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You can do IT in laterlife 

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



December 2011

Quick searching

Like me, you may have been using your web browser to carry out Internet searches happily for years without realising that there was a very handy little box on the Navigation toolbar that would allow much quicker searching. It can be found on my fairly ancient Internet Explorer and Firefox version 8 browsers, so I assume it can be found with all of them nowadays.

The slow method,(although you could speed it up by setting your home page as a search engine like Google), is to put the Google address in the Address box to visit and then carry out a search from there using the main website search box.

Go to Google website

If you look at the Toolbar search box, you will see the Google logo and you can use that box to enter your search words instead. Click the magnifying glass icon or press Enter and you will carry out exactly the same search without having to first visit the Google website.

Google website search box

Even more valuable is the ability to search other places, for example Amazon or eBay instantly without first having to visit their websites. You just click the Google logo in the Toolbar search box to display icons for other websites. Click to select a different option. Then when you type in your search words, you will be taken straight to Amazon, eBay or any of the other places you selected to see the search results.

This is the Internet Explorer list of options.

Search Amazon or eBay

This is the longer Firefox list of options.

Firefox toolbar search box

Now that Christmas is near, you may be doing a lot of shopping so make life easy by setting your most visited website as your Home page – if only temporarily.

1. Visit the website in the normal way.
2. Open your Tools - Option menu and click the General tab.
3. Click where it says: "Home Page – Use Current Page" and then confirm by clicking OK.
4. Each time you use your browser in future, this is the page that will start your session.

Set Home page


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