Category Archives: General Assistance

LITS support for student organizations

Need resources to communicate with your student organization? Preserve your organization’s history? LITS is here for you. Need assistance with setting up or using these resources? Contact

Communication resources: : Great for building a website or blog, public or just for your group.


  • It’s free
  • Customize the look and feel of your site to suit your organization
  • LITS provides help when you need it
  • LITS can assign access to new site administrators when you graduate
  • Save yourself the hassle of setting up a website elsewhere
  • Avoid risking loss of access when your group membership changes!

Moodle: Good for communication within your group, such as…

  • a forum/message board
  • conduct votes
  • share documents privately with members.
  • Post important information/dates/requirements
  • Training materials (e.g. party training, RA training, etc.)
  • General information/link to resources
  • Document storage for relevant documents
  • Email/communication
  • Keep a copy of the course site and course materials by backing up your Moodle page! (administrators of the page only:

Preservation resources:

  • Student Archives Toolkit Coming Soon!
  • Personal digital archives workshops with Rachel Appel may be available on demand.

Uninstalling Programs on Windows

To uninstall a program on a Windows computer, use the Programs and Features menu. If you’re unfamiliar with uninstalling programs, see the instructions below!

  1. Open the Control Panel (via the Start menu or by searching). If your Control Panel displays in Category mode, click Uninstall a program in the bottom left under the Programs category. If your Control Panel displays Icons, click Programs and Features, listed alphabetically among the other icons.
  2. This will bring you to a window with a list of all installed programs. In this list, locate the program you would like to uninstall. The programs are sorted by Name as default; you can also click on the Installed On column header to short by installation date.
  3. Once you have selected the program to uninstall, click the Uninstall option directly above the top of the list.


Naming Conventions & Best Practices

Files named on Mac or Windows computers usually work fine on the other platform, but there are a few characters sometimes used in file names that are exceptions. The table below explains which characters might cause problems, why they do, and potential substitutes for those characters that will work on both Mac and Windows.

Filename Lengths: It is possible, with most files, to create names with multiple hundreds of characters; however, not all programs or operating systems are able to process such long filenames. Additionally, some non-English characters, when moved into different file systems, can take up the equivalent of up to 9 English characters, so limiting filenames to a manageable length can prevent these potential issues.


Avoid Examples Reason Recommendations
File separators :   /   \ Colons and slashes are used as directory separators

(consider your H: or S: drive), which can cause problems when they are used in contexts like file names.

Underscores or dashes

( ___   — ) can provide the same effect without these potential issues.

Symbols $      Not all operating system file systems allow these       characters, so using them in one place may not work in another. They can also cause problems with certain file types that use them frequently (like XML). Omitting or using substitutes for these characters.
Punctuation marks . , ! “ ’ ? In programming languages, many of these characters have particular functions, which can potentially cause problems when used in file names. Omitting these characters or substituting underscores or dashes ( ___   — )
Parenthesis/brackets ( ) [ ] { } As with punctuation marks, many of these characters have particular functions in certain programming         languages, which can potentially cause problems when used in file names. Omitting or using substitutes for these characters.
Operators < > * | Punctuation marks, parenthesis/brackets, and operators all fall into the same category—many of these characters have particular functions in certain programming languages, which can cause problems if used in file names. Omitting or using substitutes for these characters.
White space Most files on Windows and Mac will allow the use of white space (e.g. spaces between words) in file names, though certain applications may have trouble processing files with white space in the name. Underscores or dashes

( ___   — ) can provide the same effect without these potential issues.

Managing Your Internet Browser’s Tabs

Tab Organization

One way of keeping your tabs organized is to open multiple browser windows to delineate the different tasks. One window could be used for email and communications, another for research, and even one for checking the weather and seeing what events are going on around campus.

Another option would be to drag your tabs within the browser window to reorder them by task. This can be accomplished by left-clicking on a tab and moving it along the tab bar to the desired location.

Lastly, you could install a third party add-on to your browser such as Tab Mix Plus for Firefox or Too Many Tabs for Chrome. These add-ons offer a wide range of enhancements such as organizing tabs into groups within the browser window, freezing a group of tabs to conserve memory/processing power, and dragging tabs between browser windows. Please note that these third party add-ons are not supported by the college, so use at your own discretion!

Links to Resources:
– Use tab groups to organize a lot of tabs in Firefox
– Manage your tabs and windows in Chrome

Protect Tabs by Pinning Them

You can ensure you don’t accidentally close tabs by pinning them. Users of Firefox or Chrome can Right-click on a tab and select Pin Tab. This will create a much smaller tab, but remove the threat of closing a tab by mistake. Also, pinned tabs will re-open automatically each time the browser is opened.

*If you accidentally close a tab, you can re-open the website by accessing the recently closed tabs.
To find the resource for this task, run a Google search for “Recently Closed tabs ______ (browser name)”

Adobe Help and Resources

Bryn Mawr College computers have access to various Adobe software packages, including Illustrator, Photoshop and Presenter. Assistance for these products and many others is available at LinkedIn Learning.

Still have questions? Check out Adobe’s Help and Resources for each of these products:

If you don’t see the program you’re using in the above list, you can check out Adobe’s general Product Support.

Things to Know Before Going Away

If you will be leaving the college temporarily, be it for going on leave, sabbatical, or time abroad, there are certain things that you should know to prepare for your trip. Here you will find information you will need in order to prepare for your leave, as well as pertinent information for while you are away. If you have any questions that are not answered by the documentation, please contact the Help Desk at (610) 526-7440 or so that we can assist you.

Going on Leave: Sabbatical
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Going on Leave: Study Abroad
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