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Prevent CrashPlan Backups from Taking Place on your Home Network

Prevent your backup from occurring on a home network. Note:  this must be completed when you can connect to your home network. Continue reading “Prevent CrashPlan Backups from Taking Place on your Home Network”

View Your CrashPlan Backup Progress

To see your backup progress, simply click on the CrashPlan icon in the top bar on your screen, click on the Gear icon and select “Open Code42 CrashPlan…” Continue reading “View Your CrashPlan Backup Progress”

Pause CrashPlan Backup when on a Slow Network

If you are not on campus and you notice web pages loading very slowly, you may want to temporarily pause the CrashPlan backup process to free up traffic to and from your computer. Continue reading “Pause CrashPlan Backup when on a Slow Network”

Convert MS Office Docs with Equations to Google Docs

Equations can be problematic when converting MS Word docs to Google Docs.  Using the steps below, after you convert your document, the equation will be displayed as an image and not editable from within Google Docs, but it is better than having to recreate the entire document from scratch. Continue reading “Convert MS Office Docs with Equations to Google Docs”

Convert MS Office Docs to Google Docs

You can convert MS Office documents one at a time or many at one time.  Either way, you will be dragging documents (Word, Excel, or PowerPoint) from your computer to your Google Drive.   Continue reading “Convert MS Office Docs to Google Docs”

Organize Your Google Drive

Creating an organized environment in your Google Drive may save you time (and frustration) from searching endlessly for that Google Doc that was shared with you last week.   The tips below will help improve your productivity and organization in Google Drive.

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Advanced Google Search

When most of us want to find something on the web we simply go to, type a phrase or question and hope that we get all of our answers on the first page. Unfortunately, that happens a LOT less than we’d like.

A LONG time ago, people used to memorize something called “boolean” expressions (OR, AND and NOT, for example)  to really find ‘exactly’ what they wanted but they were hard to remember. To help with this, Google built a very easy to use “Advanced” search tool.

First, here’s how to find it. You can visit the advanced search page directly at or you can choose it from the main google search page (

  • Visit
  • Select “Settings” in the lower right-hand corner of the page

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  • Select “Advanced Search”

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  • You will now find yourself at Google’s Advanced Search page, which looks like this:

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Ok, so now you’ve found the proper page, how do you use it? The good news, just read the descriptions next to each field and you’ll get a good idea on what text to enter. The real trick is to use a number of these fields to narrow down the very best results you can find on the internet. For example, doing a PBL on Eggplant but you’re tired of getting eggplant parmesan recipes?

try the following:w

  • In “All these words:” type “eggplant”
  • In “none of these words:” type “parmesan”
  • Click “Advanced Search” at the bottom.

The results are dramatically different. There are many uses for these advanced search options so give some of them a try!


Interesting Article? Save it to Read Later.

Remember the days of searching the library Card Catalog  for information for your research paper?   It was the one place that organized all the books, magazines, and reference materials available to you in the library. The card catalog was organized in a way that allowed you to search for materials by subject, author, or title.   Fast forward to today:  Google, Bing, DuckDuckGO, websites, blogs, Wikipedia – how do you save all your reference materials and articles of interest that you want to save to read later or share with your team?

There are many ways and many places to save articles for later reading.   We have a few apps suggestions that may fit your work style.  It is definitely a personal preference and each app offers something different.  Which app do you think Melvil Dewey would recommend?

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Teach your Mac how to spell new words… and then change your mind!

Spellcheck is awesome right! Well, mostly. It may not know new words and it often offers suggestions to make changes that you don’t want. Did you know you can teach your Mac new word spellings? Further, did you know you can teach it misspellings by accident? Did you know you can also “undo” any misspellings you’ve taught your computer? Continue reading “Teach your Mac how to spell new words… and then change your mind!”

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