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Episode 17 – Adobe CS5.5 New Features

On this week’s episode, we’ll be covering some of the new features and programs in Adobe Creative Suite 5.5. We’ll also tell you how you can get access to the Suite.

We’re off next week due to the holiday, so enjoy the episode.

it2go Episode 17 – Adobe CS5.5 New Features

Introducing the New IT Training Website: A Screenshot Tour

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s been in development for over a year and has been completely redesigned to help you find the training you want more easily; I would like to introduce you to the new IT Training website!

New IT Training Front Page

I will be guiding you through some of the new features of the site in our screenshot tour. There are still some tweaks that are being made, but all-in-all, the site is functional and will soon be ready to be released to the masses.

We’ve spent a lot of time in design and testing of this new site and we hope you all enjoy using it.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the tour (at any time, click on an image to see its larger version).

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Customizing the Ribbon in Microsoft Office

Recently I decided to investigate the Camera command in Excel 2010. It provides one possibility for capturing data from various spreadsheets and viewing it all in a single spreadsheet. But before I could play with the camera, I had to find it and display it. In my installation of Excel it was hidden by default.

Customizing the Ribbon is possible from the Options window. Go to the Excel (or other Office 2010 application) Options window by choosing the File tab and clicking Options near the bottom of its menu. At the left side of the Options window, choose the “Customize the Ribbon” category. In this window proceed as follows: Read the rest of “Customizing the Ribbon in Microsoft Office” »

Quick Tip: Why Does My Page Look Funny in Internet Explorer?

Have you ever visited a page that looked fine in Internet Explorer one day, and then the next it looks like a web page designed by a monkey?

Microsoft's Apology for IE 6

If so, you are suffering from a disease I’ve come to call “Compatibilitus Brokenus.” Better known as “Compatibility View broke my web page.”

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Quick Tip: Expanding Your View in Outlook 2010

If you are like me, you keep your Outlook account open all day as you work. Sometimes I minimize Outlook to my taskbar, but not always.  Since I have two monitors, many times I have Outlook open on the left monitor while I work on the right one.

I rely on Outook for many things. Not only do I use it to communicate, but I also look at my calendar many times each day. By default, Outlook displays the view for only one folder at a time. In other words, you see either your Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, etc. So what if you want to read your email messages while viewing your calendar? After all, aren’t we all multi-taskers these days?

Easy! Simply right-click the Calendar button in the Navigation pane and then click on Open in New Window.

Right-click on Calendar button and you see the text: Open in New Window

Your Outlook calendar opens in a new window.

Outlook calendar opens in new window

Now you can drag this window to a second monitor or arrange the two open windows side by side on your first monitor.

Need to see your contacts, too? No problem. From the Calendar window, right-click on the Contacts button. In fact, you can open any Outlook folder in a new window in this way. Just remember that if you want to open more than two Outlook windows at once, you must right-click in the second open window to open a third, in the third open window to open a fourth, etc. (You can’t open multiple windows by right-clicking from the first window. After the second one appears, each time you right-click again the second window changes to the new one.)

Using Voting Buttons in Outlook 2010

The next time you need to find out whether your colleagues want bagels or doughnuts for an upcoming staff meeting, you might consider using the voting buttons in Outlook. I find this feature especially useful when I need to gather the opinions of a large group, since Outlook can be configured to keep a running tally of the results of the poll.

Use Outlook to vote

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Customize Your Tabs in Word

Do you work with tabs? This is what you have been waiting for! When you have to line up text in a columnar format and the default tabs do not do the trick for you, this is the answer.

Now, the helpful secret here is that the file we will are using was typed so that there is a tab between each piece of information we would like in a column. The tab mark is indicated here by the horizontally pointing arrow.
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Episode 16 – The New IT Training Website

We’ve got a new website coming soon at IT Training, and this week on it2go, you’ll get a chance to preview how the new website works.  It will be live soon, but listen in and get a preview of all the new functionality.  Comment on this post about the new website or the podcast.

it2go – The IT Training Podcast

Hidden Treasures of Illustrator

Looking for clip art? What about additional color options in Illustrator? Check out this option!

 

To find Clip Art, go to the Window menu. Choose Symbol Libraries. There are lots of options from the fly-out menu. Choose one and click. This opens up the panel for the option you chose. To apply a clip to your project, simply press and drag from the panel to your project. Remember that you can re-size without losing any quality when working with a vector image!

One more feature! As you go back into the Window>Symbol Libraries menu and choose another panel, the newly chosen menu will be added as a tab in the same panel you opened with your earlier choice. Even if you close the menu by clicking on the X in the upper right hand corner, choose another panel and you will find the new panel is added to the previous one.

There are many panels in the Window menu that will give you options such as brush, graphic styles, and swatch libraries. You can get some interesting effects by pressing and dragging an effect, for example, on top of a piece of clip art.  Experiment and have fun!

it2go – Episode 15 – Behind the Scenes

On this week’s episode of the it2go podcast we take a behind the scenes look at all the work that goes into creating our workshop materials. Comment on the episode on this post.

it2go – The IT Training Podcast

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