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Time-Saving Tech Tips

Friday, September 03, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)

Will there come a time when people can’t remember what “www” stands for? These days, you’re less likely to hear the full name, “World Wide Web,” as you are the shorter term of Web. Not only that, you don’t have to type “www” in your browser’s address bar anymore. Just start right after that – e-zekiel.com, for example – and you’ll get where you’re going.

To save a few other keystrokes here and there, keep these tips in mind.

  • When you’re on a Web page and want to scroll one screen down, simply tap the space bar. To go back up a screen, press the shift key and tap the space bar.
  • To highlight a word in any document, Web page or email, double-click the word.
  • To toggle between open apps, press the Alt key and the tab key.

How to Make Free Video Calls

Friday, August 27, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Technology provides remarkable ways to stay in touch. Video calls through Skype are one example. You can hear from church members on mission, talk to your own college kids some distance away, communicate with deployed service members, see your grandchildren grow up in front of your eyes – all in front of your computer, with an Internet connection, a Web cam and a free Skype membership. As their promotions say, Skype lets you “do amazing things for free,” including voice and video calls to anyone else on Skype, conference calls with three or more people, as well as instant messaging, file transfer and screen sharing. Find out more at www.skype.com.

Compatibility among Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Friday, August 20, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
If you’re using a 2003 version of Microsoft Word and receive a document from someone using a 2007 version of Microsoft Word, you may notice the extension “.docx” while also realizing that you can’t open the document. Fortunately, Microsoft offers a free compatibility pack that will allow an older version of Word to open documents created by the newer version of Word.  It’s called the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint File Formats, and it allows you to open, edit, and save documents, workbooks, and presentations in the Open XML file formats introduced with Office 2007. Find the download site here:

Fast Pass to Desktop

Friday, August 13, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
If it’s been your habit of closing (or minimizing) all windows in order to get to your desktop, there’s a faster way.  You can hide all windows at once by pressing the Windows key and the letter “D”.  (The default for Mac users is F11.)  To get back to what you were doing, press the same keys again. Another good tip: you can get to the start menu by pressing the Windows key.

Assistance with Scheduling Meetings

Friday, August 06, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
One of the difficulties of working with a large group of volunteers is scheduling meetings at a convenient time for attendees. Technology offers assistance in managing the details of times, dates, locations and confirmations. For example, Meeting Wizard, accessed at www.meetingwizard.com, is a free online resource for coordinating meeting requests. The organizer can send out a request to an email distribution list with the meeting topic and suggested dates and times. The recipients can then either select preferred dates among those suggested or confirm attendance for the particular meeting date. It’s one of many free, handy organizational tools on the Web.

Creating Links in Content

Friday, July 23, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Nearly all Web pages have hyperlinks, or links, within the content. Some of these are text and are typically blue and underlined. Some are images. Either way, you’ll know you’ve found a link when your cursor arrow becomes a small hand, and you can click your way to a new page, another section of the current page, or another site entirely.
Wikipedia, for example, offer links that visitors can click for see related entries. Some articles use links to identify source material. Links can be used to take viewers from promotional information to a registration form. When staff names are mentioned in content, links can be added to make contact information immediately available.
Are you using links within your site content? It’s easy to do. Click to learn more.

Additionally, here’s where you can learn how to link to a newsletter.

Wrapping Text around an Image

Friday, July 09, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
If you’ve got a question for Customer Support, chances are, someone else has asked it too. One of the most common questions has to do with how to place pictures on a page – and how to align that picture with text.
Getting text to wrap around the image is really quite simple. First, insert the image by placing the cursor in the desired location, then click the editor icon for insert/edit image. A dialog box will open allowing you to select the image from MyFiles (and you’ll be instructed to resize if needed). Next, click on the image, then right click, and the dialog box will open.  Use the “align” drop-down section to select where to place the text in relation to the image (to the right or to the left, for instance).
Here are two online “help” locations that can tell you more. Click here to learn how to insert and edit images. And follow this link to learn how to get text on your page to wrap around an image.

Independence Day Schedule

Friday, July 02, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
It’s time once again to celebrate our nation’s independence. With the Fourth of July falling on Sunday this year, E-zekiel customer support staff will observe the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 5.
The roots of Independence Day date back to 1776. In June of that year, a committee headed by Thomas Jefferson set out to compose a Declaration of Independence from Britain’s rule. Jefferson was joined in this work by fellow committee members John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Philip Livingston and Roger Sherman. The final draft of the document was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, and John Hancock was the first to affix his signature. As an interesting side note of history, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on July 4, 1826, the fiftieth anniversary of this pivotal historical moment.

The Impact of Image Size on Load Times

Friday, June 18, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
The size of your images can affect the time it takes for your page to load, which could keep some visitors waiting impatiently for your page to fill the screen. Generally image file size should not go above 100KB and should preferably be somewhere around 40 KB. As a rule of thumb, compress your images as much as possible until you notice obvious pixilation (think of that as a grainy look). Though some photos may need to be larger, most photos will still look very nice when compressed to 65% of their original size using the JPG format – some, in fact, can be compressed even further and still look nice. Also, keep in mind that larger image sizes reduce your storage space in My Files.

Creating and Using Shortcuts

Friday, June 11, 2010 View Comments Comments (0)
Want to give someone a shortcut to a particular page on your site? Obvious answer: create a shortcut. Shortcut, in Web terms, means that you’re describing your page in a word or brief phrase (no spaces). This phrase is added to the end of your site’s URL and gives an easy reference point to access a page quickly – without having to navigate the site to find it. Example: www.mychurchsite.com/youthchoirtour.
Only letters, numbers, and underscores can be used in the shortcut field, and you’ll want to keep your shortcuts easy to spell and easy to remember. They’re not case sensitive.
Shortcuts can’t be duplicated within any manager.  If you want to use shortcuts in managers other than the Pages manager, you will need to enter a shortcut on the Manager Setting tab of each manager in order for the shortcuts to the items within that manager to work (i.e. yourdomain.com/managershortcut/itemshortcut). So, if you are creating a shortcut for a photo album, the word “album” will be a part of the URL – like so, www.mychurchsite.com/albums/summerfun.
See Pages manager > Shortcut for a full explanation of the shortcut capabilities.