Microsoft Office and Windows
- Office 2013 tip: Move through ribbon tabs. Roll the mouse wheel back/forward to browse to the right/left.
- Use Microsoft OneNote. More than a digital notebook; an information storage/management tool.
- Windows 7 jump lists take you right to a document. Drag a URL to Internet Explorer's jump list to pin the URL.
- Use Windows 7 Snap to arrange documents side by side on a split screen. Turn on or off snap/automatic arrangement of windows when moved to edge of the screen.
- Windows 7 Snipping Tool captures screen shots - select the area to copy.
- Windows keyboard shortcut: CTRL D duplicates a selected object - a drawing, smart art object or clip art - in Word or PowerPoint.
- Windows 7 Tip: To minimize all other open windows except one, try the Shake feature.
- Check out these online self-paced training courses
in Microsoft Office 2013.
- Word Tip: To insert a quick horizontal line, enter three hyphens then press the Enter key.
- Word Tip: Looking for symbols like the copyright character? Click Insert tab > Symbol. To insert, click the symbol.
- Did you know Microsoft Word documents can hide past revisions? See how to remove hidden data in Microsoft Office 2013 documents.
- Force Word to select a vertical block of text, ignoring text to the right/left, by holding down the Alt key on the keyboard as you drag the mouse.
- PowerPoint Tip: Play a sound continuously for one or more slides.
Green Computing Tips
- Screen savers keep computers running. Use sleep mode and turn off the screen or shut down the computer to save energy.
- Print it right the first time. Before printing, use Print Preview to verify your pages.
- Laptop tip: When unplugged, reduce your screen brightness to increase your battery life.
- Unplug your laptop charger and/or cell phone charger when it's not in use to save energy.
- Traveling with a laptop? Find out how to extend battery life.
- Learn about Green computing at Marquette University.
Safe Computing Tips
- Tap the space bar once to scroll down a full screen. Press the space bar and shift key to scroll back up a screen.
- Google Search Tip: To find multiple definitions of a term, such as USB, try entering define:USB into Google Search.
- Google Search Tip: Search for exact phrases in Google by setting the phrase in quotes or by putting hyphens in between each word.
- Google Search Tip: For current time in world cities (like at Marquette University's Madrid Center) type time followed by the city, e.g: time Madrid. Did you know that you can use Google as a calculator?
- Google Search Tip: Want search results only from a particular site? Enter search term site:address e.g. "law site:marquette.edu"
- Did you know...? Yahoo! stands for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle."
- Did you know...? Google search was originally called Backrub, hosted at Stanford University in 1996.
- Quickly find within a web page in Firefox by pressing the forward slash ("/") key, followed by your search term.
- Google Tip: For Marquette University weather conditions and forecast, in the search box type: weather 53233
- Google Tip: To find links to flight information, say from Milwaukee to Madrid, enter this search: fly mke mad.
- Is your Internet Explorer menu toolbar ("File, Edit, View...") hidden? Press Alt key to make it appear. Press Alt again to rehide it.
- 70+ keyboard shortcuts for the Firefox browser.
- Use Google as a currency converter. Example: Try entering into Google Search: 50 usd in euro
- Save time by searching for specific text within a web page with Ctrl F (Windows) or Command F (Mac)
- Outlook 2013: Share your calendar in an e-mail. Click Insert tab > Calendar. Choose how much detail to include.
- The subject line is a key part of your message. Make it specific and meaningful.
- When forwarding e-mail, consider your options before changing the subject to make the message more relevant to new recipients. Now that Outlook Web Access has conversion view, remember some e-mail recipients will prefer that you do not change the reply subject line.
- As you write, the original focus of your e-mail may shift. So create the subject line after you compose your e-mail.
- Have you tried instant messaging via eMarq's Outlook Web App?
- Away this summer and not checking your e-mail? Learn about automatic "out of office" replies in Outlook 2013.
- Before you hit send on that e-mail, check your "To:" line. Are you sending your e-mail to the correct email address(es)?
- Switch from one open program to the next. Windows: Press Alt and Tab. Mac: Press Command and Tab.
- Hide windows to view the Desktop. Windows: Windows key and D. Mac: F11, or on recent Mac laptops: Command and F3.
- Enlarge/reduce text size on web pages. Windows: Ctrl key and plus or minus key; Mac: Command key and plus or minus.
- To search your PC: press Windows Key-F; For Mac: press Command-Space.
- VPN (Virtual Private Network) connects you to online resources restricted to campus while away from MU.
- Digital storytelling is the practice of combining narrative with online multimedia. See courses offered at MU College of Communication.
- Learn about cloud computing from this 3-minute video, "Cloud Computing in Plain English."
- Mickey is a unit of measurement for a computer mouse's smallest detectable motion. 1 mickey = about 0.1 mm.
- Jiffy is the duration of a single tick of a computer's system clock.
- What's a .ttf file? Look up file extensions (the suffixes on computer filenames that identify file types.)
- SMiShing is a text message fraud that seeks to trick you into divulging your personal information.
- Easter Egg is a hidden message or inside joke in software, video games & DVDs.
- What's the difference between a laptop and a notebook computer?