Category Archives: Do-It-Yourself

Creative Gift Giving

Do you have someone on your holiday list that is hard to buy for or someone who seems to have everything? Looking for a one of a kind gift? Microsoft Office has the answer. Create custom calendars to give as gifts. Calendar templates are available in every program. Word has 39 templates, Excel has 45 templates, PowerPoint has 11, Publisher has 19, and Access has 2. Each program has a variety of layouts, sizes and color schemes. Customize the calendar with personal photos and meaningful dates. Print the calendars on cardstock and staple (either at the top or in the middle so it can be folded). For a small fee you can get the calendar professionally printed and bound at a local office supply store.

To create a calendar, click, on File, New, type in Calendar in the Search for Online Templates box, and choose your favorite template.

Enjoy!


How to Create a Shutdown/Restart Icon in Windows

Windows 8Windows 8/8.1 make you perform several actions to turn your computer off, and they are not easy to find. To get to the power button, you must pull out the Charms menu (bottom, right side of screen), click the Power button and the select Shutdown or Restart. If you are on the Windows 8 desktop, you may also shut down by using the ALT + F4 shortcut keys.

Want to create an icon on your desktop to shutdown/restart your computer? It’s easy; simply follow the steps given below:

Navigate to the desktop (Windows key + D)
Right click on the desktop and select New | Shortcut
Enter: shutdown /s /t 0 (a zero) in the location box and click Next
Enter a name for the shortcut and click Finish
Right click the shortcut on your desktop and select Pin to Start
Go the Start and drag the shutdown icon to a prominent place

If you want the icon on your taskbar, right click on the icon and select Pin to Taskbar

For a Restart button repeat the previous steps using shutdown /r /t 0 in the location box

If you want to change the icon displayed for the shortcut, complete the following steps:

Right click on the shortcut and select Properties
Click Change Icon (If you receive a Change Icon warning, simply click OK)
Select an Icon; Click OK twice to close the Change Icon and Properties windows

You do not have to be a computer wizard to create these icons; they can save time and frustration especially if you have difficulty finding the Shutdown and Restart commands in Windows 8. Try it!

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For more information on the Business Office Systems and Support department, contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu 972-238-6215.


Winter Holiday Templates

184406076 (640x640)If you are like me, you really enjoy the winter holidays. There are so many different activities to enjoy! With each activity usually comes an invitation, a sign, and even thank you cards. If you share a special holiday food with someone you may need recipe cards. To help with all of these things, you can use Microsoft Word’s great templates. Here are a few below:

Gift List

Winter Snowman Invitation

Holiday Party Invitation

1/2 page Party Invitation with Poinsettas

Family Holiday Newsletter

Winter Event Flyer

Holiday Gift labels

Elegant Event Menu

Holiday Place Cards

Poinsetta Thank You card

Enjoy your winter holidays!!

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For more information on the Business Office Systems and Support department, contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu 972-238-6215.


What Students Really Need to Hear

09-15-2014-final-478293049-150x150These are not my words.  They are the words of another teacher, speaking for all teachers everywhere!  Please take 5 minutes to either read the article or watch the video by this inspiring and very dedicated teacher, Chase Mielke.

Click here to watch the Video:  What Students Really Need to Hear

or

Click here to read the Article:  What Students Really Need to Hear

When you are discouraged and feel like giving up on school, try to remember what you learned from reading or watching what this teacher had to say about his students.  _____________________________________________________________________________________
For more information on the Business Office Systems and Support department, contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu 972-238-6215.

 


Thanksgiving Word Templates

187954920 (640x425)Are you planning your Thanksgiving dinner or event? If so, you can use Microsoft Word templates to help you create all the necessary documents. Templates are very easy to use. You just type your text into the placeholders. You can use the images included on them, or you can delete the images and add your own. Some templates can be printed and written on, if you prefer to do so.

Here are links to several of the files that can make your preparations much easier. Just right-click on each one and save the file to your computer:

Party Invitation

Fall Celebration sign

Place Card

Menu

Recipe Card

Thank You Card

Enjoy creating all of the items for your special celebration or event!

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For more information on the Business Office Systems and Support department, contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu 972-238-6215.