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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Thursday, December 25, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Wow, this year has gone by fast. It will be interesting to see how we all look back at 2008 in a few years. We're so thankful that we have the greatest customers from all over the world! Did you know that there are more than 9,000 churches, organizations and ministries using the E-zekiel platform? What a blessing!
Thank you all for allowing us to be a part of your lives and ministry, we're looking forward to an even better 2009.

Customer Support Holiday Schedule

Friday, December 19, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Questions about E-zekiel? We're glad to help, but please be aware that our customer support staff will be taking time off during the holidays. Customer support will not be available on December 24, 25, 26 and January 1.

How to Learn New Skills

Tuesday, December 09, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Want to brush up on your software skills or learn new ones?  Try MindLeaders online courses — available now at E-zekiel.com.  You can learn business software like MS Word or Excel or delve into the world of web development with courses like Photoshop and Design & Graphics. Included tools allow you to use a skill assessment to skip over the material that you already know, track and save your progress through the course, search for particular topics, even print a certificate when you've successfully completed the course.  To find out more, visit www.e-zekiel.com/mindleaders.

Album Access

Friday, December 05, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Who can see the photo albums on your site?  The range varies.  Anyone can view an album if you indicate in your initial settings that it should be promoted on your home page.  But you also have options to narrow viewing for all albums or select albums depending on your package.
Once you save the album for the first time, you may see one tab, two tabs or no tabs.  If you have a package that includes the Group Manager, you will see a Personalization tab.  This tab enables you to clarify the groups that can see the album link when you indicate that it should be displayed on the home page.  If you subscribe to a package that includes the Community Builder, you will see a Group Access tab.  This is where you can pinpoint more specifically who can view the album.
For others, if you want to limit viewing through the creation of shortcuts, here's what you'd do.  In the details section for your main album page, indicate "yes" or "no" on whether you want to "Promote on Home Page."  (Say "no" if you don't want any albums displayed on Home Page, or "yes" if you want some or all displayed.)  Then fill in the shortcut blank with a shortcut ("albums," for instance).  Later, as you create a specific photo album, you'll get the same options.  To keep the viewing limited, indicate "no" in the "Promote on Home Page," then fill in the shortcut blank with a shortcut title ("holidayphotos," for instance).  Distribute your address with shortcut to anyone that you’d like to see the albums.

Creating a Photo Album for Your Site

Tuesday, December 02, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Have you used the Albums manager to create a photo album for your site?  If not, why not give it a try?  Start by creating a main Albums page with preferred manager settings, and then you're ready to add new albums.  As you create and save an album for the first time, the section for adding images appears at the bottom of the page.  Use the "plus" sign to add photos from the images you upload to My Files.  But please note, as you try to insert a photo, you may be asked to resize it.  To resize the image, you give the item a new width (in pixels), and the height will adjust accordingly.  The size adjusts as you enter numbers, so you can keep trying until you get it like you want it.  In any case, you'll want the overall approximate size to be no larger than 40 KB.

Customer Support Thanksgiving Schedule

Friday, November 21, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Questions about E-zekiel? We're glad to help, but please be aware that our customer support staff will be taking time off during Thanksgiving. Support by phone and email will not be available on November 27 and November 28. Customer support will again be available on Monday, December 1. (Regular hours are weekdays from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. CT.)

Avoid Slow Load Times

Tuesday, November 18, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Websites are like a design smorgasbord – you can add almost any bell or whistle or image or file to your Web page that you want.   But while you can do more and do it better, you'd be wise to remember that, technologically speaking, not everyone's on the same page.  Some homes and businesses have super high-speed connections, some are still on dialup.  To serve the most the best way possible, try to meet in the middle – particularly with your load times.
Yes, we know.  It's a miracle we can send email across the globe at a moment's notice, but is it too much to ask that it go just a "little bit faster?"  The same could be asked by your site visitors when they try to access your site, and it takes "way too long."  How much is too long?  The old model was about eight seconds.  Think "shorter time frame" now.  If you've got about four or five seconds to convey your message once the visitor reaches the site, you sure don't want to use up much of that valuable time in loading the page.
Limiting your graphics is the best way to decrease load time.  But if you're system is too fast to test it adequately, why not find someone you know who's still on dialup, and see how the website experience goes when the pace slows?

Selecting Hidden PowerPoint Objects

Friday, November 14, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
What you see is what you get?  Not always.  Sometimes, on a PowerPoint slide, objects can get hidden behind other objects as they stack on top of each other.  So how do you get to the hidden object, or select the smaller object, without moving the other?  Follow these steps:
  • Click the mouse outside the slide area or press the Esc key on the keyboard.  Make sure nothing on the slide is currently selected.
  • Using the Tab key, cycle through the graphic objects until the one you want to edit is selected.
  • Edit the object.

Fitting Tables Within Margins in Word

Friday, November 07, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Microsoft Word 2000 (or a later version) gives you an easy way to put tables within the confines your document’s margins – even if they’re too wide. All you have to do is:
  1. Right-click anywhere within the table for Word to display the Context menu.
  2. Click on AutoFit, and Word will display a submenu.
  3. Within the submenu, choose AutoFit to Window. 
With Word 97, the steps go like this:
  1. Select the entire table.
  2. Choose Cell Height and Width from the Table menu. The Cell Height and Width dialog box will display.
  3. Make sure the Column tab is selected.
  4. Adjust the Width of Column setting to make sure it says Auto.
  5. Click on the OK button.
Now each of the table’s column widths are set evenly, and the table fits from margin to margin.

Election Day - November 4

Tuesday, November 04, 2008 View Comments Comments (0)
Maybe you've heard?  Election day for federal, state and local office holders across the nation is today!  Record turnouts are predicted at voting places across the country, so be prepared, be patient, be prayerful – and don't forget to vote!