Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
goes to the right edge of the line above, and keeps moving left, selecting
characters as it goes, until it comes to the spot above where it started.
As with moving the cursor around, you should experiment to see whether you
prefer the mouse or the keyboard. Many people ﬁ nd the keyboard quicker, but it
won’t make much difference if you use the mouse instead.
Moving your selected text
Now you’ve got your text selected, move your mouse pointer into the blue
highlighted area, click your left mouse button and hold it down. Now when you move
your mouse, you’ll see a dotted cursor move through your text one word at a time
(see Figure 1.5, at the end of the letter). In the bottom left, Word is asking ‘Move
You can put your dotted cursor anywhere you like at the start or end of a
paragraph, or in the middle of one.
When you release your mouse button, your selected text and the cursor will be
moved to where the dotted cursor is. The blue highlighting that showed the text
was selected will also disappear.
You’re not limited to selecting paragraphs. You can select sentences, words or
even letters and move them around using this technique. It’s a good idea to
practise selecting and moving text, because you also need to select text when you
want to change its appearance, as you’ll soon see.
Using cut, copy and paste
Now that you know how to select a piece of text, you can start to do things to it.
Across the top of the window, you’ll see what Microsoft calls the ‘ribbon’. This
spreads out all the controls at your command, and can seem a bit daunting. When
you don’t understand what everything does, it’s a bit like looking at the control
panel of a space shuttle. Don’t be overwhelmed, though. You can safely ignore a
lot of the controls (for now, at least) and the ribbon does make it easier to ﬁ nd
what you’re looking for without getting tied in knots.