I usually think of myself as pretty computer savvy. I give a ton of computer instruction when I’m teaching and tutoring, and my coworkers often ask me for tech advice, though that might just be because I’m the young one. Plus I’m married to a computer geek, so I’ve at least heard all of the lingo. (Sidenote: I love that Fortran, Lisp, Gnu, and Python are all programming language names that people take seriously, and that they aren't even the strangest ones.)
But right now I feel extremely n00bish.
I was helping a student with the text of his Powerpoint today when he blew my mind with Shift-Tab, which lets you move out a level in a Word or PPT outline. Maybe everybody already knew this, but I’ve been spending time and effort clicking around and cutting and pasting to “trick” the programs into letting me get from some subpoint back out to a new Roman Numeral. And trying to teach my haphazard “technique” to confused students always failed miserably. I'm so excited to finally have an easy solution.
I guess it might be silly to blog about Shift-Tab here since it applies more to students and teachers than to writers, but I’ll just assume that there’s at least a few
anal meticulous planners out there who like their story outlines to be perfectly formatted, and that shift-tab and I just changed their lives forever.
I also can’t seem to get a handle on the nuances of Blogger, which is sort of embarrassing. For example, I’m confused by the fact that I seem to have two profiles: the Blogger one and the Google friend connect one. Can I only follow other blogs using the Google friend one, and if so, how do I put a picture on it or get it to link to my blog? Do I have to do so through my gmail account somehow? WHAT IS HAPPENING?
I'd also like to know how to set up those nifty “You Might Also Like” previews eventually. I guess I should go browse the widgets once I have enough entries for such a feature to be worth it.
And I thought the Great Font Size Battle of 2010 would be my last Blogger issue.
I have so much to learn.