Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Move the Insertion Pointer
The beauty of the word processor is that you can edit any part of your document; you don’t always
have to work at “the end.” The key to pulling off this trick is to know how to move the insertion
pointer to the exact spot you want.
Moving the insertion pointer is important! Scientific studies have shown that merely looking at the
computer screen does no good. As hard as you wish, new text appears only at the insertion pointer.
And, the text you edit or delete? Yup, the insertion pointer’s location is important there as well.
Obviously, knowing how to move the insertion pointer is a big deal.
Commanding the insertion pointer
The easiest way to put the insertion pointer exactly where you want it is to point the mouse at that
spot in your text and then click the mouse button. Point, click, move insertion pointer. Simple.
If you have a touchscreen monitor or are using a tablet, you can move the insertion pointer to any
specific location by touching the text with your finger. Use the circle that appears below the
insertion pointer for precise positioning.
Moving in small increments (basic arrow keys)
For short hops, nothing beats using the keyboard’s arrow keys to quickly move the insertion pointer
around a document. The four basic arrow keys move the insertion pointer up, down, right, and left:
Press This Key
To Move the Insertion Pointer
Up to the preceding line of text
Down to the next line of text
Right to the next character
Left to the preceding character
Moving the cursor doesn’t erase characters. See Chapter 4 for information on deleting
If you press and hold the Ctrl (Control) key and then press an arrow key, you enter Jump mode. The
invigorated insertion pointer leaps desperately in all four directions:
Press This Key Combo
To Move the Insertion Pointer
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