Chapter 5

Typing Text in Word


Moving the cursor with the mouse and keyboard

Navigating through a document

Finding and replacing text

Checking spelling and grammar

Viewing a document

The whole purpose of Microsoft Word is to let you type text and make it look pretty so you can print or send it for other people to read. So the first step in using Microsoft Word is finding how to enter text in a Word file, called a document.

In every document, Word displays a blinking cursor (technically called the insertion point) that points to where your text will appear if you type anything. To move the cursor, you can use the keyboard or the mouse.

Moving the Cursor with the Mouse

When you move the mouse, Word turns the mouse pointer into an I-beam pointer. If you move the mouse over an area where you cannot type any text, the mouse pointer turns back into a traditional arrow, pointing up to the left.

To move the cursor with the mouse, just point and click the left mouse button once. The blinking cursor appears where you click the mouse.

If you have a blank page or a blank area at the end of your document, you can move the cursor anywhere within this blank area by following these steps:

  1. Move the mouse pointer over any blank area past the end of a document.

    Word defines the end of a document as the spot where no more text appears. (Remember, Word considers blank spaces as text.) To find the end of a document, press Ctrl+End.

    • In a new document: The end of the document is ...

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