The End of an Era

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Putting Icons Back on the Navigation Bar in Outlook 2013

When Microsoft was designing Outlook 2013, they wanted a clean, uncluttered look. That is supposedly why they decided to include text instead of icons on the Navigation bar.

Did you know that you can easily change the look of this Navigation bar? It is very easy to do.

  1. Click on the 3 gray dots on the right side of the bar.
  2. From the pop-up menu that appears, click  on Navigation Options

    A Navigation Options dialog box opens. We could use the menu at the top of this dialog box to change the number of Outlook folder items displayed on the Navigation bar, or we could use the options at the bottom to rearrange the order in which they are displayed, but today we are mainly interested in changing the text to icons.
  3. Click on the Compact Navigation checkbox.
  4. Click on the OK button. The look of the Navigation bar changes. While not exactly like previous versions of Outlook, it is very close.
    Navigation Bar with icons instead of text
    Would you like to bring back the folder icons that appeared in the Navigation pane in previous versions of Outlook as well?
  5. Press Ctrl+6 while viewing the Inbox and icons will appear in front of your folder list in the Navigation pane.
    icons in folder list


Who does baby look like?

As the mother of a nine-month-old, I’ve had no end of fun playing with the Look-alike Meter on After loading photos, the site uses facial recognition software to determine whether baby looks more like mommy or daddy.

prince_george_lookalikemeterIt’s super easy to upload photos to the site. Start by opening the “apps” tab on the page, where you’ll find a link to the Look-alike Meter. You can upload one photo that has all three family members, or if needed, you can add up to three separate photos to make sure you have good shots of the whole family. Here’s an example of young Prince George with his parents Kate and William. These come from two different pictures – one with the whole family, and another with just the baby. Click the thumbnail to see a full-sized version.

Some tips: you will have to create a profile to get started. Also, using smaller files made the process much less sluggish. Faces should be at least 3/4 profile or straight on – profile pictures were not recognized by the software. For my Prince George example, the baby was turned to the side in the family portrait, and the facial recognition software did not capture him. I had to load an additional picture of just him.

Results can absolutely vary based on the shot of each family member, but that’s a lot of the fun. I loaded one set of pictures, and it said my baby looked more like me (by 5%), but with another set he looks more like my husband (by 34%!). Just to check, though, I reran the analysis multiple times with the same set of pictures, and each time got the same results – so whatever it is the software does, it does it reliably…

Decorate a Tree with Code

Did you noticed the Made with Code link on Google yesterday? If you didn’t take a look, you are missing out on a really cool project.

Animated lights on treeGoogle has partnered with the National Park Foundation to allow you to design lights for a Christmas tree. The best part is that you get to pick a tree in the President’s Park outside the White House and have your lights displayed in real life. You can also save an animated gif of your tree.

Once you’ve designed your lights, pick one of the 56 state or territory trees to display your light pattern. You are then assigned a date and time when your lights will be displayed. The trees are being displayed starting tonight at 5pm EST through January 2nd 2015.

This holiday coding project is part of Google’s Made with Code initiative which is designed to get girls more interested in computer programming and coding. The tree project and other projects that are available on the Made with Code page were created with Blockly, a web-based graphical programming editor which Google developed. Blockly is also used by and MIT’s App Inventor.

Visit Holiday Lights to design a tree.

Episode 79 – New Teaching Space at Wells Library

On this week’s episode, we talk about the new learning space in the library

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it2go – Episode 78 – Denise tells us what’s going on at IUPUI

On this week’s episode, we’re talking with Denise about what’s going on at IUPUI

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Phishing Scam: Your outlook app has exceeded the quota…

Last week a large number of IU/IUPUI students, staff, and faculty members received an email stating that their Outlook account had exceeded its storage quota. Recipients were instructed to click on a link in the email to upgrade their mailbox for continual usage. While many of us receive messages like this on a regular basis, this one may have fooled more people than usual, because it appeared as if it was from a real IU employee.

Do you know how to identify a fake email? Here are a few pointers from the Security Office:

  • No one at IU should ask for your university passphrase or login credentials by email or over the phone.
  • If you get an email or pop-up message that asks for personal or financial information, don’t reply — and don’t click on the link or call the number provided, either (instead use official contact details).
  • Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software, plus a firewall, and update them all regularly.
  • Never email passphrases, personal, or financial information.
  • Be cautious about opening any attachment or downloading any files from emails you receive, regardless of who sent them.
  • Never click on a link in an email whose author you do not know.

If you get an email that looks like it came from IU but asks for sensitive info, report it immediately to the University Information Policy Office at or contact the Support Center. Please be sure to include the full email headers (for details, see the IU Knowledge Base).


Learn how not to get hooked by phishing scams — and what to do if you accidentally provide info to scammers — at Protect IU.

Build an inexpensive conference room

Do you need to build an inexpensive, small conference room to meet with colleagues at other campuses or around the world? Consider starting with the Logitech ConferenceCam CC3000e. With this all-in-one solution, you’ll get a pan-tilt-zoom camera and table-top speakerphone that can be used with all of your favorite Windows and Macintosh conferencing software, including Adobe Connect, IU’s Video Bridge, and Microsoft Lync.

The UITS Collaboration Technologies group have evaluated the CC3000e and have it set up in a conference room in our Wells Library (room 305, west tower) location. Call our Help Desk to schedule some time to see the room in action and to consult with our collaboration experts!

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Use Adobe Connect for online meetings

Do you need to conduct online meetings, classes, or webinars? Try IU’s Adobe Connect service. Create your own customized virtual meeting space. Use your computer’s camera and microphone to communicate with your audience while sharing your slides or desktop. Attendees can use text chat to communicate or you can grant them permission to use their cameras and microphones. For more on IU’s Adobe Connect service, see the UITS Collaboration Technologies Web site.

For help with IU’s Adobe Connect service, contact the Collaboration Technologies Help Desk (812-856-2020,

it2go – Episode 77 – Andy’s IT Training Career

On this week’s episode, we’re talking about Andy’s career with IT Training as we bid him a fond farewell.

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