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HOWTO: turn a normal name into a username with excel

Posted in HOWTO general computing office on 03 - September 2009 at 12:01 AM (14 years ago) 284 views.

How do I take a list of first names and last names and turn it into a username? The answer is here:


Google: Managing google alerts

Posted in HOWTO office on 09 - April 2008 at 08:59 PM (16 years ago) 275 views.


Office: how to annotate a Word document

Posted in HOWTO office on 08 - April 2008 at 09:46 PM (16 years ago) 261 views.


Office: how to password protect an office document

Posted in HOWTO general computing office on 16 - August 2007 at 06:00 PM (16 years ago) 256 views.


Excel gradebook templates

Posted in Educational Tech HOWTO office on 31 - August 2006 at 12:35 AM (17 years ago) 272 views.


This is an excel gradebook template I just finished.  I grabbed the basic layout (and some formulas) from here, and then added some cool features:

1) there are 5 different categories of assignments
2) each assignment can be weighted
3) the gradebook dynamically calculates the score depending on the category (which is cool, imho).

PLEASE tell me if you find any bugs and/or problems.


Windows HOWTO: printing in powerpoint

Posted in HOWTO office on 23 - June 2006 at 11:44 PM (17 years ago) 239 views.

This small PDF will help users see how to print powerpoint slides in that neat “notes” view. 

Here’s a handy movie to watch if you’d like another perspective

Windows HOWTO: Powerpoint advanced

Posted in HOWTO office on 23 - June 2006 at 11:10 PM (17 years ago) 236 views.

This pdf covers:

Inserting clip art into your presentation
Inserting pictures and other graphics files into Powerpoint
Slide Transitions
Inserting Videos
Animations (basic)

Here are some movies to help you better understand this:

Inserting clip art: part 1
Inserting clip art: part 2
Inserting pictures
Adding transitions
Custom animations

Windows HOWTO: inserting clipart in word

Posted in HOWTO office on 23 - June 2006 at 07:43 PM (17 years ago) 234 views.

This PDF is a simple guide for inserting clip art and pictures into Word. It is targeted for novice users.

This is a short movie explaining the same idea

Windows HOWTO: Introduction to powerpoint

Posted in HOWTO office on 22 - June 2006 at 11:35 PM (about 18 years ago) 249 views.

This small PDF is a simple guide for getting started with Powerpoint. It is targeted for novice users with little to no experience using Windows.

Here’s a movie illustrating the same idea

OS X HOWTO: introduction to Word

Posted in HOWTO office os x on 05 - June 2006 at 07:38 PM (about 18 years ago) 229 views.

This short guide will help new users understand Microsoft Word.  This HOWTO is targetted towards new and novice users.