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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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July 2013

Printing PDF Files; Moving Images; Opening Files Easily


Q: I am having problems with PDF files. Although I can read them, I can no longer print them. My printer works with other types of files. Is there a simple answer? I have always used Adobe as my PDF reader.

It may be that something has happened to Adobe on your computer. You can try reinstalling it, or installing a new printer driver, but a simpler solution is to use a different PDF reader. I had the same problem and have just downloaded a free Foxit Reader 6 from I can now read and print PDF files perfectly. Although I haven't explored all the options, there seem to be lots of different editing tools you can use and, via the website, there is also the option to create your own PDF files.



Q: I like to add the occasional picture from the Internet or storage media to documents but find it hard to move them into the right places. Is there a technique I could use?

If you have a picture on screen that, when selected, is surrounded by a thin black line border, it is going to be hard to move. All it will do is respond to the alignment commands. The answer is to change it so that it shows small white circles round the edges instead. Then you can drag it round the page with your mouse and even rotate it using the small green rotate circle.

To change an image:

  1. Click the picture once to select it
  2. Select Image

  3. Go to your Draw menu and select Text Wrapping. This is the way to set text wrapping round pictures and you have various options including Square, Top and Bottom etc. For moving pictures easily when you won't be wrapping text round them in any special way, I would tend to select Tight.
  4. Once you do this, your picture edges will show the circles. Now you can move it around easily.

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Q: I work with files regularly for a certain length of time and then don't need to access them any more. Is there a way to keep them easily available for a short period of time? At the moment, I have to go through all my folders to locate them or hope they are available on a 'recently used' file list.

A: I suggest you create shortcuts to the files in question on your desktop. Use this to open them whenever they are needed and then delete the shortcuts once you have stopped working with them. It WON'T delete the files, just the shortcut links.

To create a shortcut:

  1. Make sure you can see part of your empty desktop i.e. reduce any maximised windows
  2. Locate the file by name in its folder, but do not open it
  3. Right click the filename and drag it up to a space on your desktop.
  4. Right-click filename

  5. Let go the file and, from the menu that will appear, select Create Shortcut.
  6. Creat shortcut

  7. The file will now show a curved arrow and will be named as "Shortcut to …" If you want to, click in the box and edit the name.
  8. Shortcut

  9. Double click this shortcut whenever you want to open the file.
  10. To delete the shortcut, just click it once and press your Delete key.

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