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You can do IT in laterlife 


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


October 2012 

Setting default window opening sizes & using eBay's Watch List facility

Q: I seem to have changed a setting and now, whenever I open an email, it is displayed as a small window, rather than full size. How can I get back to normal and have all windows opening at their maximum size?

A: Try this 3-step method.

  1. Double click to open one of your emails and then, DON'T click the Maximise button. Instead, use your mouse to drag the corners outwards manually until the window fills the screen.

  2. Leave it where it is and go to Start - Control Panel – Folder Options – View. Near the bottom of the list, make sure you have a tick in the box that says: "Remember each folder's view settings". If you need to add it, click Apply/OK.

  3. Return to your message window and close the message in the normal way.

Next time you open an email, it should open as a maximised window.

Q: I like to bid for items on eBay but don't keep track of time very well and often don't get the email reminder that it is nearing the end time for the auction. Is there an easy way to keep up-to-date with potential purchases?

A: The simplest way is probably to set up a Watch list. If you look at any full page advertisement for an item, on the right hand side just above the Seller information there is usually the text: "Add to watch list."

eBay Watch List 1

Click the link and, if necessary, sign in at this stage. You will now see some text running across the top of the advert saying the item has been added to your Watch list.

eBay Watch List 2

If you do this for all the items you are interested in, you will find that when you go to your Account page, they will be listed and you can select the option of a "Time left" sort order. You can then see at a glance how long before any auction ends and can even make a bid from here.

eBay Watch List 3

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