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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: 2019
Format: 2019-02

Tech Bits: Customize Images in Your Next PowerPoint (Students)

You love how your PowerPoint presentation is turning out except for a little image has a color that doesn't go well with your color scheme. Try using a PowerPoint feature that lets you change a color within the graphic or make it transparent. The feature works best on images that contain simple shapes with solid colors, such as logos and clip art. 

Try it out:


Tech Bits: Collect Those Little Notes with Google Keep

Inundated with random bits of information, such as reminders, to-dos or short notes? Does your wallet or pocketbook bulge with scraps of paper? If so, consider getting organized with Google Keep

Google Keep provides an easy, colorful way to create and organize quick notes, to-do lists and reminders. 

With Google Keep you can: 


Tech Bits: Review Documents in Google Team Drive (Faculty & Staff)

Still relying on email to send documents back and forth to be reviewed or edited? If so, do you find it a challenge to locate and keep track of the latest versions? Consider another way -- Google Team Drive.

A Google Team Drive is a shared, collaborative space where a group can store, manage and edit files. It is similar to My Drive in a Google account, except that the files are co-owned and managed by the team rather than by an individual.

To access Team Drive:


Tech Bits: Search Your Email More Efficiently (Students)

When our email accounts flood with messages, we often have to dig through our inboxes to find the message we're looking for. 

You can save time by entering certain phrases, known as "operators," into the Gmail search bar box. These operators help you locate a specific email you'd like to retrieve. 

Frequently used operators are listed below.