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Comparing two folders in Windows

Have you been in the situation where you have two folders that are almost exactly identical, and you want to know the difference between the two folders? Maybe you want to compare the System32 folder of one computer with that of another, to make sure they both have the same drivers. Checking for differences between folders in Windows is pretty simple, but is a bit hidden from plain view.

For the sake of this tutorial, consider that we FolderA and FolderB, both on the Desktop, and we want to see the difference in the folders’ contents. To do this, we will make use of the Windows Command Processor, which is also known as the Command Prompt.

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next.iu decision: IU chooses Canvas

To keep Oncourse, or not to keep Oncourse, that was the question…

…and now we have an answer. Over the next two years, Indiana University will be transitioning away from Oncourse as our learning management system (or LMS, for those who like acronyms and abbreviations), in favor of a new LMS called Canvas. Canvas is offered by a company named Instructure, and as we at IU start moving over, we’ll have a series on this blog detailing some of the neat new features that Canvas has to offer.

Ready to learn more about Canvas? Try these links to start with:

Perhaps some of these features will lead you to switch your course management to Canvas long before Oncourse is retired.  I know once I saw the Calendar tool, I was a huge fan. More to come!

Word: Removing unneeded line break after a table

Found a really great tip the other day over at Penn State. Unfortunately the page is now giving me a 404 error, so I’m reproducing the tip here.

Have you ever added a table to a the end of Word document and ended with an extra page that you couldn’t get rid of? The problem is that when you add a table at the end of a Word document, Word automatically adds paragraph mark after a table.

Most of time this paragraph doesn’t cause a problem, but sometimes there isn’t room for the paragraph at the end of the document and you end up with an extra blank page.

To get rid of the extra page:

  1. Open the document.
  2. If necessary, go to the Home tab on the ribbon.
  3. Turn on the formatting codes by clicking the Show/Hide Button. See Figure 1.

    Image showing the location of the Show/Hide button on the Home tab of Word.

    Figure 1

  4. Find and select the extra paragraph mark.
  5. To open the Font properties dialog box, click the dialog box launcher. See Figure 2.

    image showing location of the font dialog box launcher

    Figure 2

  6. In the Effect section of the Font dialog box, select the Hidden checkbox. See Figure 3.

    Image showing the Fonts dialog box with the Effects Hidden option location highlighted

    Figure 3

  7. Click OK to accept the changes.When you look at the page, it appears the extra space is still there.
  8. Turn off the formatting codes by clicking the Show/Hide button again.

You now should see the document without the extra page.

Daily Chuckle

…heard a good one on the way to work this morning, and I thought others might enjoy it, too.

Why didn’t they call iPhone chargers “apple juice?”   
 

SIS Glossary

Are you a new IU staff member who is also new to using the Student Information System (SIS)?  Are you trying to find more information about what certain terms in SIS mean?  If so, click here to see the SIS Glossary of terms and definitions.  Don’t forget to use the alphabet at the top of the page. Click on the first letter of the term you are searching for and this will move you directly to that particular section of the glossary.

Poll Your Audience – No Clickers Needed

Last October, at the Statewide IT Conference in Bloomington, Brad Wheeler, one of the best presenters that I have ever had the privilege of watching, took questions from the crowd via Smartphone. I didn’t think much about it at the time, but yesterday, when I saw an advertisement for a new cloud-based application called sli.do, I wondered if that was what Brad had used during his presentation.

I decided to check out this application to see if it might be useful for the trainers in our department.

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Happy Birthday, World Wide Web!

Looking for something to celebrate today? If so, you’re in luck, because today is the 25th birthday of the world wide web.

Birthday Cake
 

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Help! I Can’t See the Unread Mail Envelope Icon on the Taskbar!

NCT submitted this comment on the blog article titled Change Fonts in Outlook 2013:

“Help! I cannot see the unread mail envelope on the taskbar, and I have come
to rely on that. Is there a way to change the appearance of the icon so
that it stands out more?”

NCT is referring to the first icon shown on the taskbar below:

mail_icon

This envelope icon appears when you receive a new message in Outlook 2013, but as you can see in the image above, it is not easy to see. The light orange color of the image doesn’t show up well on the transparent taskbar.

While there is no easy way to change the look of the icon itself, you can customize your taskbar so that the icon will stand out better. To customize the look of the taskbar when running Windows 7, follow these directions:

  1. Click on the Start Orb.
  2. Point to Control panel.
  3. Click on Personalization.
  4. At the bottom of the new window, you see:
    icons at bottom of Personalization windowClick on the Window Color icon.
  5. A new menu appears:
    Window Color and Appearance window
  6. Click on the color swatch that you prefer. One of the darker colors will provide the most contrast.
  7. Press and drag the Color intensity slider all the way to the right.
  8. Click on the Save changes button.
  9. Preview the results in the bottom right corner of your screen:

darker_colored_taskbar

If you aren’t happy with the way the taskbar now looks, repeat these steps and choose a different color. You can also expand the “Show color mixer” section, and experiment with the hue, saturation, and brightness of the window elements.

Weather Information in Outlook 2013

Did you know that you can get weather information directly from Outlook? If you are using Outlook 2013, simply open the Calendar view and look just to the left of the search box. You will see the name of a city, and the forecasted temperatures in that city for the next 3 days.

outlook weather info

If you are not in the city listed, click on the drop-down arrow next to the city name and change it.

drop-down menu for selecting city

If you want additional information about the weather, hover your mouse over any of the days shown and a pop-up will appear, displaying wind speed, humidity, and precipitation.

weather pop-up

VoiceThread: The Least You Need to Know

VoiceThread is a new courseware tool available to IU faculty and students. It is a Web-based digital storytelling system that enables instructors and students to upload pictures or documents, record accompanying audio or video commentary, and invite others to record commentary as well.  Users can create virtual tours, post reports or presentations, comment on historically significant photographs, debate topics, and much more. VoiceThread is available through Oncourse, IU’s Leaning Management system.

An excellent overview with instructions on how to get started is available through Penn State’s Getting Started document, at  http://ittraining.psu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/7689/2013/12/VoiceThread_GS_010220141.pdf. (Note, IU users would log into Oncourse instead of the Penn State interface.)

In addition, here are a few Least You Need to Know documents that explain discreet VoiceThread tasks.

Sharing a VoiceThread:
http://ittraining.iu.edu/scripts/oncourse/pdfcreator/sourcePDF/voicethread_sharing.pdf
 
Adding a comment in VoiceThread:
http://ittraining.iu.edu/scripts/oncourse/pdfcreator/sourcePDF/voicethread_commenting.pdf
 
Creating a Presentation in VoiceThread:
http://ittraining.iu.edu/scripts/oncourse/pdfcreator/sourcePDF/voicethread_creating_presentation.pdf
 
Managing Identities in VoiceThread:
http://ittraining.iu.edu/scripts/oncourse/pdfcreator/sourcePDF/voicethread_managing_identity.pdf
 
Playback and Publishing Options in VoiceThread
http://ittraining.iu.edu/scripts/oncourse/pdfcreator/sourcePDF/voicethread_playback_publishing_options.pdf
 

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