Marshall Adult Education


September 8, 2006


These announcements are posted on the internet.  If you do not receive them or cannot open the links, go to the website and read the announcements on-line.




1.  Time Sheets - The next payroll will cover September 1st - 15th.  Time sheets are due by noon on September 18th.  Be sure that you are submitting time sheets on the 1st and 15th schedule.  DO NOT hold on to your hours for an entire month.  Remember, you can submit time sheets via email and by fax.  Our fax number is 507-537-7047. 



2.   The Naturalization Ceremony (Swearing in of new citizens) is scheduled to take place in Marshall on Friday, September 29th at 1:30, at the new Marshall High School.  Please put it on your calendars if you are interested in attending.  There will be several of our students sworn in.




3.  I am e-mailing to inform you of our upcoming event at SMSU to kick-off our year-long focus: 'Poverty: One Person Can Make a Difference.' On Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00pm in the RA Facility, Senator George McGovern will be here to present his talk - 'Ending Hunger in Our Time.' He will be doing a book-signing afterwards. Then, at 9:00, also in the RA Facility, Kory & the Fireflies will give a free concert. The band has been working with the ONE Campaign in its mission to end poverty and have worked with Senator McGovern at several events in this regard. (I have attached the flyer for the evening)
We hope that you can join us that evening and that you will help us spread the word about this wonderful event and our year's effort to show SMSU students how they can make a difference in the world around them. If you have any questions or want to get involved, please call or e-mail me.
     Barbra Springer Coordinator for Civic Engagement Southwest Minnesota State University


4.  From Barry Shaffer: A nice ABE article was published (electronically) in the latest issue of the Workforce Investment Board newsletter that is on the Workforce Center Internet site.  It is great to be recognized by that network – a goal for all ABE programs.
5.  If you've missed an announcement from a previous week, you can always find it on the Announcements page.  All announcements are archived at:
6.  From the Trivia Department:   Email hoaxes are prevelant.  You need to be careful about believing everything you receive via email.  A good source to debunk email hoaxes is  You can also subscribe to a monthly newsletter to keep you informed of current hoaxes.  (I do).  Check it out at:


7.  Here's a good example of the above.  This week, I received an email forwarded from one of my "forwarding friends" titled "FW: Cancer News from John Hopkins" that speaks of the dangers of plastics used in freezing and cooking.  You may have received it, too.  It is a hoax.  You can read the email and the explanation of the hoax here:

8.  Thought for the week:  The more we study, the more we discover our ignorance ~Percy Bysshe Shelley


9.  Tech Tip:  Keyboard Navigation Shortcuts

The idea behind keyboard shortcuts is that when your hands are on the keyboard, it is more expedient to navigate and execute commands using keyboard commands than to constantly move your hand to the mouse, orient the mouse, find what you want to click on and clicking the mouse.  Of course, that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.  For one thing, it involves memorizing hundred’s of shortcut commands.  And besides, some people just plain like to use the mouse.

OK – it you are a keyboard shortcut person, here’s yet another twist on using them.


Have you ever noticed those little underlined letters in the Menu Bar?

You say, “What application are you talking about?”


Actually, I am talking about any application.  Look at the Menu Bar in any application and notice that there are little underlined letters in the words in the Menu Bar.  There’s a line under the letter ”F” in the word “File;” there’s a line under the letter “E” in the word “Edit;” There’s a line under the “V” in the word “View,” and so on….


You may say…”I don’t see any underlined letters in the Menu Bar.”

Or you may say…”Yes, I do see those underline letters in the Menu Bar.”


If you don’t see the underlined letters in the Menu Bar, your computer is set to “Hide underlined letters for keyboard navigation until I press the Alt key.”  So… try pressing and holding the Alt key – the underlined letters in the Menu Bar will suddenly appear.


You can set your computer to have those underlined letters always show in the Menu Bar, or you can have them show only when you press the Alt key. 


Here’s how: 

  • Right-click on the Desktop and click on Properties
  • Then click on the Appearance tab
  • Then click on the Effects tab
  • Now deselect the box next to “Hide underlined letters for keyboard navigation until I press the Alt key.” 


Now they will always appear in the Menu Bar.  You can set this option any way you want – you can have them always visible or you can have them appear when you press the Alt key.


So now you say, “OK – so what’s the big deal about those underlined letters in the Menu Bar.”


Well, those underline letters are shortcut keys used for navigating through the various menus without having to use the mouse. 


Here’s an example: 

  • Press Alt-F.  The File menu will drop down. 
  • Now notice that there are little underline letters in the items in this drop down menu. 
  • You can press the letter “N” to get a New File.
  • You can press the letter “O” to open a file.
  • You can press the letter “S” to Save a file… and so on. 


NOTICE that I didn’t have to use the Alt key to use these options in the File Menu.  Once a drop down menu has opened, just press the letter that is underlined without using the ALT key to activate that option.


Using these underlined letters for navigating around the Menu Bars without having to use the mouse can be a great time-saver and make computing less labor intensive.  You won’t be constantly reaching for the mouse. And you can avoid getting mouse carpal tunnel.  (Well, you could get carpel tunnel from using the keyboard).


If you create and use macros in Microsoft Word, using these keyboard shortcuts is a must because you cannot create macros using a mouse.  (Read the Tech Tip, Microsoft Word Macros to learn more about macros).


One last thing - want more keyboard shortcut tips?  Check out these:


Microsoft Word Shortcuts

Microsoft Publisher Shortcuts

Internet Explorer Keyboard Shortcuts

Outlook Express Keyboard Shortcuts

Seldom Used Keyboard Shortcuts


Give these keyboard shortcuts a try and see how it can help with your computing.




Marshall ABE Links


Southwest ABE - home page for Granite Falls, Jackson, Marshall, and Worthington consortiums.


Marshall ABE Bookmarks - tons of cool bookmarks - educational and non-educational


Tech Tips - Read new and old Tech Tips here.


Reading Skills for Today's Adults - new stories posted regularly


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