You can do IT in later life
You can do IT
You can do IT is a regular Question and Answer section on laterlife.com run by Jackie Sherman IT trainer and author. The aim is to try to help laterlife visitors make the most of Information Technology on or off the web.
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.
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Index to YoucandoIT previous editions
Index to YoucandoIT previous editions
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Q: When using columns in Word, how
do you make sure the right text starts at the top of the second or third column? I press the space bar several times, but then have to re-set everything if I change the content of the document.
Q: I really enjoy using Outlook
Express e-mail, but now have lots of messages in my Inbox. What should I do with them?
Q: How do I make sure pages print
out properly from the Web? It seems rather inconsistent.
Q: When trying to add some text,
why does typing sometimes start replacing words rather than push them along the line? It's terribly annoying.
Q: My eyesight is not very good. Is there any way to make the screen easier to use?
Q: I recently tried to print out a Web
page and found I had printed 14 pages. How can I make sure this doesn’t happen again?
Q: When I change certain aspects of
my typing e.g. by making entries bold in Excel cells, or underlining titles in Word, I sometimes want to repeat the same changes elsewhere. Is there a quick way to do this?
Q: What does "Shrink to Fit" mean on the Print Preview toolbar in Word?
Q: Do you have any general advice about searching the Web?
Q:I run a small club and use Access to maintain a database of members. As many of the details for each record are the same e.g. the annual fee and the class they belong to, I wondered if there was a way to repeat entries automatically.
Q: I send e-mails to all sorts of people. Can you explain how to add automatic signatures at the bottom of messages that I can vary, depending on what style of signature I want to include.
Q: Is it very difficult to add an index at the end of a long document?
Q: Do you have any general advice about working safely with computers?
Q: I need to send long documents to people. Is there any way to save them so that they take up less memory?
Q: Is there a quick way to add e-mail addresses to my Address Book?
Q: I often find fabulous photos or pictures on the Web that I would love to use in my own work. How do I make copies?
Q:I met an old friend recently who is not listed in the phone book. I would like to contact him and I am sure he has an e-mail address. How can I find it on the Internet?
Q: It seems rather a waste of time to type in my address every time I word process a letter. Is there a quick way to do this?
Q: What’s the difference between Reply and Reply All when answering an e-mail?
Q: Can you give me some advice about making my own Christmas cards. For example, which is the best package and how is it done?
Q: Is there a way to create standard documents that can be used over and over again
Q: I would like to exchange views with people sharing my interest in Nelson. How would I go about finding anyone on the Internet to write to?
Q: How do I use the Address Book feature in my e-mail system?
Q: I don’t know how to use a database package such as Access and so keep records of all the members of my local association in an Excel spreadsheet, and search the records for members in specific categories without checking each one manually?
Q:I produce posters and leaflets and want my text to stand out. Apart from increasing the size and making it bold or underlined, what else can I do?
Q: Please tell me how to use my computer to create labels. I make a lot of jam and chutney and think I could make my life easier by saving my labels so that I can just change the dates each year.
Q: A friend who attends a local evening class uses a web-based e-mail system (Yahoo) as he can access this free when he goes to College. Is it better to do this than use Outlook Express, as I do at home?
Q: Can you explain how you would use the Master slide in PowerPoint?
Q: Since buying my computer, I have saved everything into something labelled My Documents. Is this the right thing to do? It is now so full of my work that it takes me ages to find some important letters and reports. I feel there must be a better way to organise my work.
Q: I am always looking for shortcuts as I spend far too long at the computer. Can you suggest a useful tip?
Q: I have started producing charts with Excel but have one problem. Sometimes I want to use information in columns that are not next to one other, but if I select one range of cells, the highlight comes off as soon as I click somewhere else on the spreadsheet.
Q: My grandchildren have installed various games on my computer that they have found on CD-ROMS. When these don’t work or aren’t played any more, what is the best way to remove them?
Q: At the moment I have plain green as a background to my desktop. Can I change this for something more exciting?
Q: I recently spent ages looking for a file I know I saved but couldn’t remember where! Any tips for finding lost files in future?
Q: How can I get rid of the little yellow suggestion box that appears when I write letters?
Q: Is there a quick way to enter the filename when saving my work?
Q: I sometimes want to copy databases to disk to give to someone else
Q:I know how to insert AutoText, but how do I correct some errors made in an entry?
Q:I recently tried to save and print my work but couldn’t find the usual toolbar buttons at the top of the screen. Where did they go, and how can I get them back?
Q: I use certain programs quite often, and want to create a shortcut to them on the desktop, so that I can open them more quickly.
Q: How do I carry out repeated searches of my Access database
Q: I have updated my MS Office package from 97 to 2000 and found the clipart doesn`t behave in the same way.
Q: How do I send pictures - or other documents I have saved - by e-mail
Q: A friend has sent me some photos on a floppy disk and wants the disk back. How can I keep copies and use them in my presentations or documents?
Q: I have several CD-ROMs but can’t seem to understand the instructions for using them.
Q: I like to play games or use educational CD-ROMs and want a quick way to launch them. How is this done?
Q: When trying to upgrade a programme should I remove some items from the Start menu to free up some memory
Q: What is the best method to use for producing columns of numbers
Q: How can I find company website addresses
Q: How can I add my own music and other sounds to the computer
Q: How do I automate instructions for different printing options for labels, envelopes etc.
Q: How do you create a Table of Contents for a book?
This month Jackie introduces a few less well-known options available on some of the menus:-
Q: Can you help me with word processing minutes of meetings
Q:Can you suggest quick ways to insert number sequences into a spreadsheet? I use Excel
Q: I am drowning in e-mails. How can I stop unwanted messages downloading onto my computer?
Read Jackie's books:
A Step-by-step Guide for Older Home Users
This book can help you if you want to find
work but feel your age may be a
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