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You 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 several books - you can find more details about these by clicking here. Jackie has also been running a course specifically for over 50s.

Via 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





May 2012

Q: Is there a way to increase the size of material on a web page? I sometimes find it hard to read the text or view the images.

A: There are two ways to do this using either the menu or the keyboard: change the font size only or zoom in, which will increase the entire page including any images.

To increase font size in Internet Explorer, for example, open the View menu and you will find that the Text Size option offers 5 sizes, from Largest to Smallest.

If you want the whole page increased, or for the text to be larger than the largest text size on offer, just hold down a Ctrl key and press the + (plus) symbol. This zooms in and increases the web page in steps. To reverse the effect, hold Ctrl and press the – (minus) symbol.

Note that in some browsers such as Mozilla Firefox, it is slightly different as the View menu has a Zoom option that includes Zoom Text Only.




Q: Whenever I try to close down my browser (I use Mozilla), it always asks me if I want to close all the tabs. How can I stop this message appearing each time?

A: Like many annoying settings, this is something that you can change about the way your browser works by selecting from the Tools – Options menu. In this case, click the Tabs link and you will find a number of checked boxes. Take the tick off the option to: "Warn me when closing multiple tabs" and the entire browser should now close immediately after you click the main Close button.




Q: I use Outlook Express and recently I have been unable to delete my emails. Can you explain why, and what to do about it?

A: The problem with OE is that now and again, it needs to compact your messages as this will free up disk space and the program will be able to work more efficiently. It is necessary because deleted messages are not removed straight away and they can clog up the whole system. "Compacting" is another way of saying "deleting". This is an important part of maintaining the health of your computer similar to defragging or clearing out temporary files and does need to be done.

If you have turned off this function by accident, or because you find the process annoyingly slow, it will have a bad effect on the way your email program works, as you have now discovered. To rectify this, make sure you compact all your folders and then do this on a regular basis. To compact folders manually, go to File – Folder – Compact All Folders and make sure you don't interrupt the process.

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