Archive for the ‘How To’ Category

Web Wednesday: Expression Web 3 Tutorial

December 8th, 2009

From the ever prolific and helpful folks at SitePoint, a tutorial using Microsoft Expression Web 3:

Update: If you are an ECU faculty or staff member, you are eligible to get Expression Web from the ECU Download Center.  If you are an ECU student, you can get the full Expression Web Suite (and many other pieces of software) for free directly from the Microsoft DreamSpark site.

In addition, there are additional tutorials (including video tutorials) at:

How To, Web Design

New CommonSpot Tuesday Tutorial: Image Cycling

December 2nd, 2009

The newest CommonSpot Tuesday Tutorial is up at the CommonSpot Blog.  Check out how to easily create an image rotating/cycling effect, as can be seen on this page.

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Tuesday Tutorial: Multiple Tab Element

November 24th, 2009

Tuesday Tutorial: Adding Style Sheets in CommonSpot

November 18th, 2009

A special Wednesday version of Tutorial Tuesday is up at the CommonSpot blog, about how to add CSS style sheets to a CommonSpot page.

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Survey Sunday: Full Shared Access

November 15th, 2009

Web Wednesday

November 4th, 2009

This week on Web Wednesday we’re talking about setting permissions in MyWeb. If you have a website that you want to give someone else access to, it’s very simple. Here’s how:

To give someone access to your site, you can go to PiratePanel (via or, login, and select Manage Web Space. Once there, you can use the Configure Site Security to see who has access to your site. You can switch the site from private (only you can see it) to public (everyone can see it), or even to custom (you specify who can see it).

To add a specific person, select the Custom access option, and you’ll see a Custom Permissions window displayed. This lists what users have access to your site, and what level of access they have. Using this screen, you can add any Pirate ID to the access list. If you give them “Modify” access, they can access your site via PiratePanel and add/delete files. Full access will also give users the ability to manage your entire site, including the access list. This is perfect for departmental sites where many users will be making changes.

If you want to add a group to the access list, you can do it by adding the group’s “alias name”, which can be found in Outlook. Search the address book for the group (for instance, every class and section has it’s own group), and open the address book entry. On the address book entry, there will be a field called Alias name. That name is accepted into PiratePanel so you can grant access to an entire class without typing in the students individually.

You can customize your site’s security any way you wish using this screen, so try it out and see for yourself!

How To, MyWeb

NTLM Permissions in Firefox

October 30th, 2009
When accessing ECU Collaborate, Internet Explorer users can configure their browsers to seamlessly log them in.  It automatically passes the users Windows credentials to the browser when it detects authentication.  Firefox users always had to log in regardless.  At least I thought.
Today in one of my blog RSS feeds, I ran across a link to another blog that allows NTLM authentication in Firefox.  It requires changing the about:config in Firefox.  It is really straightforward so I won’t rehash what they have already detailed. 
The URI you’ll want to use is for Sharepoint.  If you encounter any other sites you use that require authentication, you can add those as well delimited by commas.  It will depend on if the web site is set to integrated authentication so it still may prompt you to authenticate.
This is still only going to work for Windows users that prefer to use Firefox. 

How To, SharePoint

Tutorial Tuesday: Use CommonSpot to Make a Slide Show

October 27th, 2009

The newest Tutorial Tuesday post up is at the CommonSpot blog.  Learn how easy it is to make a JavaScript lightbox slide show (like this) with CommonSpot. All the details are over here.

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Viewing Only Unread / Unflagged Messages in Microsoft Outlook

October 19th, 2009

I was able to use the power of Google to find a very quick, informative tip on creating a view in Outlook that will show only the unread / unflagged messages in the current folder:

I followed the instructions, and now I can apply this view to any folder.  Give it a try.

I haven’t tried this in Entourage for the Mac, but plan to do so to see if the tip translates to the Mac side of the house.

How To, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows