Thursday, March 24, 2016

Install Office 2016 at Home - Free!

Did you know that as a part of the District 50 Office 365 subscription you and your students can install full versions of familiar Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint to a home device? Our subscription plan allows you to install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Android, iPad, and Windows tablets.
Today we are going to walk through the process.
Note: My screenshots may look a bit different from your Office 365 as I’m using  the “Cats” theme :)

Step 1:Log in

D50 Office 365 account.
Use your D50 email and password
In the upper left corner of the window, click on Office 365

Step 2: Install Office

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This will bring up a wizard. Follow the steps as displayed.
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When the install is complete, you will see this window:Install Office 365 4.JPG

Step 3: Log in to your Office Products

You only need to log into one product to receive maximum benefits from Office Onedrive - Access to files anywhere with an internet connection and 1TB cloud storage!

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Always remember when logging into Microsoft products use your Work or School account!

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Change the Default Font in Google Docs

Tired of always having to switch the default font from Arial to your favorite font?
Help is on the way!
Google Docs - Set a default font
To set a different font for all your new documents:
  1. Open a Google Doc and begin typing.
  2. Highlight the text and, from the toolbar, select the font you want to add as the default.
  3. Click the Format menu.
  4. Hover over "Paragraph styles," and then "Normal Text," and select Update 'Normal text' to match.
  5. With the text still highlighted, click the Format menu again, hover over "Paragraph styles," and then "Options," and select Save as my default styles.
Once the default font has been set, all new documents that you create will use this font until you change the default option again.
This same method works for changing the default font in Google Slides!

Add fonts to your font list in Google Docs

In supported languages, you can add new fonts to your font list if they don't appear in the list already.
  1. Click the current font to open the font list.
  2. At the bottom of the list, click Add fonts.
  3. Browse or search for new fonts.
  4. Click a font to add it to your "My fonts" list.
  5. To sort your fonts, or change how they will appear in your list, use the "Sort" and "Show" drop-down menus.
  6. When finished, click OK.

When you return to your document, your new fonts will be highlighted in your font list.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Free Image Sources

Free Image Sources
Quality images definitely make a difference in documents and presentations. It’s easy to Google search an image, but it isn’t always the best source. Often times we grab the first usable image we find, even if it isn’t very good. Sometimes, we may not even use the search parameter for finding “Free to use or share” images.
Here is a list of some of my favorite sites for finding images. I hope you find one or two that are useful to you!

Royalty Free Images:
Don’t be tied to Google for finding images. There are lots of options - check them out!
I like them all, but be sure to look at Unsplash  and OpenPhoto - both offer gorgeous, high resolution photos for you to download and use.

Here are some excellent sites for images:
Copyright Friendly  - a large resource of royalty image sites.

I must mention Kozzi. To use Kozzi, you must create an account (free) and pay $1 for each image you download. Still a bargain, and sometimes it is worth paying for the perfect picture.

Free Clip Art:
There are lots of these, but I really love these cute graphics!

Looking for text images? Try this graphics generator:

Getting creative with photos:
You don’t have to be a Photoshop guru to have a little fun with photos. Here are 3 sites that can keep you busy creating fun photo projects for days!

Do you have a fabulous resource that isn’t listed here? I’d love to hear from you!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Organizing Bookmarks in Chrome

Do you use bookmarks in Chrome? Do you have so many that it's getting impossible to find them?
Let's talk organizing Chrome bookmarks.

From bookmark chaos to bookmark order!

First a refresher:

To create a bookmark for the page you're on, click the star icon in the address bar. You can then find your new bookmark on the bookmarks bar at the top of your browser window.

Now let's organize!

Drag and Drop
  1. Simply drag and drop bookmarks to place them where you want them on the bookmarks bar.
  2. Right click on bookmarks and folders to edit or delete.
  3. Right click on bookmarks bar to add folders.Bonus tip: To fit more bookmark icons on the bar, right click/edit and shorten or remove the name entirely! 
Bookmark Manager
This is especially helpful if you have folders that you want to clean up or reorganize. 
  1. Go to the Chrome settings icon (upper right hamburger button)
  2. Hover over Bookmarks/click on Bookmarks Manager.
  3. Click on organize to add a page or folder or reorder by title.
Importing Bookmarks from Internet Explorer

First you will need to export your bookmarks from IE. Click here for instructions.

In Chrome:

  1. Go to the Chrome settings icon.
  2. Hover over Bookmarks. 
  3. Click on Import bookmarks and settings.
  4. Choose Internet Explorer
  5. Chrome will create a folder of your imported bookmarks. 
Here is a short video tutorial on organizing Chrome bookmarks: