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Best Student Practices for Installing GDP
Installing GDP at Home
Initial Log-on
Specify Settings
Working on Campus and at Home
 
Best Student Practices for Installing GDP (Windows XP and Windows Vista).

Read this before installing GDP:

bullet Close all open programs including email, browser windows, and virus software.
bulletDo not change defaults (program or data storage location) during installation unless specifically instructed to do so by your instructor.
bullet Make sure the log-on name entered into the Home installation of GDP initially exactly matches the name your instructor used in Instructor Management on the Campus version of GDP and the IMWS including matching the case.
bullet Make sure the e-mail address you entered into the Home installation of GDP matches exactly the e-mail address your instructor used in Instructor Management on the Campus version of GDP and the IMWS.
bullet Make sure the log-on password (if used) entered into the Campus installation of GDP matches exactly the password used to log into the Student Web Site (if used, including matching the case.
bullet Perform a Live Update. Click here to troubleshoot any Live Update installation issues. On the Tips & FAQs page, click FAQs, Installation and Operation, for a detailed explanation of the Live Update feature.
bullet Verify you have the correct version of Word® selected under Options, Settings, Word Processor. If you change this setting, restart GDP.
bullet Under Options, Personal Information, Your initials, type in your correct reference initials (lowercase, no spaces, no periods, and no parentheses) and click OK. Type these exact initials for any documents requiring reference initials, such as correspondence.

Note: It is best to call the software hotline at 800-331-5094 before attempting these steps:

bulletIf using Windows XP®, make sure you are logged into the computer with an administrator account.
bulletIf using Windows Vista®, make sure you are logged into the computer with an administrator account and follow the steps below prior to using GDP: Right-click on the GDP Home shortcut—Start, All Programs, Irwin Keyboarding. Click Properties, Compatibility tab. Check Run this program as an administrator, and click Apply, OK. Launch GDP using  the GDP shortcut. You will be prompted to “Cancel” or “Allow” the program to run. You should select “Allow."
 
Installing GDP at Home 
bulletPlace the GDP Home Version CD into the CD-ROM drive. The installer automatically launches after a few seconds. Follow the Quick Start steps in green below.

Note: If the install program does not launch automatically, from the Windows menu, click Start, Run. In the Run window, type x:\setup (replace "x:" with the letter for your CD-ROM drive, which is probably "d:"). Click OK.

Quick Start: Next; I accept the terms of the license agreement, Next; Next; Next; Next;  Finish.

bullet When you click Finish. An Irwin Keyboarding program group opens with this shortcut. Right-click the icon and send a shortcut to your Windows Desktop. Use this shortcut to launch GDP.

Note: If you installed incorrectly and need to uninstall GDP, click here for steps.
 

Initial Log-On 

At home, double-click the GDP Home icon on the Desktop to launch GDP; or in Windows, click Start, Programs, Irwin Keyboarding, GDP Home. Type your information, click Save, and GDP will open.

Note: See your instructor regarding directions for filling in an e-mail address and class name. It may not be required in your class.


 

Live Update

GDP will launch and check for Live Updates if you are on the Internet when you open GDP. The first time you install GDP, you should always check for a Live Update so you are using the most current version.

Note: It is imperative that you always perform a Live Update to ensure that you are working with the correct version of GDP, which includes software functionality upgrades, corrections to errata, and so forth. Click here to troubleshoot any Live Update installation issues. On the Tips & FAQs page, click FAQs, Installation and Operation, for a detailed explanation of the Live Update feature. If you are not on the Internet when you open GDP for the first time, log-on to the Internet, click Help, Live Update, and follow the prompts to download the latest version of GDP.

bulletTo find out what version of GDP you are using, click Help, About, from the GDP menu in the upper left hand corner of the screen. See the lines at the bottom that indicate "Version" followed by a date, installation mode, and Live Update versions.
bulletThe Online Tutorial starts. Click the numbered buttons at the bottom of the screen to complete the tutorial and click Exit when you're done.
Specify Settings 

Note: Check with your instructor regarding preferences here.

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From the menu, click Options, Settings, to open the Settings dialog box.

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Fill in, check, or uncheck all boxes as shown below. Click Save.

Note: The URL for the Web button is gdpstudent.mhhe.com. Click here for more detailed steps to set the path for Microsoft Word.

Note: Under Full Editing, in Timed Writings and Drills, ask your instructor what setting to check. If you correct errors on timings, your speed is decreased and your concentration might be broken. However, some students relax more during a timed writing when they know they can correct errors and therefore do better. Make your choice here based on your own skills and preferences. Correcting errors on drills generally leads to poor technique.

Note: If you are using the first printing of Gregg College Keyboarding & Document Processing, Microsoft Office Word 2007 Update and the first printing of the Microsoft Office Word 2007 Update Manual for Gregg College Keyboarding & Document Processing, your books are no longer synchronized with changes and corrections made to the GDP software via GDP's Live Update feature. This will result in document scoring errors occurring in documents that you have typed correctly.

Click here to download an errata file, which includes corrections and changes you should make to the first printing of your books to bring them into alignment with the current GDP software and to provide you with valuable tips and information as you complete your document processing jobs in the text and practice exercises in the Word Manual.
 

Working on Campus and at Home

If your instructor has asked you to upload work to the Internet to the Instructor Management Web Site and visit the Student Web Site as part of your daily routine, view this orientation first and choose the method assigned by your instructor:
 
bullet Orientation to Working in Multiple Locations
 
 
Learn to use GDP's Export, Import, and Upload-features to transfer work between multiple locations such as campus to home, home to campus, and to the Instructor Management Web Site and Student Web Site in one operation. If you use the Student Web site, you will be able to view your work and your annotations anywhere you have an Internet connection and browser available. Click here for the pdf version.
Click here for a 15-minute movie. Click here for a Flash movie (resizable window).

GDP Upload Quick Start: Upload; Upload all work; Upload Work to Student Upload Web Site; Browse (browse to desired location to save file—at LACC, store file on Desktop), Store the Upload File; right-click in the Browse box, Paste, Upload.

SWS Download Grades Quick Start: Log in at the Student Web Site; click Download Grades tab; Download Grades; Save, browse to desired destination, Save, Close.

GDP Import Quick Start: File, Import Student Data; in the Look In box, click the list arrow, browse to your .EXP file (which has your first and last name), and click it; click Import.

Note: Repeat these steps when you leave and move to your second location. Students working only at home may skip this presentation. If you want to print this presentation, right-click the desired link and choose Print Target.

Note: Click GDP_Upload_Download_Import.doc to download a helpful  handout you can print.

 

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