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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

February 2013

Excel cell formatting; browser add-ons; restoring deleted emails

Q: When using Excel, I was trying to enter dates and they all appeared as numbers. How can I sort this out?

A: The answer is to apply your own format onto the cells. Otherwise, the program tries to interpret what you are entering and can do all sorts of odd things. To set the format, select all the cells into which you are going to enter your dates or that already contain entries and then right click and select Format Cells.

Format cells screenshot

In the window that opens, click on the Date entry in the Category list and then choose the exact format you want to display e.g. short or longer date.

choose date format screenshot

Click OK and return to your spreadsheet. Anything you enter into any of the selected cells will now appear as the correct date type. If you have already made an entry it may still appear as gobbledy gook so you may need to retype it.


Q: I have been told I can add extra toolbars that might be useful when trying to save time searching the Web. How can I find them?

A: If you open your browser and go to Tools – Add-ons, various additional items will be available. To find toolbars, type this word into the search box. You will now be offered hundreds of different toolbars from Facebook to Calorie Count, Wordpress, translation, Quidco cashback and other toolbars. For any one you want, just click install and follow the instructions.

browser add-ons screenshot

Q: Can I restore an email I delete by mistake? I use Outlook Express.

A: Fortunately, you have time, especially if your emails are on your own computer rather than only web-based. This is because they are not deleted as such but simply moved to the Deleted Items folder. Before that is emptied for good, open the folder, right click the message and select Move to Folder. Choose a new folder such as the Inbox from the list to move it to and it will be returned there.

If you really do want to remove messages for good, right click the Deleted Items folder in your folder list and select Empty Deleted Items Folder.

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