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    Password Policy Password Changes Vanier College’s updated password policy will go into effect on 18th August 2021 for all employees. Government mandated cybersecurity standards now require a stronger password format and obliges the College to ensure that you change your password every 60 days. Vanier Pass If you have not already done so, go to Vanier Pass and set two security […]
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    Multi-factor Authentication Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a security technology that requires multiple methods of authentication from independent categories of credentials to verify a user’s identity for a login or other transaction. The goal of MFA is to create a layered defense that makes it more difficult for an unauthorized person to access a target, […]
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    Microsoft Office logo
    Office 365 – Log off all devices Procedures:   1. Please visit mail.vaniercollege.qc.ca and login with your Vanier email address. 2. In the upper right corner, click the Account icon (this may display as your profile image), and then click View Account   3. On the Security info on left side, click the Sign Out Everywhere link.    4. After completing these […]
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    Adobe Sign
    Create electronic signature Forget the delays of old-fashioned ink signatures. With Acrobat DC, you can quickly collect e-signatures that are legally binding in countries around the world. No printing, faxing or overnight delivery required.
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    vanier pass
    Your VanierPass Your VanierPass is your universal access credential for virtually all digital services that you use at the College.
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    Your VanierPass
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    How to find Clip Art for Documents & Presentations
    How to find Clip Art for Documents & Presentations Microsoft's Clip Art, long a staple of presentations from the classroom to board rooms, is finally at its end, joining the ranks of Clippy, Geocities, and the abacus. So, what are you to do when you need to add some color to your class presentation or office guide? The good news is, it's a lot easier than you'd think.
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    Improve Display on Dell Optiplex 9020
    Improve Display on Dell Optiplex 9020 If you're using one of the new Dell Optiplex 9020 (or similar Dell All-in-One), you can make some quick adjustments to the display to make your screen provide more accurate colours, while reducing the glare of the display.
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    Microsoft Office at Home
    Microsoft Office at Home Your employee computer at Vanier includes Microsoft Office, enabling you to use all the common productivity tools included in it, like Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. However, you are also eligible to install Office on your home computer, taking advantage of the very considerable discount that Vanier is able to provide.
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    Speeding up Printing Times
    Speeding up Printing Times Frequently when sending Word or PowerPoint files with photos inserted, it seems like your print job is never coming out of the printer. The problem is simply that your document is taking many minutes before it begins to print page 1. The solution is a simple one to do.
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    Password & Account Security
    Password & Account Security Keep your online accounts secure with these simple tips to follow, from changing your password to utilizing two-step authentication. Learn about some tools to make this simpler for you, and keep on eye on what you do on public WiFI networks!
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    Transfer contacts from Outlook to Gmail
    Transfer contacts from Outlook to Gmail If you're leaving your Vanier email, you have the option to take your contacts with you, by transferring them to another provider, such as Gmail. You can export your Outlook contacts to Google Gmail by following these steps.
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    Save as a PDF
    Save as a PDF When sharing a document with people, especially by email, there are several advantages to sending it as a PDF (Portable Document Format) instead of as a Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers, or Keynote document. The greatest advantage is that your content is locked in place – you don’t have to worry that your recipient might see the pages differently than you.
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    Customize Windows 7
    Customize Windows 7 Make your computer match your personality and your needs by changing your wallpaper, sounds, account picture, and more. These quick and simple customization tips can help your computer fit your workflow all the better.
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    Choosing a New Computer
    Choosing a New Computer Time to get a new computer? Don't forget about academic discounts, laptops vs. tablets, and what you're actually going to use the computer for. Learn how to make your choice, and get ideas on what to base your decision on.
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    Computer Work Tips & Myths
    Computer Work Tips & Myths Make sure you’re the most comfortable when working on a computer, and learn what’s mythical and what isn’t with these tips from the University of Western Ontario.
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    What are the “O:” & “P:” network drives?
    What are the “O:” & “P:” network drives? Learn how to use the College network drives to store your personal information and College information within policy. As a Vanier employee, you find when you login to a College computer that you have two drives mapped in My Computer, one called Data (O:) and one with your username, which is the P: drive.
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    New Employee FAQ
    New Employee FAQ New to Vanier? Here are some answers to questions you might have about IT services, and where to get more help.
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    Email Spam
    Email Spam Make sure you can recognize email messages that aren't authentic, and ensure you’re protected against sophisticated spoofing attempts. To protect your computer from spam, you should always take precautions described, and avoid phishing attempts
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    Exporting/Importing Mail from Outlook
    Exporting/Importing Mail from Outlook Do you need to get your email out of Outlook, or make sure your email files can be moved to another account? You can export your email and mail folders, calendar and appointments, tasks, notes and additional content from Outlook as a .pst file and import everything in one go onto a different computer or into another mail profile.
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    Protect your Social Media Privacy
    Protect your Social Media Privacy Social media sites such as Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter have made it easy for people to communicate and share information. However, with the ability to post personal information about yourself and others, there are associated privacy concerns. Take a moment to think about what information you are making available online.
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    Email Etiquette
    Email Etiquette As a Vanier student, staff or faculty member, you use email every day to communicate to friends, classmates, teachers, colleagues and business professionals. Emails written in a professional context differ greatly from those you might write to friends in a social context. Here are some tips on how to be effective in your communication to get the best results.
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    Lock your Computer
    Lock your Computer Leaving your computer on and unlocked when you are not in front of it is a security risk to yourself and the College. Make sure your information stays secure when you step away from your computer by following this simple tip.
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    Personal Information & Identity Theft
    Personal Information & Identity Theft When your personal information is compromised, you can be a victim of identity theft. The information below covers identity theft and ways to protect yourself.
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