and Tips For Our Users
Welcome to our page of tips! Below, you'll find answers to a number of
technical questions users often ask about this web site. On the left: links
to various services and navigation aids. These resources are designed to
help you get the most out of the UCC Home Page!
browser should I use?
How can I watch
video or hear audio on this site?
What are PDF
files, and how can I read them?
What is the
best screen resolution for my browser?
What should I
do if it takes too long to download pages?
What browser should I use?
The UCC Website and North Port Community United Church of Christ Web Site
are designed to look best on the latest version of Microsoft's Internet
Explorer. Click here to download the latest version. It's free!
How can I watch video or hear audio on this site?
RealPlayer is one of the standards for audio and video on the World Wide
Web. You won't be able to watch live videocasting of events or listed to
various audio features on our website unless you first install this program
on your computer. Click here to download the latest version.
What are PDF files, and how can I read them?
Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format that captures pages from
most desktop publishing applications, making it possible to send print
documents over the Web so they can appear on the user's screen (and be
downloaded to the user's printer) in the same format in which they
originally appeared on paper. Some resources on the UCC website are
available only in PDF format. To view a PDF file, you'll need to install
Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download.
If you want to copy text from a PDF file to a word-processing program on
your computer, here's how:
When you open the file, you'll see this window in your web browser. Use
the text select tool (the depressed letter "T" in this graphic.
Many PDF files are divided into columns. If you only want
to copy and paste text from one column, hold the mouse button down over the
text select tool. This will display a small menu with a selection of text
tools. Hit on the "T" surrounded by a dotted line: this is the column select
tool. Now block a column or page of text, copy, and paste into your
is the best screen resolution for my browser?
You may want to change the screen resolution settings on your computer for
easier viewing of text.
If your browser's window is "maximized" to the full size
of the screen, but the web site extends all the way to the edge or beyond
the edge of the window, then your computer is displaying graphics on this
Web site at a larger size than they were designed. You'll most likely
encounter this problem if your computer is configured for a low screen
resolution of 640x480. In that case, you may want to increase resolution
to 800x600 or even 1024x768, which we recommend as the optimal setting for
the UCC web site. Graphics will appear smaller at this higher setting, but
will also be sharper and better defined. Consult your documentation or the
support staff of your computer's manufacturer for more information, or use
information below (Next Paragraph) .
Changing Screen Resolution
On some computers, websites will be easier to use and more text can be
displayed on your screen without scrolling if you increase the screen
Most new PC computers are factory pre-set to display
at a resolution of 640x480. This means there are 640 pixels (or dots of
color) across your screen horizontally and 480 pixels vertically. But
computers that are equipped with suitable video cards and drivers
(virtually all new computers and many older models) can show much higher
resolutions, in other words, more dots/pixels across the screen. It may
be worthwhile increasing screen resolution to a higher value so that you
can see more text without having to scroll down the page. Graphics will
also appear sharper and more colorful. We recommend a resolution of
800x600 as the minimum for optimal use of this website.
If you are working from a laptop, however, we don't
advise that you change resolution unless for the purpose of using an
external monitor or projector.
These are most of the commonly-available screen
settings: 640x480 (factory pre-set), 800x600 (minimum recommended),
1024x768, 1152x864, 1240x1024 and 1600x1200.
To increase your resolution if you're a Windows user,
simply right-click in an empty area of your desktop screen and select
the "properties" option. Alternatively, go to "Start," then choose
"Setting," then "Control Panel," and select the "Display" icon. The
following image will appear.
Click on the "Settings" tab to display the following image. (Your
computer may have slightly different tabs).
Notice where the cursor is placed. Move the slider to
the right until the setting "800x600 appears." If you want an even
higher resolution, continue to move the slider to the right. Your
computer's video driver should already have configured your computer to
indicate the maximum level to which you can increase resolution. Now
click on "OK" and follow any other prompts that may appear.
To change the resolution on your Mac, click on the
"Apple menu" and select "Control Panels." From the Control Panels
provided, open "Monitors & Sound." Something similar to the following
image should appear. Select the "Monitor" icon, if it isn't already
selected. Go to resolution and scroll down to the desired screen
setting. Select and close the box.
Disclaimer: Normally, these suggested steps will work on any
standard computer. But some systems may not react properly. Should this
be the case, the UCC website assumes no responsibility for the
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Finally, the home page will be more readable if you do
not change your browser's default settings for type size. Enlarging type
size on your browser will interfere with the layout of many pages on our
should I do if it takes too long to download pages?
There could be three reasons for delays:
First, some of our pages include large graphics files
that may take a few minutes to download to your computer. If this happens
(and if you don't want to wait), you can either click on the "Stop" button
and read the text without graphics, or use the "Back" button to return to
the previous page. We make an effort, however, to keep most of our image
files small�especially on our most popular resource pages.
Second, you may be connecting at a time when a lot of
other people are competing for access to the Web. If you're a regular user
of our home page, consider visiting us during offpeak hours: in the Eastern
U.S. time zone, that's between 12 midnight and 5:30 p.m. On the West Coast,
offpeak hours are from 9 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. You may also find that access is
often reasonably fast between 7 and 9 p.m. Eastern, 4 and 6 p.m. Pacific.
Third, you may have a slow modem or a slow connection to
the Internet. Consider upgrading to a faster modem or high-speed access to
the Internet through a DSL line or cable modem. Call your local phone
company or cable provider for more information.
(Above tools and are found on UCC Web site)