Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
The insertion pointer moves to the right, marching along as you type. It’s called an insertion pointer
for a reason: Press the left-arrow key a few times to move the insertion pointer back before the word
Type the word second and a space. The word (and the space) is inserted into your text. The text to
the right is pushed off to make room for the new text. Now the sentence should read:
I want a second helping of beets!
Chapter 3 covers moving the insertion pointer around in more detail.
When using a multi-touch monitor and the onscreen keyboard, you may
occasionally see word suggestions appear as you type. Touch the suggestion to have that word
automatically inserted into the text.
Touching the lollipop insertion pointer’s circle displays a pop-up palette of shortcut commands.
See Chapter 6 for more information.
Whacking the spacebar
Pressing the spacebar inserts a space character into the text. Spaces are important between words
and sentences. Withoutthemreadingwouldbedifficult.
The most important thing to remember about the spacebar is that you need to whack it
only once. In word processing, as in all typing done on a computer, only one space appears
between words and after punctuation. That’s it!
I’m serious! If you’re an old-timer, you’re probably used to putting two spaces after a period,
which is what they once taught in typing class, back in the last century. This extra space is
wrong on a computer; typing it doesn’t add more room between words or sentences in a word
processor. Trust me on that.
Anytime you feel like using two or more spaces, what you need is a tab. Tabs are best for
indenting text as well as for lining up text in columns. See Chapter 12 for more information.
The reason that only one space is needed between sentences is that computers use
proportionally spaced type. Old-fashioned typewriters used monospace type, so pressing the
spacebar twice after a sentence was supposed to aid in readability (though it’s debatable).