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Web Site Tools and Tips
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 Tools 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!

File What browser should I use?
File How can I watch video or hear audio on this site?
File What are PDF files, and how can I read them?
File What is the best screen resolution for my browser?
File 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!

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 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.

Download RealPlayer

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 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.

download Adobe Acrobat Reader

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 document.

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 What 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 resolution.

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.

Windows 95/98/NT

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.

Macintosh

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 consequences.

This information provided courtesy of E-Signature at File www.e-signature.com.

 

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 site.

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 What 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´┐Żespecially 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)

 

For more tips, contract John Hugel at webmaster@northportcommunityucc.org and I will do what I can to help you enjoy your visit to our web site or surfing on the web.

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