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Infographic: Seven Guiding Principles of ITIL 4

Posted on 2/28/19 12:49 PM by Get Schooled in ITIL, in ITIL 4

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Count your clicks to fine-tune text selections (InDesign CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 2/5/19 11:00 AM by Get Schooled in InDesign, in Adobe, in adobe indesign

You can click and drag the cursor over a block of text to select it, but that’s not always the most efficient way. Sometimes a text thread spans across multiple pages, or you almost highlight all the text you need but come up a few words or characters short. An easier way is to insert the cursor in the text block and click the right number of times to get the selection you desire. For example click your cursor anywhere in a word, then:

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Zoom in and out while painting and never skip a beat! (Photoshop CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 2/5/19 11:00 AM by Get Schooled in photoshop, in Adobe Photoshop

Whether you’re painting or masking with the Brush tool, one thing holds true: You often need to zoom way in for precision pixel control, but then zoom back out to get a big-picture preview. But switching between the Brush and Zoom tools so frequently will disrupt your painting groove. Not to worry. You can swap tools and remain efficient with a simple keyboard combination.

First, you need to enable Scrubby Zoom: Choose the Zoom tool and select Scrubby Zoom on the Tool Options bar. Now, select the Brush tool and get painting. To zoom in while using the Brush tool, press and hold [command][Space Bar] ([Ctrl][Space Bar] in Windows) to temporarily switch to the Zoom tool. Drag to the right to zoom in or to the left to zoom out. Release the keys to resume using the Brush tool.

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Share adjustment layers with multiple images and save time (Photoshop CS5/CS6/CC)

Posted on 1/22/19 12:01 AM by Get Schooled in photoshop, in Adobe Photoshop

If you’ve ever needed to apply the same adjustment layer to multiple images, you may have gotten frustrated opening each one, adding the adjustment layer(s) and configuring the settings. For example, maybe you have a batch of images all shot under the same lighting that need the same Exposure adjustment. You don’t have to configure each one individually, because there’s a more clever way to accomplish this: Drag the adjustment layer from one image to another to copy it. Open the first image, add an adjustment layer, and configure the settings. Next, open a second image and arrange the two image windows side by side. Then, with the original image active, click the adjustment layer from the layers panel, and drag and drop it on the second open image. Repeat for each image to which you want to apply the adjustment!

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The Data Journey – Path to Your Future?

Posted on 1/7/19 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in cloud, in cloud computing

Do you find yourself thinking so hard about what you want to do next in your career that you just get frustrated? You’re not alone. With so much constantly going on in the IT world sometimes its too much to think about, and at other times you just see nothing.

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Change your slides’ orientation (PowerPoint 2016/2013)

Posted on 1/7/19 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Power Point, in powerpoint, in tips & tricks powerpoint

Maybe you simply want to mix things up. Or perhaps your presentation data lends itself more to a portrait orientation. Either way, you can change the orientation of your slideshow slides from landscape to portrait.

First, ensure you’re in Normal view. Open your slideshow and select the View tab on the main ribbon. In the Presentation Views group, click on Normal. Next, select the Design tab on the main ribbon. In the Customize group, click on Slide Size. Choose Custom Slide Size. In the resulting Slide Size dialog box, click on Portrait in the Slides area. Click OK. In the resulting Microsoft PowerPoint dialog box, choose to either maximize your view, potentially losing some data around the edge, or you can ensure that all data will fit on the slide.

Be aware: This technique changes the orientation of every slide within a slideshow. You can’t switch between portrait- and landscape-oriented slides within the same presentation.

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Get Proactive about Getting More Cloud Training – Make Your Case!

Posted on 1/7/19 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Azure, in cloud, in cloud computing

You need to expand your knowledge and add new skills to improve your ability to work in the cloud.

Your company wants to make more money, and since you’re employed by them it is their hope that you will contribute to generating more of that money.

This is important to remember as you think about the technology training you want and need to expand your skills to work in the cloud. You’re hoping that your company will send you for that training, but you should also remember that hope is not a strategy!

Consider Yourself an Investment

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The Problem is… what happens when it starts to grow?

Posted on 1/7/19 8:00 AM by Get Schooled in Azure, in cloud, in cloud computing, in Windows Azure

No, we’re not talking about a horror movie in which astronauts find a cute little baby space creature and adopt it… we’re talking about data.

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Deselect a cell without starting over with your selection (Excel 2016)

Posted on 12/27/18 10:00 AM by Get Schooled in excel tips & tricks, in excel training, in Microsoft Excel

While selecting a number of cells, it’s easy to accidentally click on a cell you didn’t intend to include. But you don’t have to start over with your selection after every misclick. You can deselect the mistakes.

Press and hold the [Ctrl] key while clicking on any cells you want to deselect. While holding down [Ctrl], you can also click on any additional cells you want to add to your selection.

This feature is only available with an Office 365 subscription.

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Put the MySQL driver to bed and start using PDO to modernize PHP (PHP)

Posted on 12/27/18 10:00 AM by Get Schooled in PHP

MySQL is the Greenland shark of the internet, outliving other technologies and growing at a comparably slow pace. Technology has finally overcome MySQL, leaving it archaic. The superior replacement is PHP Data Objects (PDO). Not only does it implement PDO transition investment from several libraries to just one, but it also shortens the time to master the library, reduces maintenance requirements, and trims the number of bugs and points of failure. 

Apply this code to connect with databases using PDO: try { $conn = new PDO ( "mysql: host = localhost; dbname = database ' , $ user , $ pass ) ; $conn -> setAttribute ( PDO :: ATTR_ERRMODE , PDO :: ERRMODE_EXCEPTION ) ; } Catch ( PDOException $e ) {
Echo "ERROR:" . $e -> getMessage ( ) ; }

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