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You can do IT in later life - 13

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:  I know how to insert AutoText,  but how do I correct some errors made in an entry?

A:  If you make a mistake when creating an original AutoText item, you can correct it only if you first have the text on screen.  Either type a correct version or insert the original using your codeword plus F3 and then correct the errors.  Now select the amended block of text, go to Insert - AutoText - New and type the original codeword in the name box.  When you click OK, you will be asked if you want to redefine (i.e. replace) the original entry with this version.  Click Yes and your corrected block of text will always appear in future.

If you want to remove an item completely, you need to open the AutoText box via the Tools - AutoCorrect menu.  Scroll down and find your codeword, checking it is the correct one by looking at the associated text in the Preview pane, and then click the Delete button.

Q:  I recently tried to save and print my work but couldn’t find the usual toolbar buttons  at the top of the screen.  Where did they go, and how can I get them back?

A:  You can have as many toolbars as you like open on screen at the same time, and they are quite easy to misplace.  To add a new one, simply open the View menu and select Toolbars.  You will display a list of all those available, and a tick will be shown next to the toolbars that are currently open.  To add missing buttons e.g. those on the Standard toolbar that allow you to print, save and open files or on the Format toolbar offering shortcuts to bold, italic or alignment options, click the named toolbar and it will open.  At the same time, remove an unwanted toolbar by clicking its name to remove the tick.

Sometimes an added toolbar will appear as a separate window rather than in its normal place along the top of the screen.  Just click in its blue title bar, hold down your left mouse button and drag the toolbar above the ruler.  As it starts to lengthen, let go the mouse and the toolbar will drop into place.

You can even customise your toolbars so that less common buttons are available.  Select Views - Toolbars - Customise and click the Commands tab.  Scroll down the list of toolbars to view all possible buttons and, if you spot the one you want to use more frequently, click and drag it out of the box and onto a convenient toolbar on screen.

Q:  I use certain programs quite often, and want to create a shortcut to them on the desktop, so that I can open them more quickly.

 A:  There are two different ways to create shortcuts - either starting from your file management program or via the desktop. 

Desktop:  Right-click on an empty part of the screen and select New - Shortcut.  Click the Browse button to search your computer for the program file and click it so that its name appears in the name box.  Click Next and, if necessary, rename the shortcut before clicking Finish.

File management:  Restore the window so the desktop is visible behind and then locate and open the folder containing your program. Find the file that contains the program itself - it is usually labelled Application, its properties (right-click and select this option) will show it has an .exe extension and it will be one of the largest files in the folder.  Right≠-click the file and drag it onto the desktop.  When you let go the mouse, choose Create shortcut here from the menu that appears.


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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