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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.

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March 2013

Producing a Table of Contents; Can't click links in email

Q: I need to produce a report with a Table of Contents (TOC) and don't have any idea how to do it. Can you explain?

A: Tables of contents are based on formatting styles that you set throughout the document. For example, if chapter headings are set at style Heading 1, section headings at style Heading 2 and subheadings at Heading 3, your table of contents would appear as follows:

Chapter 1

Section 1

Subtitle 1

Subtitle 2

Subtitle 3

Section 2

Subtitle 1

Subtitle 2

Chapter 2 ……

To set the styles (e.g. in Word 2002) using a built-in format:

  1. Highlight the text of the first heading e.g. Chapter 1
  2. Open the Style box (next to the font box) and select Heading 1 from the drop down list.
  3. This style will now be applied.
  4. Go through the document, applying the same style to all top level headings.
  5. For the next level, simply apply the Heading 2 format etc.

Apply heading styles

Once all headings at the various levels have been formatted, click on the page where the table of contents will go – usually page 1 – and insert the TOC.

  1. Go to Insert – Reference – Index and Tables.
  2. Click the Table of Contents tab.
  3. It will have picked up the first three heading levels but you can restrict it to the top two or add another level if you want sub-sub paragraph headings in the list.
  4. Decide if you want page numbers showing or not, and select different font styles from the Formats box.
  5. When you click OK, the table will appear.

Insert Table of Contents

As you carry on with your document, you will probably add or change headings or pages. To update the TOC, simply right-click any of the text and select Update Field. You can update page numbers or the whole table.

Q: I seem to have lost the ability to click a link in an email and open a web page. How can I restore this facility?

A: It is usually because there is no clearly set default browser on your computer. To re-do this, and depending on which browser you use, either open the browser and go to Tools – Options or go to Start – Set (Program Access and) Defaults and click Windows, Non-Windows or Custom.

If you go to the appropriate tab, you will see all the programs set as the defaults and can check that your web browser, email etc defaults are correctly set. If nothing is set, or the wrong one appears, click Custom and change it by clicking the correct name in the Enable box.

Set defaults

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