[Athen] Windows 7 setting up a recurring reminder

Todd Schwanke todd.schwanke at wisc.edu
Fri Feb 20 12:06:59 PST 2015

Hi Russell:

Another possible solution would be to use Word so that you retain the auto-save capability, but remove the Dictionary/Thesaurus. If you go into the "Add or Remove Features" of the Office installer, it appears you can remove the proofing tools for the primary language as well as for the optional languages

In the Office 2013 installer, this is located in:
Office Shared Features > Proofing Tools > English Proofing Tools

Todd Schwanke

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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Russell Solowoniuk
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Subject: [Athen] Windows 7 setting up a recurring reminder

Hi everyone,

For exams where students are not allowed access to spell check and/or the thesaurus, we are having students use WordPad instead of Word.

For the most part, this is working well, but we are concerned with the fact that WordPad does not have an auto-save feature like Word does, so in the event of a crash, the student will lose all his/her work.

We remind students to save often, but sometimes, in the midst of exam anxiety, they forget.

We are looking for an easy to use reminder program for Windows 7 that will pop up a message at a specified interval, say, every 10 minutes, to remind students to save their work.

Is anyone using such a program?

I've been searching the net and have found quite a fewsuggestions to use the Windows Task Scheduler, but my experiments with it have not worked so well.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.



Russell Solowoniuk
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