Saturday, January 4, 2014

TL Blogging Challenge Day #1 Tech Tip

A Tech Tip Hmmm. Internet, what are things you do not know? Things that you could use ... simplified? There are so many tutorials out there on a bazillion topics. And what's hard for some is easy for others and vice versa.

I guess for today I'll start pretty easy because it's Saturday and I'm just not feeling something more complicated yet ... but if you've got a request please comment and I'll put it on the blog post list! I didn't know this for the longest time so maybe you didn't either?

If you are going to be adding anything besides text. And I mean ANYTHING besides text ... borders, frames, photos, clip art, etc. Or even just text but in a different layout than the standard five paragraph start at the top and fill in to the bottom of the page type text ... then for the love of all that is simplifying your life DO NOT try to make said document or flyer or what have you in Word. The formatting will drive you INSANE because you move an element 2 mm to the right and it messes everything up. And then you are sad and try to move it back and it moves something else on the page in an entirely different direction. Then you start pulling hair out.

Use Powerpoint. Or Keynote. Or even Google Presentations. You can move all elements around, layer them in front of or behind each other, and where you put stuff? It stays put! It's amazing. Mind blown?

You're welcome.

Need screenshots to help you visualize? This blogger has already done a great job so I am not going to reinvent the wheel today. Maybe I'm going to see Saving Mr. Banks instead of even finding an image to add to this post. Oh and grocery shopping for school lunches. Which is not as fun.


This challenge came from Cybrarian Jen at Where Books and Technology Meet. I won't be doing them all straight through but you'll see at least a couple pop up a week.

5 comments :

  1. I think the exception would be the Word that has a Publishing Layout option. That's about all I use for documents because it operates like a nice cross between Word and Publisher. Everything goes in text boxes and it stays where it's supposed to be.

    Love this challenge--headed over to hook up now!

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    1. I seriously had never heard of such a thing. But there it is ... on my Mac. I wonder if it's on Windows (ie school ... cause even though we did just get new machines we're still in the dark ages with Windows ... and they are so tied down I can't even change my flipping home page but here I am going off on a tangent and being long winded :P)? Quick googling says no but quick googling is not definitive. Anyway. Templates and I have never gotten along too well (the worst? LABEL templates. EEEK!) so I just like to do my own thing. I will have to try it. I just have Word issues from so many years of fighting it.

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  2. How do you limit the size of photos in Blogger? It seems like there is a limit to the photos you could include in your blog posts!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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    1. I've heard of bloggers hitting a limit but I'm not there yet. Good question!

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  3. I need to remember try the Publishing mode. Thanks for the tip and idea! I have to admit that I love Word more than Publisher, and a lot more than PowerPoint so much of what I make is still in Word. I've run into so many of the same problems though, and it's SO annoying and time-consuming!

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