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You can do IT in laterlife 

September 2011

Getting the most from your computerYou can do IT is a regular feature of aimed at trying to help laterlife visitors make the most of Information Technology on or off the web. 

Jackie Sherman who runs the You can do IT Question & Answer section is an IT trainer and author. Jackie has spent her career in education and specialises in teaching IT to adults. Her courses for adults include such topics as MS Office, the Internet, e-mail and basic web page authoring.

Jackie has also written the books shown here - you can find more details about these by clicking on the cover images above. Jackie has also been running a course specifically for over 50s. 

Every day computer activitiesVia Jackie aims to particularly help those new to IT and the web to build up knowledge and confidence, so no question is too basic. At the same time she will cover Q&As for the more experienced user. 

So if you would like to ask a question of Jackie, why not email her 

Or if you have discovered something which may be of interest to others in making the most of the web, then she would love to hear about that too..

View previous editions of YoucandoIT for more useful Questions and Answers


September 2011

Copying Documents into Emails

Q: I am fairly new to email. How can I get a copy of a poem from one of my documents into an email to send to a friend?

A: Assuming you have a Windows machine, you need to remember that each program opens as a window and you can have lots of windows open at the same time. Usually (unless you choose to display more than one window on screen) you will see only one fully open at a time and this is known as the active window. Any other windows that were opened previously will be available but all you will see will be their title on the taskbar at the bottom of your screen.

If you start by opening a document containing text and then open up a second window such as your email system, for example, the text document will still be "open" but will be parked temporarily along the bottom of your screen on the blue taskbar. Click the title of this text document and IT now opens fully, with the email system window now becoming parked along the bottom instead.

When copying from one to another, it is best to open all the programs you need first of all and have them all available either on screen or parked along the bottom.

To copy from one to the other:

1. First open up the text document on screen
2. Select the poem or other text with your mouse, right click and click Copy to copy the text into your computer memory
3. Now , open the email system by clicking its title showing on the taskbar and start or open up a message window
4. Type any extra message text you need and then right click the mouse and click Paste to add the text held in the memory.

Paste in text

Setting your Home Page after a New Browser Install

Q: After installing a new browser, I no longer have Google as my home page. How do I set this again?

A: Most browsers work in the same way. On the Tools menu, click Options and you will have the option to click a General tab. Here you can set the current page you are on to become your home page.

So, to set this as Google:

1. First navigate to Google in any way e.g. type the address into your Address box or click a link on the page.
2. Go to Tools – Options – General and click the "Use Current Page" button. The address should be showing in the Home Page: box.

Show my home page

3. Click OK to confirm your choice.
4. From now on, this should be the page that appears automatically each time you open your browser.

Designing Simple Logos

Q: I am trying to design a logo and want to put text round a circle. How is this done?

A: The best way to do this is to use WordArt. This is available in common programs such as Word or Open Office Drawing, and is a pictorial program that allows you to manipulate text. (In Open Office Drawing, WordArt is called Fontwork.)

Draw your circle using a shape from the Shape gallery and then click the dancing A button on the drawing toolbar. You will see a gallery of styles so pick the one you like – although all aspects can be changed later.

Wordart gallery

In the text box that opens, type in your logo word(s) and click OK. It will appear in the chosen style.

Move the wording to just above your circle by dragging with your mouse and then click the words to display the WordArt toolbar. The option you want is Shape so click to open the gallery and pick a semi-circle, full circle or wedge.

Change Wordart shape

You can manually squeeze or stretch the words or use other options on the toolbar to set size or change colours etc.

(To select both WordArt and a shape to copy and paste them together e.g. into a painting program, first right click the WordArt and select a wrap option e.g. Tight.)

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