Computer Tips

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Summary: 

While taking online classes, you may need to configure your computer, folders or files for ease of use and submission.  Use these computer tips to stay organized and minimize technical issues.   

Content:

Topics include: 

  1. File Management 
  2. Browsers & Settings 
  3. Clearing the Browser Cache 
  4. Taking a Screenshot 
  5. Using a Chromebook 

File Management 

There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find an assignment file especially under time constraints. It is important that you practice good file management. Here are some tips for organizing your files: 

  1. Use OneDrive to save and share your files no matter which computer you are using.  

  •  OneDrive is available for faculty and students through Office 365. 
  • When you are saving your file, pay attention to where you are saving it and be sure to save it to your OneDrive.  
  1. Name files logically and consistently  

  1. Use folders to organize files 

  • Create a new folder for each course 

  1. Save frequently, or turn on Autosave in Office 365 productsTurn on AutoSave (microsoft.com) 

 

Browsers & Settings 

 

Clearing Your Cache 

Each time you access a file through your web browser, the browser caches (i.e., stores) it. By doing this, the browser doesn't have to retrieve files (including images) from the remote web site each time you click back or forward. 

cookie is a file created by a web browser, at the request of a web site, that is then stored on a computer. These files typically store user-specific information such as selections in a form, shopping cart contents, or authentication data. Browsers will normally clear cookies that reach a certain age, but clearing them manually may solve problems with web sites or your browser. 

A browser's history is a log of sites that you visit. When you press a browser's back button, you are moving back one entry in the history log. Browsers will normally clear the history at regular intervals, but you may want to clear it manually for privacy considerations. 

 

Taking a Screenshot 

Sometimes the technical issue is more complicated, and you may need to request assistance. You may be required to take a screenshot of the issue to share with the support assistant.  For instructions on taking a screenshot using a variety of computers and devices, see How to take a screenshot (take-a-screenshot.org). 

 

Using a Chromebook 

Chromebooks are an inexpensive and easy alternative to a PC or laptop.  As with any machine or device, it is important to understand how your Chromebook meets your needs.    

One of the most significant differences is that a Chromebook uses cloud-based applications and storage rather than running programs and saving files on your computer. You might consider using Office 365 available to you through your school account, in addition to the Google apps available to you. 

If you are using a Chromebook for your course at GSC, you will need to get familiar with how to create and save documents easily that can be printed or uploaded into your course.  Unfortunately, Chromebooks do not support any software programs other than those that are cloud-based and supported by Chromebooks.  This is a limitation if you need specific software for a course or your program.  It will be your responsibility to consider other options for accessing that software.  

The following are resources you may find helpful

  1. Basic information about Chromebooks (Or for more detailed tutorials see Chromebook Basics by GCF Global) 
  2. Chromebook Help 
  3. Tour of Your Chromebook 
  4. Open, save or delete files including information on how to change where your files are saved. 
  5. How to Use Zoom on a Chromebook  
  6. File types and external devices that work on Chromebooks

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Details

Article ID: 4229
Created
Wed 10/13/21 10:46 AM
Modified
Wed 10/13/21 10:48 AM
Applicable Institution(s):
Granite State College (GSC)