Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Correcting Errors as You Type
In the previous steps, you used the left arrow key to move the insertion point to a
specifi c location in the document. You could also have clicked at that location instead
of using an arrow key. As you become more experienced with Word, you’ll see that
you can use a number of different techniques for moving the insertion point around a
document. The correct choice depends on your personal preference. For your reference,
Figure 1-6 summarizes the most common keystrokes for moving the insertion point in a
Figure 1-6
Keystrokes for moving the insertion point
To move the insertion point
Left or right one character at a time
Up or down one line at a time
Left or right one word at a time
or Ctrl+
Up or down one paragraph at a time
or Ctrl+
To the beginning or to the end of the current line
Home or End
To the beginning or to the end of the document
Ctrl+Home or Ctrl+End
To the previous screen or to the next screen
Page Up or Page Down
To the top or to the bottom of the document window
Alt+Ctrl+Page Up or Alt+Ctrl+Page Down
Correcting Errors as You Type
As you have already learned, if you notice a typing error as soon as you make it, you can
press the Backspace key, which deletes the characters and spaces to the left of the
insertion point one at a time. You can also press the Delete key, which deletes characters to
the right of the insertion point one at a time.
In many cases, however, Word’s AutoCorrect feature will do the work for you. Among
other things, AutoCorrect automatically corrects common typing errors, such as typing
“adn” for “and.” For example, you might have noticed AutoCorrect at work if you forgot
to capitalize the fi rst letter in a sentence as you typed the letter. After you type this kind
of error, AutoCorrect automatically corrects it when you press the spacebar, the Tab key,
or the Enter key.
Another useful tool for correcting errors is Word’s spelling checker , which continually
checks your document against Word’s built-in dictionary. If you type a word that doesn’t
match the correct spelling in Word’s dictionary, or if a word, such as a last name, is not
in the dictionary at all, a wavy red line appears beneath it. A wavy red line also appears
if you mistakenly type the same word twice in a row. Words that are spelled correctly
but used incorrectly (for example, “you’re” instead of “your”) are underlined with a wavy
blue line, although Word doesn’t always catch every instance of this type of error, which
is known as a contextual spelling error . Finally, the grammar checker marks
grammatical errors with a wavy green line.
You’ll see how this works as you continue typing the letter and make some intentional
typing errors.
To learn more about correcting errors as you type:
1. Press the down arrow key to move the insertion point to the blank paragraph
below the paragraph where you inserted the word “questions.”
2. Type the following sentence, including the errors shown here: i will call in a
few few days to disuss teh shedule.
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