General Computer Maintenance: Power Management

One of the biggest headaches of using a laptop is how frequently you have to plug it in to charge it. Here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of your battery between trips to the wall outlet.

Note: While these tips are mostly geared towards laptop users, some can also be applied to desktop users that want to be more green and consume less power.

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General Computer Maintenance: Memory Issues

How many times have you said to yourself My computer has slowed down! or asked Why do I keep getting this hourglass/spinning wheel? Here are some memory management tips to keep your computer running up to speed.

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New Google Apps services accessible using Colby Apps accounts

Three new services on our Google Apps for Education domain can now be used with Colby Apps (you@colby.edu) accounts:

  1. YouTube
  2. Maps
  3. Moderator
Important: If your Colby account is closed due to graduation, transferring, getting a different job, retiring, etc., the data you put in these services will no longer be available to you. Plan to download any data you wish to keep before you leave the College. For more information on downloading your data please visit Google’s Data Liberation website.

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Colby Apps Calendar – Collapse Off Hours

How many people start work at 1 a.m.? How about work until 11 p.m.? My guess is not many. So why does your Colby Apps Calendar show those times? Well, now you can collapse those hours so they take up almost no room on your calendar. Here’s how:
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Self-paced Training

Colby subscribes to an online service called VTC that provides self-paced training opportunities on a wide variety of software applications. These software titles range from Office applications like Word and Excel, to database programs like FileMaker, to programming languages like HTML, to operating systems like Windows and Mac OS X.

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Using the Format Painter

Have you ever wanted to format a part of your document to match another part, but can’t seem to get it just right?

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Custom Calendar View

Let me guess, you love using the Colby Apps Calendar, but you wish you could choose a view other than Day or Week? How would you like to have the ability to control exactly how many days appear in your calendar view?

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Colby Apps Keyboard Shortcuts

Do you love working in Colby Apps but miss the keyboard shortcuts you were used to in applications like Eudora, Outlook, Word and Excel? Well have I got news for you! Google has its own built-in set of keyboard shortcuts and many of them are the same as the ones you were used to from Microsoft Office.

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New Look to Colby Apps

In the coming weeks you will notice the look and feel of your Colby Apps will change.  Google has done research and listened to requests to make the interface look cleaner and hopefully easier to use.  Below are side-by-side comparisons of the old (classic) and new looks for E-mail, Calendar and Documents.
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Using Excel’s Fill Handle

The Fill Handle is very useful for copying the contents of a cell or extending a series of data.  It is represented by a little blue square in the lower right corner of a selected cell.

To fill in a series of data:

  1. Enter the first part of your data set.
    • For instance, “1, 2, 3″ or “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday”
  2. Select the data you just entered.
  3. Place your cursor over the Fill Handle, your cursor will change to a black plus sign.
  4. Click-and-drag the Fill Handle to extend your data set.

You can use these same steps to copy the contents of a single cell over a range of cells.

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