Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Extra line spacing issues - Word 2007

As you may already be aware of, in MS Word 2007 the default line spacing is 1.15 and a blank line between paragraphs.  I read the reason once, which made sense at the time, but when you are using the Mail Merge function, this new setting is annoying.

Many users struggle with removing the spacing when inserting a field; Address Block or manually inserted fields.  I have created a Tip and posted on the OIT website.  Please take a look and let me know your thoughts.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Students enroll in a class- Turnitin

Turnitin is a web-based plagiarism prevention service, providing class management tools, and digital grading.  Submitted papers are compared for matches or similar text and the results are made available in an easy to read Originality Report.  Many faculty at Fisher use this product and students are required to join/register.  When a faculty member sets up a course within Turnitin, they can choose to have their students self enroll.  If you receive an email or are instructed to enroll in a class you will need the Class ID and password, your professor will supply you with this information.     

Enrolling in a class: Students

1.  Log into Turnitin-  from the SJFC Home Page, Turnitin link located under Student Resources.

2.  From the student homepage, click on enroll in a class.

3.  Enter the class ID and enrollment password and click on submit. This class will be added to your student homepage.

Additional Resources:

Turnitin- Student Manual

Friday, March 4, 2011

Get SMARTER - Set Picture Transparency

Set Picture Transparency-Portray images on your Notebook page with a expert look and feel.

1. Using an image from the web, insert into a SMART Notebook page (notebook page has a background color)

 2.  Select the image, click on the down arrow and select Set Picture Transparency...

 3.  Click on the areas surrounding the image to make them transparent and click on OK.

 4.  The final product is an image with a transparent background.

 Additional Resources:

  • SJFC Tips and Tricks: Add a You Tube video to a SMART Notebook file

  • SMART Exchange- Lesson Plans, search by subject and grade

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Merge multiple PowerPoint files into 1.

Caller: "How do I combine all of ppt files into one big one"? I replied: " Yes, of course this can be done" and then I said, to myself- where do they (Microsoft) have it hidden?  It took a few minutes, the answer came to me, but what a great opportunity to add this content to my blog for future reference. 

1.  With PowerPoint opened, from the Home tab, click on New Slide and select Reuse Slides...

2.  From the Reuse Slides pane, click on Browse to locate pptx file and select Browse File...

3.  Select the file and click on Open.  The slides appear within the Reuse Slides pane.  At the bottom check Keep source formatting, to retain slide formatting.

3.  Right-click on Slide 1 and select Insert Slide or Insert All Slides.

4. From the View tab, within the Presentation Views group, click on Slide Sorter to help move/arrange slides.  Save the file.