Tech Tip of the Week: Computer Slow to Start?

If your computer takes a long time to start, it could be because it is opening a lot of programs at startup. It is possible to stop programs from being automatically opened as the computer starts to allow the computer to turn on quicker. Without these programs running automatically in the background, this could speed up your regular use as well!

In Macs go into system preferences then click on users & groups. From there click on your user and go to the login items tab. Here you will see the programs that open when the computer starts up and will be able to remove them from the login items list.

On Windows open the task manager, which can be done by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. From there select the startup tab ( you may need to select “more details” first), which will allow you to change the programs you want to open at startup.

Tech Tip of the Week: Equipment Loans at the Help Desk

iSchool students, staff, and faculty can come to the Help Desk to check out various tech equipment! Laptops can be checked out for four days at a time for a total of fourteen days per semester. Any equipment taken off-campus will require a quick form to be filled out.

The Help Desk on the fourth floor of 614 E Daniel holds all of the loanable laptops, so if you need one of those, inquire there or call us during business hours @ 217-244-4903 or toll-free @ 800-377-1892

Equipment available for check out at the Help Desk includes:

  • Laptops, both Mac and Windows
  • Laptop chargers
  • Phone Charges
  • Dongles
  • Headsets
  • Keyboards
  • Mice
  • and more!

Tech Tip: Taking a Break!

This week’s tech tip is also a life tip.

Take a little time away from your computer or phone or whatever device that can cause you stress.

It is important to bring yourself back to the things you love. Maybe that’s reading a book or watching a movie or catching up with a friend. Whatever brings you joy. Then you can get back to all the emails and the deadlines and various obligations. All those things will still be there whether you take a small break or not.

So take the break. Stay away from technology for just a little bit.

Thank you for coming to our Tech Talk.

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Tech Tip of the Week: Hold for Authentication when Printing

Oftentimes the root of Mac printing issues relates to the keychain. An incorrect password might have been typed and saved or you may have changed your UIUC password and now your device is repeatedly trying to print with the wrong credentials. If this is the case when you print you will likely see “Hold for Authentication”.

To fix this you can go to Keychain Access then look for any credentials including printer names or ischoolprint and delete them. Then try printing again. Hopefully, at this point, it will pop up asking for credentials. You should enter your current netID and UIUC password, but do not save these credentials to the keychain to avoid this issue in the future.

This is a more common issue with Macs, but when it occurs on Windows machines the program is called Credential Manager as opposed to the Keychain Access program on Macs.

As always if you need help troubleshooting, please visit us at the Help Desk!

Tech Tip of the Week: 2FA Non-Illinois Recovery Email

This Tuesday’s Tech Tip is about 2-Factor Authentication!

Making sure you have a recovery email tied to your 2FA account that is not your Illinois email account is very important, since your Illinois email requires 2FA to log in. If you don’t do this before your phone meets tragedy, you may have issues setting up a new device because you need to use  2FA to access your 2FA account.

You can make sure you have a non-Illinois recovery email set up at this link!

Tech Tip of the Week: Tech Zone

The Tech Zone is the official computer store of the University of Illinois and is located in the Illini Union.

The Tech Zone sells and services various computers and can help make sure you have the technology to succeed no matter what your program may be. They even have a trade-in program to allow you to trade-in old Apple devices for a gift card.

If you are looking for new technology or your current technology is in need of repair, check out the Tech Zone!

Tech Tip of the Week: Halloween Edition


Many of us carry our smartphones around every day but on Halloween, these little devices can be put to even more use than usual.

If you are going trick-or-treating, your phone can be an exceptional tool. You can use the GPS to plan your trick-or-treating route, you can use the flashlight to light up the streets after the sun goes down, and don’t forget to get some pictures with your phone’s camera to show off your costumes later. Outside of trick-or-treat, your phone’s app store gives you access to all sorts of Halloween-themed games!

And those are only a few ways your smartphone can play a role in the scariest day of the year.

If you’re interested in how your phone can be used to stay safe during Halloween, check out this news article.

But if you’re more interested in the spookier potential of your phone look no further than these novelty phone numbers you can call for a fright. Call at your own risk!

Tech Tip of the Week: Submit your Assignments as a PDF

Submitting your homework as a PDF allows it to be opened on any device, regardless of the operating system. Saving a file as a PDF is possible from most programs and locks the formatting, so you don’t have to worry about your file looking different when your professor opens the file on their computer.

Unless your professor requests a specific format for assignments, it is always a good idea to default to submitting assignments as a PDF!

Tech Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows

Some of the most common and helpful Windows keyboard shortcuts are:

Ctrl+C will copy a selected item to your clipboard
Ctrl+V will paste the item in the clipboard
Ctrl+Z will undo the previous action
Ctrl+P will print the current page/document
Ctrl+S will save the current page/document
Ctrl+F will open the search to find a term in the current page

A full list of keyboard shortcuts for Windows can be found here.

Tech Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcuts for Macs

Another Tuesday, another tech tip! Check out some of these shortcuts more Macs!

Some of the most common and helpful Mac keyboard shortcuts are:

Command+C will copy a selected item to your clipboard
Command+V will paste the item in the clipboard
Command+Z will undo the previous action
Command+P will print the current page/document
Command+S will save the current page/document
Command+F will open the search to find a term in the current page
Command+Spacebar will open the spotlight search

A full list of keyboard shortcuts for Macs can be found here.