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You can do IT in later life


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

February 2009


Quicker browsing

Q:  Is there a quick way to browse without spending lots of time typing in web page addresses?



A:  When you want to open a particular web page, the quickest way is to start typing the name of the site into the Address box.  Very often, a Search box will open up below and the full address will be offered to you.  You can then simply 'click and go'. 

If no address appears – perhaps it is your first visit – you end up with an address that won't work because there is no www. at the start. 

To put this right quickly, press the Home key on your keyboard.  It will move the cursor to the beginning of the address and you can simply add your www. and then press the Enter key.


Emails on holiday

Q:  I need to check my emails when I am away.  As I use Outlook Express, they are all on my own computer.  Is there any way to see and work with them away from home?


manage mail

A:  Incoming messages are always stored on a remote computer – known as a mail server – by your Internet Service Provider.  Here they wait until you download them at home by pressing the Send/Receive button in Outlook Express.  You can therefore 'catch' them on the server and read and reply to them here just as easily.  When you get back home, you can still download the messages you have already viewed and store them in your folders as usual.

To do this, you need to know your ISP password and user name (usually your full email address).  You then visit their website from any computer and log in.  There will be a Mail link to click and you will be able to view your messages.


Managing mail

Q:  Can you remind me how to manage my emails as the Inbox is overflowing but I don't want to delete any messages.


A:  Fortunately, message management is very easy and is based on the same principles as computer file storage.  If you use a Windows machine, you should be familiar with the idea of folders which are simply named areas of the hard drive where you can store your files. 

The Inbox is similar to My Documents so all you need do is create some folders inside it and then move in related emails.  To do this:

  • Right click the Inbox and select New Folder.
  • Give it a name e.g. work, finance, holidays etc and it will appear below the Inbox. 
  • Repeat to add more folders and, if you like, subdivide these new folders into subfolders by right clicking one of your new folders. 
  • Use each folder just like the Inbox i.e. click its name to view any messages inside. 
  • To move your messages into the folders, click the Inbox and select a message.  Drag it across from the right to left pane until the target folder goes blue.  Let go the mouse and the message will drop inside.


View previous editions of YoucandoIT for more useful Questions and Answers

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