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Desktop Text Msconfig Prodikeys Change drive letter Capture YouTube
Share Google Calendars Table of Contents PPoint Page Turn Transitions
Office Network Save Finale Files as PDF Single Click w/o Control Panel CPS
Page # + Running Header SmartMusic
Change Clock from Military Time Enroll Students in BBoard Clear Java files
Copying Exams in Blackboard Blackboard Grading Formulas Blackboard Question Sets
Wireless router and unplug
DSL and unplug
Computer and wait 30 seconds
Plug in DSL and turn on (wait for it to recycle)
Plug in Wireless
To use the Prodikeys keyboard with a 3rd party MIDI software, simply select "Creative Prodikeys" as the MIDI Input device in the settings for MIDI devices.
(Make sure you have also selected the right MIDI Output device). And you are ready to use the Prodikeys with any of your favorite MIDI software.
Adding color behind desktop icons:
Click on Start > Control Panel > Look for an icon called System, **if it is not on this screen click the Performance and Maintenance icon, then find the System Icon from there.
After you’ve opened the system icon select the “Advanced” tab.
Now under where it says Performance click the Settings button, this will bring up the Performance Options window.
On the visual effects tab you should see a scroll bar, scroll to the bottom and look for a checked box with the caption “Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop” uncheck this box and hit “OK” to apply this.
To change the icon color go to the desktop and right click, then go to properties. Select the desktop tab, you should see a “Color” option near the bottom right, set this to whatever color you want.
How to use MSCONFIG
Here is how to use MSCONFIG in Windows XP to disable some of the unnecessary programs that automatically load on start-up. Disabling these programs will help your computer boot faster and crash less. [For step-by-step instructions on how to use MSCONFIG in other versions of Windows, please visit my main How to Use MSCONFIG page.]
1. In Windows XP, go to Start > Run
2. Type MSCONFIG in the "Open:" box and then either press enter on your keyboard or click on the OK button.
3. This launches Microsoft's System Configuration Utility. Click on the Startup tab (the tab at the far right).
4. This takes you to a page with a list of "startup items." Startup items are programs that are automatically loaded every time you turn on your computer. Some startup programs are absolutely necessary, others are simply a waste of RAM.
In Windows XP, all of Windows' essential programs are loaded through something called "Windows Services." This means that most of the startup items you see in XP are completely optional and can be turned off. However, a good rule of thumb is to disable only those programs that you recognize and don't need to have running all the time. When in doubt, leave it on. Or, better still, check out Paul "PacMan" Collins' huge "Startup Applications" list at http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php. This list of over 13,000 startup items you may encounter in MSCONFIG tells you which items are absolutely necessary, which items are optional, and which items you should definitely uncheck.
Here's a good example. On my computer I have a mess of MP3s and I listen to those MP3s with a program called WinAmp. For some reason or other, WinAmp decided that it should always be running on my computer even when I am not using the program. That's silly. To prevent WinAmp from automatically starting every time I boot my computer, I ran MSCONFIG and unchecked "WinampAgent." That's it.
Remember, disable only those programs that you recognize and don't need to have running all the time. When in doubt, leave it on.
5. Click on the OK button.
6. A message will pop up telling you that you must restart your computer before these changes will take effect. Click on "Yes" and your computer will automatically reboot.
7. That's it! Your computer should now boot faster and crash less.
And if you ever want to turn on any of the startup items you disabled with MSCONFIG, just run MSCONFIG again.
PowerPoint Page Turn Transition
First produce your slides! Then save the presentation but choose the option to save as "jpeg file interchange format" (You'll need to scroll down in the save as type box).
Now on slide 2 add from draw > autoshapes > basic shapes a "page curl" shape. You might want to make the curl more obvious with the yellow handle.
Right click and > format autoshape. In fill > color choose "fill effects > picture" and insert the saved jpeg of slide 1 (note the slide before!). Change line to "no line". Slide 2 should now look pretty much the same as slide 1!
Now give the page curl an exit animation of collapse > to left > medium speed and "with previous". Also add a with previous emphasis > grow 150% > medium speed.
Test this out.
If all is well copy and paste the page curl on to the next slide and use format autoshape to change the picture to the jpeg of slide 2. Continue!
Download a free .flv (flash movie player) such as VLC Media Player from://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Find the YouTube video and copy its URL
Navigate to www.dlyoutube.com or http://www.techcrunch.comget-youtube-movie/ and paste the URL there.
The program will download the file. It will send it to your computer to save it as a file called "get video" which is worthless until you . . .
Rename the file and add the extension .flv Example: SusyBanjo.flv
You can also purchase a program that will further convert the .flv to a .wmv file which Media Player (and others) Replay Converter is about $30
Enroll Students in Blackboard
Click on the 'Teach' tab
Select 'Student' role
Enter student's UID #, click 'Enroll' and then 'Save'
To unenroll, click on 'Teach' tab, check all students and unselect yourself and the demo-student, and click on 'unenroll' at the bottom right
Change Drive Letter
1. Right click "My Computer".
2. Drag down to "Manage" and click "Manage".
3. In the "Computer Management" sidebar click "Disk Management".
4. Right click on the drive letter you want to change.
5. Drag down to "Change Drive Letter and Paths..." click "Change Drive Letter and Paths...".
6. In the "Change Drive Letter and Paths for (drive letter:)" window, click "Change..."
7. In the "Change Drive Letter or Path" window click the dragdown selection box with the drive letter in it and click the letter you want the drive to be.
Table of Contents
Mark individual text entries
If you want the table of contents to include text that is not formatted as a heading, you can use this procedure to mark individual text entries.
Select the text that you want to include in your table of contents.
On the References tab, in the Table of Contents group, click Add Text.
Click the level that you want to label your selection, such as Level 1 for a main level display in the table of contents.
Repeat steps 1 through 3 until you have labeled all of the text that you want to appear in the table of contents.
Share Google Calendars
Click on your main calendar address
"Share this calendar"
Add e-mail address
Copying Exams in Blackboard
How to copy an exam from one course into another course
From the 'Build' tab of where the exam exists (may be in repository course), click on 'Assessments'.
Click the checkbox next to the exam you want to export
Click 'Export' at the bottom. It will pop up and ask you where you want to export it to. Make sure you're exporting it to your 'MyFiles'.
Name it the test name.
Go to the course you want to copy it to and click on the 'Build' tab.
Click on 'Manage Course', and click on 'Import'.
Navigate to your 'MyFiles' and select the newly created test file. Once you select it, it will unpack itself to your 'Assessments', and all you'll need to change are the quiz settings.
Blackboard grading formulas
Use the 'Average' function
Use a calculated column to get the average of each type of grade; i.e. SS/ET, Daily Work, Computer Lab assignments, etc.
Add each of these calculated grades the number of times it takes to weight it properly. For example, if it is weighted 25% of the grade, add it 5 times and add grades weighted 10% twice.
Blackboard Question Sets
To size notation graphics for test questions:
Use graphic in WebCT Test Files, or capture (with Jing) animated flash demos.
Open with Fireworks. Bottom left of the screen, multiply W and H by .75 to make the graphics smaller. Insert those numbers and save as to file.
To copy a question format (same answers in multiple choice, for example)
Set up original question and answer
For the next question, click on the question name of the first question and change the name
Make any other changes (for example a different selection of the multiple choice answers)
At the bottom, choose "Save as New" instead of "Save"
Save Finale files as PDF
Download PDF Creator (open source and free software)
Open the Finale file and choose "Print" from the File menu
Click "Setup" and choose PDF Creator from the drop down menu
Click OK and OK
When the PDF Creator window appears, "Save"
Single Click w/o Control Panel
Open 'My Computer'
Select Folder Options
Select 'single click' option
Clear Java Files
Change Blackboard Clock from Military Time
12 hour clock
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