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You can do IT in later life - 34

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


 

Improving publicity material   

This month, I want to offer a little advice on improving publicity material. Whether you use a word processing or desktop publishing program, you can always give your leaflets, posters, invitations, flyers or other printed material more pizzazz by incorporating one or more of the following 4 features:  

1.  Dropped Caps:  

This is the term applied when changing the look and position of the first letter of any paragraph - a computerised version of an old manuscript.   

Without a dropped cap

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ith a dropped cap

 

   

You will find the option on the Format menu, and in most versions you can change the type of character (font), size, number of lines by which it will drop, and also the colour of the text.

 

2.  Borders:  

There are two different methods for adding borders to text depending on whether you type normal text  or include text in a frame or text box.

For word processed text - select the paragraph(s) with the mouse and then open the Format - Borders and Shading menu. You will see that on the Borders tab you can select a box, shadow or 3D border, and have various thicknesses and styles of border to apply. A preview will show how the border will look, and you can click part of the border off or on e.g. if you don’t want to border one side.   

To add an unusual border round a complete page, select the Page Border option that is available in most versions and look at the Art selection. If the pictures are too large, change the width settings before clicking OK.

To border just the text, rather than the whole paragraph, select the actual words with the mouse and choose this option in the Apply to: box.

 

Applied to whole paragraph

 Applied to text

Sometimes, the border will appear as separate boxes if you want to border more than one paragraph. In this case, try typing the first paragraph, border this and then press Enter inside the border to carry on typing.  

For text boxes, or awkward borders e.g. round several drawn shapes, you need to use the drawing tools.  Select a text box and then use the Line Colour or Line/Border Style toolbar buttons for simple text boxes. In DTP applications, you will have the Border Art selection to set more exciting borders, and can also choose borders from the clipart gallery.

Alternatively, draw a Rectangle AutoShape round your objects to enclose them. This may hide them temporarily, so you can now choose to send the rectangle to the back by clicking the Draw menu and selecting Order - Send to back, or click the arrow next to the Fill Colour button and choose No Fill to make the rectangle transparent.  

3.  Shading:  

For coloured printouts, you have a wide choice of effects, which can even give a varied look in black & white. Select your text or text box and use the Fill Colour options or Shading on the Format menu.  Following up More colours or Fill effects, you can mix colours to offer gradients, or choose from a range of patterns, textures such as marble, wood or canvas or even add a picture as background.  

4.  Watermark:  

If you would like a faded picture behind a block of text, you need to play around with the image. In DTP applications, this is fairly simple. Insert your picture in a picture frame, choose Washout from the  Image Control list in the Format - Picture box, move the picture over your text and select Arrange - Order - Send to back.

If it is a picture e.g. from the clipart gallery,  inserted in a word processed document, you need to show the picture toolbar (right click and select this option if it hasn’t appeared automatically) and select Image Control - Watermark. This will fade the picture. Now drag its corners out until it is the appropriate size - it will push aside the text but don’t worry.  Apply the Draw - Text Wrapping -  Behind Text option and you will find you can now move it over the text without displacing it, as you have changed the picture to a drawing object.  At this stage it won’t be behind, so apply the option again or select Draw - Order - Send behind text.


                                                     

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