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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.

Format: 2021
Format: 2021-10

Tech Bits: Countdown to Semester Start - 41 Days (Faculty & Staff)

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:

Administrators/ Employees


Tech Bits: Try Out the Lookup Feature in Office Documents (Faculty & Staff)

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.


Tech Bits: Clear Your Smartphone Cache to Improve Browser Performance (Faculty & Staff)

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:



Tech Bits: Share Screens During Your Online Meeting (Students)

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.”


Tech Bits: Does Your Phone Have the Latest Update?

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: