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You can do IT in later life - 25

You can do IT is a regular feature of laterlife.com 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 laterlife.com 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 jackie@laterlife.com

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 jackie@laterlife.com


Via laterlife.com 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 jackie@laterlife.com

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 jackie@laterlife.com


 

This month continues the departure from the usual Q&A format. Instead Jackie provides a workshop on:

Styles  

Today, I want to explain the mysteries of styles in word processing. 

What are styles? These are combined ‘packages’ of formats that can be applied in one go to any text. So, for example, if you often want your text to be formatted in italic, Arial size 16, right-aligned and coloured red, you could save this combination of formats as a named style and apply them whenever they were required. 

Most word processing packages such as Word have a small number of ready-made styles available, but you can add your own very easily. 

Where are styles found? Next to the Font box, you will see a second box containing the word Normal. This is the Style box. Normal is a standard style that contains the default text settings for any new documents. Drop down the arrow to the right of the name and you will display a list of other available styles such as Heading 1 and Heading 2. Next to each style a box displays the major features e.g. font size and alignment.  

 

How do you use the styles? To apply one of these styles, select the text and then click the appropriate style on the list  - in just the same way that you would apply a new font type. 

How can you create a new style? With Normal showing in the style box, type some text and then apply the range of formats you want to include. With this text selected, click once on the word Normal to select it and then type in the name of your new style to replace it in the Style box. Then press Enter. This new style will be added to the list of those available and can be applied in the future as described above. 

 

How can you change a style if you want to modify it or correct a mistake? Any style can be amended by clicking Style on the Format menu. Select the style from the Styles list, click the Modify button and then change any aspects by selecting them on the Format list.  When you have finished, click OK and Apply. (You can also create new styles this longer way by clicking New in the Style box.)

 

  

A short-cut is to apply your new style to some text, change whichever aspect(s) you want to modify and then click its name in the Style box. You will be offered the following message box:

 

  

Make the changes permanent by clicking OK to update the style.


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