Microsoft has changed their agreement so that schools like Augustana with a Microsoft Campus agreement may offer Office 365 including Office Professional Plus (2013) or Office Professional 2011 (Mac) to current students.
To sign up, students may follow these steps:
1. Go to https://products.office.com/en-us/student/office-in-education and click on the Find out if you’re eligible button.
2. Enter your Augustana email address.
3. Open your email and verify your address by clicking the link sent by Microsoft.
4. Choose an Office 365 password.
5. Click “Install Now” to download a setup application for Office Professional. (You can install on up to 5 PCs or Macs)
6. When prompted, choose that you are an Office 365 subscriber and enter your email address and Office 365 password.
That’s it! As long as you continue as an Augustana student or employee you will have access to this Office 365 benefit.
I know that this bug has been worrying many of you, so I’m happy to report that after update from Microsoft, Internet Explorer will be safe to use once again. Most computers on campus are set up for automatic Windows Updates, but it’s not a bad idea to try to run updates manually to see if the computer has been updated and to run them if it hasn’t.
Due to a security issue with Internet Explorer,users are being advised to use an alternate browser (Chrome,Firefox,Safari). These browsers should work with most campus services, and Google Chrome is the preferred broswer for using our Google Apps for Education services (mail, calendar, Sites, calendar). The issue with Internet Explorer can cause users to gain access to your private information. For more on the issue, see http://usat.ly/1mRATge
Now that most users at Augustana are using Windows 7, a great new feature available is Windows DVD Maker. You can find it under Start/All Programs, or use the Search feature. A great tutorial on how to use it was posted at SevenForums.com — I am embedding it in this post.
This will show you how to open and use Windows DVD Maker in Windows 7 to create and burn a pictures and videos DVD that you can watch on a computer or on a TV using a regular DVD player. You can also customize the DVD menu style and text before you burn the DVD.
Windows DVD Maker is only available in the Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.
Users being upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7 will receive, among many other upgrades and enhancements, a great built-in way to take screen shots. Since the early days of Windows, using the Print Screen button, located in the upper right corner of your keyboard, was a quick way to grab the entire contents of your screen into your system’s clipboard. You can still do that under Windows 7, but a new tool, the Snipping Tool, is also available. To find it, go to your Start button and then type “Snip” in the search area. The first tool that comes up should be the Snipping Tool. When you launch it, it allows you to create a new snip by dragging a box around any area of your screen. Then, you can either save it as a graphic file or copy it to your clipboard. Very handy!
Veteran Mac users will note that this capability has been built-in to the Mac OS for years. On the Mac, use Command-Shift-3 to take a whole-screen shot (which is dropped as a file on your desktop) or use Command-Shift-4 to snip out a region of your screen.
If you are a Mac user, please refer to the next entry: Creating a Desktop Alias.
Would you like to be able to create a desktop icon that would bring you directly to a website or computer program that you use daily? On Windows machines (PCs) this is called a “Shortcut” and it is relatively easy to create one yourself! Read more…