If you need help
Special 35th Anniversary
Internet Services and Network
Scientific Applications and Software Engineering
The Learning Zone
Just For Fun ...
Tips & Techniques from Users to Users
Compiled by IT/User Services
This new column is aimed at sharing "tips and techniques" within
the user community. If you have some practical advice to share,
then we want to hear from you! Just send an e-mail to the CNL
CNL.Editor@cern.ch) for publication both in
the NewsLetter and on one of our forthcoming web pages.
The following "Useful links" amd "tips" have been provided by a
CERN user. The "tips" have been checked, and a few comments (in
Italic font) have been included by the service
Some Useful links
Mail tools on the Web: http://mailwww.cern.ch/
(change password, set holiday message, etc.)
- List of Common Acronyms and Abbreviations encountered in
the CERN environment:
Administrative Procedures Manual:
CERN Conversion Service:
Enables you to convert many different files from one format to
another (e.g. Microsoft Word to Postscript or Portable Document
Format (PDF), Latex to HTML, gif and jpeg to PDF, etc.)
Tips for WORD users
"Fast Save" option: disable the
Save" option to avoid unnecessarily large files.
For information, the "Fast Save" option saves ALL changes, so if a
document has been edited a lot, even if it is one page, it can go
up to 400 KB or more! -- which will bounce from most listboxes and
is ridiculously large to send by email.
To deselect this option: "Tools" menu, "Options", "Save" tab and
deselect "Allow fast saves"
Please note: the default installation of WORD leaves the
"Fast Save" option disabled and the NICE team recommends to keep it
disabled. Furthermore, "Fast Save" cannot be performed when working
on a document over the network.
Naming of documents: when sending e-mails ALWAYS use
correct extension names, e.g.: word.doc, excel.xls,
powerpoint.ppt, etc. This means people can click straight away
on documents to open them, without having to re-save them and
This is certainly a good practice, at least to immediately
see what is the file type in attachment. However, in general,
Windows is able to recognize the file type and use the right tool
to open the file, even without extension.
Page setup: please ensure you have set the default page
setup to A4.
To do this: "File" menu, "Page setup", "Paper size" tab, select A4,
then YES to set A4 as the page setup, but for your current WORD session only.
It is not possible to change the default paper size coming from the
server, which is "Letter" (however this is very close to A4) unless
you create your own private template.