Don’t pull out that flash drive yet!

On both PC and Mac computers there is a safe way to may sure you don’t corrupt your data..  PC instructions here from Microsoft:


Safely remove devices from your computer

If you unplug a storage device or removable drive from your computer while it’s transferring or saving information, you might risk losing some information. Windows provides a way to help you safely remove such devices.

Most USB devices can safely be unplugged and removed. When unplugging storage devices, such as USB flash drives or external hard drives, make sure that the computer has finished saving any information to the device before removing it. If the device has a small light that shows when it’s use, wait a few seconds after the light has finished flashing before unplugging it.

If you see the Safely Remove Hardware icon Picture of the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification area, at the far right of the taskbar, you can use this as an indication that your devices have finished all operations in progress and are ready to be removed. If you don’t see the Safely Remove Hardware icon, click the Show hidden icons button to display all icons in the notification area.
Picture of the notification area
The notification area, at the far right of the taskbar
To safely remove a certain device, click the Safely Remove Hardware icon Picture of the Safely Remove Hardware icon, and then, in the list of devices, click the device that you want to remove. Windows will display a notification telling you it’s safe to remove the device.

On a Mac, right click the drive and chose eject, OR drag the drive to the trash.  It is in the menu if the drive is selected also, as shown here:




Where are my folders?

Folders you created in the previous version of the outlook web app are still there.  A couple lines below your inbox should be  a link that says More.more

Click on that and it will show your full inbox below with the subfolders inside.

expanded The inbox that you see at the top is only the inbox itself and doesn’t show the subfolders.


Flagging email for follow up

Clicking on the flag at the top of an email flags it of course, but there’s more to it than that.  If you right click the flag you can choose the time period like you see hereflag

and then if you go to your tasks you can see a list of all the items you’ve tagged and when they are due.


Multiple browser tabs versus multiple browser windows

Another quick tip for anyone who didn’t know already.  If you want to separate one the tabs you have open in your browser into a separate window, just grab the tab and pull it out of the browser window and it will make it’s own. This is especially handy for those who have multiple monitors who would like to leave one things open all the time while they do other things in the browser.together



What is the best browser for the new email system

Excellent question.  The official answer is Internet Explorer 11.  Extensive testing however, shows the current Google Chrome works pretty much flawlessly for the email system as well.  Firefox, Safari, and various other browsers have been very poor.

If you have an older PC running Windows XP (or Vista) you are not going to have the best email experience with IE, because your browser is old.  Google chrome will still perform well on most of those systems but not all.

If you don’t have Chrome and would like it you can download it here:, choose download from the top.  As with any download, read the dialogues that appear and uncheck extra junk (like making yahoo your start page, or adding the ask toolbar)



Eppley Email Migration

On Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016, all Eppley faculty, staff and student Outlook email accounts are scheduled to be moved from the UNMC premises to a cloud hosted by Microsoft. The migration is scheduled to start at 1:00 am and complete by 4:00 am.  It should be complete when you come in to work on, February 23rd.  

On Your Desktop:
With the email move to cloud, you will no longer use  to access email from off-campus. You will be able to access email by going to 

On Your Mobile Device:
You will need to delete your current profile (email setup) and set it up again with new information. The information and instructions on how to set up your UNMC Outlook Email on your mobile device can be found at à [Instruction for Mobile] [Video]. 

Off Campus Email access
With the email move to cloud, you will no longer use  to access email from off-campus. There is no need for VPN.  You will be able to access email by going to  

With the move you will

1)      Receive 28 GB of email storage (an increase from the current 2 GB)
2)      Be able to add more than 2 mobile devices (up to 100 devices)
3)      Be able to access email from Office 365

More helpful information:

d. – Video

We also have this printable PDF available with the basics if you would like one.  Thanks


New scams and Phishing alerts – Apple store

If you get an email receipt for purchases you made at the iTunes/Apple store and you didn’t make a purchase…delete it.  It’s a phishing scam.  If you click on the

If you haven’t authorized this transaction ,click the link below to get full refund

Go to the Help Centre at: http:/

It does not take you to Apple even though the page looks like Apple.  They are trying to steal your ID and password.


PowerPoint and Display Sizes


For some other considerations re screen choices you can visit RichterScale’s article here.

In order to make your slides fit the device you are presenting on and eliminate letterboxing issues like the ones shown here, you need to change the ratio of height to width on the slides to an appropriate value.  Changing this setting before putting a presentation together would save labor obviously but it isn’t always possible to know ahead of time where a presentation is going to be used.

Widescreen devices are typically 16:9 including most newer TV’s and projectors.  1080p (1920×1080) is a popular size and simple math tells us that it is a 6:9 format

1920 / 16 * 9 = 1080

Other devices, such as older projectors and televisions are still in the older 4:3 ratio.  Many 21″ monitors and most tube type televisions fall into this category.  1600×1200 is popular resolution

1600 / 4 * 3 = 1200

In PowerPoint, you should change your slides to be the proper ratio.  How to do this depends on the version.  In PowerPoint 2013, click the Design tab, slide sizeand over to the right, select Slide Size and you will see the ratio choices.  In older versions, this is found under File, Page Setup instead.   For more tips on using the latest Microsoft office apps, see the guides here.  Help with preparing slides for publication?  See the blog entry here.