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Information Technology Services produces technology news items called TECH Bits geared primarily to Temple University faculty and staff. TECH Bits are distributed via e-mail on a weekly basis during the semester. An archive of these messages appears below. For more information about Temple resources, visit the Faculty or Staff websites.
Are you ready? The fall semester is coming fast. If you have any technology needs, now is the time to get your requests in. Soon Information Technology Services staff will be busy assisting students. Below are a few items to consider:
Ever create a PowerPoint containing a number of slides that need editing before it’s ready to go? Instead of scrolling through slide by slide to edit, try organizing your slides into sections.
If you're working on a document in Word, Excel or PowerPoint 2016 and you're not sure about using a word or reference or particular terminology, stay in the program and try out Smart Lookup:
Highlight the word, right click and select Smart Lookup.
Highlight the word, click Review on the menu and then Smart Lookup.
To keep web browser performance running smoothly on your smartphone, it’s a good idea to periodically clear out the browser cache (pronounced cash). The cache is a holding area where your phone temporarily places web pages that you've viewed.
The web browser also saves cookies, such as your shopping preferences for various web sites, and a history of the web addresses you have visited.
As the cache fills up, it can slow down your browser's performance. To resolve this issue, do some digital housekeeping by following the instructions below:
In a previous Tech Bit, we featured how to set up a quick online meeting and share out the meeting computer screen with a classmate(s). Building on that topic, learn now how your classmate(s) can share their screen(s) too by “passing the ball.”
In a previous Tech Bit, we featured how to set up a quick online meeting and share out the meeting computer screen with a colleague. Building on that topic, learn now how your colleague(s) can share their screen(s) too by “passing the ball.”
The last thing you need during this busy time of the semester is to lose all the work you've done on your papers and projects. To avoid this risk, back up your work in the cloud using Temple's free cloud-based storage options:
These resources enable you to access your files from anywhere and to easily collaborate on projects.
Did you know that you can quickly add a screenshot or a portion of a screen to your Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint 2016 files?
To try out the Screenshot feature:
Apple and Google release software updates for your smartphone on a regular basis. It's important that you install these updates because they include security patches, bug fixes and new features.
At least once a month, check to see if you need to install any updates: