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Inserting an Em Dash

Friday, June 20, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
An em dash is a long dash.  It appears as the length of three hyphens, but it only takes two to create.  With Word 95 and later, you can insert an em dash by typing a word, then proceeding without a space and typing two hyphens, then proceeding without a space and typing the next word.  Word automatically replaces the hyphens with the em dash.  If that capability is turned off in your software, you can press CTRL+ALT+MINUS (on the numeric keypad).  Or you can go to the Insert menu, choose Symbol, click the Special Characters tab, and select Em Dash.  The latter two options work in any version of Word.

Counting Home Page Hits

Tuesday, June 17, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
E-zekiel automatically counts how many times your home page has been viewed.  You'll find that number when you sign into your Control Panel and click on the Statistics manager icon.  If you'd like to start the count over, you can do so simply by clicking the "Reset counter to zero" link.

Email Newsletters Build Community

Friday, June 13, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Email newsletters are a good way to reach targeted audiences by sending timely information right to your member's inbox. You can use them to promote upcoming events, alert others to prayer needs, or remind committees about scheduled meetings.  There are many other uses too that basically serve the purpose of providing useful information to people who would want or need to know.  As members feel more informed, they also feel more involved in decisions and activities.  And increased involvement builds community.

Adding a Newsletter to Your Site

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
A church or ministry website is a logical place to post a newsletter – whether as a follow up to one you've already printed and mailed or as an electronic alternative to the traditional method.  E-zekiel gives you several options for adding a newsletter:
The Syndication Manager – Use the same steps you would for creating a blog and allow visitors to subscribe to your newsletter.
Uploaded Document – Upload a newsletter that may have been created in a PDF or Word document to your "My Files" area, then create a link to the newsletter document.
New Page – A third option is to create the newsletter as a new page and add the content as you would add any content inside the editor.

Register Now for Web Training on Site Customization

Tuesday, June 03, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for an important web session on customizing your site with Groups and People managers.         
Thursday, June 12, 3 PM – 4 PM CT
Did you know that you can use the Groups and People Managers to fully customize the information your visitors see and receive while viewing your site?  Attend this web session to find out how.  Information presented will require both Groups and People Managers in order to be implemented.  Some topics covered may require the Community Builder feature as well.  Visit E-zekiel Training to sign up.

Google Customers Target of Phishing Scam

Friday, May 30, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
If you're a Google customer (or even if you're not), someone could be "phishing" for your personal financial information.  Phishing is a scam where the perpetrator sends an email with an official-looking address that intends to trick the recipient into revealing sensitive financial information.
Google customers have recently reported receiving supposedly official correspondence from such addresses as support@google.com or adwords-noreply@google.com.  If customers click the link, they're taken to a fake site that asks you to divulge your account information or credit card numbers.  The messages might say something like:
Dear Google AdWords Customer,
We were unable to process your payment.
Your ads will be suspended soon unless we can process your payment.
To prevent your ads from being suspended, please update your payment information.
Even if the links look official don't click on them. If you would like to check your account, go to Google AdWords and log in as you normally would.

A Special Way to Paste

Friday, May 23, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Have you ever wondered what "Paste Special" means in the Word Edit menu?  This is a means by which you can get text that has been copied and pasted to match the formatting of the destination document.  Generally, as you copy text from the Web or a document into a Word file, you'll retain the typeface, text color and font size of the original.  To change the formatting to match its new location as it arrives, copy highlighted text, go to the destination document, click Edit, then Paste Special.  Choose Unformatted Text, click OK.

Breaks in Bulleted Lists

Friday, May 16, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Word processing software can be so "helpful" sometimes that you can start to wonder why it won't let you do what you want to do.  Take creating a bulleted list, for example.  In Word, that's easy to do – assuming you only want a list of bullets.  You go to Format, click Bullets and Numbering, then select the bullet style you prefer.
But what if in the middle of this list, you have a line that doesn't need a bullet (example:  when a bullet has copy that needs to be divided into more than one paragraph).  Actually, that's easy too.  You can start a new line without a bullet simply by pressing Shift and Enter.  Then, when you're done with that content and press the Enter key again, the new line will continue the bulleted or numbered list.  This works the same in PowerPoint too.

Register Now for Pages Web Training

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Make your plans to join us via Internet and telephone for an important web session on creating great pages.    
Pages Manager: Helpful Hints and Tips for Creating Great Pages
Wednesday, May 21, 2 PM – 3 PM CDT
The Pages Manager is perhaps the most important manager within your site.  It is certainly used more than any other manager.  It is, after all, where most of the pages in your site are created and maintained.  In this session, we'll look at the various capabilities of the Pages Manager including search-friendly page setup as well as tools on the editor toolbar such as hyperlinks, images, and tables.  Join us for the how-tos and helpful hints of the Pages Manager!

What is Phishing and How to Avoid It

Tuesday, May 06, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Have you received email from banks – yours or any other that you've ever heard of – alerting you to "security updates" and the like?  That's likely a phishing expedition that does not have your best interest at heart.
The Federal Trade Commission describes phishing as "a scam where Internet fraudsters send spam or pop-up messages to lure personal and financial information from unsuspecting victims."   To avoid getting hooked, the FTC makes several recommendations:
  • Don't reply to email or pop-up messages that ask for personal  or financial information, and don't click on links in the message.
  • Don't cut and paste a link from the message into your Web browser — phishers can make links look like they go one place, but that actually send you to a different site.
  • Some scammers send an email that appears to be from a legitimate business and ask you to call a phone number to update your account or access a "refund." Because they use Voice over Internet Protocol technology, the area code you call does not reflect where the scammers really are. If you need to reach an organization you do business with, call the number on your financial statements or on the back of your credit card.
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, as well as a firewall, and update them all regularly.
  • Don't email personal or financial information.
  • Review credit card and bank account statements as soon as you receive them to check for unauthorized charges.
  • Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails you receive, regardless of who sent them.
  • Forward phishing emails to spam@uce.gov – and to the company, bank, or organization impersonated in the phishing email. You also may report phishing email to reportphishing@antiphishing.org. The Anti-Phishing Working Group, a consortium of ISPs, security vendors, financial institutions and law enforcement agencies, uses these reports to fight phishing.
If you've been scammed, visit the Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft website at ftc.gov/idtheft.