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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: 2019-08

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. 


Tech Bits: Quick Word Tip for Placing Text & Graphics (Students)

In Microsoft Word, you can quickly create a custom layout "on the fly" by double-clicking anywhere on a page and typing or inserting a graphic. Your items do not need to be aligned in any way. You also don't need to pre-position the cursor using the Enter, tab or spacebar keys.

Consider using this feature for handouts, flyers or brainstorming/mindmapping sessions. Note that you must be in Print or Web Layout view (under the View menu).


Tech Bits: Activate Night Mode on your Smartphone

Laying in bed with your phone at night is a nice, relaxing way to catch up on some reading. However, the bright light that your phone gives off might be too illuminating, and cause eye strain, if you're in a dark room. If this happens to you, you may want to activate night mode on your smartphone.