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

Burn a CD using Nero (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Instructions for putting information in the form of files onto a CD.
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 ) 500 Internal Server Error

Internal Server Error

The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request. Either the server is overloaded or there is an error in the application.

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.
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 (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - You can use an electronic version of Sticky Notes in Windows as a reminder.
Sticky Notes.pdf (PDF File 132.8 KB) (opens in a new window) - Sticky_Notes.pdf
Using the Clipboard (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Using the Clipboard
Vector and Raster graphics (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Vector and Raster graphics

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.

 

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