Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Inserted text Text before deletion
Deleting unwanted characters.
Insert additional text wherever you want.
On most keyboards, the Backspace key shows
a left-pointing arrow, which makes it an easy
way to remember which direction the
Backspace key deletes.
If you notice the existing text doesn’t move
over, but seems to disappear, you may have
accidentally pressed the Insert key, which
takes you out of Insert mode and into
Overtype mode. Press the Insert key to return
to Insert mode.
Optionally, make a selection in your document and
press either the Backspace or Delete key to delete
the selection. See the next section for more on
Deleting Existing Text
You can delete unwanted text one character, word,
or paragraph at a time. Two common keys used to
delete text are the Backspace and Delete keys.
Pressing the Backspace key deletes one character at
a time to the left of the insertion point, while
pressing the Delete key deletes one character at a
time to the right of the insertion point. In Figure
2-6, the words “and consideration” from Figure 2-5
were deleted by pressing the Delete key repeatedly
until the words disappeared.
Before you can make a change to existing text such
as move, copy, delete, or change the formatting or
placement of it, you must first identify the text you
want to edit by selecting it. When text is selected,
or highlighted , it appears on your screen as light
type with a dark background—the reverse of
unselected text. Word allows you to select contiguous or
noncontiguous text for editing.