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E-zekiel.com Gets a New Look

Tuesday, October 02, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
If you've visited E-zekiel.com lately, you've noticed the new E-zekiel design. We've also made some exciting changes in the application as well as the E-zekiel logo and tag line. To read more about these updates, read this month's E-zekiel News and Updates.

Add a Layer of Security When Collecting Sensitive Information

Friday, September 28, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
As we mentioned earlier, forms are a great way to collect volunteer names, interests and contact information for upcoming events.  You'll also be glad to know that when information is sensitive or private, you have the option to add a layer of security.
After you have created a form, simply right-click on the form and select "Form Properties." In the dialog box that appears, click "Use Other Processor" button. When the "Explorer User Prompt" window opens, use your mouse or the arrow key to navigate to the beginning of the URL line. Just before the forward slash, enter the following: https://secure.websrvcs.com
Click "OK." Then click "OK" again in the dialog box and you're done!

Sending Out a Call for Volunteers

Tuesday, September 25, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Churches are surely among the largest volunteer organizations of any type. Every Sunday, volunteers are keeping nurseries, teaching classes, greeting visitors, recording attendance, directing parking, running sound systems and so on and so on. The next few months will see these needs brought into greater focus with family festivals, Christmas programs, concerts and more.
While the need for people to fill volunteer slots may be never-ending, the use of forms on your E-zekiel site can help you collect names, contact information, interests and abilities for any volunteer area.
On a page promoting an upcoming Christmas performance, for instance, you could provide a drop-down menu of volunteer opportunities – costumes, set construction, parking attendees, donation collection, decorations, etc.  A site visitor could then choose how they want to help. Add a few identification fields for them to fill in, and you'll have a name you can call on whether it's for a critical assignment, a routine task or anything in between.

Beware of Insert Key

Friday, September 21, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Don't you hate when this happens?  You're typing along in, say, a Word document when a little slip of the finger causes you to overwrite the words you were trying to edit.  That's because you just pressed the Insert key, which is typically the default mode on a PC, and now you're in overwrite mode.  So the words and punctuation you'd usually be able to insert are now writing over what was already there.  The solution is simple:  press the Insert key again, and you're back in Insert mode.

Email Spell Check Shortcut

Friday, September 14, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Proofreading is a necessary, yet time-consuming, task. Our haste in writing emails can easily lead to the most common reason to proofread - spelling errors.

So why not let the computer help? For Windows users, try F7. When you're typing in an email program like Outlook, just hit the F7 key to spell check before you send. Mac users will notice spell check happens automatically when they mistype a word by seeing a dashed red underline. A quick right click (or control click) on the word will show you possible corrections.

Save Early and Often

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
If you're editing your website on a computer that's not easily accessible by others, you should consider checking the "Keep Me Logged In" box on the login screen. Otherwise, you will want to remember to save early and often to avoid losing your work. That's because when the "Keep Me Logged In" box is not checked, your editing session will automatically end after 20 minutes of inactivity to keep your website content safe. Each time you save, navigate to a new page or switch managers the application extends your session by another 20 minutes.

Toggling between programs

Friday, September 07, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
Today's computers are loaded with programs that keep us working efficiently, connect us to the world, and let us enjoy a little entertainment all at the same time.  So when you've got your email, your web browser, your music player and your latest presentation in the works, what's the quickest way to move from one program to another?  Well, it begins with the most fun-sounding word in all of computer-land:  toggle.
To toggle from one program to another, simply press Alt + Tab (that's for PC users; Mac users press Cmd + Tab).  Your computer screen will display a box showing all the programs and files you have open.  While keeping the Alt key pressed down, you press the Tab key to move from one program to the next until you reach the one you want.  Release the Alt key, and that's the program that comes up.

How to Find What You're Looking For

Friday, August 31, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
With all the bells and whistles of Internet communication, sometimes it’s easy to overlook the simplest tricks of computer technology.  But here’s a good one to keep in mind.

If you're looking for a word or phrase on a web page, try typing Ctrl + F (Cmd + F for Mac users) simultaneously on your keyboard. A Find window (or bar near the bottom of your screen) will appear where you can search for anything on the web page. You can also use this same trick to search through a file while using any other application on your computer.

The Purpose of the Coordinators Tab

Tuesday, August 28, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
If you subscribe to a package which contains the People Manager (Silver and above), you've probably noticed that many of the managers in your Control Panel have a Coordinators tab.  That's a tab that can be used to give certain people in your People Manager the ability to manage just that one part of your website.
Let's say you have a volunteer who is a member of your organization and is willing to manage an area of the site such as the Event Manager.  As long as you have this person listed in the People Manager and have an email address for them on the Contacts tab of their record, you can choose them on the Coordinators tab of the Event Manager.  Once that's done, they will be able to log in and manage only the Event Manager.  So now you've got a way to let them assist you in maintaining a part of your site – without having to turn over full access to the entire site.

Changing a Bullet Symbol

Friday, August 24, 2007 View Comments Comments (0)
When creating a bulleted list on your web page, you can change the default bullet properties by completing the following steps:
  • In the Editor, insert your cursor where the bulleted list will be.
  • Select the "Insert/Remove Bulleted List" icon in the toolbar.
  • Position your cursor on the bullet and right-click your mouse.
  • Choose "Bulleted List Properties".
  • In the dialog box, click on the "Type" down arrow.
  • Make your selection from the dropdown menu.
  • Click OK.