Cut to the Chase – Web Writing Series

Web Writing SeriesPeople don’t read web pages the way they read magazines or books. If they don’t see what they are looking for right away, they click a link, or press the Back button in their browser, or use the search box. Jakob Nielsen (the web usability guru) calculates that people have time to read perhaps 18% of your words before they move on.

You have only seconds to deliver your message! How?

Basic Tech Tips

Not everyone has the same level of tech expertise, and sometimes it’s tough to see colleagues zip through computer tasks you have trouble with. If you feel embarrassed about your technical skills (and who doesn’t from time to time?) it can be even tougher to ask for help.  While there are many resources on the available online it can be an overwhelming task to search them out. (more…)

Remote Desktop

Recently I found a handy little program that allows you to remote control another computer (or another person remote control your computer). It is simple to run, free and there is a copy that can be run from our network. I’ve made fairly detailed instructions and placed them here if you are interested.

Easy Double Sided Printing

For those times when you wish to save ink and paper, Mark asked if we could create a couple of print profiles. They do indeed exist: “B&W;, 2-sided” and “B&W;, 2-sided, stapled”. Things are fairly simple, the first prints in black and white only on both sides of the page, and the second does the same with the addition of stapling the pages together.

In order to use these settings when printing a document select Properties.

Then Select the profile you want from the dropdown menu.

Then click OK and Print.

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch with me.

Nifty Trick with Office Tools and a Scanner

Occasionally you have a paper document you’d like to edit in Word. Fear not, you won’t have to retype the whole thing. Here is what you do:

Run over to your nearest scanner, and scan in the document as a .tiff (It has to be a tiff for the tool we’ll use next)

Send it to your computer

Once the scanned file is on your computer open Microsoft Document Imaging

Next open your tiff file ( File >> Open) and browse to you tiff file

Once your scanned document is open go to the Tools Menu and select Send Text to Word…

It will open a word document with the text of your scanned document. Regrettably it usually doesn’t keep things organized the same way on the page, so you’ll have to do a bit of clean up on the document.

If you have any questions about how things work with this or other programs, please contact the UUA helpdesk.