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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

August 2013

Saving PaintShop Pro; using Windows Update; Keyboard Shortcuts

Saving Paint Shop Pro files

Q: I use Paint Shop Pro to create images and, whenever I save a file it always defaults to the PSP file type. Is there a way to change this so that I can quickly save my work as JPEGS?

A: You need to save a JPEG first, and then go to File – Preferences – General Program Preferences – Dialogs and Palettes. One of the many options on this tab is "Remember last type used in file save-as dialog." Click in the checkbox and then click OK. Next time you save, your files will save as jpegs.

PaintShop Pro

Using Windows Update

Q: I am finding that my computer takes ages to download and install updates, and often I don't actually want the programs. Is there a way to control what is updated?

A: In your Control Panel, you can select what type of update you want. Open the Automatic Updates box and then select:
a. Automatic if you are happy to leave it to your computer to install everything.
b. Download but let me choose when – this is my choice. When an update arrives on your PC, you get a notice in your taskbar that allows you to select either automatic installation or Custom. Click Custom and you will see a list of all potential updates. Just take off the tick against any unwanted programs. When you have those listed that you want to install, click the Install button.
c. Notify – here you will have to manually confirm that you want updates downloaded.

I would not recommend other options such as turning everything off as you won't know what is available unless you go to the Windows site.

Windows Update Dialog Box

Keyboard shortcuts

Q: What useful keyboard shortcuts can I take using the Windows logo key?

A: There are two such keys on your keyboard – one on either side of the Space bar. On its own it opens your Start menu but here are some more shortcuts to try. Press and hold down the key and then:
• Press D or M to return to your desktop
• Press F to open the Find menu
• Press L and you will lock your computer (TAKE CARE!)

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