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Are You and Your Students On The Same Page?

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Are You and Your Students On The Same Page?

This post is part of the Effective Technical Trainer series Context is King Context plays a huge part on how we mean our words and how they are interpreted by others. If I tell a student in a Microsoft Word class that one can record one’s keystrokes as a macro, the student knows that I’m talking about Microsoft Word macros and not Microsoft Access macros because of the context of both of us being in a Word class. But not all contexts are so cut-and-dry and oftentimes, we might be surprised when we said one thing to someone and they’ve...

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How to erase image backgrounds in Photoshop

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How to erase image backgrounds in Photoshop

This post is part of the Learning Photoshop series. The Background Eraser Tool, which shares a space on the Tools panel with the Eraser Tool and the Magic Eraser Tool, allows you to remove the background color from an image while retaining the foreground color. The trick to using the Background Eraser Tool is to keep the crosshair that is in the center of your cursor on the background color as you drag and make sure that part of your brush cursor is on the foreground color. You will want to choose a large enough brush size so that you...

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Quickly Insert Online Images in Office 2016 Documents

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Quickly Insert Online Images in Office 2016 Documents

You can easily insert images from the Internet into your Microsoft Office 2016 documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote) by using the Online Pictures icon on the Insert Ribbon. What this does is allows you to search for images using Bing Image Search. Type in the description for what you are searching for in the Search Box and results matching your search term will display. You can then download the image and insert it into your document. Note that images are subject to copyright so be sure you obtain permission from the website’s owner before using any image publicly. Many...

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4 Steps to an Effective Technical Training Class

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4 Steps to an Effective Technical Training Class

 This post is part of the “Effective Technical Trainer” series. I knew I was in trouble when I walked into a week-long Microsoft Access on the first day of class as a student and noticed that there were no computers."Is this the where the Access class is being held?" I asked the stern-looking man sitting at the desk."Yes, have a seat." He picked up his clipboard. "Name please?"“But....but where are the computers?” I asked.“Computers will not be necessary for this course,” the instructor responded firmly. “This is a lecture-based course.”Needless to say, it was an extremely long week. I was...

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Excel 2016 Courses now available for download

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Excel 2016 Courses now available for download

Microsoft Excel 2016 Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now available for download from the PCM Courseware library. You can preview the first three chapters of each course from our Excel page.Microsoft Word 2016 courses are forthcoming.

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