Quick solution to “Cannot send this item” problem in Outlook

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Posted by Elif Varol | Posted in E-resources, Library, software | Posted on 14-03-2014

I recently came across a problem on Microsoft Outlook  (2010) when I was about to send an email with instructions including the screenshots.

As soon as I hit the “Send” button, I had an error message saying  “Cannot send this item“. Outlook didn’t give me any explanation as to why or suggest a resolution.

First, I thought the size of the email may be too big because of the screenshots but it seems, this wasn’t the case.

After a quick search, I have found out there is a nifty solution to it.

All you need to do is to go to the Format Text menu at the top and choose “Rich Text” in the Format category.

Update: For those who are using a different version, Eileen Cannon kindly shared the instructions below for Microsoft Outlook 2007.

“For Outlook 2007 users, open the Options ribbon, and choose “Rich Text” in the Format box. The “Format Text” ribbon does not contain the HTML, Plain Text, and Rich Text options”

 

A fix to “Could not load Chrome PDF Viewer”

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Posted by Elif Varol | Posted in E-resources, Library | Posted on 14-03-2014

Some of our users are getting the error message below when they try viewing PDF documents on Chrome.

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Below are the instructions for fixing this issue:

1. Please type chrome://plugins in the address bar and press enter.

2. You would now have a list of plugins that are enabled on Chrome. Find Chrome PDF Viewer and tick the “Always allowed” checkbox.

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3. Close all the browser windows and restart Chrome again.

Please bear in mind that this setting will be retained in one login session which means you will have to follow these steps to enable it every time you login to your computer.

Our ICT Department will be looking in to implementing this as a permanent setting however in the meantime, this will fix the problem.

How do I log in to OpenAthens?

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Posted by Elif Varol | Posted in E-resources, Library, Uncategorized | Posted on 14-06-2013

When an electronic library resource has not recognised that you are a member of the University of Lincoln, you may be presented with an OpenAthens Authentication Point.

The steps below are describing what you would need to do to log in:-

1. Click on the “Alternative Login” link.

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2.  Click on the “University of Lincoln” link. If you can’t see this link, try searching for University of Lincoln in the “Find your organisation” box.

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3. Click on “Go to the University of Lincoln login page”

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4. You would then need to put in your username (AccountID) and password. Please bear in mind that you may need to put network\ prefix in front of your AccountID.

 

Troubleshooting flowchart for OpenAthens and Lucidchart

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Posted by Elif Varol | Posted in E-resources, Library, Uncategorized | Posted on 23-04-2013

We have been getting a number of enquiries related to OpenAthens login, some of which are as straightforward as the user not knowing what their OpenAthens username and password is. However, some of these enquiries are a bit more complicated.

For those who are new to OpenAthens, “OpenAthens” is one of the tools (or ways) we use authenticating our users when they access our electronic resources.

Within our e-resources team we tend to write blog posts with screenshots, step-by-step guides or presentations, which are all useful tools helping us dealing with enquiries. However on certain occasions, such as phone enquiries, it is better to have a visual material like a flow chart which gives clear and concise instructions to help to solve the problems in a relatively short amount of time. As a result of this, I have created a flow chart by using Lucidchart.

Lucidchart is quite a versatile collaborative tool for creating flow charts, mind maps and other diagrams that has integration to Google Drive (formerly known as Google Docs). You can create a free account to start using Lucidchart, but you would be limited to use 60 shapes. However, if you are member of a staff or a student in a university, you can open an educational account which comes with premium features free of charge.  If you had already opened a non-academic account previously, you can request an upgrade on here.

Creating a flowchart in a process I know quite well was not as easy as I thought it would be. Sometimes, it doesn’t help to know much on the topic as one may overlook certain steps or the layout of the process. It is always helpful to get the opinion of someone who looks at it with “fresh eyes”. After getting very useful feedback from my colleague Mandy from Customer Service Team and my line manager Paul Stainthorp, the version of the flowchart below has been finalised.

 

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There will be a newer version of this flowchart coming up soon once we have upgraded to OpenAthens LA in the next few months.

Using Athens login for student discounts-Unidays

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Posted by Elif Varol | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 09-10-2012

We have been getting some enquiries from the students who are trying to register for student discounts on some retail websites. My colleague Paul Stainthorp wrote a detailed blog post about the list of such websites on here.

A number of our students are having problems registering with Unidays when it directs students to log in using Athens.

Her is a step-by-step help guide to overcome this problem.

1. Go to Unidays and click on “JOIN NOW”.

2.  Fill out the required fields (Please note that you don’t have to use your university email address) and click “Join Now

3. Type “lincoln” in the “Select Your Institution” box and click on “University of Lincoln” from the drop-down list.

4. You are then directed to “Athens Login” page. Click on “Log in Using Athens”.

5. You would then reach “Authentication Point”. Click on the “Alternative Login” link.

6. Click on the “University of Lincoln” link. If you can’t see this link, try searching for University of Lincoln in the “Find your organisation” box.

7. Click on “Go to the University of Lincoln login page”

8. You would then need to put your username and password. Please bear in mind that you may need to put network\ prefix in front of your username.

9. At this point, if you haven’t used Athens before, you would reach “Open Athens Terms and Conditions of Use”. Choose “I accept these terms” and click on “Continue“.

10. You may see the error message “Invalid return URL specified”. Don’t worry about this message. Just close the Athens window and return to the Unidays website, and you should see that your registration has gone through.