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You can do IT in later life - 12

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. Getting the most from your computer.jpg (5543 bytes)

Jackie has also written the two books shown here - you can find more details about these by clicking on the cover images above. 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

Q:  When I write a letter, I sometimes get a little yellow box with a suggested entry in it e.g. the date.  If I carry on typing, the suggestion gets added to my work and I have to go back and delete it.  How can I stop this happening?

A:  I find this unwanted help really annoying as well, especially with dates as pressing the Enter key means you are saying OK to the suggestion, and usually you WILL press Enter after adding a date to move down the page, so it’s very hard to avoid.  Fortunately, there are two things you can do about it.  To stop it happening on the odd occasion, just press your Escape key and the box will disappear.  To stop it for good, you need to turn off the automatic formatting by opening the Tools menu.  Click AutoCorrect and, on the AutoText page, make sure you uncheck the box labelled “Show AutoComplete tip for AutoText and dates”. 

 Q:  I am getting very good at saving my work correctly, but wonder if there is a quick way to enter the filename.  I click in the box and backspace to get rid of the suggested name which is often very long, before typing in my own choice. Is this the only way?

A:  You will have noticed that many items you click, such as Web page URLs in the Address box, or folder or icon names on the desktop or within the file management programs, show as blue on the screen.  This means they are selected.  Any such text (including the blackened text highlighted in word processing, and filenames that will appear selected automatically in the Save As box) can be replaced by simply typing in the new text.  In all these circumstances, there should therefore be no need to delete or backspace first .  However, be warned - this is how you can delete any selected text by mistake as it is replaced if you press any key at all. If this happens,  you need to click the Undo button as soon as possible to put back your typing.

Q:  I sometimes want to copy databases to disk so that I can give them to someone else.  I use Access and don’t seem able to Save As in the same way that I can create a copy of a word processed document or spreadsheet.  How can I make database copies?

A:  Access is a strange package as it doesn’t seem to follow the same rules as other Microsoft software.  I find the best solution is to copy your database file on the desktop (or use Windows Explorer file management).  Open My Computer, then (C:) or the My Documents folder and locate the database.  Select it and click Copy.  Now go up a level until you can see 3 Floppy (A) in the window.  Open it and then click Paste.  A copy of the database should safely arrive on the disk.  You can use this simple method for any file that you need to move or copy between folders or drives on your computer.  (If you have the later versions of Windows e.g. Windows ME you will find you can right-click the file and select from Move to or Copy to options.)

Jackie Sherman`s new book:

Basic Computer Skills Made Simple' provides all necessary computer skills an individual may need and presents them in a straightforward and intelligent way. It demystifies computers and is ideal for those wishing to develop their skills and confidence in the subject whilst working at their own pace.
By using the text the reader will be able to produce a wide range of word-processed documents, prepare illustrated slides to aid talks, store and search for information systematically, and gain confidence handling simple numbers or charts. They will also learn how to connect to the Internet, surf the Web, and send and receive emails.


      Written from a UK perspective, the Guardian Guide to the Internet covers all the stock ground, including browser operation, FTP, Usenet, IRC and putting together a simple Web page


      This book will help you when you've got the machine into your home and you need to know what to do next. Starting with the process of unpacking the box and plugging in all the cables, this book shows you what to do with your new machine.



View previous editions of YoucandoIT for more useful Questions and Answers


Click on a book or magazine image above or below to see full details.

Aimed at first-time Internet users, the guide, co-written by TV personality Carol Vorderman and Internet expert Rob Young, offers a thorough and non-intimidating introduction to the Internet.


HTML 4 features clear and concise instructions   with well-captioned illustrations and screenshots that show both the source code and the resulting effect on the Web page

Specifically written for UK Web users, this book will give you everything you'll need to know to put the Internet to work for you




For a wealth of books on the web and IT generally, visit Amazon and under the books section select Computers and Internet.

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