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TECH Bits

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
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2018-04-04

Tech Bit Tip: Easily convert text to a table in Word (Faculty & Staff)

Ever get halfway done writing a report then realize that the information in one paragraph would look better in a table format? Tables are great to help organize those confusing thoughts/processes and make them clear for your audience to understand. Luckily, a feature in Microsoft Word allows you to easily convert text to a table or switch table to text. 

Convert Text to a Table 

2018-04-04

Tech Bit Tip: Easily convert text to a table in Word (Students)

Ever get halfway done writing a lab report then realize that the information in one paragraph would look better in a table format? Tables are great to help organize those confusing thoughts/processes and make them clear for your audience to understand. Luckily, a feature in Microsoft Word allows you to easily convert text to a table or switch table to text. 

Convert Text to a Table 

2018-03-13

Tech Bits: Quick Tip to Cleanly Paste Text into an Online Form (Students)

Alas, Spring Break is over and filling out those applications for summer jobs/internships are now on your mind. Writing a cover letter can be the worst part about the application, especially when copying and pasting it from Word messes up the formatting of it in the online application. 

Next time, use a quick keyboard shortcut to copy and paste the text from Word and convert it into plain text. Note: The plain text version will remove standard formatting, like bold, underline and hyperlinks, but will retain bullets. 

2018-02-27

Tech Bits: Unsecured Wireless Networks - Convenient but Risky (Students)

Traveling this spring break? Airport terminals, shopping malls and even your local coffee shop often have unsecured wireless networks that don't require log-in credentials. Using them is a risk. They put you on a network with many other people, and some users on the network may be looking to intercept any personal information you enter. 

Lightly browsing the web, and having proper firewall and security software running on your computer, makes the risk not as great, but you should never enter any of these things on a site while using an unsecured wireless network: 

2018-02-07

Tech Bits: Customize Images in Your Next PowerPoint (Faculty & Staff)

You love how your PowerPoint presentation is turning out except for a little thing...one 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: 

2018-02-06

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

You love how your PowerPoint presentation is turning out except for a little thing...one 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:

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