How-to resources

A wide range of 'how-to' articles have been created to support staff in their use of supported software.

Further tools and information can be found at: 

  • Microsoft Office training centre (opens in a new window) offers free online training and support in the Microsoft suite of programs
  • MyIT website (opens in a new window) offers IT related knowledge articles (MyIT icon is also located on your desktop)
  • TRIM training articles are available on the RAMS website (opens in a new window)
  • Western Sydney University staff have access to Lynda.com, a free online training library

To access the 'how-to' resources, all the resources are listed below (more than one page) or simply choose an individual topic from the drop down list below and press Submit.

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Microsoft PowerPoint

Using Summary Slides in PowerPoint (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - How to use Summary Slides (like a menu) in PowerPoint
Using Visual Identity in PowerPoint (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - At UWS all PowerPoint presentations must follow the Visual Identity guidelines and templates

Microsoft Word

Changing the highlight colour in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Using the 'Find and Replace' command, all highlighting can be changed to a different colour or removed.
Creating a header or footer in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Here how to add a header and/or footer in Word.
Creating a quick table in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - If you need to create a table in a hurry you can use the 'Plus' and 'Underscore' buttons.
Creating an index using a concordance file in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - A concordance file is a list of words to have included in an Index.
Creating quick lines in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - If you need to draw lines across the page quickly try these shortcuts.
Creating mailing labels in Word (PDF File 547.4 KB) (opens in a new window) - When you create mailing labels in Word you can save them for future use (like a template). In this document, we have explained how to create one from scratch.
Date Correction in Word Mail Merge (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Here is how to correct a date format when Mail Merge changes it.
Email - Mail Merge - with attachment (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - This VB script allows the user to attacxh a file to their Mail Merge Email
Files page (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Files page
Finding highlighted text in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - In Word you can use the Advanced Find function to find highlight text.
Footer on Landscape Page (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Here's how to put a footer on a Landscape page, with the page number in the same position as the portrait pages.
Format Pane.pdf (PDF File 98.8 KB) (opens in a new window) - Format_Pane.pdf
Hidden Text in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - If you want to hide text or instructions, use "Hidden".
Inserting a Field into a Header or Footer in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - You can insert a Field into a header or footer to automate your document.
Install New Fonts (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - How to install a new font not found in Word
Keyboard shortcuts in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - A set of time-saving keyboard shortcuts.
Mail Merge character limit (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - A Work-around for the Mail Merge character limit.
Modifying a Footnote (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Modifying a Footnote text
Modifying commands in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Here are some things you can do to customise Word to suit the way you work.
Modifying Footnote Text (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Here is how to change the text in your Word Footnote.
Moving or copying words in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - If you want to move or copy words there is a quicker way than 'Copy and Paste'.
Moving paragraphs in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - There are quicker options of moving paragraphs, other than cut/copy & paste.
Paste options in Word.pdf (PDF File 102.1 KB) (opens in a new window) - Paste_options_in_Word.pdf
Random Text in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Here is a shortcut to insert random text if you need it to demonstrate a function.
Related Documents (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Related Documents
Resetting the spell checker in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - The 'Ignore Once' or 'Ignore All' options may cause Word to bypass misspelled words.
Selecting text in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - This shows various ways to select text in Word.
Splitting Text (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Here's how to split text across a line.
Symbol shortcut (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Showing you a quick way to insert your favourite symbol.
Table tricks in Word (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Changing table/ cell margins, cell sizing and inserting lines.
Using Callouts in Word (PDF File 185.5 KB) (opens in a new window) - You use Callouts to focus on particular points especially if it is hard to see or work out.
Using the Clipboard.pdf (PDF File 46.4 KB) (opens in a new window) - Using_the_Clipboard.pdf

Publisher

Text box style (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Default Text box style

University systems and procedures

Accumulated Flex explained (MS Excel Document 736.8 KB) (opens in a new window) - This spreadsheet example shows you how to carryover and use any untaken flex on staff timesheets.
Backing up your data (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Tips for backing up your files when changing work computers.
Installing and Removing Programs (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - These instructions are used when you need to install an approved program on your computer.
Subscribing to E-Update (Western daily news) (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Keeping you informed of advertised University events, announcements and items of interest.
Using the Staff Directory (Standard Page ) (opens in a new window) - Instructions for how to search the online directory.

 

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