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IT Training will be teaching Microsoft Office 2013 workshops this fall, and we are anxious to begin telling the IU community about the new features that are available in this version of the popular suite. If you are planning on taking some of our free workshops or webinars, you might want to download and install the software from IUware. Remember, Indiana University faculty, staff, and students may download most of the software available from IUware for free.
If you decide to download and install Office 2013, I would encourage you to download the 32-bit package, even if you are planning on running it on a 64-bit system. Earlier in the summer I installed the 64-bit suite on a laptop running Windows 7, and I was very unhappy with the results. Every time I tried to use Outlook, Word, or PowerPoint, the application would freeze and/or crash. After discussing this issue with the Support team here at IU, and reading multiple forums and Microsoft Help articles, I uninstalled the 64-bit version and installed the 32-bit version instead. After that, I didn’t have any problems.
I have left out an important part of the story. When I first tried to uninstall Office 2013, I was unable to do so. While in the Control Panel, I selected Microsoft Office 2013, clicked on the Uninstall link at the top of the window, and waited. Nothing happened. I tried again. Nothing happened. I probably even tried a third and fourth time before I realized that this was simply not going to work.
After a little digging, I found the solution on this Microsoft Support page:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2739501. I downloaded the Fix it tool that they provided, and then I was able to uninstall Office 2013 from the Control Panel just as I normally would.
Hopefully this article will save you some time if you decide that you want to uninstall the package.
As you begin working in Microsoft Office 2013 applications, you will notice that everything looks so white with very little contrast! If you would like some additional contrast, you can change the Office theme and/or Office background for all of your Office programs by changing the Account or Options settings. In addition, if you do not like the ALL CAPS look on the tab labels of the Ribbon, these can be renamed as well.
To develop database-driven PHP applications, we need three things, the Apache web server, the PHP processor, and MySQL. This tutorial will walk you through all of the installation and setup that you need to do on your own machine to have a local instance of a Apache/MySQL/PHP (AMP) environment.
The instructions below will walk you through the setup you need for each of our PHP workshops, starting with PHP: The Basics.
At the time of writing, PHP: The Basics is the only PHP workshop offered by IT Training.
PHP: The Basics
The following links contain step-by-step instructions on configuring XAMP for the PHP: The Basics workshop.
Ever need to record a phone call conversation? Or even just record a meeting in a conference room? With Microsoft Lync it is made easy. See instructions below: (special thanks to Jason Groce at the IUPUI School of Education for providing the documentation for this feature!)
If you have your phone number converted to Lync you also will see a change in your voicemail. Voicemail will come into your inbox with an attached mp3 recording of the message left by a caller, along with a speech-to-text translation of what the caller said. While many times this translation is not entirely accurate, you can usually get a good idea of what caller was trying to communicate.
One of the most over-looked features of converting to Lync is the functionality you get with your new voicemail service. You can create call answering rules, set different greetings and reset your PIN for accessing voicemail from a phone. Using call answering rules, you can even create your own phone tree. This can be done for department or individual accounts.
To access this functionality, go to IU Outlook Web Access. After logging in, go the upper right and click “Options”, then “All Options”. Next, select “Phone” on the left-hand side and then “Voice Mail’.
To learn more about these options and how to set them up, see these tips from Microsoft.
The Lync 2010 client downloads a cached copy of the global address to the user’s computer. This allows users to rapidly find contacts and phone numbers. By default, it can take up to 24 hours for changes in the global address list to appear in the local copy seen by the Lync user (e.g. a phone number change). There may be times when it is advantageous to force an immediate download of the global address list.
To trigger an immediate download, two steps must be taken on the client workstation. The first step only needs to be performed once per workstation, while the second would be done each time a forced update is desired. Many times on a new install, only the first step is needed.
1) Execute the following command from the Windows Command Prompt run as an administrator (or manually add the GalDownloadInitialDelay registry key). Setting this value to 0 will force Lync to immediately download the address book instead of randomly selecting a time to check the server.
reg add HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Communicator /v GalDownloadInitialDelay /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
2) Exit the Lync client and manually delete the GalContacts.db and GalContacts.db.idx files from the user’s profile directory. If the .db file still exists during startup of the client then Lync may still wait for that random interval between 0 and 60 minutes before checking for changes on the server’s address book files. By deleting the file the Lync client must download an entire new copy, forcing it to pick up any changes.
On Windows XP workstations:
%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Communicator\sip_<username@domain>\
On Windows Vista or Windows 7 workstations:
Restart the Lync client and search for any of the recently changed information, for example the Telephone Number added to this Active Directory user account now appears for the Lync contact. You may have to wait a couple of minutes while the address gets built.