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Make the Finder faster
Make the Finder faster by turning off the size column. Read more...
Paste unformatted text
In Mac OSX, you can remove formatting when you paste text by using: command-option-shift-v.
Learn Finder Shortcuts
Get to your Applications, Utilities, and Home folders fast. Read more...
Restoring cartesian layout for Spaces in Lion
Do you miss the cartesian layout for Spaces that was available in Snow Leopard? Here's an inexpensive add-on for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion that brings that back. Read more...
Typing in foreign languages
Typing in foreign languages can be tricky - here are some resources to help. Read more...
Block web advertising
You can block most advertising on web pages and even YouTube videos by installing AdBlock, which is available for all major browsers. Chrome users can get it from chromeadblock.com. Firefox users should go to the Tools menu and select Add-ons and search for "adblock plus". Safari users can use safariadblock.com.
Full-screen web browser mode for presentations
All those tabs, buttons, and menus on your web browser take up a lot of screen real estate, particularly annoying when you are giving a presentation. With Firefox, Chrome, and Safari (OS X Lion only) you can hide all that junk in one fell swoop. In Firefox and Chrome, look in the View menu for "Enter Full Screen" (Firefox) or "Enter Presentation Mode" (Chrome). In Safari, click the diagonal arrows at the top right of your browser window. To see your menus again, move your mouse to the top of the screen.
Printing Tip for Administrative Staff
Trouble printing to the printer in your admin office? Read more...
Synchronize your bookmarks between computers
Both Firefox and Google Chrome have built-in support for synchronizing bookmarks between your computers. Chrome users should select "Sign in to Chrome" from the wrench menu or click the "sign in" link in the upper right corner of a new tab. Next, enter your reed.edu email address (email@example.com) and password, or use your personal Google account if you prefer. Firefox users should open their preferences, go to the "Sync" tab, and click "Set up Firefox Sync." Repeat the process on your other computers, but not public ones of course!
Update Thunderbird or Firefox Despite Errors
Getting an error when updating Mozilla applications like Firefox or Thunderbird in OS X? Use this procedure to update these programs. Read more...
Save an image from a web page
Almost any image you see on a web page can saved to your computer. Simply click and drag the image from your web browser to your desktop.
Data analysis in Excel 2010
Recent versions of Microsoft Excel no longer have statistical and analysis functions built in by default. You can quickly fix this by downloading the "Analysis ToolPak" from Microsoft: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ff969363.aspx Read more...
Apostrophes on the iPad
If you're tired of switching to the iPad's secondary keyboard every time you need to type an apostrophe, try this instead: On the main keyboard, swipe upward on the comma key. An apostrophe will appear!
Replace an existing file in Cascade
Let's say there's a "scholarship-app.pdf" in Cascade and you want to replace it with an updated version of the same name. In Cascade, click on the old file, then click the Edit tab. Use the Browse button to choose and upload the new file from your computer. After uploading, click the Publish tab. Note, this works with any file in Cascade (.jpg, .pdf, .doc, etc) but NOT with entire web pages.
Subscribe to an RSS Feed (Huh?)
Want a really easy way to keep abreast of the latest Tech Tips, articles on your favorite news site, or posts on your favorite blog? Here's how... Read more...
Report spam and phishing attempts
Don't just forward that email to CUS or ACS. The only way to make Reed's anti-spam and anti-phishing filters stronger is to Read more...
Starting up an unresponsive iMac
Following a power outage or surge, some iMacs won't start with a press of the power button. Read more...
Campus Email Preferences
Did you know that you can manage your email delivery preferences in IRIS? In addition to setting a forwarding address you can request additional email addresses for your account and control how long messages in your spam and trash folders are kept. Read more...
Forward a voicemail by extension rather than by name
Using campus voicemail to forward a message, but want to send to an extension instead of looking up a person's name? Read more...
Create an email signature in Thunderbird
Follow these steps to create an email signature in Thunderbird. Read more...
Find Where Your File Lives
Editing a document and want to know where the file lives? Hold down the Command key (⌘) on your keyboard and ... Read more...
Accents on the iPad
To type accented characters (é, ñ, ö, etc.) on the iPad, press and hold the key of the letter that needs the accent. A menu of possible accents will appear. Slide your finger over to the one you want, then let go to type the accented character.
Managing Moodle email
Does Moodle send you too many emails? You can choose to receive a daily digest of postings from all the Moodle forums you're subscribed to, rather than a separate email for each posting. Read more...
Update your IRIS directory photo
You don't like your IRIS directory photo? You can change it it! Log in to IRIS and click on "Information Update" under the "Personal Info" section. See your current photo in the "Profile" tab. Click "Edit Info" and follow the instructions to upload a new photo.