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Change Fonts in Outlook 2013

If you have read any of my other Outlook articles, you probably know that I receive a large number of messages each day, and I frequently have to refer back to messages that I have sent or received in the past. I use all of the features that are included in Outlook, and I don’t know how I would get by without this fantastic organizational tool.

Usually I am able to adapt to any changes in new versions of the Microsoft Office applications without any problem. I hardly ever go into the settings and customize the basic look of the interface or the menus. Outlook 2013 has been the exception. I started using it soon after it was released, and I was okay with all of the changes except one. The look of the message lists has been drastically altered, and I DON’T like it! When I try to search my Inbox for a specific message, it actually hurts my eyes.

Here is what a message list looks like in Outlook 2010:

Example of an Outlook message list from Outlook 2010

This is an example of a message list from Outlook 2013:

Inbox showing message list from Outlook 2013

NOTE: These screenshots may appear to be blurry, because they have been resized to fit this blog. If you would like to see a larger, clearer version of either of these images, simply click on the one you wish to view.

As you can see, in Outlook 2010, the text is darker and cleaner. In the 2013 version, the main text in an unread message is light blue, and the first line of the message is gray. After you read the message, the main text changes to a dark gray. This design scheme may be pretty, and it may match the look and feel of the new interface, but it is definitely not easier to read!

If you are like me and yearn for the days when you could actually see the messages in your Inbox, follow the directions below. While it isn’t possible to make the text look exactly like it did in previous versions, we can change the settings so that it is a little easier on the eyes. Read the rest of “Change Fonts in Outlook 2013″ »

Carry Student ID Between SIS Components

If you access a student’s record in one component in the SIS and then navigate to another component, the student’s university ID should automatically carry over to the new component. If this does not happen, there is an easy fix.

  1. From the main menu, navigate to Set Up SACR > User Defaults.
  2. Select the User Defaults 4 tab.
  3. Click the check box beside Carry ID to turn the check mark on.
  4. Click Save.

Not every student information component allows the ID to be carried, but the majority do.

Photoshop: Dodging and burning the nondestructive way

The Dodge and Burn tool in Photoshop are older tools that refer to the photographic process of managing incoming light during the photochemical developing process, to make certain areas of the photo light or dark. Because these tools are readily available on the Photoshop toolbar it is easy to blithely use them, only to discover that we overdone the effect and have damaged pixels.

There is a nondestructive way to lighten or darken parts of an image in Photoshop using a new layer with a Blend mode. See the technique here:

Note, however, that it is not necessary to fill the layer with 50% gray because in any of the Contrast blend modes, gray IS already transparent. Thus, just add a transparent layer on top of the one you want to lighten or darken, change the blend mode to Overlay or Soft Light (these work best for me) and then paint with black or white in varying opacities over the areas you want to darken or lighten, respectively. 

Introducing Self-Paced Advanced Technical Training with Pluralsight

Pluralsight is a leading provider of video-based online training with a focus on more technically oriented topics. And as part of the Pluralsight pilot program, Indiana University students, faculty and staff across the state can enjoy free access to Pluralsight training from January 1 – March 31! This is a no-risk opportunity for you to see if Pluralsight training is right for you.

You can use Pluralsight to grow your skills in software development, Business Intelligence, database and server administration, networking and much more.

We will ask everyone who gets an account to complete a brief survey at the end of the pilot period. Please commit to responding as this will enable us to assess the interest at IU.

To request a Pluralsight account, send an email to from your IU account.

If you have questions about this service, please contact us at

Multilanguage spelling checks can bee done

As a sometime language teacher, the ability to spell and grammar check my work in Microsoft Word is critical. But if you’re unlucky enough to be typing in the non-default language on your computer, particularly when the tool to automatically detect language is (a) turned off or (b) just not getting it, such as when you are writing a paper in one language but citing a work in another, you may end up fighting constant multi-colored squiggles, or Word’s usually “helpful” auto-correct features. This can significantly slow you down as you constantly fight with the program.

The key, then, is knowing how to help Word figure out which spell check dictionary it should be using at any given point in your text. Thankfully, it’s not terribly hard. Read the rest of “Multilanguage spelling checks can bee done” »

New Topic Organization Makes it Easier to Find Training!

We’ve reorganized our training browser to make it easier for you to find the training you need. In addition to our Adobe and Microsoft shortcuts, which enable you to quickly find training on all Adobe and Microsoft software, we have now organized our topics into five top level groups:

  • Design & Media includes training on desktop publishing for print and digital formats, audio and video editing, graphics and animations, and web design.
  • IU Systems has training on IU systems such as Oncourse, eText, ePortfolio, Box, CRM/Talisma, IUIE, IUAnyWARE, Lync SIS, Unicom and WCMS; research computing resources including high performance computing, parallel programming, GIS, and Endnote; and statistical applications SAS and SPSS.
  • Productivity offers training on Microsoft Office, professional skills, basic skills, organizational tools like OneNote and Evernote, SharePoint, cloud computing and communication tools.
  • Technical Skills is where you will find our EdCert program listings and training on other advanced topics such as content management, databases, mobile computing, programming, and server and network administration.
  • Web Development includes training on various web development tools, web design and graphics, programming for the web, and social media.

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Lines in Word

Ever try to type a line horizontally across a page? If you go too far, it wraps to the next line. If you don’t go far enough, it doesn’t look correct with the text on the page. Word can create lines that will fit perfectly from margin to margin. If you decide to change the margins, the line updates automatically. And the line moves with your text!

For a variety of line styles, try these options:

  1. Type three or more hyphens.
  2. Try typing three or more underscores (_).
  3. Another options is three equal signs (=).
  4. How about three asterisks (*)?
  5. Now try three number signs (#).
  6. Hmmm, I wonder what three tildas would do.
This is a fun feature. You can try other options on the keyboard to see what you get.
Also, if you are trying to get rid of the line:
  1. If you are trying right after you have put it in, simply do an undo (Control + z).
  2. If the document has been saved or the line just will not delete, put you cursor in the text above the line, go to the Home tab, to the Paragraph group, to the borders button and choose No Border.

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Modifying the “AutoCorrect” in Word

Word’s autocorrect feature attempts to make our lives easier by viewing the words that we type and deciding whether we did it correctly based on dictionaries and styles programmed into it.

For example, Word will automatically capitalize the first letter of a sentence and the days of the week.

If a common word is incorrectly typed into Word, it will be corrected automatically, i.e. if I type begni, Word will change it to “begin” as soon as I hit a trigger (space bar, period, comma, etc.)

However, if it is not a common word, but Word “thinks” that it has been typed incorrectly as it is not in its dictionary, a red squiggly line will appear instead, i.e.  Currency: british ponud sterling

There are times when we do not Word making these corrections. These behaviors are sometimes modifiable but we can always disable them.

Let’s see how this works. I mistype a word:  ”infromal.” Word will change this to the correct form, i.e. informal. Whenever Word makes a change, you will find that rolling your cursor over the changed word will reveal a blue box under the first couple of letters. Pulling your cursor down over the box will reveal a lightning bolt and clicking on the black arrow will reveal more options in a fly-out menu.


This menu will always show the same options in the same order. Those options are to CHANGE BACK, STOP, and CONTROL the auto feature applied here.

CHANGE BACK: Word will undo the correction and you are ready to move on.

STOP: Choosing the second option would tell Word will not make this correction again. This affects the current document and all future documents in your copy of Word.

From this point, if you want the word to be corrected, you will need to recognize it and do it manually.

CONTROL AUTOCORRECT OPTIONS: This option takes you into the inside options of Word where you will find a plethora of options that can modify and stop Word from doing helpful and annoying things.

This modal menu has five tabs:

AUTOCORRECT: Displays options like “Capitalize first letter of table cells”. Deselecting the check mark in front of this option will stop Word from capitalizing the first letter of a table cell and so on. The bottom of this tab is similar to “find and replace”. If there is a word that you always mistype, you can enter the manner that you mistype this word in the Replace field. Then enter the correct version of the word, phrase or sentence into the With field.

AUTOFORMAT: Contains interesting options for things like changing straight quotes to smart “quotes” and making ordinal numbers superscript. 1st

AUTOFORMAT AS YOU TYPE: Will correct these same options if you type them incorrectly.

MATH AUTOCORRECT: Supplies math symbols with an assigned keyboard definition.

ACTIONS: Provides additional actions through the right-click option.

Taking advantage of these options will give you power to get the results that you want.


Delve into Photoshop’s tools with this collection of resources

Adobe Photoshop is a complex piece of software to tackle. If your goal is to become a Photoshop expert, plan on spending several years working at it. If you want to learn as little as you can to make it useful, I suggest you take our Photoshop CS6: The Basics workshop.  If and when you’re ready to go further, try the other workshops and webinars  that we offer.

Learning how to use Photoshop requires a hands-on approach, and once you’ve exhausted all of IT Training’s offerings, you’ll need to seek other learning resources. Luckily for you, the Internet is overflowing with free Photoshop tutorials. In this post, I share a few of them with you.

Photoshop is all about the tools. There are probably hundreds of them, and if you don’t know which tool to use for which task, you won’t be able to accomplish very much. That’s why I searched the Web for tutorials that really focus on Photoshop’s tools. It seems to me that learning what each tool can do is like learning the alphabet. Once you have the letters, you can build words, and then sentences, then paragraphs; you get the idea.

So without further ado, here are six tool-focused Photoshop tutorials. Click titles to view the tutorials.

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