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Tag Archives: Microsoft Office
Stanton Biddle, Janey Chao, Arthur Downing, Jin Ma, Bob Makarowski, Rita Ormsby, Ryan Phillips, Kevin Wolf and Stella Varveris
This Tech Sharecase we focused on sharing of our comments, tips, tricks, complaints for using Microsoft Office 2010 products. The following is a list of the tips and tricks we covered:
- To minimize the ribbon, you can either double-click any tab or click the caret (a.k.a. chevron) in the upper right-hand corner.
- Pressing the Alt button will display hot keys for tabs or options within tabs. One can navigate the ribbon with these hot keys and forgo using the mouse.
- Office users can create sparklines within Excel using their spreadsheet data.
- Users are able to customize the ribbon to add or subtract new tabs or items within tabs. In order to do this follow: File>Options>Customize Ribbon.
- Conversion to PDF is standard in Microsoft Office applications under Save As. Users no longer need to purchase the Adobe PDF add-on.
- In PowerPoint, we explored SmartArt (Under Insert and Illustrations). This is a convenient way to add smart looking graphical displays of information not previously available in previous Office versions.
- The Quick Access tool bar above the tabs can also be modified to add or subtract different commands such as Print, Save, Open, Spell Check, et cetera–commonly used items.
- Screenshots of open browser or other application windows can be captured straight from PowerPoint under Insert>Images>Screenshot. Microsoft refers to the screenshots as Screen Clippings.
Also discussed were how Baruch may roll out global settings for Microsoft Office. Some options that may be a possibility follow:
- Standardize RSS Feeds with campus content
- Listen to voicemail messages from within Outlook.
- IM people through Outlook within the Baruch directory and outside public
- Web conferencing, one-to-many
- Voice over IP
Frank Donnelly, Stephen Francoeur, Gerry Jiao, Ellen Kaufman, Jim Livornese, Rita Ormsby, Ryan Phillips, Stella Varveris, Michael Waldman, Kevin Wolff
Overview of Browser Wars
Today’s meetup focused on comparing different browsers. Prior to meeting, we sent out a survey to library staff about their browser preferences (you can still take the survey or just view the latest results).
Ryan Phillips showed his favorite features in the Maxthon browser:
- Features the ability to sync favorites to multiple locations and soon will sync browser settings and history as well
- Allows customizable speed dial on your start page
- Has dual rendering to optimize display for old and new web sites
- Customizes your preferences for searching by mouse, open and closing new tabs, mouse trails et cetera
- Includes Smart address bar that suggest links and results by viewed sites
One issue that we have to keep in mind when using browsers other than IE or Firefox is that they may not be supported by the college to work in various applications and services we have licenses for.
Frank Donnelly demonstrated the aspects of the Opera browser that appeal to him:
- Has built in AVG anti-virus and malware detectors that alert you to pages that may be security risks
- Since the browser is less popular, it is less likely to be targeted by hackers
- Speed dial when you open up new tabs
- Turbo feature can speed up rendering of slow-to-load pages
- Has a built in HTML validator
- Has a recycle bin that lets you easily view a list of pages you recently closed in a tab
- Works across many operating systems
It was noted, though, that not all pages render properly in Opera, including pages on the Census.gov site.
The discussion of viruses and malware prompted a quick discussion of the spam filtering technology we use at Baruch (Proofpoint) and the disparate amounts of daily spam caught on our behalf by the filter (some people get 30 spam messages caught a day, others get hundreds or more)
- Nearly as fast as Opera and much faster than Firefox and Internet Explorer (at the moment)
- Speed dial feature is automatically populated as you surf; items added are the most visited pages; you can customize which items are on the speed dial
- The Evernote extension lets you clip web pages into your Evernote account. When you search Google, the search results page from Google also includes search results from your Evernote account.
- The Google Translate extension will recognize that a page is in a foreign language and offer to translate it for you.
- The Chrome Notepad extension gives you a clipboard on the toolbar where you can save snippets of text; this content will get synchronized across multiple Google Chrome installations that you may have set up on different computers
Stephen Francoeur switches between Chrome and Firefox regularly. Firefox’s advantages are:
- The Zotero add-on for citation management. It was recently announced that Zotero will eventually release a desktop client and extensions so Zotero can be used in Chrome, Safari, and Internet Explorer.
- Web Developer add-on, which is great for any web design work.
Next Tech Sharecase
Today’s somewhat planned meetup was an experiment. It was agreed that we should try it again, though maybe not every meeting. The next Tech Sharecase will not feature any topics scheduled in advance; the one after that, though, will be a day for all us to share various Microsoft Office tricks.
Microsoft Office 2010
Jim Livornese showed us a bit of the help pages and tutorials that are now available on the BCTC pages to help the Baruch community get up to speed on Microsoft Office 2010.
Janey Chao, Stephen Francoeur, Ellen Kaufman, Jim Livornese, Ryan Phillips, Linda Rath, Mike Waldman, Kevin wolff
We discussed Steven Bell’s study of LibGuides (pdf), which he presented at 16th Annual Reference Research Forum at the ALA Annual Meeting this year. Bell asked whether LibGuides help students do better research? The results of the student were inconclusive.
On the CUNY Portal, we have limited subscription to Gartner Research (we do have access to the magic quadrant charts).
IT Needs for the Library
Jim Livornese asked us to talk about what IT needs the library has. Suggestions we discussed included:
- better, faster, more stable PCs at the ref desk (the best we can offer) that have dual monitors (one angled for the patron, another for the librarian) and speakers (so we can play videos to patrons as needed)
- digital signage
- longer period for guest logins (2 days? 3 days? 1 week?)
- better sense of who to contact in BCTC for what
- software that makes image on instructor’s classroom PC display on the student PCs
- multiple projection screens in the classrooms (and more whiteboards)
Jim Livornese ran through a list of projects that BCTC will be looking into or developing further: podcast producers, Boxee, iTunes U, media development, etc.
We watched the BYU video that was just released and parodies a recent ad campaign from Old Spice. Here is the BYU library video:
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Here is the original Old Spice commercial:
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It was noted that Yale and Middlebury have similarly well-produced videos for aimed at attracting applicants.
RSS Reader in Microsoft Office 2010
The new version of Outlook in Microsoft Office, which we are all getting in our desk PCs soon, has a RSS reader built in.