Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Choose the Mouse command from the Touch/Mouse mode button to diminish (restore) the
space between the buttons on the Ribbon.
To remove the Touch Mode button, repeat Steps 1 and 2 in this section.
Writing in Word
Word’s equivalent of the mind-numbing, writer’s-block-inducing blank page can be found in the
center part of the Word program window (refer to Figure 1-2 ). That’s where the text you write, edit,
and format appears. Unlike with a sheet of paper, however, the text you create in Word can be
viewed in a number of different ways.
The most common way to view your document is to use Print Layout view, as shown in Figure 1-2 .
In this view, the entire page of text is displayed on the screen, looking just the way it prints. Print
Layout view shows graphical images, columns, and all sorts of other fancy effects. You even see the
blank space between pages, described as the ethereal void in the figure.
The other views are:
Read Mode: Use this mode to read a document like an eBook.
Web Layout: Use this mode when you undertake the dreadful possibility of using Word as a
web page editor or to examine web pages you’ve saved.
Outline: This mode helps you organize your thoughts, as covered in Chapter 25 .
Draft. I prefer using Word in Draft view, which shows only basic text and not all the fancy
features and formatting. Without that stuff on the screen, I can more easily concentrate on writing.
Switch between Read Mode, Print Layout, and Web Layout views by using the View buttons, found
in the lower-right corner of the Word program window (refer to Figure 1-2 ). Clicking a button with
the mouse changes the view.
To get to Outline and Draft views, click the Views tab and choose those views from the Views
Understanding the mouse pointer
Though word processing is a keyboard thing, you’ll find that the computer mouse comes in handy.
You use the mouse to choose commands, move around the document you’re editing, and select text .
This topic explains all these topics elsewhere. For now, it helps to understand how the mouse pointer
changes its look as you work in Word:
For editing text, the mouse pointer becomes the I-beam.
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