Some of the most widely used computer applications are generally idiot proof and user friendly. A lot of the office packages are great because it makes it very simple to share information from one application to another with little or no hassle. However, if you don’t use these items on a regular basis, any training you had is probably lost in the vast expanse of the useless information file in your brain. I don’t know about you but there have been many times recently where I’ve had trouble with a file and getting it to do what I want it to do because I just can’t recall exactly how to do it. I had training on this software many years ago. It’s aggravating to say the least.
The other day I was in a position where a speech was being given and I was in charge of showing the slide presentation. All was fine until it was time to switch to the next slide and it would not come up. To make a long story short, I had to move the next slide up to the top of the list and then close the application and restart it in order for it to show up. What a pain! Not being able to recall my training on this software was very frustrating.
In order for me to bring myself up to speed on this application, I’m now going to have to sit down at home and relearn it. It’s not such a bad thing but I can think of a thousand things I’d rather be doing. I’ve copied the file to my USB drive and now I’m going to have to transfer it to my drive at home and figure out what the problem is. I may have to recreate the file myself and learn the hard way how this program works.
I have promised myself that if I do indeed have to recreate the file, that I would add some color and embellishments to it. The original file is very “plain-Jane” and not pleasing to the eye. That would give me extra practice on my graphic designing and hopefully allow my creative juices to flow.
Once I get everything back in order, I will try to transfer my file onto the flash drive and reinstall it on the computer where it will be shown from. Part of my problem is that there are two monitors for this particular file. One monitor shows what is currently being shown to the audience and the other shows what is in cue. Unfortunately, I can’t necessarily see the monitor that shows the cued slide and I think that is where the problem lies. Perhaps it’s time to invest in another monitor so that the cued slide can be seen by the operator.
If I can overcome this hiccup, I will have another application under my belt. It will be beneficial to my organization for me to learn how to properly operate this software and a feather in my personal accomplishments cap.