How Do I...

Here is where we will collect all of our tricks for how to do stuff.

Add Badges to My Profile

Adding badges is a fun way to see how much we all have in common. Here is a set of instructions on how to add them:

1- Once you log in, look to the left panel and click 'My Account'
2- Now you will see 3 tabs (view, Edit, Badges), click 'Badges'
3- There are 2 tabs (List, Edit). Click 'Edit'

Now, you want to add the badges that apply to you. You will add them in the 'Add Badges' section.

4- Type "talking" in the field box where it says 'New Badge 1:'
5- You will see a search come up and pop up 'Talking Science' click it to add the badge to the field.

6- There is a website that lists all possible badge choices here.
Open the following link in a New Window :
Find a few badges and keep in mind their description.

7- For each badge you want to add, type in a part of the description and the badge will pop up in the New Badge field.
There is a max of adding 5 badges at a time, so if you want more you can return to this section later.

8- Once you finish, Click 'Update Badges' and you're all set!

If you have any questions, let me or Steve know :)

Create a Figure

Use Inkscape


Don't know how to print?

Here's a page on printing in the BCRC

How to Print a Poster in the BCRC

Here's a page on printing in the ISB

Printing Double-Sided

To save paper, printing double-sided is a great solution. Every application or printer may have it’s own options of printing double-sided. Here are the steps in doing so.

Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, & other Microsoft Apps

  1. Either click the ‘printer’ button or go to the File tab and scroll down to ‘Print…”
  2. Select your printer of choice by using the choice selector after ‘Printer’
  3. The third choice selector will default on ‘Copies & Pages’, click here and choose ‘Layout’ as seen in the screenshot under attachments named "microsoft-double.png".
  4. You will have the choice to print ‘Two-Sided:’ which is defaulted on Off. Choose either ‘Long edge binding’ or ‘Short edge binding’
  5. Click ‘Print’ to print your document


  1. Go to the File tab and scroll down to ‘Print…”
  2. Sometimes the popup will show the minimum information. Click the 'down arrow' to open it
  3. Select your printer of choice by using the choice selector after ‘Printer’
  4. Check off ‘Two-Sided’ and click the ‘Print’ Button
    (See the screenshot under attachments named "preview-double.png")
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  1. Make sure you click on Printer Auth icon on the desktop and sign into that before you want to print something (using your biology username and password). After you sign in, you can go ahead and print your desired scholarly document.
  2. If you see a printer on the side menu bar and it is hopping around with a red number, go ahead and click on that. If your job reads “On Hold” highlight the job you want to print and click on the “Resume” button on the top.
  3. If you are asked to enter your name again in a separate box (a gray one) with Registered User selected, change your full name that was pre-filled to your biology username and password.
  4. If this doesn’t work, try quitting PrinterAuth and log back and repeat steps if necessary.
  5. If that doesn’t work, seek a wonderfully helpful consultant!


How To Use the Flatbed Scanners

Here's How

How To Scan Transparent Slides

The steps to scanning transparency slides are as followed:
1. Place Slides onto the scanner starting with the bottom left corner, and continuing to the right with a good amount of space in between. They do not all have to be in the same row.
2.Open Applications on the Macintosh HD, and look for VueScan.
3. Under Input-
Make sure scan resolution is 1600dpi, Mode is on
Transparancy, and Preview Resolution is on 200dpi.
Under Output-
Make sure the profile checked is TIFF
All other options should already be on the right setting.
4. Scan in the slides.
5. Select a slide, and use the cursor to crop the image with a little bit of the black edges to make sure you have the full image.
6. Click Scan (Don't worry about the window that pops up of the image, you can exit out of it)
7. Repeat until all transparencies have been scanned in.
8. Go to Pictures in Macintosh HD, and the scans should be there. Right click the space under the scanned photos to create a new file. Name them Scans-XXXXXX, the X's will be the first five numbers that every scan has in common. (After the first round have been scanned in, you may need to adjust the name to make sure they are different. Increase the number +1)
9. Open Scratch on the Desktop, and drag the new folder over.
10. Later you could go into GIMP to edit the photos.