Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 4
Text Editing
In This Chapter
Deleting characters with Backspace and Delete
Deleting lines, sentences, paragraphs, and pages
Splitting and joining paragraphs
Undoing your mistakes
Using the Redo (Undo-Undo) command
I believe that writing involves two parts of your brain: The wild, creative-burst part is the typing part.
Then there’s the tame, controlled-editing part. You need both parts in order to write anything good. In
fact, I’d wager that people who become frustrated with writing are too quick to enter the
controlledediting part. Don’t fall into that trap: Write! Spew forth your words! Editing your text is easier when
you have lots of words than when you have only a scant few.
When you’re ready to edit, you’ll use Word’s text editing commands. They all basically delete the
stuff you’ve written. That’s right: Editing text is basically the same task as ruthlessly slashing away
words from your text. Word comes with ample tools to make that happen. Use them freely, as
described in this chapter. But get your abundance of words down on paper before you enter the vicious
slashing mode.
Remove Text You Don’t Want
Credit the guy who put the eraser on the end of the pencil: It’s a given that human beings make
mistakes. The round, soft eraser counterbalances the sharp point of the pencil in more ways than one.
The ability to erase text is just as valuable and necessary as the ability to create text. Deleting text is
part of writing text, part of thinking and rethinking, and part of self-editing. Writing. Deleting.
Rewriting. Redeleting. That’s how it goes!
Both creating and destroying text are accomplished by using the keyboard. The majority of keys are
used to create text. Only two keys delete text: Backspace and Delete. How these keys work, and how
much of your text they can delete, depends on how the keys are used, as described in this section.
Deleting single characters
Use the Backspace and Delete keys by themselves to delete single characters:
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