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Entering Text in Word 2010

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This chapter shows basic techniques for entering and manipulating text in Word 2010, including Quick Parts and symbols.
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

To start building a document, begin by entering your text. Word is set up so you can start typing right away in a fresh, new document file. A blinking cursor marks your current location in a document. You can click anywhere in a document and start typing from that point onward. As you type, the cursor marks your spot on the page. In this chapter, you’ll learn the basics for adding text, including how to insert special symbols, select text, move and copy text, and use pre-built text elements.

Typing and Editing Text

To add text to a document, just start typing. If you want to add text in a certain spot on the page, click the area to move the cursor and type in your text. The cursor, the blinking line on your document page, marks your current location in the document. This blinking cursor is also called the insertion point. When you reach the end of a line, Word automatically wraps the text to the next line for you. Default margins are already in place and Word makes sure your lines of text fit within those margins.


circle_1.jpg Start typing your text.

circle_2.jpg To start a new paragraph, press Enter.

circle_3.jpg To add extra space between paragraphs, press Enter twice.

circle_4.jpg To move the cursor in a document, click where you want to insert it or use the keyboard arrow keys to move it.

circle_5.jpg To edit text, click in the word you want to change. Word moves the cursor to the new spot.

circle_6.jpg You can press Delete to delete a character to the right of the cursor.

circle_7.jpg You can press the Backspace key to delete a character to the left of the cursor.

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