TI-Nspire For Dummies
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Any content that is saved on your computer can be accessed by using the Local Content shortcuts in the Resources panel of the TI-Nspire Teacher Software. By default, you are given two choices, Desktop or My Documents.

If you click either choice, the associated folders and files display in the panel in the upper-right part of the screen. I recommend choosing My Documents→TI-Nspire. Of course, to make this selection, you must temporarily move your cursor to the upper-right panel and click the TI-Nspire folder to select it. In this folder, you should find some folders that contain .tns files.

Here’s how using the Content workspace saves time. You can add your own link to frequently used folders or files. Follow these steps to add a link of your own to the Local Content section:

  1. Right-click the folder that you would like to add a link for (or right-click the My Documents option below Local Content).

  2. Choose Create Shortcut.

    Notice that the selected folder is now located in the Local Content part of the Resources panel. Whenever you want to access a .tns file, save time by accessing the document through Local Content links. Using this technique, avoid searching through folders and submenus to find the file you need and to maximize the time that you have with students.


One great feature of the Content workspace is the preview panel in the lower-right part of the screen. Using Local Content, open a folder and click a .tns file once. In the preview panel, you can see the first page of the TI-Nspire document you selected.

Using the small arrows to the left and right of the preview screen, you can view every page of the file without ever having to go to the trouble (and time) of opening the file! Using the Preview feature saves time and energy.

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Jeff McCalla teaches Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus at St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis. He is a T3 instructor for Texas Instruments and co- founder of the TI-Nspire SuperUser group. Steve Ouellette wrote the first edition of TI-Nspire For Dummies as well as CliffsNotes® Guide to TI-Nspire.

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