctrl + ] Increase selected font +1pts.
Ctrl + Shift + < Decrease selected font -1pts if 12pt or lower, if above 12 decreases font by +2pt.
Ctrl + [ Decrease selected font -1pts.
Ctrl + / + c Insert a cent sign (¢).
Ctrl + ‘ + <char> Insert a character with an accent (grave) mark, where <char> is the character you want. For example, if you wanted an accented è you would use Ctrl + ‘ + e as your shortcut key. To reverse the accent mark use the opposite accent mark, often on the tilde key.
Ctrl + Shift + * View or hide non printing characters.
Ctrl + <left arrow> Moves one word to the left.
Ctrl + <right arrow> Moves one word to the right.
Ctrl + <up arrow> Moves to the beginning of the line or paragraph.
Ctrl + <down arrow> Moves to the end of the paragraph.
Ctrl + Del Deletes word to right of cursor.
Ctrl + Backspace Deletes word to left of cursor.
Ctrl + End Moves the cursor to the end of the document.
Ctrl + Home Moves the cursor to the beginning of the document.
Ctrl + Spacebar Reset highlighted text to the default font.
Ctrl + 1 Single-space lines.
Ctrl + 2 Double-space lines.
Ctrl + 5 1.5-line spacing.
Ctrl + Alt + 1 Changes text to heading 1.
Ctrl + Alt + 2 Changes text to heading 2.
Ctrl + Alt + 3 Changes text to heading 3.
Alt + Ctrl + F2 Open new document.
Ctrl + F1 Open the Task Pane.
Ctrl + F2 Display the print preview.
Ctrl + Shift + > Increases the highlighted text size by one.
Ctrl + Shift + < Decreases the highlighted text size by one.
Ctrl + Shift + F6 Opens to another open Microsoft Word document.
Ctrl + Shift + F12 Prints the document.
F1 Open Help.
F4 Repeat the last action performed (Word 2000+)
F5 Open the find, replace, and go to window in Microsoft Word.
F7 Spellcheck and grammar check selected text or document.
F12 Save as.
Shift + F3 Change the text in Microsoft Word from uppercase to lowercase or a capital letter at the beginning of every word.
Shift + F7 Runs a Thesaurus check on the word highlighted.
Shift + F12 Save.
Shift + Enter Create a soft break instead of a new paragraph.
Shift + Insert Paste.
Shift + Alt + D Insert the current date.
Shift + Alt + T Insert the current time.

In addition to the above shortcut keys users can also use their mouse as a method of quickly do something commonly performed. Below some are examples of mouse shortcuts.

Mouse shortcuts

Description

Click, hold, and drag Selects text from where you click and hold to the point you drag and let go.
Double-click If double-click a word, selects the complete word.
Double-click Double-clicking on the left, center, or right of a blank line will make the alignment of the text left, center, or right aligned.
Double-click Double-clicking anywhere after text on a line will set a tab stop.
Triple-click Selects the line or paragraph of the text the mouse triple-clicked.
Ctrl + Mouse wheel Zooms in and out of document.

More on Word- Don’t forget to view Best Practices in Word for tips on saving and good habits. Learn how to keep track of your edits until a final version is needed in Collaborating with Word. Like how a document looks? Save it for reuse as a template (see topic on Creating Templates).