Using Google Forms to Create a Contact Website Form

I wanted a simple “Contact Us” form for a couple of websites and found just want I wanted here.

Go to your Google Docs account and create the form. When you are finished with the form, click on “More Actions” and edit the confirmation to add a link back to the website. Also under “More Actions” grab the embed code.

Follow the instructions from the linked website to set up email notification, paste the embed code into the web page, and you are ready to go.

The form will spit out information to your Google Docs spreadsheet and you’ll receive an email when it is updated.

I think it’s a nifty way to add a contact form to a website.

Office 2003 menu for Office 2010

Some of my Microsoft Office applications were 10 years out of date so a few months ago I decided to take the plunge and update to Office 2010.  I can tell it’s better but why Microsoft decided to dump their menu for these programs is beyond me.  I’ve spent a lot of time searching for some basic commands.  I’ve even, for the sake of office time, saved the document to the older format and moved it to my desktop computer which hasn’t been upgraded yet, and finished it there.  I had one Powerpoint presentation all finished except that I wanted the slide numbers to show.  After 5 minutes of trying to do it, I saved the presentation, opened it on my desktop in an older version of Powerpoint, turned on page numbering, saved it and walked away.

Finally I got the bright idea that out here on the internet somewhere, someone must have written an add on that restores the old menu.  Sure enough, there is.  It’s called UBitMenu and it’s a free download for private use.  Now, let me mention that I’ve not thoroughly tested this, but it appears to be just what the doctor ordered.  It adds the “classic menu” to Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.  Check it out here. Once installed, you’ll see a “menu” tab.  Click on it, and you’ll feel right at home again.

Also, I’ll mention that I’ve always liked the Windows 95 start menu.  When XP came out it had the built in option to turn that menu on rather than the “new and improved” XP version.   Then, when Windows 7 came out (I really like it, by the way) it had the Vista menu only.  Off I went to the internet and, once again, I found the problem solved, it’s called Classic Shell and it does just its name implies: it restores the Classic Menu option.

More useful tricks with Dropbox

I’ve already written about using Dropbox to put sermon audio online. Here’s another nifty use for Dropbox.

The bulk of our church bulletin is prepared in my home pastor’s study. It is then subject to final editing prior to printing at our church office. I used to update the bulletin and then email my version to the individual who finalizes it and prints it. She would copy it to her thumb drive and then take it to the church to print it.

These days I have separate Dropbox accounts for the church and for myself. Using the “share a folder” feature, I have a church bulletin/newsletter folder which is owned by the church Dropbox account that is shared with my personal Dropbox account.

It’s as simple an arrangement as you can imagine. I open the bulletin, which is in the shared Dropbox folder, put my information in it, save it, and walk away. The church bulletin is automatically updated in both the church office and sanctuary computers. If the bulletin is updated at the church office, it’s the same way. They save it and walk away. It’s automatically updated on the other computers.

The sanctuary computer’s copy of the bulletin is used for setting up announcements, etc. Most of the time it’s just a copy/paste operation from the bulletin to the worship projection software.

Okay, here are the steps:

  1. If you don’t have one yet, get a free DropBox account. Install it on all your personal computers. If you use this link to sign up, you’ll score some additional storage for me.
  2. Now, repeat the process to get a Dropbox account for your church. Install it on the church computers.
  3. Once you’ve installed that, I suggest you update to the latest forum build from this page – This isn’t required but the forum build offers some features you might want to use later on. This is no longer necessary as Dropbox has been updated.
  4. Once you’ve installed Dropbox on the church computers, create a church bulletin folder and share a it with your personal Dropbox account: inside the Dropbox folder, create the new folder, right click on the new folder, pick Dropbox, then share.
  5. Your personal Dropbox will inform you that you’ve been invited to a shared folder. Accept the invitation, put the bulletin file in that folder, along with any other documents, photos, audio files you want to keep in sync between the church and home study computers.

That’s it. Create shortcuts to the bulletin, newsletter, etc. on each computer desktop and they are now automatically synced between the computers.

Note: this is take two on this project. I think this is a more elegant way to accomplish this.

Laptop touchpad disable

I diddled and diddled with the settings for the touchpad on my laptop but it was driving me crazy.  I’d be typing along and look at the screen to find that the cursor had jumped to some other part of the document while I was typing.  I’d have to stop and fix the document before continuing.  Apparently, the heel of my left hand was brushing the touchpad while I typed and the computer was interpreting it as a tap, moving the cursor to wherever the pointer happened to be at that moment.

I think some computers come with a setting for disabling the touchpad while typing, but mine doesn’t.  The solution, for me is a free utility from Paradisoft called “Touchpad Locker.”  This little utility has a few settings, but I’ve been happy with it “out of the box.”  When I’m typing it disables the touchpad for 750 milliseconds.  That number can be adjusted, but it works fine for me right there.

UPDATE: I decided to up the lock out a bit, but when I did, it didn’t make any difference. I made it a ridiculously high number and still no change that I could tell. Then, when I rebooted, my ridiculously high number kicked in. Apparently, changes aren’t applied until a reboot.

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