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Self Help Documents: Special Topics

OTS is pleased to offer the following PDF publications and Flash movie tutorialsmovie tutorialas self-help technology resources for the Towson University community. (For other non-profit use please refer to our copyright information.) To open a publication or play a movie tutorial, click on its title. If your browser does not properly display the publication, you may need to install a free copy of Adobe Reader. If your browser does not properly display the movie, you may need to install a free copy of Adobe Flash Player. To search this page for a specific word or phrase, press Ctrl-F.

Acrobat
PDF Security: Creating an Uneditable PDF Document
Microsoft Office 2013 has a new feature that allows users to open a PDF document. While this is a great new tool, it gives readers the ability to edit your PDF document unless you protect it. This self-help document will step you through how to change the security options of a PDF thereby restricting the user’s ability to make changes.
Audacity
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Audacity: Basic Use
Audacity is a powerful sound editing tool. In this self help document, you will learn to record, play and save an audio file.

File Delivery Service
Movie Tutorial

Audio IncludedFDS: File Delivery Service
This movie tutorial will step you through how to access the FDS and create an express delivery.

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FDS: Create a FDS Account to Access a Delivery
This self-help document will instruct users outside the Towson network on how to create a recipient account in FDS.

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FDS: Create and Manage Packages
This self-help document will step you through how to create packages with meta-information (which may be used later to search for specific packages when creating a report). It will also show you how view reports.

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FDS: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This self-help document answers frequently asked questions regarding the File Delivery Service.

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FDS: Creating a Group
You may create a group in the File Delivery Service very much like you create a distribution list in Outlook. It allows you to group e-mail addresses under one name. A message sent to a group goes to all the recipients listed in the group.

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FDS: Access the FDS and Create and Express Delivery
Towson University’s File Delivery Service is an outlet for TU users to securely share files too large to send as attachments through conventional delivery services. This self-help document will step you through how to access the FDS and how to create an express delivery. 

MEEC: Work at Home Software
SH Doc Icon MEEC Work at Home Software
The Maryland Education Enterprise Consortium (MEEC) provides certain software at reduced pricing or in some cases free for eligible faculty and staff and participating institutions. This self-help document will step you through the process of creating a MEEC account and obtaining software.
Network Drives
SH Doc Icon Managing Network Drives: An Overview
Network drives are extra storage containers located on another computer called a server where you can store data. Network drives are easily accessible both on and off campus. You also have the ability to restore deleted or incorrectly modified files on a network drive. In this self-help document you will learn how to access your drives and restore previous versions of a document.
Panopto
SH Doc Icon Panopto: Quick Reference Guide
This easy to use Quick Reference Guide will get you up and running quickly with Instructional Recording using Panopto
SH Doc Icon Panopto: Enrolling in the Panopto Support Community Site
OTS Training has created a Blackboard community site called Panopto Support. There are a multitude of resources available in this community including online training, self-help documentation, user testimonials and more.
PeopleSoft
Movie Tutorial Audio IncludedPeopleSoft Campus Solutions Upgrade
A recent upgrade to the PeopleTools (Campus Solutions) environment has resulted in slight navigational changes to the site. In this quick video tutorial, you will be provided with an overview of the navigational changes.
Picture Manager
Movie Tutorial Audio IncludedPicture Manager: Cropping
Learn how to crop pictures using Microsoft Picture Manager software.
Movie Tutorial Audio IncludedPicture Manager: Auto Correct and Red Eye Tool
Take a tutorial on how to use Auto Correct and the Red Eye tool.
Poster Production

Poster Production: Guide for Students
The Student Computing Services (SCS) Lab in Cook 35 houses a large-format color printer that students may use to print posters in fulfillment of class assignments or for research expositions and conference poster sessions. This guide describes the procedure by which students may use this service and offers advice toward making their posters as engaging and effective as possible.

Setting up a PC
Movie Tutorial Setting Up a PC
If you are moving office, you will need to setup your PC in the new location. This quick self-help video will guide you through the setup process.
Security
Dell Data Protection: Securing USB Drives
To further protect PC’s that have access to sensitive data, the Dell Data Protection (DDP) client detects and encrypts USB/Flash drives when they are plugged into an encrypted system. This document will step you through the process of accessing data on an encrypted USB drive
Scanning

Scanning: Converting Hard Copies of Graphic Images to an Electronic Format
You may have a hard copy of a graphic image such as a map or picture that you wish to open in an electronic format. This self-help document takes you through the steps to scan a document as a graphic and then display that document in the SMART Notebook.


Scanning: Converting Hard Copies of Documents to an Electronic Format
You may have a hard copy of a document that you wish to open in an electronic format such as Microsoft Word. This self-help document takes you through the steps to scan a document as text and then display that document in Word.

Temporary Computer Administrator Rights Tool
SH Doc Icon Temporary Computer Administrator Rights Tool
The Temporary Computer Administrator Rights Tool allows faculty and staff to grant temporary administrator access to a workstation for up to 3 hours. Permission may be granted to yourself or an alternate NetID (such as a student employee or graduate assistant).
Twitter
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Twitter: Twitter Basics
Twitter is a social networking community centered around the concept of micro-blogging. In this document you will learn the basics of Twitter, including tweeting, following, and finding your target audience.

Webcam
SH Doc Icon Installing a Webcam:  Logitech HD Pro (plug and play)
When using web conferencing software such as Lync and WebEx, you may want to install a webcam to get the most out of your web conferencing experience. This self-help document will step you through how to install a standard webcam (Logitech HD Pro) using the plug and play technique (no software installation).
Web Resizer
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Preparing Web Images with WebResizer.com
There are dozens of applications well suited to the image processing tasks associated with Web publishing. But when it comes to preparing images for use on the Web, most of us need to do three, and only three, things: Resize, Crop and Optimize. This document describes WebResizer.com, a web-based application particularly well suited to these tasks.

Windows Movie Maker
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Windows Movie Maker: Installation Instructions
In this self-help document, you will learn how to make the Windows Movie Maker software available on your computer.

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Windows Movie Maker 6.0: Basics
Windows Movie Maker enables you to create movies on your computer with titles, transitions, music and narration. In this self-help document, you will learn how to create a movie using imported pictures. You will also learn how to add titles and transitions to a movie.

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Windows Movie Maker 6: Adding Narration, Audio and Music
This self-help document will show you how to record and add narration to your movie directly from Movie Maker. It will also show you how to import narration recorded from other sources or import music.

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