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Software Tips & Tricks

Technology Training offers drop-in Open Lab hours and formal hands-on classes, but sometimes all you need is a quick tip. Software Tips & Tricks is a collection of some of the best hints we've discovered to make your computing more productive.

  •  More Free Stock Photos

    Source: harrykeely @ Stock.xchg

    As a follow up to our other post on free stock photos, here are a few more sites where you can find images for your projects:

    • AP Images Database through the University Library provides access to a collection of over 500,000 photos from the Associated Press, featuring state, regional and national photos from North America, as well as international photos, some dating back as far as 1844. The content of the AP Photo Archives is licensed for non-commercial, educational use.
    • Creative Commons search allows you to find images that are licensed for you to share, remix, or reuse.
    • has thousands of royalty free photos and illustrations for websites, newspapers, magazines, video and TV productions, iPhone applications, PowerPoint presentations, forums, blogs and school work.
    • is a stock photo sharing website where designers and photographers can meet to share their images. All images on this site are free for personal and non-commercial usage.
  •  Computer Hygiene: Defragment your Hard Drive

    Fragmentation and defragmentation by XZise from Wikipedia
    Learn about fragmentation and how to keep your computer running smoothly.
  •  Adobe Flash Tutorials

    If you want to learn Flash, W3Schools has a handful of introductory tutorials on how to create Flash animations and put them on a web page. Start with their introduction to Flash to learn what Flash is and why you would want to use it.

    Entheos also offers free tutorials on their website.

  •  Green Computing Tips for Earth Day

    Photo credit: Computer Port,
    Yes, you can really "green" the way you use computers. Green Computing is "designing, manufacturing, using, and disposing of computers, servers, and associated subsystems" in an environmentally sustainable way. Get ready for Earth Day (April 22) by trying out these green computing tips. Of course, they're good for anytime of the year.
  •  Use 'Resend' to Correct Appointments or Email

    If you ever need to retract or make changes to an appointment you've sent out, you can right-click the appointment in your calendar and choose "Resend". This will open up the appointment window, allowing you to make changes.

    When you click "Send", GroupWise will give you the option of retracting the original message from recipients' mailboxes, instead of duplicating appointments.

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