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Write the Right Word: Joining Independent Clauses

If you combine two independent clauses, which basically are complete sentences, to form one thought, you may need to separate them with a semicolon.

That’s especially the case when you join these clauses with a conjunctive adverb. Adverbs describe or modify verbs, adjectives or other adverbs. Conjunctive adverbs connect words, phrases or clauses and smooth the transition between them. “However,” “otherwise,” “besides,” “meanwhile,” “also” and “thus” are some conjunctive adverbs.

You need a semicolon before the conjunctive adverb and a comma after it or you will have a run-on sentence. For example: “The producer planned to buy a new tractor this year; however, he may have to postpone that purchase until 2016 because of low grain prices.” “Budget your money carefully; otherwise, you may not have enough for vacation.”

, information specialist, (701) 231-5391

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Add Photo Captions in Ag CMS

You can now add captions to images in Ag CMS. All you need to do is to make sure your image has a description and check the "Caption" box when inserting your image into a page, article, news item or event.

You can add a description to an image when you add it to Ag CMS or when you insert it into a page or other item type. Check out the "How Do I Insert and Image on My Page?" tutorial to learn how to add an image to Ag CMS and insert it into a page.

If you add a description to an image when you add it to Ag CMS, that description will appear in the pop-up window you see when inserting an image into a page. If the image does not have a description or you don't want to use that description, just change the description in the insert image pop-up window.

Adding Captions in Ag CMS
Add your caption text to the Description field and check the Caption textbox to add a caption.

You will not see your caption displayed in the editing view of your page. Once you save, you will see the caption below your image.

Your caption will follow the alignment of your image.

You can also style the text of your caption by selecting the image when in editing view and choosing bold, italics or other styling.

This is a new Ag CMS feature. If you have questions or the feature is not working in the way you expect it to, please contact us.

Bob Bertsch, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-7381

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-6403

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Find it Fast on Mobile

Find It Fast on Mobile

I’ve written before about by the nature of Extension and Research Extension’s work, that our content can be quite long on web pages. It helps to break up the content on a web page by using headings.

When you want to find a term or phrase on a web page quickly without having to scroll, you can use Ctrl + F on your keyboard.

Find in a page on mobile
Kebab menu and Find in Page

To do a word or phrase search on mobile Chrome or Firefox, go the web page you want to search. In the upper right on the “kebab” menu (three vertical dots), click on it to expand to go to “Find in Page”. Type in the word or phrase you want to find, and the browser will highlight it for you.

It works a little differently on the Safari browser for Apple devices. Go to the page you want to find a word/phrase on and then “X” to clear the text. Type in the word/phrase. Google search result will probably display first, but just scroll down to where you see “Find phrase”. Choose that option and it will “jump” to the results. See detailed instructions and screenshots in item #2 here.

If you need help finding something quickly on a webpage or mobile site using these instructions, please contact me for assistance.

Sonja Fuchs, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-6403

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Fabric Posters Now Available as Displays

foldable plastic photots
Graphics now has available foldable fabric-like posters for your next meeting, display or seminar.

These posters are durable and can be folded up for storing in your brief case or carry-on when traveling.

They can also be rolled up as a durable alternative to paper.

Check out this new item plus more displays and exhibits.

For more information contact , Graphic Designer, (701) 231-7898

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Edit Video in YouTube

YouTube editor
Did you know you can edit your videos right in YouTube? With the Video Editor feature, you can combine multiple videos and pictures to create a new video, trim your clips, add copyright-free music, and customize clips with special tools and effects.

Learn more at YouTube Help.

, Electronic Media Specialist, (701) 231-7086

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Write the Word: Loan vs. Borrow

Despite the way “loan” and “borrow” often are used, they have different meanings and can’t be used interchangeably.

Here’s an easy way to remember the difference: “Borrow” means to take, and “loan” means to give.

More specifically, “borrow” is using something belonging to someone else with the intention of returning it. “Loan” can be a noun, such as a sum of money that you must pay back with interest, or a verb, the act of lending something to someone.

What that means is you cannot say you are “borrowing” something to someone. You are “loaning” it to him or her. For example, “I will loan you my bike for the day.” Another way to say that is: “I will lend you my bike for the day.” If using “loan” as a noun, you might say, “I need a loan to pay my college tuition.”

Another way to think of “borrow” is that the person receiving an item borrows it. For example: “Can I borrow some money from you?” You hope the response is, “Yes, I will loan you some money.”

, information specialist, (701) 231-5391


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Get Direct Message Notifications on the Go with Facebook Pages Manager App

Last month I wrote an article about the importance of responding to direct messages and posts on Facebook Pages and how to do it on the Web.

You can also get notified on your mobile device using Facebook’s official Pages Manager App (available for iPhone and iPad and Android devices).

With this app you can manage up to 50 Facebook Pages. You can view notifications like new Likes, Shares and Comments and also view Insights (analytics).  

Here’s just some of the Pages I have Facebook Admin rights to. The Pages Manager App lets me know that I have three notifications for the Nourishing Boomers Facebook Page and one for the Lawns, Gardens and Trees Page. Turns out the notifications were all new “Likes”.

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You can view those notifications through the regular Facebook App, but the Pages Manager app allows you to see direct messages to your Page and to respond to them. This makes it an easy way to respond and engage with your audience. The screenshot below shows one private message is waiting to be read, and prompted me to download the app.

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Here's a direct message notification on my phone. It's pretty hard to miss! I can tap through and quickly and easily respond to her.

Page notification for Facebook

While it’s not expected to be responding to Facebook direct messages 24/7, the Pages Manager App makes it easy for you to note when a direct message comes in and to respond to it.

The Race to Respond Infographic says that 83% of Facebook users expect a response within the same day and 56% who interact with a brand have a stronger connection to that brand. This App makes it easy to engage with your audience.

The app is free and available for iPhone and iPad and Android devices.

, Web Technology Specialist, (701) 231-6403

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New Print & Copy Equipment Adds Efficiencies

Print and Copy Services has some new equipment to serve customers.window envelope

Inserter: This machine can fold multiple pages, insert them into an envelope and seal the envelope, saving lots of labor and frustration. It also can insert flat pages into larger envelopes. Save even more labor by including personalized addresses on the letter and using a window envelope so letters and envelopes don’t have to be matched.

Duplo: This machine cuts, scores and folds heavier paper. Cuts are consistent, and scores are correct so that when the paper is folded on the score, the color doesn’t crack.

Tabber: Now that the U.S. Postal Service requires folded mailings to be tabbed a specific way, this machine can quickly meet those guidelines. If you’re designing a piece to be mailed, be sure to call 231-2000 to make sure the piece is laid out to take advantage of postal discounts.

See more helpful hints for preparing your documents for Print and Copy Services.

Diane Ness, Customer Service Manager, (701) 231-9467; Chris Anderson, Production Manager, (701) 231-7410

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Use Calendars to Market Programs, Avoid Conflicts


Please enter your meetings and events (multicounty, regional, state and national that affect quite a few staff) on the Ag calendar. This will market your events on the public website but also help avoid internal conflicts.

The calendar is for specific dates. Do not list, for example, that your meetings are Feb. 12 – March 12 every Thursday at 7 p.m. Instead, each date must be entered.

Also, for statewide or major campus events, send details to Linda McCaw for the NDSU calendar that scrolls events on the home page.

Becky Koch, Ag Communication Director, 701-231-7875

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NDSU Ag Padfolios for Sale

large padfolioMarket NDSU, keep yourself organized and give these padfolios as thank-you gifts to speakers, supporters and others. The black padfolios are 9X11, have a small notepad and lots of pockets inside, and zip all the way around. Price is $11 each.

See marketing materials for pocket folders and notecards also for sale.

, Administrative Assistant, (701) 231-7881

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