Help And How To



Tutorials

*There is a tutorial on Files and Pictures. To find it:

  1. Click on the above link.
  2. Find 'Choose a Tour' on the page that appears
  3. Click the drop-down box and pick 'Files and Pictures'. Your page should refresh, and then you must scroll down. Play the tutorial, and make sure your volume is up.

Tutorials will be about 3 minutes each.

There is a tutorial on Personalizing Your Settings that talks about changing your picture. If you look at that one, you cannot change the background colors, theme, etc. Only Mr. Gilmartin can do this.

There is an Introduction tutorial that talks about the basic functions of editing your page. If you are having trouble with changing the size of font, bolding, underlining, etc. this tutorial is for you!

If you would like to learn how to look at all the recent changes of our World Geography wiki, the Notification and RSS will teach you how to.



How to Send An E-mail to ONE Person (Just In Case You Forget)


It's still a bit of a trend to send an email to everyone, not only just one person. Mr. G went over this today, but in case you've forgotten; here's how to send an email to your partner or friend. Click on the MAIL icon, next to your username. The icon is circled in green here:

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This will bring you to your INBOX. From your inbox you can recieve email from other members of the space. You might find 28 different emails from people sending it to everyone, and that's what we're trying to fix here. When you send an email, there is a basic format. It begins with large lettering 'Compose' and goes on to sending an email. There are two small boxes on top and one large one on the bottom for text. In your 'Subject' box, you type a subject. That much is pretty obvious. However, if you send the email to space:mrgilmartin, that means virtually everyone gets this. So, the first thing you have to do is figure out who you're sending the email to. Write the user in the 'To' box. If you send the email to space:mrgilmartin, that means your conversation with Erik is sent to everyone, and it's often one word in response to something someone's said. This will look like this:

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If you 'add all members of' mrgilmartin, everyone gets your email. Okay? Okay!

Also, please refrain from pressing the 'send' button millions of times. ONCE is enough. It may take a few seconds for the message to go out. If you continuously press the send button it will send it over and over again!

TIP

If you're afraid that you're accidentally going to send it to everybody, click on 'Manage Space' and then click on the username of the person you want to email. Then click 'Send *username* a message'. Type your message, then click send and you will be GURANTEED not to have it sent to everybody.



Having Trouble Editing?


You can use a handy thing called Wikitext! If you go up to your MY ACCOUNT section at the top, you will see a list of all the features of your account. One of those features is 'USE VISUAL EDITOR'. If you change to selection to 'NO', when you go to edit your page, it will come up strangely and CODED. THIS IS PERFECTLY FINE!!!!!

Your page is now in Wikitext, Wikispace's own HTML system. If you go here you can learn all the coding so you can edit your page. Use it as a reference. It's relatively easy, and will let you edit your page. Play around. Don't delete ANYTHING.

The stuff already there is the stuff on your page as it is, all coded. I'm sure Victoria will do a better job at explaining, and I think she'll explain better later.

PLEASE read the information at the link above BEFORE you ask us. We will probably ask you if you have read it yet, and it is frustrating having people ask us questions without having them even try to solve the problem themself (we understand that it's sometimes hard to try and figure it out, but please try your best). If you have read the help information and are still having trouble, please ask us. We will be more than happy to assist you.

Thanks, The Techies



Digital Clocks on Your Page


I have found a site which will allow you to paste a digital clock of the actual time in your country. It is called http:/www.clocklink.com and will allow you to put an almost limitless varity of clocks on your page. First you need to know your time zone the easiest way to do this is by going to Google.

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Once you find your timezone, go to http:/www.clocklink.com and pick a clock. There are maybe over a hundred to choose from some are like:

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Click the button that says:

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That will take you to the clock's page. A screen will pop up and say some long legal stuff, just click ACCEPT.

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Now you should be on a page that looks like this:

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- change color, timezone and size. Highlight the very long confusing code at the top and copy it. Now go back to your page and click on EDIT PAGE. Click the media button (little TV) and paste the code down. Click save and you have a working live clock of you country.

Hint: Some options include color, size, and city play around with the features until you find something you like. ALSO- go to this page and scroll down it will give you a list of all programs you can use.


CENTERING TEXT


  1. Open up a graphic program (Paint, Photoshop, etc.). Select the size of the canvas you'd like to have, if avaliable.
  2. Copy and paste your text into the program. At this point you can edit it any way in which you would like; play around with font, color, alignment, etc. IF YOU WANT YOUR TEXT CENTERED, CENTER IT!
  3. When done, SAVE your file (label it something you will recognize), in a JPG, PNG, or GIF file. That option should be in a drop down menu. LOOK AT THE PICTURE PROVIDED BELOW! That is how it will look if you are using Photoshop Elements 4.0.
  4. Upload it to wikispaces OR using another image host, then complete the normal process to centering an image. You CANNOT alter that text once it has been uploaded. If you would like to change it, you must go through the entire process again.

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Good luck! If you have questions, please contact us.


NEED AN IMAGE HOST?


Hey everybody. I know that there's been a problem with pictures and such if you're directly uploading them to wikispaces. Well, we can fix that!

There are three VERY reliable image hosting sites that can be used. Personally, I would use either TinyPic or Imageshack, but you may prefer Photobucket.

TinyPic
Imageshack
Photobucket

TinyPic and Imageshack are entirely free. You do not need an account or anything, it is just an upload and kind of deal. Photoshop requires an account, so if you decide to go this route, just know that you need to have an e-mail address, etc.

Alright, so let's say you've uploaded a picture. Which link do I use? Depending on which host you decide to use, you will get a different number of links. Go for the DIRECT link!

A direct link will look something like this...

http://img170.imageshack.us/img170/2289/potatomandf2.jpg

To add it to your wikispace, copy and paste the link into your browser box (that box that you have to type in the hyperlink), then you have TWO options.

  1. you can copy and paste your picture into your wikispace
  2. you can click on that palm tree icon in your toolbar (if you are using the VISUAL EDITOR, if not insert the image code), and then scroll down the box that pops up and insert the LINK into the box

Both ways will have it look the same, and you will not be able to tell the difference, HOWEVER, the first option is probably easier.

Picture Help



Use this link for moving pictures, and adding them!

Other Tricks and Tips


Need something else that wasn't talked about here? This site can probably help you! It includes tricks and tips for making your wikispace look its best!

Changing Text Color


It's pretty much the same as embedding a video. We're going to go through it step-by-step, so PLEASE drag another window up and do it with me if you can. It's better to do it and see it than to just read it.

  1. Go to edit the page you want to change the text color of, and go into the editor.
  2. Select the Embed Media icon on the toolbar (it looks like a television).
  3. A screen should pop up. You're going to COPY AND PASTE (make sure to copy and paste EVERYTHING) the code below into the text box.

<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript">
<![CDATA[
document.write('<font color="#INSERT COLOR HERE">')
]]>
</script>

  1. Do you see the #INSERT COLOR HERE part of the code? That's where the color you want the text to be is going to go, but it needs to be in a special format called a Hex Color Code.
  2. Use this site to pick the color. Copy and paste the Hex Code (make sure it's the Hex Code, not the color itself) into the part that says #INSERT COLOR HERE.
  3. You're going to take out the part that actually says #INSERT COLOR HERE and put the code into it. Make sure there is only ONE pound sign (that tic-tic-toe box thing) in the code there. If there's two, it won't work.
  4. Click Save, and then the box should dissapear and a box saying custom will appear where your cursor was. This is perfectly okay, it's what we want!
  5. Save your page. It should have the colored text now, if it doesn't, you might've done it wrong. That's okay though, you can fix it!
  6. Go back into your edit page and click on the box that says custom. Then click on the Embed Media icon and it should show the code and everything that you entered it. Double check it against the code above, and then make sure that your Hex Code is right. Save it again and save the page.