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You can do IT in later life - 64

 April 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

April 2006


Case Changes

Q: Is there a quick way to change word processed text from capitals to lower case letters?

A: Yes, there is a Change Case option on the Format menu, or you can use a shortcut. If you select the text and then hold Shift, press the function key F3 at the top of the keyboard. This will change to lower case, Initial Capitals or Upper Case each time you press F3. You can therefore keep pressing until the case you want is showing.





Q:I wanted to set out some text in columns but then continue writing normally. How do I get back to normal?

A: It isn't at all obvious, but "normal" word processing is actually set in a single column. So what you have to do is return to this layout at the end of the final words in your second column. To do this, always press Enter first of all to move onto a new line. Now open the Format menu, select Columns and click the One column option.


You must also make sure you select: Apply to - This point forward in the bottom box. After clicking OK you will find the cursor is sitting on the left margin and you are out of the columns.


  Print on the back

Q: How can you print a very long document on both sides of the paper?

A: You will need to use the options in the Print box that ask you to specify Print what? Start by selecting Even pages so that pages 2, 4, 6 etc. print first. Then turn over the stack of pages and select Odd pages.

I do have one word of warning, however. Unless you let the pages cool down and then move them around a bit first, you may find that the heat from a laser printer makes some of the pages stick together. If the document is not too long and the paper is costly, it may be worth feeding in the 'odd' pages one by one, to make sure they print correctly. Unlike the first print run where you can print a repeat page if something goes wrong, once you start to print on the back the whole document can get horribly out of sequence.



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