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Quick way to create background color in Photoshop

Ever want to put a color in the background layer of you Photoshop file? It is so simple.
1. Click on the foreground color in the toolbox.

Graphic of Photoshop's foreground and background tool on the toolbox





2. Choose the color of the background desired by clicking in the large area on the menu. That color will appear under the word new:

Color Picker menu in Photoshop


3. Click OK in the menu.
4. Hold down the Alt key (Option on a Mac) and hit the Backspace key.
5. The background is filled with that color.
6. If the background color on the toolbox is what you prefer, hold down the Control key (Command on the Mac) and hit the Backspace key.

Just saved you lots of time, right?

Accessing Your Student’s Information if You are a Third Party User

We have recently posted information on how to create a third party user account for your parent or guardian. Once that account has been created and you have shared the username and password with that person, they can log in and view your student information. If they are not sure how the process works, consider sharing this video tutorial that explains how a third-party user can access your information in OneStart.

Also, if your third-party user forgets the third-party access password you created, you can reset it by updating that person’s third-party access account. In the same manner, you also can edit the list of items that person is allowed to access.

Organize Favorites in SIS

Favorites in SIS are stored in alphabetical order. You can change the order to suit your needs. Click on Favorites and select Edit Favorites. By default, all favorites have a sequence number of 0. The favorite you want at the top of the list should have a sequence number of 0. The favorite you want next should be 1. To change the numbering: click on the sequence number to change, click x to cancel the number, type the new number you want. Continue numbering to place all your favorites in the desired order, then Save.

To place your favorites into logical groups, give all the favorites you want at the top of the list, a sequence number of 0. Give the next group a sequence number of 1 and so forth. Each group will be in alphabetical order within that sequence number.

Assigning a Third Party User to View Student Information

Did you know that as an IU student, you can assign a third party (such as a parent, guardian or spouse) access to view your student information? You can create third-party access accounts through OneStart. Once you have set up a third-party user account for someone, you will need to share the username and password with that person. When the third-party user logs into OneStart, he can view all or any combination of the following student information: grades, holds on your record, unofficial transcript, class schedules, addresses, phone numbers, financial aid, to-do lists, and bursar balance. Click here if you’d like to learn more.

Adding Favorites in SIS

If there are pages that you use frequently in SIS, you may want to add them as Favorites. Favorites are attached to your SIS login and are similar to standard browser bookmarks; however, the Favorites are not location specific and will be available from any workstation when you log in to SIS. In addition to the Favorites you add, the last five pages you accessed will also be stored in your Favorites.

When you are on a page you want to save as a favorite, click Add to Favorites at the top right of the page. You can then either accept the description provided or change it. Once you click OK, a message will display letting you know that the Favorite has been saved.

Now when you want to navigate to a page in your favorites list, click My Favorites at the top of the main menu and select a page. You will then be taken to that page in SIS.


Changing the size of your PowerPoint slides

There are times when the screen size for the destination of your presentation needs to be adjusted. How DO you change the slide size?

From the ribbon in PowerPoint 2013, simply select the Design tab. On the very right side of the ribbon, you will see a Slide Size button. Clicking on the two options that show when this button is selected will give you two standard settings. A third option is Custom Slide Size. Selecting this option allows you to make your slides any size you need.

PPT graphic

In PowerPoint 2010, this option is in a different place, but not difficult to find. Again, on the Design tab, look to the very left. There you will see a Page Setup button in the Page Setup group. Activating this option opens a menu with the same options as mentioned above.

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Setting Defaults in SIS

One of the tools available to you in the SIS is the ability to set defaults. If you normally enter data for the same Institution, Career, Program, etc. it would save you time if you did not have to enter that information for each new record. The same is true when you are searching for information. Your account in the SIS can be setup so that whenever you encounter one of the default fields, you will not have to enter the information unless you want to override the default.

  1. From the main menu, navigate to Set Up SACR > User Defaults.
  2. On the User Defaults 1 page, enter the Academic Institution code.
  3. Tab out of the field.  You will notice that the Career Group SetID and Facility Group SetID will automatically populate.
  4. Any field where the value is nearly always the same could be set as a default.
  5. Click Save.

The next time you navigate to a Search page, the Institution Code will be automatically populated with the code you have set as the default.

Manage Spotlight Indexing on Your Mac

Mac OX Spotlight search is a powerful resource, bringing you all kinds of search results in a flash. However, the downside is that it can take up precious CPU that you may need for other tasks. You can switch it off when you don’t need it and then turn it back on when you aren’t working with processor-intensive applications. Here’s how:

It’s also best to understand how Spotlight works, and how to manage and fix it. See:

What Is That Keyboard Shortcut Again?

Do you struggle to remember keyboard shortcuts? Do you tack up sticky notes with Ctrl and Alt symbols everywhere? Instead, you can go directly to, the one-stop shortcut place. is an open, wiki-style Reference Database that contains Keyboard Shortcuts for hundreds of applications– in Windows, Mac, Linus, and web applications. Boost your productivity and save yourself time. 

Flipboard: a New Way to Publish

 Flipboard brings together world news and social news in a beautiful magazine, plus it is a social media publisher as well.  It is a mobile aggregator app that works on the most common mobile platforms and Windows 8, presenting content in a format that is more pleasing to read than most apps — and in some ways even better than reading a magazine or newspaper.

First, Flipboard curates its own media by providing its own feeds for things like news, politics, technology, politics, etc., from prominent online websites such as New York Times, NPR, Financial Times, Business Insider, Huffington Post, etc. 

Second, Flipboard allows any viewers to create and curate their own magazines, adding any feeds they want.

Thus, with a multitude of topics available, not only is Flipboard a good way to find new items of interest to you, it’s an easy way to publish your own magazine — and then share it with the world, subscribe to others, and share their feeds. Anything that is online can be flipped into a Flipboard magazine. Even dabblers in social media find it fascinating to see their own twitter feed look like a magazine  with both text and photos.

You can find my own art and painting magazine, Reflections, there, too. 

Find Flipboard at the app store on your mobile device, or browse to:

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