Have you ever needed to poll a group for a decision? This can be a question as simple as where to go for lunch all the way up to a decision to make a policy change. Instead of calling a number of people on the phone or calling a meeting, especially with geographically separated participants, you can use Outlooks Voting Features.
- Create and open the message you want to add voting options to.
- Click on the Options tab.
- Click the Using Voting Buttons button in the Tracking group.
- Do one of the Following:
- To select a default set of options, select the appropriate option set from the drop-down menu
- To use your own options, click the Custom menu item. This will bring up a Properties box. Enter your own options in the Use Voting Buttons of the Voting and Tracking Options area.
To track voting Responses, click the Info Bar
in an open reply message and select View Voting Responses
from the resulting menu.
Having problems getting Blackboard to do what you want in Internet Explorer? Well, there may be a simple solution for you. Internet Explorer version 9 (IE9) has been redesigned by Microsoft to present web pages differently than in the past. While it is more secure, and ready for the new HTML5, it has wreaked havoc on many Web sites, including Blackboard. Fortunately, Microsoft anticipated this issue and provided a relatively simple way around it.
IE9 has what they call a Compatibility View. This allows Web sites that use "older" methods to work in IE even though it normally wouldn't support them. Blackboard is one Web-based application that requires
Compatibility View. Several of our Library databases also require Compatibility View to function.
OK, you ask, just how do I get it to go into this Compatibility View? Well, it's deceptively simple if you know where to look. When you open a Web page or Web application that needs Compatibility View, IE9 detects this and makes it available to you (see the picture below). To put your web page in Compatibility View, simply click the icon that looks like a broken or torn page, located to the right of where you type in your URL. When it turns blue, you are in Compatibility View. Your site will reload and, in most cases, function normally.
If you notice you are trying to edit an item in Blackboard, or one of the Library databases isn't working - or another site that used to work for you isn't doing its thing - check to see if that icon is present. If so, its a pretty good indication that you need to open it in Compatibility View.
For more information about the Compatibility View, contact Tim Hoffman, elearning specialist and trainer, at telephone extension 5316 or email email@example.com
Have you ever wanted to have all the emails pertaining to a discussion grouped together, so you could follow the whole thing at once, without the need to scroll up and down in your Inbox? With the new Conversations feature in Outlook 2010, you can.
Conversations automatically group together messages with the same subject. When a new message in the series is received, the whole conversation is moved to the top of the Inbox. This is the default for the Outlook Web Access that everyone gets to from the PVCC home page. Conversations need turned on if you are using Outlook 2010 installed on your office PC.
To turn on Conversations, simply click on the "View" tab at the top of your screen. The second Command Group from the left is called "Conversations." Click the box beside "Show as a Conversation" to turn this feature on. If you decide this isn't helpful to you, clear that same check box to turn it off.
When you first see a conversation, it will be collapsed under the shared subject. To view all the messages, click the expand arrow (>) to the left of the subject. All emails in that conversation will now be shown together.
For more information about the Conversations feature in Outlook 2010, contact Tim Hoffman, elearning specialist and trainer, at telephone extension 5316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org