Working with Text

With a typewriter, you type and the words pretty much stay where they are on the page. Word processing is a lot more flexible; you can easily move, alter, or delete text.

Inserting Text

Before you can process words, you have to get them into the Mac. Let's forget about preexisting text, such as that file your boss just gave you, and start from scratch. You create a new document and are greeted by white space. Now what? Well, you type.

Notice that everything you type is entered at the insertion point, which is represented by a vertical flashing bar. In fact, everything you do happens at the insertion point. Selections start there, and paste operations happen there. Typing and deleting are based at the insertion point. To move ...

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