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You can do IT in later life - 14

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:  If I want to carry out repeated searches of my Access database, e.g. to print out lists of names and addresses of people living in different counties, is there an alternative to continually opening the query in design view and changing the name on the criteria row of the County field?

A:  Instead of typing a name, date or number in the criteria row to search for an exact match within a particular field, you can type an instruction within square brackets e.g. [Enter the county name].    Whenever you try to open the query, you will first be offered this instruction and a box in which to type the name - known as the parameter of the search.  After typing the name and clicking OK, the query will open to reveal the relevant records.


Q:  I have updated my MS Office package from 97 to 2000 and found the clipart doesn't behave in the same way.  Instead of white boxes round the edge when pictures are inserted into a Word document, they have a thin black border and I can only re-align them using the alignment buttons.  How can I move pictures round the page?

A:  This change seems a backwards step for Microsoft, but there are two ways round it.  Either insert your clipart within a textbox which can be dragged around, or change it to a drawing object.  To do this, you need to select a Text wrapping option from the Draw button on the drawing toolbar after clicking the picture to show its border.  The picture will appear the same but will now display small white boxes round its edge.

If you use PowerPoint, the inserted clipart will be draggable, but you won’t be able to rotate it.  In this case, change it to a drawing object by selecting Draw - Ungroup and then Group.

Q:  I have started to send and receive e-mails but don’t know how to send pictures or other documents I have saved.  Can you explain attachments, please?

A:  If you look at your e-mail window when composing a message, there will be a button or icon somewhere labelled Attachments.  If you click this button, you will be taken to a window that allows you to browse through all the files on your computer, including any saved onto a floppy disk.  Simply find the file you want to send and click Attach.  You will return to your message and there should be a new window or message saying that a named file is now attached. Continue writing and then sending your message as normal and the recipient should receive both message and attached file.

To open an attachment, simply double-click the filename when the message is opened.  However, never open an attachment from an unknown source as it is a common way to send viruses.


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.




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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