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You can do IT in later life
  June 2008


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, 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. Why not email her

June 2008 Laterlife

Q: I have been told that there are a wide variety of different fonts available on the Internet that I could use in my own projects. How can I add them to my Font box so that I can apply them in Word or Publisher?

A: Usually, fonts are offered in a PDF format, and you download them onto your computer in the normal way. One good site, for example, is

font examples

When downloading, save the file into a named folder somewhere easy to locate such as your desktop.

What you see if you open the file (which must be extracted as it will be within a zipped archive) is a range of words (or symbols if you use the Dingbats type of font) showing what the font looks like at different sizes.

TrueType font display

So that you can apply them in Word etc, they must be added to your Font folder. This can be found within the Control Panel and is normally stored on a PC in the C:/Windows folder.

To add the new font, display your folders and select Windows – Fonts.

Windows explorer

Open the folder, go to the File menu and select Install New Font.

Windows Fonts Folder

You will be offered a box in which you can browse for the file you downloaded onto your desktop. When you select the correct folder in the Folders box, the name of any font file will be listed in the upper pane.

Add Fonts window

Select its name, click OK and it will be added to the Font box. Test that it is there by opening Word and finding your new font on the list.

MS Word


Q: I use PowerPoint and want to create a new presentation that looks exactly like one I have spent some time formatting. Is that possible?

A: Yes, you can apply a slide design based on a template or a file you have created. All you need do is open your new presentation, go to the Format menu and select Slide Design.

When the list of designs is displayed on the right-hand side, you will see a Browse button at the bottom.

MS PowerPoint


Click this and locate the formatted file whose design you want to copy. Click its name and then the Apply button and your new slides will take on all the colours, images and fonts used in the formatted presentation.

MS PowerPoint




View previous editions of YoucandoIT for more useful Questions and Answers

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