Microsoft Office and Windows
Green Computing Tips
- Screen savers keep computers running. Use sleep mode and turn off the screen or shut down the computer to save energy.
- Green computing tip: 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.
- Green Computing Tip: 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.
Safe Computing Tips
- Have you tried Google real-time search, offering the very latest results from sites like Twitter and Facebook?
- 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 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.
- "7 Things You Should Know About Google Wave" from Educause.
- Why web browsers are free.
- Did you know Google Search displays in "Bowk Bowk Bowk!" (language of the Muppets' Swedish Chef)?
- 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)
- 77 keyboard and mouse shortcuts for the Safari browser
- Quickly find within a web page in @Firefox by pressing the forward slash ("/") key, followed by your search term.
- Outlook 2010: 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.
- 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?