OU Campus Tips to Shave Time Off Your Content Management Experience

by Jim Heiney, Web/Exchange Administrator at Lock Haven University
on August 17, 2016

I met quite a few people whose schools were new to OU Campus™ this year at the 2016 OmniUpdate User Training Conference, so I thought I'd dole out some tips that can make working in OU Campus a little easier. It's always good to make things happen a little more quickly or be a bit more efficient. These tips are great for seasoned users, too!

First up are access settings. It used to be that if you were working in a folder and wanted to change any of these settings, you had to back up one level, hover over the folder, move over to edit, and choose access. You can now just hover over the current folder name and click it to get to the access settings (see below).

OU Campus Access Settings

Along the same lines are the page parameters. Instead of ducking out of a page that you're editing and returning to the file view, you can adjust the keywords and description of a page by using the Page Parameters Gadget in the right-hand sidebar. It's easy to forget that gadget is available if you're not used to using it.

One area we had trouble with was when we had legacy pages that were brought over during the conversion process. Typically these were from the "tables within tables" school of design. OU Campus’ JustEdit did not like some of these pages and staunchly refused to play nice with them. When you run into this, you can force a return to the old (mildly icky after you've been spoiled by JustEdit, yet functional) editor by shift-clicking on the edit button. The old editor handles residual in-page weirdness at the cost of the WYSIWYG Editor—but it's still better than hand-editing the HTML.

Another big time saver for me is using a middle click/ctrl click to spawn something in a new tab. My biggest need for this is adding a user to a group if I'm tinkering with something else. You can do this with any menu item or page/folder link. Just don't be me and end up with this going on in your browser:

Browser Tabs

Some last tips that apply to working with source code. Do you need to add the same thing multiple times? Hold down ctrl and click where you need the cursor. You can then start typing and have the text/code entered everywhere you clicked. This works with highlighting as well. Eyes burnt out from too much code? Click the theme on the toolbar and change it to give your eyes a break. Not happy with the indentation? Select the section you would like to organize, hold down shift, and hit tab to auto-indent. It does a pretty good job of it, but if you're not happy with the results, undo is your friend.

Will you have an extra six hours a week in your schedule because of these tips? Probably not. But shaving a little time here and there from common tasks is never a bad thing. Will these tips make you more awesome? I do have anecdotal indications that it just might, so it's best not to risk missing out.

About the Blogger

jim-heineyJim Heiney is the web/exchange administrator for Lock Haven University (LHU). He’s been at LHU for more than 15 years and is still amazed at how much more there is to learn (and he willingly accepts that fact) for those who work with technology. His philosophy of “never stop learning” has led him from English teacher to IT guy with a few other odd stops along the way. When not at work, he can usually be found at home with his family. In his spare time, he can be found writing, drawing, or playing the occasional computer game.

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