Logging in to Windows
Ctrl + Alt + Delete
At the log in screen, type your school ID and Password
Note: Turn on the "Num Lock" on and use the numeric keypad
If you are new to West Brook (i.e. you have never logged in), leave the password area blank...which will prompt you to change your password. Then, leave old password blank...and create your new password. Be sure to choose something you will NOT forget...but not easy for somebody to guess. Never give out your password.
Ctrl, Alt, Del to log out, then hit 'L' and 'Enter'.
Be sure to ALWAYS log off. If you do not, somebody else will have access to your documents, any passwords you have entered into IE, and basically be able to act like you...which could get YOU into trouble.
DO NOT lock your account.
REPEAT...DO NOT LOCK YOUR ACCOUNT! Make sure that you actually LOG OUT!
General Computer Use – Topics to coincide with the start of the Autobiography
When you press the enter key (either one), you are entering a Hard Return. When the computer wraps to the next line, that is a Soft Return.
Accessing your "L Drive" for your school documents
2x Click on "my Computer" or
2x Click on your ID Labeled folder...this will give you "Drag and Drop" and "Save Dialog" access to your documents anywhere on the campus.
To get the numbering going correctly, go to the end of previous day (i.e. #13), hit return. Arrow key to the left two (2) times, then hit return. Then hit delete twice (2 times). Now insert your Time/Date stamp. **Go ahead and pre-number by typing a period then return, a bunch of times, to lay down numbers through 25
Instructions for creating a Bookmark (aka Favorite):
Special Changes: When you log into a computer for the first time, take a few minutes and change these special "Power User/Performance Settings" changes.
NOTE: If you MOVE computers...you will need to redo this at each new computer. It is unnecessary to change other "appearance" attributes as these "profile choices" will NOT roam with you and will need to set them up each time. Therefore, please leave "Appearance" settings alone.
Bookmark the class page
Ctrl + D will allow you to create the bookmark/favorite. While you are creating, you can name and set the location. Make the name SHORT (2 letters) and place in the Bookmarks Bar
Ctrl + Shift + B will show your Bookmarks all the time. This will allow you quick access to the most traveled websites.
Authenticate with the Public drive using the Run Command (Windoze Key + R) then type \\172.17.183.49 click "Remember Credentials username photo1 and password photo1
Power User/Performance Settings: When you log into any computer for the first time, take a few minutes and change the performance settings. This will only take you 10 seconds (per station)...and it is NOT optional.
Right click on the Desktop, go to Personalize. Change to Windows Classic. Close out of the control panel. This will resent your desktop to a basic blue, which is required.
Right click on the GREY Start Bar. Go to Properties. Be on the Taskbar Tab. Find the Taskbar Buttons and change to "Never Combine"
Leave the background BLUE! Do not set as a picture. It interferres with the broadcast system and slows down your recognition of files on the desktop.
Do not store anything on the computer except for in Dropbox. All files must be stored in the cloud.
Need a computer for the house? Fortunately, computers have come down in price over the last decade. Demand is down, and supply is high, resulting in the lowest prices ever. In fact, cheap electronics have defied the traditional models of inflation. While the price of bread, eggs, milk, etc. has doubled in the last decade, a basic computer has become VERY powerful at a fraction of the cost. And entry level computer once cost $1,000 just 10 years ago. Today, you can get a powerful laptop for less than $500. When you consider the economic benefit (that means the ability to make money) with a basic computer, that is almost nothing. Another interesting statistic is that of the newest generation entering at the same price point as the previous, old model. Consider the iPhone. Introduced in 2007, each low end model has come in around $200. The industry has to do this to remain competitive. They replace the older model with a new, highly desirable version tempting you to buy. This has lead to a large secondary market of nearly perfect units. As of 2016, an iPhone 4s, while no longer able to get the latest updates, is a really good iPhone to find used for both photography as well as pocket computing. To find used electronics, look to FaceBook, Craiglist or SouthEastTexasClassifieds.com.
Mapping your P Drive (if instructed to do so): Your Photography document folder (like your L dive) is available on any computer in the district...you just have to use the Run command to access. Once you have accessed the folder once, you can quickly and easily map it so that when you log back in...it will already be in your "My Computer".
To Log In to you new Network Volume (to access your CG/Photo documents), go to Run \\wbphoto\last name <--put your student id at the end of the URL, or find your folder in the list of folders at the main level of the Public Drive.
To Map the drive, right click on the folder icon in the upper left corner of the window (1) and then select "Map Network Drive"
Choose a drive letter (like P:) at the next screen, and then Finish.
This will open the drive this time. Next time...just go to my computer and there it will be listed right next to your L drive.
Remember, you do NOT HAVE to map the p drive to access the files...but if you want it to show up in the menus of a program, like a open menu or insert menu. You can view your files, drag and drop your files from the folder view to an open program, or right click and "Open With" any specific program.
See Office 2007 vs 2003 for more details regarding Office 2007 Tips, etc.
Connect to Teacher (SynchronEyes)
X Last, First [the X is your computer station letter that you are sitting at right now. Put your Last Name, then a comma, then a space, then your First Name. Always use correct capitalization, such as capitalizing your first and last name...but do NOT type in all caps.
To print your
focus: Make sure it is complete and
ready to turn. Typing out the question and not answering is ALMOST as bad as not doing
the focus at all. Also, if you did not do a TMF each day...do so now, for each
day you had a focus (non-darkroom days). Many of you all lost valuable points
(10) for a grade that counted three times.
Make sure your focus fits to only one (1) page. Ctrl + Scroll to see your entire page. If you see two pages, two pages are going to print. Change your font size down by Selecting All, Ctrl + A, then change fonts size, Ctrl + [To prep for print, change the font size to 9 (or 10). Delete any extra hard returns between days and/or at the end as well as extra numbers at the end.
Make sure your answers are complete, dates bolded, answers underlined & keywords bolded (something should be bolded every sentence)!! You do not need to underline your definitions...only questions with answers that you had to come up with on your own.
Show me BEFORE printing
Outdated: Click on Start, Right Click on "My Computer"...click "Show on Desktop". Then, right click on "My Computer" again and click on properties. Go to Advanced, go to "Performance Settings" (top button). Click on "Adjust for Best Performance" (third button), then click on all four "Show..." items and then click on the 2nd and 3rd from last check boxes. Click OK and then OK to get back to your desktop. Windoze key + E, new for Windows 7, really makes this tip unnecessary. Try it now.
OUTDATED...no longer necessary with Word 2007: Once you are in Microsoft Word (Pre-2007), go to Customize, and click ON the top to options to set the "Show Standard and Formatting Toolbars on two rows"...and "Always use full menus". (Alt, T, C, N)