How-to resources

A wide range of 'how-to' articles have been created to support staff in their use of supported software.

Further tools and information can be found at: 

  • Microsoft Office training centre (opens in a new window) offers free online training and support in the Microsoft suite of programs
  • MyIT website (opens in a new window) offers IT related knowledge articles (MyIT icon is also located on your desktop)
  • TRIM training articles are available on the RAMS website (opens in a new window)
  • Western Sydney University staff have access to Lynda.com, a free online training library

To access the 'how-to' resources, all the resources are listed below (more than one page) or simply choose an individual topic from the drop down list below and press Submit.

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Computer hardware

Buying a desktop computer (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - For basic tasks like e-mail and browsing the internet there are certain components which will give you the best value.
Change the play speed in Windows Media Player (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Adjusting the play speeds, demonstrated as a simple two-step process.
Closing a laptop lid (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - There are settings that allow you to change what happens when you close the lid of a Laptop. You can Close Down, put the Laptop into Hibernate mode or simply Do Nothing.
Saving and back-up files (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - How to use hard disk drives, removable storage devices and CD-Roms.
Scanning multiple documents (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Shows you how to scan multiple documents and turn them into separate documents in the same email.
Second monitor set-up in Windows Vista (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Using two monitors allows you to move “windows” between screens.
Second monitor set-up in Windows XP (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Using two monitors allows you to move “windows” between screens.
Set up a laptop and data projector (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - A visual demonstration of how to connect the “Signal” cable between the laptop and data projector.
Setting up a Printer default (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - To set up a Printers default settings, you need to set the Preferences not the Properties
Sound and movie formats (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - An informative short list of the most popular sound and movie formats.
Using a scanner (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Tips on the range of scanners available and how to use them.
Using Two Monitors (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - You can add a second monitor to give yourself more working area.

Computer software

Acrobat reading function (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Activating, starting and controlling the Acrobat Reading function.
Adobe Suite (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Here is a very brief outline of the most popular of the programs in the Adobe Suite.
Audacity basics (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - In this note we will cover the three basics of Audacity: Installation, recording and applying effects.
Burning Music files to a CD (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Heres how to burn music to a CD using the ImgBurn program
Copying a disc in Image Burn (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Overview of the two-stage process of copying a disk.
Free Software Training (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - There is some free Software training around. Here is 4 for you to try.
Keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Office 2007 (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - A list of the common short cut keys and function short cute keys.
lynda.com (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - How to get Lynda.com, free on-line software training.
Merge, crop and print a PDF (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - These notes shows how to merge documents, crop, and print multiple pages on one sheet to make the document smaller and more manageable.
PDF attachments (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - PDF attachments
Recording from YouTube.pdf (PDF File 64.4 KB) (opens in a new window) - Recording_from_YouTube.pdf
Screen Shot on a Mac (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Screen Shot on a Mac
Sticky Notes.pdf (PDF File 132.8 KB) (opens in a new window) - Sticky_Notes.pdf

IT security

Changing Wireless password (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Here's how to change (or even add) your password for your wireless network.
Creating dummy email accounts to reduce spam (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - The Mailinator website offers free email addresses for your use.
Understanding and dealing with spam (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Spam swamps your email with many copies of the same unwanted, unsolicited e-mails.

Images and graphics

Colour modes explained (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - There are a number of different ways you can influence how the colours in your image are presented to your audience.
Photoshop pattern from image (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Here's how to convert an image or part image to a Photoshop pattern (.pat)
File formats explained (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - The file formats .tif, .eps, .bmp or .pict are simply different ways of describing the appearance of the graphic to the computer.
File size explained (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Graphics with large file sizes can be useful for printing, but troublesome for web.
Finding images (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - The use of digital cameras, internet searches, and scanners to obtain usable images.
Fixing Faded Photos (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - You can enhance faded images with two easy steps.
Image resolution explained (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Resolution is the amount of information included in the graphic file and this determines the quality of the image.
Photoshop Keyboard Shortcuts (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Here is a list of Photoshop Keyboard shortcuts including the Tool letters.
Using images (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Tips for adding documents to your desktop, as well as your Microsoft Office programs.
What are vector and raster images? (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - What is the difference between Raster and Vector diagrams?
What is a graphic? (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - A graphic is an image that is used to enhance the presentation of information or support content.

Microsoft Excel

Accumulated flex on timesheets (MS Excel Document 1.2 MB) (opens in a new window) - This Excel file provides an example and explanation of how accumulated flex is entered and taken in your UWS timesheet.

 

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