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Archive for September, 2007

MS OFFICE 2007 – Where Did the File Menu Go!?!

Posted in Did you Know? on September 28, 2007 by

Have you made that dreaded transition from MS OFFICE 2003 to 2007? ITS Training Services is ready to help but you need to get your name on a notification list so we know how many of you are out there! Check out the 2007 course offerings and sign up now:

And

  • PowerPoint 2007 What’s New – coming soon

To view all the current ITS course offerings:

  • Login to PAWS and click on the PD & Training tab
  • In the IT Training Courses channel, click on the Current Offerings Webpage link

To view courses scheduled for the current month:
From the University of Saskatchewan Home page, under the Coming Soon tab, At a Glance:

  • Click on the This Month link and click on any course link to view more information.

Free On-line Books Available to U of S Faculty, Students and Employees!

Posted in Did you Know? on September 28, 2007 by

Everyone knows about buying books on-line, but with a valid NSID and password, you can actually access and read books without paying a cent. For example those of you with technical interests can pursue offerings through SAFARI, a current and definitive resource for science and computer related topics. So get your reading glasses on and…

  • Login into PAWS as usual with your NSID and password
  • Click on the Library tab
  • Click on the Databases A-Z link
  • Click on S for Safari and click on the Safari Books On-line link
  • Select a topic of interest from the Browse by Category section
  • Select any book thumbnail to launch the book’s window and click on START READING ON-LINE

Or
Back at the Library tab in the Databases A-Z display

  • Click on B for Books and scroll down until you see Books 24X7 – that should keep you busy!

Training Schedule for the Week of October 1st

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2007 by

Word – Advanced Course, 63.1, Physics
October 1, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and
October 3, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
EMAP – Video for WebCT, Ag Computer Lab 3D85
October 1, 2007 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
ArcGIS Introduction Course, Arts 277
October 2, 2007 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm and
October 3, 2007 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
EMAP – Digital Audio & Video: Fundamentals Ag Computer Lab 3D85
October 2, 2007 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
UniFi – Extended FAST Queries, 281 John Mitchell
October 3, 2007 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
HTML Basics Workshop, Arts 110A
October 4, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Adobe Acrobat 8.0 (Professional) Intermediate Course, Arts 110A
October 5, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and
October 5, 2007 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fall Photos

Posted in General IT Training on September 21, 2007 by

If you’ve been putting off using that new digital camera, now is the time to throw it into your knapsack and take a walk along the riverbank. Here are a couple of hints for capturing the autumn colors:

  • Late afternoon sunlight provides maximum color potential and even lighting.
  • When photographing at midday, the lighting can create harsh, unflattering shadows so try to have the sun over your shoulder. The sky appears bluest when the sun is in this position.

If you are still using the Auto setting to take all of your pictures, try using

  • the Portrait mode to capture a close up of foliage against a blurred background, or
  • the Macro mode (typically represented by a tulip icon) to take detailed close ups of leaves and flowers.

And the best tips: always have your camera handy and take tons of pictures, even a millisecond between shots can capture a subject differently.

Training Schedule for the Week of September 24th

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21, 2007 by

Excel – Advanced Course, Arts 110A
September 24, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm and
September 26, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
EMAP – Audio for WebCT, Ag Computer Lab 3D67
September 24, 2007 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Microsoft Project – Introduction Course – Microsoft Office 2007, EDUC 3133
September 24, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and
September 24, 2007 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Word – Intermediate Course 4E28, Agriculture
September 25, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and
September 27, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
PowerPoint Instructor Workshop – Master & Template Design, Arts 110A
September 25, 2007 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Adv ArcGIS – Geo-processing, Geostat. Analyst, Spatial Analyst & 3D Analyst, Arts 277
September 25, 2007 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm and
September 26, 2007 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Office 2007 – “What’s New” Seminar, 4E28, Agriculture
September 26, 2007 9:00 am – 11:00 am
UniFi – Extended FAST Queries, 281 John Mitchell
September 26, 2007 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
EMAP – Planning for Media Projects, Ag Computer Lab 3D67
September 26, 2007 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
EMAP – iDVD for Beginners Ag Computer Lab 3D67
September 26, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
PowerPoint Instructor Workshop – Integrating Word & Excel, Arts 110A
September 27, 2007 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Training Schedule for the Week of September 17th

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2007 by

PowerPoint – Introduction Course, Arts 110A
September 17, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm and
September 19, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Excel – Intermediate Course, Arts 110A
September 18, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and
September 20, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Photoshop CS2 – Level 1 Course, Arts 110A
September 18, 2007 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm and
September 19, 2007 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
ArcGIS Introduction Course, Arts 277
September 19, 2007 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm and
September 20, 2007 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Dreamweaver Website Design Tools – Intermediate Course, Arts 110A
September 20, 2007 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm and
September 21, 2007 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Banner 7 Navigation Tutorial is Now Available!

Posted in General IT Training on September 14, 2007 by

In November of 2007 Banner 6 Student Information System- SiRIUS and Financial System – UniFi will be upgraded to Banner 7 version. A web-based navigation tutorial for Banner 7 is now available.
This tutorial is meant to familiarize you with basic navigation in the Banner 7 system, how to find the records you want and how to move among forms, fields, and views of the data. Please note that it is not specific to the way that U of S uses “Banner”, so the actual data on the forms in the CBT may vary, and some forms presented may not even be used at U of S. Actual use of Banner at U of S is handled in SiRIUS and UniFi in-person training sessions.
We recommend that all current and new users of SiRIUS take the “Banner 7 Navigation Tutorial” prior to attending any training sessions in the fall. If you have any questions or encounter any problems please contact Sis support
for assistance.

Word AutoCorrect Feature can do much more than auto-correcting.

Posted in Did you Know? on September 14, 2007 by

The AutoCorrect Feature in Word is useful for correcting commonly misspelled words. However, it can also be used to create automatic fill-in’s.
For example, n-dashes, and m-dashes can be entered into the list of AutoCorrect items. To store these special characters, first create them in a Word document: For an n-dash, simply hold the Alt key down while typing 0150 on the numeric keypad at the right edge of your keyboard. When you release the Alt key, a medium-length dash appears in your document. For the m-dash the key sequence is 0151.
Select the character you have just created. Click Tools menu > AutoCorrect Options… The selected symbol automatically appears in the With textbox. Type a suitable key sequence like n- in the Replace textbox. Click Add button. Your AutoCorrect text is now a permanent entry on your computer. Anywhere you wish to type an n-dash, simply type n- and the character will appear.
Another example is U of S with non-breaking spaces. Non-breaking spaces will not allow wordwrapping to occur between words. Thus, if the second word in the pairing will not fit on the current line, both words will move to the next line. If you wish “U of S” to be non-breaking, type U followed by followed by of followed by followed by S
Select the characters. Click Tools menu > AutoCorrect Options… Place a short key sequence such as uofs in the Replace textbox and click Add button. From now on, anywhere you type uofs, the non-breaking spaced version will appear

Training Schedule for the Week of September 10th

Posted in Uncategorized on September 8, 2007 by

Excel – Introduction Course, Arts 110A
September 10, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm and
September 12, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
ArcGIS Introduction Course, Arts 277
September 10, 2007 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm and
September 11, 2007 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
SPSS for Windows – Introduction Course, Arts 110A
September 11, 2007 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm and
September 13, 2007 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
UniFi – Journal Voucher Training, 281 John Mitchell
September 12, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
InDesign CS2 Intermediate Course, TBD
September 12, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm and
September 19, 2007 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Creating U of S Web Surveys Workshop, Arts 110A
September 13, 2007 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

New On-line Training Videos!

Posted in Did you Know? on September 8, 2007 by

Looking for some software application or PAWS help but too busy to sign up for extra courses? ITS Training Services has the solution; step-by-step training videos which address popular topics and commonly used procedures in a variety of applications. You can watch them at your convenience, and at your own pace. These on-line training sessions, found at www.usask.ca/its/courses/tutorials, are being updated weekly so keep checking them out. If there is a particular topic that you would like to have explained via video, e-mail us.