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You can do IT in later life - 62

  February 2006   

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.  

Jackie has also written several books - you can find more details about these by clicking here. 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, 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. Why not email her

February 2006


Using files on a CD
Q: I have been given a book with exercise files on a CD. When I try to use them I cannot make any changes as they are Read-Only. What should I do?

A: This is normal for files on CDs as it stops the originals being changed by mistake. There are two steps you need to take:


a. Copy the files across onto your own computer. You could do this by opening each one and selecting File – Save As, but it is quicker to use Explorer - and the only method if any are Access database files. Open My Computer, and then open the drive containing the CD. Select all the files listed there (e.g. go to Edit – Select All or hold Ctrl and press A), and then either drag them onto your desktop or right-click and select Copy or Copy to Folder, depending on your operating system. Open or locate the target folder and select Paste.

b. Some files may still remain Read-Only even after you have made copies – this is particularly so for Access database files on machines earlier than Windows XP. For any of these, right-click the closed file, select Properties and take off the tick in the Read – Only Attributes checkbox at the bottom of the General tab.


Spotting a good place to retire

Q: Is there something I can use on the Internet to help me find the best place to retire? I own a boat and want to find a house with a garden that leads to the sea, and someone mentioned Google. However, the maps don't give any details like this.

A: I imagine you were being told about a new facility offered by Google called Google Earth that lets you find out everything you ever wanted to know about the best place to retire. It allows you to zoom right down onto people's gardens or slipways, as well as locate the nearest shops, leisure centres, parks or footpaths.

Log on to  , click the download button in the top, right-hand corner of the screen for the 11MB free version and read the instructions on use. Note that you must be on broadband, and have a PC computer with an operating system of Windows 2000 or later.

It takes a little while to master, but you should soon be able to type a postcode or town name into the search box and then use the mouse scroll wheel or tools on the page to zoom in close or move from place to place. Like the Google maps, you can add street names if you want to.

It is not perfect, as some areas are out of focus and not all are well named, but it is still quite addictive! If you want to pay extra, you can link maps to a GPS system or even display houses for sale – although this may be more geared to the USA market.




Receiving E-mails

Q: Is there a way to tell if someone has received an e-mail?

A: If you use Outlook or Outlook Express, and probably with other systems, you can ask for a Read Receipt. In OE, for example, do this before sending the message by selecting Tools – Request Read Receipt.

When someone receives the message, they are automatically told that a receipt has been requested. If they click OK, an e-mail is sent saying the recipient has read the message. To take it off, go to the main window, click Tools - Options and uncheck the box on the Receipt tab.





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