Nov 15 2012

Oracle @ LSE

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There are a large number of forms used by our colleagues in ARD, Finance and HR (to name but a few). These are used for a variety of reasons from requesting new and replacement ID cards to looking at payroll.

As the Oracle software version is out of date there are compatibility problems with Windows 7. The project team is working with these business units to plan and carry out the remedial activities required. Once this large piece of work is completed we can move these colleagues over to Windows 7…

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Nov 13 2012

Change Your Outlook……

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So, you have just been upgraded to Office 2010, and the first thing you probably look at is Outlook, and the first thing you will notice about Outlook is it looks familiar but also different. Well as The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy would say:

DON’T PANIC!

Outlook may look different but it offers some great improvements over its predecessors. Let’s take a look at the ‘ribbon’.

See that bar at the top of your Outlook screen, that is the ‘ribbon’. It is designed to help you quickly find the commands that you need to complete a task. Helpfully, you will find the ribbon used across Office 2010, so once you get used to using it in Outlook, you will be able to navigate around the other programs too!

You will find that commands are organized in logical groups that are collected together under tabs.   The tabs you will see in Outlook are ‘FILE, HOME, SEND/RECEIVE, FOLDER,VIEW, ADD-INS and CONFERENCING’.  These tabs will differ from program to program, but the principle of the ribbon will remain the same. Try having a look through the different tabs and finding the locations of functions you think you will use regularly in your work.

In addition, the ribbon can be customized to include custom tabs that you can personalize to better match your work style. We will take look at that in the future.

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Nov 10 2012

It’s Academic…

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Excellent progress has been made by the Windows 7 team.

There are now less that 100 Academic PCs left to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7. If you are one of those waiting to move over then please get in touch. We have contacted everyone but know how busy it is in Michaelmas Term!!!

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Nov 9 2012

Aero (but no bubbles)….

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In my last post I introduced “Aero Peek”, now let’s have a Peek (sorry) at a couple of other “Aero” features.  In my humble opinion, these are two of the cooler new features of Windows 7.

“Aero Snap” allows you to take an open window and drag it to one side of the screen and ‘snap’ it to take up half of the screen. Doing this with multiple Microsoft Word documents for example would allow you to view two open documents side-by-side.

“Aero Shake” allows a person to grab an open window and ‘shake’ the mouse back and forth, doing so hides all other opened windows except the one selected.  Shaking the mouse again restores all hidden windows. 

As monitors continue to grow in size and more people transition into having multiple windows open at one time, I see these features being a convenient way to organize your work.  Give these tools a try for yourself, and if you encounter any problems and need some help, let me know!

Have a great weekend!

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Nov 7 2012

Taking you to Task(bar)……

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Hi all!

I wanted to take some time to start highlighting a few of the great new features in Windows 7.

If you have just upgraded to Windows 7, the new Taskbar is one of the most visible changes. The Quick Launch toolbar is gone. Now you can ‘pin’ applications to the toolbar. Try it for yourself. Pick an application and drag it to the Toolbar at the bottom of your screen.

Applications are now launched and managed from this toolbar. All open windows of a given application will be grouped together under a single icon. You can simply hover over this icon to get a thumbnail sized live look-in to each window, a feature known as “Aero Peek”.  While this may take some getting used to, I really like that it organizes windows better and allows a user to change applications more quickly and easily.

That’s all for now folks, next time we will have a look at some of the other “Aero” features of Windows 7.

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Nov 5 2012

Remember Remember……

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It’s Bonfire Night boys and girls! I hope some of you will be out celebrating in traditional fashion tonight.

On the subject of celebrating, I am happy to announce that we have successfully completed upgrading the Office of Development and Alumni Relations’ (ODAR) desktop computers to Windows 7.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole team for their co-operation throughout the process, it really was very much appreciated. Special thanks must go out to Vicki, who really went that extra mile to make our job as easy as possible.

Anyway I hope every one has a great Guy Fawkes night. Stay safe!

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Oct 29 2012

And its hello from me…..

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Hi! My name is Nicos and I am very excited at having recently joined the Windows 7 Project team!  It really is great to be working at such a venerable institution as LSE at such an exciting time.  I will be keeping you updated regularly on all matters Windows 7/Office 2010 related, so if you have any questions/suggestions then drop as a line. You can reach me on its.win7project@LSE.ac.uk. My email is always open! :-)

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Oct 26 2012

For the betterment of LSE

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Welcome to the new Windows 7 Project Blog

Abi Rahman is the Project Manager

Nicos Kyriacou is the Project Support and Administrator

From the end of next week we will be regularly blogging about the project and responding to any queries or concerns you may have.

In the meantime if you have anything that just cant wait please email

Its.Win7project@lse.ac.uk

Have a great weekend!

Posted by: Posted on by Abi Rahman